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The dreaded volcanic ash plume has returned to Bali

The dreaded volcanic ash plume has returned to Bali, forcing a new round of flight cancellations. A series of flights en route from Australia to Denpasar have had to turn back, and Virgin Australia has cancelled the rest of its Bali flights tonight. Tomorrow’s services are currently under review. Jetstar is awaiting further advice from […]

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Your first trip to Europe

Your first trip to Europe (or anywhere abroad, for that matter) is a transformative experience, often defying and exceeding your expectations at the same time. Expectations such as the ideas that as an American, you will stick out like a sore thumb (probably true) and that you are unwelcome (probably false). “Contrary to popular belief, […]

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Japan is exclusive luxury train

I’m sitting in the lounge car of a train and traveling at a fairly ordinary speed. But this is no ordinary train: the back end of the carriage is a giant floor-to-ceiling window, like a flickering movie screen on which the passing landscapes are acting out their various parts. There are volcanoes being majestic, and […]

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Kyushu-Japan, Central-Asia, Sabah-Borneo…

Kyushu, Japan The dollar hit a 12-year high against the yen in 2015, piquing the interest of many savvy travelers who saw an opportunity to get more bang for their buck in Japan. “Travel to Japan is more popular than ever, and many of our travelers are returning to seek out new regions where they […]

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The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ intimate Europa 2

The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ intimate Europa 2 is arguably one of the best cruise ships to set sail this year. The international brand is known most for cargo shipping, but the cruise line is a completely independent entity, bringing German luxury to the world. The friendly, bilingual crew switches seamlessly between speaking German and English, the […]

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Cyber Monday Travel Deals 2015

Elbowing your way through crowded stores on Black Friday is a thing of the past. The best holiday shopping deals now live online, available on Cyber Monday, which falls on November 30, 2015. This year, give the gift that keeps on giving: a vacation of a lifetime. Head to your computer on November 30 (when […]