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Three Days, Three Legendary Japanese Views

The Japanese enjoy a culture of consensus. All things touristed, in particular, take their place in a hierarchy. This is convenient for travelers: the country is organized for best-of consumption. In the three years that my younger brother, Micah, lived there, we joined Japanese tourists in staying …

Yellowstone Landscape

Ski chalet holidays in Austria threatened by new wage rules

Hard on the heels of Switzerland, Austria – second only to France as the most popular destination for British skiers – is set to introduce a minimum wage law this Thursday aimed at foreign workers including chalet staff and tour operator reps. The new measures would become enforceable as early as …

Marcela Uliano da Silva’s Crusade Against the Golden Mussel

The microbiologist determined to save the earth by killing it...<p>Save the Earth by killing it? Sure. But only a little part of it. So goes the philosophy of young superstar Brazilian biologist Marcela Uliano da Silva, who wants to eradicate a foreign species encroaching on the Amazon River's shores: …

Thailand danger claim 'exaggerated'

A book called ‘Thailand: Deadly Destination’ is due to be published shortly and paints a bleak image of the country, especially in relation to the safety of tourists.<p>“The international coverage of the recent brutal killing of two British backpackers on the island of Koh Tao has highlighted what …

Atlanta vacation -- 6 reasons you'll love Georgia's capital | CNN Travel

15 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Ireland

Ireland is home to incredibly peaceful cemeteries, gorgeous castles, an awesome landscape of bogs, beaches, and cliffs, and of course, Guinness.<p>As I learned in a nine-day trip around Ireland and its sibling Northern Ireland, this island is one of the most magically friendly places on Earth.<p>Here are …

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Five Sun-Drenched Caribbean Islands to Visit This Winter

With winter holidays well on the way, there's no time like the present to set sights on a sun and fun filled escape to the colorful Caribbean. Covered in rainforests, dotted with volcanoes, bursting with wildlife and waterfalls, all surrounded by endless white sand beaches, the Caribbean islands …

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2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

Pop Star Taylor Swift's Childhood Home Listed for $800K

Pop Star Taylor Swift's Childhood Home Listed for $800K<p>Long before she dropped nearly $18M, cash, for a seaside summer mansion in Rhode Island, pop star <b>Taylor Swift</b> was dreaming big in this Pennsylvania home, where she spent a decade of her childhood. Now the current owners—who claim they had no …

Diet Coke’s Taylor Swift Can Is Sleek and Skinny, and You Could Be Too

Hi, tween girls who may have body-image issues and also like listening to Taylor Swift. Diet Coke is launching a new, limited-edition "Sleek Can." …