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Holiday Travel Survival Tips

Hipmunk | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel

From timing your ticket purchases right to alternative options when it comes to lodging, the experts at Hipmunk offer these tips to help you tackle this year's travel planning with a smart strategy.

Asia: 10 Lessons Learned with the Heart of a Photographer

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

My mind races. It is 5 a.m. and I have not fallen asleep. I am awake after traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo, and from Tokyo to New York. It has been weeks that I have been touring Asia, with many lessons learned.

3 Irresistible Credit Card Strategies for Travelers

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Money
Shannah L. Compton

Credit cards have a bad rap, and there is no argument that many misuse those little pieces of plastic. Paying interest and fees is not exactly a solid financial plan. However, with a bit of strategy, a credit card could be your passport to a new way of traveling.

Holiday Gift Guide: Techie Edition

Sonia Gil | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology
Sonia Gil

Hurray!! The holiday season is right around the corner! And that means... shopping! That's why I have come up with a foolproof holiday gift guide that will make any traveler very happy.

The New York Mom's Guide to Christmas In The Big Apple

Maria Colaco | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Maria Colaco

This is my absolute favorite season of the year! Every single part of New York is alive with the sights and sounds of the season.

Is There a Legal Drinking Age on Planes?

Map Happy | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Map Happy

Drinking ages vary from country to country. Since I fall into the awkward "old enough to vote but too young to drink" group, a trip abroad means new freedoms when it comes to the beverage menu.

5 Reasons to Travel More in 2015

U.S. News Travel | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Traveling somewhere exotic allows you to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and engage with your surroundings. And stepping outside your comfort zone helps raise cultural awareness and trigger self-discovery.

The World's 5 Most Secluded Beaches

The Active Times | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet, maybe there are even a few surfboards or kayaks waiting nearby.

Chef to the Stars Now Cooking for the Crowds

Mark DeCarlo | Posted 12.17.2014 | Taste
Mark DeCarlo

Long time Hollywood celebrity chef Gary Arabia has left the studios - at least part-time. Arabia, known as the fusion chef who transformed Hollywood ...

Doggone Spoiled: The World's Craziest Hotel Pet Perks | Posted 12.17.2014 | Travel

People obviously really, really love their pets, with accessories and services for pawed pals raking in billions of dollars across the globe. Sometimes, the sheer indulgence that these furry friends receive boggles the mind -- most humans don't even have it so good!

Trip-hacking: The Millennial's Guide to Traveling on a Budget (That Everyone Can Use)

Michael Ruderman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Money
Michael Ruderman

Four out of 10 millennials admitted feeling guilty about using all of their vacation days. Fewer than two out of ten baby boomers felt the same way.

5 Simple Ways to Actually Enjoy Your Holiday Travel

Amanda Walkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

The next few weeks of travel will be hectic -- there is no denying that. Flight delays, overbookings, lost luggage, and never-ending lines of people from the ticket counter to the only coffee shop inside security.

Great Places To Visit In Japan That Aren't Tokyo Or Kyoto

Kelly Lewis | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Kelly Lewis

Yes, Tokyo and Kyoto are famous and full of amazing attractions. Yes, you should spend some time there. But Japan is a vast and diverse country, and there's so much more to see.

How Long Travel-Sized Shampoo Will Last You

Map Happy | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Map Happy

Ever get ready for a long trip and wonder whether that travel-sized bottle of shampoo is going to cut it? Should you throw in another bottle just in case?

This Is What It Looks Like When a Lingerie Designer Styles a Hotel

Oyster | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel

There are a lot of surprising people who have turned their creative talents toward hotels, from celebrities to restaurateurs to fashion designers. So we were intrigued, if not actually shocked, to learn that the Hotel Vice Versa in Paris was decorated head to toe by lingerie designer Chantal Thomass, known for her sassy and glamorous wares.

How Visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam Made Me Feel

The GypsyNesters | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

The Diary of a Young Girl was the first coming-of-age story I'd ever read. Thankfully, I got my hands on it years prior to a mandatory school assigned reading (as a young voracious reader, I ate those up too - but for some reason those assigned books always lacked shine). Anne's diary hit me hard.

10 Best Small Towns For The Holidays

SmarterTravel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel

Town squares lit with strings of sparkling lights. Christmas carolers in bonnets and tails. Horse-drawn carriages and snowcapped roofs. If you ...

Caribbean Adventures Worth Leaving Your All-Inclusive For

SmarterTravel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel

Sometimes you need an adventure that gets your heart thumping, a thrill to remind you that deep down inside you're still as fun and gutsy as you w...

Is Airbnb Really Better Than Staying at a Hostel?

Map Happy | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Map Happy

In the six years since Airbnb launched, the company has pretty much managed to redefine budget traveling. Since then, I've played the role as both host and guest in several countries and cities, with, more often than not, mixed feelings.

Calling All Travel Companies: Don't Let Consumers Get Away This Holiday Season

Jim Yu | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Jim Yu

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes big implications for marketers in the business of travel. According to AAA, last year 94.5 million Americans traveled 50+ miles from home during the year-end holiday season -- and this year is expected to be no different.

What Indiana Jones Has Taught Me About Hats and Home

THINK Global School | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
THINK Global School

When I was little, I thought I was going to be the next Indiana Jones. As it turned out, there were a few problems with that plan. I was female. I was eight. I've never been the murderous type. More importantly, I was not from Indiana nor did I identify with the name Jones.

Celebrating and Forgetting One Hundred Years at the Panama Canal

Blake Scott | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Blake Scott

The water rises and another ship - an oil tanker - passes through a set of giant steel gates. Thousands of people have gathered at the Miraflores viewing center in Panama City to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Panama Canal.

Best Places to Travel in 2015 (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

The world is getting smaller, but the chances of having an extraordinary new experience are only increasing. We've identified 50 standout destinations, based on industry news and trends, with input from contributing writers, A-List travel agents, and our new local experts.

Smart Shopping: How to Spend Money and Feel Great Long-Term

Miriam Ava | Posted 12.16.2014 | Money
Miriam Ava

By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?

January Is for the Birds | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel

In honor of our fine feathered friends, we found some of the most naturally stunning destinations where you can bird watch and take in nature and all the scenic views it has to offer.