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  • The Costa Rican government has launched a campaign urging anyone visiting the country to avoid taking pictures with wild animals, an increasingly common practice that can harm biodiversity. The campaign, promoted by Costa Rica’s tourism institute in partnership with animal advocacy groups, encourages tourists to take a picture of themselves with stuffed or toy animals and post them on social media alongside the caption, “I don’t harm animals with a selfie," and the hashtag #stopanimalselfies.

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  • Dorian was devastating. The strongest storm ever to strike the Bahamas caused at least 65 deaths and damaged or destroyed more than 13,000 homes on Grand Bahama Island and the Abaco Islands, both in the upper reaches of the 500-mile-long archipelago. Economic loss could rise to $7 billion, more than half of the country's gross national product. But the Bahamas are moving forward - rebuilding homes, reopening businesses, and restoring the spirit of the islands and its people.

  • In 2019, you can turn your phone into an arsenal of travel tools. When you fire up the app store, the first options are to be expected - Kayak, Expedia and other traditional online travel agents; in-flight shopping; TripAdvisor; and airlines. But if you keep digging, you’ll find options that wouldn’t exist if not for the sharing economy.

  • The vast majority of LGBTQ travelers have hidden their sexual orientation while traveling on a business trip out of fear for their safety.

  • Los Angeles International Airport’s new system for Uber, Lyft and taxis has brought turmoil. At peak times, a traffic bottleneck can cause drivers to spend more than an hour inching toward the new pickup spot. Travelers wait in similarly long lines — or go rogue, jumping onto random courtesy shuttles or walking away to summon rides elsewhere in the neighborhood.

  • My trip up the Oregon coast had been improvised. When a friend in Oakland, Calif., suggested a visit to the redwoods, and a cousin in Portland offered a place to stay, I leapt at the chance for a solo trip up the coast between the two.

  • What began as a humble German stew of long-simmering oats, seasonings and ground meat scraps has turned into a Cincinnati staple and source of culinary pride.

  • The plethora of guidebooks and travelogues written about Hawaii by non-Hawaiian travelers does little to challenge that perception. Few tourists are aware of the history and cultural turmoil Hawaii has undergone over the centuries to become what it is today — a rich and complicated multicultural society contending with that history and navigating challenging political realities.

  • Turner Mountain, a one-lift hill nestled into the northwest corner of Montana, continues to offer skiing the way it was 30 or 40 years ago, when a weekend ski trip for a family of four wouldn't break the bank.

  • Theme parks such as Universal Studios and Six Flags have made Halloween a juggernaut, staging events that draw hordes looking to be chased by zombies or terrified by clowns. And while most non-park attractions draw local and regional fans, high-profile haunts earn visits from much farther afield. Some even note nearby hotels on their websites and offer a discounted rate.

  • Virgin Galactic stock popped in its New York Stock Exchange debut Monday, with shares rising more as much as 8 percent as investors welcomed the first publicly traded space tourism company.

  • Across the country, the U.S. tourism industry is trying to counter one of the casualties of the trade war with China that is still raging despite a temporary truce this month: A drop in the flow of affluent Chinese visitors to the U.S. As the conflict has dragged on for 15 months with no meaningful breakthrough, the travel industry is trying to minimize the damage.

  • Halfway between Orlando and Miami but a world apart from both, the charming city of Stuart makes for a laid-back break from today's on-the-go grind.

  • Oberkirch is a small village of about 20,000 people in Renchtal, a region on the western edge of Germany’s Black Forest. Walk this nearly nine-mile loop through a lush green landscape and you will pass eight distilleries, intimate family-run operations producing small batches of schnapps from seasonal fruits - Mirabelle plums, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, pears.

  • My 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, has a walking disability and gets around using forearm crutches and a lightweight transport chair. I knew such a climb would put the ruins out of reach for us.

  • Rangers warned hundreds of anxious tourists who gathered at the base of the iconic rock before dawn that they would miss their last opportunity to ever scale its 348-meter (1,140-foot) summit unless blustery conditions subsided.

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