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Travel website has compiled a list of common mistakes to avoid in order to ensure a wonderful vacation. According to the site, not booking enough connection time between flights and not applying for passports early enough are two of the most common mistakes that can derail a trip. Also, trying to do too much in one trip may not be the best idea. You should consider staying in pricier hotels in the city centre, rather than staying afar and spending money and time on transportation. Another common mistake is to select your hotel based on marketing photos, as carefully chosen snaps can make any property look attractive. — ANI

Visitors can get a free, city-wide, behind-the-scenes look at many of the Windy City’s great places and spaces during the third annual Open House Chicago that will be held October 19-20. The public can tour 150 sites, ranging from a presidential suite in a hotel to private clubs, skyscrapers, theatres, restaurants and mansions designed by star architects. The Empire Room in the Palmer House Hilton, one of the most famous nightclubs in the US during the Great Depression of the 1930s, is another venue to open its doors. There is also free entry to the neo-gothic Tribune Tower, City Hall, the House of Blues Music Club, and the McCormick Bridge House. — DPA

Say goodbye to queuing for tickets for the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur: visitors can now book online. Visitors until now had to arrive early in the morning to line up and buy tickets. The world’s highest twin towers at 452 metres houses the headquarters of the Petronas oil company as well as shopping centres, museums and galleries. Since 2010, visitors also get a breathtaking view over Kuala Lumpur from the Skybridge on the 41st floor and the Observation Deck on the 86th floor. Tickets for adults cost 80 ringgits ($24.50). — DPA

The ruined city of Choquequirao, at present only reachable by a two-day hike, will soon have an aerial cableway. You can reach in just 15 minutes from the nearest highway. Known as the ‘cradle of gold’, Choquequirao is a counterpart to Machu Picchu, 50 km away, and was once the mountaintop retreat for Inca royalty, replete with elegant buildings and plazas. Few visitors to Peru make the trip to the site because of its isolated location but the government expects the 5-km cable lift over the Apurimac River will increase that figure to 3,000 daily by end-2015. It is hoped the project will relieve some of the pressure on Machu Picchu. — DPA

The Festa d’Autunno is the last official outdoor festival of the year in Swiss town Lugano. Held from October 4 to 6, the town in the Swiss canton of Ticino will be vending traditional produce such as alpine cheese, salami and wine at stalls positioned in the picturesque squares and roads in Lugano’s pedestrianised city centre. The autumnal market will also offer jams, confectionery and liqueurs while interested visitors can learn how grappa is made at a display of distilling techniques. There are also boat tours on Lake Lugano. — DPA




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