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Sun, Sand, Seafood... and Santa: How to Do an Australian Christmas

Dominique Kane | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Dominique Kane

A white Christmas the Australian way is different to what you're used to. Instead of glistening white snow, you're more likely to see white sand baking in the sun. Rather than rugging up inside with family and friends to beat the cold, we're busy trying to cool off in mid-summer.

This Christmas Give Love With a Gift From Slovenia

Inga Batur | Posted 12.24.2014 | Travel
Inga Batur

If you are one of those who still hasn't found the right present for all your loved ones, surprise them. This holiday season bestow them with a gift made in Slovenia.

Your Guide to the Best Views of New York's Famous Landmarks

Erik Seide | Posted 12.22.2014 | New York
Erik Seide

While the freedom tower can be viewed pretty much anywhere in the New York City since it is the tallest building in the United States you will find that many of the those views are obstructed by the other massive downtown skyscrapers.

The Cold, Hard Truth About ISIC Card Benefits

Map Happy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Map Happy

It's been a few years since I've been eligible for discounted student flights but that doesn't mean I've forgotten -- those were my glory days. That's because STA Travel, unlike other online travel agencies and airlines, allows users to apply great promo codes to their flights.

Staying Put in Milan

John Mariani | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
John Mariani

Let me concentrate on where to stay in this wealthy Lombardian city, which now has a passel of the finest deluxe properties in Italy.

Holiday Hotels: The 9 Hottest Right Now

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Abby Tegnelia

These fun and festive hotels are just the places to ensure you have a holly, jolly holiday -- from enormous edible wonderlands, caroling, and the Mouse King, to little trees you can decorate and bring up to your room.

Why We Travel: Anticipation and Arrival

Cliff Hsia | Posted 12.20.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

International travel has been an love affair I've had for over the last dozen years or so, ever since my first international trip to Japan for my study abroad year in Tokyo in 2001-02. I had never stepped off of American soil until the age of 20 and I was ready to burst my bubble.

The Best Gyms In America

SELF | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living

State-of-the-art equipment, innovative classes, on-site salons, rooftop lounges and car washes -- if the fitness world had its own Oscars, we would nominate these ultra-luxe locales.

The Caribbean's Best All-Inclusive Resorts For Families

Oyster | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel

You won't find a more kid-friendly resort on the island of Turks and Caicos than Beaches. With 10 pools, a beautiful beach, a water park, an Xbox Games Garage, a Sesame Street kids' camp, and even a DJ-spinning academy, the hotel is determined to rule out any inklings of boredom.

On Thankfulness

Connor Belson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
Connor Belson

The Kamuzu Central Hospital stands tall on a hill in the center of Lilongwe, the capital city of the southern African country Malawi. The largest of the tertiary health centers in the country, Kamuzu Central Hospital sees the widest variety of patients from the widest variety of communities.

What We Ain't Got

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

More fresh air, art, music and poetry. More time listening to snow fall (I know), children giggling, waves lapping on the beach and wind in the trees. More time sharing stories with those we love.

Memoirs From My Time in "The Land of the Thunder Dragon"

THINK Global School | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
THINK Global School

The first time I landed in the Himalayas was an early morning in the beginning of January 2013. Before that, I had spent two weeks back at home in Scandinavia, and I was growing increasingly more worried as I wondered if I had adequately packed for this trip and fulfilled my mental preparations.

Rudolph Dance Off: One Of The Most Festive Things To Hit Chicago This Season

Greg Archer | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Forget those 10 Lords a Leaping. This season, Chicagoans only need two. Meet co-workers and pals Matt Monnin and Peter Frederiksen. The spunky and...

Chicago Travel Agent Cheated Muslim Pilgrims Over Hajj Trips, Feds Say

The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the require...

5 Gotchas of the Fine Print in Hotel Rewards Programs

GOBankingRates | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel

By Andy Shuman for GOBankingRates sister site, Using hotel loyalty points for free stays is a great way to save money on tr...

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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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!