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An optimist's guide to off-season travel bargains

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Kegs tapped at 'America's Oktoberfest' this week

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What to do in Marrakech: 10 amazing attractions

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20 China travel tips

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Doing time on Italy's prison island paradises

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4 great stress-busting escapes from Johannesburg

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Loud, anarchic, quirky: My love affair with Istanbul

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iReport gallery: Dazzling images from around the globe

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Iran prepares for a 'tsunami of tourists'

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Amazing video: Extreme surfers in the Arctic

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8 greatest city mascots around the world

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