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30 Places To See Before You're 30

(10) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 2:33 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 | 11:21 AM

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 | 12:51 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 | 2:09 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 | 11:29 AM

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 | 9:58 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 | 11:27 AM


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 | 1:42 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 | 10:51 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 | 9:31 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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10 Great American Hikes That (Almost) Anyone Can Do

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 3:17 PM


(Photo: Thinkstock/Purestock)

Hiking is the most democratic of American pastimes: Almost everyone can do it, and there's no special equipment necessary. All you need is a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes and a spirit of discovery. And it's an activity that...

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Is Curbside Check-In the Best Thing You're Not Using?

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:23 PM

2015-08-18-1439936050-5796858-curbside_check_indd.jpgWhat's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of curbside check-in? For me, it's a vague 1970s-toned image of a suitcase without wheels being hoisted out of a wood-paneled station wagon and into a pile, while a mustachioed skycap lassoes...

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힙스터들이 모이는 전 세계 지역 10

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 5:54 PM


우리는 힙스터들을 사랑한다. 놀리기 좋은 건 사실이지만(알 없는 안경은 대체 왜 쓰는 거야?), 힙스터들이 노는 곳에는 쿨한 것들이 모인다. 괴로울 정도로 힙스터들이 모이는 전세계의 명소 열 곳을 모았다. 사람들을 구경하고, 유기농 음식을 먹고, 작은 카페와 재미있는 바를 다닐 수 있는 지역이다.


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The World's Most Adorable Animals (And Where to Find Them)

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 2:35 PM

Do you spend most of your work days gazing at cute animal clips on YouTube? (We won't tell your boss.) Why not tear yourself away from the computer and go see them in person? Read on to find out where you can visit the world's most adorable animals in the...

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The World's Most Hipster Neighborhoods

(147) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 8:37 AM

We love hipsters. Yes, they're easy to make fun of (seriously, glasses without lenses?), but they also tend to attract cool things to their neighborhoods. Here are 10 painfully hipster 'hoods around the world -- add them to your list for the...

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12 Things You Should Never Do in Hawaii

(275) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Just as there isn't one single best way to vacation in Hawaii, there are many ways to do it wrong. To have a great trip in the Aloha State, avoid these 12 pitfalls.

Then again, if nothing says vacation like speeding tickets, painful stings,...

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Barcelona: An Insider's Guide to 24 Hidden Gems for Travelers

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:12 PM


Want good advice about a destination? Find a local. Want great advice? Seek out locals who love their home so much they've made it their life's work to help visitors fall in love with it, too.

Offering visitors unrivaled expertise on Barcelona,...

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8 Secret Places in China That Tourists Haven't Discovered Yet

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Don't get us wrong: We'll never stop being impressed with the Great Wall or the Forbidden City. But China is a vast country, and as more North Americans turn their sights eastward, we jumped at the chance to...

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The 10 Best Coach-Class Airlines in the World

(8) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:32 AM

You see a lot of "best airline" stories, but many look suspiciously like they were based on business- and first-class. For most travelers, however, what happens at the front of the plane stays at the front of the plane—it's something to fantasize about, but...

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The Best One-Tank Road Trips For Summer

(40) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Nothing says "summer in America" like a road trip. But you don't want to blow your whole vacation budget on gas, so we've rounded up the best destinations that you can get to (and back!) on just one tank of gas from major cities around the country.

Whether you're...

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