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What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. First up, the Vrum Ride-On Storage bag. At once a carry-all and a toy for youngsters, the Vrum has several attributes that should be of interest to parents taking their kids on the road for short trips and overnights. Featuring licensed characters such as Spiderman, Batman, Dora the Explorer and Disney Princesses, it has a dual pull, storage strap, four wheels, a handlebar for comfort and support, and is safe and fun for kids to ride.

If your stuff doesn't fit in the Pivotal Soft Case Gear Bag, perhaps you should reconsider your packing priorities. At 14 by 12 by 36 inches, it offers a main compartment divider that can be folded down to provide maximum capacity, two

Pack lighter, spend less on laundry while on the road or backpacking and wear cleaner clothes by using this ingenious product devised so that you can do your laundry in a hotel sink or a nearby stream (for you adventure lovers). The Scrubba Wash Bag, which weighs a mere 5 ounces and includes a flexible internal washboard, is reusable, portable, ecologically sound, does not need electricity and demands a lot less water than a standard washing machine.

There are lots of ways to capture and share the memories of recent vacations. The Mosaic Photo Book enables you to take any 20 digital photos and have them returned to you four days later in a 7-inch square, linen-covered book designed to highlight your photos in stunning colors or vivid black and white. The Montage Photo Book, pictured, can handle up to 180 photos while automatically assessing the quality, chronology and importance of the submissions. The leather-bound book can be customized with captions, design themes and a personalized cover.

Here's what sets this charger apart from others: It is waterproof. Outdoor Tech, the company that sells this powerful power pack, has designed it to operate in about any conceivable environment, which means that in addition to being able to operate despite being submerged in three feet of water for 30 minutes it also can withstand high impact drops and dust conditions. Don't let its size fool you (just 9.4 ounces). The Kodiak's 2.1-Amp output and 6,000 milliamps of battery power are fully sufficient to easily charge any small device.

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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

These original frescoes of seductive maidens are what remains of Sirigiya's murals which some believe once covered the entire western wall.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

In the lush green hills of the Central Highlands, tea plantations roll on as far as the eye can see, giving the world some of its finest tea leaves. Sri Lanka, once called Ceylon, is the largest exporter of tea in the world.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Ancient cities like this along the Cultural Triangle are major attractions for tourists in Sri Lanka, in addition to idyllic beaches and good food.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Buddhism is the predominant religion of Sri Lanka.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Some 70% of the population practice Buddhism and ancient temples and young monks are a common sight.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Fishermen balance on poles practicing the timeless art of fishing. They can still be seen just off the coast.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Percussionists keep the energy level high at Kandy's major site, the Temple of the Tooth.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Dambulla's reclining Buddha is one of more than 150 statues of the Buddha found in this ancient cave system.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Long stretches of empty beach have long been one of Sri Lanka's principle draws.
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Luxury in Sri Lanka
November 20, 2014

Travel Weekly's Jenny Hart traveled to the
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

The staff at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba greeted me with a delicious frozen mojito upon arrival, which I enjoyed while taking in my guestroom's balcony view.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

Iguanas are everywhere on Aruba! This not-so-little guy caused guests to lift up their feet when he walked under tables at the Holiday Inn Resort's Sea Breeze restaurant one morning.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

All beaches in Aruba are public. This beach was far away from the resort districts, and commonly used by locals (though tourists are welcome, too!).
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

Warm temperatures and beautiful beaches can be found on nearly every Caribbean island, but what makes Aruba stand out is the rugged desert terrain on its northern end.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

The desert is best explored by jeep! I went off-roading with De Palms Tours, bumping and bouncing over the island's dusty hills in a more erratic style than an old rollercoaster.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

California Lighthouse, located on Aruba's northwest tip, was designed to warn sailors of the island's coast. It now also draws visitors to check out some of Aruba's best views.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

Originally built in 1750 and rebuilt in 1952, the tiny Alto Vista Chapel is the location where Aruban Indians were first converted to Christianity. The chapel is open daily and holds Mass on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

The Bushiribana gold mines were used in the nineteenth century during Aruba's gold rush. While the gold is gone today, they are great to climb on and take pictures from.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

Local lore states that Aruban fishermen used to stack rocks so they would know where the great fishing spots were. Now, there is a belief that if you stack rocks in this area and make a wish, it'll come true.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

The pools at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba are a great place to relax after a day of exploration...
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

...as are the beachside palapas!
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

Keshi Yena is a classic Aruban meal. It consists of baked cheese stuffed with spiced meat.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

There are free trolleys in Oranjestad that take people from the cruise terminal down the main shopping streets. If you're nice to the drivers, maybe they'll let you take a fun picture, like me!
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

