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4. NEW ZEALAND
WHY Check out Air New Zealand, which, starting in April, is adding flights from San Francisco to New Zealand. In March, Hawaiin Airlines begins flying to New Zealand from Hawaii. Plus, the decline of the New Zealand dollar means your American paper goes further.

Top travel destinations for 2013

Travel company Travelzoo offers its top destinations for your touring dollars in 2013.

5. NIAGARA FALLS WHY Daily hotel rates are
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5. NIAGARA FALLS
WHY Daily hotel rates are declining.

5. NIAGARA FALLS WHY There's plenty to do
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5. NIAGARA FALLS
WHY There's plenty to do in the area -- casinos, vineyards, amusement parks and more.

4. NEW ZEALAND WHY Check out Air New
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4. NEW ZEALAND
WHY Check out Air New Zealand, which, starting in April, is adding flights from San Francisco to New Zealand. In March, Hawaiin Airlines begins flying to New Zealand from Hawaii. Plus, the decline of the New Zealand dollar means your American paper goes further.

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4. NEW ZEALAND WHY Have
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4. NEW ZEALAND
WHY Have "Hobbit" fever? See the sites where "The Hobbit" trilogy has been filmed.

3. IRELAND WHY Give credit to the Ireland
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3. IRELAND
WHY Give credit to the Ireland Tourism Board: A 2013 marketing plan includes suggesting hotels and tours offer competitive deals to tourists. Also, you'll find added routes from European air carriers and a decrease -- from 13.5 to 9 percent -- in Ireland's value-added tax.

3. IRELAND WHY And flying to Dublin and

3. IRELAND
WHY And flying to Dublin and Shannon is generally cheaper than to other European cities.

2. COLOMBIA WHY Tourists will notice additional routes
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2. COLOMBIA
WHY Tourists will notice additional routes from the big air carriers as well as new hotel options from the majors (JW Marriott, Hilton).

2. COLOMBIA WHY Once there, Colombia is easy
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2. COLOMBIA
WHY Once there, Colombia is easy on the pocketbook.

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1. ALASKA WHY If you build it, they
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1. ALASKA
WHY If you build it, they will come? It seems so, as Alaska will see additional cruise ships and packages.

1. ALASKA WHY From 2013 to 2014, scientists
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1. ALASKA
WHY From 2013 to 2014, scientists are expecting an increase in aurora activity.

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