July 17, 2018

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The 7 Most Beautiful Islands in Croatia

Although Croatia didn’t clinch the World Cup title, the country can still boast being home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world — over 1,000, to be more specific. Croatia’s islands lure travelers with their beautiful coves and inlets, historic villages, scenic vineyards, impressive ruins, and plenty of sunshine. Some are perfect for […]

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July 17, 2018

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The 6 Most Romantic Ocean Cruises

Looking for romance on the high seas? Like the hit television show “The Love Boat” would have you believe, cruising is prime for some loving. These days, the experience on and off the ship is considerably more contemporary than the classic series from the 1970s and 80s once depicted. Ships are generally much larger, offering […]

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July 14, 2018

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5 Tourist Attractions That Are Only Open Part-Time

Typically, when you plan a vacation, you can choose precisely where you want to go while there, no matter what time of year you visit. Some places, however, may require more planning, as they’re only open for a few months — or in some cases, a few days — of the year. Here are a […]

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July 14, 2018

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10 Things You Definitely Need This Summer

In the summer, when the temps start to reach scorching degrees, we find that less is best — less clothes, less work, less stress — you get the idea. Still, whether you’re lounging by the pool, heading to a friend’s barbecue, booking it to the beach, or venturing out on a new travel adventure, there […]

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July 13, 2018

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The Best Disney World Itinerary for Families

Magic Kingdom/Oyster Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a pilgrimage many families make sooner or later. Prime time for visiting tends to be when kids are four through 10 — old enough to remember the trip, yet young enough to be thoroughly absorbed in the magic. But the sheer number of ways to experience that […]

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July 12, 2018

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16 Things to Pack for Your Next Road Trip

Whether you’re hitting the open road for a Jack Kerouac-inspired trip or tackling the entire length of the Pacific Coast Highway, your drive will require some preparation. Of course, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape for the miles you’re about to clock in. That means checking the lights, water and oil levels, and […]

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July 12, 2018

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7 Can't-Miss Experiences in Cinque Terre

La Scogliera/Oyster With over 2.4 million annual visitors, Cinque Terre is one of the most-visited regions in Italy. And that’s really saying something, considering the high tourist competition of ancient architecture in Rome, wineries in Florence, and canals in Venice. Cinque Terre is truly special. The five candy-colored fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and […]

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July 11, 2018

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7 Myths About Mexico, Debunked

When it comes to Mexico, there are a lot of misconceptions that get thrown around. From the news to family members, you’ve likely heard some pervasive — and often scary — things about the country. Fortunately, we’re here to debunk some of the myths about the beautiful, diverse, artsy, fun, and friendly destination.  1. It’s […]

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July 11, 2018

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How to Not Get Sick in Mexico

Hotel Xcaret Mexico, Playa del Carmen/Oyster Everybody has heard the horror stories — a dream vacation in Mexico turns into a weeklong nightmare after getting sick from eating too many tasty street tacos. Whatever you choose to call it — turista, Montezuma’s revenge, or traveler’s diarrhea — you definitely don’t want it. Mexico, muy hermosa […]

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July 10, 2018

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11 Things to Pack for a Fun Family Lake Vacation

Lake vacations offer all sorts of opportunities for outdoor activities in the sunshine and cozy fun indoors. Days by the lake can include everything from stand-up paddleboarding to fishing for bass, while balmy evenings call for roasting marshmallows and playing board games by candlelight. Now that summer is finally here and lakes in the U.S. […]

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July 10, 2018

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13 Most Beautiful Lakeside Hotels in the World

When hot weather hits, travelers tend to have beaches on their brain. And while taking a refreshing dip in the ocean is a blissful way to beat the heat, there’s something special about the often-forgotten lake vacation. With opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and lounging, lakes also make for great playgrounds in the summertime. So before […]

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July 10, 2018

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7 Theme Parks to Visit Instead of Disney

When it comes to family vacations, a certain mouse has a bit of a monopoly on the market. And while we 100 percent support Disney getaways of every kind, there may come a time when you want to explore other parks. Whether you’re scouting out cheaper or closer options, or just have a sense of […]

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July 3, 2018

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2018's 11 Most Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations in the U.S.

