This Week in Photos, Sept 10-16

A look at the travel-related news for the week of September 10-16, 2010.

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Home to some of the largest hotels and casinos in the world, the Las Vegas Strip spans over 4 miles and is littered with bright lights, flashy hotels and the most eclectic array of entertainment around. 960 1280

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Best known for the Forum Shops, Ceasars Palace, which has over 3,000 rooms in 5 different towers, is located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. 960 1280

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As a tribute to the gondola rides through the canals of Venice, a gondolier gives tourists a ride at the Venetian Hotel & Casino. 960 1280

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The Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, is located on the strip and it's facade is a stylized image of a castle. 960 1280

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A view of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, the second largest hotel resort complex in Las Vegas. 960 1280

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Take a trip to Paris without having to fly overseas. The replica Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel & Casino is a signature of the Las Vegas skyline. 960 1280

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The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is the former home of legendary magicians, Siegfried & Roy. 960 1280

  

Though not quite as big as the real city, New York New York Hotel and Casino gives off a New York City vibe from the moment you walk in the doors. 960 1280

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A symbol known all over the globe, this Hard Rock guitar is located just off the strip at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. 960 1280

  

Famed for its elegance and always popular fountains, the Bellagio is a 5 diamond award-winning hotel and casino located on Las Vegas Strip. 960 1280

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One of the most spectacular sights in Vegas, the laser light that appears from the top of the Luxor Hotel & Casino Pyramid is visible from outer space. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

It’s a prime destination for travelers from around the world. The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Le Marais, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe are some of the sights to see when visiting Paris. No trip to the City of Light is complete without a stroll on the ornate Pont Alexandre III Bridge, over the serene Seine River. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

New York City is the full of culture and diversity. Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, Harlem, Central Park and Soho shopping are great reasons to visit the Big Apple. Venture out beyond Manhattan and experience the flavor of Brooklyn and the NYC’s other boroughs. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii is always a popular destination for travelers.  Maui, Oahu and Honolulu are a few Hawaiian hot spots for relax and unwind. There’s something for everyone, including sunset paddling, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USS Arizona Memorial, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, and Waimea Canyon. 960 1280

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Rome

Rome

This is Rome’s famous Ponte Sant'Angelo Bridge, leading to Castel Sant'Angelo. Plan your trip to see more must-see attractions in the Eternal City, including the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Pantheon, National Museum of Rome, Sistine Chapel and Piazza Navona. 960 1280

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Take a jungle tour; swim with the dolphins; go snorkeling in the 2nd largest reef in the world; or take a Party Hopper Tour of fun pubs in Cancun, Mexico. We also recommend that you indulge in a couple relaxing days on the pristine, sandy shores of the popular destination. 960 1280

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Orlando

Orlando

Epcot Center is just one of the magical Disney parks in Orlando. Looking for more family theme-park adventures? Then head to Magic Kingdom Park, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Orlando is also a great destination for adults with dozens of places to visit a spa, golf, shop and it’s also a popular destination for weddings. 960 1280

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London

London

Old and new worlds meet in London with a walk across the Millennium Bridge to the historic St. Paul's Cathedral. Looking for other things to do? Visit Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard; spend the day shopping around Piccadilly Circus; or get a view of Big Ben and Westminster palace from the London Eye. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

Miami is pulsating with nighttime energy, with hot restaurants and hotter clubs. Enjoy shopping on Lincoln Avenue; partying on Ocean Drive; sunbathing on South Beach; and visit Parrot and Monkey Jungle Islands. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Luck can be more than a lady in Sin City. With dozens of posh hotels, casinos and a variety of buffets, Las Vegas is a definitely a top destination for tourists. Go indoor skydiving; ride a rollercoaster at the Stratosphere Hotel Casino; stroll through the Bellagio’s Botanical Gardens; or race your friends in a mini kart at the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix. 960 1280

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Take in the view of San Francisco from high atop Mission Dolores. Plan your next adventure in the City by the Bay. Visit Golden Gate Park, the Castro neighborhood, Palace of Fine Arts, Embarcadero, Coit Tower, The Presidio, Muir Woods, or take a ferry to Sausalito. 960 1280

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Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach's Broadway at the Beach is 350 acres of fun with restaurants, movies, mini golf, music pavilions and more. Tourists come to this quaint southern town to bathe in the sun on the beach, but other dozens of other things to do and see, including the Carolina Opry, Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Water Park, Apache Family Campgrounds and Le Grande Cirque Adrenaline. 960 1280

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios are just a few reasons why tourists flock to The City of Angels. While you’re in the area, take a daytrip to Laguna Beach or Santa Monica. 960 1280

