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Friday, August 17
5 ways to experience glitzy Dubai for free
Dubai's big spending on manmade islands and other over-the-top attractions left this unabashedly capitalist city with mountains of debt, but a trip doesn't need to send you to the poorhouse though... Yahoo Travel News

The 45 Places to Go in 2012
London, Havana, Lhasa and, yes, even the final frontier. A year's worth of reasons to pack your bags and take off... New York Times

36 Hours in Johannesburg
In a city that offers a window into South Africa’s past, Johannesburgers are working to create a vibrant future... New York Times

Tours and Activities
Mountain bike at the Top of the World in Whistler 
Whistler has become a global capital for downhill mountain biking, with its web of trails lower on the mountain. Now it has pushed the bike park into new territory, opening its first trail off the peak, dubbed Top of the World... Globe and Mail

Adults-only party time at San Francisco science museum
Dressed for the evening in leopard-print tights and red heels, Maya Bush starts out her 25th birthday celebration with a beer and a stroll through a simulated Costa Rican rain forest...

Celebrity Reveals Spa Details for New Cruise Ship
When Celebrity Reflection launches in October it will boast an expanded spa offering a Persian Garden circuit of six new experiences not found on any other Celebrity ships...

New Alaska cruises target hard-core outdoorsy types
InnerSea Discoveries' new Alaska Unleashed itineraries are designed for adventurous vacationers who regularly engage in physical activity equal to a 25-mile bike ride of five-mile run or hike, the company says... USA Today

10 of the world's top airport lounges
Travel is meant to be a rich experience, a means of engaging with culture, cuisine and pleasure. In the last decade, cities around the world have helped this along by building exceptionally designed, clean, well-functioning airports... CNN

Skies friendlier, but air traveler complaints soaring
Ah, summer — the time of year for beaches, barbecues and complaining about the circle of hell more commonly known as air trave...

Ethiopian Air becomes 1st outside Japan to fly Dreamliner
Ethiopian Airlines today became the first airline in the world outside Japan to fly paying passengers on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner... USA Today

Room Service: Shangri-La Tokyo, Japan 
We enjoy a room with a view at this hotel at the top of the 37-storey Marunouchi Trust Tower... The Independent

Could this be the scariest hotel swimming pool ever?
Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's swimming pool has an exceptional view. Part of the indoor pool, which perches atop the 24-story hotel, protrudes from the
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