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Visit Romania’s fading architectural gems before they are lost forever

In a spa town nestled near Romania’s border with Bulgaria and Serbia, Oana Chirila puts on her hard hat and gets down to work with a dozen other young architects to try to save their country’s heritage. Some of the precious architectural gems they are striving to restore bore witness to centuries of Romanian history and the crowned heads who ruled it through the ages. Built at the start of the last century by Daniel Renard, an architect of Swiss origin, the site won the admiration of Russia’s Tsar Nicolas…

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Would you consider skipping the Colosseum and Vatican on a trip to Rome?

You can hardly see the treasures of Rome’s top attractions these days amid the sweaty hordes and seas of selfie-sticks. Overtourism is real, there and elsewhere in Europe. Yet look away and there is hope. Give up your ambition to name-drop the top 10 attractions, and you can unlock the experiences of a lifetime at sites with equally astounding masterpieces that just don’t happen to be in every guidebook and listicle. The central part of the ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla. At the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme museum, you might…

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Your summer Goa trip can go horribly wrong. Take these precautions

With the mercury shooting through the roof, Goa’s private lifeguard agency issued on Thursday an advisory for the hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals who head for the beaches in summer, especially in May, when the temperature in the coastal state peaks at 38-40 degrees Celsius. The advisory asks tourists to look out for rip tides and powerful underwater currents that are a major cause for drowning off beaches — a regular phenomenon in summer, while also advising swimmers and beach-goers to stay hydrated and avoid direct sunlight. “The…

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Travel and free sex, Miss Travel app is controversial app that helps people see the world for free

Some may call it prostitution, but Miss Travel app likes to call it dating. The app, which is also available as a service on a website, is getting popular because it apparently allows people to travel the world for “free”. Free if you discount the possibility — or rather certainty — of sex. Miss Travel apparently allows rich people — likely to be mostly men — to sponsor trips of other people, in return for companionship and — again not said so explicitly but implied — sex. The dating app…

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Anthony Bourdain changed the food, travel and media worlds

My wife and I went to Thailand last year on our honeymoon. Had we never known of Anthony Bourdain, we might have just headed for Hawaii (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But Bourdain changed me. And not just me. Bourdain changed the restaurant world. He changed the travel world. And he changed the media world. In no small way, he helped change the world at large. He made it feel simultaneously much smaller and much bigger. He died from an apparent suicide last week, and the world will…

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The future of travel? Expect nose-to-jowl and armpit-to-armpit journeys

Richard Quest on the historic Kangaroo route As someone who has closely tracked the evolution of business travel and the technology that fuels it, veteran CNN journalist Richard Quest has more than a vague sense of what the future of travel looks like. For the short term, he says, it’s not incredibly comfortable, or glamourous. Here’s an edited excerpt of our chat with him that ranges from his idea of luxury to the golden rule of travel.  How has travel informed your world view? Travel has informed my world view…

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