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Thailand offers tourists free insurance

Thailand offers tourists free insurance

March 4, 2010 · ,

Thailand is continuing to offer insurance coverage worth $10,000 to anyone harmed in riots and demonstrations as it seeks to attract tourists scared off by political turmoil, officials say. Other carrots range from a waiver on all visa fees to discounts on airline landing fees. “The measures are to support the tourism industry. The situation [...]

$135 for a passport? Feds mull fee hike

$135 for a passport? Feds mull fee hike

March 4, 2010 · ,

Get ready to open your wallet a little wider to satisfy your travel bug: It may soon cost more to apply for a new U.S. passport or renew an old one, and the news is not sitting well with some lawmakers. The State Department is proposing fee hikes that would require adults applying for their [...]

South Africa marks 100 days to World Cup

South Africa marks 100 days to World Cup

March 3, 2010 · , ,

With 100 days to go before the World Cup, jackhammers shuddered and bulldozers rumbled Tuesday as workers wearing “Proud to be building Soccer City for 2010″ buttons readied South Africa’s main stadium. Inside, the grass was smooth and inviting. But not far away stacks of pavement tiles waited to be laid, and parking lots and [...]

Mexico’s spring break king rebounds

Mexico’s spring break king rebounds

Mexico’s spring break king — Cancun — is rebounding quickly from last year’s triple blow to its tourism industry caused by the country’s swine flu epidemic, drug violence and a global economic crisis. Those worries couldn’t compete this year against Mexico’s cheap airfare from the United States and phenomenal package deals that include the popular [...]

France sprucing up cultural treasures

France sprucing up cultural treasures

March 2, 2010 · , , , , ,

Mixing an abundance of cultural treasures and national pride, France is spiffing up its sights and museums from the Rhine to the Pyrenees. Of course, the biggest news is in Paris, where 2010 brings important changes that smart travelers will want to know about. The Eiffel Tower’s new online reservation system should help on-the-ball travelers [...]

What’s new in Great Britain and Ireland in 2010

What’s new in Great Britain and Ireland in 2010

A key to experiencing Great Britain and Ireland smartly in 2010 is to embrace them not as “ye olde” destinations but as modern ones. London is busily preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, developing its Olympic Park site in the eastern part of the city. The con artists are getting warmed up for the big [...]

10 great destinations that don’t deserve their bad reputations

10 great destinations that don’t deserve their bad reputations

Travel destinations are a lot like high school social cliques: Most of what outsiders know about them is hearsay. The only way to discover what they’re really like is to go see for yourself, says Chuck Thompson. Which is what the freelance travel writer set out to do in researching his new book, To Hellholes [...]

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