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Public Radio International

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now.

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Miraflores Town landscapes in Lima ,Peru

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It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an exploding food scene, it’s become one of the leading economies in the region, and it ranks among the top cities to live on the continent. Here’s why the city deserves a few days of your time.

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As most frequent travelers know, train travel is a great way to get around on vacation and slowly immerse yourself into the country. Sure, flights are often quicker if you’re traveling to multiple cities, but the train offers better views and allows you to forgo the hassle of getting to the airport and waiting in security lines. That’s exactly why, on a recent trip to scenic Scandinavia, we opted to take the slow route — and have returned with tips to make the most of your train experience in the region.

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The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, one of Walt Disney World’s most popular annual events, is kicking off on September 25. Just as exciting, to coincide with the festival, the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are offering special fall rates as low as $69 per night.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Hershey Chocolate’s sprawling empire in Hershey, Pennsylvania is much more than a chocolate lover’s paradise. Positioned just two hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore and three hours from New York City, Hershey lends itself to a perfect fall weekend of affordable fun, relaxation, and — of course — endless chocolate.

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By Billie Cohen for Yahoo! Travel

When Frontier Airline’s beloved chocolate chip cookie was taken off the menu in 2012 (shortly after being adopted from its original failing airline, Midwest), the world wept. Or at least inflight foodies did. The rest of us were already crying because of the fees we had to fork over to eat anything else on an airplane. And though most food offerings today will cost you an arm and a leg unless you’re flying in first or business class, there are a handful of airlines that still offer some free snacks in the coach cabin, on both long-haul and short flights. These are our favorites. What are yours?

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Fort Wayne, Indiana skyline

Fort Wayne Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hoosier Hospitality is plentiful in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the locals are glad to have you visit and people still actually smile at each other when passing on the street. Beyond the warm and relaxed, though, lies an eclectic wealth of unique attractions that create a one-of-a-kind getaway to the state’s second largest city. Here, five surprises that delighted us on a recent trip:

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Weather. The global political situation. New industry developments. It all impacts the world of cruising. Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip…

  • When there are increased security concerns in a foreign country, cruise lines tend to get skittish. Following a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in August, Celebrity Cruises cancelled an overnight call in Istanbul this week and Costa Cruises cancelled all of its Turkey port calls for the rest of 2015. Passengers onboard Celebrity Reflection will miss such sights as the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque — instead overnighting in Piraeus, Greece, the port city for Athens. Costa guests will be re-routed to Greece, Italy, and Malta.

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Tank Garage winery tasting room in Calistoga, California

Katie Hammel

Calistoga, located on the north end of Napa Valley, was once an upscale resort town. Founded by California’s first millionaire, Sam Brannan, it was home to a hot springs resort popular with well-heeled San Franciscans escaping the city. Eventually its popularity declined — as did the properties that made it famous. Later, as Napa Valley grew as a tourist destination, Calistoga remained a slightly out-of-the-way outpost with a frontier feel. With fewer options for dining, accommodations, and wine tasting, it couldn’t compare with its southern counterparts like Yountville and downtown Napa.

However, in the last few years, new restaurants have joined new tasting rooms and renovated hotels to revitalize the homely hot spring town and return it to the list of Napa Valley’s more chic destinations. Here are four reasons why you should make your base in Calistoga on your next NorCal trip.

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Visit Milwaukee

There’s more to Milwaukee than beer and Harley-Davidson. In just 48 hours, you can also see world-class art, sample German food, and even kayak in the Milwaukee River (weather permitting).

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Medieval village & Abbey Saint Foy in Conques, Midi-Pyrénées, France

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In the southwest region of France, the Midi-Pyrénées attracts throngs of French visitors each year. Yet, the area is unknown to many international travelers, and others who come through treat the area as a stopover on the 1,000-year-old Way of St. James pilgrimage. We think it’s time that that changes. After all, those in the know come here in search of a new experience — and are rewarded with gastronomy, history, and contemporary attractions. Here, a guide to the off-radar gems in the Midi-Pyrénées:

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Air France

Air France

With the summer winding down, it’s the perfect time to get a jump on fall and winter travel plans. Air France’s sale on business class airfare might provide the perfect incentive to get you to travel across the Atlantic to London, Paris, Amsterdam, or Rome in the coming months.

With the sale, round-trip flights from a number of U.S. cities like New York, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, and Seattle are priced from $2,289. Fares require a minimum seven-day stay for travel between this November 1 and January 4, 2016, and you must book by September 3.

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Is there anything more exciting than deciding what books to take on vacation? What you’d read on a flight may not be what you’d want to read on the beach — and what you read on the beach may not be what you’d read when you’re camping. Plus, a good book can put a vacation into perspective. Whether on the Atlantic, in the forest, or road-tripping across the country, here are some travel memoirs that’ll have you covered for any adventure.

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Coco taxis, a motorbike-type taxi, is great for getting around in Havana Cuba

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“Welcome to José Martí International Airport.” You’re here, finally, in Havana. The door of your plane has opened and the Caribbean humidity has wrapped you in its cloying embrace. Now what?

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Consell Insular d’Eivissa

The jetset island got its rep for a reason — this is the spot where the rich and famous flock once June rolls around. With a club scene that’s turned global, Ibiza attracts world renowned DJs and celebrities to its shores. But beyond the house music and electro there’s a whole other side to the Spanish island. The Old Town is teeming with tucked-away tapas bars; rock climbers scale the sides of 16th century fort-like towers; and untouched beaches draw snorkelers to their crystal clear water. Sure, you could spend your entire trip soaking up the party scene, but Ibiza also boasts incredible food and beachside resorts perfect for more low-key island retreats.

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