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7 Tips for Planning a Budget-Friendly Family Cruise

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:46 PM

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Buzzing arcades, elaborate shows, sprawling water parks and a raft of innovative kids programs are helping cruise lines hook families of all sizes, styles and budgets. Chances are, if you're not planning a summer trip that...

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Hospitality Jobs You Wish You Had

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 3:39 PM

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The hospitality industry employs millions of people each year as housekeepers, bellhops, concierges and general managers. A lucky few, though, get the opportunity to nab a really rare job -- and these hotel employees have arguably the best gigs...

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America's Meanest Airlines 2014

(8) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:41 PM

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The 2014 Airline Quality Ratings report, released April 7, shows that United Airlines is finally beginning to recover from its merger with Continental Airlines, which took place in 2010. But that wasn't enough to...

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9 Tricks to Saving $100 on Your Next Cruise

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:41 AM

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All-inclusive cruises offer the perfect formula for a budget-friendly getaway with meals, lodging and entertainment bundled into one price. So, what's the catch? The truth is, with cruise lines continually launching innovative add-ons (think: private deck-side...

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How to Create a Travel Budget

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:02 PM

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." While that free-spirited approach might have worked for Lao Tzu, globetrotters with finite funds have less room for spontaneity. Drawing up a travel budget can feel like an overwhelming task, but planning your expenses before you hit...

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How to Avoid the Stomach Flu on Your Next Cruise

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Recent instances of gastrointestinal illnesses at sea have been making headlines and leaving some travelers wary of setting sail. But thankfully, you're not as likely to contract norovirus -- marked by symptoms like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and stomach pain -- as you may think. According to the Cruise...

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A Guide to Tipping in 10 Cities

(21) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:21 AM

You've enjoyed a lovely meal: The ambiance is perfect from beside the Vltava River, the River Thames or the Bosporus Strait, the food seemed to transport you further into the exciting city, and you feel a delicious sense of wonder about the world. Then the bill comes -- how does...

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The Best Spring Vacation Deals

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:14 PM

With each new wave of polar vortex-induced temperatures we've endured this winter, there has been one silver lining to cling to: Spring is on its way. Though spring breakers can drive prices up in warm-weather destinations like Miami Beach and Cabo San Lucas, there are still...

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7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on a Cruise

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Gone are the days when the height of cruise entertainment was limited to poolside lounging and fancy evening soirees. Sure, you can still do both of those things, but today's cruise ships are more like mini-cities equipped with all the fixings for a day at a theme park or a...

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6 Volunteer Vacations to Experience

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Yes, staying in a luxury hotel and parking your bum on the beach makes for an enjoyable getaway, but what if you're looking for a trip that's more meaningful? Innovative companies are unveiling enticing voluntourism (volunteer tourism) opportunities in a variety of locations, giving travelers the chance to lend a...

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Slideshow: Best Luxury Cruise Lines

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 2:04 PM

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Best Hotels in Mexico 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 9:35 AM

U.S. News & World Report's travel editors sifted through a wide array of guest reviews and expert recommendations, and analyzed accolades and industry information to come up with the most complete list of the best luxury hotels to help travelers heading to Mexico. From beachside retreats to city boutiques, U.S....

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Best Hotels in the USA 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Choosing the right hotel for your next stateside getaway is no easy feat: A property's quality can be difficult to measure until you're standing at check-in with luggage in tow. That's where U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hotels in the USA rankings come in. In recent years, high-end...

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Best Hotels in the Caribbean 2014

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 9:28 AM

When contemplating a Caribbean getaway, visions of aquamarine waves crashing against a honey-hued shoreline surely come to mind. What might not be as easy to imagine is where to bed down. Do you want to stay in a small boutique property or would a large all-inclusive better suit...

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Best Hotels in Canada 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 9:19 AM

Whether you're planning a city or countryside vacation -- with towering skyscrapers or snowy peaks -- there are plenty of reasons to visit Canada. And once you decide which destination caters to your interests, be it cosmopolitan Toronto or charming Whistler, you'll find there are plenty...

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When to Use a Travel Agent

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 2:17 PM

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It's an assumption you've heard before: Travel agents are a dying breed. Many people presume that the rise of do-it-yourself booking engines like and all but wiped out travel agencies --...

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Slideshow: Best Cruise Lines for Romance

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 1:56 PM

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Slideshow: Best Cruises From New York City

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:43 AM

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5 Ideas for Your Next Mancation

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:36 PM

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When guys getaways come to mind, raucous trips to Vegas almost certainly pop up in conversation -- but there are plenty of other vacation options out there. Depending on your crew's interests...

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The World's Largest Cruise Ships

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 4:50 PM

To be honest, the world's 10 largest cruise ships are more like small cities than little schooners. The various dining options are plentiful, the spas offer every treatment imaginable and the theatrical entertainment is world-class. Plus, there are zip lines, casinos, pool deck movie screens and more on these massive...

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