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5 Exotic Beaches You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 10:51 AM


(Photo: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

No passport? No problem! These world-class beaches in exotic locales don't require anything more complicated than a flight to get there and enjoy.

Playa Flamenco, Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico

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What You Learn By Traveling Alone

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Traveling solo can be exhilarating, lonely, enlightening, an adventure, and tough all at the same time. Nonetheless, we firmly believe it's something everyone should try, simply because it will teach you so much about yourself. Such as:

How to Be Self-Sufficient

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10 Great American Hikes That (Almost) Anyone Can Do

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 3:17 PM


(Photo: Thinkstock/Purestock)

Hiking is the most democratic of American pastimes: Almost everyone can do it, and there's no special equipment necessary. All you need is a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes and a spirit of discovery. And it's an activity that...

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Is Curbside Check-In the Best Thing You're Not Using?

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:23 PM

2015-08-18-1439936050-5796858-curbside_check_indd.jpgWhat's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of curbside check-in? For me, it's a vague 1970s-toned image of a suitcase without wheels being hoisted out of a wood-paneled station wagon and into a pile, while a mustachioed skycap lassoes...

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힙스터들이 모이는 전 세계 지역 10

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 5:54 PM


우리는 힙스터들을 사랑한다. 놀리기 좋은 건 사실이지만(알 없는 안경은 대체 왜 쓰는 거야?), 힙스터들이 노는 곳에는 쿨한 것들이 모인다. 괴로울 정도로 힙스터들이 모이는 전세계의 명소 열 곳을 모았다. 사람들을 구경하고, 유기농 음식을 먹고, 작은 카페와 재미있는 바를 다닐 수 있는 지역이다.


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The World's Most Adorable Animals (And Where to Find Them)

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 2:35 PM

Do you spend most of your work days gazing at cute animal clips on YouTube? (We won't tell your boss.) Why not tear yourself away from the computer and go see them in person? Read on to find out where you can visit the world's most adorable animals in the...

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The World's Most Hipster Neighborhoods

(147) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 8:37 AM

We love hipsters. Yes, they're easy to make fun of (seriously, glasses without lenses?), but they also tend to attract cool things to their neighborhoods. Here are 10 painfully hipster 'hoods around the world -- add them to your list for the...

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12 Things You Should Never Do in Hawaii

(295) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Just as there isn't one single best way to vacation in Hawaii, there are many ways to do it wrong. To have a great trip in the Aloha State, avoid these 12 pitfalls.

Then again, if nothing says vacation like speeding tickets, painful stings,...

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Barcelona: An Insider's Guide to 24 Hidden Gems for Travelers

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:12 PM


Want good advice about a destination? Find a local. Want great advice? Seek out locals who love their home so much they've made it their life's work to help visitors fall in love with it, too.

Offering visitors unrivaled expertise on Barcelona,...

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8 Secret Places in China That Tourists Haven't Discovered Yet

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Don't get us wrong: We'll never stop being impressed with the Great Wall or the Forbidden City. But China is a vast country, and as more North Americans turn their sights eastward, we jumped at the chance to...

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The 10 Best Coach-Class Airlines in the World

(8) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:32 AM

You see a lot of "best airline" stories, but many look suspiciously like they were based on business- and first-class. For most travelers, however, what happens at the front of the plane stays at the front of the plane—it's something to fantasize about, but...

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The Best One-Tank Road Trips For Summer

(40) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Nothing says "summer in America" like a road trip. But you don't want to blow your whole vacation budget on gas, so we've rounded up the best destinations that you can get to (and back!) on just one tank of gas from major cities around the country.

Whether you're...

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10 Secret Spots in America's Top National Parks

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:06 PM

America's National Park Service runs more than 405 sites, including national seashores, recreation areas, historical sites, and national parks. Collectively, these sites receive about 70 million visitors a year -- with more than 10 million of them heading to just one national park in particular (Great Smoky Mountains).


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10 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Ability To Sleep On A Plane

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:33 PM

When boarding a plane, you have the purest of intentions: You're going to use this rare empty stretch of time to catch up on much-needed sleep. You'll land at your destination bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to take on the world!

But things aren't ever that simple, are they? In...

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Tiny Travel Gadgets You Didn't Know You Needed

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Having the latest technology at your fingertips doesn't have to mean weighing down your suitcase. We've found eight can't-travel-without gadgets you never knew existed (until now), and best of all, they're all pocket-sized.

VoltReady Dual Output Portable Battery

Charge your iPhone 6 and your Kindle at the same time, using...

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Here's The Real Way Checked Bags Get Loaded on a Plane

(4) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 11:15 AM

Does checking a bag early mean it will be last off the plane? Does checking a bag at the last minute mean it will be first to the carousel?

I had some time to ponder this recently as I was waiting for a bag while connecting on an international Delta...

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9 Gadgets That Make It Easy to Travel Without a Bag

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Camera, water, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc. It can be hard to travel light without sacrificing the essentials that keep you comfortable and healthy on the road. But hauling around a backpack or purse all day can be a (literal) pain in your back and shoulders, too. So maybe it's...

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4 Very Good Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 9:50 AM


For some trips, travel insurance is a virtual necessity; for others, it's worthless. The question boils down to a matter of risk. A basic purpose of any insurance is to mitigate financial risk.

So when you have a travel risk, travel insurance can...

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Travel Gadgets You Should Always Splurge On

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Some travel items you can splurge on, some you can skimp on. (We learned this the hard way after having one too many cheap suitcases fall apart on us.) Here are our picks for the essential travel products that are worth spending a little bit more on.

A Good Suitcase

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6 Insanely Cheap Summer Trips for 2015

(166) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 2:51 PM

McWay Falls, Big Sur, California (Photo: Mark Newman/Getty Images)

This summer, why not go where the prices are unusually cheap and the dollar is unexpectedly strong? By weighing hotel rates and airfare prices alongside industry trends and local currencies, we've come up...

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