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The tallest outdoor observation deck in the West

The tallest outdoor observation deck in the West

(CNN) — New York will soon have “the edge” when it comes to magnificent outdoor observation decks. Already home to some of the most famous viewing spots in the world, the Big Apple is about to add another to its impressive collection. Named Edge, the upcoming Hudson Yards observation deck is set to open next […]

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

(CNN) — An airplane cabin’s not a great place for indulging in “me-time” — after all, you’re crammed into a small space with a lot of strangers — but you hope you can eat, sleep and relax en route to your destination without fear of being watched. We’re not talking about voyeuristic fellow passengers, but […]

8 tips for getting work done while traveling

8 tips for getting work done while traveling

(CNN) — With the world working on a 24/7 clock, the excuse to switch off for those hours spent traveling on a plane for business has gone. In fact, it’s become the best time to catch up. As my creative agency Beautiful Destinations grew, the amount of time I spent abroad rapidly increased, which meant […]

Inside China's megacities

Inside China's megacities

(CNN) — For travelers fascinated by super metropolises, there’s no better place to visit than China. With a population of 1.3 billion people and rising, the country unsurprisingly boasts the world’s highest number of megacities. So what qualifies as a megacity? Most commonly, it’s defined as an urban agglomeration of 10 million or more inhabitants. […]

In Malaysia, one of the world's oldest rainforests awaits

In Malaysia, one of the world's oldest rainforests awaits

(CNN) — In the tropical morning light, Malaysia’s Lake Temengor is a glazed expanse of emerald green, deepened by the dense walls of rainforest surrounding it. Skimming across the water in a speedboat, we pass a group of indigenous — or orang asli (“original people”) — boys playing on a bamboo raft among deadwoods that […]

Flip-flop fines introduced in Italy's Cinque Terre

Flip-flop fines introduced in Italy's Cinque Terre

(CNN) — Italy‘s Cinque Terre coastline has an almost mythic status among travelers — who hasn’t seen photographs of the pastel-colored houses built into rugged cliffs, surrounded by bright blue sea, and fallen instantly in love? In person, the region’s even more spectacular — these five picturesque fishing villages are a UNESCO World Heritage Site […]

How to design an airport lounge

How to design an airport lounge

(CNN) — You’ve battled your way through crowds at check-in and made it through the stress of security. Finally, you see the gleaming doorway to relaxation: It’s official, you’ve made it to the airport lounge. For those lucky enough to travel business, the airport lounge is an integral part of the travel experience. An airy, […]

The world's longest-running airlines

The world's longest-running airlines

(CNN) — When we hear that an industry is celebrating its 100th anniversary, images of the industrial revolution might spring to mind, with its coal-powered steam machines, railways and chimneys. But this will soon apply to a sector generally associated with cutting-edge technology and the modern world. October 2019 will mark the 100-year anniversary of […]

Wanko soba: Japan's all-you-can-eat noodle challenge

Wanko soba: Japan's all-you-can-eat noodle challenge

Morioka, Japan (CNN) — “Eat more! More!” The restaurant server’s expression, a contrast to her sweet yet firm shouts, bordered on boredom. Yet she was relentless. The soba noodles kept coming. As soon as I emptied my tiny bowl, she swooped in to fill it with another mouthful, yelling “hai dan dan!” This scene played […]

Thank you for being a fan: 'Golden Girls'-themed cruise to set sail in 2020

Thank you for being a fan: 'Golden Girls'-themed cruise to set sail in 2020

(CNN) — “Golden Girls” fans have been given the biggest gift, but they’ll have to get on board next winter to see the card attached. Picture this: A special Western Caribbean cruise celebrating the iconic sitcom has just been confirmed for next winter, and it includes a cheesecake party. The Golden Girls At Sea experience […]