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Die 10 verrücktesten Dinge, die je bei einer Flughafenkontrolle gefunden wurden

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 9:14 AM

Sind Sie sich schon mal blöd vorgekommen, als Sie bei der Flughafenkontrolle noch Flüssigkeiten in irgendwelchen Flaschen hatten oder sich noch eine Fingernagelschere in ihrem Handgepäck finden ließ?

Alles halb so wild im Vergleich zu diesen Dingen, die Sie unbedingt zu Hause lassen sollten:

Teile eines menschlichen Schädels

Bevor...

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Worst Airplane Seat Ever

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:12 PM

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If you thought your coach-class seat was just a little too cozy, those armrests just a little too soft, then you're in luck. Flying could get even less comfortable than before.


News broke earlier this week that Airbus filed a patent...

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Best Apps to Prevent Travel Disasters

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:06 PM

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Staying safe and healthy while traveling isn't always easy. Despite your best intentions and most thorough preparation, disaster can strike, whether it's as small as a rental-car fender bender or as serious as a hurricane. Thankfully, technology can help. Prevent...

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Why Locals (and You) Will Love Copenhagen This Year

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:28 AM

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(Photos: City of Bikes: Nicolai Perjesi/Visit Copenhagen

A city people want to live in is a city people love to visit. Copenhagen is just that. Crowned (again) as the most livable city in the world by Monocle magazine,...

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10 Strangest Things Ever Found by Airport Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM

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Don't feel bad about forgetting to toss your bottled water before the airport security checkpoint. That's nothing compared to what some of your fellow travelers have been up to. You won't believe these 10 bizarre things found by airport security. And...

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10 Gorgeous Hotel Bathrooms Around the World

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:54 AM

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The bathroom is arguably the heart of any hotel room. Whether serving as a respite from frenetic city streets or as a romantic spa-like sanctuary for two, the hotel salle de bain can make or break a stay. With that in...

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TSA Fee Hike Set To Raise Prices On All U.S. Flights

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:21 PM

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Your plane tickets are about to get a little more expensive.


A TSA fee hike goes into effect at the end of this month. In a few weeks, the September 11 Security Fee will...

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10 Iconic Things You Can Only Do in America

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:57 PM

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Rediscover your patriotic streak this summer with an iconic American experience. Eat a Fenway Frank at a Boston Red Sox baseball game. Ride the historic 1927 wooden Cyclone roller coaster on Coney Island. Stand speechless at the...

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10 Amazing Free Museums in the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:51 AM

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Cultural discovery doesn't always come cheap. While admission fees support and sustain museums, they can add up for tourists looking for artistic experiences on a budget. To help you save a few bucks while...

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12 Must-Pack Essentials for Your Summer Carry-On

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:20 AM

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Savvy travelers know how to pack a week's worth of wardrobe changes into one carry-on year-round, but even the most packing-challenged among us can do it like a pro when summer rolls around. See ya later, bulky sweaters and jeans, make...

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10 Foreign Foods You've Got to Try Before You Die

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:23 PM

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Think of the foods you'd travel a thousand miles to taste again. Dishes so delicious you carried the memory of them home as a treasured souvenir. Those snacks, sweets, and savories that surprised and delighted you, that...

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What Not to Do in New York City

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:26 PM

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New Yorkers aren't exactly famous for being polite to tourists, but that's just because most tourists don't know how to act in the Big Apple. The good news: It's not so hard. Just follow these simple rules of conduct --...

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Best BBQ Joints in America

(19) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Few topics get travelers more heated, more protective, more spittin' mad than barbecue. Countrywide, arguments break out over which barbecue joint is best and how it is best served. Is it burnt ends in Kansas City? Brisket in Texas? Sauce? Rub? On a bun? From a food truck? The possibilities...

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11 of the Craziest Ice Cream Flavors in the World

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Want to cool down this summer with some scrumptious ice cream? You'd think this delicious-sounding list would be safe to read while eating... but maybe not. From foie gras to creamed cod to jellyfish-flavored ice cream, these crazy flavors require an iron stomach to enjoy.

Raw Horse Flesh Ice...

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Travel Trends Taking Hold in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 10:18 AM

This seems like the kind of story we'd write in January, right? Well, we did. But we also want to pause at this midway point in the year, look at the trends we predicted, and see which ones have actually taken hold. From new ways to hang out...

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10 Inspiring Summer Drives to Add to Your Bucket List

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Summers were made for cranking up the tunes and hitting the open road, ready for anything to happen. Get behind the wheel and let one of these 10 feel-good road trips inspire you to live in the moment. Read on to find legendary stretches of highway where you can careen...

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10 Packing Mistakes You'll Definitely Regret

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Unexpected baggage fees and unfortunate run-ins with the TSA are just a few consequences of totally preventable packing mistakes. Avoid these 10 all-too-common slip-ups to ensure packing perfection the next time you travel.

Packing Mistake #1: Assuming Your Hotel Will Have What You Need

Most upscale hotels provide hair dryers....

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What's New at Walt Disney World in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:56 PM

There's always something new cooking at Disney World. From new attractions and parades to improved smartphone apps and massive park expansions (and, yes, price increases), here's what to expect at Walt Disney World in 2014.

Walt Disney World Ticket Prices Increase

The price of admission when Walt Disney World opened...

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Best Airlines for Free Stopovers

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 5:00 PM

The secret to getting two vacations for nearly the price of one? Free stopovers. A lot of major airlines offer free or low-cost stops in hub cities to flyers continuing on to other end-point destinations. Tiresome layovers or breakneck connections these are not. Stopovers are overnight or multi-night stays in...

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Top Five Bargain Destinations for Summer 2014

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 4:56 PM

In many places, prices rise with the temperature, but these hot spots offer cool savings this coming season. From a relaxed beach destination to a nonstop urban party, these destinations deliver plenty of wallet-friendly fun this summer.

I've monitored trends, industry news, and sale patterns to point you in the...

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