January 16, 2018

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The Most Underrated Places to Go in 2018

Browse most travel-focused Instagram feeds or peruse popular where-to-travel lists, and you’ll likely be presented with the usual suspects: Paris, Iceland, New York City, and the like. And while we love these major metropolises and countries, we’re also interested in the underdogs — the mainly undiscovered destinations that offer plenty of cultural appeal without the […]

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January 15, 2018

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Is It Safe to Travel to Mexico City?

Mercado Ciudadela, Mexico City/Oyster Mexico is having a rough moment. In 2017 alone, state-sponsored and cartel-related murders soared to their highest rate in decades, while everything from devastating earthquakes, tainted alcohol, and news about sexual assaults plagued the nation’s popular tourist destinations. These issues have led the U.S State Department to release travel warnings on some […]

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January 14, 2018

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10 Items to Pack for A Ski Trip

Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California/Oyster It’s that time of the year again — ski season. The mountains are fresh with snow and surrounded by chilly, crisp air. Whether you’re a fan of resorts or you’re a backcountry-skiing enthusiast, there are quite a few things you’ll need to pack for a ski trip to keep you […]

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January 14, 2018

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Ryanair Is Changing Its Carry-On Bag Policy—Here’s What You Need to Know

Eliane Kobayakawa/Flickr Europe’s iconic blue-and-yellow budget airline, Ryanair, will be changing its baggage policies beginning January 15, and if you’ve already booked a flight, it’ll almost certainly affect you. Here’s the skinny on these changes. Non-priority customers will be required to gate check their larger carry-on bags into the hold—this will be free. Currently, Ryanair […]

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January 11, 2018

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Honeymoon Face-Off: Santorini vs. Positano

Beach at the Il San Pietro di Positano, Amalfi Coast/Oyster With engagement season behind us (16 percent of proposals take place in December), it’s time to plan the most important part of any wedding: the honeymoon. Unfortunately, only one in four couples go on their dream honeymoon. And though that’s likely due to budget and […]

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January 9, 2018

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Here’s How You Can Win $10,000 to Redo a Failed Vacation

Let’s not bury the lede: A staggering $6 billion is wasted every year on bad hotel stays. Factors like cleanliness, dated decor, unhelpful staff, and sky-high prices all play into travelers’ disappointment, and many vacationers (57 percent out of the over 1,000 people we surveyed) claim they have been deceived by hotel marketing photos.  Have […]

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January 7, 2018

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Gorgeous Private Island Retreats

With additional reporting by Anne Olivia Bauso. Owning a private island is overrated and a lot of work — or so we’ve heard from our many island-owning friends. You have to deal with the astronomical taxes, the development, and the upkeep. It’s a full-time job, really (one that island owners simply pay other people to […]

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January 6, 2018

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5 Luxurious Caribbean All-Inclusives and Their Cheaper (But Similar) Alternatives

There are a lot of misconceptions about travel that we could spend hours debunking. One of the most common complaints out there, of course, revolves around money. Many travelers may think that a beach getaway, romantic European trip, or a journey through Asia will break the bank. This is, perhaps, no truer than when people […]

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January 6, 2018

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Why You Should Visit These Former Capital Cities

Whether for their significance or the presence of an airport, many of our international adventures start in capital cities. Going to England? Chances are you’ll fly into London. Hoping to see Iceland? We can almost guarantee Reykjavik is stop number one. Vacationing in Thailand? You’ll at least be in Bangkok for a layover. Of course, […]

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January 5, 2018

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10 Perfect Pieces of Luggage for Kids

Traveling with children has its rewards — fun family bonding, seeing the world through your kid’s eyes, and losing yourself in a childlike sense of adventure, to name a few. It also comes with a tiny challenge: packing and schlepping a lot of extra stuff. Make that part of the journey a little easier on […]

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January 4, 2018

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Hotels Where You Can Book a Private Island

Full disclosure: booking a private island isn’t for the faint of funds. But for those whose credit limit is insanely high, chartering a private island is just about the swankiest travel experience there is. These ten tropical resorts — sprinkled throughout Oceania, the Caribbean, and beyond — offer island buyout rates or offshore private islands […]

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January 3, 2018

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9 of the Most Luxurious Cruise Cabins

The days when being at sea meant you had to cram yourself in a cramped cabin are long over. Just as cruise lines are pulling out all the stops and offering more eye-popping amenities, the cabins you can stay in are becoming equally luxe. Some are so comfortable that a few retirees have even decided […]

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January 2, 2018

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6 Reasons to Travel to Tuscany in the Winter

Castello delle Quattro Torra/Oyster There are two main schools of thought when it comes to planning a winter getaway: Escape the frigid January to March temperatures and grey skies and head someplace warm and tropical, or embrace the cold and travel to a snow-covered ski and snowboard destination. What if there were a third option? […]

