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Dutch delay ban on pot for tourists

The Dutch government has pushed back plans to bar non-residents from some of the country’s famous cannabis “coffee shops,” though officials say the ban will still take effect nationwide – including Amsterdam – in 2013. Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said Thursday a test rollout in the southern cities of Noord-Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland will be […]

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Heads Up: It’s Kosher in Rome’s Ghetto

The Ghetto period ended in 1870, and in the decades that followed, its ramshackle buildings were torn down and most of the Jews in Rome resettled elsewhere. Only a few hundred Jews remain living in the zone, but the area retains its cultural significance, and today it remains at the heart of Jewish life, home […]

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Seniors with travel insurance billed $107,000

The questions correctly on medical insurance forms can sometimes be hard to interpret.. If you take a trip outside Canada, it’s smart to buy travel health insurance to cover the costs of getting sick in a foreign country. But it’s not enough just to buy travel health insurance. You have to fill out the application […]

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Mostly Rain with tail end winter precip (fewer to no travel issues): 50%

<!–See more photos in the gallery–> +++++10PM Update+++++ No real changes needed to the forecast…I’ve tweaked the storm type probabilities a bit… Crippling Ice Storm: 5% Crippling Snow Storm (Over 6″): 5% Crippling Ice/Snow combo: 10% Mostly rain with wintry precip (hazardous conditions): 30% Mostly Rain with tail end winter precip (fewer to no travel […]

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Now in Congress: $7.8 billion TSA spending bill

The Transportation Security Administration will get $7.8 billion for 2012 under spending legislation now being considered by Congress. The figure is $153 million more than from the 2011 fiscal year, but is $274 million less than what President Obama had proposed. The House approved the spending bill Friday, though the Senate isn’t expected to vote […]

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On Assignment in Bagan, Myanmar

In March 2011, Justin Mott photographed the temples and pagodas in and around Bagan, Myanmar, just as tourists began to visit; here, a group of novice monks find a respite from the hot sand.

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Don’t let medical bills be your après ski

All too often though what starts as a dream trip to enjoy the powdery snow can end in a painful sojourn to the emergency ward. Even something as innocuous as twisting an ankle can require medical treatment that can run into thousands of pounds. Break something more serious or need an airlift or medical repatriation […]

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An experience of a lifetime: See the Flinders Range by balloon. Source: Supplied

An experience of a lifetime: See the Flinders Range by balloon. Source: Supplied Orion II in Ha Long Bay on the coast of Vietnam. Picture: Orion Expedition Cruises Source: Supplied THERE’S plenty of good news for anyone looking to explore the world in 2012. Brian Johnston casts his well-travelled eye over the latest trends and […]

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Business trip meals: Eat in or go local?

When you’re on the road, do you normally rely on your hotel restaurant or do you prefer to venture into the city for a restaurant that catches your attention? I’m bringing up this question today after seeing frequent traveling buddy Kelly Cameron’s photograph of his dinner in Nairobi last week. (Truth be told, on this […]

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Next Stop: A Pocket of the Past in Battambang, Cambodia

“When we talk about heritage conservation in Cambodia, people only think about Angkor Wat. But we also have something special here, something we need to preserve,” said Mr. Sak, 41, gesturing toward the river’s banks, which are lined with a stunning variety of historic structures: French colonial shop houses with arched windows and ornate iron […]

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