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Here are some items that caught our eye recently.

Find a trip according to your budget. Yahoo has debuted a destination-finder feature that lets you search for vacation ideas with terms such as “adventure” or “romantic,” and then refine your search by your region. For example, when I picked "budget," and "trips within six hours" of New York City, Yahoo suggested I visit several destinations, including Old Orchard Beach, Me. You'll find the feature on Yahoo's Travel page. Look for its new section titled Explore the Travel Guides.

American Express has "going once" and fixed-package Web deals for different U.S. destinations, such as Hawaii, New York City, and Lake Tahoe, each day from June 2 through June 12. Five of the packages are under $5,000 (the prices of four of those trips are for two people and the fifth trip is for four people). The "going once" packages include more extras than the fixed price packages. They will drop in price every 20 minutes before selling out at a minimum price. One catch: Any package must be purchased with American Express card. Go to

Now here's an unusual art project for you: Artist Erik Nordenankar teamed up with DHL to place a GPS device in a briefcase and mail it worldwide. The GPS data "formed a virtual self-portrait of the artist that spread over 6 continents and 62 countries covering nearly 70,000 miles." You have to see the image on Gizmodo to see what that means.

In London, the luxury hotel chain Radisson Edwardian Hotels is guaranteeing the price you'll pay in dollars. For example, the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt, which has a 3-out-of-5 stars user rating on TripAdvisor and is within walking distance of the Victoria & Albert Museum in the south Kensington section of the city, has rates starting at $230 a night.

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