Top Travel Headlines in August, September and October 2013 (Q3)

Top Travel Headlines in August, September and October 2013 (Q3)


Q3 had many exciting deals, announcements, memories, incidents and changes. In this post, we review the top headlines for the past 3 months. Check 'em out - maybe you missed one! 


Cuba: Viva la revolución! 
A visit to Cuba no longer has to involve bland cuisine and state-run hotels; the islands fledgling private sector is enriching the tourist experience The Independent
Florida: Smithsonian cruises around the state
Heres an entertaining spring cruise from Smithsonian Journeys that focuses on Florida’s natural beauty, historic sites, wildlife and cultural charms LA Times
Looking for a room in New York? 10 new hotels, from frugal to spendy 
Finding the right hotel in New York City is rarely easy, but it helps to have options. Here are 10 new ones LA Times
First look: The Disney Magics hip new adult zones
The Disney Magics adults-only nighttime entertainment area has been completely redone with a new nightclub called Fathoms, a new piano bar called Keys and a new Irish pub called OGills USA Today
The Fab Five: Australian hotels for wine lovers
Five of the best hotels in Australia with vineyards on their doorstep Telegraph (London)
Should we boycott Botswana?
Several operators are boycotting Botswana over the alleged persecution of the Bushmen Telegraph (London)
Trail of the Unexpected: Gentle giants of Chengdu 
Pandas and a soaring Buddha statue greet Harriet OBrien on a visit to this Sichuan city The Independent
48 Hours In: Girona 
Home to the worlds best restaurant, this lively Catalan city also offers chic boutiques, a colourful old town and intriguing folklore The Independent
Escape to Cornwall: On gardening leave at the Eden Project 
Cornwalls popular attraction is now offering visitors the chance to become Gardener For a Day in its artificial biomes The Independent
Porter named best small airline in the world by Condé Nast Traveler 
The influential travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named Canadas Porter Airlines the best small airline in the world Globe and Mail
FAA to allow tablets and e-readers during all phases of flight
Airplane passengers who forgot to bring a magazine will soon have other entertainment options besides browsing SkyMall and the in-flight safety card. The FAA announced Thursday that the agency will be relaxing half-a-century old guidelines on passenger electronic device use during takeoff and landing, allowing the use of tablets, e-readers, dvd players and video game consoles during these critical phases of flight NBCNews.com
Post-Halloween storm could slow Friday flights
Airline passengers in the East may find more tricks thantreats if they are flying on this day after Halloween USA Today
In Namibia, Conservation and Tourism Intersect
For nearly two decades, the southern African country has been part of an experiment to help wildlife and local communities New York Times
In Amish Country, on the Train to Paradise
A caboose-themed motel, a steam-train ride and Thomas the Tank Engine are just three of the attractions visitors can find during a visit to Strasburg, Pa., in Lancaster County New York Times
12 steps to a better email campaign
Most businesses today have some sort of broadcast email to communicate with their clients. Email broadcasts done right can result in sales, leads, and good karma. Broadcasts done wrong can wreak havoc on your business and even cost you clients, and revenue TRO Smith
Plan to turn Venice rubbish island into theme park
A top maker of amusement park rides unveiled a controversial project on Wednesday to transform a "rubbish island" in Venice into a cultural attraction, insisting the floating city would not be blemished by a fun park Sydney Morning Herald
Turbulence for Air traffic control modernization
Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nations air traffic control system, one of the governments most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble USA Today
Royal Princess makes its North American debut
The Royal Princess, Princess Cruises newest ship, arrived in Fort Lauderdale this week, making its North American debut and launching its inaugural season of Caribbean cruises CruiseCritic.com
You Wont Believe These Hotels Histories 
Theyre not just a pretty face -- many of the worlds top 100 luxury hotels and resorts also boast fascinating and sometimes strange histories. Here are some of our favorites The Huffington Post
13 Spooky Underground Attractions
These 13 underground man-made attractions scattered around the globe boast spectacular histories as former dwellings, burial grounds, and even smugglers tunnels. Plus, theyre more than a little creepy The Huffington Post
P&O and Cunard Eliminate Vantage and Getaway Fares
Cunard Line and P&O Cruises are doing away with their Vantage and Getaway fares in 2014, less than a year after rolling out the fare structure CruiseCritic.com
Waldorf Astoria Berlin, Germany: review
The Waldorf Astoria Berlin has elegant interiors, warm service and superb dining Telegraph (London)
Destination: Barcelona 
Visit the capital of Spains Catalonia region and youll find a local language (Catalan), inventive tapas and architecture reflecting the eponymous style of Antoni Gaudi IndependentTraveler.com
$1.9 million tour comes with a 25-carat diamond
This may go down as one of the most over-the-top tours the travel industry has ever seen, though thankfully it doesnt come out of the industry per se NBCNews.com
Spirit Airlines mulls tying fees to flight demand
The complex world of airlines fees might soon get even more confusing NBCNews.com
Delta 767 diverts to remote outpost in Alaskan Pacific
Delta Air Lines passengers on Flight 208 headed from Tokyo to San Francisco were treated to an unexpected stopover near Alaskas remote Aleutian Island chain earlier this morning USA Today
10 irresistibly charming World Heritage cities
Ancient monuments. Preserved town centers. Superlative art and architecture. While UNESCO has its World Heritage criteria, what makes a place "charming" is a bit more subjective USA Today
Restaurant Report: Lievito Madre al Mare in Naples, Italy
A member of a pizza-baking Neapolitan clan opens his newest venture just yards from the Bay of Naples, pairing pies with sprawling views New York Times
Churches and Cheap Seafood Off the Coast of Chile
Chiloé, an archipelago off the southern part of the country, offers a number of choices for frugal-friendly exploration New York Times
Airbus calls for wider seats on long flights
Airbus is calling on the airline industry to require wider seats on long-haul flights, citing a new study that found that just an extra inch of room vastly improves in-flight comfort and sleep quality CNN
The Palace Downtown Dubai hotel, Dubai: review
The Palace Downtown, in the UAE, is a Dubai hotel offering characterful furnishings, extensive facilities, and authentic food, close to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa Telegraph (London)
Best affordable island hotels
Too often the daydream of lounging under palm trees on some enchanted island is punctured by the reality of sky-high hotel and resort prices CNN
10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad 
Safety should be a key consideration no matter where you travel, and part of staying safe in an unfamiliar place is dressing to blend in IndependentTraveler.com
Disney Cruise Line Adds Lifeguards
Disney Cruise Line quietly became the first major cruise line to have lifeguards onboard its ships in late September when it began stationing them at its family pools on Disney Dream and Disney Magic. Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder will get lifeguards by mid-November CruiseCritic.com
100 Cruise Ship Passengers Cars Damaged in St. Jude Storm
Scores of cars owned by cruise passengers onboard two Fred. Olsen ships were damaged by high winds and water in a parking facility at the port of Dover during yesterdays (28 Oct.) storm CruiseCritic.com
Frozen Antarctica is a hot place to visit in 2014
One of the hottest places to visit in 2014 is Antarctica, according to the writers and readers of the Lonely Planet guide book series. Its right up there with Brazil and Scotland NBCNews.com
Former TB hospital now attracts ghost hunters
A Kentucky hospital that was once the last stop for thousands of people sickened by tuberculosis is now a popular haunt among ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts who say some of the former patients still lurk behind creaky doors and in lonely patient rooms NBCNews.com
AA-US Airways, Justice agree to mediator in merger case
Could the merger battle between the Justice Department and would-be partners American and US Airways be headed for a settlement? USA Today
Best Caribbean islands for beaches
On virtually every island in the Caribbean youll find a great beach — from Trinidads Maracas Beach, home to the "bake and shark" sandwich stalls, to Negril, Jamaicas seven-mile-long wonder. But on the following islands, beaches – ranging from remote to rowdy -- are the biggest selling point USA Today
Why travelers need a functioning government
The 16-day drama may be over, but wed be naïve to think weve seen the last government sequester, debt-ceiling crisis or full-blown shutdown. You cant address the shutdown and skirt politics, but whether you support or abhor the role of government, there is no denying its ubiquitous presence in trave USA Today
Tour Tennessee distilleries for moonshine and whiskey
Tennessee moonshiners once scurried the hills, the thickets and streams to hide copper pot stills and moonshine jugs from the Revenue agents and sheriffs. Skirmishes between the law and illegal Tennessee whiskey makers regularly occurred after the Civil War, when the government increased tax collection efforts, but became an everyday event during Prohibition USA Today
Hotel Review: The Marker Hotel in Dublin
This luxury property, which opened in April, is part of a vibrant new commercial district in the citys docklands New York Times
Sightseeing at 26.2 Miles at a Time
Thom Gilligan, a tour company founder, on the allure of marathons in destinations both familiar and exotic New York Times
The beautiful buzz and the hellacious hangover of content marketing
For any marketer looking to build awareness, establish authority, capture leads, turn prospects into customers and customers into loyal brand advocates, content marketing is the recipe du siècle (century) 21 TRO Smith
Update: Princess Cruise Ship Departs After Two-Night Storm Delay
Crown Princess departed Southampton today at 3 p.m. local time and is headed for Lisbon where it is expected to arrive on Wednesday. The ship will overnight through Thursday afternoon, after which it will sail directly to BermudaCruiseCritic.com
The Big Six: Cotswolds retreats 
Farmhouse chic, original beams, serene furnishings, Chris Beardshaw gardens, and mounted antlers The Independent
Americas Best Towns for Halloween
When locals set up paranormal-searching equipment at the B&O Museum in Oakland, MD, they were in for a fright: they heard eerie footsteps and a spooky voice inquiring, "Is this hell?" The Huffington Post
D-Day anniversary cruises
To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a wave of ocean and river cruises will be visiting the beaches of Normandy next year. Here is a selection of whats on offer Telegraph (London)
The makings of a modern hotel
If you spend any length of time at airports or hotels, youve no doubt noticed that theres a new breed of business traveler these days. Theyre younger, hipper and are sporting a messenger bag full of the latest technology CNN
Lonely Planets top destinations for 2014
Brazil, Antarctica and Scotland are the top three destinations to visit in 2014, according to the hot-off-the-press Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 CNN
How airlines are nickel and diming their way to record revenue
Customers might not like them, but airlines sure do. Airlines are on track to collect a record $42.6 billion in ancillary revenue, according to a new study NBCNews.com
Will airlines use customization for good or evil?
Behind the scenes, the propellerheads who create your fares are working on a smarter way to sell tickets. The airline industry is developing technology standards that could serve up a special fare intended only for you, based on how often you fly, where you live, your gender, age or marital status. But online travel agencies and consumer advocates are skeptical of customization USA Today
Arthur Frommer: We believe in the future of guidebooks
Arthur Frommer, the guru of travel guides, together with his daughter and travel expert Pauline Frommer are relaunching Frommer guidebooks. With 30 titles in two formats, the books reach stores November 1. Why did the Frommers reacquire the rights to publish their books? USA Today
10 best things about the revamped Disney Magic
Cruising sans kids, Suzi and Chris Rapp of West Palm Beach, Fla., were in line for a fourth time to do AquaDunk, the new and super-fast water slide onboard the Disney Magic USA Today
Cleaners find $1.9M worth of gold bars in plane toilet
An aircraft cleaning crew found 280 gold bars worth more than $1 million inside the toilet of a plane belonging to Middle East discount airline Flydubai USA Today
The secrets to shopping Paris markets
In Paris, shopping the outdoor markets for fresh produce isnt the bourgeois bohemian sport that many of us play. Parisians shop for convenience, quickly, at the market closest to them of the 76 (give or take) in central Paris USA Today
Worlds best wellness resorts
If your last vacation involved more stress than rest, maybe youre ready to consider taking your time off to the next level. USA Today
Off Ireland, a Rugged Journey to Remote Ruins
It takes a sturdy stomach and a strong sense of purpose to brave the trip to Skellig Michael, an island eight miles off the coast of Ireland. Heres what people find once they get there New York Times
Bar hopping in Key West 
The Hedonist: What to see and where to be seen The Independent
Lima: Palaces and pisco in Perus capital 
A stroll through the Garden City reveals flower-filled squares and decadent spots to sink cocktails The Independent
Too big to sail? Cruise ships face scrutiny
One of the largest cruise ships in 1985 was the 46,000-ton Carnival Holiday. Ten years ago, the biggest, the Queen Mary 2, was three times as large. Today’s record holders are two 225,000-ton ships whose displacement, a measure of a ship’s weight, is about the same as that of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier NBCNews.com
Cruise Line Shorts: Samana is Out, a New Loyalty Program and More Cruise News
Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we dont always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know aboutCruiseCritic.com
7 reasons package tours arent lame
Theres a tendency for many to disparage group tours, snicker over the doltish stereotypes and, in the process, feel like superior world citizens. But tours come in all shapes and sizes and, regardless of what you might consider "real travel," they play an important role in the travel world CNN
United fined $1.1 million over Chicago delays
United Airlines has been fined $1.1 million over delays that kept passengers stranded on the tarmac at Chicagos OHare International Airport for hours last year CNN
Language Facts Around The World
Yes, we all know there are languages aplenty across the globe, but did you know that roughly 1/4 of the worlds population knows a bit of English... and that 12.44% of the worlds population speaks Mandarin as a first language? The Huffington Post
Intense storm disrupts Heathrow, Europe travel
Hundreds of flights have been canceled and more delayed as the United Kingdom is pounded by one of its worst storms in years. The storm also is disrupting travel elsewhere in northern Europe, including Ireland, France and the Netherlands USA Today
Best all-inclusive resorts for romance
Whats more romantic than focusing solely on your travel companion? Some would argue that an all-inclusive resort makes that easier. No need for a wallet or purse, no worries about budget or expenditures USA Today
Ask the Captain: Whats in store for the future of aviation?
