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8 of the Most Unique Walking Paths in the World

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Once a battle site in the Croatian War of Independence, Plitvice Lakes National Park is an enchanting …

What you need to know to be a better tourist in 2018

Travel is a major global industry, but in 2017 it attracted unprecedented resentment and retaliation towards tourists. A growing global backlash against tourism extended from tropical rain forests to urban destinations like Rio de Janeiro and Venice.<p>I have studied tourism’s social and environmental …

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The 10 Cleverest Tech Ideas Of 2017

They’re not disruptive or futuristic. They involve no landmark technology. But these little innovations make using tech products measurably better right now.<p>For all the tech industry’s talk of changing the world, sometimes the best innovations aren’t particularly dramatic. They’re ideas that are …

10 health questions that had you Googling this year

<b>(CNN) —</b> What is lupus? How long does the flu last? What causes hiccups?<p>Those are just some of the health-related questions that Internet surfers in the United States asked Dr. Google in 2017, according to a list provided by Google spokeswoman Evan Barbour Grippi.<p>The data were collected from January …

Public Health

74 Things That Blew Our Minds in 2017

The Atlantic’s science, technology, and health reporters learned a lot this year.<p>This past year, reporters on <i>The Atlantic</i>’s science, technology, and health desks worked tirelessly, writing hundreds of stories. Each of those stories is packed with facts that surprised us, delighted us, and in some …

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See the world's best hostels chosen by more than one million travellers

Whether you’re a seasoned budget-backpacker or a five-star-hotel aficionado, a new list of the best hostels around the world for 2018 are sure to have you planning a trip.<p>With convenient locations, trendy communal areas, and funky roof-top patios, the top hostels in countries around the world have …

The joys of travel tribulations

Friends want the disaster angle of travelling.<p><b>OPINION:</b> Disasters. Near-disasters. Plans that went awry. After many years of writing and talking about …

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Long Weekends For Me Aren’t For Travelling, They’re For Lying In Bed Binge-Watching TV Shows

Sitting at your desk, dreamin' and drooling your way through the work-week, the mind goes to some pretty strange places. You start imagining yourself …

Know The Secret Middle Seat Trick When Booking Flights?

The humble middle seat on board an airliner. Nobody wants to sit there, hemmed in by burly football players on each side… or actually, depending on …

How Much is Too Much for a Hotel Room?

An open-ended question: do you have an absolute dollar limit on what you’ll spend on a hotel room or does it always vary by location and date? I …

12 Tips For Eating Out Abroad And Not Being Ripped Off

Be gone, £965 food bills 👋<p>In what is surely every traveller’s nightmare, four students were reportedly charged an eye-watering £965 (€1,100) for a …

A Tale Of Two Travel Opportunities: When You Have A Different Passport Than Your Partner

Traveling as a couple is supposed to bring you together, but what if you’re from different countries? Or make vastly disparate salaries? As countries like the United States are enacting travel bans, the question of who can visit where is becoming especially sensitive.<p>Talking about travel privilege …

'Serial stowaway' woman flies to UK without passport or ticket

A "serial stowaway" managed to evade airport security and fly to London without a passport or boarding pass.<p>Marilyn Hartman, 66, was observed on …

Cook County

Wakayama rafting: It's on logs -- and standing up! | CNN Travel

Spirit Airlines passengers fight over loud music

<b>(CNN) —</b> A disagreement got physical on Spirit Airlines on Wednesday, when two women started playing loud music on their portable speaker after landing.<p>Spirit Flight 141 from Baltimore had just landed at Los Angeles International Airport and was taxiing to the gate when the incident began.<p>"Two …

Tourist's photos show everyday scenes in Pyongyang, North Korea | CNN Travel

Tokyo POV: Tourism insights from bloggers who live there | CNN Travel

Tokyo Station: 10 things you probably didn't know | CNN Travel

Man Overboard! Cruise Ship Passengers Lost at Sea

Every cruise ship passenger's worst nightmare is the fear of falling or being pushed overboard. While the cruise industry likes to downplay the frequency of these events -- as well as their ability to prevent them, they seem to be happening far more often.<p>So far in the first two months of 2015 …

11 Great Pre-Trip Prep Tips to Start Your Travels off Right

Alexander Graham Bell once said, "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about travel but it's apropos nonetheless. It's the little things that you do up front that pave the way to a stress-free experience. While I can't guarantee you won't hit …

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

And cheaper, too!<p>Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site …

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11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreign travelers

Japan has a unique culture with a very strict code of etiquette.<p>There are specific ways to eat noodles, good practices for accepting gifts, and certain rules to follow to avoid insulting a host.<p>This complex web of social rules and traditions can be overwhelming for those traveling to Japan, so we …

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Packing for Seven Countries With Three Kids: A Joy or a Nightmare?

Packing for an international trip can be tricky. Packing for a seven month expedition to a new continent, spanning seven different countries and three seasons, with five family members is overwhelming.<p>Fortunately for us, we're people who live by lists. My wife's approach is tech savvy: a smart …

Packing for Your Trip to Europe: Then & Now

Packing for a trip has always been both an art and a science. Packing too little will cost you time and energy that could be spent touring--packing too much will leave you disorganized, overburdened and lacking the critical space to bring home your souvenirs. And that doesn't even begin to factor …

Driving a Useless Camper Along the Great Ocean Road of Australia

After our three great adventures in Uluru, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, we decided to go on a road trip for a few days and discover the roads and back roads of Australia. From Brisbane, we flew to Melbourne, skipping one more time the great city of Sydney, as we wanted to keep the …

10 Dishes Every Beginner Cook Should Master

What's the best dish for a beginner cook to try? We asked star chefs from all over the country for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say.<p>…

8 Items to Include in Your Vacation Home Welcome Booklet

Usually a week or so prior to Christmas, we are really slow in the vacation home management business here in Orlando. Christmas time is one of the …

Hanoi: Motor Scooter City

HANOI, Vietnam -- I want tell you about Vietnam: its people, its culture, its economy, its disputes, and its aspirations.<p>But I can't. Not yet.<p>Like other visitors to this capital city, I'm not focused on the wide, French-colonial boulevards, the roadsides decorated with extraordinary ceramic mosaics …

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