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December 31, 2017

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The U.S. and Turkey Lift Visa Restrictions

Pedro Szekely/Flickr After two-and-a-half months of restricting visas for travelers between the two countries, the United States and Turkey have both fully resumed visa services. The sanctions began in October after Turkey detained two employees of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, which prompted Washington to stop issuing non-immigrant visas to Turkish citizens. Turkey responded with […]

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December 30, 2017

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Oyster’s Travel Predictions for 2018

It’s been a wild year in the travel industry, from the growth of trans-Atlantic budget airlines to travel bans. With 2017 (finally) coming to a close, we’re looking ahead to what we think 2018 will hold for travel.  There will be a decrease in Cuba tourism from the United States. This one’s a bit of […]

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December 29, 2017

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Oyster.com Year in Review: A Look Back at 2017

Before we wave goodbye to 2017, we’d like to take a moment to look back on the amazing adventures we’ve had this year. At Oyster, we traveled to new countries, reviewed thousands of new hotels, and snapped millions of new photos. To reflect on it all, we came up with a year-in-review by the numbers. […]

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December 28, 2017

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Our 6 Favorite Eco-Chic Hotels in Jamaica

With additional reporting by Anne Olivia Bauso. Most hotels’ green initiatives relate to things they do, like using non-toxic cleaning products and installing energy-efficient lighting. But occasionally, we come across a hotel that is green not necessarily because of what it does, but because of what it is — a hotel specifically designed to minimize […]

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December 25, 2017

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See New York City's Spectacular Holiday Window Displays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when the iconic department stores along New York City’s Fifth Avenue get all dolled up in festive attire. The spectacular window displays transport onlookers to a whimsical dreamlands. This year, look for massive rabbits, bedazzled dinosaurs, and an ode to Disney’s classic “Snow White.” The best part? […]

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December 24, 2017

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9 of the Best Places to Visit in New Zealand

Mythologized by film and loved by locals, New Zealand is a dream destination for travelers that crave adventure. Natural wonders like untamed coastlines, lush forests, gurgling geysers, and majestic mountain ranges serve as the stunning backdrop to a cultural experience both Kiwis and Maori are happy to share. Between bungee jumping, heliskiing, rappelling, and whitewater […]

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December 23, 2017

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The 10 Best Free Things to Do in Austin

Stuart Seeger/Flickr Over recent years Texas’ capital city has become one of the most popular tourist spots in the nations. Known for its amazing food, mild weather, and music and art scenes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We’ve rounded up some of the best free things to check out during your visit to […]

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December 22, 2017

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A Guide to the Islands of Scotland

john mcsporran/Flickr Scotland is known for many things: romantic castles, the formidable Highlands, kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster, among many others. Whether for the natural landscapes, rich cultural sites, or something kitschier, Scotland ranks high on many travelers’ itineraries. Many visitors base their trip around Edinburgh with perhaps a day-trip or two to the […]

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December 20, 2017

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The Top Travel Destinations for 2018

At the end of each year, travel experts across the globe publish much-anticipated lists that aim to excite readers about upcoming travel trends. Our 2018 list spans five continents and urges travelers to explore new cities, try new foods, embrace new cultures, and gain new perspectives. And while there are thousands of destinations around the […]

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December 19, 2017

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Best Day Trips From Mexico City

Coyoacán/Oyster While there is almost too much to see and do in Mexico City to keep the even the most active tourist busy, it can sometimes be an overwhelming place. With that in mind, scheduling in a day trip or two — and even a quick overnight jaunt — outside of the city can be […]

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December 18, 2017

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The Best Things to Do in Belize

Portofino Beach Resort, Belize/Oyster Located on the eastern coast of Central America, the English-speaking country of Belize offers a ton of things to see, taste, and experience. Here, you can pack your days with adventures, ranging from diving among sharks and rays to exploring Mayan ruins reminiscent of an Indiana Jones set. Or, you can […]

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December 16, 2017

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These Amazon Reviews of Travel Products Made Us LOL

If you’re looking for holiday stocking stuffers for these traveler in your life, look no further than these five items — all are affordable and among the best-rated travel accessories on Amazon. But first, read these hilarious reviews from real-life buyers for very honest opinions. Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale, $9.99 Etekcity’s digital hanging luggage […]

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December 15, 2017

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Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

What does a travel lover want more than anything? Probably a trip. However, if your holiday budget doesn’t allow you to stuff airfare and a hotel stay in someone’s stocking, there are plenty of small gift choices that will still make many types of world explorers happy. The stocking stuffer ideas below are great for […]

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