Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago: Sailing through one of Earth’s last paradises (CNN Travel)

Dunia Baru, a luxury charter yacht, at sail in front of MT-60, an newly named island in Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago(CNN)-- There are few places on Earth that rival the untamed wilderness and primal seclusion of Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago. Captain Thomas Bruning knows this all too well. Since leaving his job as an engineer, the Austrian native …

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The case for traveling to ‪#‎NorthKorea‬

My decision to visit North Korea was reflex. It was 2007, I was a young (and quite skinny) English teacher in Seoul, and tours over the 38th parallel were becoming popular. The seaside town of Gumgangsan, located a 40-minute drive over the DMZ on the eastern coast, was receiving rafts of slick tour buses from …

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An immigrant story from the son of an immigrant country

Last weekend I visited the home that my father grew up in. The slope-side building in Bogota's historic district of La Candelaria is a "hippie" hostel today. In the room that was once occupied by my family, a small TV entertains languid backpackers spread out on mats across the tiled floor. The ceiling is about …

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El Carnaval de Barranquilla sizzles in Colombia (CNN Travel)

Barranquilla, Colombia (CNN)Bikinis, bare skin, face paint, feathers. Pretty much what you'd expect this time of year from Rio Carnival, right? Well, sure. But the world's most famous carnival doesn't have a monopoly on feather frenzies. In the coastal Colombian city of Barranquilla, one of the world's largest spectacles of dance and cultural pageantry is …

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Disappearing into Davao, the Philippines’ remote southern capital

The woman sitting in seat 16A hadn’t noticed me yet, and I honestly wasn’t expecting her to. It was a short flight and she, I observed, was contented in her window seat. . The short woman wore the face of an endearing schoolteacher that could have also been an aunt. For the most part, she …

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