I do believe that we will fly supersonically again. The question is, when will we make the decision to invest the resources to do it? USA Today
Best apps for booking last-minute hotel rooms
There are all sorts of reasons that force travelers to book a hotel room at the last minute. It used to be that youd have to pick up your phone and call several hotels to see if they had a room in your price range. Now, there are a number of mobile apps that either specialize in last-minute hotel bookings or have sections that do USA Today
Best cruise ship brunches at sea
Brunch is part of the cruise scene with several lines doing their own twists on the meal — typically on sea days when passengers have time to linger USA Today
Competing to Tell Jack the Rippers Story
With this fall marking the 125th anniversary of the Jack the Ripper murders in London, tour operators are battling over customers interested in the macabre tale New York Times
Inside the Walls of Fez
Relying on instinct, hospitality and a bit of technology, the author discovers the rewards of exploring the Moroccan citys medina without a guide New York Times
Plans for Thai entry tax criticised
Tour operators have criticised the Thai governments proposals for a tourist tax on all international visitors Telegraph (London)
The best escorted tours
Escorted trips for next year are opening doors and exploring new territory Telegraph (London)
Maradiva Villas, Mauritius: review
Maradiva Villas has private plunge pools, romantic dining and a range of activities Telegraph (London)
Authorities Identify Human Remains Found on Costa Concordia Wreck
Remains found on the wreck of Costa Concordia earlier this month have been identified as passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi, the Italian news association ANSA is reporting. Trecarichi was one of two people still missing after Concordia crashed and foundered January 2012 CruiseCritic.com
5 Of The Worlds Most Remote Destinations Require Crazy Travel But Are Totally Worth It 
Planes, trains, automobiles and… a cargo ship? Thats what it might take to get to Madagascars most remote national park. For other spots like it, the haul is even longer The Huffington Post
The Top 10 Cities in the U.S. 
The United States is a vast country - and while the open landscapes and breathtaking spaces are always inviting, some of the best places to experience this great country are in its sprawling cities The Huffington Post
Hong Kong Travel Guide
Hong Kong is a colorful, thriving combination of ancient Eastern culture and Western innovation IndependentTraveler.com
Seven Smart Reasons to Join a Hotel Rewards Program 
Forget airline points. Hotel points are the way to go -- scoring you such bonuses as free hotel stays, room upgrades, parking and more. Read about hotel rewards programs IndependentTraveler.com
Customer loyalty? Those reward points may die with you
Loyalty club members often worry that a program will end up six feet under, leaving them with nothing to show for participating. But if you die, those reward points and miles amassed may be just as worthless NBCNews.com
Is Boeings iconic 747 nearing the end of the line?
For decades, the Boeing 747 was the Queen of the Skies. But the glamorous double-decker jumbo jet that revolutionized air travel and shrunk the globe could be nearing the end of the line USA Today
10 great places to see monsters
Dont limit yourself to ghosts or goblins this Halloween. The worlds full of mysterious beasts USA Today
Exclusive: First look at the revamped Disney Magic
Just how much has changed on the Disney Magic? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAYs cruise hub USA Today
The Panama Canal will float your boat
Its barely an hour after daybreak when the Celebrity Millennium enters Balboa Harbor near Panama City, leaving the Pacific Ocean behind, but already the ships outer decks are lined with passengers USA Today
How to avoid being that marketing creep
You wouldnt let a stranger roam through your home while you were gone would you? That’s creepy! Well, with social media, often that is exactly what happens TRO Smith
A Taste of Napa, on a Budget
You dont have to spend a lot to have a lot of fun in California wine country. Here are some tips for seeing it the frugal way New York Times
36 Hours in Milwaukee
Sausage, cheese and beer? Sure. But look around Wisconsins largest city and youll also find everything from books to art New York Times
No reservations: Apps cater to rise in last-minute hotel booking
As cell phones have become an increasingly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives, theyve had the effect of unleashing a kind of epidemic of spontaneity CNN
An endless fiesta in Seville
The alluring Spanish city has impressive sights, including a Moorish palace and garden, and enticing celebrations, from food and flamenco to Holy Week Seattle Times
Kauai Attractions That Will Have You Ready To Book A Flight... Now 
Most people are familiar with the "Big Three" among the Hawaiian islands; Oahu, Big Island and Maui are staples for Hawaii tourists and are usually first stops for visitors. But theres a strong case to be made for why Kauai, the Garden Island, should be your first stop in Hawaii The Huffington Post
7 Most Mysterious Places In The World 
There is so much we can learn about the ancient world. With every discovery, archaeologists uncover more about civilizations that came before us. What we know, however, is nothing compared to the questions left unanswered The Huffington Post
Viking Cruises Starts Selling Ocean Cruises in U.K., Adds Select 2016 Cruises
Viking Cruises has started selling its new ocean line Viking Ocean Cruises to U.K. passengers CruiseCritic.com
Treviso, Italy: an underrated gateway to Venice
No-frills flights to Venice often land in Treviso, some 20 miles away. But theres good reason to delay the onward trip Telegraph (London)
Why You Cant Always Trust Map Apps 
That handy map app on your smartphone can help you find a gas station, a bookstore or a bite to eat -- but should you always trust the information it gives you? IndependentTraveler.com
Southwest Q3 profit soars on higher fares, cheaper fuel
Higher fares and lower fuel bills proved to be a good mix for Southwest Airlines in the third quarter USA Today
Haunted hotels set Halloween scene
Forget the haunted house. Those looking for a ghostly encounter this Halloween can get up close and personal with departed spirits from the luxury of a hotel room. These hotels across the country allegedly have observable poltergeist activity – so prepare for some chills and thrills on your next overnight stay USA Today
Best cruises for a weekend getaway
Maybe you dont have a full weeks vacation coming. Or you want to combine a visit with the relatives with a short cruise. Or youre a first-time cruiser afraid to commit to a full week at sea. Whatever the reason, cruise lines get that some people cant (or dont want to) do a seven-night cruise. As a result, the lines are offering an increasing number of shorter cruise options USA Today
August flights more punctual than July, tardier than 2012
Flights among the largest airlines in August were more punctual than in July, but slightly later than during the same period a year earlier USA Today
Hotel Review: Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro
A piece of Old World elegance by Copacabana Beach, this 232-room hotel is more than just a place for cleaning off the sand New York Times
Restaurant Report: Proprietors Bar & Table in Nantucket, Mass.
At this spot, opened in June, the menu reflects the spirit of Nantucket and the flavors of the world New York Times
Looking for a Bus or Train? New Sites Aim to Help
Start-ups are trying to make searching across multiple bus and train companies as easy as comparing airline carriers New York Times
The longest flight in the world
Climbers conquer Everest. Runners complete the marathon. And globe-trotters master the ultralonghaul flight CNN
10 things to know before visiting South Africa
South Africa -- its the part of the continent most of us know at least a little about. Now almost two decades removed from apartheid, the country at the bottom of the continent has taken up the place it deserves as one of Africas top tourist destinations CNN
Americana afloat: River cruising the USA
The romance of the mighty Mississippi, along with a number of other U.S. waterways, continues to attract those seeking an authentic slice of Americana, and a number of cruise lines cater to travelers looking for such a floating escapeCNN
Celtic Manor Resort hotel, Newport, Gwent: review
Celtic Manor Resort, in Gwent, is a Newport hotel offering a choice of restaurants, comfortable rooms and a Ryder Cup championship golf course Telegraph (London)
The Top 10 Marvels of the Modern World 
When we think about the wonders of the world, evocative images of ancient structures in Rome, Giza, Peru, or Southeast Asia typically come to mind. And while the ancient wonders of the world are indeed spectacular, this most recent millennium also has its fair share of jaw-dropping testaments to political, religious, or simple human greatness that no traveler can miss The Huffington Post
Vacation Rentals, Are They Right for You? 
A vacation rental can help you feel like a local when youre far from home. Read on for tips for deciding whether its the right choice for you IndependentTraveler.com
7 most outrageous travel fees -- and how to prepare for them
Even the most careful trip planners can get blindsided by these surprise expenses. Learn the most common budget-busting fees before they bite you in the, um, wallet NBCNews.com
Windstar Cruises heading to Southeast Asia and Arabia
Windstar Cruises will launch its first-ever cruises in Southeast Asia and Arabia next year, officials said USA Today
Where to stay in Grand Cayman
Before the big building boom began, accommodations on Grand Cayman were utilitarian. Today they are the complete opposite, with choices from budget-friendly to five-star. Hotels are clustered behind Seven Mile Beach along West Bay Road. Staying here ensures you can get to most of the islands better restaurants, clubs and attractions on foot or by a short cab ride USA Today
Southwest ranks as easiest travel company to deal with
When it comes to flying, Southwest makes the experience a lot easier to handle than its peers USA Today
What are the worlds most thrilling airports?
