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Central Europe Vacation: A New Side to the Old World

I’ve seen London. I’ve seen France. So what’s next?

Recently my husband and I felt that all-too-familiar longing to visit Europe once again but this time we wanted to cover new ground. Like many Americans, we’d explored the usual suspects: France, Spain, Italy, and the U.K. And like most of the world, we were on a budget. We began to shop for a budget-friendly European vacation and quickly landed on Central Europe.

Bye-bye Paris. Hello Prague!

Prague

Excuse Me, TSA Agent: Buy A Girl Dinner First!

Going through security at the airport has never been particularly fun—but it hasn’t really been invasive or unpleasant, either.

All that, however, is about to change: TSA has revealed its plans to implement a new pat-down procedure starting today. At 450 airports across the nation, agents can now get a lot more…well, personal with you if they feel they have cause to pat you down. Instead of using the back of their hands, they’ll be using the front; they also have permission to touch body parts that were previously off-limits during airport security searches.

World’s Scariest Places

One of the best things about getting older is putting an adult spin on holidays you enjoyed as a kid — like Halloween. Sure, it’s still fun to dress up as ghosts and goblins, but why not immerse yourself in the spirit of the holiday in a different way?

There are destinations all over the world that have the reputation of being spooky. Here’s a sampling of some of the world’s scariest places that you can enjoy at Halloween or beyond.

Canada

The “Screaming Tunnel” was built by Grand Trunk Railroad in the early 1900s and is located near Niagara Falls. The tunnel was meant for railroad cars but shortly after finishing the structure, World War 1 began and GTR went bankrupt – never finishing laying tracks in the tunnel. Legend has it if you enter the tunnel, stand in the middle and light a match, something will blow it out and you may hear screams in the distance. Horrible story, but makes a great ghost legend.

Gnomeversation: Small Talk with World Series Rivals

Gnome’s Note: Hello chaps, it’s the Travelocity Roaming Gnome! Even though I have a rather impressive list of travels under my belt, globetrotters like me still fancy a few new travel tidbits now and again. That’s why I’m interviewing Travelocity’s very own destination experts. Meet me here every Wednesday to learn about a smashing new place.

Oh my! I am faced with a rather difficult decision. Giants or Rangers? You see, I spend a fair amount of time with Travelocity chaps in San Francisco and Texas, so I’m quite divided as you can imagine. I thought a quick chat with fans in both these places may settle my World Series dilemma once and for all, but now I’m even more perplexed!

Travelocity destination experts Ryan Ong, a die-hard Giants fan, and Aida Calderon, a devoted Rangers groupie, gave me some tidbits about their favorite cities: San Francisco and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Here they are:

Los Angeles: Southern California Starts Here

“I grew up in Southern California.”

To Americans who didn’t grow up in SoCal, this is the equivalent of saying, “I grew up in Los Angeles.” And to the healthy chunk of Gen Xers that devoted their afternoons to Dylan McKay and the 90210 crew, “I grew up in Southern California” means something even more specific: “I grew up in Beverly Hills.” The reality is that I had hardly set foot in Los Angeles–let alone the fabled Hills–until I was old enough for Sunset rock shows and Camel cigarettes. And it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I got to see Los Angeles from a grown-up point of view.