WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of June 2017

The Great Locomotive Chase

The Great Locomotive Chase

Travel Authority Rich Grant takes the 120-Mile Journey Tracing the Civil War's Greatest Adventure—a train raid. Seven of the Union forces were sentenced to the hanging tree (er, scaffold).

Mohawk Airlines: ‘Slow hawk’ better than ‘no hawk’

Mohawk Airlines: ‘Slow hawk’ better than ‘no hawk’

The upcoming reruns of the popular TV series Mad Men may ring a bell with veteran flyers, particularly in the Northeast U.S. That’s because one of the star accounts of the series’ fictional ad agency was Utica, New York-based Mohawk Airlines – and there really was a Utica-based airline with that name back in the mid-60s (the time of the series’ plot). What’s more, Mohawk really did hire a Mad Men-ish ad agency before it folded its wings in 1972.

Insider tips on booking travel

Insider tips on booking travel

Advice to do-it-yourself travel planners: Knowing the jargon of the travel industry can help you save a bunch of money (and sometimes avoid some unpleasant surprises). Like, do you know the difference between a “direct” flight and a “nonstop” flight? And why you shouldn’t pay too much attention to government reports showing how often each airline flew on time, how many times they bumped passengers, how many bags they lost and so on.

Huatulco: Tales of a feathered serpent, a giant cross and a peeved pirate

Huatulco: Tales of a feathered serpent, a giant cross and a peeved pirate

Unlike Mexico’s super-resorts at booming spots like Cancun and Los Cabos, hotels dotting the nine bays of Huatulco cater to a laid-back clientele. True, the bays have their share of nightclubs, restaurants and discos, but tourists mainly fly down here for rest and relaxation. The bays also have some nearby old-world villages worth exploring. And for history buffs, lots of legends.

Deluxe train runs across Africa

Deluxe train runs across Africa

Billed as “the world’s most luxurious train,” the Pride of Africa gives its passengers a two-week taste of the romance of a bygone era as it clickety-clacks across the southeast  African countries of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania.

SONOMA SAFARI

SONOMA SAFARI

African wildlife pairs with wine and BBQ on a trek into California’s wine country. Travel writer Ginger Dingus raises a glass to tent cabins—31 in all—the epitome of glamping with giraffes.

ONCE UPON THIS TIME

ONCE UPON THIS TIME

The Cook Islands try on Cinderella’s glass slipper and find it fits. Travel authority Anne Z. Cooke and photographer Steve Haggerty/ColorWorld explore Rarotonga west of Tahiti to find that fairytales do come true.

Author of the Month

Shape editor joins Watchboom!

Shape editor joins Watchboom!

Former senior and travel editor at Shape magazine, Carole Jacobs is a writer/author based in Kennedy Meadows in California's Eastern Sierra. Her work has appeared in more than 150 magazines and newspapers and she has written 14 books on travel and health.

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