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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

4 Things Every Clean Freak Should Know About Hotels

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:39 PM

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When booking a hotel stay, most travelers are more anxious about the sights to see in their chosen destination, rather than the cleanliness of their accommodations. But for some, bad experiences, a lifetime of mysophobia (fear of...

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Do You Really Need Money When You Travel Abroad?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:22 PM

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When you're planning a trip abroad, you need to create a list of essentials to bring with you. Seasonal clothing, toiletries and your passport will always make the cut, as will your printed itinerary, a camera...

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5 New Brand BFFs That Benefit Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:15 PM

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Loyalty programs are nice, but when it comes to reaping tangible benefits and not just racking up points, travelers are beginning to rely on brand partnerships to really move the bar. Years ago, such a...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Visiting Cuba

(9) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 12:08 PM

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Since President Barack Obama announced in December 2014 that the United States plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, avid travelers have been preparing to visit the small Caribbean nation. But it's not as easy as...

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8 Under-the-Radar Museums Worth Visiting

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:26 PM

When most travelers set out to explore a destination's museums, they usually don't stray from the most popular (packed Smithsonians come to mind). But a host of off-the-beaten-path institutions full of historical treasures and rare artifacts are waiting to be discovered by travelers willing to go the extra mile. Whether...

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Never Lose Your Luggage Again With These 4 Tips

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 12:58 PM

On par with a canceled flight, lost luggage has the kind of trip-ruining potential that makes most travelers cringe. And judging by the stuffed overhead compartments on most planes, consumers do everything they can to ensure they never have to part with their belongings. But here's the reality: The odds...

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When To Splurge And When To Save On A Family Vacation

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 4:10 PM

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For many families, summer offers the perfect opportunity to embark on a memorable vacation. But here's the thing: Family vacations aren't always cheap. This isn't news for anyone who's ever planned a trip but what may...

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7 Tips for Tracking Travel Deals

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:00 PM

It's no secret that traveling can put a strain on the wallet, but with promotions and deals abound, it's easier than ever to score a discounted vacation. The problem is, it can be hard to keep track of all the available money-saving offers, and even harder to distinguish a good...

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How to Get Over Your Fear of Cruising

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 2:52 PM

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Despite the fact that cruising can be an affordable, interesting and stress-free way to vacation, it faces its fair share of scrutiny from travelers and health and safety officials. Recurring news stories of norovirus outbreaks and...

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Europe's Best Island Escapes

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:29 PM

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For most travelers, Europe may be more associated with medieval fortresses and train journeys than sand castles and ferry rides, but close inspection of the map reveals that the continent is home to thousands of...

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5 Tours Made for Walking

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 4:21 PM

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Bus and Segway tours are fine, but to really experience a city, stop riding and start walking -- or crawling with a walking tour. It may eat up more of your itinerary, but a tour on foot...

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3 Tips to Ensure a Smooth Trip Abroad With Kids

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:54 PM

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For many parents, the idea of traveling abroad with little ones sounds like a daunting task, but plenty of families are up for the challenge: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million...

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4 Trips You Didn't Know You Could Take

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:30 PM

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Iran. Uzbekistan. Iraq. North Korea. Despite the travel warnings issued by the State Department for all but Uzbekistan, Americans can safely travel to each of these countries. These trips may take a bit more preparation than the...

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Should You Swap Your Vacation for a Staycation?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 1:38 PM

In 2014, Google Trends reported a 10 percent increase in online searches for staycations, or getaways that are close to home, or maybe even right in your own backyard. But can a staycation really replace a vacation?

"I think staycations are a great idea," said Caroline Trefler, senior...

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5 Hacks for Saving on Your Disney Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:54 PM

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Many families will trek to Orlando, Florida, this spring and summer for some Mickey magic and undoubtedly pay a hefty fee to do so. After a recent trip to the land of the mouse...

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Cruising Solo: What to Know Before You Go

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 4:54 PM

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We already know cruising is popular with couples and families, but what about solo travelers? Cruising is an easy way for solo vacationers to explore the world, meet new people and leave...

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4 Golf Getaways to Take This Spring

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 4:48 PM

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The weather has finally started to warm up and golfers, even wannabe golfers, are eager to get out for a round on their neighborhood courses. Many are also busy planning golf-focused getaways (or "golfcations") to world-class golf...

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Why Travelers Should Be All About the All-Inclusive Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:24 PM

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When you close your eyes and envision an all-inclusive resort, what do you see?

For some, images of sparkly beaches and flowing drinks probably come to mind. The waves crashing in the background, the kids making...

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5 Places to Get Your European Fairy-Tale Fix

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:00 PM

When travelers are asked to come up with a collection of words that define Europe, "historical," "romantic" and "fairytale-like" are often among the first descriptors that crop up. The last one is certainly no coincidence, as Europe was the setting for fairytales from famous storytellers like the Brothers...

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How to Attain One of the Best Reward Perks in Travel

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 4:07 PM

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Did you know there's a way to fly around the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean and bring someone with you for no additional cost? It's called the Southwest Companion Pass, and it's a status level you earn...

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