Some trolleys are double-decker. Sitting upstairs is a great way to see downtown Oranjestad while kicking back and soaking up the sun.
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Exploring 'One Happy Island'
November 20, 2014

CruiseOne awarded free travel franchises to five U.S. military veterans who won its third annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest. Nearly 150 veterans submitted applications for this year’s contest. Front row, from left: Debbie Fiorino of CruiseOne; Air Force veteran Ingrid Markham; Army and National Guard veteran Tammy Duffield; Navy veteran Marci Dewitt; and Tim Courtney, CruiseOne. Back, from left: Navy veteran Craig Markham and Marine Corps vet Conrad Carpenter.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

MTravel, the host agency division of Montrose Travel, conducted its sixth annual Educational Conference in Vail, Colo., in October. Along with consortia partner Ensemble Travel, nearly 30 cruise, tour operator, tourism board and travel insurance supplier partners participated in the event. Pictured, staffers from Montrose and the Globus Family of Brands as well as hosted agents at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Hall of Fame in Littleton, Colo., where Globus CEO Scott Nisbet gave a presentation.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

Among those attending Island Destinations’ 30th anniversary gala at New York’s St. Regis Hotel were, from left, Jennifer Molloy and Llajjaira Gomez of Island Destinations; Margaret Williams of Brownell Travel; Marcia Kirsch from Travel Xperts; Tim Luksa of Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort; Jessie Drummond of Island Destinations; Andre Boersma of Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort; Pilar Rios of Viceroy Riviera Maya; and Pedro Lara of Viceroy Riviera Maya.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

Island Destinations capped its 30th anniversary with its annual gala at New York’s St. Regis Hotel, unveiling its 2015 Travelers Collection and handing out a number of awards. Among the winners was Horst Schulze, chairman and CEO of Capella Hotels & Resorts, left, seen here accepting his Hotelier of the Year award from Island Destination’s President and CEO Maurice Bonham-Carter.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

AAA Travel presented its 2014 Partner of the Year awards at its annual conference in Orlando. Royal Caribbean took two top prizes, for Best in Product, Cruise, and Partner of the Year, Cruise. From left, Pura Fritzius, Royal Caribbean International (RCI); Theresa Scalzitti, RCI; Bill Sutherland, AAA Travel and Publishing; Marshall Doney, AAA; Vicki Freed, RCI; Robert Darbelnet, AAA; Bryan Shilling, AAA Travel Products and Services; Joanne Schimelman, RCI; Laurie Bohn, RCI; and Scott Campbell, AAA.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

Travel agent Rhonda Bartnikowski of AAA Tidewater (Va.) was presented with all four of AAA’s Superlative Awards at the agency’s annual conference on Oct. 20 in Orlando. Bartnikowski took honors in the following categories: Highest Overall Sales Volume, Highest Revenue Produced, Highest Preferred Partner Cruise Sales and Highest Preferred Partner Tour Sales.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

Hugh Masekela, Grammy-nominated South African trumpeter, on right, is joined on stage by percussionist Francis Fuster, left; bassist Bakithi Kumalo, center; and Ian Herman, in background right shaking a maraca, at a mobile pop-up concert hosted by South African Tourism in New York’s Time Square in October. The event was sponsored by South African Tourism to honor the country’s 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy.  (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision for South Africa Tourism/AP Images)
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

Signature Travel Network honored member agent Carol Lekki, center, president of Carol’s Travel Service in Tinley Park, Ill., as the first recipient of the Michelle Morgan Leadership Award at its Sales Meeting & Trade Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The award is named for the former Signature president who died in 2013 and recognizes industry professionals who embody the qualities that made Morgan a success both professionally and personally. Lekki accepts her award from Signature execs Alisa Morgan, Morgan’s daughter, and Alex Sharpe.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

Signature Travel Network held its annual Sales Meeting & Trade Show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in early November. The event drew more than 2,100 attendees, including more than 1,200 Signature travel consultants, representing 91% of Signature’s member agencies. Preferred supplier partners from 57 countries worldwide also attended.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

An event was held in New York recently to help promote the Cayman Cookout culinary festival at the Ritz-Carlton on Grand Cayman. From left, Eric Ripert, chef at New York's Le Bernardin and the host of the event; Rosa Harris, director of tourism; and Marc Langevin, general manager, the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. The festival will take place on Jan. 15 to 18.
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TW Gatherings November 2014
November 12, 2014

Every holiday season, countless families watch

Our tour guide, Peter, provides an entertaining perspective on the sites from the film

Clouds and rain hang over Wolfgangsee, obstructing views of the mountains that surround the glacial lake.

A view of the town of Mondsee, home of the Mondsee Cathedral where Maria and Baron von Trapp's wedding was filmed in

The Mondsee Cathedral where the wedding was filmed in
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