Some airports make the list for white-knuckle landings while others are there for their unusual juxtaposition with surrounding communities USA Today
Best scuba diving sites in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are one of the Caribbeans best dive destinations for one simple reason: good genetics. The three islands — Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac — are the tips of an enormous undersea ridge that is the lip of an even more enormous undersea valley USA Today
Lvivs, and a Familys, Stories in Architecture
During a visit to the Ukrainian city, the author peels back layers of Lvivs history, and his connection to it New York Times
Growing a Wine Destination in South Dakota
Over the past five years, the number of wineries in the state has jumped by more than 50 percent, and wineries are reporting large increases in visits New York Times
The future of social media and the social journey
In our socially dominated world, travelers dont just go on holiday, they also take a social journey – and their friends are on board for the ride TRO Smith
10 Types Of Tourists Locals Love To Hate 
If you live in a city or a popular tourism area, you probably know that feeling of slightly irrational rage when a tourist does something silly or gets in your way The Huffington Post
Best Beaches Coast to Coast
With 12,383 miles of coastline in the United States, finding the best beach escape is no small task The Huffington Post
Cruise Line Forced to Cancel Shore Excursion Due to Bush Fires
Bushfires raging across Australia have so far affected one cruise ship excursion around Sydney CruiseCritic.com
Compensation for damaged luggage
Ask the experts: Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, advises on how to claim money back if your luggage is damaged Telegraph (London)
Brompton Farmhouse, Shropshire: hotel review
Fiona Duncan finds a warm welcome, refurbished rooms and an excellent cookery school Telegraph (London)
B&B and Beyond: Château Le Thil, France 
One of the regions grape-growing families has given new life to an 18th-century manor house The Independent
48 Hours In: Linz 
This forward-thinking Austrian city offers cobbled streets and chocolate shops alongside cutting-edge art institutions The Independent
Washington’s 10 best restaurants
Politics and power brokers make for some buzzy gossip – and heady prices – at top restaurants. But thanks to the diversity of people who call the United States capital home, the D.C. dining scene is also a melting pot of eclectic flavours and international cuisines Globe and Mail
Put away your souwester: This East Coast city is more chic than you remember 
Ten years ago, it was impossible to get a decent cup of coffee in downtown St. Johns. At least, thats what the locals say. Thanks to Newfoundland’s recent economic boom, driven primarily by the oil and gas industry, that is certainly no longer the case Globe and Mail
Voters weigh $15 hourly minimum wage for airport, hotel workers
The Seattle suburb of SeaTac is home to 27,000 people and the nation’s 16th-busiest airport — and among the highest rates of poor children and families in the state. If voters approve next month, it could also be a test lab for a novel way to tackle low wages paid to workers such as parking lot attendants, hotel clerks and airport baggage handlers NBCNews.com
Eat and sleep on the cheap in Waikiki 
Here are seven hotels in Waikiki for less than $200 a night and 10 restaurants where a meal will set you back $20 a person or less. Aloha! LA Times
Astronaut to headline Caribbean cruise
Always wanted to meet an astronaut? Heres your chance: Luxury line Silversea will have one onboard a December sailing in the Caribbean USA Today
Deltas profit soars on fuller planes, rising fares
Delta Air Lines said Tuesday its third quarter net income rose 31% from a year ago to $1.37 billion as passenger demand increased along with air fares the carrier has been able to charge USA Today
10 Great Places to Curl up with a Cup of Tea
Tea has come a long way from the white-glove formality of Downton Abbey. A new generation of tea lounges has emerged, emphasizing that the drink is healthy and hip USA Today
Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly
The T.S.A. has at its fingertips a large range of personal records to prescreen passengers, including past travel, property records and vehicle registrations New York Times
The Marylebone Hotel, London: review
The Marylebone Hotel, in London, is a Marylebone hotel offering comfortable rooms, exceptional service and excellent breakfasts, close to Oxford Street and Regents Park Telegraph (London)
The ultimate Dr. Who fan-boy pilgrimage to Britain 
Gearing up to toast the Doctor – for the uninitiated, hes a human-like alien travelling through time and space battling baddies – Britain is full of opportunities for diving into the show’s family-friendly Whoniverse Globe and Mail
Seabourn Will Add New Cruise Ship to Fleet in 2016
Eight months after the sale of half of its fleet, Seabourn is officially making plans to add a new ship to its luxury roster CruiseCritic.com
Carnival Cruise Lines Worker Killed in Accident
A Carnival Conquest crew member was killed yesterday in an accident while he was doing exterior maintenance work on the ship in New Orleans CruiseCritic.com
12 Reasons You Definitely Need A Buffer Day After Vacation 
When we jump from blissful vacation mode into real-world mode too abruptly, stress often reaches a higher peak than before we left. All too often, that fresh-out-of-the-sand buzz evaporates into a panicked flurry while we hustle to catch up on a weeks worth of chores The Huffington Post
The Best Islands in the World
Just in time for getting your mind off of fall, we present the best islands in the world The Huffington Post
Americas Best Haunted Hotel Tours
Hotels may have ghosts lurking their halls year-round, but those spirits seem to get awfully busy in October The Huffington Post
At 652 seats, Transaeros A380s could top all others
When Transaero Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 in 2015, the Russian carriers superjumbo jet may end up having the highest seating capacity of any commercial passenger jet in the world USA Today
Why loss of mileage runners would hurt us all
It may be too early to write the obituary for frequent-flier mileage runs — those legendary year-end flights that offer a shortcut to an airlines coveted "elite" status — but its easy to see the end from here USA Today
Planning shore excursions
Many of you will pick a sail­ing re­gion be­cause you want to ex­plore all a lo­ca­tion has to of­fer, be it stun­ning rain­forests load­ed with wildlife or cul­tur­al cap­itals with great mu­se­ums. As such, your ex­pe­ri­ence on shore can make or break your cruise va­ca­tion. So plan­ning ahead what youre go­ing to do at the ports of call your ship will vis­it is im­por­tant USA Today
Best places to golf in Montego Bay
Jamaica is one of the premier golf destinations in the entire Caribbean, behind only powerhouses Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Montego Bay, the islands second-largest city, offers a rich quantity and quality of courses. Throw in a wide range of top resort options and Jamaicas unique culture, music and cuisine, and you have the makings of a great golf vacation. Even the many cruise-ship guests who visit Montego Bay just for a day can take advantage of one of four standout courses close to the city USA Today
Park, pump and pig out at gourmet gas stations
If youve never chowed down at a gas station, well, maybe its time to reconsider. Five-star filling stations are popping up across the nation. And they will surprise you, in a good way. Im talking pork-belly sandwiches, tapenade-topped goat burgers and pan-seared sea scallops USA Today
13 most popular hotel room service items
Room service is a luxury and a true hallmark of traveling. Having a piping-hot meal delivered right to your hotel room lets you know that youve arrived USA Today
Reflections on a Paris Left Behind
Moving on after five years as The Timess Paris bureau chief, the author tackles the citys clichés and clashes, beauty and filth, walks and wealth Telegraph (London)
10 tips for posting content on LinkedIn
If youre like most LinkedIn users, setting up your profile was a major item checked off your "to-do" list and youre now wondering "ok, now what?!" TRO Smith
7 Most Mysterious Places In The World 
There is so much we can learn about the ancient world. With every discovery, archaeologists uncover more about civilizations that came before us. What we know, however, is nothing compared to the questions left unanswered The Huffington Post
Holland America Line Cancels Entire Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Season
Holland America Line has canceled an entire cruise season next year as a result of ongoing unrest in Egypt. CruiseCritic.com
Best in Cruise Travel: Cruise Critic Names 2013 U.S. Editors Picks Winners
The votes have been tallied and the envelopes prepared. Once again, Cruise Critic is showcasing the best of the best in cruise travel with Cruise Critics 6th Annual Editors Picks Awards CruiseCritic.com
Is Manila the worlds worst airport?
The biggest airport in the Philippines has been named the worlds worst for the second year running Telegraph (London)
Beijing city guide
An essential guide to Beijing, China, including advice on the best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and attractions Telegraph (London)
Room Service: Heritage for the Home Counties
Swags, bows and ruffles may spring to mind at the mention of a Laura Ashley concept hotel, but the people behind the 60-year-old brand are keen to exorcise the ghosts of chintzy past The Independent
Concorde and supersonic travel: The days when the sun rose in the west 
Its been 10 years since Concordes last passenger flight. There was nothing quite like flying supersonic The Independent
Travellers guide: Piedmont 
Steeped in local legend and fine food, this north Italian region is at its most evocative in autumn The Independent
New riverboat itinerary: St. Louis to New Orleans
American Cruise Lines has announced new one-way itineraries between St. Louis and New Orleans USA Today
Tourists flock to DC sites after shutdown
Visitors lined up for Washingtons museums to finally reopen Thursday after a 16-day government shutdown that cost each site money in lost retail sales, theater tickets and concessions. NBCNews.com
Battle brewing in NYC over Airbnb rentals
Budget-conscious travelers heading to New York City in the coming months could feel a chill in the air — and its not just the weather. With a legal battle brewing between state officials and the popular short-term rental site Airbnb, the issue could prompt some of the site’s local users to rethink their roles as part-time landlords ABC News
Chicago OHare opens new runway, on-time flights next?
One after another, planes roared down a new runway Thursday at OHare International Airport, where years of crippling delays stalled the nations entire aviation system and earned the busy hub a reputation as a kind of travelers curseUSA Today
10 great places to see rain forests
Rain forests are natural theme parks, packed with plant, animal, and human diversity USA Today
Good Beer in Berlin? Finally, Yes
In the last few years, new microbreweries, beer bars and bottle shops have opened in Berlin, challenging the city’s reputation as a good-beer desert New York Times
Love Letters: Portland, Maine
Dear Portland, Maine: Whats not to love about you? We wake up in the morning to the sounds of a working port and the smell of the fresh salt air The Huffington Post
Hotel of the Week - Mira Moon, Hong Kong 
Fashionistas take note, your hotel has landed. The Mira Moon, opening in Hong Kongs funky Wan Chai on November 1, melds high-tech gadgetry and smooth Asian hospitality with lush, whimsical interiors inspired by a Chinese fairytaleThe Australian
Worlds 15 best rivers for travelers
They irrigate our farms, theyre an important means of transport, theyre a source of eco-friendly power. Rivers are the life-giving arteries of our planet CNN
Forget room service -- order a bike
Hotels have introduced all sorts of fun amenities over the years, from iPads to pet goldfish. One of the features that seems to be growing in popularity is bicycles, which are no doubt a great way for guests to discover a new destinationCNN
Traveling During Local Holidays
Visiting a country during a national holiday can be an experience like no other. A traveler in Mexico on Independence Day offers some helpful advice IndependentTraveler.com
Prague Travel Guide 
Moody, romantic, historic, mysterious -- its impossible to put a single label on Prague IndependentTraveler.com
Best budget cruises
A tropical vacation at a lower price per night than a roadside motel? Thats the promise of many cruise lines right now NBCNews.com
Cruise ship review: Holland Americas Oosterdam
Overall, the reviewer gave the 10-year-old vessel positive marks, noting that a recent sailing revealed a "comfortably predictable cruise experience" that, like other Holland America ships, "caters to a somewhat older crowd" USA Today
JetBlue partners with Russias Transaero
Russian carrier Transaero says it has signed an interline deal with JetBlue that will begin by the end of the month USA Today
EU seeks carbon tax for all flights over Europe
The European Commission wants to impose carbon emission charges for all flights using Europes airspace USA Today
Enterprise to rent Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Vegas
Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced today that it will be the first major car rental agency to rent motorcycles in the USA USA Today
Great American Bites: Sweatmans in S.C., worth a barbecue pilgrimage
Barbecue joints come in all shapes and sizes, but even in this diverse field Sweatmans stands out USA Today
In a Florence Neighborhood, a Personal Touch
A quieter shopping experience, free from hordes of tourists, can be found south of the Arno River in Santo Spirito New York Times
Three surefire ways to grab attention on social media
Whether online or offline, here are three characteristics attention-worthy brands try to incorporate TRO Smith
20 Things I Learned From Traveling Around the World 
Over one year ago I quit my job and decided to travel around the world. This was both a dream 10 years in the making and one of the best decisions Ive ever made The Huffington Post
12 Best Costa Rica Experiences 
Come face to face with a jaguar. Take a night hike past an active volcano. Watch chocolate being made. If you want a trip to Costa Rica thats a little bit out of the ordinary, dont miss these 12 one-of-a-kind experiencesIndependentTraveler.com
DIY safari in South Africa – and our too close encounter 
On the advice of a tour-guide cousin, we opt for a DIY-safari. Pilanesberg claims to be two-wheel-drive friendly, but our rental car turns out to be a glorified Smart car. Still, we take our chances Globe and Mail
Best places to stay in the US
This year, small is big in travel – from smaller cities to smaller hotels in secondary markets. Contributing Editor Kate Maxwell shares a few of her favorites from the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards NBCNews.com
New seats let airlines squeeze in more passengers
Its not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days NBCNews.com
Crystal Cruises Caps Free Specialty Dining
Crystal Cruises is revamping its specialty dining policies, limiting each passenger to one free dinner per specialty restaurant and instituting a surcharge for all additional visits CruiseCritic.com
Yotel Heathrow, London: review
Yotel Heathrow offers capsule rooms, comfy beds and good showers, in a convenient Terminal 4 location Telegraph (London)
36 Hours In...Warsaw
Having shaken off its dreary Cold War cloak, Polands capital Warsaw, with its historic old town and lively nightlife, is ideal for an inexpensive break Telegraph (London)
Contemporary hotel design: Form, function and fab interiors
A new book reveals the design secrets that lie behind the worlds freshest, most innovative hotels. Refurb, new build or conversion, its what guests need that counts, as these extracts reveal The Independent
Miami airport concourse reopens after bomb scare
Miami airports Concourse J has reopened after a bomb scare, according to an airport spokesman USA Today
Behind-the-scenes tour: How a cruise ship works
Ever wondered what it takes to operate a cruise ship at sea on a 24-hour basis? Take a behind-the-scenes tour to find out USA Today
Classic eats in New York City
These are the restaurants whose names carry weight; the restaurants that offer an experience you can talk about for years. Here are our "classic eats" for the city that never sleeps USA Today
Photo tour: The fanciful fun of a Disney cruise ship
Are Disney Cruise Line ships really as fun and fanciful as some people say? And, more importantly, are they right for you? Now you can see for yourself USA Today
A Reno Neighborhood Drinks in Style
Bars, breweries and gastro pubs in the Midtown District are breaking with Renos seedy past New York Times
Costa Hires Lift Ship to Transport Wrecked Concordia
Costa has hired one of the worlds largest lift ships to remove the now-righted wreck of Concordia from the Italian island of Giglio, according to news reports CruiseCritic.com
Lyon finally goes with the flow
Lyon, Frances second city, is rediscovering its rivers and revitalising its historic neighbourhoods Telegraph (London)
Bank House, Norfolk: review
Bank House in Kings Lynn has attractive rooms and a deservedly popular restaurant Telegraph (London)
Room Service: Letters to write home about
Why JK Place? Id been told that owner Ori Kafri named these boutique hotels after his father, Jonathan, a big name in Italian textiles. However, perched on the edge of a beautifully upholstered grey armchair, carefully sipping coffee from a tiny cup, he laughs when I applaud his filial efforts The Independent
Get the public to love Ryanair – top job or mission impossible?
