The Municipal Museum in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Photos by Julie Skurdenis

Buenos Aires has always been one of my favorite cities. I try to visit as often as I can to enjoy its elegant cafés, superlative steakhouses, ubiquitous street and flea markets, great museums and parks and, above all, tango, of which I can’t get enough.

But when cosmopolitan living gets a bit much — especially on month-long visits — my husband, Paul, and I like to slip away for a few days to a far simpler place. Our getaway place is not even in Argentina but is just...

The alluring Frederiksborg Palace outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, back when free-range exploration was in flower, sans social distancing. Photo by Randy Keck

Even in this period of pandemic and travel restrictions, I’m happy to keep sharing travelers’ contributions (with my own comments added, where appropriate) in this series on On-the-Road Travel Tips. So please continue to send in wise, creative or unusual tips on anything that makes your travel experience work better for you while actually traveling. (Write no more than 125 words per submission; see the end of this column for where to write to.)


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With its buildings, gridded street plan, and frescoed art remarkably intact, Pompeii offers the best look anywhere at life in an ancient Roman town. <i>(Rick Steves’ Europe/TNS)</i>

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European activities — a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

I love exploring the world of ancient Rome, with its grand architecture, fascinating culture, and stories of larger-than-life leaders. But since many of the 2,000-year-old empire’s landmarks are reduced to...

The most colorful shopping in Europe — and the most engaging way to assemble a picnic — is at lively markets like Borough Market in London.

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe due to the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European activities – a tasty reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

As a budget traveler, there's no better experience than a picnic sourced from a local market and then eaten outdoors with a lively square, peaceful park, or rejuvenated harborfront as a backdrop. Picnicking...

Château de Chenonceau, built between 1513 and 1517 in France’s Loire Valley, became a royal estate of King Francis I as part of a debt settlement in 1535.

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 532nd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, back in print form after doing an online-only issue last month. Crazy times, right?

We sent out email notifications about that to our subscribers for whom we had current email addresses (our first mass emailing ever). I’m sorry we were not able to send notices to the rest of you. Here’s most of the text of the message we sent:

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the May...

It’s easy to find Wi-Fi at cafés, transit hubs, tourist offices and public squares throughout Europe. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

When I took my first solo trip to Europe in 1973, I must have kept my parents on the edge of their seats.

The day after my high school graduation, I headed to the airport accompanied only by a good friend, a rucksack and a youthful sense of adventure. Throughout the months-long trip, the only way of communicating with my folks back home was through postcards, since paying for international calls was beyond my Europe-through-the-gutter budget. Still, I managed to send a postcard...

Sara Ayedris with a plate of <i>vigorón</i>. Photos by Sandra Scott

Now that my grandkids are older, their parents often gift them a trip for Christmas. When possible, I join them. During the 2019 Christmas holiday, I spent a wonderful two weeks in Pochomil, Nicaragua, a little less than two hours from Managua’s airport, on the Pacific coast. 

Our family rented a house on the beach, with an infinity pool, for $250 a night ( There were eight of us, so it was a great deal. The three air-...

One of the interior courtyards of El Zanjón de Granados — Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photos by Julie Skurdenis

Plaza de Mayo lies at the very heart of Buenos Aires. In 1535, King Carlos I of Spain sent the conquistador Pedro de Mendoza y Luján to establish a fort on the Río de la Plata in what was to become Argentina. This fort was the site of the settlement Mendoza called Santa María del Buen Aire, today’s Buenos Aires.

In 1580, another conquistador, Juan de Garay, moved the settlement a mile and a half from Mendoza’s site, awarding tracts of land to members of his expedition....