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In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, participants enter a cabin simulator during a British Airways flight safety course at the airline's Cranebank training facility, near Heathrow airport in London. The half-day safety course, now open to frequent fliers willing to pay $265, encourages passengers to be aware of their surroundings and familiarize themselves with what happens in an emergency. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

“In this day and age, everybody is so comfortable with flying, they get on planes and don’t consider safety,” says Andy Clubb, a safety instructor at British Airways’ flight training center.

Cycling France’s Loire Valley

In this June 21, 2014 photo, cyclists bike along the Loire River near Blois, France. There are hundreds of miles of bike trails through the chateaux towns of the Loire Valley. (AP Photo/Karen Schwartz)

We’d been trying to cycle the 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting lost. We even asked directions from a passing motorist who was certain she knew which way the bike route went, then sent us to the wrong town.

In this Sept. 6, 2014 aerial photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava advances from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. Lava issued from several spots along a deep ground crack earlier this week, as shown by the distinct fingers of lava making up the flow front. The thick smoke plumes show the flow front moving downslope towards the north. Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says the lava from Kilauea volcano is still at least a mile away from any homes in Kaohe Homesteads. (AP Photo/Tim Orr, U.S. Geological Survey)

“There is the threat of his very historic, very quaint, eclectic village becoming a ghost town because of the isolation,” Hunt said after a meeting between merchants and county civil defense authorities.

This October 2013 photo shows the church of San Biagio, outside Montepulciano, in Tuscany, Italy. Mark Petrella took the photo on a trip he took to the region with Lara Berdine on what’s become an annual autumn vacation in Italy. Like a lot of travelers who are not tied to the school calendar, they like traveling that time of year because the weather is cooler, there are fewer crowds and it’s cheaper. (AP Photo/Mark Petrella)

Hilarye Fuller, a Knoxville, Tennessee, mom who writes a travel blog at DottingtheMap.com, figured a summer trip to Disney World in Florida would be “miserably hot and supercrowded,” so she’s going in October.

An undated photo made available by the University of Birmingham, England, of Stonehenge where a hidden complex of archaeological monuments has been uncovered using hi-tech methods of scanning below the Earth's surface. (AP Photo/University of Birmingham, Geert Verhoeven)

“New monuments have been revealed, as well as new types of monument that have previously never been seen by archaeologists,” said Professor Vincent Gaffney, the project leader.

This Sept. 5, 2014 photo shows the “Hung Jury” burger at Sidebar at Whiskey Row, layered with bourbon mushrooms and onions in Lousiville, Ky. The restaurant  is part of the Urban Bourbon Trail, a 6-year-old bourbon cocktail and culinary experience that has grown to 34 establishments. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

“It’s a perfect complement to our Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour, since you get to savor the authentic distillery experience by day and then enjoy the cosmopolitan allure of the Urban Bourbon Trail at dusk,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

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