Today’s Travel News

SOUTHWEST IS AWESOME. Watch this if you need a little pick-me-up to get you through the day!

IN FOCUS. How do they celebrate the holidays in Germany, Indonesia, Brazil, and beyond? The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor has compiled a collection of photos that illustrateshow different cultures make merry.

HELLO, NEIGHBOR. Canada and the U.S. have reached anagreement to speed border crossing between the two countries. TravelPulse reports: “Cross-tourism business between the two nations generates nearly $16 billion in spending in the U.S. by Canadians and more than $7 billion of spending by U.S. visitors in Canada. But those numbers are down fromthe 1990s.”

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BACK TO THE SHIRE. New Zealand is seeing another spike in tourismfrom fans of the Lord of the Rings Franchise. Now that they’re filming a prequel, The Hobbit, thousands are flocking to the island nation whose ethereal and exotic landscapes form the backdrop of the films.

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