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SmarterTravel is one of the largest online travel resources of independent expert advice for the budget-conscious traveler. SmarterTravel's experts guide travelers with unbiased information on the best deals, destinations, and money-saving tips. SmarterTravel is part of Smarter Travel Media LLC, a TripAdvisor, Inc Company.

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Love Wine? Sonoma's Grape Camp Is Your Dream Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 4:20 PM

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During the harvest, Sonoma is a universe unto itself. The sweet aroma of grapes swirls in September's warm air. Under stars and into the early-morning light, grapes are picked -- one bucket at a time -- among the...

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The 2 Cheapest Days of the Week to Fly

(12) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 2:10 PM

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Be a little flexible with your flight itinerary and you could save some cash; that's because some days are cheaper for flying than others. There are three days specifically that are cheapest for air passengers. Those days...

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6 Packing Tips for Hoarders

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 1:58 PM

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Does the hoarder within take over when it's time to pack? You're not alone. Overpacking, triggered by the fear of leaving something important behind is quite common. But it's curable. The key to letting go of all that excess stuff...

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10 Vacations to Take Before Your Kids Turn 10

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:59 PM

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They may not appear so at first glance, but kids are the perfect travelers. Sure, they're more prone to meltdowns and jet lag, but they see the world with pure amazement, a skill many of...

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7 Secrets To Ultra-Cheap Europe Flights

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:23 PM

As the euro falls against the dollar and the weather warms, now is the time to book a trip across the pond. But a favorable exchange rate won't help you get there for less. That's where we come in. Here are seven tried-and-true booking strategies for nabbing the absolute cheapest...

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The Sneaky New Way Airlines Are Raising Fares

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:22 PM

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Fare bundling is the increasingly common airline practice of offering different levels of economy fares that provide different combinations of features at different prices. And like so many changes to the...

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Spectacular Rainbow Beaches with the World's Most Colorful Sand

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:00 PM

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After a long, hard winter where everything was colored in white (and then grey, and then black) snow, you deserve some color in your life. Escape to these seven spectacularly hued beaches, where you won't believe the color...

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Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

(19) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:36 AM

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You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go...

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When Spending a Little More Is a Good Idea

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 3:29 PM

You can obsess so much about finding the "cheapest" air ticket that you may overlook cases when you'd be better off spending a little more.

Checked Bags

You pay $25 to check a bag for most domestic trips these days, and sometimes that's a good idea. Sure, you can schlep...

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10 Bargain Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 3:11 PM

Nothing beats the Caribbean when it comes to blissful beach days, and nothing compares to an all-inclusive for convenience. But prices can be all over the map, with some resorts topping out at thousands per night. So we went on the hunt for top-quality resorts with awesome amenities that offer...

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Crazy Drinking Rituals Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 1:47 PM

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Spring is in the air, and the green food coloring is in the beer (and rivers) for St. Patrick's Day. We've rounded up some of the craziest drinking rituals around the world to celebrate, so pour yourself an adult...

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유럽여행에서 굴욕 안 당하는 법 6

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:47 PM

*이 글은 허핑턴포스트US 블로거이자 해외여행 전문업체 스마터 트래블(Smarter Travel) '6 Ways to Humiliate Yourself in Europe'를 번역, 재가공한 것입니다.

외국여행에서 관광객으로 취급당해 겪는 수모는 이루 다 말할 수 없다. 이는 어색함, 짜증, 공공장소에서 당황하는 유머러스한 것부터 절도, 사기와 같은 진지한 상황까지 모두 아우른다. 여행지에서 한 번이라도 굴욕을...

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Best Budget Destinations For Spring 2015

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:15 PM

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Spring is our favorite season for great travel deals. There's simply no beating that perfect combination of pleasant weather and low prices. Whether you're looking to squeeze in some late-season skiing, celebrate spring in style,...

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'Free' Travel Offers That Aren't Really Free

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Buyer beware: Travel is almost never free. The travel world teems with offers that are simply too good to be true, from outright scams to tricky "hidden in the fine print" fees. Free cruise? Two-for-one flights? Think again. These are the nine "free" travel offers you need to watch out...

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What You Need To Know About Booking Your Flight

(6) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:45 PM

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For at least two decades, industry experts have been speculating about basic timing factors in finding the lowest airfares. The big question: When is the best time to buy plane tickets? So far, nobody has been able...

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Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 8:41 AM

We have the perfect sunny cure for your winter-weather gloominess. TripAdvisor, our parent site, just released its 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards for Best Beaches. The list, based on feedback from readers like you over a 12-month period, rounds up the absolute best beaches in the U.S., from hidden snorkeling spots...

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6 Ways to Humiliate Yourself in Europe

(369) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 8:16 AM

The consequences of looking like a tourist in a foreign place can range from serious (becoming a target for theft and scams) to humorous (awkwardness, frustration, public embarrassment). Here are a few of the most blatant ways that your lack of familiarity with local culture in Europe can bring you...

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Is Mexico Safe for Spring Break?

(31) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 2:24 PM

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As spring break, that glorious time of freedom, approaches, you may be wondering: Is it safe to go to Mexico? Should you let your kids go to Mexico for spring break?

It depends on whom you ask. The U.S. State...

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How to Beat Hotel Bidding Sites in 9 Steps

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 1:24 PM

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Opaque buying can cut your costs substantially. But the trade-off is that you have to pay the full nonrefundable price before you know which hotel you're booking. You get no refund if you are dissatisfied with your room...

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9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

(15) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 8:47 AM

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Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015. Find great value around...

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