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by Team Fathom
Photo courtesy of Captains Rest.

Every week, our travel editors and experts select the best travel finds on the internet and beyond. For more of Fathom’s insider picks, subscribe to our newsletter.

Photo courtesy of Arlo Skye.

Travel Warning for Smart Luggage Users

As of this week, several major airlines (American Airlines, Delta, Alaska Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines) are banning smart bags that do not have removable lithium-ion batteries. If you're on the hunt for a new piece of luggage with a built-in battery that is easy to remove, Arlo Skye is a personal favorite. - Berit, senior editor

Dubious Development in Dubai

I don't know what to say (other than, "why, travel gods, why?") about Taj Arabia, the hotel/entertainment complex under construction (and behind schedule) in Dubai. Four times the size of the original Taj Mahal, it's being billed as "the wedding destination of the world," as if that's a good thing. – Pavia, CEO

Photo courtesy of Along Dusty Roads.

8 Reasons to Love Puglia

A later summer road trip in Puglia, the distinctive southern heel of Italy's boot, reminded us that it is impossible not to fall in love with this country. Known for its olive farms, vineyards, acres of cacti, and beautiful sapphire blue coastline, Puglia's enduringly authentic charms are many and still relatively undiscovered outside of Italian tourists. Let's hope it remains that way. – Andrew and Emily, Along Dusty Roads

Church St. Johannes XXIII in Cologne, Germany. Photo by Julia Krakau.

Brutalism Makes a Comeback in Europe

Though many Brutalist buildings in Europe have been demolished, popular appreciation for the style of architecture is on the up-and-up. The DAM Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt has a new exhibition called #sosbrutalism Save the Concrete Monsters, which spotlights Brutalist buildings from around the world. To start crossing them off your hit list IRL, check out Church St. Johannes XXIII in Cologne and the "banana flats." in Edinburgh. – Aroon and Julia, Spotted by Locals

Photo by David Luekens.

A Walk Down Thailand's Oldest Road

When in Bangkok, it's easy to get trapped in one of the city’s tourist zones. Charoen Krung Road is anything but. Get your shoes on and set aside half a day for a walk through a fascinating part of the capital. – Stuart, Travelfish

Photo courtesy of Homeism.

Shop Your Ideal Home at This NYC Popup

Homeism, the luxury NYC-based loungewear brand, launches its new Collection 3 as part of a collaborative pop-up shopping experience inside the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Four Seasons Private Residences Downtown. The Ideal Home, as they're calling it, presents Homeism's founder Licheng Ling’s perfect environment. The collaboration includes impressive partners, including Araki, Rizzoli Bookstore, A Magazine Curated By, Meta Flora, and Egg Collective. It's open to the public and runs from January 24-30. Email to arrange an appointment.– Jenny, Melting Butter

Photo courtesy of Captains Rest.

Secluded Seaside Hideaway

One of these days I'm going to take myself to Tasmania for a stay at Captains Rest, a serene waterfront cottage with fine linens, a full kitchen, and its own jetty. - Berit

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