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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November 11, 2017

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Venice Bans Cruise Ships From Its City Center

For years, Venetians have petitioned and protested mass tourism in their city. Authorities have banned new hotels from opening in the historic center, limited the number of kebab and other fast-food outlets to preserve the city’s character, and even toyed with the idea of placing a daily cap on the number of tourists allowed to […]

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November 11, 2017

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Oyster Editors' Biggest Travel Pet Peeves Ever

x1klima/Flickr Loving to travel doesn’t always equal loving the journey. Sometimes it just isn’t in the cards, often for reasons completely out of your control, and all you can do is grit your teeth and go with the flow. Overbooked flights, airport delays, crowded trains, and fellow travelers driving us berserk are just a few […]

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November 10, 2017

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8 of the Most Beautiful Places in Italy

Famous Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” As he understood, there are beautiful places throughout the universe, but Italy rivals them all. The large country is a mix of landscapes and seas, all of which come together to create beautiful settings. Though there are too […]

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November 9, 2017

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10 Things You Should Never Do in New York City

Jörg Schubert/Flickr You can try all your life to feel like a “real” New Yorker and never quite get there. Ask a local and they’ll offer hodgepodge of guidelines for what constitutes a true native. If you’re not a regular in the Big Apple, all you need to do is learn a few simple rules […]

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November 8, 2017

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The Best Portable Chargers for Travelers

Every traveler has experienced that terrifying moment when his or her phone dies. As fate would have it, it’s often when you’re trying to meet someone or just as you arrive to a breathtaking natural sight. Worse yet, since so many of us rely on our phones for navigation, it can be dangerous when our […]

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November 8, 2017

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10 European Destinations You Should Visit This Winter

While conventional wisdom might say head south of the equator and to the tropics during the winter, you’d be missing out on some great travel deals across the world’s northern reaches as well. In fact, heading across the Atlantic to Europe during the year’s coldest months is likely to give you an awesome opportunity to […]

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November 6, 2017

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Oyster Editor Secrets: Places We Don’t Want to Tell You About But Will

Being a travel journalist has its obvious perks: experiencing different cultures, racking up airline miles, and seeing new sights from the mountains in Peru to the legendary landmarks in Paris, to name a few. Even better is being able to share our discoveries, so that others can enjoy the world as we have. That said, […]

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November 4, 2017

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10 Essential Items to Pack for the Plane

Jason Pratt/Flickr Packing for a flight is always stressful, considering you have a very limited amount of baggage space, even if you pay up for some extra. Then there’s the eternal struggle about what to have readily accessible in the cabin with you for your flight, whether that’s something to entertain you, snacks, or other […]

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November 3, 2017

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Richard Branson Introduces an Adult-Only Cruise Line, Virgin Voyages

Courtesy of Virgin Voyages He’s tackled airplanes, trains, music, cell phones, and even outer space, but business magnate Sir Richard Branson hasn’t hit the high seas — until now. At a celebration at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, where the first ship has had its keel laid, Branson teased his new cruise line, Virgin […]

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November 3, 2017

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6 European Destinations That Are Still Warm in December

Europe isn’t usually our first thought when we’re planning a December trip. The Caribbean, Asia, and really the whole Southern hemisphere usually come to mind first — and for good reason. They are, on the whole, much warmer in the winter months. But there are some European destinations that avoid winter’s chill. Just look to […]

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November 3, 2017

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The Best Nude Beaches in Europe

While there’s nothing wrong with sunbathing in your birthday suit, do it on an average beach and you’re likely to cause a commotion. Despite what you may have heard, swimsuit-clad sunbathers are not in the minority on European beaches (yes, even in France). Fortunately, if you like a true all-over tan or simply appreciate the […]

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November 1, 2017

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12 of California's Best Ski Resorts and Inns

Leave Aspen and Jackson Hole to the see-and-be-seen ski crowds. Laid-back, here-for-the-snow folks flock to the Sierra Nevada mountains in eastern California, where ski areas have exciting terrain for all abilities and relaxed atmospheres. It doesn’t hurt that a ski trip in California’s Sierras can be significantly less expensive than one to those other ritzy […]

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November 1, 2017

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A Guide to Venice's Best Islands

Venice/Oyster Magnificent Venice one of the most unique cities in the world because it’s built on a series of more than 100 small islands sandwiched in between the Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. It’s also a city chock-a-block with stunning examples of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, including churches and basilicas, monasteries, palazzos and […]

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November 1, 2017

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9 Trendy SoHo Hotels for Your Next NYC Getaway

When it comes to New York City neighborhoods, there are hundreds and hundreds of them, spread out across 304.6 square miles in five boroughs. With such a selection, it’s hard to pick the “trendiest,” but if we were hard pressed to make a choice, we’d have to go with SoHo. Today the downtown neighborhood is […]

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October 31, 2017

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The Best Small Towns in Florida

While many people flock to Florida for its beaches and theme parks, a good number of locals and visitors long for the quaint communities located throughout the Sunshine State. Away from the towering rides and oil-basted beaches are small towns that mix traditional Southern charm with tropical flavors and colors. These small pockets have managed […]

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October 31, 2017

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This Swiss City Is Offering Tourists Massive Travel Discounts in 2018

Hotel Krafft Basel/Oyster With about 40 museums, a (relatively) tiny population of 168,000 people, and a lovely historic city center set next to the Rhine River, there’s a lot of reasons to visit Basel, Switzerland. However, this October, the city council voted to raise their tourist tax from 3.50 CHF to 4.00 CHF in 2018. […]

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October 31, 2017

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8 Bucket List Cruises Every Traveler Should Take

Avid cruisers seem to break down into two types: Those that gladly sail to the same sunny destinations again and again and those that have a bucket list of ports that keep getting more and more far flung. And while we’re happy to hoist a fruity drink with that first group, we’re proudly in the […]

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October 29, 2017

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5 Greek Islands That Haven’t Been Taken Over by Tourism Yet

Kanale’s Rooms & Suites/Oyster Whether you head to the famous Cycladic islands, home of whitewashed, blue-domed buildings, or to the lesser-known Dodecanese islands closer to Turkey, Greece’s islands have much to offer. We love the amazing food (particularly the great olive oil), warm-hearted residents, and gorgeous scenery — and so do a lot of others. […]

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October 28, 2017

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What to Pack for a Trip to Hawaii

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii/Oyster Whether you’re heading to Na Pali Coast State Park or relaxing along the beaches of the Hanauma Bay, Hawaii’s consistent climate makes it a relatively easy destination the pack for. With average temperatures hovering between 65 and 85 degrees year-round, it’s no surprise that the beautiful islands remain popular regardless […]

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