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Airline etiquette: Tips from an expert

Airline etiquette: Tips from an expert

(CNN) — I was sitting in an aisle seat on a flight earlier this year when a fellow traveler approached and politely said he thought I may be sitting in his seat. After assuring him I was in the correct seat, he then demanded to see my boarding pass. I already knew I was in […]

Cliff-jumping off Ireland's Atlantic coast

Cliff-jumping off Ireland's Atlantic coast

(CNN) — If someone told you to jump into an often tumultuous and always frigid North Atlantic Ocean from a 30-foot-high cliff in Ireland, would you do it? Turns out, not only are people doing it, tourists are increasingly paying for the privilege. I was one of them recently, and after jumping into the uncertain […]

Bangkok's new $1.65 billion mega attraction

Bangkok's new $1.65 billion mega attraction

Bangkok (CNN) — Pack your travel bags, grab your credit cards. Bangkok’s biggest new attraction, the long-awaited Iconsiam is finally open to the public. Built at a cost of US$1.65 billion, this 750,000 square meter riverside complex is made up of retail, dining, entertainment and residential spaces. According to the developer — a joint-venture made […]

Ski down the roof of this new Swiss hotel

Ski down the roof of this new Swiss hotel

(CNN) — Until now, skiing off hotel roofs has been an exploit reserved for James Bond stunt doubles and drunken fools with a penchant for plaster casts. That’s going to change when the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers opens its doors. At this new hotel, due to open 2020, guests will be able to ski […]

Why travelers are crashing Indian weddings

Why travelers are crashing Indian weddings

(CNN) — Always fantasized about attending a big blow-out India wedding, complete with days of celebration, delicious food, vibrant interiors and spectacular clothing? Crashing a random couple’s nuptials isn’t advisable, but there might still be a way to snag an invite. That’s where start-up JoinMyWedding.com steps in. A global initiative co-founded by entrepreneur Orsi Parkanyi […]

World's 'most excellent' airline named

World's 'most excellent' airline named

(CNN) — Air New Zealand gets regular kudos for innovating everything from in-flight services to safety videos, its funky films featuring Hobbits and other famous Kiwis. And now, for the fifth consecutive year, the carrier has come out on top in the annual Airline Excellence Awards, created by Australia-based aviation safety and product rating agency […]

A guide to South Korea ski culture

A guide to South Korea ski culture

PyeongChang, South Korea (CNN) — Korean hip-hop music blasts from the speakers as snowboarders, decked out in neon from head to toe, cruise by on a slope as busy and bustling as a street in downtown Seoul. It’s midnight. The slopes are still open and the music’s still blaring. This is skiing South Korean-style: fast, […]

14 best places to celebrate Lunar New Year

14 best places to celebrate Lunar New Year

(CNN) — Want to strut your stuff in the Year of the Dog? If you’re in Hong Kong — or Vietnam, South Korea or anywhere else in the world with a Chinese diaspora — it’s time to don that tacky red jacket, gamble until you lose and eat till you burst. Yes, it’s the Lunar […]

Tracking down real-life movie and TV locations

Tracking down real-life movie and TV locations

(CNN) — Ever ogled the spectacular scenery of “Star Wars” and wished you could be transported to a galaxy far, far away? Or have the time of your life watching “Dirty Dancing” — and fantasize about your own summer at Kellerman’s resort? Film fan Andrea David takes these dreams one step further — she travels […]

15 great New Zealand beaches

15 great New Zealand beaches

(CNN) — Awe-inspiring. Relaxing. Picturesque. From the golden bays of Abel Tasman to the naturally heated waters of the Coromandel Peninsula, beaches in New Zealand pack as much sunshine and clean water as they do creative adjectives. Here are 10 beaches in New Zealand that visitors may want to see: Awaroa, Tasman Awaroa beach: Too […]