Photos: A rainy Cinque Terre

Local drivers along the steep coastline of Italy’s Cinque Terre honk before going around tight corners.

Since the road is barely wider than a single car in some spots, that honk lets you know not to round that corner.

It was rainy the afternoon we drove through Cinque Terre, a popular region of northwestern Italy that includes a national park and a cluster of towns on a jaw-droppingly beautiful portion of the Italian Riviera. Continue reading

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Photos: Genoa, much more than the hometown of Columbus

Though a holiday, America’s capital, a country, and numerous cities are named in his honor, Christopher Columbus set a precedent of genocide, slave trafficking, and abuse of indigenous peoples that was followed for hundreds of years.

For that, I’m not a fan. Apparently neither is his hometown, Genoa, Italy, where I saw only a few small mentions of the late Chris.

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Genoa has all the history of a Florence or Venice, without the throngs of tourists. All the original culinary delight for a good bit cheaper.

Its houses are stacked on hills looking down on the historic port of Genoa, now brimming with yachts, fishing boats, and cruise ships. The stone streets of its Old Town are narrow and sloping.

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Two amazing hacks for hacking travel hackers’ travel hacks

The proliferation of travel bloggers and sites can be great for us. No flight deal, credit card offer, or free Uber ride gets missed if you follow the right travel hacking sites.

What is a hack? A trick or a little-known, yet effective, method of doing something.

What is travel hacking? Basically, it’s using points, miles, flight deals, and credit card sign-ups to make possible travel that would otherwise be nearly impossible without wealth.

Below, I’ll list a few of my favorite travel sites, but first:

Here are a couple things to keep in mind when browsing travel sites:

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Chased away from Chase cards? Here are 6 cards they won’t know about

If you’re one of those special people Chase still wants to give a credit card to because you haven’t gotten five or more of them in the past two years, then you & Chase just go to town. See the world together.

Are you a Chase reject or currently Chase-averse like me, due to the 5/24 hysteria?

Here are 6 great cards that Chase will never know about:

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