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Christmas in Cappadocia

by Sean McLachlan. Posted Dec 20th 2013 10:30 AM
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I used to hate Christmas.

Christmas was not a happy time in the McLachlan household. A holiday that emphasized the joys of family did not go over well with a group of people who couldn't stand each other. Gifts were grudgingly given and indifferently received. The turkey was consumed in edgy silence. The worst of it all was that everyone was expected to paste on smiles and pretend they were having a great time.

That all changed when I spent my first Christmas away from home, in 1993. I had just started a year crossing Asia, and mid-December found me in Cappadocia, Turkey.
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Points of Interest: Pilot's Sandwich Demand Delays Flight for Two Hours; Weird Sex Laws, in Map Form

by Zach Everson. Posted Dec 18th 2013 10:43 AM
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A pilot's sandwich demands delaying a flight by two hours, a map of American state's weird sex laws and Beyoncé filming a video at a hotel are among today's points of interest.
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7 Remote Spots to Completely Escape the Holiday Madness

by Anna Brones. Posted Dec 17th 2013 01:31 PM
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You just can't bear the idea of another stressful holiday season, with out-of-town in-laws overstaying their welcome and ugly sweater parties. So what's your best option? Cut out of town and escape civilization entirely.

Nothing's better for avoiding this time of year than holing up in the middle of nowhere where you can't be reached. So look no further than these seven spots.
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Home for the Holidays - Stories of Traveling

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
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When Santa Rinpoche Came to Town

When I was young, I was a stickler for Christmas traditions. If my father forgot to wear the Santa Claus hat, I pouted. If we didn't watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," I cried. If hot cocoa wasn't served with breakfast, I was capable of a four-star conniption. Dinner was roast goose or Yorkshire pudding -- any substitutions and I about lost my mind. Read full story>>

Christmas in Cappadocia

I used to hate Christmas. Christmas was not a happy time in the McLachlan household. A holiday that emphasized the joys of family did not go over well with a group of people who couldn't stand each other. Gifts were grudgingly given and indifferently received. The turkey was consumed in edgy silence. The worst of it all was that everyone was expected to paste on smiles and pretend they were having a great time. Read full story>>
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8 Destinations to Enjoy Tacky Christmas Decorations

by Anna Brones. Posted Dec 16th 2013 04:30 PM
Ugly sweaters are back with a vengeance, so why not extend the theme to your travel and take a tacky Christmas decoration road trip? From bad ornament stores to neighborhoods with totally overdone lighting displays, nothing says happy holidays like bad taste. So grab an inflatable Santa as your co-pilot, hop in the car and go.
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