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(CNN) — It's easy to travel the world and feel oddly at home, particularly if you're in one of the planet's 24,000 Starbucks. But it's still possible to break loose from the rut and get experiences that are beyond the ordinary. (Indeed, some of these are arguably insane.) Spanning multiple continents and oceans, these adventures will make you feel...
Editor's Note — CNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy.(CNN) — When I fled Vietnam as a child, I never imagined that the islands from which we attempted our escapes would one day become luxurious beach resorts. ...
(CNN) — Hundreds of threads are tied on the lattice windows, carrying worshippers' prayers. The air is heavy with the scent of rosewater and incense. And the sound of qawwali is ringing in the background. It's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Nizamuddin and a pilgrimage site for Sufi devotees from around the world. Qawwali: The...
(CNN) — Historic residences don't get much more regal than Buckingham Palace in London.Originally owned by the Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham House (as it was known then) was bought by King George III for his wife Queen Charlotte in 1761. He eventually transformed the one-time townhouse into a palace and Queen Victoria became the first sovereign to live there...
Sleep pods, beauty spas and gourmet restaurants are all well and good for passing time during a layover, but some major airports go one better. They've got a beach. Well, almost. They've got a beach that's just a short hop from the terminal, allowing adventurous travelers to soak up some sunshine and surf while waiting for their...
(CNN) — For avid skiers and snowboarders, it's the most wonderful time of year -- the winter ski season has officially begun. But it's not just vacationers and action sports buffs hitting mountains across the country.Teams of skillful ski patrollers are reporting for work on the slopes, including a small but mighty contingent of avalanche dogs (or "avi dogs,"...
(CNN) — The grand opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt was slated to take place in June 2012, and the aviation world was ready and waiting.Thousands of volunteers had been conducting trial runs in the weeks leading up to the big day. The media were preparing to provide around-the-clock coverage of the event, which would have the German...
(CNN) — With more than 600 Starbucks stores already in Shanghai, there's hardly a shortage of options to get your grande latte fix in China's biggest city. But the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery promises a coffee experience with few equals.So what's it like?Occupying a jaw-dropping 30,000 square feet, the game-changing destination in the Shanghai's swanky Taikoo Hui development is...
(CNN) — Twinkling lights, glitter and gourmet menus galore -- without a single dish to wash or tree to trim. Spending Christmas at a hotel does hold a certain allure. Whether you stay for a week or drop in for tea, these 10 properties go to great lengths to offer something special for the holidays.1.Claridge's, London Horse-drawn carriages...
(CNN) — Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is about a two hours' drive from the nation's capital of Washington, D.C., and an hour from Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia and one of America's quintessential college towns. In fact, Richmond wasn't even the first choice for the state's capital -- Jamestown and Williamsburg had the honors first. And...

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