You might think Michael OLeary has quite a long way to go in his desire to kiss and make up with the travelling public The Independent
As shutdown continues, turn to these great state parks
Want to marvel at Californias giant sequoias or hike the Mount Katahdin section of the Appalachian Trail? With most of the United States national parks still shuttered, the countrys stunning state parks are getting some well-deserved attention CNN
5 places to get to know the real Vienna
Vienna is known for its compact, historic First District with its pedestrian streets, coffee houses and sightseeing list of imperial palaces, museums and churches Globe and Mail
Four Signs You Have a Packing Problem 
Ever paid for overweight baggage, cleaned up a messy suitcase spill or left something important at home? You just might have one of these common packing problems. We explain how to solve them IndependentTraveler.com
Next two Norwegian ships to be called Escape, Bliss
Norwegian Cruise Line fans: Get ready to sail on the Norwegian Escape and the Norwegian Bliss USA Today
Southwest details executive promotions and realignments
Southwest Airlines announced several changes in its executive ranks, which it called "promotions and realignments" USA Today
Crash investigations halt under government shutdown
Halted crash investigations. Delayed training for air-traffic controllers. No federal certification to ensure the safety of new aircraft before delivery USA Today
Chase the Wisconsin cheese trail
No matter how you cut your cheese, Wisconsin has it all. According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), the state produces nearly 2.8 billion pounds each year, accounting for more than 25 percent of all domestic cheese. Approximately 11,000 dairy farms with more than 1.27 million cows provide the milk, along with a growing number of sheep and goats USA Today
Worlds most dangerous roads
As outdoorspeople with adventurous spirits, were all pretty familiar with hairy driving situations. After all, many of our favorite playgrounds -- whitewater rapids, surf breaks, backcountry campsites, even ski resorts -- are in remote or hard-to-access places USA Today
Plant a tree in Hawaii to help restore historic forest
Visitors to Hawaii can now get rooted in Hawaiis culture by planting a koa tree seedling on the slopes of Mauna Kea, land that long ago belonged to King Kamehameha the Great USA Today
Ethiopia: Land of Dust, Eucalyptus and Hope
Some 8,000 feet above sea level and relatively untouched by tourism, the Tigray region has an air of mystery New York Times
Boy, 6, Drowns in Cruise Ship Pool
A six-year-old boy has drowned in the midship lido pool onboard a Carnival cruise ship CruiseCritic.com
High Winds Alter Cruise Ships Schedule in New Zealand
The bad weather that has caused widespread power outages and damage and cancelled scores of flights in New Zealand has set back the schedule for Princess Cruises ship Sea Princess CruiseCritic.com
Worlds most dramatic runways
Arriving at an air terminal is rarely a memorable event. All the more reason to book a flight touching down at one of these hairy or awesome air strips CNN
Form, function and fab interiors: They all add up to the perfect stay 
A new book reveals the design secrets that lie behind the worlds freshest, most innovative hotels. Refurb, new build or conversion, its what guests need that counts, as these extracts reveal The Independent
Brooklyn: This vibrant borough hits the right note 
Move over Manhattan, New Yorks music scene is over the East River The Independent
JetBlue lets families pool frequent-flier miles
Earning points toward a free trip on JetBlue can now be a group effort USA Today
Grand Canyon opens in state, fed natl parks deal
Tourists returned to the Grand Canyon on Saturday after Arizona officials along with several counterparts agreed to a federal government plan to reopen national parks, which had been closed as a result of the partial government shutdown NBCNews.com
10 best hotel restaurants around the world
Expense account or not, its always nice to sit down to a great meal when youre out on the road. And, after a long day of travel and meetings, its a bonus if the hotel youre staying at has a restaurant serving something beyond the stereotypical "hotel restaurant" food NBCNews.com
Where to stay in Cozumel
No one is going to mistake Cozumel for a luxury destination; the delights of the island are much too low key for that, especially when compared to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Even so, there are several resorts that provide a high-end vacation by offering sophisticated spas, first-rate restaurants and easy access to the islands championship golf course USA Today
Italys Cinque Terre: Exquisite scenery and tasty seafood
Manarola is one of five villages known as Cinque Terre along Italys northwest coast. While the regions name means "five lands," it may as well translate as "many steps" USA Today
Millennial travelers spend more, complain more
Millennials travel like no other age group when theyre on the road for leisure or business, spending more and complaining more, a new study released today has found USA Today
The 10 best cruise questions to ask your Travel Agent
When working with a travel agent to book a cruise, the first thing you should always check is that your Travel Agent is CLIA certified and works for a reputable travel agency. After that, there are 10 questions you should ask to ensure you get your ideal cruise booked USA Today
Best road-trip apps for holiday travels
If you are setting out on the road this fall or winter, plug in your car-charger and smartphone because you can bring along a ton of collective wisdom in the form of great road-trip apps USA Today
3 airlines taking off in social media
Social media has provided customers with a magnified voice that can have a huge impact on an airlines reputation – but responding to customers negative experiences quickly and efficiently can turn a bad situation into a winning customer experience TRO Smith
Kerouacs Mexico
To him, the country was "a frenzy and a dream." A trip to see if that vision can still be found New York Times
How Hotels Are Engineering A Better Nights Sleep 
When guests come into the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort And Spa after a day of skiing the western Colorado slopes, the number one priority for staff is to make sure everyone gets a restful nights sleep The Huffington Post
Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Passenger Spurs Rescue Operation
A Royal Caribbean cruise ship rescued three sailors from their capsized speedboat after a passenger heard their cries for help from her balcony CruiseCritic.com
48 Hours In: La Coruña 
October days are still balmy enough to enjoy the urban beaches of this intriguing Galician city. And there are plenty of cultural diversons, too The Independent
The Big Six: Beach retreats in Kerala
Surf hotels, secluded beaches, whitewashed villas, untouched coastline and private plunge pools The Independent
10 things to know before visiting Sicily
Sicily has beautiful black-sand beaches, a volcano to ski on and desserts to satisfy the sweetest tooth CNN
The worlds best hotel restaurants
Theyre hardly known for exciting dining. Historically, theyve been a last-ditch option driven by fatigue and convenience CNN
Fighting Jet Lag, Tips from Our Readers
Jet lag is an all-too-unwelcome part of international travel but you can minimize the effects of jet lag with genius tips and tricks from our readers IndependentTraveler.com
One of worlds most luxurious ships gets a makeover
One of the worlds most luxurious cruise ships, Hapag-Lloyds Europa, has just emerged from a major makeover USA Today
AA, US Airways dealt setback in merger-lawsuit trial
A court-appointed official says American Airlines and US Airways shouldnt get to know the names of all the people that the government interviewed and what they said before the Justice Department sued to block the airlines proposed merger USA Today
Hotels call for end to government shutdown
Major hotel chains are asking for an end to the federal government shutdown, which they say has caused people to cancel trips USA Today
Its becoming a breeze to rent Caribbean villas
Sometimes a hotel room just isnt enough. For those in search of parlors and patios to gather a far-flung family or privacy in the form of their own moonlit pool, booking a villa, cottage or condo is the way to go USA Today
Restaurant Report: The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar in Johannesburg
At this spot, opened in one of the city’s creative havens, sashimi and sushi mingle with a few surprises thrown in for homegrown palates New York Times
Airline Extras at a Package Rate
Now you can subscribe to amenities like priority boarding and preferred seats year round. But does it pay off? New York Times
Getting Into the Spirit
A former mental hospital in West Virginia, rumored to be a hotbed of paranormal activity, lets visitors search for their own ghost story to tell New York Times
The ‘Banff Crasher Squirrel’ took over social media
The Banff Crasher Squirrel gained a stint in the spotlight as the mascot for Alberta Banff National Park in Canada. The squirrel photobombed a couples photograph in front of Lake Minnewanka and has since been the star of the Banff Lake Tourism’s campaigns TRO Smith
6 Haunted Hotels That Will Keep You Up All Night 
Hotels love repeat guests. But what about those guests who depart but never leave? Visitors from the past -- some call them ghosts -- not bound by the constraints of time, in no hurry to return to earthly pursuits, find their accommodations so supernaturally superior that they never check out The Huffington Post
Viking Cruises Starts Selling Ocean Cruises in U.K.
Viking Cruises has started selling its new ocean line Viking Ocean Cruises to U.K. passengers CruiseCritic.com
9 great European tree house stays
Tree houses -- from the luxurious and modern to the basic and cubbyhole-like -- sum up one of the best things about a vacation: getting away from it all CNN
Flying blind: Passenger lands plane after pilot collapses at controls
Flying instructors in Britain told a passenger over the radio how to land a plane after the pilot of a small aircraft collapsed and died at the controls NBCNews.com
16 Ways You Know Youre Addicted to Travel
Travel is a bit like a drug. Once you start, it can be difficult to stop, and the more you do it, the more you want to keep doing it IndependentTraveler.com
Toilet malfunction forces Dreamliner to return to Moscow
There are more hiccups for the Boeing Dreamliner. New problems with at least two 787s have been reported during the past 36 hours, according to various media reports USA Today
Aegean Airlines takeover of Olympic Air gets EU OK
The European Commission has approved Aegean Airlines takeover of rival Olympic Air - even though it will leave Greece with a single dominant airline - because it thinks Olympic Air cannot survive on its own USA Today
36 Hours In...Paphos
Steeped in ancient mythology, theres no more evocative place to soak up the autumn sun than Cypruss richly romantic harbour town Telegraph (London)
Frontier adds Memphis, Charlotte; expands Trenton base
Frontier Airlines will continue its expansion at its new focus city at Trenton N.J. and will add Charlotte and Memphis to its route map USA Today
The house museums of Paris 
It doesnt matter how many times they expand the Louvre or the Musee dOrsay, Pariss past is so colossally rich that it could never be squeezed into its great public buildings The Australian
Cozumel Overview
The Mexicans have a proverb that goes "Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres." Loosely translated it means "Tell me who you are with and I will tell you who you are." Apply this proverb to Cozumel and youll find an island with families on vacation, scuba divers passionate about their pastime, eco-tourists respectful of the environment and party people looking for a good time after the sun goes down USA Today
Shhhh! No talking at this Brooklyn restaurant
Eating? Yes. Talking? No. A restaurant named Eat in Brooklyns Greenpoint neighborhood has a no talking policy inspired by the chefs stay in a Buddhist monastery in India USA Today
Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship
Are Celebrity Cruises ships really as stylish and refined as some people say? And, more importantly, are they right for you? USA Today
A Creative Renaissance in Philadelphias Fishtown
As design shops, coffeehouses and other artisanal businesses move in to this former manufacturing district, neighborhood pride is palpable New York Times
36 Hours in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Creative energy and natural beauty mix with a complicated history during a weekend in this capital city New York Times
Kayak.com vs. the real Frank Reardon takes on YouTube and wins
In a battle reminiscent of the Old Spice Guy vs. Fabio, the real Frank Reardon unfortunately did not make it back onto Kayak.com. However, the viral video series DID make it to the top of the SMITTY Awards for the best viral campaign by generating over 9 million hits TRO Smith
Whos a social media expert?
