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Seven More Dirty Little Secrets of the Travel Industry

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:42 PM

The travel industry seems transparent these days—real people will give you the scoop on your hotel on TripAdvisor, you can compare fares yourself with flight-search websites, and it's pretty much impossible for a terrible tour provider to hide its reputation on the Internet. But there are still a few tricks...

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10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World

(285) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Don't believe the hype! These popular but disappointing destinations are more letdown than must-see.


This British Overseas Territory on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula isn't quite British and it's not quite Spanish, either. You might say it's the worst of both. The 2.3-square-mile territory packs in a...

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10 Most Fattening Foods in the World

(290) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:36 PM

You might think that the United States, with its super-sized portions, absurdly high obesity rate, and uniquely American innovations like the Doritos Locos Taco, is home to the world's most fattening foods. But you'd be wrong! Our national dishes have nothing on these artery-clogging bad boys from around the world....

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10 Hotel Chains With the Best Bath and Beauty Products

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:01 PM

There are plenty of reasons to care about what's on that hotel-room sink. When top-quality bath and beauty amenities are offered, travelers can leave their TSA-friendly bottles at home or take souvenir toiletries to go. Hotels, happily, have taken notice. More major chains have bid adieu to generic soaps and...

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10 Strangest Sex Laws in the USA

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:01 PM

If you're contemplating sex with a rodeo clown in Massachusetts, watch out: The long arm of the law may be coming for you. Mustachioed men, it's probably best if you just avoid Indiana altogether. And ladies, you don't have to put up with your lover's bad breath anymore -- in...

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Seven Super Hotel Innovations You Need to Know About

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:12 PM

Not all consumer travel news is gloom and doom. The hotel industry, unlike the far less competitive airline sector, is seeing some positive progress. Arguably, traveler-friendly trends -- from innovations in booking to fresh and alluring amenities -- reveal the promising shape of lodging to come. Did we mention craft...

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Worst Travel Mishaps (and How to Avoid Them)

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:07 PM

From the tiniest troubles (spilling your preflight Starbucks) to the absolute catastrophes (losing your passport in a strange country), no trip will go perfectly as planned. But there are preparations you can make to prevent a total vacation meltdown. Read on to find out what you can do before, during,...

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10 Trips That Will Make You a Better Person

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Skip the self-help books, and let travel transform you. These 10 trips -- from volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia to learning environmental stewardship on an organic farm in Scotland -- will enlarge your heart, help you live more mindfully, and inspire a better version of you to emerge.


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10 Innocent Hand Gestures You Should Never Use Abroad

(30) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Certain gestures that are innocent in the United States mean something completely different (and offensive) overseas. Avoid these 10 hand signals when traveling abroad!

Peace Sign With Palm Facing Inward

Trying to order two beers from the bartender or wish someone peace in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New...

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10 New Rules for Traveling Without Being a Jerk

(115) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Don't expect everyone on the planet to speak English. Leave a tip. Know that things will go wrong, and when they do go wrong, try not to yell at whoever appears responsible. (He's probably not responsible.) These are hard-and-fast guidelines that travelers should know and follow -- and that we've...

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10 (Almost) Secret Caribbean Islands

(10) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Pirate hideouts and pink-sand beaches. Local culture untouched by cruise ships and crowds. This is the Caribbean the world doesn't yet know. Far off the mainland, floating in endless expanses of deep blue sea, find 10 secret islands that are practically perfect for escapists, adventurers, and vacationers who simply don't...

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Nine Hotel Nightmares That Could Happen to You

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Locking the door doesn't necessarily mean you're safe. Find out what dangers may be lurking inside your hotel room. And before you scoff, just remember: These hotel nightmares have actually happened to real people. Could you be next?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Does your hotel room have a carbon monoxide detector?...

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10 Reasons You're Packing Too Much

(23) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Do you struggle to make it through the airport with your unusually large suitcase? Do baggage fees dominate your credit card statements? Does your luggage frequently come apart at the seams? If you're giving a somber nod, it's time to lose the dead weight. To alleviate your packing troubles, let's...

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10 Things You Should Never Say to a Flight Attendant

(133) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Think twice before you say any of these things on a plane—unless you want your next in-flight drink to be served with a side of spit.

Can You Watch My Kids?

You've paid plenty for your coach ticket, so now it's time to relax, take a nap, maybe let your...

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10 Places in Europe You Never Thought You Could Afford

(24) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 9:04 AM

It'll take more than a discreetly tucked money belt to protect your cash in Europe's most expensive cities. Here's how to experience London, Paris, Venice, and other delightful destinations for a whole lot less than the average traveler.

Oslo, Norway

First, the bad news: Oslo earned top billing in our...

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10 Signs You're the Worst Person on Your Flight

(27) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 8:55 AM

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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Wie man einen Flugzeugabsturz überlebt

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 8:06 AM

Ein Flugzeugabsturz ist der schlimmste Albtraum eines jeden Passagiers. Sie glauben vielleicht, dass Sie aus so einer Sache sowieso nicht lebend herauskommen, aber tatsächlich ist es - natürlich je nachdem, wie der Absturz genau ablief und wo das Flugzeug aufkommt - möglich, zu überleben.

Das sind Dinge, die Sie tun...

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World's Hottest Museums for 2014

(5) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Planning to visit a few up-and-coming museums this year? In addition to the great ones you already know, these newcomers attract with striking architecture and thought-provoking exhibits. Moreover, they are a benefit to their neighborhoods, drawing in fashionable new lodgings, restaurants, and galleries.

Read on to see how art and...

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10 Crazy Driving Laws Around the World

(20) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Driving on the left side of the road or converting the speed limit from kilometers to miles per hour is challenging enough. But in some places, you have a whole host of weird traffic laws to contend with, too. Here are 10 crazy laws that could really drive you mad!

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How to Survive a Plane Crash

(93) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:21 PM

A plane crash is every flyer's worst nightmare. And while you may think there's nothing you can do to live through one, many airplane accidents are survivable. Here's what you need to do to increase your chances of getting out alive.

Keep Your Shoes and Socks On

Tempted to...

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