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A holiday Q&A with the TSA


Clothing with bits of metal – like jingle-bell sweaters – can set off the alarm at airport security. We uncover 10 other things to be wary of.
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The Passport blog

Daily deal: Getaway in Roche Harbor, Washington


Enjoy a one night ($149) or two night ($249) stay in the Roche Harbor Resort in the San Juan Islands.
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Fictional Footsteps

Harry Potter’s England

If you wish you could be whisked away to a wizarding world, now is your chance — tour England through Harry’s eyes, and see where the magical films came to life.

The world’s strangest optical illusions


From “God's burning finger” to the polar lights, here are 10 of the most extraordinary natural phenomenons and mirages around the globe.
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Beyond the Headlines

Five favourite travel apps of 2011


From easy-to-use hotel booking tools to smart ways to book a private car, here are the best free travel apps that arrived this year.
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The Passport blog

Openings: Honolulu, Thailand, Quebec, Moscow and Indonesia


Just in time for sun-seeking holiday travellers, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach opened 8 December in Honolulu.
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