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Thursday, December 27, 2007
Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
We've pinpointed 10 cities that are ushering in 2008 with spectacular, one-of-a-kind celebrations, from Bangkok's flashy new Greeting Ball Tower to Reykjavík's raucous bonfires and costumed revelers. Here's the skinny—and a slide show of the parties! read more
Bud Travel on Facebook
WEB SMART
There's been a lot of talk about social networking lately, and Facebook—with 46 million users (and growing)—is the site of the moment. New travel tools make it easy to blog, upload photos, and plan your trip. read more
A LOOK BACK
The best of the year in travel, from the practical to the sublime: Dream Trips, 10 Coolest Small Towns, Confessions From Travel Industry Insiders, 50 Charming Hotels Under $150, A Guide to the World of Harry Potter, and more! read more

More Great Travel Reads:
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
The Ultimate Guide to Free Travel details nine ways to score a free trip, from house-sitting to driveaways…. Slide Show: Secret Hotels of Sicily has gorgeous photos of agriturismi, where the food is organic and the people are as warm as the ever-present sun…. Window or Aisle? Q&A With Josh Bernstein reveals the hunky History Channel host's dream trip and what he won't leave home without….
St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana
THE REAL DEALS
Round-trip airfare and three nights in the French Quarter, from $339.
why it's a deal
JetBlue is offering a discounted three-night getaway to the nearby string of prosperous, pink-sand islands, from $299. why it's a deal
True Stories Winner
TRUE STORIES
On a recent trip to Alaska, I took a plane tour over the fjords. Because my mother doesn't like to fly, I went alone and got to sit up front with the pilot. I was happily snapping photos of the scenery when, to my surprise, the pilot asked to see my camera. As I passed it to him, he shifted the airplane's steering wheel over to me and told me to fly the plane! Before I could say a word in protest, he took my picture while I flew his plane, terrified, over a fjord—much to the horror of the other passengers… read more
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