These eight destinations may not be the typical spring break hot spots (no Florida beaches or Caribbean retreats), but they'll pull you out of your winter hibernation with their diverse attractions, mild temperatures and budget-friendly itineraries.
After one of the coldest and snowiest seasons on record, it is starting to feel like this winter may never end! Escape from the chill, and get the best deal for your budget, using these quick tips on booking Spring Break fares.
Driving on the left side of the road or converting the speed limit from kilometers to miles per hour is challenging enough. But in some places, you have a whole host of weird traffic laws to contend with, too.
The hulking outline of a 25-foot whale shark -- known here in the Philippines as a, literally, "gentle giant" -- could be discerned coming towards us through the luminescent water.
No matter where you're traveling next, there are a few things you can add to your grab-and-go bag that will make everything run a little more smoothly. Meet eight items that will turn you into the MacGyver of the vacation set.
You may feel like you're stuck. You may feel as if you have invisible chains around you that you can't break no matter how hard you try. Solo travel frees you from the ties that bind.
Two hours and a world away from the megaresorts in Cancun, Tulum lures a laid-back breed of beach lover, nature fiend and sun seeker to its casita-dotted shores.
"The world is essentially a friendly place and the people you encounter -- whatever their backgrounds and beliefs -- are more similar to you than different from you," he adds. "Ask for locals' advice and help on the road, and your journey will be enriched in unimaginable ways."
"I wish I could claim to be smart, but I'm not -- I only travel enough to make a lot more mistakes than the rest of you," he told me. "I've been arrested in three countries, ruined rental cars in four, and destroyed no less than five cameras in some of the most beautiful places on Earth."
Instead of asking your questions on the spot, Chopra advises calling ahead of time and giving a concierge a chance to dig and do some research for you. Relay the specifics of what you're looking for, be friendly and respectful, and remember how useful a concierge can be.
The rumors are true. You can get from North America to Europe (or vice versa) for under $600 round trip! Or for $300, one way, including taxes.
So if you're tired of all the crazy-cold weather, and on your way to Hawaii -- the land of sunshine, mai tais and warm tropical breezes, have peace-of-mind knowing your bags and toys will be waiting for you at your destination. It's convenient, guaranteed and worry-free.
Is Brazil on your bucket list this year? How about Haiti? We've got the inside scoop on some surprising places you should visit this year.
Although we may be more PC about it and a tad more tolerant of the vicissitudes of travel that are out of our control, we still grumble, cap and whine about the things we really hate about traveling.
7. Even nuns go to the beach.
Consider this a Public Service Announcement... Broad style! Because it's last minute, I'm thinking cheap, fun and NO STAY-CATIONS! Especially not when it's snowy and freezing out. Unless you live by a ski resort. But even then.