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10 Tiny Travel Accessories Fit for Your Keychain

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:47 PM

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Your bag is packed. Your carry-on is arranged. But is your keychain ready? With so many travel-friendly items that can ride along with your keys, customizing your ring for each trip can be the highlight of your travel-prep routine.

Bauble-sized items...

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How to Fly Like a Pro

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:26 AM

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Ever wonder what the pros know that you don't? How they get the best seats, save time and money, and avoid hassles? We've queried travel writers, industry insiders, and other ultra-frequent flyers to get their tips, sometimes from things they've learned...

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Travel Clothes You Can Wear Anywhere

(7) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:49 AM

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Travel-supply stores seem to support the notion that we should keep an entirely separate wardrobe for travel -- one that's plain and purely functional. We disagree. There are lots of travel-friendly apparel and accessory options sold by mainstream retailers that...

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America's Best State Fairs

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:31 AM

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Nothing says America like deep-fried food, butter sculptures, and dubious carnival rides. Whether you like livestock, musical shows, or food on a stick, there's a state fair out there for you. Here are 10 favorites across the country.

Iowa State Fair

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World's Most Beautiful Bike Trails

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:29 AM

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Cycling vacations aren't just for top-tier athletes. Many of the world's most beautiful bike trails take in the countryside on gentle paths that favor scenery over strenuous pedaling. For this list of beautiful bike trails around the world, we selected...

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10 Hotel Booking Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making

(15) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM

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Booking a hotel seems pretty straightforward, right? And most times it is: Pick a destination, choose your dates, enter payment info, and voila, happy travels!

However, there are some big blunders you could be making when it comes to hotel...

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Shameless Ways to Make Your Flight More Comfortable

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 3:44 PM

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There is no shame in correcting the indignities of coach-class flying by way of an offbeat travel product. If an item makes your flight more comfortable, it's worth using -- even if it makes...

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Packable Items That Can Save Your Life in a Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 3:40 PM

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Earthquakes. Fires. Tsunamis. Hurricanes. Most of us don't think about these things as we're packing, but when we visit destinations vulnerable to certain types of disasters, we take on the real risk of an emergency.

I live about 10...

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10 Annoying Things About Hotels (and How to Deal with Them)

(10) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:21 AM

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Nothing beats a well-thought-out hotel room for sheer vacation luxury. That's what makes it so annoying when we encounter a hotel that's a little more ... quirky. Here are the 10 hotel room features that annoy us the most--and the...

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Unforgettable Places to Sleep in National Parks

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:22 AM

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A cabin floating on a lake. A boutique hotel. A yurt. Around North America, national parks offer incredible scenery, dazzling wildlife, and some truly funky, cool, and surprising places to stay. So leave the tent at home and...

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Die 10 verrücktesten Dinge, die je bei einer Flughafenkontrolle gefunden wurden

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 9:14 AM

Sind Sie sich schon mal blöd vorgekommen, als Sie bei der Flughafenkontrolle noch Flüssigkeiten in irgendwelchen Flaschen hatten oder sich noch eine Fingernagelschere in ihrem Handgepäck finden ließ?

Alles halb so wild im Vergleich zu diesen Dingen, die Sie unbedingt zu Hause lassen sollten:

Teile eines menschlichen Schädels

Bevor...

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Worst Airplane Seat Ever

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:12 PM

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If you thought your coach-class seat was just a little too cozy, those armrests just a little too soft, then you're in luck. Flying could get even less comfortable than before.


News broke earlier this week that Airbus filed a patent...

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Best Apps to Prevent Travel Disasters

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:06 PM

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Staying safe and healthy while traveling isn't always easy. Despite your best intentions and most thorough preparation, disaster can strike, whether it's as small as a rental-car fender bender or as serious as a hurricane. Thankfully, technology can help. Prevent...

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Why Locals (and You) Will Love Copenhagen This Year

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:28 AM

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(Photos: City of Bikes: Nicolai Perjesi/Visit Copenhagen

A city people want to live in is a city people love to visit. Copenhagen is just that. Crowned (again) as the most livable city in the world by Monocle magazine,...

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10 Strangest Things Ever Found by Airport Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM

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Don't feel bad about forgetting to toss your bottled water before the airport security checkpoint. That's nothing compared to what some of your fellow travelers have been up to. You won't believe these 10 bizarre things found by airport security. And...

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10 Gorgeous Hotel Bathrooms Around the World

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:54 AM

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The bathroom is arguably the heart of any hotel room. Whether serving as a respite from frenetic city streets or as a romantic spa-like sanctuary for two, the hotel salle de bain can make or break a stay. With that in...

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TSA Fee Hike Set To Raise Prices On All U.S. Flights

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:21 PM

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Your plane tickets are about to get a little more expensive.


A TSA fee hike goes into effect at the end of this month. In a few weeks, the September 11 Security Fee will...

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10 Iconic Things You Can Only Do in America

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:57 PM

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Rediscover your patriotic streak this summer with an iconic American experience. Eat a Fenway Frank at a Boston Red Sox baseball game. Ride the historic 1927 wooden Cyclone roller coaster on Coney Island. Stand speechless at the...

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10 Amazing Free Museums in the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:51 AM

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Cultural discovery doesn't always come cheap. While admission fees support and sustain museums, they can add up for tourists looking for artistic experiences on a budget. To help you save a few bucks while...

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12 Must-Pack Essentials for Your Summer Carry-On

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:20 AM

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Savvy travelers know how to pack a week's worth of wardrobe changes into one carry-on year-round, but even the most packing-challenged among us can do it like a pro when summer rolls around. See ya later, bulky sweaters and jeans, make...

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