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Man Tries Visiting Every Starbucks in the World

Software programmer wants to see them all

(Newser) - Hey, why not? A freelance software programmer has spent over $100,000 in an ongoing attempt to visit every Starbucks on the planet, the Telegraph reports. The notion came to Winter (formerly Rafael Lozano) as he sat in a Starbucks in Texas in 1997. "My original motive was simply... More »

Airfares Rise for 4th Year in a Row

Average price now at $363.42

(Newser) - If flying seems like an increasingly expensive option, you're not imagining things. Airfares rose for the fourth straight year in 2013, bringing the average domestic ticket, with tax, up to $363.42, according to an AP analysis of travel data. That's up 2% on the year and 12%... More »

The Unfriendliest City in the World is...

...Newark, according to 'Conde Nast Traveler' readers

(Newser) - Travel mag Conde Nast Traveler asked its readers to name (and shame) the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the US and across the world. The "unfriendliest" winner was deemed to be Newark, NJ, with one reader saying he would not recommend as anything but "a cheaper/less busy airport... More »

US to Global Travelers: Beware

State Department urges caution throughout August

(Newser) - If you were planning to travel this month, the Obama administration thinks you should be nervous. The State Department today issued a global travel alert , warning US citizens that "al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations" may be planning to strike "in the period between now and the end of August.... More »

In France, Famed Island Is an Island No More

But France is trying to fix that for Mont-St-Michel

(Newser) - France is working on an unusual tourism project: turning one of the nation's most popular draws back into an island again. As the New York Times explains, Mont-St-Michel used to stand on its own off the coast until a misguided dam project in 1969 messed up the natural flow... More »

The World's Least-Visited Country Is...

Nauru ... yes, there is a country called Nauru

(Newser) - Haven't gotten around to visiting Nauru? Turns out you're not alone. The tiny island nation—and the world's smallest, at eight square miles—is the least-visited country on Earth, the Christian Science Monitor reports. A list of the world's least-popular vacation spots picked up by the... More »

Room Service Is Most Expensive in ...

Moscow, while New York is No. 9

(Newser) - Penny-pinching travelers in Moscow will want to avoid room service. In a TripAdvisor survey of four-star hotels around the world, the city ranks No. 1 in the cost of ordering in, reports the Telegraph . The survey calculated the price of having five items sent to your room, including sandwich and... More »

Google Kills Print Editions of Frommer's Guides: Report

Website Skift says no more will be published

(Newser) - Travelers hoping to pick up an updated Frommer's book before their next vacation appear to be out of luck: Travel site Skift reports that owner Google has killed the print versions of the trusty guides. Google bought Frommer's only five months ago from publisher John Wiley & Sons,... More »

Wikipedia Jumps Into Travel Fray With Wikivoyage

But is there room for yet another travel site?

(Newser) - Next week, the "beta" label will come off of the Wikimedia Foundation's bold new project Wikivoyage, a travel-centric spin on its user-generated formula. It's been up since September, but as a project-in-development, Skift reports, and like Wikipedia, the site will be free and carry no ads. It... More »

Snow Storm May Mess With Post-Christmas Travel

Midwest, East Coast brace for severe weather

(Newser) - Envy jolly old St. Nick: He gets to do all his flying tonight. Americans planning to fly home the day after Christmas, on the other hand, might be in trouble. A huge storm system that has already dumped rain and snow on the West Coast should hit the Midwest and... More »

Hackers' New Target: Hotel Room Locks

Easily exploitable bug goes public, and burglaries result

(Newser) - Forbes has a story sure to make travelers paranoid: It seems that burglars have begun taking advantage of a bug in the keycard locks used on hotel room doors. Several burglaries using the technique took place at the Houston Hyatt in September, and more are suspected at other Texas... More »

Asian Airline Offers No-Baby 'Quiet Zone'

But don't expect the idea to catch on in the US

(Newser) - An airline that serves Southeast Asia is adding a free perk for long-distance travelers who like their quiet time: AirAsia will keep part of the plane devoid of kids 12 and younger, reports NBC's Overhead Bin blog, which then talked to travel experts in the US to see if... More »

Smitten Traveler Goes 4K Miles Looking for Lost Love

Canadian returns to Ireland to find woman who gave him directions

(Newser) - A Canadian dentist is on a quest to find a woman he spoke with for maybe two minutes in a cafe in Ireland last year. As Travelers Today explains, 34-year-old Sandy Crocker visited County Clare last summer and asked a young woman for directions to the Cliffs of Moher. They... More »

Google Buys Frommer's Travel Guides

Brand may be combined with Zagat Survey

(Newser) - Apparently Google loves big-name guidebooks. The search giant has agreed to buy the Frommer's brand of travel guides for an undisclosed sum, Frommer's current owner, John Wiley & Sons, tells the Wall Street Journal . Wiley had been publicly trying to unload the brand, saying it no longer fit... More »

8 Religious Marvels in US

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Bahai temple make the list

(Newser) - The US may not have the reputation of being chock full of religious landmarks, but CNN runs down a list of eight sites worth the trip to see:
  • Bahai House of Worship: It's located in Wilmette, Illinois, one of only seven such temples in the world. "The circular
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Maybe It's Time to See Scenic, Broke Greece

If it leaves the eurozone, it'll be a real bargain, experts say

(Newser) - These days you probably think of Greece as the place threatening to set the euro on fire. It's easy to forget that it's also a pretty beautiful tourist destination, loaded with ancient ruins and sunny beaches—and soon, NPR points out, it could be a pretty cheap destination,... More »

Lawmakers Push Ban on Ban on Las Vegas Travel

Dean Heller, Shelley Berkley fight for the government's right to party

(Newser) - No one is actually talking about outlawing government travel to Las Vegas or Reno in the wake of the GSA scandal, but a pair of Nevada lawmakers want to ban such a banning, just in case. Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Shelley Berkley are putting forward bills in their respective... More »

World's Best Secret Beaches

Where to avoid the people and the noise and find serenity

(Travel + Leisure) - Even for die-hard swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers, sometimes a day at the beach is anything but, thanks to way, way too many people. The good news is that there are still undiscovered beaches out there. Travel + Leisure went scouting for such secret beaches. Here are its best finds:
  • Todos
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Angry Over Regulation, Spirit Institutes Snarky Fee

'Unintended Consequence' fee intended to chide transportation department

(Newser) - Spirit Airlines is angry over a new Department of Transportation rule—and it's making sure customers know it, by slapping a $2 "Department of Transportation Unintended Consequence Fee" on all tickets. The new rule, which went into effect last week, requires airlines to give customers a full refund,... More »

15 Priciest Cities for Tourists

Oslo tops the list while crisis-proof Switzerland lands spots #2 and #3

(Newser) - If you happen to be flush with cash, then this list of the 15 most expensive places to visit on the globe should not limit your vacation plans. Otherwise, steer clear or prepare to splurge. The list, courtesy of US News' Travel site , is compiled from UBS' Prices and Earnings... More »

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