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Dragons, romance and carnival: 10 reasons to visit Slovenia in 2015

by CNN // March 3, 2015 // Updated 06:09 GMT // 0 Comments

The capital city Ljubljana is toasting a double anniversary: two millennia since its foundation and 120 years of renewal after a huge earthquake. A rare performance of Slovenia’s oldest literary work will bring drama to the town of Skofja Loka, while carnivals and wine festivities unfold in Ptuj and Maribor. This rich calendar, as well […]

Gratuity guide: Rules for tipping in the United States

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:59 GMT // 0 Comments

Followed by the bellman ($2 first bag, $1 each additional). And the concierge ($5 to $20, depending on the task), who can recommend several good bistros in the area and help with hard-won reservations. Later, the taxi driver whisks you to your restaurant (10-20%) where the maitre d’ has gone the extra distance ($10 plus, […]

‘Walking Dead’ town for sale

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 17:50 GMT // 0 Comments

Jim Sells, Grantville’s former mayor, bought the buildings in a foreclosure deal about four years ago during the recession. Sells and another investor are now putting them on the market for the starting bid of $680,000. The town was the setting for “Clear,” an episode in season 3 of the hit AMC television show, in […]

11 of the world’s top food museums

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 05:30 GMT // 0 Comments

Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum (Norwich, UK) Colman’s Mustard first edged into fame in 1901, when explorer Robert Scott set sail for the South Pole with one ton of the stuff — the event was the first example of celebrity-endorsed advertising. But the Colman’s Mustard Shop didn’t open until 1973, with the adjoining museum offering […]

Saving the Galapagos, saving ourselves

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 03:29 GMT // 0 Comments

Wait. Check that. Those aren’t rocks. Because that one just sneezed. They are creatures! Dirty black with skin as rough the hardened lava beneath them, long tails and dorsal scales. – What we found was surprising and staggeringly beautiful. After scuba diving with those sneezing rocks, the sea iguana turned out to be my favorite […]

Palawan: Sailing’s next great destination?

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 01:26 GMT // 0 Comments

All of these enviable factors would usually point to the perfect destination for a sailing trip, but the charter industry here lags far behind other sailing destinations, like Thailand, Australia or the Caribbean. A lack of infrastructure, including mooring — and outdated legislation — has conspired to keep this sailor’s paradise from fully developing its […]

Algeria From A Drone Might Be The Most Stunning Place We’ve Ever Seen

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 12:00 GMT // 0 Comments

Algeria is a place of nearly unimaginable beauty and diversity. From the heights of the Tell Atlas mountains to the bleakly beautiful desert expanse of Tamanrasset Province, it offers truly unforgettable landscapes. The country that inspired the works of Camus, Algeria also reflects the beauty and complexity of an ancient civilization, mingled with the effects […]

Browns Canyon, industrial town among new national monuments

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 19:57 GMT // 0 Comments

Obama is naming the sites using his authority under the Antiquities Act, which he has already used to establish or expand 16 national monuments. Since 1906, presidents have used the act to protect other historic and natural sites across the country, including the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Pullman National Monument, Illinois America’s […]

Where Rimbaud Found Peace in Ethiopia

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 15:04 GMT // 0 Comments

Footsteps By RACHEL B. DOYLE The Arthur Rimbaud Cultural Center, a merchant’s home now dedicated to the poet and his time in Harar. (Michael Tsegaye for The New York Times) In December of 1880, the mercurial French poet Arthur Rimbaud entered the ancient walled city of Harar, Ethiopia, a journey that had involved crossing the […]

Forget The Kennel, Use Rover For Your Dogs When You Go On Vacation

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 12:00 GMT // 0 Comments

Going on vacation is one of the most exciting things to look forward to, but if you’re leaving a pet at home, it can turn into a stressful experience. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about man’s best friend at the kennel anymore, because Rover has you covered. Jupiterimages via Getty Images – Happy doggie, […]

How to tour ‘The Sound of Music,’ 50 years later

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 06:12 GMT // 0 Comments

The film was, of course, “The Sound of Music,” the biggest grossing musical of all time, if receipts are adjusted for inflation. Its core family values, hummable tunes and stunning scenery turned it into a worldwide success. It also ensured that Salzburg, with two dozen locations featured in the film, would never be the same […]

KOH: The Thai restaurant that uses ingredients you’ve never heard of

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 04:16 GMT // 0 Comments

On a recent foray into the Bangrak market in the northeast corner of Koh Samui, Thailand, however, this timeless travel ritual feels different. For one thing, the man at the center of the trip — a Spanish chef sifting through the fish, vegetables and spices on show — is inspiring more than just calls for […]

Travel where it’s still summer right now

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 02:46 GMT // 0 Comments

Yet travelers willing to venture south can find sunshine, shorts weather and beaches right now in the parts of the world where summer is just winding down. Here are some of our favorite warm spots around the globe. – Stop to get a picture of yourself near the enormous ships passing through the Panama Canal, […]

