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10 Relaxing Resorts Where You Can Warm Up This Winter

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:48 PM


Feeling a bit worn out by winter? Then the time is right for a peaceful getaway, where snow shovels and polar vortexes are but a distant dream. From the pink sands of Bermuda to the hot springs of Whistler, take off to these...

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Top Travel Fears and How to Conquer Them

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:46 PM


The New Year is a good time to take a step back and be honest about the issues that are standing between you and great travel. Travel fears may start small, but they can take over and quash the very spirit that inspires...

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What's New in Hawaii for 2015

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 4:50 PM


Let's face it: Any year is great for a Hawaiian getaway, but 2015 brings some big hotel openings, renovations, and new cultural excursions that sweeten the deal. And on top of all that, new airline service to one of Hawaii's last hidden-gem islands...

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10 New Routes That Will Lead to Cheaper Flights in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 2:12 PM


Route expansions may not seem like exciting news, but they're a bigger deal than you probably think. Why? Because they often spark competition between airlines and drive down fares on multiple carriers. If your New Year's resolution involves traveling more, it may be...

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7 Trends That Will Shape How You Travel in 2015

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 12:12 PM


The new year brings the promise of 365 new days to plan trips and see the world. And 2015 is shaping up to be rather interesting for travelers. From wellness retreats to ultra-affordable luxury, here are the burgeoning travel trends we're most excited...

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Packing Hacks: The Best Carry-On Bags for Your Trip

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:38 AM

2015-01-08-how_to_choose_your_perfect_carry_ondd.jpg is celebrating the New Year with Packing Hacks: 31 Days to the Perfect Suitcase, a monthlong series devoted entirely to helping you become an expert packer!

Each day on, we'll offer packing tips...

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10 Best Small Towns for the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:34 PM


Town squares lit with strings of sparkling lights. Christmas carolers in bonnets and tails. Horse-drawn carriages and snowcapped roofs.

If you want a holiday experience straight out of It's a Wonderful Life, then you need to find a small-town celebration this year. From...

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Caribbean Adventures Worth Leaving Your All-Inclusive For

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:23 PM


Sometimes you need an adventure that gets your heart thumping, a thrill to remind you that deep down inside you're still as fun and gutsy as you were when you were 20. These Caribbean adventures are the adrenaline-awakening experience you're looking for. They'll...

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7 Gadgets You Should Never Use on a Plane

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:15 PM


There are some things you just shouldn't bring on a plane: smelly cheese, inappropriate clothing, porn. But gadgets that annoy, intrude upon others, or foster in-flight conflict are at the very top of the list. Here are seven that should be prohibited—but, at...

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Destinations to Watch in 2015

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:47 PM


With nearly 200 countries in the world, choosing your next destination is no small task. Luckily, some cities and countries are setting themselves apart in 2015 with brand-new service and developments, big birthdays, yearlong festivities and global events.

Ready for a vacation...

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Best Beach Destinations in the Florida Keys

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:11 PM


While residents of cold-weather climates are shivering indoors by the fire, the lucky folks who visit the Florida Keys are snorkeling, splashing, and fishing in still-temperate waters. The shores of this island chain—with dazzling coral reefs and an abundance of wildlife—are recognized as...

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10 (Almost) Free Travel Deals, 2014 Edition

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 4:40 PM


"Free." It's everyone's favorite four-letter word, and one especially dear to travelers the world over. Want to get something for nothing? Check out these 10 no-strings-attached travel offers.

Third-Day Free at Universal Studios

Buy a two-day Universal Studios admission ticket...

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Soak in These Amazing Geothermal Hot Spots

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Termas del Rincon, Chile (Photo: Turismo Chile)

For an invigorating escape, one that renews your body and soul, head to a gorgeous geothermal hot spot. These destinations, where the earth's crust breaks open with bubbling mud, gushing hot...

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Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Winter 2014/2015

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Four Seasons Denver (Photo: TripAdvisor, LLC)

Don't let fear of cold weather cloud your vision of the perfect winter vacation. Low-season trips to spots where winter weather reigns are where it's at, for many reasons. An off-peak destination...

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Travel Back in Time to These Amazing Ancient Cities

(12) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:26 PM


The world's oldest cities are once-in-a-lifetime destinations, places that effortlessly inspire awe and put you in the shoes of a time traveler. To walk labyrinthine streets, marvel at crumbling fortress walls, or see kings' tombs that have endured thousands of years is to...

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A Night at the Museum: Sleepovers in Unusual Spaces

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:05 PM

When Airbnb collaborated with IKEA to offer accommodations in a Sydney furniture store last summer, we were pretty excited. How fun would it be to spend the night in a warehouse maze of colorful model kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms? Sadly, the IKEA lodging was a limited-time offer....

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Unexpected Airline Offerings Free With the Cost of Your Ticket

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:41 PM


Surprise! We lost your luggage. Surprise! Your tray table is broken. While it seems like most airline surprises end in disappointment, a few bold airlines are delighting passengers every day with pleasing perks to make flying just a little better. Some—like traditional sweets...

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10 Shameless Ways to Get a Free Drink

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:23 PM


Whether you're drinking beer, Champagne, or the "Champagne of beers," one thing we can all agree on is that booze tastes even sweeter when it's free. But how can you score free drinks (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) without compromising your morals? Why, with...

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10 Places You Shouldn't Go If You Have Phobias

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:31 PM


Afraid of clowns? We suggest you steer clear of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Can't stand bats? Maybe Austin isn't the city for you. In this, our most macabre month, we're taking a look at 10 places known for the kind of spectacles that many people...

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Delicious Airport Fare That Will Make You Love Your Layover

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:31 PM

As a general rule, I hate airport food. But once in a while, a culinary gem appears between the Starbucks and the Burger King, elevating terminal eating with the fresh, the organic, the artful plate garnished with sweet tomato chutney and a sprig of mint. I'm happy to report that...

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