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Six Warning Signs Your Hotel Is Not What It Seems

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:27 PM

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It has probably happened to everyone at least once: That charming B&B or upscale hotel turns out to be not quite as advertised when you see it in person. To avoid that kind of disappointment in the future, watch for these six warning...

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This Year's Most Popular Destinations for Fall

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Fall travel has a lot to recommend it: mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and shoulder-season rates. So what are the most popular destinations for autumn escapes? We asked Trivago.com, which gets more than 2.5 million daily search queries from more than 175 aggregated hotel booking sites.

Trivago analyzed searches from U.S....

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Incredible Free Museums Around the World

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:40 PM

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Jetting around the world isn't free, but cultural enrichment can be. We uncovered 10 incredible museums—from Paris to Beijing—where cultural discovery is rich but admission is free for all.

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

When we rounded up

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7 Shameless Ways To Get An Upgrade

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:15 AM

Want an upgrade? The key is availability: All upgrades are based on it. They're also, largely, based on loyalty status. But even if you do belong to your airline's or hotel's loyalty program, you're still competing with countless other travelers for the same upgrade. To rise above the pack, it'll...

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10 Signs You're The Worst Person On Your Flight

(187) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Are you a candidate for most-hated passenger on the plane? If you're guilty of any of the following bad habits, you'll likely be the subject of disdainful glares, sanctimonious whispers, and violent revenge fantasies on your next flight. Here are 10 signs that you're the human embodiment of all that...

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10 Belly-Busting Buffets from Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Are there any words more glorious in the English language than "unlimited buffet"? Do you see the phrase "all-you-can-eat" as a challenge rather than an invitation? Then you'll love these 10 gluttonous, outrageous, belly-busting buffets from around the world.

Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

It's known as the $100...

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How To Vacation Your Way To A Better You

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Do something good for yourself on your next getaway. Book a trip that will have a lasting impact on your health and well-being. Maybe it's a yoga retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest or a beachside boot camp in Santa Barbara that celebrities love. This roundup of wellness travel reveals...

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10 Weirdest Restaurants in the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Spice up your eating experience at these incredibly weird restaurants around the world. You'll be dodging ninjas and dining out of a toilet in no time! Think we're kidding? Read on, because these restaurants have to be seen to be believed.

Modern Toilet, Taipei, Taiwan

Normally, your goal while eating...

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10 Cool Converted Schoolhouse Hotels

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:56 PM

We're sad to report that summer is over and classes are back in session. No longer in school? No problem. We found some amazing schoolhouses around the world that have been transformed into unique hotels, perfect for a back-to-school break. Pack your best Trapper Keeper and Lisa Frank pencils: Here...

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What's New at Walt Disney World in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:45 AM

There's always something new cooking at Disney World. From new attractions and parades to improved smartphone apps and massive park expansions (and, yes, price increases), here's what to expect at Walt Disney World in 2014.

Walt Disney World Ticket Prices Increase

The price of admission when Walt Disney World opened...

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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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