Honoring a princess

10 years after her death, visitors can see how Diana lived at Kensington Palace

The Smart Traveler

April 01, 2007

LONDON

THE KNOT GUIDE TO DESTINATION WEDDINGS

Clarkson Potter / $19.95

Thinking about getting married on a distant beach? A new guide answers your questions about planning. The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings details more than 200 locations for weddings, from Hawaii to Mexico, with tips from experts and lessons from couples who have been through it. Carley Roney and destination wedding expert JoAnn Gregoli break down the process of planning from afar, from etiquette to local laws.

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[FROM WIRE REPORTS]

TRENDS

Hotels for hip families

When it comes to hotels, "kid-friendly" and "hip" would seem to be incompatible adjectives. But TabletHotels, a booking site devoted to matching travelers with sophisticated accommodations around the world, has a new offspring: TabletKids, designed for families who want to travel in style. "A good third of the bookings we handle are for families, and over the years we kept hearing clients ask, 'We have kids, why can't we stay in a cool place, too?' " said Laurent Vernhes, Tablet Hotels' chief executive, who has three children. The kids' section, linked through an icon at tablethotels.com, lets travelers tailor their search not only by destination but also by amenities.

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[NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE]

AIR SAFETY

Batteries may cause hazard

Are you bringing batteries on a plane? If so, make sure they're carefully packaged. Two recent fires on airplanes have prompted the Transportation Department to issue a safety advisory for passengers traveling with batteries or battery-powered devices. The agency says air travelers should keep spare batteries in their original retail packaging or wrap insulating tape around loose batteries to avoid contact with metal objects. The agency said batteries should be packed in carry-on, not checked, luggage. They should also be protected from getting crushed or punctured.

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[ASSOCIATED PRESS]

LAS VEGAS

Stripteases for better health?

Unleash your inner bombshell and learn the art of pole dancing and striptease -- all under the guise of exercise. Who knew these hot moves burn an average of 400 to 500 calories an hour? Striptease cardio is one hot activity. Kelly Ripa has tried it. Carmen Electra raves about it. And Teri Hatcher did it on Oprah. And where better to learn all the moves than in Sin City? Stripper 101 is the hottest class in Las Vegas, with three packages available from vegas.com. Students learn more than 25 exotic-dance moves used in Vegas gentlemen's clubs. The packages are $30 to $50. More information at vegas.com in the show section.

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[THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS]

Hot in the city

The most popular international hot spots / cities for summer, from an ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) survey:

London: 12.3 percent Rome: 9.9 percent Cancun, Mexico: 8.1 percent Paris: 7 percent Jamaica: 2.5 percent Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 2.3 percent Florence, Italy: 1.2 percent Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: 1.2 percent Venice, Italy: 1.1 percent Frankfurt, Germany: 0.8 percent

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