December 12, 2017

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6 Unexpected Things You Can Do at Versailles

Maria Teresa Hart/Oyster The Chateau de Versailles. The name alone is so full of pomp and circumstance, every word seems to carry a baritone boom followed by trumpets. It’s a must-see sight for just about every visitor to France (and French people themselves!) with good reason. The Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Chapel, and the sprawling gardens are […]

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December 11, 2017

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The Most Amazing Waterfalls in Hawaii

Here’s a fact: New York may have Niagara Falls, but as the rainiest state in the U.S., Hawaii wins the prize as having more spectacular waterfalls than anywhere else in the country. There are stunners that span hundreds of feet and can be heard from a distance as they crash into pools below, and others […]

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December 10, 2017

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Why Southeast Italy Is the Next Trendy Destination

Beach at Hotel Solara in Otranto/Oyster When it comes to traveling in Italy, Rome, Tuscany, and the Amalfi Coast get all the love. These places may be the eternal muses of travelers everywhere, but while Americans and international visitors are busy flocking to them, Italians themselves sneak off to Puglia, the southeastern, sun-soaked heel of […]

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December 9, 2017

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6 Reasons Why Winter Is the Best Season to Visit Helsinki

Helsinki Cathedral. Dennis Ngan/Flickr Finland has a reputation for being a land of extremes. In fact, the country just released a symphony by Apocalyptica called “Symphony of Extremes,” which was inspired, in part, by the country’s severe environmental conditions and the resiliency of its people. Year-round, Finland experiences harsh temperatures, diminishing daylight hours, and precipitation — […]

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December 9, 2017

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The World's Largest Swimming Pools

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge/Oyster While everyone loves a swimming pool, there’s nothing more galling than trying to enjoy a relaxing soak elbow-to-elbow with a swarm of other bathers. But dive into one of these monster-size pools and, with so much space to yourself, you’re more likely to lose your way than lose your temper.  Citystars […]

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December 8, 2017

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You Can Go Ice Skating on the Roof of D.C.’s Watergate Hotel This Winter

Courtesy of the Watergate Hotel There are few Washington, D.C, hotels as iconic as the Watergate, which underwent a $125 million renovation completed in 2016. The retro-sleek property is now one of the newest hot spots in the nation’s capital with a swanky restaurant, dynamic whisky bar, and a rooftop lounge, the latter of which […]

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December 5, 2017

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Best Gear for Day Hikes

Patagonia view at the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Golf-Spa/Oyster From the Grand Canyon‘s South Rim and Acadia National Park in Maine, to Mount Esja in Iceland and Torres del Paine’s Mirador Ferrier, some of the most beautiful hikes can be done in a day. While planning and packing for a day hike is less […]

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December 4, 2017

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7 of the Best Beaches in Australia

Australia is flush with beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, and vibrant cities. It also happens to have some of the world’s prettiest beaches. Ringed by the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, there’s almost too much coastline to choose from — over 37,000 miles of it, in fact. Since criss-crossing this continent isn’t cheap, and […]

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December 3, 2017

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The 8 Best Vacation Destinations for Large Groups

Family reunions, bachelor parties, and college gal pal getaways are certainly fun, but finding a destination that offers enough to keep all travelers happy (and isn’t too remote), plus accommodations that are geared toward groups can be tricky. Fear not, though, we’ve rounded up the eight best vacation destinations for large groups so you can […]

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December 3, 2017

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Chicago's 5 Coziest Hotel Bars

No trip to Chicago is complete without hitting iconic watering holes like the Billy Goat Tavern and the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. But if you’re looking for a spot with a trendier scene, a cozy hotel bar always fits the bill. From hip neighborhoody places in River North to refined establishments on the Gold Coast, […]

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December 2, 2017

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Top Things to Do in the Berkshires

Stonover Farm Bed and Breakfast/Oyster The scenic Berkshires region of southwestern Massachusetts is known for its top-notch skiing. But what if you’re not into hitting the slopes, or aren’t visiting during ski season? The Berkshires is also characterized by its cache of cultural, historical, and educational gems, from concerts and festivals to garden tours and […]

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November 28, 2017

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9 of the Best Party Cruise Ships

RedFrog Rum Bar on Carnival Ecstasy/Oyster When it comes to partying on the high seas, one might instantly imagine an adult booze cruise, but there’s so much more fun to be had than simply drinking alcohol. In fact, there are plenty of activities and onboard fiestas that will satisfy all ages and interests. With that […]

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November 27, 2017

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5 of the Most Underrated Destinations in Spain

With over 75 million foreign visitors, Spain was the third most visited country in the world in 2016. It’s also been ranked the most tourist-friendly country by the World Economic Forum. But let’s face it, foreigners mostly flock to the same few cities: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Those cities are well worth a visit, but there’s […]

