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Destin-Nation Cuba: Volunteering to Make Friends of Enemies

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Jul 23rd 2011 03:00 PM

Peter Ashton/Flickr

It is a persistent misconception that Cuba's rigid socialist government already provides a solid amount of social aid to its citizens, and travel to the island is challenging for those with U.S. passports. There are ways to travel legally to Cuba as a US citizen, and volunteers from the states can attest that voluntourism to Cuba is increasingly popular.
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Where to Go in May

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Apr 20th 2011 02:40 PM
where to go in may

Cynewulf, Flickr

For travelers who are too impatient to wait for summer to start, or eager to take advantage of time off during Memorial Day weekend, May is just around the corner. When planning travels, it's important to keep in mind that international destinations (especially those on the Mediterranean, Caribbean and in the Northern Andes) experience ideal weather conditions in May. And since summer rates don't kick in until mid-June, it's possible to travel in May and avoid the inflated costs of summer.
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24 Hours in Lake Como (PHOTOS)

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Apr 17th 2011 09:00 AM
Lake Como

Elizabeth Brady

Spring in Italy's Lake Como (or Lago di Como) is an enchanting time for a visit. The crowds – which clog the roads on the lake's perimeters, and populate the water with boats – have not yet arrived en masse, the weather is gorgeous and hotel discounts are available. I recently tagged on an extra day to a week long stay in Italy, and took the time to decompress at Como's stunning Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
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Renting a Car in Italy: What I Learned

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Apr 13th 2011 12:00 PM
renting a car in italy

Debbie Saslaw / Flickr

Foreign road trips are fun, but they do take extra levels of planning, patience and awareness. Here's what I learned last week after renting a car via Hertz in Italy.
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Noel Alexander Bertrand, Denver Airport Rape Suspect, Remains in Custody

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Apr 13th 2011 12:00 PM
Rape at Denver Airport

Flower87 / Flickr

A 26 year-old man was arrested on Tuesday after a sexual assault in an empty concourse at the Denver National International Airport, which was allegedly witnessed by two airport janitors who did nothing to intervene.
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The Great Big 2011 Summer Travel Poll

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Apr 13th 2011 07:00 AM
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MrTopher, Flickr

With summer travel season just around the corner, AOL Travel wants to know what your plans are, your pet peeves, do you go on cruises or family vacays, or stick around for "staycays" – and how global or economic events might be impacting your summer vacations. Come on now, have your say.
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In Flight Video: San Francisco to Paris in Two Minutes

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Apr 7th 2011 05:00 PM
video san francisco to paris

nbolt, YouTube

AOL Travel writer David Parker Brown found this video from Nate Bolt, who was able to snap 2,459 photos and condense a 10 and a half hour long flight from San Francisco International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport into two minutes.
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Where to Go in April

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Mar 23rd 2011 03:30 PM
April is a great time to plan a vacation – in many locations, the weather is mild if not warm, and it isn't yet peak season, so big crowds and high prices are easy to avoid. For some lucky travelers, spring break or the Good Friday/Easter holiday even allows for some real time off to take a trip. But while those occasions do provide the vacation days, it's important to consider that Easter (especially in predominately Catholic countries) can have a big impact on crowds, costs, and travel plans.
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Videos: Best European Festivals

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Mar 16th 2011 11:00 AM
european festivals

Getty Images

Europe: The land of romance languages, castles and the annual Orange Throwing Festival. That's right. Within the 50 countries that comprise the continent, there is such a wealth of history, national pride and quirkiness, it's no surprise that some pretty awesome annual gatherings and festivals have developed, and risen to international fame.
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Flight Attendant Hall of Fame: From Steven Slater to the 'Queen of the Sky'

by Elizabeth Brady. Posted Mar 16th 2011 12:05 AM
flight attendant hall of fame

Mary Altaffer, AP

Over the years, the job description and public perception of flight attendant staff on commercial airlines has changed enormously. A role once filled only by women who needed to be registered nurses aged 25 or younger, the "sky girls" of yesteryear have certainly taken on a new role. Today's flight attendants are responsible for, among many tasks, passenger comfort and safety. And, during intense moments of rescue or inappropriateness, the amount of scrutiny or media coverage that is generated can make them instant household names.
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