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International Travel News Roundup: Wildfire in California, Statue of Liberty Crown Reopening

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Around the worldIf you’ve been off jet-setting and found yourself too busy to check out for the last few days, don’t miss this post.

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So here’s a roundup of what’s been happening the world of travel over the past week to get you back up to speed.

Cruise ships are huge, maze-like and offer hundreds of activities and amusements, which can make it difficult to stay organized and keep track of your travel companion. In A Cruise Veteran’s 12 Tips for Cruising Couples Robert Bone gives some practical advice to help you get the most out of your time at sea.

Santa Barbara smokeThe massive brushfire which has been raging in the hills above Santa Barbara for the last few days has curtailed much of the usual visitor activity. In Wildfire Threatens Tourism in Santa Barbara we give you the latest updates on the fire and tell you what kind of impact it’s having on local attractions.

The Statue of Liberty is one of our nation’s most iconic monuments, but after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 access to its commanding heights was severely curtailed. In Lady Liberty’s Crown Reopening on Fourth of July we tell you how the reopening will impact the city and the country.

The number of people booking trips to Cuba has shot up in just two months, thanks to the Obama administration’s relaxation of rules regarding travel to the island. In Tour Operators Report Rise in Travel Bookings to Cuba we give you all the details, and discuss whether or not all travel restrictions are likely to be lifted in the near future.

In British Adventurer Nabs Tourism Queensland’s Best Job in the World we tell you about the lucky man who beat out more than 34,000 entrants from around the globe to become the caretaker for Hamilton Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Jamaica beachIf you like Jamaica but want to avoid the densely packed tourist enclaves, there’s a spot for you. In Laid-Back Caribbean Travel: Jamaica’s Southwestern Coast we tell you about the uncrowded beaches, genteel mountain towns, hidden waterfalls, and local seafood joints that make it such an appealing alternative destination.

From the rural roads of the USA’s Deep South to the streets of Istanbul, Peter has traveled the globe and enjoyed some seriously good eats along the way. In The Travel Detective’s Favorites: Great Food from Around the World we give you a roundup of some of his favorite dishes.

In Grateful Traveler: Yosemite Rediscovered Through a Child’s Eyes Jamie Simons takes her own daughter for her first visit to a national park and is surprised to find that a city girl can be entertained by a pile of rocks, a running river, a forest of trees and stunning vistas.

Think you can’t afford to travel this summer? What if all you had to do was give up your daily latte to make it happen? In The Season of the Yaycation! we tell you about’s new Yaycation calculator, which figures out how you can add to your travel fund by cutting back on the little things.

Mexico City reading newspaperEstablishments in Mexico City are beginning to reopen their doors, after the city was virtually shut down for more than a week due to the H1N1 influenza virus outbreak. Find out what’s open and what’s not in Mexico City Slowly Gets Back to Business as Flu Outbreak Ebbs.

Peter was on CNN several times last week, putting the swine flu outbreak into historical context and letting people know why they should not be scared to travel now. In The Travel Detective’s Cinco de Mayo Swine Flu Update he continues to dispense common-sense advice about traveling during an epidemic, and tells us why he is tired of being Joe Biden’s unofficial press secretary.

As fears of swine flu prompt thousands of passengers to cancel or alter their travel plans to Mexico, a few other destinations may be getting a much-needed boost during a season of weak travel demand. In Could Mexico’s Tourism Losses be Hawaii’s Gain? we look at the negative effect the outbreak is having south of the border, and the positive benefits accruing to other warm-weather destinations.

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to show your gratitude and spend time with the special lady in your life. In Mother’s Day Getaways: Mother-Daughter Spa Bonding Marjorie Rothstein scoped out some of the top spas for mother-daughter bonding (or even mother-son, if you’re so inclined).

Swine flu seems to be waning in Mexico, but growing in the U.S. In Swine Flu Updates: Mexico City Slowly Reopens, More Cases Identified in U.S. we tell you why Americans should not be alarmed by this news, and why Mexico City would be a good place to travel to right now.

Check out previous Travel News Roundups here.