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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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The Ten Commandments of Being A Good Airbnb Guest

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 11:22 AM


Without a doubt, the sharing economy has shaken up the travel industry. Travelers are engaging with locals more than ever thanks to companies like Airbnb, which not only let you find reliable accommodations on the road, but also allow you to...

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How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 9:45 AM


Whether it's a quick business trip or a relaxing vacation, traveling often comes at the cost of all your healthy habits. Operating on a tight schedule and indulging in a new culture can mean more eating out and less exercise, but it doesn't...

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10 Shameless Ways to Eat for Free While Traveling

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 10:15 AM

Loading up on bread at restaurants isn't the only way to eat for free while traveling. With a little planning, resourcefulness, and, yes, shamelessness, there are other ways to grab a free bite on the go. Here are 10 of them.

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Why I'm Ditching My Bucket List

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 2:35 PM


Now that the term "bucket list"—dream vacations to take before you kick the bucket—has firmly rooted itself in popular culture, it's time to pioneer a better term.

Yes, the drive to see places in the face of looming...

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World's Best Destinations For Every Kind Of Personality

(9) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Whether you're a self-proclaimed hippie, daredevil, preppy, health nut, or coffee addict, we know just where to visit on your next vacation. Read on to find out the best destinations for every type of personality (and where to avoid if you're the opposite).

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10 Dirty Little Secrets of Hotels

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 4:33 PM


On average hotels do a much better job of satisfying customers than airlines—a conclusion supported by many surveys and ranking systems. But beating the airlines is a pretty low bar: No modern hotel accommodations are as downright uncomfortable and unpleasant as an economy...

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What It's Really Like To Visit A Bioluminescent Bay

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 11:34 AM


Exploring any of the world's five bioluminescent bays, like the one I recently visited in Vieques, Puerto Rico, called Mosquito Bay, is an adventure. When done right, you'll be dazzled by the millions of illuminating microorganisms that thrive in brackish water....

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Tourist Attractions That Would Never Exist in America

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 5:50 PM

"Protect us from ourselves." It's nearly a guarantee that when you visit a major tourist attraction in America, it's going to be safe. Most places put up barriers and warning signs that will stop even the most selfie-happy, oblivious tourist from doing something stupid, getting hurt, and suing.


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10 Dirty Secrets of Car Rental Companies

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:26 PM


When you step up to a rental car counter, do you automatically anticipate an adversarial relationship with the agent? Lots of us do, and with some good reason: The fear that the agent will try to get us to pay for something we...

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30 Places To See Before You're 30

(12) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Seeing the world is a surefire way to enrich your life and learn, and some destinations are best visited while in your twenties. Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set. These spots might be more physically challenging or tougher on your...

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10 New Rules For Finding Cheap Flights

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:21 PM

It seems as if someone posts or prints a set of air ticket buying tips every day now, and most of those tips belong to the "round up the usual suspects" family: Be flexible, check alternate airports, fly a

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당신의 여행을 망칠 수도 있는 괴상한 법 11가지

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 1:51 PM

여행은 무척이나 자유로운 경험일 수 있지만, 그건 하고 싶은 것은 무엇이든 자유롭게 해도 된다는 의미는 아니다. 여행자들은 법이나 문화 규범을 몰라서 지역 주민들이나 경찰들 앞에서 곤경에 처하는 경우가 있다.

최선의 경우에는 망신을 조금 당하는 것으로 끝난다. 최악의 경우 법을 어기게 된다. 휴가를 갈 때 마음을 느긋하게 먹는 것은...

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11 Weird Laws That Could Ruin Your Next Trip

(7) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:09 PM

Traveling can be an incredibly freeing experience, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're free to do whatever you want. Tourists often find themselves in hot water with locals or law enforcement for being ignorant of laws or cultural norms.

At best, this can be embarrassing. At worst,...

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10 Beaches That Are Better In The Off Season

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 12:29 PM

After Labor Day, people across the country pack up their towels, stash their unfinished beach reading, and stow their beach chairs for the winter ahead. But what they don't realize is that fall and winter are actually the best times of year to visit many beaches...

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Insanely Cheap Off-Peak Destinations for Fall

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 10:58 AM


They say good things come to those wait. So if you've been putting off planning a vacation in the hopes that fall will bring lower prices, you're in luck.

We've rounded up some best-bet destinations for bargain seekers in the coming months....

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What Not To Do In Boston

(9) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 12:27 PM


Shipping up to Boston? Good choice! Boston isn't just home to the Red Sox, Paul Revere, and the world's best clam chowder. It's also my adopted city. And unless you want to immediately stand out as a tourist when you're among us, take...

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The Single Best Piece of Travel Advice Ever

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 2:42 PM

2015-09-02-1441157129-9205541-SingleBestAdviceDD.jpg Leading travel experts share the best tips they've ever gotten about the art of traveling.

Travel is one of the most meaningful ways to enjoy your free time. If you're traveling with kids, it's the opportunity to raise children who are...

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5 Exotic Beaches You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 11:51 AM


(Photo: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

No passport? No problem! These world-class beaches in exotic locales don't require anything more complicated than a flight to get there and enjoy.

Playa Flamenco, Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico

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What You Learn By Traveling Alone

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Traveling solo can be exhilarating, lonely, enlightening, an adventure, and tough all at the same time. Nonetheless, we firmly believe it's something everyone should try, simply because it will teach you so much about yourself. Such as:

How to Be Self-Sufficient

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