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TRO Travelgram: Dec 5



Thursday, December 5, 2013



Destinations to Watch in 2014 
The following places all have something really special happening in 2014 -- whether it's a momentous anniversary, an acclaimed event, or just one really big, marvelous party… The Huffington Post
36 Hours In... Hanoi
With its colonial architecture and vibrant street life, Vietnam's capital deserves a visit by those heading to the verdant north… Telegraph (London)

Tours and Activities

A Country-By-Country Wine Lover's Guide To Europe 
Ever need a crash course on what to drink with what to eat? Especially while you're traveling in, say, Italy, amongst some of the world's most famous (and fabulous) vineyards?… The Huffington Post
Have you been to Berlin's most magnetic neighbourhood?
For the visitor who loves people-watching, markets, art, bars and café culture, Neukoelln is the most magnetic district in Berlin… Globe and Mail
7 Unfinished Landmarks Around The World 
Monuments and landmarks take a lot of hard work to complete. And unfortunately sometimes there's just not enough money or manpower to finish the project… The Huffington Post


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Launches Dedicated Solos Brochure, Deep Discounts
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a dedicated ‘Solo Cruising' brochure, offering deep discounts to solo travellers on 38 cruise itineraries in 2014/15…
Cruise holidays for first-timers
Nearly 1.7 million Britons book a cruise holiday each year. Thinking of joining them? Then take some tips from Jane Archer … Telegraph (London)


Some airports give green light to e-cigarettes
Don't be surprised if you see someone in an airport smoking what looks like a cigarette… USA Today
Airlines sound alarm on possible security fee hike
To help replace the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester, lawmakers may raise the airline passenger security fee… CNN


Nine snug hotel bars to warm you up in winter
The weather outside may be frightful, but in these snug hotel bars, things are – well – quite delightful… USA Today
8 great places to unplug
Hotels from Chile to Canada to the Caribbean now offer getaways that encourage travelers to unplug. Often devices are banned, and days are filled with meditation, yoga, nature, and communal activities… CNN
Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong: review
Hotel Indigo, in China, is a Hong Kong hotel offering good breakfasts, a cool vibe and rooftop pool, in a great Wan Chai location… Telegraph (London)

Other and Odd

Santa Claus' Hometown In Rovaniemi, Finland Is As Magical As You Imagined It Would Be 
This is Rovaniemi. It's the capital of Lapland, the northernmost province of Finland. It was practically destroyed by the Nazi army in 1944, and so was essentially rebuilt by famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Oh, and did we mention, that it happens to be Santa Claus' official earthly residence?… The Huffington Post
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