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The Insurmountable Culture Gap

Amanda Glassman | Posted 12.25.2014 | Travel
Amanda Glassman

Travel is meant to immerse you in the world, but in reality it is only from the perspective of an outsider. Hemingway never truly knew what it was like to be Cuban. I slept next door to his apartment in Havana--the big pink building is a residence that most Cubans could only dream of.

Cooking on the Amazon River With Pedro Miguel Schiaffino

Emily Elyse Miller | Posted 12.25.2014 | Taste
Emily Elyse Miller

We spent five days learning about the cuisine of this area through the cooking of chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Aboard the Aqua Amazon is where he can get creative with Amazonian ingredients like camu camu berries, wild cashews and a very interesting nut.

Say Hello to the World's First Smart Suitcase

Mehdy Ghannad | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
Mehdy Ghannad

But a carry-on suitcase that you can lock, weigh and track all from an app on your smartphone? Mind blowing! Personally, I never thought there would be technological advances on a product that is designed specifically to carry my underwear from one destination to the next.

American Expatriates Should Come Home For The Holidays

Fred Lundgren | Posted 12.24.2014 | Travel
Fred Lundgren

So come on home to America where you can rant and rave all you want and help us change things for the better. Come home. We miss you and America needs your energy, your hands on knowledge of the world and your leadership.

Why You Should Travel Solo At Least Once

Jaimee Ratliff | Posted 12.24.2014 | Travel
Jaimee Ratliff

If you've been thinking about venturing off alone but are still indecisive or nervous, here are 10 reasons why you should travel solo at least once...

Why We All Need a Vacation

Maria Senise | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

Hopping on a plane and staying in new places whisked me away from my daily, typical environment. It forced me to break free from the prison of familiarity that I hadn't even realized I had built for myself.

8 Reasons to Choose Travel Over Going to College

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Kimanzi Constable

Remember what our generation was told growing up? "Go to college and get a degree, you'll then be able to get a good job." I think it's safe to say those days are over.

Travel Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

Ashley Massis | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Massis

After every trip home to visit my family, I always returned exhausted and frustrated. In return, this exhaustion would turn into a flu or cold. However, if you try to stick to a healthy routine, pack practically and watch your travel conditions, you'll be able to come back from the holidays relaxed.

5 Luxury Experiences For Your Next Trip to Bangkok

Katka Lapelosová | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Katka Lapelosová

Bangkok is a favorite with travelers looking to get the most bang for their buck, but I took my experience to Thailand up a notch this past December. Enjoy the street food and Khao San Road $12 hostels the first time around; it's okay to "treat yo'self" on your next trip to the Land of Smiles with these luxe suggestions.

Sun, Sand, Seafood... and Santa: How to Do an Australian Christmas

Dominique Kane | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Dominique Kane

A white Christmas the Australian way is different to what you're used to. Instead of glistening white snow, you're more likely to see white sand baking in the sun. Rather than rugging up inside with family and friends to beat the cold, we're busy trying to cool off in mid-summer.

This Christmas Give Love With a Gift From Slovenia

Inga Batur | Posted 12.24.2014 | Travel
Inga Batur

If you are one of those who still hasn't found the right present for all your loved ones, surprise them. This holiday season bestow them with a gift made in Slovenia.

Your Guide to the Best Views of New York's Famous Landmarks

Erik Seide | Posted 12.22.2014 | New York
Erik Seide

While the freedom tower can be viewed pretty much anywhere in the New York City since it is the tallest building in the United States you will find that many of the those views are obstructed by the other massive downtown skyscrapers.

The Cold, Hard Truth About ISIC Card Benefits

Map Happy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Map Happy

It's been a few years since I've been eligible for discounted student flights but that doesn't mean I've forgotten -- those were my glory days. That's because STA Travel, unlike other online travel agencies and airlines, allows users to apply great promo codes to their flights.

Staying Put in Milan

John Mariani | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
John Mariani

Let me concentrate on where to stay in this wealthy Lombardian city, which now has a passel of the finest deluxe properties in Italy.

Holiday Hotels: The 9 Hottest Right Now

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Abby Tegnelia

These fun and festive hotels are just the places to ensure you have a holly, jolly holiday -- from enormous edible wonderlands, caroling, and the Mouse King, to little trees you can decorate and bring up to your room.

Why We Travel: Anticipation and Arrival

Cliff Hsia | Posted 12.20.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

International travel has been an love affair I've had for over the last dozen years or so, ever since my first international trip to Japan for my study abroad year in Tokyo in 2001-02. I had never stepped off of American soil until the age of 20 and I was ready to burst my bubble.

The Best Gyms In America

SELF | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living

State-of-the-art equipment, innovative classes, on-site salons, rooftop lounges and car washes -- if the fitness world had its own Oscars, we would nominate these ultra-luxe locales.

The Caribbean's Best All-Inclusive Resorts For Families

Oyster | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel

You won't find a more kid-friendly resort on the island of Turks and Caicos than Beaches. With 10 pools, a beautiful beach, a water park, an Xbox Games Garage, a Sesame Street kids' camp, and even a DJ-spinning academy, the hotel is determined to rule out any inklings of boredom.

On Thankfulness

Connor Belson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
Connor Belson

The Kamuzu Central Hospital stands tall on a hill in the center of Lilongwe, the capital city of the southern African country Malawi. The largest of the tertiary health centers in the country, Kamuzu Central Hospital sees the widest variety of patients from the widest variety of communities.

What We Ain't Got

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

More fresh air, art, music and poetry. More time listening to snow fall (I know), children giggling, waves lapping on the beach and wind in the trees. More time sharing stories with those we love.

Memoirs From My Time in "The Land of the Thunder Dragon"

THINK Global School | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
THINK Global School

The first time I landed in the Himalayas was an early morning in the beginning of January 2013. Before that, I had spent two weeks back at home in Scandinavia, and I was growing increasingly more worried as I wondered if I had adequately packed for this trip and fulfilled my mental preparations.

Rudolph Dance Off: One Of The Most Festive Things To Hit Chicago This Season

Greg Archer | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Forget those 10 Lords a Leaping. This season, Chicagoans only need two. Meet co-workers and pals Matt Monnin and Peter Frederiksen. The spunky and...

Chicago Travel Agent Cheated Muslim Pilgrims Over Hajj Trips, Feds Say

The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the require...

5 Gotchas of the Fine Print in Hotel Rewards Programs

GOBankingRates | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel

By Andy Shuman for GOBankingRates sister site, Using hotel loyalty points for free stays is a great way to save money on tr...

Holiday Travel Survival Tips

Hipmunk | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel

From timing your ticket purchases right to alternative options when it comes to lodging, the experts at Hipmunk offer these tips to help you tackle this year's travel planning with a smart strategy.