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International visitor bureaus are sensing a travel awakening from a COVID-caused slumber, judging from the increasing number of travel news releases in my mailbox — many with new, creative ideas for trips.

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In a new year, Planet Word, a new museum with voice-activated exhibits, debuts in Washington D.C., with a mission “dedicated to the power, beauty and fun of language: showing how words shape the human experience.” Admission is free.

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Ski resort importuning’s to visit drift onto my computer screen. As several vaccines against COVID-19 appear imminent, travel may return as an option.

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Whether past fun trips were modest and nearby, perhaps visiting relatives, or to legendary, exotic Timbuktu in Mali, Africa, there are usually accumulated photos, in hard copy or online, as well as ephemera that rekindle joy and adventure.

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As the “outside-the-United-States” summer/fall travel season opens, albeit changed and limited by COVID-19, it’s helpful to review what to do when the unexpected or an emergency happens to American citizens.

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Friends and acquaintances from around the world are emailing to share with me their personal impressions of the atmosphere created by the coronavirus in their location. A sampling includes Rome, Taiwan and London — with photos.

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When the Library of Congress, in Washington, asked America’s public for help in transcribing historic documents written in cursive penmanship, about 11,000 people across America volunteered in 2019, the first year.

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Even in retirement, Texas-born President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose farm acreage for his “last posting” literally surrounded by the same type of honored warriors he commanded in some of world history’s most famous battles.

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Crashing a car into a large upright piano being pushed across a downtown San Antonio street, not at an intersection, accompanied by musicians brandishing brass instruments, might be challenging to explain later to an insurance representative: One of those, “How did that happen?” incredulitie…

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We were on the phone at George Bush Intercontinental Airport with an airline agent, who was helping us salvage a day of our vacation trip after Air Canada announced that our 6:15 a.m. flight from Houston to Calgary would be delayed about six hours.