I cant go a day without reading something by some self-proclaimed guru or expert in the social media world. I also cant go a day without chuckling to myself and shaking my head at the thought TRO Smith
10 Cures for the Chronic Overpacker
Cant seem to travel without an overstuffed bag? Were here to help. If youre a chronic overpacker, these 10 tips will cure you of your bad packing habits forever The Huffington Post
2014 Spring Break Cruise Guide: Family vs. Party Cruise
Below, whether youre a college student looking for a party or parent looking to avoid the college party cruise, I will help you find the perfect spring break cruise CRUISESOURCE
Jesmond Dene House hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: review
Jesmond Dene House is a Newcastle hotel offering exceptional dining, attractive rooms and a pretty garden Telegraph (London)
Euro MPs back longer flying hours
A vote by members of the European parliament will see British pilots flying longer hours triggering safety warnings from their union Telegraph (London)
Weird items found at Oktoberfest
A garden gnome, a giant pencil and set of 30 traditional hunting knives were among the most unusual items recovered by the organisers of this year’s Oktoberfest, which ended on Sunday Telegraph (London)
Colorado: After the gold rush, cue tumbleweed 
The state is littered with ghost towns – echoes of the movies and an eerie reminder of the mining boom The Independent
7 labyrinths worth exploring
The wonder of travel lies equally with adventure and misadventure -- there is nothing like getting thoroughly lost in a riddling country or culture that is not your own CNN
Destination: Brisbane 
Located a days drive away from Sydney, Brisbane is a charming city full of museums, botanical gardens, wildlife parks, historic neighborhoods and riverfront plazas IndependentTraveler.com
Allergy sufferers protest pets in airplane cabins
Frequent business traveler Tamara Hall is allergic to cats and cant understand why pets are allowed in the passenger cabins of airplanes USA Today
FAA furloughs delay decision on electronic devices
While travelers hope for a speedy decision regarding the use of personal electronics in flight, the government shutdown has turned the process into the regulatory equivalent of a 56k modem NBCNews.com
USA TODAYs guide to new cruise ships on order
Whats next from the worlds largest cruise lines? Below is our annual list of ocean-going ships on order for major brands such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean, updated to include new details of Norwegian Cruise Lines next vessels revealed on Tuesday USA Today
Starchitect museums drive tourism, boost economy
Frank Gehry started an economically beneficial trend when he designed a modern museum for a depressed neighborhood in Bilbao, Spain USA Today
Coziest New England inns for fall
Staying in a New England inn during foliage season is the quintessential fall vacation. If youre conjuring up images of historic mansions, elegant antiques, thick oriental rugs and cozy fireplaces for those crisp fall nights – well, youre right on the money. These nine inns all have charm to spare USA Today
Hotel Review: Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, N.Y.
Operated by Tom Colicchio of the Craft restaurant empire, this property caters to 1 percenters who crave Manhattan brands New York Times
Walking on Sydneys Wild Side
In February, Sydney Harbour was named Australias newest National Landscape, highlighting the natural wonders that dot the region New York Times
Scared To Travel Alone? Heres How To Prepare Yourself 
Traveling alone can be a really liberating experience. You dont have to worry about anybody elses needs and youre answering only to yourself. But for a lot of us, being in a foreign place by yourself can also be very daunting The Huffington Post
Backers make push for second Atlanta airport; Delta opposed
Could Atlanta finally be on the verge of getting its second commercial airport? USA Today
Concordia Captain: Completely lost, Testifies Crewmember; Body of Missing Victim Found
The former first mate on Costa Concordia testified in court Monday that ex-Captain Francesco Schettinos mental state in the critical minutes following the ship striking a reef could have contributed to the disaster CruiseCritic.com
The Hand & Flowers hotel, Chilterns, Buckinghamshire: review
The Hand & Flowers, in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, is a country inn with a Michelin-starred restaurant Telegraph (London)
15 U.S. cities to entice the jaded traveller 
Assuming your been-there-done-that list includes New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and New Orleans, theres a much wider travel menu available that highlights one undeniable fact: America is the home of great cities Globe and Mail
Thunderstorms, high winds snarl Northeast travel
Major travel delays were reported Monday in the Northeast, where a storm system that moved east after having dumped 4 feet of snow on the Plains triggered thunderstorm warnings and strong, gusty winds NBCNews.com
Hotel bars bottle up batches of fizzy cocktails
Theres money in bottles. At least thats what hoteliers are hoping as they add bottled cocktails to their bar and restaurant menus USA Today
Classic Eats in Los Angeles
Seek out these L.A. classics to discover a sense of place for all your senses USA Today
Ticketless 9-year-old boy prompts TSA investigation
Questions remain about how the boy was able to get past the TSA checkpoint and onto a plane without a ticket USA Today
Loyal Boeing customer Japan Airlines turns to Airbus
Usually when Japanese airlines need to buy a big plane, they go to Boeing. Not this time USA Today
Cruise ship etiquette: Do this, NOT that!
There is no Miss Manners for cruise passengers, but there are rules of etiquette that veteran cruisers should know and first-time cruisers should be aware of before stepping onboard a cruise ship. Here are 10 ways to show you know proper cruise-ship etiquette USA Today
A 90-year journey: Appalachian Trail marks anniversary
Route stretches over 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine, but it all began in N.Y. park USA Today
Americas top mountain bike towns
Its been nearly 40 years since a small group of fun-loving tinkerers in Marin started racing down dirt roads on old cruiser bikes modified with fat knobby tires. Though mountain biking began as a fringe sport in the 70s, its since evolved into an athletic outlet embraced by communities everywhere USA Today
In Mauis Upcountry, Where the Paniolo Roam
Instead of beaches and surf shacks, this part of Maui features ranches, rodeos and a paniolo — Hawaiian cowboy — tradition New York Times
The 4-step plan your hotel needs to get real business from Facebook
Social Media is the cornerstone of any online marketing strategy today. And Facebook is the king of social media–especially in the travel and hospitality industry. Show me a hotel that doesnt have a Facebook page and Ill buy you a glass of French Champagne TRO Smith
Improve your engagement on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest
So, you have an audience–big deal! That was the easy part. Now you need to keep them engaged, happy and coming back. Eventually (and hopefully) these prospects will convert to sales TRO Smith
The worlds best ski runs
Whether its for their terrifying steepness, monstrous moguls, serene beauty or leg-burning length, some resorts have one run that stands out from the rest Telegraph (London)
Tel Aviv opens free WiFi service to tourists
The Israeli city of Tel Aviv is now offering free WiFi to tourists at many of its most popular attractions Telegraph (London)
Viking Bragi Collides With Retaining Wall, Cargo Ship
Viking Bragi was involved in an accident Saturday on the Rhine near Duisburg, Germany, when the ship collided with a retaining wall along the rivers edge and subsequently was bumped by a small cargo ship CruiseCritic.com
B&B and Beyond: Trevose Harbour House, St Ives 
As the Sunrise, it was cramped and old-fashioned. Now its a sanctuary of space and Fifties style, says Sarah Baxter The Independent
Boy hops plane to Vegas, apparently alone and without ticket
A flight to Americas adult playground, Las Vegas, had an unusual passenger last week: a 9-year-old boy traveling on his own, apparently without a ticket CNN
10 things to know before visiting Copenhagen
Copenhagen: not only the capital of the happiest country on Earth -- officially -- but also probably the center of the designer goods universe CNN
JFK gets automated passport system to reduce delays
JFK International is getting automated passport machines on Monday to speed up the arrival of U.S. passengers from international flights NBCNews.com
15 Craziest Hotels Around The World 
Not everyone wants the typical room service, continental breakfast, and double bed of a chain hotel. Whether you still harbor a childhood dream of living in a treehouse, or you love wine so much youd give anything to sleep inside a giant empty wine barrel, theres a crazy hotel out there that fits your vacation needs The Huffington Post
Bermuda allows cruise ship gambling in port
Bermudas Parliament has given the green light to cruise ships keeping their casinos open while overnighting in port on the island USA Today
Las Vegas: Survey shows visitors gamble less
The annual Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study is out, and shows that those who come to Vegas are younger than in years past and less likely to gamble USA Today
On flier rights, ignorance is bliss only for the airlines
Beyond the fact that you dont have too many, what do you know about your rights as an airline passenger? If you said "not much," then youre in good company USA Today
Rick Steves: Eating on the cheap in expensive Europe
Oslo recently overtook Tokyo as the most expensive city in the world. That doesnt surprise me in the least. The last time I was in Oslo, a plain cup of coffee cost $4. Beer, while very good, was $8 a glass. Whether youre in an outlandishly expensive country or just want to save money, there are plenty of strategies for stretching your food budget in Europe. Here are some tips USA Today
Best food markets around the world
Food markets around the world invite visitors to indulge all of their senses, from taking in the colorful sights of fresh produce to smelling the wafting scents of fresh seafood or traditional dishes USA Today
Treasures of the Cinque Terre
Two years after a torrential rainfall struck the area on Italys Ligurian coast, a visit reveals both recent recovery and timeless pleasures New York Times
The Fab Five: London hotels with Michelin-starred restaurants
Five of the capitals best hotels with Michelin-starred restaurants Telegraph (London)
Twenty reasons to visit Fremantle
From sailing and fishing to arts festivals and boutique pale ales, this is the best on offer in Fremantle Sydney Morning Herald
Hotel of the Week: Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa brings a Thai sensibility to Dubai The Australian
Travellers Guide: Luzon and the Philippines 
The Philippines largest island has just gained a new long-haul gateway. Adam Karlin revels in its rich diversity The Independent
Ultimate adventures around the United States
Whatever your interests, theres an inspirational adventure for every taste and skill level in Lonely Planets new book "1000 Ultimate Adventures" CNN
Traveling in a Developing Country: 11 Dos and Donts
Visiting a developing country can provide some of the most authentic cultural experiences and human interactions on the planet. But it also can pose challenges, especially to those unaccustomed to the rigors of traipsing through countries with modest economies, or widespread poverty, or few tourism facilities. Or all of the above IndependentTraveler.com
Tourists angered by shutdown of U.S. D-Day cemetery in France 
American tourists visiting a D-Day cemetery in Normandy, northern France, expressed anger upon discovering that the white-cross memorial they had travelled thousands of miles to see was closed due to a U.S. government shutdownNBCNews.com
Airlines hire pilots as shortage looms
As airlines plan to hire hundreds of new pilots, industry officials warn that a shortage looms because of retirements, greater training requirements and longer rest periods between shifts USA Today
Report: United to open 787 base in Los Angeles
United Airlines will make Los Angeles its second base for pilots who fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliners USA Today
10 Best seafood restaurants: Readers Choice winners
After a four-week voting period, your votes helped name the USAs "Best Seafood Restaurant." The winners are USA Today
The Best Fast Food at Sea
You wont find McDonalds or Arbys or Wendys at sea, but that doesnt mean you cant feed your junk food habit. Cruise ships are full of fast food options. Here are some that make blowing the calories worth it USA Today
Best sampler cruises in the USA
Disney is set to launch a two-night cruise out of Miami on October 25, 2013.The sampler cruise is a chance for the line to celebrate Disney Magics refurbishing USA Today
Want to Go to the Olympics? Dont Tarry
Amid all the news coverage surrounding, some fans have a simpler question: Can they still get tickets? "Absolutely," said Michael Kontos, a spokesman for CoSport, the official Olympic ticket broker in the United States New York Times
A Hotel Room With 140 Characters
The first "Twitter experience hotel" was introduced this summer, sharpening the divide between vacationers who prefer digital immersion and those who seek digital detox New York Times
Should a consumer tweet about a business warrant backlash?
Many big businesses have experienced the havoc a single tweet can create. But, what about individuals tweeting about a business? TRO Smith
How the U.S. Government Shutdown Affects (or Doesnt) Cruise Passengers
Day two of the limited U.S. government shutdown, and so far cruise passengers are mostly unaffected by the congressional deadlock. Its business as usual at airports and ports, and passport services are still operating. But passengers in ports with national parks as the main attraction are out of luck CruiseCritic.com
Amtraks five best train journeys
Despite what you think you know about train travel -- its slow, expensive, and prone to robbery by masked men on horseback -- Amtraks got two key selling points: A) it aint as bad as a bus, and B) in this era of soul-crushing air travel, its fairly plush compared to flying coach. Theres leg room, power outlets, a bar car (!!!), and ridiculous views of the American landscape you simply cant get at 30,000ft, or from the basement of the Port Authority Misc
State Parks Open During The Goverment Shutdown Will Swoop In And Save Your Vacation 
This pesky government shutdown means all national parks are currently closed, and those who planned early-autumn explorations are desperate for alternatives. Never fear, leaf peepers. With a quick tweak of route, you can match the experience you planned in our nations (often underrated) state parks The Huffington Post
Poets House hotel, Ely, Cambridgeshire: review
Poets House, in Cambridgeshire, is an Ely hotel offering appealing rooms, copper bathtubs and a buzzing bar, close to the citys cathedral and Oliver Cromwells House Telegraph (London)
7 things every first-time Africa traveler should know 
At the risk of propagating a dodgy cliché, Africa remains one of the last frontiers of travel. Non-air-conditioned travel, that is, i.e. the kind where you risk stubbing your toe occasionally or getting genuinely lost CNN
Thirteen of the worlds best wine regions you probably know nothing about 
Ever been quietly sipping at a large, vine-fringed winery when a plague of tipsy tour busers bursts in and takes over the tasting room? Its a routine occurrence in many popular wine regions. But it doesnt have to be this way Globe and Mail
Cheap eats in Denmark
If youre on a budget in or around Copenhagen, the choices for dining wont disappoint USA Today
5 things to love about a soft-adventure cruise
Whether exploring the Galapagos, the Sea of Cortez, Antarctica or the wilds of Alaska, among other places, theres a lot to love about a soft adventure cruise USA Today
A merger between Air France-KLM and Alitalia?
