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Amazon's $1.5 million political gambit backfires in Seattle City Council election

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle voters, in a rebuke to heavy corporate campaign spending by Amazon.com, have kept progressives firmly in control of their city council, reviving chances for a tax on big businesses that the tech giant helped fend off last year.<p>Amazon poured a record $1.5 million into a …

Politics

Top-Rated Travel Pillows That Make Plane & Train Rides Feel Painless

The bobblehead, the rag doll, the drinking bird — these are all moves you might be familiar with if you've ever tried to sleep sitting up in an airplane or car. With no neck support and your body relaxed and limp, your head tends to travel more during that flight or car ride than it does throughout …

Road Trips

Expedia, TripAdvisor plummet more than 20% after the online travel companies report poor earnings

Shares of Expedia and TripAdvisor both reached new year-to-date lows during midday trading on Thursday, tumbling as much as 25%.<p>The stock plunge …

Investing

How to Get the Best Price on an RV: 14 Tips That Actually Work

Campers are a luxury product and like any other luxury product, they are expensive. RVs are sold at higher profit margins than regular vehicles …

Markets

US travel industry to Chinese tourists: What trade war?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has dangled hotel discounts tied to the Chinese Lunar New Year.<p>Arizona has promoted its outdoor attractions to draw visitors during another popular Chinese holiday.<p>San Francisco has expanded its social media presence on Chinese apps to market year-round travel to …

Tourism

Are you paying too much for travel insurance?

There’s a rule of thumb when it comes to buying travel insurance: “Buy the least expensive policy that fits your needs,” says Jenna Hummer of online retailer Squaremouth. It’s not like wine, where the higher the price, the better the bottle.<p><b>How do you know if you are paying too much?</b><p>Experts say …

Travel

The Best Yoga Retreats In The U.S. Will Help You Unplug & Unwind On Your Next Vacation

In 2017, I went on my very first yoga retreat in California, and it was completely magical, to say the least. And though my <i>ultimate</i> dream is going on …

When the Drive Matters More Than the Destination

It’s a simpler equation than the classic chicken-or-egg question: The automobile came first, of course, but a road trip wasn’t far behind.<p>The open road, heavy with symbolism and full of promise, has long coursed through popular culture, with the journey at least as rewarding as the destination. In …

California bans travel-size plastic shampoo bottles from hotels

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a few years, you'll no longer be able to rely on hotels in California for those travel-size bottles of shampoo and lotion.<p>California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Wednesday that bans hotels from supplying such bottles in an effort to reduce the number of plastic containers being thrown …

The best season for riding is here at last

As the sun set on summer, we entered what is, for me, the best season for riding. All time, fall time may be a cliché, but it’s also completely …

Mountain Biking

What Japan can teach us about cleanliness

One of the first things visitors to Japan notice is how clean everywhere is – yet there are hardly any litter bins and street sweepers. What's the secret behind this contradiction?<p>The students sit with their satchels on their desks, eager to get home after another long day of seven 50-minute …

Why Planes Avoid Flying Over the Pacific Ocean

Bright Side takes a look at why airlines tend to avoid flying over the Pacific Ocean on trips from the west coast of the United States to locations …

Offbeat News

Ukraine - The Orange Revolution and the Yushchenko presidency

The presidential election of 2004 brought Ukraine to the brink of disintegration and civil war. Cleared to seek a third term as president by the …

As Amtrak drops dining cars, here's where fine dining still rides on the rails

Amtrak is moving away from traditional meal service next week on several long-distance trains, replacing cooked-to-order meals with prepackaged fare.<p>Rail travel enthusiasts lamented the cost-saving move, but they may have alternatives that offer better food, service and scenery.<p>Starting Tuesday, …

Trains

The Most Stunning Scenery in Europe

Is the view out your window depressingly gray, flat, or non-existent? It might be time to take in some eye-candy scenery.<p>Perhaps you've dreamed of …

Birthplace Of Walmart - Inside The First Store & Museum / Grave Of Sam Walton

The Ultimate Ireland Road Trip

The Wild Atlantic Way stretches from the very top of Ireland to the bottom, following the west coast from Inishowen, in Donegal, to Kinsale, in Cork. …

Ireland

This Is The Most Popular Tour In Rome And Here's Why

Also known as the Eternal Capital, the history of Rome is presented in the form of ancient fountains, earliest places of worship, Renaissance …

Thousands of Travelers Agree This Is the "Best Island in the World"

Though you might imagine the best islands in the world to share similar characteristics, <i>Travel+Leisure's</i> World's Best List proves there are many …

Prague’s Hidden Gems: 7 Places To Visit Off The Beaten Path - TravelAwaits.com

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a city of Old World charm that’s captured the hearts of its many visitors. Prague has undergone a …

These are a few of the most incredible natural wonders in every state

47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers , CA, Three Rivers, CA, US<p>37° 16.16', 112° 56.92' Zion National Park, Springdale, UT, US<p>Exit 31 off I-84 or Exit …

For Many Wealthy Brazilians, Portugal Is Becoming the New Miami

<i>Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.</i><p>Brazilian entrepreneur Ricardo Bellino knows a good deal …

Which states have the highest and lowest property taxes?

How much you pay in property taxes often comes down to which side of a county, city or district line you’re on. And if you’re a homebuyer this spring, it’s another important factor to consider while you house hunt.<p>Property taxes largely fund public schools but also other local services like roads …

Rick Steves: These Mediterranean beach towns inspired Picasso, Dalí and Matisse

Along the western Mediterranean coast, two easygoing – and easy-to-enjoy – beach towns stand like sister cities on each side of the Franco-Spanish border. Both Collioure, in France, and Cadaqués, in Spain, are off the grid when it comes to glitzy resorts. And each has a delightful ambiance – with …

England's 14 least visited attractions - turn up and surprise them this weekend

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The Tulip Fields of Creil: Pictures

Driver Licenses From These States May Soon Be Invalid for Domestic

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would like to remind you that you may need to bring something extra to the airport next year.<p>Over …

Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time

The travel guru believes the tiniest exposure to other cultures will change Americans’ entire lives.

You Can Take a Beautiful Cross-Country Train Trip for $213

Forget the cross-country road trip—travel blogger Derek Low says the best (and most scenic) way to see America is by train. And he’s figured out a …