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Sawadee Thai A380 First Class

Admit it, when you hear "Thai," some part of you thinks of getting a massage. If you're flying Thai Airways First Class from Bangkok, in addition to superb ground handling and an excellent lounge, the Royal Orchid Spa will also sort you out with a 60-minute full body massage to assure that you're …

5 'International' Flights for Americans Without a Passport

An immense diversity of climates and terrains are encompassed within the broad sweep of the United States of America: "from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters," as Woody Guthrie sang back in the 1940s. But there's still a vast world to explore beyond the country's borders, a fact that can …

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Uncovering Hidden Meanings with a Local Guide

I'll be researching, filming new TV shows, and enjoying our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour in the next two months. Each day of my research time I'll be paling around with a local guide. This is my luxury as every minute spent with an expert and translator and friend at my side is filled with …

Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks in the U.S.

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks is hard to put into words.<p>From the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the breathtaking enormity of the Grand Tetons, it’s something you should experience firsthand—and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s <b>National Park Week</b>.<p>To pay homage to the …

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The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Alaska

Alaska is big. Extreme weather is kind of its thing. The state is full of bears, moose and other animals you really don't want to tangle with. It's no accident there are reality shows dedicated to highlighting just how dangerous/remote/weird Alaska can be. No wonder so many travelers prefer to let …

7 Secrets to Traveling Like an Expert

Traveling for business can be a big opportunity to get a lot done on the go. With proper planning, you can master your time and take charge of your trip -- from take off to touch down. The key to being productive is advanced preparation.<p>As a frequent traveler, I have spent countless hours in …

What Are the Best Places in Grand Canyon National Park to Camp?

<i>A:</i><p>Visitors flock to Grand Canyon National Park for awe-inspiring views. But if a quick peek over the edge isn’t enough, here are a few places to camp on the South and North Rims:<p>On the popular South Rim, where most visitors venture, Ruby Hill sits 30 miles from developed areas, offering secluded …

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Europe's "Second Cities" -- Like Portugal's Porto -- Come in First

I am really into "second cities" these days. For generations, several European Industrial Age powerhouses (Antwerp, Hamburg, Glasgow, Bilbao, and so on) were what we would call "rust belt," as their elegant "first city" counterparts enjoyed the luster of the Information Age. But over the last …

Living History: Rome's Pantheon

Living History: Rome, Episode No. 1 Pantheon Neighborhood from Living History on Vimeo.<p>The Pantheon takes everyone by surprise when they come to Rome. The nearly 2,000-year-old monumental temple is in the middle of the busiest neighborhood in the Eternal City, the historic center, and no matter …