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Wednesday, February 16
Hurry up to enjoy the slow life on Lamu island 
Arriving on the island, the first thing one notices is the smiles...Globe and Mail

27 Reasons to Love L.A. Now
Herewith - just in time for the Oscars - insiders reveal the things they love about L.A... Conde Nast Traveler

London Essentials 
Unforgettable London combines the historic and the modern - sometimes even on the same street...

South Padre's wind, waves perfect for water sports
South Padre Island is famous as a spring break destination, with concerts, bikini contests and plenty of partying by the college kids who flock here. But it isn't just beaches, bars and dance parties...Yahoo Travel News

A Frugal Weekend in Paris
Seth Kugel tries to make it on 100 dollars over a weekend in Paris. On his itinerary: cool band, the fascinating Musée Carnavalet and a luscious duck confit... New York Times

Tours and Activities
Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race: on safari in Patagonia
Report from the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race as it approaches its conclusion in the desolate Pali-Aiki National Park...Telegraph (London)

Big Easy's Best Bites
The people, purveyors and places that make this such a significant food town... CNN

Leave the arena and skate like a real Canadian 
You can't just teach your kids to skate, you have to teach them to love it in the open-air, and on natural ice... Globe and Mail

Copenhagen's latest must-have reservation 
A table at chef Rasmus Kofoed's restaurant, Geranium, in Copenhagen is the reservation to secure after the 37-year-old chef won the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition... Globe and Mail

TMZ to launch Hollywood celebrity hot spot/scandal tour
The tour, which debuts May 1 will spotlight celebrity hangouts and locales of past star misbehavior... USA Today

The Great Balcony-Door Debate
The question: Do you sleep with your balcony door open?

New ships drive record cruise bookings
Carnival Cruise Lines said it set a one-week reservations record, booking 165,308 customers between Feb. 7-13, eclipsing its previous one-week reservations record set nearly four years ago...USA Today

10 Ways to Survive a Long-Haul Flight 
Not all long-haul flights have to be

Shipping vs. Checking: Which would you rather do?
Airline baggage fees got you down? Afraid your luggage will get lost, stolen or damaged? Discover the joys of shipping luggage ahead using economical ground shipping services... Yahoo Travel News

Senate: Punish misusers of body scanner images
Misusing body scanner images would become a federal crime punishable by up to a year in prison under a proposal approved Tuesday by the Senate... Yahoo Travel News

Safety issue grounds United's 757 jets
United Airlines grounded its fleet of 96 Boeing 757s late Tuesday after discovering it had not completed safety checks on a critical equipment upgrade required by federal aviation regulators... USA Today

Tokyo's Haneda Airport makes life easy for international travelers 
After Narita International Airport opened in 1978, Tokyo's Haneda Airport was used predominantly for domestic flights within Japan and for some charter flights within Asia... USA Today

Latest hotel fee: A charge for non-smoking rooms
That's right. You have to pay extra if you want to stay away from the smoke... Seattle Times

InterContinental says to launch new hotel chain in China
InterContinental Hotels Group said that it will launch a new upper mid-scale hotel brand in China by the end of 2011... Yahoo Travel News

Country Inns and Suites chain ditches disposable breakfast dishes
Country Inns and Suites is making the unusual move of swapping out disposable plates for re-usable ones... USA Today

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