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TAKE THE TRAIN

An extraordinary experience
By JEN SAVEDRA
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24 OCT 2014: Years and years ago I drove across the country with a friend, sort of a Thelma and Louise journey unfortunately without Brad Pitt but fortnately skipping the “What the –!" ending. It was my first trip to Western Canada and the Banff to Vancouver portion was mesmerizing. We’d pass trains winding through the gorgeous landscape - hanging on the sides of mountains and above raging rivers – I’m a bit of a train junkie and I knew that was a trip I wanted to take by train. MORE

46 WEEKLY FLIGHTS FOR AIR FRANCE AND KLM

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24 OCT 2014: AIR FRANCE and KLM unveiled their schedule for flights to and from Canada for the winter season, which will run from this October 26 to March 28, 2015. MORE

AIR CANADA VACATIONS PARTNERS WITH CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

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24 OCT 2014: Travellers to Las Vegas will have the ability to book tickets for all eight spectacular Cirque du Soleil shows either when they book their Air Canada Vacations packages or directly from their seats aboard Air Canada rouge flights. MORE

DELTA AND COMPASS CLIP WINGS

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24 OCT 2014: A Delta Air Lines plane clipped wings with a smaller jet as the two were preparing to take off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday night. MORE

ART IN THE PARKS

A Banksy wannabe
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24 OCT 2014: Officials are investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country's most recognizable national parks. MORE

END OF THE TAJ

Atlantic City casino will almost certainly close
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24 OCT 2014: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says the struggling Trump Taj Mahal casino “will almost certainly close.'' Four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos have closed this year, and the Taj Mahal would be the fifth. MORE

LONG STAY

Crystal celebrates 21 years as No.1
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24 OCT 2014: Crystal Cruises will embark on its 25th anniversary of ultra-lux cruising by celebrating a record 21 years as Conde Nast Traveler magazine Readers’ Choice No.1 “Midsize Cruise Ship Line.” Crystal’s winning score of 90.142 was the highest of all Small, Midsize, and Large-ship cruise lines. MORE

FIVE THINGS THAT MAKE UN-CRUISES UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

By WALLACE IMMEN
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24 OCT 2014: One day we were shooting rapids into Hell’s Canyon in Idaho. Another day had us counting salmon at the Bonneville dam. And on a Wednesday, we did a wine wander in the wonderfully named Walla Walla, Washington. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

FUEL PRICES DOWN. FARES UP. SURCHARGES STEADY.

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23 OCT 2014: Despite jet fuel prices being down 15.5 percent over what they were a year ago travellers shouldn’t expect to any see any reduction in airfares. In fact, US carriers have raised base fares on many domestic flights. MORE

SHUFFLING OFF

Canadians roam to Buffalo
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23 OCT 2014:The Buffalo Niagara International Airport wants Canadians to fly out of their airport and are hyping the benefits of cheaper airfares from the US. Despite the hike in airfares (see above story) Canadians can get substantial savings by crossing the border. MORE

TOP OF THE LIST

Wickaninnish Inn Voted Best Canadian Resort
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23 OCT 2014: The Wickaninnish Inn was named the Number One resort in Canada, as announced this week in the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. Situated in Tofino, on Vancouver Island, the Inn has views of the Pacific Ocean and a temperate rainforest as a backdrop. MORE

HOW DUMB CAN ONE GUY GET

Man charged in Miami
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23 OCT 2014: Do they never learn? It's not clever. It's not funny. It's just stupid.  Just shut it and board quietly.  Several flights were delayed at Miami International Airport after authorities say an international passenger joked about having a bomb. MORE

THE ULTIMATE TECH SUPPORT

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23 OCT 2014: The Indianapolis International Airport, has added a ground-breaking dimension to passenger assistance - the Double Robot by Double Robotics. The mobile platform will allow IND Guest Services staff in any location to check on and interact with passengers throughout the terminal via its on-board iPad. MORE

GETTING TOGETHER

Hertz becomes exclusive rental partner for United
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23 OCT 2014: Weeks after announcing a deal with car sharing firm Uber, United Airlines has revealed that Hertz and its Dollar and Thrifty car rental brands will become the airline's exclusive rental partners as of November 01. MORE

THE MOST EPIC SAFETY VIDEO EVER MADE

Another hit for Air New Zealand
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23 OCT 2014: Air New Zealand’s latest safety video is, yet again, a demonstration of the airline’s creative ingenuity. Dwarves, Orcs and Elves take flight as Air New Zealand unveils ‘The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’ ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. MORE

TAILS WE WIN

Heads you lose
By DAVID TAIT
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23 OCT 2014: I always loved that great Jack Nicholson scene in ‘The Shining’, so if anyone noticed I was away for the summer, “I’m back!”  And the timing of my return couldn’t be better - just in time to say my piece on one of my all-time favorite subjects – checked baggage fees. MORE
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