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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are a few of my favorite European memories of artisans in action — reminders of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are a few of my favorite European memories from Istanbul — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Travelers considering pilgrimages in Europe have the opportunity to follow centuries-old routes or trace new paths in a search for perspective on their own culture-- or the culture of others. "The Camino de Santiago-- the" Way of St. James "-- is Europe's ultimate pilgrimage route. Since the Middle Ages, humble pilgrims have trod hundreds of miles across the north of...

And airlines will get them into service quickly: Boeing has around 400 already built, stored, and ready to go, pending possible software changes and minor mechanical tweaks. The saga may be over for travelers, but not for Boeing, which suffered a major hit that will take years to overcome. This year, the industry will be looking for Boeing's response.

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Boeing on the Ropes: I don't believe anyone would disagree that Boeing' s tribulations were the big travel story of 2019. To compete with improved Airbus models, Boeing elected to develop the 737 MAX variant, which was a kludge to the older 737 design. Even after the 737 MAX is fixed-- and it surely will be fully fixed-- Boeing will find it a tougher sell.

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This will be a bridge year for airlines in the United States. The genuine "next big thing" will be David Neeleman's new airline, and it won't fly until at least a year or two later. The most visible new route expansion will be when, to nobody's surprise, Southwest will finally start flying to Hawaii.

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It's not too early to start planning your fall vacation. And if you're looking for an excuse to OD on hot wurst and cold beer, head for an Oktoberfest. Yes, the "real deal" is in Munich, but dozens of U.S. and Canadian cities make a big deal out of Oktoberfest-- some extended, some just a day or two, with varying dates.

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"Traveling has been a really big part of my upbringing and I've been fortunate enough to travel for different reasons," says singer/songwriter Eric Nam, 29. "I'd like to think that it has had an impact on my character and personality, which ultimately affects my music." Born and raised in Georgia, Nam...

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