Could a merger between Air France-KLM and Alitalia be on the horizon? It sounds as though its at least a possibility, according to several reports out Tuesday USA Today
Which hotel brands rank highest for guest satisfaction?
What hotel brands rank highest and lowest in customer satisfaction? USA Today
Best cruise ship buffets at sea
The new cruise ship buffet has action stations where chefs cook pasta and other dishes on the spot, including selections such as fresh salads, sushi and make-your-own tacos. Bonus: A choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Check out these delicious offerings USA Today
10 tips for tight airport connections
Short airport connections can be a blessing, but only if you actually make your flight. Follow these tips to avoid being stranded at the gate. Because when it comes to tight connections, every second counts USA Today
Hotel Review: The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor, N.J.
This boutique property, which opened in June just up the coast from Cape May, evokes turn-of-the-century seaside estates New York Times
36 Hours in Antwerp, Belgium
Years ago, Antwerp established itself as a fashion hub, but this stylish citys creativity extends far beyond clothes New York Times
10 companies in the tourism industry doing great things on Instagram
Many tourism companies have already jumped on the Instagram bandwagon and have been busy building communities and sharing visual experiences with their audience. Heres our roundup of 10 companies who are doing greats things and can serve as examples TRO Smith
Celebrity Cruise Ship Hit with Stomach Bug
More than 300 passengers on Celebrity Summit have been stricken with a gastrointestinal illness the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified as Norovirus. The ship is in the middle of a two-week sailing CruiseCritic.com
Holland America Rolls Out All-Inclusive Beverage Packages
Holland America Line has officially rolled out its new alcohol-inclusive beverage package, called the Signature Beverage Package CruiseCritic.com
B&B and Beyond: Istanbullux Suites, Turkey
Galata is a thriving area with a sleek collection of suites in a building thats cool ... in every way The Independent
Indias beautiful south 
Keralas languid backwaters, misty hills and quiet beaches have been bolstered by exciting new openings The Independent
The best sightseeing passes
Ask the experts: Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, suggests the best value options for city sightseeing passes Telegraph (London)
Shangri-La hotel, Qufu, China: review
Shangri-La, in China, is a Qufu hotel offering Confucius inspired interiors, river views and a sumptuous cocktail lounge, close to Yihe Park Telegraph (London)
Chinas new guide to civilised tourism
Communist Party tourism chiefs have told Chinese globetrotters they must urgently cut back on limp hand-shakes, public displays of nose-picking, swimming pool-soiling and the discussion of pork in a desperate bid to improve the country’s overseas image Telegraph (London)
Londons best new restaurants
The best restaurants and bars opening their doors in the capital during October Telegraph (London)
Destination: Seattle 
The land of evergreen trees, coffee, bicycles and sunglasses -- yes, sunglasses -- the Emerald City is a thriving metropolis with small-town charm IndependentTraveler.com
Justice asks for delay in AA-US Airways merger case
The Justice Department asked a federal court Tuesday to temporarily halt its lawsuit to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines because of the government shutdown. The court immediately rejected the requestUSA Today
Cruise crews arent just staff. Theyre stars.
We know "Americas Got Talent," but — apparently — so do cruise ship crews USA Today
Frontier Airlines to be sold to private-equity group
With Frontier Airlines new buyer pledging to make it a contender in the ultra low-cost corner of the airline industry, the carrier may shift some focus away from its Denver base USA Today
Life in the slow lane: Four classic European rail lines
These days, it seems, the buzz in travel circles is all about Europes ultra-fast rail lines -- those sleek Trains a Grande Vitesse such as the Eurostar Chunnel train that zips under the English Channel between London and Paris in under three hours. These modern technological marvels dash along so fast that the countryside speeds by in a blur of green and brown, like a DVD player on fast-forward. Thats fine if youre in a hurry. It may be the way to commute, but it certainly isnt the way to travel USA Today
In Paris, a New Breed of Wine Bar
Forget formal and fussy. These spots pair snacks and sips in casual, approachable settings New York Times
Restaurant Report: Girasol in Los Angeles
The chef at this new spot procures up to 80 percent of his restaurants seasonal ingredients from local food purveyors New York Times
Dont let automation kill the social in social media
Social media automation tools can help maximize your efforts of sharing content on your social channels. What they cant do is be social TRO Smith
Room Service: The London Edition
Saturday night fever comes to Fitzrovia The Independent
Pacific Storm Reroutes, Delays Cruise Ships
Three Holland America Line cruise ships and one Norwegian Cruise Line ship were forced to reroute or remain in port after a strong Pacific storm tore through the Pacific Northwest on Sunday CruiseCritic.com
36 Hours In... Los Angeles
The time for sneering at Los Angeles is over – Californias most eccentric city deserves to be loved Telegraph (London)
Mr Underhills hotel, Ludlow, Shropshire: review
Mr Underhills, in Shropshire, is a Ludlow hotel offering spacious rooms, a soothing garden and Michelin-starred dining Telegraph (London)
Seven Things You (Maybe) Shouldnt Buy Before You Travel 
The plane ticket, hotel reservations, and car rental are easy. Whats not so simple is the decision to buy the array of additional perks, products, and add-ons available to travelers prior to departure. Should you insure your trip? Do you really need those extra inches of legroom? Is an expedited-passport service worth the cost? We have the answers The Huffington Post
Beyond Beer and Lederhosen: Top 10 German Destinations 
Autumn in Germany may be synonymous with beloved Oktoberfest, but this European powerhouse has more to offer than beer, pretzels and lederhosen. With its majestic castles, renowned vineyards, romantic valleys and stunning Alpine villages, Germany is not a country to be overlooked on a trip to Europe this year The Huffington Post
12 Must-Try Street Foods Around the World 
"Street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race." So proclaimed Anthony Bourdain, passionate street food advocate and consumer, at the inaugural World Street Food Congress in Singapore The Huffington Post
Will new FAA device rules start cabin fights?
With the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now considering allowing fliers to use select devices throughout all phases of flight, the debate over whether personal electronics, or PEDs, interfere with airplane navigation systems seems to have quieted down a bit NBCNews.com
Healthiest Airport Food (and Airport Food to Avoid) 
You dont have to throw out your healthy eating habits just because youve got a day of air travel ahead of you. Airport food courts do have healthy options. You just have to know what to look for and what to avoidIndependentTraveler.com
Oregon Wine Tours
Equestrian Wine Tours leads horseback riding journeys throughout the Northern Willamette Valley wineries and vineyards USA Today
Is a guaranteed cruise cabin a good deal?
With cruise lines about to launch a bunch of sales as part of National Cruise Vacation Week (Oct. 20-27), some unusual fares are likely to pop up including the category of "guarantee cabin." These fares are often the lowest available, trumpeted in promotions or when a particular cabin category is sold out. But they involve a bit of a gamble USA Today
Could Dubai shut airport to support bigger super-hub?
Dubai International Airport is in the midst of an expansion that will allow it to handle as many as 90 million passengers a year. But theres already talk it could be closed as part of an effort to support a new "super-hub" airport under construction at another site near Dubai USA Today
You can fly, but it will be lights out at many landmarks
Heres how a government closure will affect travel USA Today
Hiking Hut-to-Hut in the Presidential Range
Soaking climbs, sweeping views and hospitable huts are all part of a trek through the White Mountains in New Hampshire New York Times
Dancing, Dining and Daiquiris in Cajun Country
Fall is one of the best times to visit this region of big flavors and lively culture in southern Louisiana New York Times
What happens on Twitter stays on Twitter
If you are looking for a sure-fire way to irritate your fans and followers, just send them on a wild goose chase. Now that you have dived into the social media swimming pool, you need to understand that each platform has a different audience, and directing your audience to a non-preferred platform will only serve to alienate them TRO Smith
Cruise Line Shorts: Celebrity Rolls Out E-Gambling, Carnival Nixes Funny Brunches and More Cruise News
Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we dont always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know aboutCruiseCritic.com
The best family ski resorts
Families with young children need to choose their ski resorts with care Telegraph (London)
LaGare hotel, Venice, Italy: review
LaGare, in Venice, is a Murano hotel offering spacious rooms, modern design and good food, close to Burano and Torcello islands Telegraph (London)
48 Hours In: Seattle 
This waterside gem of the Pacific Northwest has given birth to musical legends and coffee chains, but next month its all about the arts The Independent
A New York hotel thats as unpretentious as it is luxurious 
Arrive unreasonably early at most hotels and front-desk staff will give you a strained smile and the bums rush: Leave your luggage but come back later, a lot later. Our unreasonably early arrival at the Tuscany, a St. Giles luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan, however, was taken in stride – fruit-infused water is offered, jokes are shared with the doorman and the genial front-desk staff make us feel at home before weve even signed the register Globe and Mail
15 European cities you haven’t thought of visiting (and really should)
I often prefer Europes secondary towns and cities. Farther from the madding crowds, they frequently feel more authentic, as if the locals have created a place for themselves beyond the open-topped tour bus routes Globe and Mail
How social media has ruined backpacking through Europe
For Canadians, backpacking Europe is a rite of passage. Unlike package tours, backpacking is a struggle, full of discovery and disappointment and chance connections. Well, thats what backpacking Europe is supposed to do. Thats what it used to do before modern communications, social media, commercial hostelling and Google maps Globe and Mail
Getting to yes when a company insists no refund
Does it take a media firestorm to get a refund these days? A European airline recently charged a ticket change fee to a passenger rushing home after a tragedy hit his family. Only after an uproar in the media did the company reverse the fee. But consumers dont, and shouldnt, need the press on their side to get treated fairly NBCNews.com
Answer the call of the wild during Elktober
Estes Park, about a 90-minute drive from Denver, has one of the largest concentrations of wild elk in the nation. Come autumn, the town of 6,000 residents experiences an unusual population boom when thousands of these colossal creatures make their way into town NBCNews.com
10 years of what happens in Vegas
Youve heard the phrase countless times on television and in movies, essentially whenever anyone announces theyre taking a trip to Sin City: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. The mantra has come to embody the Las Vegas experience, that however it is you escape from your daily life during a crazy weekend, your secret is safe with the city. The campaign which introduced this unofficial motto into our collective consciousness celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month USA Today
10 best cruise ships for foodies
A large draw of cruising is the variety of cuisine onboard. Sailing the world via cruise ship often means an endless array of food; however, the days of the cruise buffet being the only onboard food option are long gone as cruise lines up the ante with more specialty restaurants and interactive dining experiences at sea USA Today
Airlines promise a return to civility, for a fee
Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them USA Today
Is peer-to-peer travel sharing for you?
Whether youre considering a home rental instead of a hotel or driving someone elses car over hiring a taxi, experts warn you to beware before you share. But ask travelers if sharing is good, and youre more likely to get a "yes." And they have the stories to prove it USA Today
JetBlue launches premium brand called Mint
JetBlue, the single-class carrier whose brand was built partly on the idea that it treats all its passengers equally, will launch a new premium class next summer USA Today
Dogfish Head Brewery to Open an Inn
The popular Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware has announced that it plans to open its first hotel, the Dogfish Inn, in spring 2014 New York Times
The Ghosts of Amsterdam
Walks in the city can evoke figures from the past, from Rembrandt to Anne Frank, who continue to have profound stories to tell Telegraph (London)
Renaissance Hotels’ creative use of virtual game play
Renaissance Hotels have been making waves with the launch of Discovery Doors – the brands first interactive film based gaming experience. The campaign launched in mid-August and enables users to explore a real life Renaissance hotel online while unlocking unexpected elements of surprise behind every door TRO Smith
Google Glass and the future of travel
Is Google Glass the future of travel? Will the virtual experience supersede the physical experience? There’s no doubt Google’s invention of the Google Glass is incredible, mind blowing even. It revolutionizes the digital world and the way users can experience life and travel TRO Smith
6 Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Tourist Abroad 
There are a lot of negative connotations attached to the word "tourist." While its inevitable that when traveling abroad, youll look and feel like an outsider at times, its easy to avoid tourist hate The Huffington Post
Hamburg, Germany: a cultural city guide
In Hamburg, Bill Cashmore encounters modern design and quirky surprises around every corner Telegraph (London)
Everyone asks: What does five-star mean?
