August 17, 2017

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Video: Would You Ride the World's Longest Overwater Zip Line?

If you’re a medium-range thrill seeker — and by that we mean you’re not quite ready to go skydiving or bungee jumping, but you’re game for a good adrenaline boost — you might want to book a trip to Labadee, Haiti. The popular cruising destination is home to the world’s longest overwater zip line that […]

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August 17, 2017

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10 Days in India: The Best Itinerary

India is a large country that can be overwhelming to first-time visitors, as there’s so much to see and do (and eat) — it might feel that there’s no possible way that you can do it all. To properly navigate India, you’ll have to focus your time on different regions. For an incredible first-timer’s trip, […]

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August 16, 2017

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The Most Beautiful Beaches in Bali

Beach at the Karma Kandara/Oyster Golden sand, palm-lined shores, wild nightlife, and deep Hindu traditions have all made Bali one of the most popular destinations on the planet. However, as tourism in parts of Bali continues to develop with almost unchecked frequency, some of its most famous beaches can no longer be called truly beautiful. […]

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August 15, 2017

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5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Boarding a Cruise

So, you’ve done your research to choose a cruise line that suits your personality and selected a specific ship and itinerary that looks perfect. Congratulations! Before your dream vacation commences, however, there are still several final details that require your consideration. These are some of the most crucial questions to ask yourself prior to actually […]

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August 13, 2017

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What to Ask to Make Sure Your Hotel Is Mobility-Friendly

The mobility-friendly Ocean Pool at The St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami/Oyster Researching, booking, and taking a trip isn’t always smooth sailing from beginning to end. It takes some time and a little know-how to pull off a perfect getaway. When planning a vacation for a person with limited mobility — whether yourself, your child, […]

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August 12, 2017

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Video: The Caribbean Island That Lets You Swim With Flamingos on the Beach

If you’re having a tough time picking a Caribbean destination to visit, allow us to introduce you to Renaissance Island in Aruba. The 40-acre island, which is privately owned by the hotel Renaissance Resort & Casino, lies about a 10-minute water taxi ride from Oranjestad, Aruba, and comes with all the expected trimmings of a […]

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August 12, 2017

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How to Plan a Multi-Generational Family Vacation

For a lot of people, getting the entire family together — we’re talking grandma and grandpa, parents, and children — for a few major holidays each year at home is more than enough. For others (let’s call them Clark Griswold types), it is the ultimate fantasy to wrangle in the troops for an epic trip […]

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August 11, 2017

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Just Plane Good Food: Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

Are you sick of eating microwaved messes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on planes? As frequent travelers, we sure are. Plus, with the increasing popularity of budget airlines, you might not even get a meal at all — unless you pay, of course. Well, we’re here to make your next flight a little more bearable. […]

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August 9, 2017

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5 Unexpected Ways to Experience French Culture — Without Going to France

In France and much of Western Europe, peak tourism season begins in June and stretches through August, meaning a summer sojourn to the City of Lights, the South of France, or French wine country will be both costly — flights from New York to Paris start at $700 (at the time of writing) — and […]

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August 9, 2017

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Best Small Mountain Towns in the U.S.

Who doesn’t love mountain towns? They’re often well-regarded for their winter activities — skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and indulging in après-ski cocktails, to name a few. But they’re actually wonderful year-round. In the summer, there are beautiful hiking trails, rivers to raft down, and lakes to kayak. Not to mention, mountain towns also have thriving […]

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August 9, 2017

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Are the Faroe Islands This Year’s Newest Vacation Hot Spot?

DavideGorla/Flickr There are several reasons why you may not have heard of the Faroe Islands, a self-governing nation that’s technically part of Denmark. The archipelago of 18 islands, which sits roughly at the halfway point between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic, is small, relatively remote, and home to more sheep than people (70,000 […]

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August 8, 2017

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Where to Stay During Hurricane Season: 5 of the Best Storm-Equipped Hotels

Late summer and fall vacations can come with lower rates, good weather, and thinner crowds. However, they can also bring a bit of trepidation, as that time of year happens to be hurricane season. But don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm about an off-season beach getaway. We’ve sussed out five fabulous resorts that have taken […]

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August 8, 2017

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Paris's Top Hotels With Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Paris may no longer hold the title for the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants (it’s currently third to Kyoto, with 135, and Tokyo, with a whopping 304), but it’s where the first étoile was awarded, back in 1926. Since then, the symbol has become the honor that can make a chef’s career — or […]

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August 8, 2017

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6 Easy-to-Spot Signs Your Hotel Is Eco-Friendly

More and more hotels are going green — even a two-and-a-half pearl Holiday Inn might have some sort of eco-friendly measures in place. (In fact, the company uses a centralized “Green Engage” program that allows its properties to customize eco-friendly measures to hit certain requirements.) Read on for six signs that your hotel is eco-friendly, […]

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August 7, 2017

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There’s a Tropical Island Where You Can Play With Puppies on the Beach

Pretend you’re whiling away the hours on a beautiful tropical beach. The turquoise water laps the stunning white sand as you sip a frosty beverage and perfect your sun-kissed tan. You might think this scene can’t get any better, but you’d be wrong, especially if you’re on the island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos. […]

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August 5, 2017

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Just Plane Good Food: No-Bake Brownie Energy Bites

When it comes to getting your carry-on bag through the TSA checkpoint, there are a lot more “don’ts” than “dos.” There’s a massive list of things you’re not allowed to bring into a plane’s cabin: liquids larger than 3.4 ounces, baseball bats, dynamite, etc. (Okay, those last two might be a little obvious, but still.) […]

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August 5, 2017

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How to Plan Your First Solo Trip

There are some who love the flexibility and insights that come with solo travel, while others find the notion fear-inducing. Others might find it just downright boring. But if you like the idea of getting to pick everything you do on vacation (or simply don’t know someone who wants to visit the same destination as […]

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August 5, 2017

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What to Pack for a Relaxing Beach Vacation

Beach at the Maafushivaru Beach vacations are the best kind of vacations. Who can argue with sun, sand, water sports, or relaxing on a lounger with a cold drink and a book? Packing for a beach trip takes a little extra planning, but bringing the right gear ensures that you can focus on the most […]

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August 4, 2017

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7 Outrageous, Over-the-Top Features You’d Never Expect on a Cruise Ship

In the past, cruise ships were vessels that dependably carried passengers from port to port, offering dining and drinks en route. Entertainment could be a dip in the pool, live music, dancing, or shuffleboard. (Or just loads and loads of romantic flings, if “The Love Boat” is to be believed.) And plenty of ships still […]

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August 4, 2017

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14 Important Things to Know Before Visiting Las Vegas

The Bellagio Fountains/Oyster Just thinking about a trip to Las Vegas gets our heart pumping and endorphins flowing. Sin City is highly regarded as one of the most popular, exciting, and iconic cities in the world, offering everything from around-the-clock gambling and jaw-dropping architecture to an epic club scene and gourmet restaurants. It’s almost impossible to […]

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August 4, 2017

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The World’s Best Destinations for Sailing

Whether for recreation or for sport, sailing is one of the great joys of traveling. If these two activities also happen to fall at the top of your favorite hobbies, it makes perfect sense to combine them. After all, there are important (and enticing) elements that sailing and traveling share, such as movement, exploration, gorgeous […]

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August 3, 2017

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12 of the Best Small Towns in New York

New York is mostly famous for the Big Apple and the Hamptons, but there’s so much more to the Empire State. Many Americans — and even New Yorkers themselves — could hardly fill in a map of the state outside these two areas. The New York City-ers’ assumption that upstate New York is an indiscernible […]

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August 3, 2017

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The Dark Side of Tourism in Thailand

When it comes to dream destinations, Thailand is way up there on the list for most travelers — and with good reason. It’s flanked by some of the world’s most stunning beaches, has miles of untouched jungle, is laced with ancient temples, has inimitable nightlife, and has legendary fiery cuisine. All of this has been […]

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August 3, 2017

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7 Fun Things to Do In Memphis for Elvis Week 2017

To be clear, Memphis is an awesome place to visit any time of the year, any year — blues clubs and barbecue joints are timeless and know no season. But we’d venture to say that August 11 through 19, 2017, is a particularly great time to go to Memphis, as the city will be in […]

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August 2, 2017

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The Funniest, Cheesiest Vintage Hotel Commercials of All Time

gula08/Flickr The late decades of the 20th century are back with a vengeance. From politics that many argue have dragged us back in time to chokers, oversized Tommy Hilfiger tops, Adidas sliders, fanny packs, and Nirvana T-shirts, it can be hard to believe it’s really 2017 out there. Given the preponderance of all things ’80s […]

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August 1, 2017

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Where to Go in the Philippines: A Guide to the Top Destinations

With a population of over 100 million scattered across roughly 7,640 islands, the Philippines is defined by much more than sunny beaches, natural disasters, and a boisterous, corrupt president, Rodrigo Duterte. Straddling the Ring of Fire, this island nation is blessed with rich biodiversity and awe-inspiring landscapes. The remoteness of the many mountainous islands led […]

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