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Worth reading: Summer airfares may have bottomed out

By JD Rinne
updated September 29, 2021
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A few of our favorite links from around the 'net this week.

Airfares: Analysts say summer prices may have hit bottom. So if you've been on the fence, book now. [USA Today]

10 international menu mistakes that'll crack you up. [Tripbase]

Amsterdam: A new display at the van Gogh museum features the artist's letters to his younger brother. [Jaunted]

A new study by Harvard and MIT shows that "Travel Broadens the Mind." [World Hum]

The Appalachian Trail, experiencing a bit of celebrity these days, is a classic American trek.

[Gadling]

Google takes baby steps into travel. [Tech Crunch]

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