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China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

XINING, China – There’s a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags are newly topped with sprawling...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Escape tunnel: Secret passageway under Berlin Wall opens to public

BERLIN – An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall opened to the public this month for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of communist East Germany’s...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Travel

Venice ‘on its knees’ after second-worst flood ever recorded

VENICE, Italy – The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

How to score unbelievably cheap flights with mistake airline fares

Maybe this has happened to you. You’re casually scrolling through social media when you spot a friend crowing that she’s headed to Japan next month because she just scored a flight for $247 round...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mystery trips: Travel companies offer journeys into the unknown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. When Dena Espenscheid answered an advertisement on social media offering a weekend vacation to an unknown destination, her sister warned her she was going to get kidnapped. As it...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airbnb agrees to provide host records to Hawaii

HONOLULU – Airbnb Inc. has agreed to provide Hawaii with records of many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven’t been paying their taxes. Airbnb...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

New York to Sydney: The world’s first 20-hour flight

I’ve just endured the world’s newest longest flight – the 10,100-mile, nonstop, ultra-marathon from New York to Sydney. It took about 19½ hours and was almost as demanding as that sounds. The...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Australia’s iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers

ULURU, Australia – Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians’ demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. travel industry to Chinese tourists: What trade war?

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., has dangled hotel discounts tied to the Chinese Lunar New Year. Arizona has promoted its outdoor attractions to draw visitors during another popular Chinese holiday....

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Woman found in wilderness after spelling S-O-S with rocks

LOS ANGELES – A woman who vanished on a visit to Sequoia National Park in California was spotted by a low-flying aircraft rescue crew after she spelled S-O-S with rocks in a forest clearing,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lawsuit: Southwest pilots streamed video from bathroom cam

PHOENIX – A lawsuit filed against Southwest Airlines by a flight attendant alleges pilots on a 2017 flight had an iPad streaming video from a hidden camera in a bathroom in one of the airline’s...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Roadside Bigfoot: This Georgia museum is devoted to legendary beast

CHERRY LOG, Ga. – Along a bustling four-lane highway that winds through the north Georgia mountains, an unassuming wooden structure breaks the monotony of churches, billboards and stores selling...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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