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What It's Really Like to Live and Travel in a Tiny House

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:15 PM

If you haven't come across a tiny home TV show or Buzzfeed article yet, let me be the first to introduce you to the concept of "tiny living." It's a minimalist lifestyle that's resonating with multiple generations, and some people are going...

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18 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Eiffel Tower

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 9:53 AM


More than 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year. It's popular and it's crowded, but it doesn't have to be a total time suck. Here's how to get the most of your visit to this iconic monument.

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10 Secret Mexican Islands You Can Have All to Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 1:06 PM

Looking for an island getaway that's not as overrun as Cozumel? We've got your number. These lesser-known Mexican islands offer up relaxation, adventure and, for the most part, zero bars on your cellphone.

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7개의 영화에서 배우는 여행 팁 7가지

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 6:00 PM

'아라비아의 로렌스'부터 '반지의 제왕'에 이르기까지, 수십 년 전부터 영화는 우리에게 여행의 영감을 주었다. 멋진 모험 이야기, 머나먼 곳의 놀라운 경치를 담은 영화들은 우리의 방랑벽에 불을 지피고 버켓 리스트를 늘리는 힘을 가지고 있다. 영화는 여행을 하고 싶게 만들 뿐 아니라, 우리 자신의 모험에 적용할 수 있는 귀한 교훈을 주기도 한다. 영화에서...

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Worried About Zika? Here's How It Could Affect Your Travel Plans

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 3:49 PM

The Zika virus continues to spread and is drastically affecting countries throughout Central and South America, as well as Mexico. At a press conference today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that there is now a "public health emergency of...

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색깔은 여러 나라에서 저마다 다른 의미를 갖는다

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 2:36 AM

색깔은 우리 삶에서 중요한 역할을 한다. 우리에게 장소, 특정 시기, 우리가 좋아하는 전통을 떠올리게 하며, 우리가 감정을 느끼는 방식을 형성하기도 한다. 그러나 전세계 다양한 문화권에서 각 색깔들이 상징하는 바는 아주 다양하다. 오랜 세월에 걸쳐 다른 문화권들에서 색깔들이 역사, 감정, 믿음에 어떤 영향을 주었는지 아래에서 읽어보라.


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Travel Lessons From Our Favorite Movies

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 12:33 PM

From Lawrence of Arabia to Lord of the Rings, movies have been inspiring us to travel smart for decades. Between exhilarating stories of adventure and stunning cinematography of faraway lands, movies have the power to ignite our wanderlust and broaden our bucket lists. Not only can films inspire us to...

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The Mexico You Don't Know (But Should)

(7) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 11:26 AM

There's a lot more to Mexico than Tijuana, the Zócalo and the beaches of Cancún. If you're willing to range a bit further afield, forego some of the established-tourist-circuit conveniences, and occasionally rough it, you'll be amply rewarded. Oaxacan mountain villages, jungle adventures among half-excavated ruins and the Holy Land...

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What Colors Mean in Other Cultures

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 11:42 AM

Colors play an important role in our lives. They can remind us of a place, a time of year, or our favorite traditions, and can also shape the way we feel. But when it comes to what different colors symbolize in cultures around the world, these associations can vary greatly....

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7 Ways You're Throwing Money Away While Traveling

(14) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 4:25 PM

Seemingly tiny expenses can add up quickly when you're traveling. And often it's money that's better spent elsewhere. Here are seven expenses you can (and should) avoid paying for on your next trip.

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8 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Health While Traveling

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 10:26 AM

How many times have you come home from a great vacation with an unwanted souvenir in the form of a nasty cold or stomach bug? Or even worse, started feeling sick before your trip was over? You might be doing some of these ten things that sabotage your health—both with...

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Pro Tip: SeatGuru's Secrets for Scoring the Best Seats in Coach

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 1:53 PM

What's the secret to a better airline seat on your next flight? We asked the experts at our sister-site SeatGuru for their best tips on getting the best economy-class airline seats, and how to make any seat (even the one...

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Best Kid-Free Resorts for Some Peace and Quiet

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 12:37 PM

If you just put up with uninterrupted "quality time" with the kids during their seemingly endless school vacation, you might feel like you've earned a holiday yourself (from the children). Or, you just want to vacation somewhere that you don't have to fight for pool space next to screaming little...

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One Surefire Way to Spot Bedbugs in Your Hotel Room

(51) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 10:56 AM

Bedbugs are the ultimate travel nightmare, and you might not know you've brought them home with you until it's too late. Spare yourself the mental and financial anguish of bedbugs by always doing this one thing as soon as you step into...

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10 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 4:44 PM

It doesn't matter what you call them—dream trips, your bucket list, an adventure book—the important thing is to actually take those once-in-a-lifetime adventures when the opportunities present themselves. And in 2016, they will definitely present themselves. There's never been a better time to visit the world's dreamiest destinations,...

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The Single Worst Packing Mistake You Can Ever Make

(40) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 9:34 AM


Packing may be the most stressful element of your vacation preparation. We've all forgotten to pack something important, packed too much, or not enough. It takes years of packing, repacking, and unpacking practice to master your technique. And while there...

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Outrageously Affordable Destinations For This Winter

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 4:43 PM

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12 Destinations That Should Be on Your Radar in 2016

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Let the world inspire you in 2016. Whether you want to explore the first UNESCO World Heritage City in the Unites States or discover a far-off land that most Americans have never heard of, the time to do it is now. Here are the destinations around the globe that are...

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How To Avoid The Worst Seat On The Plane

(27) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Everyone agrees that legroom is a huge deal. But it's not the only way that airplane seats come up short. Some won't recline. Others are constantly bombarded with the scent of the airplane lavatory. Point is, there are many ways your seat...

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How To Navigate The Airport Like A Pro During The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:28 PM

The airport game is different during the holiday travel season. The tips and tricks you usually employ over the course of the year may not work so well between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This year, don't be the turkey who misses his flight or holds up security. Be the pro...

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