It all depends who’s giving out the stars. If its a respected motoring organisation that casts its eye over the national hotel stock, the yardstick might well be different from a hotels own assessment of its place on the star ladder Sydney Morning Herald
Disaster Tourism: Why Tragedy Draws Tourists
From Pompeii to Ground Zero, the sites of human tragedy attract millions of visitors each year. See why were drawn to disaster IndependentTraveler.com
Fodors 100 Hotel Award winners
Whether youre seeking a blissful beach retreat, a funky conversion or the perfect exotic hideaway, theres a hotel for nearly everyone on the third annual Fodors 100 Hotel Awards CNN
Extra fees, lousy rooms, shady taxis: The 10 biggest travel rip-offs
Getting fleeced anywhere, whether in the states or abroad, is never fun — especially when youre trying to travel conservatively NBCNews.com
Boeing faces more Dreamliner problems
Boeing is once again facing questions about the reliability of its 787 Dreamliner after two airlines—Norwegian Air and Polands LOT—complained about a series of technical glitches USA Today
Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming
For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first – mobile gaming you can access ship-wide USA Today
Worlds worst airline: N. Korean carrier hopes to expand
The worlds worst airline is expanding--if it can get its website to work. North Koreas Air Koryo is reportedly planning to expand to Southeast Asia and Europe despite international sanctions against the communist state US News
Top cruise ships for art lovers
Art lovers will find plenty to titillate on cruise ships. Oceania Cruises, for instance, has a collection of 2,000 original works on its Marina and Riviera, including a signed Picasso lithograph. The line recently published a color catalog of its world-class art, joining Celebrity Cruises, which published one last year USA Today
10 best cruise-ship water slides
Elaborate water parks are becoming a big draw onboard the mega cruise ships sailing the seas. With kid pools, splash zones, and water slides, they provide fun for all ages USA Today
New Orleans dining boom: New and notable restaurants
No element of the citys essential framework -- not its schools, housing, hospitals, music scene or barroom abundance -- has shown as much post-Katrina success as the dining scene. Not even close USA Today
Boutiques Emerge in a Santiago Barrio
Several locally owned shops have opened in the Lastarria neighborhood of the Chilean capital, becoming go-to places for one-of-a-kind finds New York Times
36 Hours in Hampstead, London
Pack a picnic for the Heath, stroll through chapters of history and even take a bracing dip during a weekend in Londons worst-kept, high-altitude secret New York Times
Top travel sites: theposhpacker
Budget doesnt have to mean roughing it. There are hundreds of boutique hostels across the globe now, and a new generation of independent websites is picking out the best of them Misc
An Abandoned Adventure Is In Your Own Backyard
Traveling to abandoned places has become a thing. Who doesnt love the thrill of exploring an eerie, deserted spot The Huffington Post
10 Tips for Nervous Flyers 
Fear of flying is a common affection that cripples countless travelers. Air travel is, after all, the process of tearing through the sky in a winged tube at 600 miles per hour, thousands of feet above solid ground. So to help us keep our natural human anxieties in check, we turned to Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and author of The Anxious Brain and The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques The Huffington Post
The Marker hotel, Dublin: review
The Marker, in Ireland, is a Dublin hotel offering stylish interiors, comfy beds and hearty breakfasts, in an attractive Docklands location Telegraph (London)
The best cruise excursions
Cruise excursions increasingly offer a chance to go where other holidaymakers cant or to try something extraordinary. Sue Bryant highlights 20 experiences Telegraph (London)
9 Great Authors and the Places That Shaped Them
Here, we explore the work of nine well-known authors, whose books take readers on a journey through butterfly fields in Oregon, hotel hallways in Istanbul and villages in Botswana IndependentTraveler.com
Disabled Travel
Every persons needs are a bit different. These essential tips will help disabled travelers anticipate the snags of accessible travel IndependentTraveler.com
Air New Zealand debuts new livery
Air New Zealand is now sporting a new look. The first domestic aircraft bearing the carriers new livery began flying this week USA Today
Study: Airlines made $27.1 billion off fees last year
Airlines throughout the world generated more than $27.1 billion from fees for services such as checking bags, according to a study out this month USA Today
Tour the growing foodie scene in Washington, D.C.
The nations capital, known for its monuments, museums and historic neighborhoods, attracts visitors for another compelling reason: its food. The dramatic growth of the citys restaurant scene, from high-end steak houses and ultra-posh eateries to neighborhood cafés and ethnic destinations, has turned Washington into a major food city USA Today
Which cities rate as most and least honest?
What would you do if you found a wallet containing $50 (or the equivalent), a cell phone number, a business card and a family photo? Thats precisely what Readers Digest aimed to find out by dropping 12 such lures on sidewalks and in parks in 16 major cities in Europe, North and South American and Asia. Of the 192 wallets "lost," 47% were returned USA Today
10 most gee-whiz features at sea
Cruise ships continue to become more creative, with fun features like bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, rock climbing walls, and circus-like performances USA Today
10 quintessential fall weekend trips
Shortening days, comfy sweaters, steaming mugs of warm apple cider: Some things are so quintessentially fall that, despite the promise of snowy days to come, we just cant wait to partake. Autumn is the ideal time for weekend trips both urban and rustic USA Today
Savoring Family Trips When the Kids Are Adults
A road trip to Montreal with two sons in their 20s reveals the enduring pleasures of traveling together New York Times
How to use hashtags to engage your fans
If youve ever used Twitter, youre familiar with hashtags–keyword phrases set off with the hash sign (#). Some people create witty hashtags, some use them to highlight important words and some don’t use them at all. If you use Twitter to promote your business, you’ll need to know how to use hashtags properly so you don’t annoy the people youre trying to attract TRO Smith
No-frills Ryanair admits it may have an image problem
Ryanair may finally have gotten the message: Customers like the European airlines cheap ticket prices and huge selection of destinations, but loathe how theyre treated from start to finish USA Today
Hotel of the Week: Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei 
Spa specialist Banyan Tree has opened its first hot spring resort, in remote southwest China The Australian
10 Coolest Small Towns in Europe 
Some of the most charming, delicious, historic, and, well, cool places in Europe are off-the-beaten-path villages and towns. As the saying goes, good things really do come in small packages The Huffington Post
Melody hotel, Stockholm, Sweden: review
The Melody, in Sweden, is a Stockholm hotel offering spacious rooms, an elegant restaurant and easy access to the citys Abba museum Telegraph (London)
Turkey: Bodrums new upmarket appeal
A wave of luxury hotels is transforming this dramatic stretch of Aegean coast The Independent
48 Hours In: Sydney
The Opera House is throwing a birthday bash, making this the ideal time to visit Australias dramatic harbour city The Independent
The 10 Best travel apps 
Whether youre looking for a cheap flight, planning what to pack, or worrying about jet lag, theres an app that can help you The Independent
FAA expected to relax gadget rules on planes
A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel is meeting this week and is expected to relax restrictions on in-flight device use as early as next year NBCNews.com
How to get free internet on a cruise
A lot of us travel with smartphones, tablets and laptops these days but when it comes to Internet access on ships, we gripe that — among other things — its super expensive. It doesnt have to be USA Today
Louisiana debuts a craft beer trail
Theres never been a better time to be a craft beer lover in Louisiana. Sure, the state is best known for Creole, boudin and Cajun spices, but nowadays another local staple is finally getting its due credit: beer USA Today
Past incidents still affect Carnival bookings
Carnival Corporation says that its namesake cruise line, beset this year by a series of mishaps at sea, is continuing to see bookings lag despite cheaper prices USA Today
Hip and hipper: The ruin pubs of Budapest
Stepping into the "ruin pubs" in Budapests seventh district can be a sensory overloading experience. Blending the old and the older, the vast spaces within these eclectically decorated bars celebrate forgotten and re-purposed items of all kinds, which are themselves housed in crumbling structures that were abandoned and left in a state of pseudo-decay since the 1940s USA Today
Is over-sharing on social media ruining travel?
I have a friend who posts photographs on Facebook of virtually every single meal he eats. Like the father of the bride who misses his own daughters wedding because hes too busy filming it, I worry that weve become more obsessed with documenting rather than experiencing our vacations USA Today
With Age Comes (Some) Discounts
For older travelers, some advice for sorting through the sometimes confusing world of discounts overseas New York Times
Critical thinking – sucking up complaints and liking it
Even at its best, when presented with tact and grace, criticism can be hard to take. When phrased as a complaint, criticism can be even tougher to endure. There is no doubt we have fostered a culture of complaint in our economic, political and social system. You need a response to criticism, one that demonstrates your companys no-nonsense ethic TRO Smith
P&O Cruises Names Newest Cruise Ship
P&O Cruises has revealed the name of its newest and biggest ship -- Britannia CruiseCritic.com
Update: Royal Princess Reaches Port; Repairs Underway Onboard Cruise Ship
The cruise ship Royal Princess will be taken out of service for repair and the remainder of its current sailing will be canceled following a power outage onboard on Sunday, September 22 CruiseCritic.com
10 Adventures You Can Only Experience in South Africa 
All of us who love to travel and believe in bucket lists probably have listed South Africa among the most desired of all destinations. In survey after survey, people who love exploring the world mention South Africa as a must-see place The Huffington Post
9 rules for surviving Oktoberfest
Raised steins, raised bosoms, leather-clad Bavarian thighs. Oktoberfests sure got a beer tent full of clichés about it CNN
Edition hotel, London: review
The Edition, in London, is a Fitzrovia hotel offering fabulous interiors, comfy beds and an excellent Jason Atherton restaurant Telegraph (London)
Venice in autumn 
What to see and do in Venice this autumn, including suggestions on where to stay Telegraph (London)
Copenhagen, A Guide to the Essentials 
Copenhagen is a charming city of 17th-century buildings, ancient winding streets and canals. Heres everything you need to know before you go IndependentTraveler.com
Disneyland: Disabled Will No Longer Skip Lines
Visitors will be issued tickets with a time they should return to the attraction NBCNews.com
Looking for Big Flavors in a Small New Mexico Town
Silver City, an old mining town in the southwestern corner of the state, has seen its creative spirit extend to the local food scene New York Times
Hostels Gain Popularity With Business Travelers
Hostels, long associated with backpackers and students, have gone upscale and now attract business travelers, especially young ones on tight budgets New York Times
Hiking during hunting season: How to stay safe
The prospect of being mistaken for a deer didnt always deter us kids, nor should it deter hikers looking to take advantage of the cool weather and fall colors. If you take the proper precautions, you can play outside to your hearts content and make it back home safely USA Today
Travelers react to even more electronic devices
Many frequent fliers look forward to the day they can switch on their iPad before their plane leaves the ground and keep it on until they touch down at their destination USA Today
Holiday airfares to go up soon
The holiday season is still a couple of months away, but according to a new analysis out today, youve only got about three weeks before airfares start going up USA Today
Singapore Airlines takes delivery of luxurious new 777
Singapore Airlines is often lauded as one of the worlds most luxurious airlines. But the Asian carriers not resting on its laurels USA Today
6 ways to create a first class social media strategy for the travel industry
Whether youre an airline, cruise ship, hotel, amusement park, casino, restaurant or a destination marketing organization – effective social media marketing and engagement is crucial to the success of your business TRO Smith
5 Travel Letdowns And How To Avoid Them 
In every travel guide, youll find a list of "must-see" attractions. And while you should definitely strive to accomplish as much as you can while traveling, its important to have realistic expectations The Huffington Post
How to House-Sit Your Way Around the World 
The basic idea is reciprocity: keep an eye on someones home while theyre away, and you get to stay in it for free. Its a win-win since the owners get the peace of mind in knowing their houses (and sometimes pets) are safe, and you get to take the price of accommodations out of your vacation budget The Huffington Post
Protesters Delay Cruise Ships in Venice
Protesters dived into Venices Giudecca canal yesterday in a bid to highlight the damage they say is being done to the city by huge cruise ships CruiseCritic.com
Live "Parbuckling" Report: The Costa Concordia Salvage Operation
Cheers greeted engineers arriving to a 4 a.m. (local time) news conference to announce the completion of the parbuckling phase for Costa Concordia CruiseCritic.com
Americas Best Small Towns 
The 2012 Census confirmed what most Americans already suspected: These days, more of us are choosing to live in cities. Yet as we downsize to high-rise apartments and squeeze onto subway cars, its hard not to yearn for the pleasures of space and quiet living The Huffington Post
Umi hotel, Brighton: review
Umi is a Brighton hotel offering sea views, excellent value for money and a central beachfront location Telegraph (London)
Travellers Guide: Tasmania
Once the butt of jokes from mainlanders, the island state has reinvented itself as a wilderness escape, with capital city Hobart adding cultural appeal Telegraph (London)
The Six Qualities of Highly Effective Travelers 
Dont speak four languages? Cant read a map? Take heart. These six traits are more important for travel success IndependentTraveler.com
American, US Airways agree to extend merger deadline
American Airlines and US Airways today agreed to extend their merger deadline as they fight a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice trying to block their union USA Today
Singapore Airlines shows off luxurious new plane
Singapore Airlines - already regarded as one of the worlds most luxurious airlines - is set to overhaul its aircraft cabins in a move that it says will set the new industry standard for top-end air travel USA Today
Christopher Elliott: Do fake travel reviews really matter?
