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First Direct Flight From New Orleans To Cuba Since 1958 To Take Off This Weekend

A group of 80 business and civic leaders will take the first direct flight from New Orleans, La., to Cuba since 1958 on Saturday, according to an article published on Cuban state media.<p>Saturday’s flight comes after U.S. and Cuban officials agreed in December to take steps to normalize diplomatic …

Cuba

City and Country Branding - How Cities Compete in the 21st Century

It's March and people are starting to plan their travel for next summer. Some people are planning next winter break. Others are thinking about investing money or starting offices. Which city or country will you choose? In the past, the great cities of the world attracted virtually all the …

Sydney Opera House

My Misadventures After Divorce

I believe divorce is an opportunity for a new life. I divorced at age 39 and decided I needed some fresh experiences. I was open to taking risks. However, this resulted in some mistakes. Here are a few of my misadventures.<p><b>Mimicking Reality Shows</b><p>I am addicted to reality TV shows. Bravo TV's <i>The Real</i> …

Relationships

Nine Activities For Adrenaline Junkies In South Africa

<i>From hurling yourself off bridges to coming nose-to-nose with a great white shark, South Africa has a fix for every adrenaline addict.</i><p>Extreme South Africa from Jacada Travel on Vimeo.<p><b>ABSEILING DOWN TABLE MOUNTAIN</b><p>Table Mountain is a must-do when in Cape Town, but not many people get the opportunity …

South Africa

Impressions of India: Deogarh to Jodhpur

Tuesday January 13, 2015<p>This morning our driver Mr. Singh pulled up with a spiffy new bus loaded with deluxe features: the seats recline, the windows are large, and there's even a flat screen TV at the front so we can watch a Bollywood movie on our long journey tomorrow from Jodhpur to Jaipur!<p>As we …

Asia Travel

Crazy Cheap Deal: Fly to 10 Countries in 30 Days for Just $160

By: Chloe Pantazi<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>If you want to travel a lot for not a lot of money, Southeast Asia is your destination. And besides being cheap, the region offers some of the world's best party countries, like Thailand and Singapore. And right now, there's a country-hopping deal you simply …

South-east Asia

When You Should Complain to an Airline

I have a knack for spotting frequent complainer flyers. They're the ones on the security line or from across the gate ready to complain about anything and everything. I identify them and then stay far, far away from them and their air of angry.<p>Still, I think there are times when voicing a complaint …

Flying

Recently sold Crystal Cruises rolls out 2018 world cruise itineraries

If you've ever considered taking a world cruise, Crystal Cruises offers new options for 2018, including one that leaves from Los Angeles.<p>The luxury line recently announced concurrent world cruises aboard the Symphony and the Serenity with four itineraries and a meetup in Sydney, Australia.<p>The news …

10 Warm Places You Could Fly For Cheap RIGHT NOW

<i>by Paul Brady</i><p>For New Yorkers in need of an instant escape from a cold, hard winter, we used Kayak's handy "Explore" tool to search for cheap flights out of the city this month to destinations where the temperature is in the 80s <i>right now</i>. Kayak results show round-trip economy class travel, found in …

Kitesurfing

Daily Travel Startup Watch: Gocambio, BidnB and More

Every day we alert our readers of new startups in the travel industry being listed on AngelList, as an early information service for those who keep …

Travel Industry

Emirates airline offers 2-for-1 sale price from L.A. to Dubai for $1,299

Quick, grab a travel buddy! Here's a jaw-dropper of a twofer deal for those prepared to act fast. Emirates airline offers round-trip flights from Los Angeles and other U.S. cities to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for roughly $649 per person.<p>The deal: Two people have to fly to snag the special …

Museums

The Best Places to Soak in Hot Springs Around the World

There are few things in the world more relaxing than a soak in a hot spring.<p>These earthly wonders are rich in minerals, warm to the touch and both legend and some recent visitors have said they heal ailments ranging from joint pain to skin issues. Set in wondrous places like Bali, Iceland and …

Hot Springs

This Week in Travel Startup Funding: Airseed, Buster and More

Each week we create a roundup of travel startups that have received or announced funding that week.<p>Here are four companies that announced they raised …

Promising Pristina: what not to miss in Europe’s youngest capital

Domestic economic and political woes aside, Kosovo is slowly but surely coming into its own as one of the last corners of Europe for travellers to fully discover, with a spirited and sophisticated capital. While Pristina is not the most aesthetically appealing city you’ll ever come across, it …

European Travel

Why We Need ‘Travel Experts’

Pity the poor “travel expert.” Just about everyone wants to be one—or at least drink cocktails on a beach for a living (and do let me know if you find that job description out there). Yet which “title” gets air-quoted more often?<p>This probably happens because, unlike a field like neuroparasitology, …

The 30 Best Trips of 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

Adventure Travel

How To Find The Best Flight To Get You Where You Want To Go

Well, this has just taken the lead for best Internet invention of the day.<p>Fivethirtyeight.com, the wonderous ESPN site from Nate Silver, launched an interactive tool on Wednesday aptly named Which Flight Will Get You There Fastest?<p>It does exactly what you think it does. The site examines 6 million …

American Airlines

I Heart My City: Diana’s Geneva

<b>Diana Orduna</b> began her love affair with <b>Geneva</b>—a place she describes as “a huge melting pot of cultures, people, and international organizations”—three years ago. Soon after relocating from Mexico to the capital of Switzerland’s Romandy, or French-speaking, region, she started sharing her …

Chinese Tourists Expected to Spend $264 Billion a Year by 2019

Buy your holiday now, before a wave of 174 million Chinese tourists snap up the best bargains.<p>Already the most prolific spenders globally, the number …

Tourism

Why Learning a Foreign Language Requires Complete Immersion

Learning a new language is never easy, but it is especially hard in our current American education system. If you're anything like me (and the millions of other students who have suffered through our public school system), you know that the teaching styles implemented in schools don't really …

Language Learning

Vital Apps and Sites That Will Make You a Better Spontaneous Traveler

Procrastinators, rejoice: a new crop of digital tools can help you book an entire trip in a matter of minutes, even mere hours before takeoff. So get …

Los Angeles

Europe’s 8 Most Picturesque Towns

From the islands of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Alps, Europe’s postcard-perfect towns continue to inspire travelers with distinct …

European Travel

5 Reasons to Visit Southern New Mexico

Most visitors to New Mexico set out on the predictable Santa Fe‒Taos circuit in the northern part of the state, but those that follow the compass …

Fly Fishing
CNN

The Man Who Helps Countries Turn Investments Into Passports for the Rich

In 2006, the tiny Caribbean state of St. Kitts and Nevis was in deep trouble.<p>Its sugar plantations had closed a year earlier, gang violence had given …

West Indies

Etihad Brings Its Fancy Dreamliner to Washington, D.C. for Open Skies Battle

Following its announcement of its new A380 The Residence service in New York, Etihad Airways begins daily service to Washington, D.C. on its new …

Meet the Billionaire Who's Earned Over $80 Million in AmEx Points in Under a Year

Billionaire Liu Yiqian flew to Hong Kong to pay $45 million for a 15th century Tibetan embroidered silk thangka, and he used his frequent flier miles …

Hong Kong

Relaxing at the Airport

I really like to fly. I never get stressed by it (mainly because I'm still so amazed at being able to travel half way around the world in less than a day or across the country in a half a day) and I look forward to it every time. So when I saw this list from CNBC of the most stressful airports, I …

Aviation