AAA says plan ahead: Busy Memorial Day travel weekend expected

HARTFORD — Whether you’re taking to the roads, rails, waters, or skies this Memorial Day weekend, you can expect a lot of company! AAA expects 39.3 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more away from home. That’s one million more travelers than last year, and the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005. This will also be the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend across New England since 2005. AAA says almost 1.8 million people will be traveling – and more than 90 percent of them, or 1.6 million, are planning…

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Crowds expected at airport for Memorial Day travel

As the busy Memorial Day travel weekend approaches, officials at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport warn that the busiest day is expected to be this Friday, when more than 85,000 travelers are expected to pass through security checkpoints. The airport aims to keep wait times under 20 minutes, but during peak times the lines are longer. Airport and Transportation Security Administration officials say travelers should get to the airport two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. Hartsfield-Jackson has expanded the main security checkpoint queuing area to reduce the…

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Travel diaries: The cities where you can find luxury, for less

Istanbul, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam have been identified as some of the international destinations where travellers can sleep like a king, on a pauper’s budget. After crunching the numbers from 2016, online booking site Hotels.com has come up with a list of the destinations where travelers can find luxury for less. That is, stay in five-star hotels for $150 (approx Rs 10,000) or less. Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) and Old Town Tower, the most beautiful bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. (Shutterstock) A scan of the top…

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Cash-strapped World Health Organization slammed for high travel costs

JEROME DELAY/AP L ONDON — Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country’s president in celebrating the world’s first Ebola vaccine. After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the lethal virus, Chan spent the night in the presidential suite at the beach-side Palm Camayenne hotel. The suite, equipped with marble bathrooms and a dining room that seats eight, has an advertised price of 900 euros ($1,008) per night. Some say such luxurious accommodations send the…

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How to find the best credit card for summer travel

Scoring the best credit card for travel perks could help make or break your summer getaway. A new report from WalletHub found which credit cards offer the best benefits for travelers. Among their top picks: the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard. This card has an annual fee of $89, which is waived in the first year, and no foreign transaction fees. To get the best deal on a travel card, look at the signing bonuses offered, annual fees, and foreign transaction fees. For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card…

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Goa India’s most preferred travel destination; Manali, Shimla in top 10: Report

Be it winter or summer, Indians do not seem to get enough of Goa. A new Google India report released on Wednesday shows that Goa remains the most preferred destination within the country. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands witnessed a boom in popularity with 39.8% year-on-year growth. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the top 10 destinations list, according to the report based on searches conducted by Indians between February and April 2017. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the…

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Delhi Metro fare hike may pinch mid-distance travel

The new fare structure implemented by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to have the maximum impact on passengers travelling between five and 21 km. Of the six fare slabs — based on the number of kilometres travelled — announced by DMRC, 62% passengers travelled between 5km and 12km and 12km and 21km distance slabs. Earlier, there were six fare slabs between 5km and 21km and passengers had to pay between Rs 12 and Rs 21 for their journey. The fares for travelling the same distances now has…

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CVB celebrates People of Cabarrus for travel, tourism week

he Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau is participating in America’s week-long celebration of travel by highlighting the backbone of the area’s tourism industry—the People of Cabarrus. On Tuesday, May 9, the nation’s official Travel Rally Day, the Cabarrus County CVB hosted a special event at the Visitor Center to thank the community’s hospitality and tourism professionals and also began sharing a People of Cabarrus video series featuring personalities who represent an entire industry of ambassadors. “We’re fortunate to have a community full of talented, friendly people who create an…

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The pictures on this Instagram page will inspire you to travel by train again

Indian Railways — one of the world’s largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day — is more than just the country’s transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life — with a unique charm and special rhythm of its own. Capturing the nostalgia associated with the train travel in India is a crowd-sourced community page on Instagram titled Window Seat Project which has been ruling the social media platform for quite some time now. The pictures and…

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Readers’ travel photo competition: May – win a trip to Costa Rica!

See the world through your camera? Then enter our travel photo competition for a chance to win a wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus Travels. No theme – just send your best travel shot Stunning landscape, atmospheric street market shot, wonderful wildlife or an original take on a well-known hotspot? We want to see your best travel shot. We’ll choose and publish a selection of our favourites, and the winning image for this month will receive a £200 voucher that can be used against an Exodus Travels…

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