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Explore Europe on a barge cruise

May 13, 2014 No Comments by

A barge is a small, flat-bottomed boat built for carrying freight. Many of these interesting boats have been renovated into intimate, floating B&Bs. The barges explore the historic canals, rivers and lakes of France and other European countries in spring, summer and early fall. The barges — some quite luxuriously outfitted — carry only four […]

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Get wet at the top five water parks in the Caribbean

May 13, 2014 No Comments by

In some ways the Caribbean is one huge water park, with azure seas, waterfall hikes, river rafting and surfing. Sometimes, though, a vacationer is looking for that extra level of water-based adrenaline. That’s where water parks come in, with their free-fall slides delivering unexpected twists and turns. While water parks are constantly trying to outdo […]

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8 amazing American caves

May 13, 2014 No Comments by

Far beneath our feet, amazing caverns yawn and twist. The heart of anyone who stumbles on one must race with the thrill of discovery as well as a terror of encountering creatures in the dark. Formed by geological processes over thousands of years, caves in the United States were often used by Native Americans well before […]

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U.S. Trips to Russia Fall Amid Conflict

May 08, 2014 No Comments

As spring blooms across Eastern Europe, the specter of a widening conflict between the Kremlin and Ukraine is causing some Western travelers to cancel their trips to Russia and spoiling high expectations among hotels and tour operators for the summer travel season. Valery Korovkin, the head of international cooperation at the Federal Agency for Tourism […]

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What a Great Trip! And I’m Not Even There Yet

May 08, 2014 No Comments

Wish you were on vacation right now? Don’t. Taking a vacation won’t necessarily make you happier. But anticipating it will. I first explored this idea while reporting an article about happiness in 2010, the same year that a psychological study about the connection between anticipation and happiness was published online in a journal called Applied […]

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China builds bigger Buddhas to entice tourists

Feb 06, 2014 No Comments

Travelers who get kicks out of posing with huge Buddha statues have 10 more reasons to head to China this year. The company responsible for Hong Kong’s 34-meter-tall Tian Tan Buddha and Hainan’s 108-meter-tall Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya statue plans to throw up 10 more huge Buddha replicas during 2014, according to the […]

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