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Travelers saved after emergency Facebook post

Travelers saved after emergency Facebook post

(CNN) — Mikey Lythcott has friends all over the world. That’s mostly because he’s been all over the world. There are postcards and the occasional letter, but Lythcott mostly keeps his friends up to date on his world travels via social media. When a scooter wreck sent Lythcott and a traveling companion off an embankment […]

Can Thailand's Phi Phi Islands be saved?

Can Thailand's Phi Phi Islands be saved?

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand (CNN) — That Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands are among the country’s most popular beach destinations should come as little surprise to anyone. Home to Maya Bay — made famous by the release of 2000 film “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio — they’re ridiculously stunning, a place where towering limestone cliffs frame […]

Legendary Aussie airplane brought back to life

Legendary Aussie airplane brought back to life

(CNN) — The Lockheed Super Constellation is a beautiful aircraft — a classic US model from the 1950s that’s all smooth curves and powerful propellers leading out to an elegant triple tail fin. So it’s little wonder that, even when one particular “Super Connie” was left to rot in a muddy field in Southeast Asia […]

Asia's most beautiful heritage hotels

Asia's most beautiful heritage hotels

(CNN) — Creaky wooden floors, teak antiques, afternoon tea, marble staircases. There’s just something magical about a hotel with some history. From Yangon to Hong Kong, many of Asia’s most beautiful heritage hotels emerged during the 19th and early 20th centuries. France and Britain still lorded over several colonies and the Suez Canal — a […]

Aircraft hits blood-boiling height

Aircraft hits blood-boiling height

(CNN) — Flying an aircraft to the edge of space usually involves a jet engine, a full tank of fuel, a whole load of noise and a pilot with the kind of Right Stuff needed to reach for the stars. Not any more. This week the experimental Airbus Perlan Mission II pressurized glider got there […]

Bolivian chefs are trading colonial cuisine for national pride

Bolivian chefs are trading colonial cuisine for national pride

La Paz, Bolivia (CNN) — Midway through a 17-course tasting menu at Gustu, a La Paz restaurant where dinner and drinks for two could cost more than many Bolivians could afford, a plate arrived bearing three translucent cubes of ceviche. The chewy, sweet-tasting meat was lagarto, a reptile known in English as a yacare caiman. […]

The world's best luxury hotel brands

The world's best luxury hotel brands

(CNN) — LTI — Luxury Travel Intelligence — has rounded up the best hotel brands for when you want a vacation that oozes luxe and opulence. The recommended brands own hotels and resorts across the globe that are lavish, grand — and costly. The global members-only organization used a thorough assessment process to count down […]

Going to Berlin? Here's where to stay

Going to Berlin? Here's where to stay

(CNN) — History and creativity are twin forces that run through Berlin, and the hotels in the capital of Germany reflect this. The mix makes for an interesting lineup of choices. Berlin is in constant transition, so choosing a place to stay can sometimes be a bit intimidating. Here’s a small sampling of hotels you […]

The best ice cream shops in NYC

The best ice cream shops in NYC

(CNN) — If there’s one thing all New Yorkers can get behind, it’s ice cream. Do you prefer soft serve to a scoop? Gelato over sorbet? Something spicy and sour instead of sweet and salty? You might even want an old fashioned hot fudge sundae. No matter your frozen preference, you can find it in […]

The mud volcano capital of the world

The mud volcano capital of the world

(CNN) — Stretching to the horizon, the gray-white earth rises in peaks like a well-whipped meringue petrified into mud and rock. A keen wind whips these otherworldly hills, while the land underfoot is cracked and scaly. This could be Mars. But it’s Azerbaijan, the mud volcano capital of the world. Oil-rich region There are more […]