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Students benefit from a year abroad

Happy New (Gap) Year to all those hard-working students planning to travel in 2012 as a break between studies or a year off before starting a career. It’s a great opportunity to take off and explore the world before settling down with the responsibilities of jobs and family. With some careful planning, a gap year […]

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State parks: Resolve to spend New Year’s Day with us

Looking for a way to shed some holiday pounds and show some steely new year’s resolve in the process? Your local state park may have just the ticket. On New Year’s Day, state parks across the USA are banding together to offer “First Day Hikes.” It’s the first time they’ve coordinated such plans nationwide, as […]

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Explorer: Australia by Sail, Manning My Own Ship

And, I’ve got to  say, our captain didn’t seem up to the task. Veering off course, clinging to the ship’s wheel as though it were steering him, asking our sailing guide amateurish questions — he wasn’t exactly inspiring confidence in my new wife, Jen, who had signed on for eight days of this as part […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Hazardous Sports Coverage for Your Upcoming Ski Trip, Warns Squaremouth

A ski trip with friends and family is a great way to ring in the New Year, but don’t spend extra on travel insurance to cover the trip down the slopes. As many travelers look into buying a travel insurance policy to protect them in the event of an accident or medical emergency, Squaremouth.com, a […]

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5 Best Travel Videos of the Year

Our favorite videos of 2011 that brought us across the world ‘; } else { extracss = imageCaption; } document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ”+extracss; } function hide_it(){ document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ‘ ‘; } Dec 30, 2011 @ 10:30 AM Posted by Jessica Chou, Editor Travelers with video cameras often capture the craziest things. Some travel videos are gorgeous montages […]

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A video any airplane nut is going to love

That’s how Gannett TV station KUSA 9 of Denver describes this video, a montage of airfield activity at Denver International Airport. And, with a headline like that, I figured our Today Sky readers would love it too. In setting up the video, KUSA says Eric Kehe – the station’s chief photographer – “was given unprecedented […]

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Personal Journeys: In Pennsylvania, a Quick Shot of Peace, on a Budget

I am neither Catholic nor anything in particular, but I yearned for a snippet of the no-frills spiritual solitude. The Jesuits, I’d read, were the guys to go to concerning such matters. Indeed, to engage in periods of quiet contemplation with a full-stop break from everyday life was central to the philosophy of the Jesuit […]

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photo of the day: Having a ball in Times Square

© Lucas Jackson / Reuters Revelers cheer as confetti falls during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York January 1, 2011. In honor of the quickly approaching new year, today’s photo captures the celebrations held in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2010. We’ve also put together a great collection […]

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Aloft Hotels test out iPad concierge

The next time you check into an Aloft Hotel, you won’t have to talk to a real-life concierge to get your restaurant recommendations. All you’ll have to do is tap on an iPad. Aloft Hotels, part of the Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide brand, is piloting a tablet-based concierge program that lets guests research local entertainment […]

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International travelers: A check may be in the mail

Refunds ranging from $18.04 to thousands of dollars are being sent to roughly 10 million consumers who used MasterCard, Visa or Diners Club credit and debit cards while traveling abroad between Feb. 1, 1996, and Nov. 8, 2006. The checks are from the settlement of a class-action suit that alleged those card companies and several […]

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