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Hometown Tourism is Good Fun and Good Value

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Many people welcome visiting family and friends because they know that when they offer to show their guests around, they will also get to see their hometown’s famous sites, places of interest.

Proceeding as though they were local tour guides, they design an itinerary that covers their town’s basic bests and mixes ...Read more

Around the World: Marvelous Manitou Springs

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If you’re craving a bit of restorative nostalgia, there’s hardly a better destination than the charming turn-of-the-last-century Rocky Mountain town of Manitou Springs.  It’s such a pretty place, a quaint town where a marvelous collection of lovely Victorian houses is surrounded by an extraordinary array of natural wonders, ...Read more

Around the World: Be Travel Savvy and Know Your World Subways

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TOKYO -- It’s evening rush hour. Shinjuku Subway Station is swarming with tired workers assertively heading for home.

A train glides quietly into the station, doors slide open and hundreds of rumpled riders scatter for the station exits or transfer points.

Before the door close again, paid ‘pushers’ ...Read more

House Calls: Don’t Let Mexico’s Image Problems Keep You Away

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For variety and value, few tourist destinations compare with marvelous Mexico. Larger than Western Europe, Mexico promises such a wide range of beautiful beaches, charming colonial cities, magnificent mountain vistas and fascinating archeological ruins that you can visit the country dozens of times without experiencing all of...Read more

Around the World: Montreal’s Summer Travel Boom

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It’s a balmy summer night in Old Montreal. Locals and tourists have flocked to the city’s popular La Ronde theme park for evening pleasures. La Ronde, owned by Six Flags, is situated on the Sainte-Helene Islands in the Saint Lawrence River, right in the heart of charming Old Montreal. 


A ...Read more

Women’s History Tour of Lower Manhattan

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Celebrate Women’s History Month, with a walking tour though New York City’s downtown Wall Street area, visiting places where women--many of them journalists--took a stand for equality and progressive social change.

There are 21 points of particular interest in the district that was once known as “Newspaper Row,” an area that’s filled ...Read more

 Avoid Travelers’ Back Strain and Pain

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Let’s face it: travel can be hard on one’s body, and back pain isn’t a treasured vacation memory.

Even travelers who are otherwise quite physically fit often find backache a frequently reoccurring problem while they’re on the road.

Common sense and a little extra preparation and care can help to ...Read more

Around the World: Is Home Swapping Your Way To Go?

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Whether you want a week in the heart of Paris or two months in the Connecticut countryside, it’s possible to swap your home with someone who wants to vacation where you live.

The house swap arrangement alone will turn out to be much expensive than a hotel would be. Them, too, there’s no tipping, and you can save on ...Read more

Around the World: Reindeer Reign at Karasjok’s Easter Festival

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Perhaps the holiday you most readily associate with reindeer is Christmas, when -- as legend and wishful thinking suggest -- a gift-giving Santa harnesses his fleet-footed herd to his sleigh and circles the globe to deliver goodies to good little boys and girls of all ages.

Christmas is celebrated in Karasjok, Norway, ...Read more

 Around the World: Escape to Newfoundland’s Stress-Free Avalon 

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Residents of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula don’t claim direct lineage from denizens of the mythical English domain where Joseph of Arimathea first preached the Christian gospel in Old England, and where fabled King Arthur is laid to rest. But they do boast a wonderfully old world ambiance that’s wrapped in convenient ...Read more

Around the World: With the Oscars in Mind, Planning a Hollywood Trip

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With Hollywood’s big Academy Awards weekend looming large on the calendar, travelers are focusing on tinsel town as a destination.

As any Los Angelino knows, Oscar’s big day -- this year it’s on Sunday, February 26 -- is a good day to stay at home and watch television. 

Yes, the stars are out and ...Read more

 Around the World: Put Romance on Your Horizon for Valentine’s Day

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It doesn’t have to be a big ticket or a long trip.  A quick romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day will do very nicely, and there’s still time to plan it.

Favorite destinations for Valentine’s Day romantic getaways are the same spots that are favored for honeymoons – because they offer a laid back, unpressured ...Read more

Around the World: How to Interpret Travel Sites

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That wonderful piece of alluring literature known as the travel brochure has been pretty much replaced by click on Websites featuring virtual video tours of destinations and properties, along with written descriptions that entice browsers to book instantly.

Websites feel more immediate because they are changed and ...Read more


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