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247 snakes, reptiles found in suitcase

A Czech national could face 10 years in prison after Buenos Aires airport screeners found 247 living snakes and reptiles — including poisonous vipers — in the bulging suitcase he tried to check on a flight to Madrid, Agence France-Presse says. The “organic substances moving inside” were packed in clear plastic containers, workers at the […]

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In Transit Blog: Rome for the Holidays

Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThe Christmas tree in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. The traditional inauguration of the Christmas season got underway early this month in Rome, but travelers can visit vestiges of those early celebrations, and still take in a few more ceremonies, after the gifts have been opened. At Piazza Mignanelli near […]

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Forethought, caution help keep dream cruises from becoming health nightmares

Enlarge Image A tourist takes a photo of a cruise ship in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011. Some people think of them as the ultimate in no-muss, no-fuss travel. But while a cruise can be a dream vacation, it can turn into a nightmare if health problems mar your trip.THE CANADIAN […]

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Travel Postcard: Brussels

BARBARA LEWIS BELGIAN BEAUTY: Tourists walk on Brussels’ famous Grand Place. Sri Lanka tourism surges Battle for the best-selling plane Belfast building as tourist destination Meet ‘n seat: mile-high matchmaking Beware bears and mountain lions The real Downton Abbey London unveils double-decker bus The Backpacker’s best abuse of 2011 Airlines race for onboard wi-fi Italy […]

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Jim Beam to pour more into bourbon tourism

That’s the word from Louisville’s The Courier-Journal newspaper, which says Jim Beam aims to pour $18 million into a new visitors center and allow aficionados to ascend “a giant distillation column where you would get an insider’s view of the world’s top-selling bourbon maker.” Jim Beam, in Clermont, is part of the so-called “Kentucky Bourbon […]

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In Transit Blog: In London, a Taryn Simon Show Nears Its End

© Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery“Excerpt from Chapter I, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters,” 2011. For four years, Taryn Simon traveled the world photographing 18 family bloodlines and their related stories. The resulting images document victims of genocide in Bosnia, a polygamist family in Kenya, the alleged body double of Saddam Hussein’s […]

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Bon Voyage: Hum ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ packing tips

Air travel at Christmas has a bad reputation, with good reason. Airports are crowded. People carry too much luggage stuffed with presents. Flights are overbooked. Grumpy passengers leave their holiday spirit at home. Packing carefully can help make holiday travel, and your stay, easier. Delays happen regularly at the holidays, so it’s possible you won’t […]

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Corkboard: our weekly travel news round-up

Escapism Fiji has 333 desert islands to choose from, and plenty of luxury hotels. Dolphin Island (dolphinislandfiji.com) is a 13-acre private retreat that’s just been done up, and sleeps just eight guests in four bures (traditional thatched houses). Carved furniture and shell mirrors create a laid-back luxury look. Guests can also stay in the romantic […]

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Top 5 favorite things about hotels over holidays

What would you say is your single, favorite thing about staying in a hotel over the holidays? Last week, the social media site Formspring posed the above question to its millions of members on behalf of Hotel Check-In. SCROOGE:  Nightmare boss makes worker share hotel room I was surprised that “holiday decorations” didn’t receive enough […]

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Weekly Top 10: Scrooge boss story tops list

Hotel Check-In’s 10 most-clicked-on stories for the week ending Dec. 23, 2011 vary from a story about finding nifty restaurants to eat in during business trips to a story about Pottery Barn. But, perhaps because of the holidays, the No. 1 story has to do with a Scrooge-like boss. Hotel Check-In’s latest Top 10 list: […]

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