"Dont believe everything you read online, especially on user-generated review websites such as TripAdvisor or Yelp." Thats the standard warning issued repeatedly by travel experts for the last decade. The ratings are rigged by hotel or restaurant operatives, or by unhappy patrons trying to shame a business, they say. Since the sites make no meaningful efforts to stop these bogus posts, all the so-called user-generated sites should be ignored when youre planning your next trip. Thats wrong USA Today
Beyond McDonalds: 10 international burger chains
During your travels around the world, it is almost certain you will run into the familiar golden arches of a McDonalds. But if youre feeling the need for a new burger to satisfy your hunger in a hurry when youre abroad, a local international burger chain might be worth a visit USA Today
Photo tour: The charm of a Princess Cruises ship
Is a Princess Cruises ship right for you? Now you can see for yourself USA Today
3 Favorite Journeys on a Bike
Cycle around western Ireland, Paris and Lake Champlain as three writers take you along on their favorite bike rides New York Times
LinkedIn for the travel industry
LinkedIn is arguably the most powerful professional social media platform. However, it is the most under-utilized and certainly the most under-appreciated of all the social media sites available today in the travel industry TRO Smith
9 Reasons Train Travel Is The Best 
Train travel is easily the most underrated form of long-distance travel out there. Air travel certainly has its ups and downs, and long car trips can easily go awry. But train travel? Under most circumstances, is stress-free The Huffington Post
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
An extra-large baby bag full of diapers, bottles and blankets is an essential part of any mom-to-bes future travel plans. But for now -- since the only extra weight youre carrying is that in-utero bundle of joy -- traveling can be a slightly easier undertaking The Huffington Post
P&O Cruises Australia Ship Rescues Sailors
A P&O Cruises Australia ship came to the rescue of five stranded sailors yesterday, the line is reporting on its Facebook page CruiseCritic.com
EVAs Hello Kitty jets take to the runways at LAX
Theres a new unique airplane paint job flying to the U.S. mainland USA Today
Best airline for economy class: Readers Choice winners
After four weeks of voting, your votes helped identify North Americas "Best Economy Class Flight Experience" USA Today
Photo tour: The elegance of a Holland America ship
Are Holland America ships really as elegant and classy as some people say? And, more importantly, are they right for you? Now you can see for yourself USA Today
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul: review 
The Shangri-La Bosphorus offers exceptional service, spacious rooms and river views Telegraph (London)
The Big Six: Backpacker beds
From rainforests to Uluru and from Melbourne to Magnetic Island The Independent
Destination: Sydney 
Curious about life down under? Consider a trip to Sydney with its big-city lifestyle and laid-back Australian mentality IndependentTraveler.com
Wife sues US Airways over husbands missing ashes
A suburban Philadelphia woman is suing US Airways, saying her husbands ashes disappeared from her luggage as she flew to England to bury them in his hometown of Hull USA Today
10 great places for fall festivals
Autumns cooler weather and harvest traditions offer an excuse to celebrate. "Its a very special time of year. The fragrance of burning leaves, the crystalline blue skies (encourage you) to go out and explore," says Peter Guttman, an award-winning photographer and author of the travel app Beautiful Planet HD USA Today
A cheap vacation in the Riviera? Try Albania
Nestled in the remote eastern corner of the Adriatic, where it joins the Ionian Sea, is a 125-mile stretch of beachfront real estate unlike most others in the world. This little-known edge of Europe is called the Albanian Riviera. It differs sharply from its counterparts, the French and Italian Rivieras, by its cost — a week there could give you barely a few hours in its snazzier, snootier namesakes USA Today
Along a Stretch in Brooklyn, Moving Beyond the Bars
Stylish boutiques, antiques dealers and upscale restaurants now mix with local watering holes on the western end of Atlantic Avenue New York Times
Just say "no" to Facebook hashtags
Hashtags do not belong in Facebook. There! I said it! I mean it; and I will tell you why. Twitter was the "inventor" of hashtags as a means of searching the twittersphere for relevant conversations. Facebook, much later and with much fanfare, jumped on the bandwagon and made the ridiculous claim that their user base was so large that searching across all posts using hashtags would be a terrific search tool. Well kinda TRO Smith
36 Hours in Reykjavik
See the citys award-winning new architectural landmark, stay up (very) late on a pub crawl, find peace on a nearby island and far more during a weekend in Icelands capital New York Times
Denver adds gates to accommodate fast-growing Southwest
Southwests rapid growth in Denver is spurring the Denver International Airport to build five new gates to accommodate the low-cost giant USA Today
36 Hours In... Norcia
Foodies with a weakness for some of Europe’s finest pork, boar and truffles descend on this walled town in the Umbrian hills for a festival of autumn feasting Telegraph (London)
Real InterContinental San José hotel, Costa Rica
The Real InterContinental San José, in Costa Rica, is a San José hotel offering good-sized rooms, a choice of restaurants and an impressive gym, close to the citys Multiplaza shopping mall Telegraph (London)
Princess Cruises Pays out More Than £120,000 in Compensation
Princess Cruises has been forced to pay out more than £120,000 in compensation payments in two separate legal cases CruiseCritic.com
An insiders guide to the polar regions
Polar explorer Tim Jarvis takes us on a tour of the polar regions The Australian
Italian island ponders future after the Concordia
The shipwreck saga that dominated their lives for the last 20 months is winding down — and residents of the Tuscan island of Giglio are waiting to see what the future will bring NBCNews.com
Why cruisers should get passports
A few years ago I met a couple on an airport shuttle in Los Angeles. They had planned to be on a cruise ship, but instead were heading to an airport hotel because they had not brought the proper ID and were bounced at the pier USA Today
Great American Bites: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, large and in charge
In the 30 years since a trio of Harley Davidson enthusiasts cut a 55-gallon drum in half and began their mobile smoke shop, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has grown into one of the most successful and beloved restaurant groupsdevoted to smoked meat in the nation USA Today
Mexico flood: Tourists evacuated from Acapulco
In the wake of devastating twin storms that have caused more than 80 casualties and left thousands stranded, tourists are being evacuated from flood-ravaged Acapulco, according to a statement by Javier Aluni, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Guerrero USA Today
Downtown Brooklyn gets new, hip hotels
Brooklyns year-old Barclays Center has drawn the likes of Jay-Z and Barbra Streisand, the Brooklyn Nets and this years MTV Video Music Awards USA Today
Top five off-peak destinations for fall 2013
Along with sweaters and pumpkin-spice lattes, fall brings travel deals galore. In select regions, a short-lived harmony of still-somewhat-summery weather and slashed shoulder-season prices creates the perfect conditions for the frugal traveler. This year, weve identified five especially fabulous destinations where off-season pricing is ripe for the pickin USA Today
High-Altitude Andorra Aims Higher
The tiny principality, wedged between Spain and France, tries to extend its appeal to all seasons New York Times
Taking Ride-Share Services for a Spin
In an attempt to save money on a long drive this summer, the Frugal Traveler posted his route on three ride-share sites. Heres what he learned New York Times
Now Checking In: Pampered Pets
Pet-icure? Puppy purse? Pooch minibar? These days, hotels are rolling out the amenities to make sure pets, and their owners, feel right at home New York Times
Focus on the target, not the product
Theres a lot you can learn about social media from breakfast cereal and reading glasses! Confused? You wont be after you listen to the secrets of Captain Crunch as it applies to social media TRO Smith
Ferry Collides with German Cruise Ship
The German cruise ship Mein Schiff 2 was hit by a ferry late last week while docked in Bari, Italy. Nobody was injured though passengers from the affected area had to be evacuated for a short period CruiseCritic.com
Concordia Cruise Ship Righted; Search for Bodies to Begin
The recovery of the two remaining bodies on Costa Concordia will start “in the next few days,” Italys civil protection commissioner Franco Gabrielli confirmed at a press conference following the successful "parbuckling" operation to right the cruise ship CruiseCritic.com
Donald Trump to open his first hotel in D.C.
Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump today unveiled plans to spend $200 million turning the historic Old Post Office Pavilion in the nations capital into a luxury hotel with 270 rooms and presidential suites with bulletproof windowsUSA Today
The Mistley Thorn, Essex: hotel review
The Mistley Thorn, in Mistley, is an Essex hotel offering contemporary rooms, comfy beds and hearty food, close to Constable Country Telegraph (London)
The worlds coolest boneyards
When old machinery is no longer loved or wanted, it doesnt just disappear. Unless its completely dismantled, an old plane, train or automobile has to be stored away somewhere to die a rusty death Sydney Morning Herald
Great seniors escapes 
From cherry blossoms and art galleries to a luxury cruise along the Yangtze River The Australian
Photo tour: The allure of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship
Theres been a lot of buzz this year about Norwegian Cruise Lines latest ship, the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Breakaway. But is it right for you? And what about Norwegians other vessels? USA Today
Bye-bye Bora Bora -- 15 other islands in French Polynesia 
Indulgent resorts. Beautiful everything. Bora Bora is called paradise for a reason - but theres a lot more to French Polynesia CNN
Meet the worlds best new skyscraper
A pair of buildings colloquially known as "Marilyn Monroe" has won the prize for best new skyscraper completed in 2012 CNN
The habits of modern digital travelers and how to reach them
Travel marketers are faced with more options to engage current and potential customers than ever before NBCNews.com
40,000 tourists stranded in Acapulco as storms kill 55 across Mexico
Mexicos famous beach resort of Acapulco was in chaos on Wednesday as hotels rationed food for thousands of stranded tourists and floodwaters swallowed homes and cars after some of the most damaging storms in decades killed at least 55 people across the country NBCNews.com
New Dallas childrens garden encourages touching
Most botanical gardens are like art museums. Pretty to look at, but with one cardinal rule: Do not touch USA Today
Boeings newer, bigger Dreamliner model makes 1st flight
The first addition to the Boeing 787 family has completed its maiden test flight, taking off from Paine Field in Everett and landing in Seattle about five hours later USA Today
With new terminal, LAX hopes to go from worst to best
Los Angeles International Airport is undergoing a much-needed, airport-wide $4.1 billion modernization project USA Today
Out of the Past in Lively Old Rio
Peek beyond the preparations for the World Cup and Olympics and youll find a historic area humming with attractions New York Times
Marketers, whats wrong with we?
Youre eating up this online marketing stuff. There are so many ideas to take in, so you feast on articles, reports, books, and ebooks whenever you can TRO Smith
Contiki Canada rethinks marketing to youth with the #noregrets Adventure Challenge
Lauren Howard is Contiki Canadas National Marketing Manager. She was the brains and driving force behind the #noregrets Adventure Challenge campaign and sat down with us to talk about its success TRO Smith
Serial killers home attracts tourists
A former boarding house run by a Californian serial killer, who buried her elderly victims in the grounds of the property, has become an unlikely tourist attraction Telegraph (London)
The real art of Australia 
A major new exhibition dedicated to Australian art opens shortly at the Royal Academy. Here, we round up some great art experiences you can have in the country Telegraph (London)
Canadas rival jet to Boeing, Airbus makes first flight
Bombardier Inc successfully flew its CSeries jetliner for the first time on Monday, kicking off a renewed effort to sell the all-new narrow-body plane, but raising questions about its development cost Sydney Morning Herald
London trawling
Kendall Hill discovers some of Londons most engaging yet lesser known attractions and stories Sydney Morning Herald

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