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'Lemony Snicket' author sorry for 'racist' joke - CNN.com

One of Amazon.com's best books of 2014, Phil Klay's "Redeployment," is also the year's winner of the National Book Award for fiction. The short story collection is unflinching in its look at the realities of war and its effects on those fighting at the front lines. Klay, a Marine Corps vet who …

31 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money

Find the best deals online for plane tickets, hotel rooms, vacation packages and car rentals, domestic or abroad.<p>Feeling too pinched by the …

Hospitality

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Best of the West: Sweden by the Sea

<i>By Stephanie Pearson</i><p>“Oysters always taste best when you open them yourself,” says Hanna Thorén Karlsson, as she throws a thick blond braid over her shoulder and grabs a bivalve from a bed of seaweed. With a move that would bloody a lesser shucker, she slices the oyster in half. “The first rule of …

Sweden

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Insiders Guide to Old Bangkok

Thailand’s capital is at its most evocative in the narrow lanes and streets of <b>Old Bangkok</b>, where a renaissance of small, owner-restored guesthouses is making it easy for visitors to experience the rich culture of everyday Thai life.<p>“Every traveler has a special place, a home away from home,” says</i> …

Asia Travel

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The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …