Early last year, I had the opportunity to visit the Sistine Chapel on a private tour after hours with a Vatican friend. And the change was indescribable - the Chapel was utter serenity, vast, breathtaking.
No need to stow the luggage just because school is back in session. The more affordable back-to-school shoulder season is an ideal time to travel for many reasons: fewer crowds, lower temperatures and better deals on kid-friendly hotels and attractions.
Nothing says "summer in America" like a road trip. But you don't want to blow your whole vacation budget on gas, so we've rounded up the best destinations that you can get to (and back!) on just one tank of gas from major cities around the country.
Some European islands are well-known homes of hedonistic frolicking, others are the sandy-and-silent type. But all give you a sunny and salty slice of life you simply won't stumble across on the mainland. Just in time for summer, here are some of the best European island escapes.
In 2014, Google Trends reported a 10 percent increase in online searches for staycations, or getaways that are close to home, or maybe even right in your own backyard. But can a staycation really replace a vacation?
The weather has finally started to warm up and golfers, even wannabe golfers, are eager to get out for a round on their neighborhood courses. Many are also busy planning golf-focused getaways (or "golfcations") to world-class golf resorts.
It may be faster to get from point A to point B by plane, but when you board a train there's something magical about experiencing the mountains, prairies, even the big cities from the comfort of a railcar.
With so many exciting places to visit, it can be hard to pinpoint the next destination. Our advice? Find a tour that gives you the opportunity to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time -- then make sure it stops at one of these up-and-coming destinations.
When you're engaged to be married, but buried under catering menus, to-do lists, and secret Pinterest boards featuring enough decorative twigs to build the world's largest bird's nest, forgoing a huge wedding for a combination elopement/honeymoon can look rather appealing.
The high cost of a dream cruise vacation can leave you feeling a little queasy before you even set sail. (And let's not mention the add-ons!) Here, our Trip Coach's sage advice about how to save big before boarding.