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November 25, 2017

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7 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu/Oyster The ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) in Peru’s Sacred Valley is a bucket list trip for good reason. Since Yale University professor Haram Bingham shared his “discovery” with National Geographic in 1913, international travelers, tourists, and researchers have flocked to these ruins for their own picture and life-affirming adventure. In […]

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November 24, 2017

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Travel Accessories We Want to Buy This Black Friday

After piling your plate with two — nay, three — helpings of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, your post-Thanksgiving plans will likely consist of relaxing on the couch, contemplating whether that extra serving of pie was worth it (it was), and well, that’s it. One way to get your mind off the fact that you’re […]

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November 23, 2017

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Here's Why You Should Visit Disney World Solo

David Childers/Flickr While plenty of people are fine with going to the movies or restaurants on their own, the idea of going to Disney World or other theme parks without friends and family in tow probably doesn’t cross most people’s mind. However, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Disney World solo. Here are […]

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November 22, 2017

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6 of the Most Scenic Train Trips in Europe

Gabriel Garcia Marengo/Flickr Europe is famous for train travel, with extensive railways connecting not only capitals, but even some of the remotest mountain villages. Besides the convenience and environmental factors that come with modern train travel, the tracks cross some of Europe’s most inaccessible — yet beautiful — regions, granting clear views the whole way […]

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November 20, 2017

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9 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Santorini

Grounds at the Mystique Luxury Collection Hotel We recently spent 16 unforgettable days on the world famous Greek island of Santorini. That equates to 16 epic sunsets into the Aegean Sea, 36 authentic Greek meals, one cruise around the island, one six-mile cliff hike, three winery visits, and a few passing donkey encounters. Oh, and […]

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November 19, 2017

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7 iPhone Accessories to Help You Take Better Instagram Photos

Susanne Nilsson/Flickr Whether you’ve got 100 followers or 100,000, we all want to take better Instagram photos. Influencers inspire us to travel with their incredible views from Hawaiian beaches to California deserts, rice fields in Bali to snow-capped mountains in New Zealand. With the right accessories, you can capture incredible shots like that too – […]

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November 18, 2017

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Argentine vs. Chilean Patagonia: Which One Is Right for You?

Juan Manuel/Flickr If Patagonia has been on your bucket list forever, you’re not alone. However, as we’ve already told you, the region is massive and exploring it all on a standard-length vacation is nearly impossible. Given the cost and time associated with traveling in Patagonia, it essentially comes down to a choice between Chile or […]

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November 17, 2017

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The 8 Ultimate Hotels for Shopaholics to Shop Till They Drop

There are plenty of reasons to travel — museums, spectacular food, historic sights — all perfectly fine diversions. But for shopaholics, none of those can beat the high we get from returning to our hotel room victorious after a decadent day of shopping. And for us, no vacation is complete without splurging on something on […]

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November 16, 2017

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12 Things You Should Never Do in an Airport Security Line

If you’ve ever wondered whether airport agents perform a necessary function, take a look at the TSA Instagram account. You’ll find a stupefying collection of objects confiscated from passengers, including axes, crossbows, and handguns (and that’s just in the last few days). Acting foolishly, though, can get you delayed from a flight or even detained. […]

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November 15, 2017

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The 7 Best Party Destinations in the Caribbean

While the most alluring aspects of Caribbean destinations are the year-round warm weather, beautiful sandy beaches abutting blue water, and water-based activities ranging from paddleboarding to scuba diving, many travelers also want a healthy dose of partying on their vacation. From buzzing nightclubs and casual beachfront bars, to strong rum cocktails and all-inclusive drink packages, […]

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November 14, 2017

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The Ultimate Guide to the Regions of Italy

Italy is a place that’s as diverse as it is beautiful, and its inhabitants are not only passionate about their own region, but also the country as a whole. Between bustling cities like Rome and Milan, areas with spectacular natural beauty like Cinque Terre, and regal lakes found in the southern islands, there’s plenty to […]

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November 13, 2017

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You Can Still Visit Cuba Despite Trump’s Tight New Travel Restrictions

Five months ago, President Trump pledged to reverse relations between Cuba and the United States, which the Obama administration thawed in 2015. Now, it seems like he’s following through. On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced that it’s imposing new travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. So what do these tight new regulations mean for travelers?  […]

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November 12, 2017

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The Most Popular Travel Destinations for Christmas

Central Park, New York City/Oyster We know, we know. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and we’re already talking about Christmas. But it’s for good reason; while the best time to book your Christmastime flights is about a month out, it’s the sooner the better when it comes to hotels for the holidays.  And this is […]

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