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Branson, MO

Branson, MO

Branson, MO, is a lively vacation spot with theme-park fun, live theater and the Showboat Branson Belle. It’s not only known as a country music hot spot, but it’s also great for whitewater rafting, ziplining, catching a show at the Amazing Waltzing Waters or visiting the World’s Largest Antique Toy Museum. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Morro Castle, Turtle Beach, Old San Juan, El Yunque Tropical Rainforest and Rio Cumuy Cave Park are some must-see sights in Puerto Rico. The Vieques Biobay is also a popular destination and one of a few bioluminescent bays in the world.  Go midnight kayaking or take a dive into the glowing green waters of Mosquito Bay. It’s one of the most amazing experiences Puerto Rico has to offer. 960 1280

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Change Passwords

Change Passwords

Kevin Emert, chief information security officer of Scripps Network Interactive (Travel Channel's parent company), especially recommends this step for international travel. Change passwords before you leave and again when you return home for the accounts you know you’ll use while traveling.    960 1280

  

Remove Sensitive Data From Your Devices

Remove Sensitive Data From Your Devices

Before leaving on your trip, Emert advises backing up the devices you’re bringing, and then removing any sensitive data, such as financial statements.   960 1280

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Ensure Security on Your Devices is Up to Date

Ensure Security on Your Devices is Up to Date

Check that antivirus, malware and operating systems are up to date with security patches and features, says Emert. Password-protecting your devices is also another layer of security in case they're stolen. 960 1280

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Be Vigilant Against Theft

Be Vigilant Against Theft

While it’s important to take precautions against cyber hacking, Emert notes the most common problem while traveling with devices is theft. “Leaving it unattended for a matter of seconds could potentially lead to theft,” he says. Emert also cautions being mindful of those around you, since someone might be watching as you enter passwords.   960 1280

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Don’t Use USB Chargers in Public Spaces

Don’t Use USB Chargers in Public Spaces

Emert warns there’s a growing trend of “juice jacking,” where criminals can gain access to information on your device via the USB cable since it contains two wires—one for power, and one for data transfer.

Criminals can also use the USB cable to install ransomware, which allows them to hold your device ransom in exchange for money. Instead of using a USB port, Emert suggests using the AC power brick that plugs into a power outlet.

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Don’t Trust Public Wi-Fi

Don’t Trust Public Wi-Fi

This includes airports, hotels, trains and public spaces, regardless if the network is free, paid or password-protected. “If you’re on it, so is a would-be criminal,” says Emert. He also strongly cautions against connecting to financial institutions over a Wi-Fi network, particularly when abroad, whether through an app on your device or directly from the institution’s website. “You should assume that someone is probably watching you,” he says.  960 1280

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Use a Personal Hotspot Connection

Use a Personal Hotspot Connection

A personal hotspot is a secure way to connect to the Internet via your wireless carrier's data plan if you lack Wi-Fi access—which is often the case when traveling. “Where a hotspot through a trusted carrier is available, that is a more secure method than choosing a public available wireless network,” says Emert.

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Turn Off Wireless Features You Don’t Need

Turn Off Wireless Features You Don’t Need

Traveling to a remote location isn't the only reason why you would turn off wireless capabilities. Emert says that services such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are designed to connect to available networks unless you have security features enabled. “Criminals can use those wireless connections to track your movement through an airport.” 960 1280

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Use Your Debit Card as a Credit Card

Use Your Debit Card as a Credit Card

Cyber security also pertains to debit and credit cards. Emert says it’s safer to select the credit card option when making a purchase with a debit card since it requires a signature instead of a PIN number. It’s still debited from your account, but the signature requires a three-day waiting period before charging the purchase, whereas debit is instantaneous. The credit card feature is also insured in case an unauthorized purchase is made, and Emert notes it’s easier to recoup those losses from a credit card company than from your local bank. However, the safest method is a credit card with chip technology combined with your signature.

The exception would be using your debit card at an airport ATM, especially if it’s with a well-known banking institution. “The risk of your information being compromised at that ATM are relatively low.”
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Leave Your Devices (and Non-Essential Personal Identification) at Home

Leave Your Devices (and Non-Essential Personal Identification) at Home

Finally, if you can manage without your laptop, phone or tablet, Emert says the safest place for them is at home. He also advises leaving behind any personal identification you don’t need, such as additional credit cards. Or if you’re traveling abroad, there’s no need to carry a driver’s license in addition to your passport. “When you’re traveling, assume, from a personal identification standpoint … that it’s not a safe environment,” says Emert. 960 1280

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