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Air New Zealand

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Airline issues new 'Hobbit' safety video

Here's an airline safety video passengers might actually watch. Air New Zealand has published another in its recent series of "Hobbit"-themed videos, complete with cameos by director Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood, star of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

waterfall in Yellowstone National Park

Ray Birden

Visiting national parks could cost more

Want to visit Yosemite, Grand Canyon or Yellowstone next year? Pack your camping supplies and knock those parks off your bucket list now.

Beach chairs, umbrella, vacation, ocean

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Americans taking fewer vacation days

Feeling buried by work, like you can't find time for a few days off, like your entire work-life balance is out of whack?

Arc de Triomphe Paris

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$134,700 trip of a lifetime for fashionistas

Trendy power couples can now get their fashion fix with a 30-day tour of the 12 most in-vogue global cities. But deep pockets better be in style: The trip costs $134,700.

50 states, 50 jobs, one honeymoon

Courtesy Heath Padgett

50 states, 50 jobs, one honeymoon

Newlyweds from Texas were looking for a "grand adventure" when they set out on June 1 for a seven-month, 50-state road trip -- and an extended honeymoon.

Suitcase you can ride to airport

Courtesy Olaf

The suitcase you can ride to the airport

Ever wished you could clamber aboard your cumbersome luggage to zoom down a hill or coast through an airport? Driven by the same desire, Slovenian frequent flier Bostjan Zagar has come up with the answer -- a foot-powered scooter-suitcase known as Olaf.

Duomo Milan cathedral, Italy

Jiuguang Wang via Wikimedia Commons

Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2015

Whether you want a cosmopolitan city, a central spot from which to explore nature or a hidden gem not yet discovered by great hordes of tourists, Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2015 has a spot for you.

JFK airport Ebola screening

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

W. Africa travelers restricted to 5 US airports

All travelers flying into the United States from the West African countries most impacted by the Ebola virus can only enter the U.S. through five airports, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday.

New York City traffic

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12 best meat cities in America

With the possible exception of smartphone technology, nothing's seen more practical advances this millennium than food.

Checking in at LaGuardia Airport

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World's worst airport in 2014 is...

Good news for air travelers passing through Manila: the city's international airport isn't quite as bad as it used to be.

Cheetah

Gary Gershman

Ebola fears cripple Africa's safari industry

With travel to Africa poised to hit all-time highs in 2014, a drop-off in travel bookings was the last thing the continent's lucrative safari industry thought it would be facing going into 2015.

The Voyage roller coaster, Holiday World, Indiana

Coming soon: Best future theme parks

You don't have to be a Soviet wheat farmer to realize that five-year plans aren't much fun.

Unless, that is, you start scheduling in new theme park openings.

A worldwide construction boom is currently underway that will bring in a slew of incredible n...

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