Travel News for October 18th 2010 through October 20th 2010

Bringing you what’s new in travel for October 18th 2010 through October 20th 2010:

  • Readers’ best skyline photos – Kate Appleton recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:
    Tokyo skyline

    Click the image to launch the slide show. (Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)
  • Bing Destinations That Are Closer Than You Think – HeidiS recently posted this over on the Bing Travel Blog:

    Why do some destinations sound so exotic and far-flung? Take the Bahamas, Iceland and Argentina, for example. They may sound hard to get to, but in reality, the Bahamas are only a short flight or boat ride from Miami, Iceland is a five-hour flight from New York, and Argentina is only a two hours’ time difference from the Eastern U.S. – just think, virtually no jet lag!

    These destinations are just a few of the ones featured in the new Bing Travel slide show Closer Than You Think. Writer John Rosenthal found some amazing out-of-the-ordinary locales that don’t require extraordinary effort just to get there. The payoff? Amazing travel experiences and the chance to brag to your friends that you “just popped over to Iceland for the weekend.”

    So enjoy the benefits of a world that’s getting increasingly smaller. If you have a favorite destination that’s “closer than you think,” let us know about it by leaving a comment below.

  • Two Reasons Elite Status Matters More Than EverSmarter Travel has posted some info about elite status: Elite status offers some relief for two of air travel's biggest downsides, packed planes and high fees. This may be the year to put a mileage run on your schedule.

    Head over to to read the whole article.

  • My Take: A monthly reader photo pick – Budget Travel recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    Our feature on the magazine's back page, My Take, tells the story behind one reader's top shot.

  • Like chocolate? You might like working with cocoa farmers in the D.R. – JD Rinne recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    We all know that volunteer vacations is a growing trend. One company that's especially known for charitable travel is Reality Tours, which we've been writing about in our Real Deals section for a few years. Reality Tours is a program offered through Global Exchange, an international human rights organization founded in 1988 to promote political, economic, environmental, and social justice.

  • Rome’s Colosseum opens underground chambers – Kate Appleton recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    At last! Starting tomorrow—and for the first time ever—travelers can enter the underground level where wild animals and gladiators once waited before facing off in the Colosseum. I blogged about the restoration work back in June and included a video clip of head architect's Barbara Nazzaro tour of the space.

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