Checking in With London: Will they Curtsy to Kate?

If you have a favorite restaurant in London, or you want to try my favorites, book as far ahead as you know your schedule.

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Vacation Homes

It’s always tricky renting someone else’s home or apartment, but the price can be right and the experience enjoyable if you do some advance research.

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Rediscovering Florence

Rome may be the Eternal City, but Florence has to be a close runner-up. In short, it is the perfect place for an autumn getaway.

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Cooking School in Italy

How we find ourselves in new places and new situations as travelers is as much about chance as guidebooks. In this case, the road to Toffia began four years ago ...

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Flashbacks in Sonoma Valley

If hearing “China Grove” conjures up happy memories, then make a note to check the BR Cohn’s web site next summer to learn the date of the 2011 concert ...

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Leaf-Peeping & Star-Watching Off the Beaten Track

For months, my friend Sandy Gardiner encouraged me to visit a resort called Primland in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Last week I finally went, and it turns out I was missing a gem. Here’s why you should go now.

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Your Favorite Brands, and Free Wi-Fi at Luxury Hotels

Before I tell you the names of America’s favorite hotel companies, I have to pass along some good news: Luxury hotels that have traditionally charged for wi-fi are finally surrendering.

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Summer Pleasures: Nebraska & Wisconsin Discoveries

Who knew Omaha had such a cool warehouse district? Or that the sunsets could be so vivid over Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin?

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I’ll Take Manhattan ... in August. And So Should You.

New Yorkers like to leave Manhattan in August. That’s good news for the rest of us. Not that I have a thing against New Yorkers. In fact ...

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Hot LA Restaurants

I know you don’t want to visit Los Angeles without knowing the names of a couple of the newest, hottest restaurants in town. Try these ...

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About Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of the public television travel series, Rudy Maxa's World. The 78 episodes he has hosted have won numerous awards, including a 2008 regional Emmy for his episode "Rajasthan." He's a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for a host of national travel magazines and newspapers. For nearly 15 years he offered consumer travel commentary on public radio's business show Marketplace as "The Savvy Traveler," which was also the name of a one-hour, coast-to-coast weekend show on public radio that he co-created and hosted for four years. Prior to his career as a travel writer and broadcaster, Maxa was an award-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, magazine writer, and columnist for 13 years, during which time his reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was a senior writer at The Washingtonian magazine and Washington, D.C., bureau chief of Spy magazine. The author of two non-fiction books, Maxa lives in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.