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belgrade communism

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On a recent trip to Southeast Europe, we discovered something fascinating: The former Yugoslavia, to Serbians, was the perfect example of communism. But chat with some locals and chances are they’ll mention that it was really “Titoism,” named after President Josip Broz Tito, that propelled the country to be the socialist, independent nation that it had become. Even today, after Yugoslavia’s collapse, many are proud of their former leader and his lax communist approach. For your own glimpse of Yugo-nostalgia, here’s a communist tour of Belgrade that covers the rise and fall of Tito.

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Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, downtown disney hotel deals

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Want to stay a stone’s throw away from the action of the Walt Disney World Resort without paying those infamously high hotel prices? Your best bet is book a stay at the nearby Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels: a collection of seven properties within walking distance of the free-to-enter Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.

Included with a stay at any of the properties is complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a booklet filled with discounts on dining, entertainment, and shopping.

Plus, through the end of March, the hotels are offering reduced rates with its Escape the Cold promotion to make stays here even more tempting. With it, rates start at $73 a night, depending on the property. Here’s a look at what’s being offered during the promotion:

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Margerie Glacier, Tarr Inlet, Alaska cruise

Flickr/Tavis Jacobs

An Alaska cruise is a bucket-list trip for travelers who love the great outdoors. Cruise ships typically sail weeklong northbound and southbound trips, often between Seattle or Vancouver and Anchorage. Expect to find unbelievable scenery along the way, at points such as Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Bay, not to mention deliciously fresh seafood. It’s the voyage of a lifetime — and you’ll want to make sure your experience is the best that it can be. Here’s how to do just that:

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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak

CocoaVia/Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak

Harley Pasternak is always on the go — and not just because he’s a Hollywood fitness trainer. The nutritionist and best selling author is jet-setting around the world if he’s not in the gym with celebrity clients like Rihanna, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian (among others).

Many of us tend to take a break from our exercise regimen during vacation, but there is no excuse to. “These days, every hotel in the world has a gym,” says Harley. To get the scoop on exactly how he stays fit while traveling, we caught up with Harley on one of his recent trips to the CocoaVia wellness launch event in NYC, where the brand celebrated heart health month. Here’s what the guy that keeps Katy Perry looking perfect had to say.

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New Hotel Garibaldi Blu, a cheap hotel option in Florence

Hotel Garibaldi Blu

Want to travel to beautiful Florence this spring? If your schedule is flexible, try going in March — a month that turns out to be an exceptionally good time to reap savings in Tuscany’s capital. Here, three hotels under $150 a night, including a brand-new property that just soft-opened in December.

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By Annemarie Dooling for Yahoo! Travel

Even though you don’t need a passport to visit and the U.S. dollar is the official currency, Puerto Rico feels like another world — the ultimate beach getaway destination. Instead of just flying in for a quick weekend, here’s how to spend the best week of your life in Puerto Rico.

Day 1:

No Passport Needed: The Perfect 7-Day Trip to Puerto Rico

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The Charles

Pi Day, which falls on March 14, is not just for math nerds anymore. (As you might remember from math class, the mathematical constant π approximately equals 3.14, hence the date of the holiday.) It’s now being embraced by the hotel industry — specifically by The Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the form of a Pi Day flash sale.

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Corn Cob Towers -- Marina City -- In Chicago

Laura Motta

Why would you visit Chicago in the winter? Before you balk, or proclaim that the city is simply too cold for sightseeing before June, hear us out. The windy city lives up to the moniker in February or March, but a visit in the coldest months can reveal the friendliest, least crowded, and most affordable sides of America’s second city. We visited in January, courtesy of Hilton Hotels and their incredibly affordable Chillcation package, and experienced it firsthand. So bundle up and follow our advice for a stimulating, brisk walk around downtown Chicago…

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hotel toiletries, istanbul raffles, ortiga

Christine Wei

How can such a light packer be such a hoarder? My boyfriend asks me this every time we travel together. Because I’m totally that person. The one who runs around every morning to stash any toiletries in sight before housekeeping arrives to restock. The one who has occasionally tipped extra to get a few more goodies. The one who’s even trained her other half to collect toiletries from his work trips…

It might be a sickness, but I’m sure not the only one afflicted. These are ideas are for everyone who’s ever spent a weekend cleaning the house and was shocked by how many products they’ve collected over the years.

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stuffed animals souvenirs at disney world

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What’s the best way to take home a piece of the magic when you visit Walt Disney World? A souvenir, naturally. With more than 200 retail locations to browse — from brick and mortar stores to carts selling clothes, designer bags, artisan soaps, and unique knickknacks — Disney World is a shopper’s paradise. Here, we offer pro tips that’ll help make souvenir shopping a lot easier.

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ha long bay - vietnam - mekong river - amawaterways cruise

AmaWaterways.com/Ha Long Bay

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. 

Tour a monastery in Oudong. Visit the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Ride through local villages in a trishaw. These are the adventures that await AmaWaterways guests on seven-night Mekong River cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia. Even better: Passengers who book by March 31 save up to $2,500 per stateroom, and those traveling solo pay no single supplement. With the price break, balcony cabins on these sailings cost $1,648 per person — a super value for this luxury river cruise line. Optional pre- and post-cruise land stays are offered, too, at an extra charge.

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France, Calvados, Honfleur, Seine River Cruise

CroisiEurope

Not that we ever need more reasons to go to France, but river cruise company CroisiEurope is having an excellent two-for-one sale for a Seine Valley & Normandy Beaches river cruise that sails from Paris on April 23.

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100,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollar bank note

Wikimedia.org

If you think pennies and nickels are just about useless, consider the other end of the spectrum: bills so large you can buy an entire island with it. Here, we take a look at some of the largest banknotes from past and present. Some of them were created in attempt to tame hyper-inflation, while others exist for the quirk.

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Walt Disney World ticket increase 2015

Flickr/Phil Whitehouse

It’s getting more expensive to get into the four parks at Walt Disney World. One-day tickets for the Magic Kingdom are now going for $105 each, before taxes, for ages 10 and up — about six percent more than the $99 entrance fee before the hikes. One-day passes for the resort’s three other parks  — Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — are going for $97, plus tax (a more modest increase from $94).

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

Flickr / BLM New Mexico

Toss the snow shovel and grab the sunscreen! While most of the nation faces bitter cold and mounds of fluffy white stuff, these small town destinations offer moderate temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and a whole lot of fun.

Las Cruces, New Mexico: From wide open spaces to space exploration, Las Cruces has something for just about anyone. Sled down a hill of warm sand at White Sands National Monument, sample wines along the Rio Grande River, or get schooled Scovilles at the Chile Pepper Institute. Or, tour nearby Spaceport America, where the nation’s first space tourists will soon blast off. On your way, stop at Hatch –the birthplace of New Mexico’s infamous green chiles.

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