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November 29: The week’s best travel reads

From how to pick a carry-on to the perfect trip to Italy, the Traveling Reporter has scanned the web for this week's best travel stories, guides and longreads.

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Top 20 Ski Areas in the U.S. and Canada

Condé Nast Traveler

In the annual Readers’ Choice Survey, Condé Nast Traveler asked 20,000 skiiers to vote on the best ski areas in North America—and they came up with this impressive list of must-visit mountain towns. See the list.


36 hours in Shanghai

The New York Times

What takes most cities eons to build, Shanghai can do overnight. Consider this: Just a decade ago, the city had four metro lines; now there are a dozen. Read the guide.


Where to travel in December


Whether you need a break from the holiday madness or you want to dive headfirst into the festivities, we’ve got the best places to visit in December. Read the guide.


The perfect trip: Italy

BBC Travel

Dusk is gathering, and down a dimly lit alley near the Grand Canal, a 60-strong audience is assembled in the Barbarigo-Minotto Palace, ready for a unique performance. Read the story.


Best trips 2014

National Geographic

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year’s must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today. Read the list.


How to choose a carry-on bag

The New York Times

The Samsonite roll-aboard bag I’ve been using for 15 years announced its retirement this spring, when a wheel tread ripped on a cobblestone street in Belfast. Find out how to pick up a new one.


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