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A day at the Colosseum with custodians who have Roman ruins all to themselves

ROME – Only a few living souls are inside the Colosseum these days: a team of security guards, some maintenance workers and a family of hedgehogs who live in the bowels and have grown bolder without so many people around. In normal times, the Colosseum would be teeming with visitors – 3,000 at any minute, 7.5 million in a year.
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These D.C. museum websites provide a virtual fix of inaugural pomp and pageantry

Tourists usually pack into Washington’s museums in the days leading up to inauguration, cooing over the first ladies’ gowns at the National Museum of American History or lining up to see the new president’s portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. While most museums remain closed for the foreseeable future, there are virtual exhibitions.
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UNESCO adds traditions to cultural heritage lists

It sounds like the setup of a riddle: What do the grass-mowing custom in Bosnia and Finland’s sauna culture have in common with Nar Bayrami, a pomegranate festival in Azerbaijan, and Budima Dance, a warrior dance practiced in Zambia? The answer isn’t as cryptic as you might think. 

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Water Cooler: Resources for learning a new language this year

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 4, 2021

2021 has come and although most international travel is still limited, learning a new language can still make for a worthwhile New Year’s resolution. It might be a great way to put some optimistic intention toward the possibility of future travels, not to mention the great mental and cultural benefits that come along with language learning. As Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once put it, “A different language is a different vision of life.”
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For Black tour guides in Savannah, the historical is personal

In the months before the coronavirus came to the United States, a flurry of viral negative reviews for guided tours of Southern homes and plantations sparked a debate on partisanship in the retelling of history. Expecting tours on architecture, some guests bemoaned what they called "lectures on the evils of slavery." 
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Rocking the pandemic boat with a heavy metal cruise in 2021

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

It sounds like a dream vacation for heavy metal enthusiasts. Tickets go on sale today for the Monsters of Rock Cruise, slated for May 26-31, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will headline a bill that also features Lit, Winger, L.A. Guns, Kix, Great White, Pat Travers and XYZ, among other headbangers.
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At tourist sites, masking up without diluting the experience

What’s the best kind of mask to wear with a tricorn hat? That’s a question for the CDC. And also the other CDC: the Costume Design Center at Colonial Williamsburg, which is tasked with outfitting the museum’s staff of interpreters in garb suitable for residents of an 18th century Virginia town.
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How the lessons of 2020 ultimately might make travel better

The conventional wisdom is that 2020 has nearly destroyed travel. And though it’s true that COVID-19 ruined vacations and took a wrecking ball to a large part of the industry, the conventional wisdom is wrong. “Actually, the pandemic is making travel better in many ways,” says Clayton Reid, CEO of MMGY Global, a marketing company.
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Tourist-starved Caribbean islands woo homebound workers

As soon as London, England’s first coronavirus lockdown ended last summer, Abbie Sheppard, 24, took a quick vacation to Bermuda. Four months later, the vacation is long over, but she’s still there – one of the thousands of people lured to islands in the Caribbean and the North Atlantic by programs aimed at snagging remote workers.
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Tour firms retool for pandemic travel

Before the pandemic, Joey Parrott, an inveterate traveler, had plans to visit Norway, India and Italy. But when these borders closed to Americans, his trips were all canceled. After staying at home for five months, the retired banker from Dalton, Georgia, was eager to travel again. He and his sister signed up for a Collette tour to South Dakota.
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New data says many Americans would take ‘Flight to Nowhere’

The “Flight to Nowhere” is becoming a phenomenon. The idea of getting on a plane with no destination, flying for several hours and then returning to the same airport is gaining traction worldwide. In fact, Australia’s Qantas Airlines recently offered such a flight, and it sold out in 10 minutes.
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Tap into good memories by organizing your travel photos

Travel photos aren’t just about where we have visited. When it seems like the pandemic has shrunk our world to our living rooms, they reflect what makes travel important, whether that means experiencing far-flung destinations or sharing time with family and friends.