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The best of ancient Egypt

(CNN) — Like the legendary curse of the mummy, ancient Egypt refuses to stay buried in the past. Every so often it comes back to life — in the 1920s with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb; in the 1970s with the global tour of those golden masks; and most recently with a flurry of […]

The hot new island-hopping destination

(CNN) — In May 2018, Abu Dhabi opened a suspension bridge allowing travelers to drive or cycle over the sea. On one side was Abu Dhabi’s mainland — home of its famous mosque and Louvre museum. At the other? Al Hudayriat Island, an island that offers 600 meters (1,970 feet) of quiet beach. Al Hudayriat […]

The longest-range business jet ever

(CNN) — You’ve seen the French sauntering around with slender baguettes under their arms or sporting jaunty berets as they pedal bicycles laden with crusty bread. Those cinematic scenes are nice, but when you really get down to business — as my countrymen are inclined to do — it’s obvious that the world’s best bread […]

Best new cruise ships for 2019

(CNN) — The cruise boom is continuing full steam ahead into 2019, with plenty of new ships — piled high with innovations — lined up to sail the seven seas. Shipbuilding trends are leaning toward sustainability (with industry-first hybrid and LNG-powered ships on the roster) and high-tech gadgetry (from onboard AI-enabled digital assistants to excursion […]

A luxury escape in an untouched rainforest

(CNN) — As the boat lurches over another huge wave, a whale slaps its massive tail, against the water in front. These mammals make Olympic gymnasts look like amateurs as they acrobatically lift their enormous bodies in gravity-defying displays. We’re traveling across Antongil Bay to the far-flung Masoala Forest Lodge on Masoala peninsula, a vast […]

Vintage pictures show how LAX used to be

LAX started life as an empty field; now it regularly charts as one of the world’s busiest airports. It was Charles Lindbergh’s groundbreaking transatlantic flight of 1927 that convinced Los Angeles officials of the need for an airport in the City of Angels. Opened in 1928 as Mines Field, today LAX is a major transport […]

Discovering South Korea's forgotten beats

(CNN) — Though Korean pop music — or K Pop — has been making waves worldwide in recent years, it’s not the only sound worth getting to know in South Korea. One of the best places to hear the country’s lesser-heard beats is the Hyundai Card Music Library, home to more than 10,000 vinyl records […]

Holiday hang glider flight goes horribly wrong

(CNN) — Other people’s vacation videos can be painfully dull. Chris Gursky’s is painfully terrifying — best watched while peeking through your fingers. Gursky, an American, was on his first day of a vacation in Switzerland when he decided to take a tandem hang gliding ride over the Alpine scenery. Unfortunately, he says, the hang […]

Wild new passenger jet with no middle seats, ever

(CNN) — There’s a shark on the runway. No, it’s not some nightmare scenario brought about by severe flooding, but a real-deal Embraer E190-E2 aircraft, painted up in a special great white shark livery. In recent months, this ferocious flier has been turning heads and starring in travel Instagrams from the Maldives to South Africa […]

Butter is back, just in time for the holidays

Fayston, Vermont (CNN) — Amid the farm houses and barns dotting the Mad River Valley area of rural Vermont, five miles north of Sugarbush ski resort, Marisa Mauro is making butter.  About 700 pounds of it every week. While she and her assistant pack up golden bricks of butter, they can stare out at panoramic […]