Tourist cleans Thailand streets out of love

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 23:54 GMT // 0 Comments

Some want to see if the pad thai in the Chang Mai night market tastes better than it does at their favorite Thai restaurant back home. (It does.) According to Thai public broadcasting service MCOT (Thai only), however, a German tourist has been coming to the country annually for the last six years for an […]

Rare Roman headstone uncovered in England

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 18:24 GMT // 0 Comments

Most likely dating back to the 2nd century AD, the tombstone may be for a person named Bodicacia or Bodica, according to Ed McSloy, Cotswold Archaeology’s senior Finds and Archives officer. The name variations would be Latinized versions of Celtic names, though Cacia could be fully Roman, he said. “It is also just possible that […]

Introvert Travel Just Became A Thing, Thanks To New ‘Introvert Retreat’ In England

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 12:00 GMT // 0 Comments

Group tours, guided treks and big-name cruises sound like great vacation ideas at first, but then there are all. those. people. The point of travel is often to escape our fellow humans and get in touch with ourselves, not to schmooze and booze with a mashup of noisy others we’ve only just met. David Clapp […]

World’s most popular natural wonders

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 11:27 GMT // 0 Comments

More than 8 billion people visit national parks and nature reserves every year, and visitors to those protected areas generate more than an estimated $600 billion in tourism dollars annually, according to a new study on the impact of global visits to protected areas. That number is much more than the estimated $10 billion spent […]

Stunning turnaround: Qantas is profitable again

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 03:44 GMT // 0 Comments

The airline group “is now targeting A$675 million of transformation benefits in financial year 2015, up from the previous target of A$600 million,” according to a Qantas statement. The fast turnaround at “The Flying Kangaroo” comes as a surprise. – “We are meeting or exceeding all our targets as we build a sustainable future for […]

Tainan kitchen kings: Around Taiwan’s food capital in 19 dishes

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 02:48 GMT // 0 Comments

Here, dishes are whipped up in makeshift kitchens and cheap foodparticularly seafoodis king. The challenge is locating the best flavors in a city where public transport isn’t readily available and many older folks only speak Taiwanese. That’s where this list comes in: Danzai noodles This dish is as essential to Tainan food culture as Bruce […]

No canons allowed on board: The TSA’s extraordinary Instagram account

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 02:46 GMT // 0 Comments

A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on Jul 10, 2014 at 4:51pm PDT Unfortunately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confiscates thousands of weapons from carry-on luggage each year (the agency discovered 2,212 guns in 2014 alone). – A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on Oct 24, 2014 at 5:13pm PDT

Remote Antarctica is red-hot

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 13:16 GMT // 0 Comments

It’s not glamping. It’s the seasonal postmaster job at a remote Antarctic outpost, and right now it looks like the hottest spot on the planet. The interest of 1,000 applicants temporarily crashed the online job posting at the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, Lonely Planet reports. – That makes the postmaster’s job sound cushy.

Southwest Airlines grounds 128 aircraft after missing inspections

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 09:46 GMT // 0 Comments

“The airline voluntarily removed these aircraft from service while the FAA works with Boeing and Southwest to evaluate a proposal that would allow the airline to continue flying the planes until the inspections are completed over the next few days,” the FAA said. – CNN’s Rene Marsh contributed to this report

Weird world of Seville’s city of the future

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 06:30 GMT // 0 Comments

Today, the amazing structures are still there, but virtually no one visits. Created by some of the world’s leading architects, the buildings were commissioned for the Universal Exposition of Seville (or Expo 92, as it became known) to celebrate the modern age and offer blueprints for the future. They were supposed to be temporary, scheduled […]

Guyana, not Goiania: Destination mix-up leaves yet another traveler stranded

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 06:26 GMT // 0 Comments

But his journey didn’t go quite as expected. Emmanuel Akomanyi couldn’t get a direct flight to Guyana so he boarded a plane in Ghana to Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There, he bought a ticket to his final destination in Guyana — a South American country on the Caribbean coast bordering Surinam, Venezuela […]

Drop the needle: Designer’s embroidery captures travels in fabric form

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 21:16 GMT // 0 Comments

Rather than do what most of us would haveresign ourselves to fact that this was one moment our Instagram followers would just have to miss out onshe whipped out some thread and embroidered the scene onto a small piece of fabric. “I had my craft supplies with me so I thought, ‘why not try to […]

Where money doesn’t matter and everyone’s a friend

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 19:48 GMT // 0 Comments

Most people spend their hard-earned tropical vacations reasonably focused on boat drinks, water slides and a nice hot stone massage. I envy them. Because I’m the annoying sort who sits at the swim-up bar and wonders what paradise was like before swim-up bars. Much to my wife’s chagrin, I rent cars of questionable fitness to […]

JetBlue’s ‘Flying It Forward’ Gives Passengers Free Flights, Just For Being Nice

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 18:46 GMT // 0 Comments

When traveling is so incredibly chaotic, it’s refreshing to see an airline do something nice — and we’re talking more than just free snacks. JetBlue has done a host of heart-melting deeds in its day, from orchestrating a proposal to surprising immigrants with flights home. They’ve delivered mid-air gifts to an engaged couple and even […]

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