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The red tape of Russian visas

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Not as hard to obtain as a US or China visa, but there are plenty of hoops to jump through before your visit.
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Daily deal: Utopian panoramas in Costa Rica

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A seven-night stay for two in a pair of premiere luxury resorts, breakfast included, with a manual 4x4 SUV rental ($1,496) or with ground transportation provided ($1,929).
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Communist v capitalist architecture

Although communists and capitalists disparage everything about each other, are the buildings they live and work in all that different?


Top 10 things to do around Lake Baikal

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This ancient Siberian lake is surrounded by sharp mountains, amazing wildlife and rich culture.
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Forms of identification: Sarina Singh

Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
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Openings in Macau, India, New York and Santa Barbara

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Stay in some of the oldest houses in Ladakh, the urban jungle is going green and more.
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