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Why Istanbul Is The World's Best Layover Destination

(68) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 8:48 AM

If you believe the hype coming from Turkish Airlines, which now flies roughly 40 million passengers to 220 cities in 98 countries, Istanbul will soon become the world's most connected and wonderful international hub, an axle around which global commerce and tourism will spin, as millions stop over for a...

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8 Things Americans Can Learn From Buenos Aires

(26) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Calling it the Paris of South America may be a bit of a stretch, but glamorous Buenos Aires has a distinctive verve despite the many financial calamities the Argentine government has inflicted on its citizens. The home of tango and, perhaps, the world's best steaks, there's much to learn from...

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10 Things To Do On Easter Island That Don't Involve Stone Heads (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Everyone knows about the enduring appeal of Easter Island's stone heads, enormous statues that are actually full-body representations of long-lost ancestors. They feature in almost every story about the island and they're a convenient shorthand symbol for the place that so many have heard about but very few choose to...

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Machu Picchu Airport Plan Stirs Concerns In Peru

(10) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 7:25 AM

Construction of a new airport near the famed ruins of Machu Picchu is going ahead despite local concerns over corruption and the environmental impacts such a large project could have on the delicate mountaintop ecosystem of Peru's Sacred Valley.

Planned for Chinchero, between Machu Picchu and Cusco, the new airport...

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Mobile Photography Takes Off On Easter Island (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Short of a safari through the African bush, there's probably no more photogenic place on Earth than Easter Island. The stone statues that make it famous demand their share of lens time but so too do the dramatic volcanic cliffs that plunge into the deep blue seas. Wild horses grazing...

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The World's Loneliest Post Office Still Loves Postcards (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 6:00 AM

In the middle of the South Pacific, one of the world's most remote post offices continues to do brisk business in stamps, as tourists from around the globe flock to pay their respects to the postcard, a much-maligned, antiquated but great form of expression.

The small building is...

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Inside Easter Island's Crown Quarry (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 9:18 AM

Every destination has its blockbuster attractions, whether it's the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building in New York or the Sydney Opera House. Easter Island, with its mysterious stone moai statues is no exception, and the quarry from which they were carved...

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A Day At Easter Island's Horse Races (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2013 | 9:20 AM

There are no elaborate hats to mark the once-a-year running of the 'A'ati Hoi, or Horse Races, during Easter Island's annual Tapati Festival. There's no grandstand at which to grandstand. And there's no bend in the 700-meter course, which is set on a dirt road along the picturesque...

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Easter Island Travel: How To Non-Metaphorically Get Away From It All

(16) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:00 AM

If you want to get really, really off the grid, fly 5,991 miles from your home airport to Easter Island. You'll have to stop once, in Lima, but this will be the easiest part of the journey, an air-conditioned, half-day respite you will look back on...

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Easter Island's Moai Carvers Get To Work For Tapati Festival (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 6:00 AM

About 15 minutes into the statue carving competition in Hanga Roa, the only town on Easter Island, it became clear which of the craftsmen was going to finish first. He'd already hewn the general, recognizable shape of the island's trademark moai, or ceremonial statues, out of his block...

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Easter Island's Tapati Festival Kicks Off With Scantily-Clad Triathlon (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:00 AM

As most of the United States geared up for the Super Bowl, the people of Easter Island were preparing for their own machismo-fueled competition, a unifying cultural touchstone that would set the tone for the year to come and determine a champion. This year, the 14-time winner of this contest...

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Mobile Booking Taking Off As Early Adopters Become Evangelists

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 7:08 AM

When Hurricane Sandy caused chaos at Boston Logan International, Gary Swart was hardly the only business traveler stranded by canceled flights.

He came up with a plan on the fly -- and it didn't involve driving back into the city to rebook the same room he'd just left.

"I'd already...

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Super Bowl Watching On Easter Island

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 7:00 AM

It wasn't until after I'd booked my flight to Easter Island that I realized I'd be arriving on Super Bowl Sunday.

While I'm not the biggest fan of the NFL, I do enjoy the spectacle of the game, the camaraderie of the party and any chance to wave -- for...

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I Was Quite Surprised By Some Things On My LAN Airlines International 'Economy Class' Flight

(21) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 6:30 AM

There is always someone complaining about how horrible flying is.

Many people say that flying is painful and can be the worst part of any trip. For me, a recent flight turned out to be a surprising experience in many ways, least of all in the fact that I...

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The Death Of Travel Industry Loyalty

(7) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 6:00 AM

You're probably doing something wrong if you can't give your product away.

An authoritative new report from global consulting firm Deloitte has put the travel industry on alert, declaring the death of brand loyalty. Of the 4,000 frequent travelers surveyed, only two in five people said they "always"...

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787 Grounded: More Than 1,000 Flights Impacted As Pressure On Boeing, FAA Mounts

(259) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 7:00 AM

More than 1,000 flights around the world have been impacted by the continued grounding of all Boeing 787s, according to new data from FlightStats.com.

The data provided to HuffPost Travel shows that All Nippon Airways, which operates 17 of the 787s, is the airline most affected...

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South Dakota Wine: A Budding Industry Grows On The Prairie (PHOTOS)

(14) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:00 AM

On a recent morning in Pierre, South Dakota, the fog off Lake Oahe was thick enough to rival San Francisco's densest greys. But even the most inclement weather -- fog, snow, hail, wind -- can't stop the quiet growth of this prairie state's under-the-radar wine industry.

Fog or not, Randy...

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Costa Concordia Disaster: Cruise Industry Questions Remain One Year On

(58) Comments | Posted January 12, 2013 | 9:00 AM

A year after the grounding of the Costa Concordia cost at least 30 of the ship's 3,780-passenger their lives, the cruise industry is looking to move past the photogenic disaster while stressing a renewed focus on safety. Whether or not potential passengers are ready to forget or forgive...

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, The South Dakota National Park Dedicated To The Cold War (PHOTOS)

(19) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 7:03 AM

The most terrifying thing about the mothballed missile silo in South Dakota is that it's just sitting there, right off Exit 116 on Interstate 90, a few miles away from the legendary Wall Drug store and about an hour from Rapid City.

If this were any...

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Mt. Rushmore: America's Best Tourist Trap (PHOTOS)

(136) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 8:30 AM

The placards in the on-site museum aren't afraid to admit it: South Dakota's state historian Doane Robinson constructed a massive series of sculptures in the granite of the Black Hills with the expressed goal of luring more tourists to this lonely corner of the country.

South Dakota Senator...

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