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Why I travel

I just returned recently from two weeks in Thailand and Cambodia with one of my daughters. On the way home, a young man sitting by me on the airplane mentioned that he had not traveled much by plane in his life. He asked if I was more experienced, and I mentioned some of the traveling (and living) I have one overseas. He asked me a question that still has me thinking: “Why do you travel so much?” So today in my column I will answer his question. Gustave Flaubert, a…

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Air India offers discounts for travel within the United States

Government-owned Air India on Saturday announced a discounted Star award mileage redemption offer for passengers planning to travel within the USA. The six-day offer that commenced from Thursday, will remain valid till April 18. The travel period under the offer can be taken any time during the next 330 days, Air India said in a release. Besides, the offer allows passengers to revive and redeem their flying return points that were not availed and have expired now, it said. The cut off year for revival and redemption of expired mileage…

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Stansted sees 1.65m passengers in February

The airport operator attributed this to last year’s extra day for leap year – on a 28-day like-for-like basis, passenger numbers were up 24,000 and 1.4% on last February –  and a temporary reduction in capacity on some Ryanair routes over the winter season previously reported. Aircraft load factors remained strong with an average 86.5% of all available seats occupied on every flight, a record for the month of February. This beat the previous high of 84.9% set last year. In the 12 months ending February 2017, Stansted’s total passenger…

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Nature heals, entices: Kerala’s Bekal and Madikeri in Karnataka are simply beautiful

Bottle up the deafening sound of honking cars in cities and throw it in the calm backwaters as you cross endless tall coconut trees in the untouched north Kerala town of Bekal. Wish to further surrender to nature? Drive down from the beach destination to the Madikeri hill station in Karnataka, and soak in the green of the low hills. It used to be a task to reach Bekal and laze around on a less crowded beach while sipping fresh nutritious coconut water. Since the introduction of a daily service…

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From Baia do Sancho to Playa Norte, here’s a list of world’s top 10 beaches

  Want an international beach holiday? We round up the 10 best beaches in the world. Which one do you think has bagged the first spot? With winter gone and two months into the new year, it is time you had a relaxed beach holiday. No, we are not talking about Goa or Pondicherry. We are talking of places where the sand is a soft white and the water, crystal blue. Shortlisted by TripAdvisor, we list the top 10 beaches that you need to visit at least once. Baia do…

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New Travel Vocab You Cant Ignore In 2017

              Inspired by the trendsetters this year, a whole new series of blended words made their way into the tourism vernacular. Who has been the trendsetter this year? None other than the millennials- they are fast, innovative and adventurous. They not only seek to relax but to explore as well. And to cater to their exclusive needs, the travel sector has upgraded itself with 2016 being blizzard of trends that have sneakily simmered into the travel vocabulary. Here are the top seven words that…

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