Warning: You need a valid passport to take your dream vacation to Paris

Shelly Clements and her husband recently headed to the airport to take off on their long-awaited trip to Paris. There was just one problem. In all the planning, she had neglected to check the passport requirements for travel — and the news wasn’t good at the check-in counter.

Venezuela isn’t safe for tourists. Can I get a refund for our tickets?

Jorge Taborda and his wife decide to take a trip with their children to Venezuela to visit extended family. But now that they’ve taken a closer look at the current economic and political situation there, they would like to cancel their tickets and receive a refund. Can they?

Verboten vacations: 9 reasons forbidden is “in” this year

When it comes to travel, forbidden is in. Cuba, Iran and North Korea — long off-limits to most American visitors — might be added to the “allowed” list under an Obama administration. Other destinations that were considered too dangerous or hostile to Americans are becoming fashionable again as travelers jettison boring “staycations” for something more exotic.

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