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USA TODAY travel writers’ favorite places for 2011

PHOTOS: This year’s memorable travel destinations Enjoy, and happy travels. Laura Bly  Favorite destination: Iceland Most tourists come to this barren, delightfully bizarre outpost during the summer, when its raw landscapes are softened by wildflowers and long days give way to convivial nights fueled by such delicacies as fermented shark meat and an aptly named […]

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Getting insurance plans online at their best – PR

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American Brat Pack: where airline CEOs came of age

Print E-mail By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ The Associated Press NEW YORK — From an office at the end of a Dallas runway in the 1980s, the modern airline business was born. File – In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, David Cush, CEO of Virgin America, speaks during an interview at The Associated Press, in New […]

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Posh Virginia resort offers rooms for $29

One of America’s premier resorts is offering a room for $29 a night–for a limited time only. The Homestead Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, Va., is launching a “Leap Year” sale during the first week of January. You do, however, have to pay regular price for one night to get a second night at […]

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With snow a no-show, ski resorts are struggling

“Often times, we have one part of the country lagging in cold and snow,” says Michael Berry, president of the National Ski Areas Association. “This year, unfortunately, it’s a coast to coast story.” In the East, for example, only 421 of Vermont’s 1,200 ski trails are open. In past years, Vermont has had more than […]

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In Transit Blog: Hotel Restaurant Menus That Don’t Grow Stale

McCarthy Salad at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge. It was named for Neil McCarthy, a well-known polo player who spent time at the hotel.  Hotel restaurants often reinvent themselves to keep up with food trends. At a time when new is the norm, though, some long-standing restaurants are sticking to tried and true. The […]

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Savvy travelers can still find deals in the new year

(CNN) — With all the signs pointing to travel costs rising in the New Year, what’s the money-conscious traveler to do? You can still cut expenses if you strategize ahead of time, whether your travel dates and destinations are fixed or not. If you must travel to a certain place at a certain time, it’s […]

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Travel & Adventure Show Explores New Territory for 2012

ROSEMONT, IL, Dec 29, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The nation’s largest travel and adventure show returns to Chicago January 28-29 for its eighth consecutive year with new additions and returning favorites. Between well-known travel experts, adventurous activities, more than 120 world-class destinations on exhibit and non-stop cultural music and dance performances, guests will uncover […]

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New tour goes behind the scenes on Celebrity ships

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Celebrity Cruises has become the latest cruise line to offer passengers a behind-the-scenes tour – for a fee. As […]

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Des Moines residents balk at proposed hotel

A proposed $32.3 million downtown Des Moines hotel is causing a stir among some residents. The hotel would transform a square block of riverfront property in a predominately residential area near Second Avenue and Water Street, the Des Moines Register reported. Hawkeye Hotels of Burlington plans to first build a 129-room upscale Hampton Inn Suites […]

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