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Laws Around the World

// May 29, 2008

For all of you, world travelers… Do you know that it is illegal in the United kingdom to die in the Houses of Parliament; and that the head of any dead whale found on the British coast is legally the […]

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TO GO OR NOT TO GO

// May 29, 2008

Susan Hack of concierge.com lists some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. These wonderful destinations also happen to be among the most politically problematic. She considers the pros and cons of each case — the reasons to go and not […]

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Elephants drinking with babies

Photo Contest Winner!

// May 28, 2008

Thank you to everyone who participated in Absolute Travel’s first photo contest! We are so excited to share some of our favorite entries and, of course, the winning photo! The theme was “water” and we had so many wonderful submissions. […]

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JORDAN: BEYOND PETRA

// May 27, 2008

Jordan’s unexpected popularity among travelers this year took us by surprise, but staff member Derek K. Ong discovered on his own recent visit exactly why so many people are clamoring to go. In addition to the famous ruins at Petra, […]

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LUXURY AMAZON VOYAGES IN PERU

// May 27, 2008

We were thrilled to learn about the debut of the M/V Aqua, the first true luxury vessel to sail the waterways of the Amazon. The M/V Aqua navigates through the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, an ecologically diverse region in northern Peru […]

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NOTES ON VIENTIANE, LAOS

// May 27, 2008

On my recent trip to Southeast Asia, I fell head over heels in love with Vientiane, the dreamy capital city of Laos. I only wish I had given myself more time to appreciate it – I fell victim to the […]

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Just back from… Salta, Argentina

// May 26, 2008

Argentina is our most popular destination in South America – for good reason – but while many people limit their itineraries to Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguassu Falls, and Patagonia, I suggest stepping off the beaten path with some time in […]

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TANZANIA TREASURES

// May 26, 2008

For many years, Tanzania has been overshadowed by neighboring Kenya, which seemed to attract the lion’s share (get it?!) of visitors and luxury lodges. Interestingly enough, I think this has actually worked out to Tanzania’s advantage, as tourism has developed […]

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Right now, we love: The French Concession, Shanghai

// May 25, 2008

Everyone knows about the feverish changes underway in Beijing but Lisa Sun discovered on her recent trip to China that there are also exciting developments in Shanghai. Specifically, there is a lot happening in the French Concession, which has always […]

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Iran: Notes from the Journey

// May 24, 2008

Matt Flynt has been so enthusiastic about Iran after his recent visit that we have decided to devote the entire April e-newsletter to this fascinating (and, in our opinion, underappreciated) destination. Matt visited Tehran, Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, and Isfahan; here, […]

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Clown Fish in Bali

HONEYMOON GURU’S TIPS

// May 23, 2008

My fiancĂ©e and I are very into food and wine. We kind of blew our budget on our actual wedding – any suggestions for budget-friendly food and wine honeymoons? Weddings can get expensive – and leave little extra for a […]

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Marataba Safari Lodge birds eye view of setting

Photo Contest

// May 22, 2008

Enter to win a $100 gift card to Longitude Books, which specializes in books for travel! Submit a photograph you have taken in any of our destinations (Asia, South America, Africa or the South Pacific) that in some way addresses […]

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RIGHT NOW WE LOVE: LA RESIDENCE, SOUTH AFRICA

// May 21, 2008

I just stayed at the newly-refurbished La Residence in Franschhoek and I am so excited to share my thoughts on this beautiful property. Franschhoek is in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, and I usually encourage people to spend […]

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NEW DESTINATION: TUNISIA

// May 21, 2008

What surprised me most about Tunisia after my recent trip is how unusual it is – geographically located in North Africa but with a long Mediterranean coastline and a distinctly Arab flavor, Tunisia felt both exotic and familiar. Though it […]

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TURKEY: CAVING IN CAPPADOCIA

// January 5, 2008

Since Lisa Sun’s recent visit to Turkey, we’re keen on Cappadocia! Many people head to Turkey to explore Istanbul and sail the Mediterranean aboard a gulet cruise – and those are very worthwhile things to do – but Lisa discovered […]

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THAILAND: MY MORNING AS A MAHOUT

// January 5, 2008

Mahouts work with elephants in Southeast Asia, and when I was recently at the Anantara Resort in Chiang Rai, I had the wonderful opportunity to learn a few tricks of their trade. The Anantara is host to the Thai Elephant […]

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COMING TO COLCA CANYON…

// December 2, 2007

On her recent trip to Peru, Brooke was able to conduct an inspection of Orient Express‘s new property, Las Casitas del Colca, and she came away confident that it will be Peru’s most deluxe property when it opens in March. […]

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Lions up close

CUB CRAWL

// December 2, 2007

On my recent trip to southern Africa, I had the very special opportunity to go on a walk with a family of lion cubs! It was during my brief time in Zimbabwe and, though I was very nervous at the […]

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