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Founded nearly 80 years ago, U.S. News & World Report has a long tradition of helping people make smart decisions across categories ranging from Education to Cars. In 2010, U.S. News launched a Travel channel to help people make the best choices about how and where to spend their vacation time. We do this by seeking consensus among travelers and experts and providing tools and recommendations our readers can trust. We aim to take the guesswork out of trip-planning and help our readers focus on having fun.

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Entries by U.S. News Travel

Check Your Health Before You Check in for Your Next Flight

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 5:25 PM

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Have you ever flown with a sinus infection or a toothache? If so, it's likely an experience you won't soon forget. Flying with various health issues can range from extremely painful to damaging, and their effects can...

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Top Secrets of Travel Writers

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Traveling for a living is an elusive dream for many, but for travel writers and bloggers, regularly visiting the world's best destinations is just part of the job. Thanks to their occupations, these jetsetters know when and where to book flights, what to pack and how...

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6 of the Best Secret Beaches in the U.S.

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 1:21 PM

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The U.S. is home to some truly spectacular beaches boasting swaying palms, azure waters and, during the summer months, swarms of tourists. The crowded stretches of sand that comprise many of America's coastal hot...

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Is a Vacation Villa Right for You?

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 11:57 AM

When it comes to securing luxury accommodations abroad, travelers seeking upscale lodging options sometimes find themselves in a pickle.

Here's a common problem: While there's no shortage of luxury resorts with upscale amenities, those type of properties sometimes fail to offer an authentic experience. Meanwhile, a local apartment...

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How to Avoid a Vacation Rental Nightmare

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:41 PM

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You scoured vacation rental sites and reviews for weeks to find the right place for your upcoming getaway. The home listing said it's "steps from the beach" and the rooms looked spacious and clean. You've paid in...

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5 Ways to Prepare for Baby's First Flight

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 1:51 PM

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For new parents, preparing to embark on that first family vacation can be a stressful experience. There are so many issues to consider -- both in terms of comfort and safety -- that...

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7 Common Travel Questions -- Answered

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 2:15 PM

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Traveling is stressful. Planning a vacation can be a cumbersome endeavor and overlooking some details is inevitable. But while you may be busy thinking about more exciting stuff like what to pack and what sights you'll see,...

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An Easy Guide to the Perfect Staycation

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 4:36 PM

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When it comes to planning vacations, budget and time are two important factors many families have to consider. With school back in full swing and calendars filling up, exotic getaways to the Caribbean, road trips across...

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Rewards 101: A Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles

(12) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:11 PM

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Navigating the complex and ever-changing miles and points universe is a challenging task for any traveler. Once you pinpoint the programs that offer a variety of redemption options and elite status privileges, you also have to...

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How to Tell if a Hotel is Really Kid-Friendly

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:04 PM

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When it comes to family travel, many resorts go above and beyond to appeal to parents and their children. But even if a hotel doesn't have a waterslide, character-inspired rooms or free snacks, it may still deliver...

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How to Pick the Right Travel Rewards Program for You

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:10 AM

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To get the most out of a rewards program, you need to know which ones offer the greatest return for your loyalty. After all, each loyalty program is unique. Some make it easy to earn points...

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7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 10:12 AM

The Transportation Security Agency was created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in an effort to strengthen airport security and prevent similar events in the future. Flash forward to present day: Security checkpoint lines can be endless, inexperienced travelers can slow things down and screaming children can...

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Your Guide to 5 of UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Sites

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 5:15 PM

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So you love travel that combines diverse cultures, history, anthropology and archaeology, but wonder how in the world to find a destination that encompasses all of those elements? Well, here's some guidance from one of the world's...

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How to Plan a Stress-Free Multigenerational Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:56 AM

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Traveling with a crowd? You're not alone. Today, there are more groups of extended family members traveling together than ever before. According to a 2014 AAA survey, multigenerational family vacations were up 4 percent...

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Insider Tips and Secrets for Exploring Universal's Islands of Adventure

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 4:48 PM

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Designed to insert visitors directly into some of their favorite stories and movies, from "Green Eggs & Ham" to "Spiderman," Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, is a...

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Why Seniors Should Love Travel Rewards Credit Cards

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:00 PM

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Although rewards credit cards seem to be everywhere these days, the popularity of credit card loyalty programs is actually on the decline. According to a report from Mercator Advisory Group, credit...

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Hurricane Season Cruising: What to Know Before You Go

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:19 PM

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Summer activities are winding down. Kids are back in school. The unrelenting heat of summer has started to fade. Sounds like the perfect time to book a Caribbean cruise. Then you turn on the weather report...

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3 Tips for Traveling With Special Needs Children and Adults

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:06 PM

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Planning and executing a perfect family trip that appeals to all ages can be a headache for anyone. However, if your family includes a person with special needs, it can seem...

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6 Easy Ways to Plan a Cheap Road Trip

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:53 PM

These days, many travelers are opting to skip the high fares and baggage fees at the airport in favor of a classic road trip. Mapping out all your stops, meals and detours can seem overwhelming at first, but with a little creativity, planning an affordable road...

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Voluntourism 101: The Dos and Don'ts for Planning a Volunteer Vacation

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 6:28 PM

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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in hopes of sending "the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people...

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