Now that summer is in full swing, soaring temps have us craving a refreshing beach with cooling breezes to beat the heat. Unfortunately, with so many Americans thinking the same thing, finding an affordable beach getaway can be difficult. So, we did a ton of research to create this list of the 11 most budget-friendly […]

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July 3, 2018

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21 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Hong Kong

Hong Kong has its reputation. In fact, depending on who you’re talking to, it has many reputations. To some, it’s a bland corporate hub for expats. To others, it’s a dizzying blend of old and new, mixing Chinese and Western cultures. In the end, Hong Kong is all of these things — and that’s what […]

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July 1, 2018

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9 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, comprising five villages, is known around the world for its stunning scenery and epic hiking. In the last 20 years or so, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore have morphed from sleepy fishing villages built into the cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea to some of the most popular tourist destinations in […]

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June 30, 2018

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Where to Cruise in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and Beyond

Carnival Liberty/Oyster Cruising is popular for travelers of all ages, as it has a similar experience to an all-inclusive resort — dining, drinks, and entertainment are all generally included — with the added benefit of sailing around to visit different locations. Some sailing destinations and cruise ships are geared toward party-minded young adults, while others […]

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June 29, 2018

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7 Travel-Themed Subscription Boxes We Love

If you’re anything like us, when you’re not out traveling, you’re thinking about travel, whether that means plotting your next getaway or feverishly scrolling through your Instagram feed to satisfy your wanderlust. Luckily, there are plenty of themed subscription boxes that bring the excitement of travel straight to your doorstep each month. While some focus […]

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June 29, 2018

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Top 8 Things to Do in Switzerland

With Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria to the east, Switzerland has managed to borrow the best from each of its neighbors while carving out an incredibly unique culture of its own. Full of legendary landscapes, cosmopolitan cities, and heart-racing alpine adventures, this notoriously neutral nation has […]

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June 29, 2018

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The 9 Best Things to Do in Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort/Oyster Hawaii — and namely, Honolulu on the island of Oahu — often lands on travelers’ bucket lists. That’s hardly surprising, though. As a cosmopolitan, modern American city with a unique tropical setting and historical backdrop, Honolulu has more than enough recreation, entertainment, dining, and sightseeing options to fill up a […]

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June 28, 2018

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Oyster Editors Share the Destinations Topping Their Travel Bucket List

To-do lists get a bad wrap, but we have one that everyone can get behind. As travel experts, we are constantly crisscrossing the globe — checking off destinations from our bucket list — for both business and pleasure. We’ve gone dog sledding in Alaska, flown hot air balloons over Dubai, navigated the crowded streets of […]

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June 27, 2018

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Top 5 Tips for Hiking in Cinque Terre

Restaurant at Hotel Porto Roca/Oyster There are many reasons to visit Italy’s famous Cinque Terre. Built into the cliffs on an incredible stretch of the Ligurian coast in northwestern Italy, the five former fishing villages lure tourists with breathtaking views, pastel-painted architecture, local wineries, tasty seafood and pesto, and a national park of nearly 10,000 […]

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June 27, 2018

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A Guide to the Best Islands in Canada

When most Americans think of an island vacation, they likely envision the Caribbean or Hawaii. But Canada has plenty of beautiful destinations that are great for getting away from it all, too. Some of these, like Galiano Island, are best for outdoorsy pursuits such as hiking and canoeing. Meanwhile, Fogo Island is home to a […]

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June 27, 2018

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How to Have a Perfect Girls’ Trip in Tulum

Beach at Hotel Diamante K/Oyster Tulum, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of Mexico’s most buzzed-about destinations — and understandably so. The town is home to beautiful turquoise waters, dramatic jungle backdrops, and an eco-friendly lifestyle. Given its stunning views and romantic feel, it can certainly be a sweet spot for lovebirds, but it’s also […]

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June 26, 2018

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7 Best Aparthotels in London

A combination of the words apartment and hotel, aparthotels offer apartment-style guest rooms, usually with kitchens and living areas. They’re great for families, groups of friends, and even business travelers who want the comfort of a home as well as the pampering amenities of a hotel (like room service and a spa). In unfamiliar places, […]

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June 26, 2018

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Top 8 LGBTQ-Friendly Destinations to Visit in Europe

June has arrived, meaning that cities around the United States and abroad will start kicking off their Pride festivals, parades, and celebrations. Though much progress has been made in the U.S. and countries around the world, it’s hard to find a more concentrated region of inclusive and welcoming destinations for LGBTQ travelers than Europe. To […]

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June 24, 2018

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The Best Small Towns in Georgia

Fen Labalme/Flickr Life in Georgia is more varied than you may imagine. It’s not all antebellum homes and barbecue. Sure, you can find almost 100 restored mansions and plantations in Madison, and Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simons Island has some of the best down-home cooking in the state. But for visitors who want to […]

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