February 22, 2018

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10 of the Best Small Towns in Scotland

Scotland never fails to impress with its romantic castles, rugged Highlands, friendly locals, and idyllic lochs. Edinburgh entices visitors with its successful meshing of the ancient and modern, centered around the imposing Edinburgh Castle. On the other hand, lesser-appreciated Glasgow boasts an array of museums and an edgy music scene. However, it’s the tiny stone […]

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February 21, 2018

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7 of the Best Things to Do in St. Lucia

While hurricanes Irma and Maria took a huge toll on tourism to some Caribbean destinations in 2017, the region continues to thrive overall. Last year was the Caribbean’s eighth consecutive year of tourism growth. A key reason for that? St. Lucia. The island saw an 11 percent increase in tourist visits in 2017, thanks to […]

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February 20, 2018

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Top Hotels in Costa Rica With Private Plunge Pools

Costa Rica is one of Central America’s smallest countries, but it’s home to hundreds of habitats — from lush rainforests to beautiful white-sand beaches. The country’s many ecosystems make it possible to go hiking, surfing, zip-lining, horseback riding, waterfall rappelling (you get the idea…) in a single trip. And when each vacation day brings the possibility […]

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February 20, 2018

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11 Charming Bed-and-Breakfasts in Europe

Bed and breakfast — such a simple formula can help travelers feel at home in big, unfamiliar cities. Though B&Bs might conjure images of New England hideaways or stately Southern mansions with rocking chairs set up on screened-in porches, Europe, too, is filled with these quaint, intimate retreats. So, if your idea of a special […]

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February 20, 2018

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7 of the Best Things to Do in Scottsdale, Arizona

One of the several cities that make up the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona, Scottsdale is a delightful mix of urban and desert, providing quite a few options for entertainment. There’s the outdoorsy side to it all — locals really love to hike — but there’s also a metropolitan flair to the city, meaning you’ve […]

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February 16, 2018

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9 Amazing Swim-Up Bars in Punta Cana

We know — a swim-up bar is a big draw for many travelers heading to Punta Cana. We can’t blame you! It’s a fun social space that blends two of the best things about tropical vacations (pools and bars, of course!). So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite swim-up bars in Punta Cana. Cheers! […]

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February 15, 2018

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10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana/Oyster Until the 1970s, Punta Borrachon (Drunkard’s Point) was about a five-mile stretch of powder-white beaches with sparkling blue water, dense foliage with a few fishing villages, and no modern infrastructure. A group of forward-thinking American developers purchased the land and renamed it Punta Cana, setting off a chain of events and […]

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February 15, 2018

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6 of the Best Hotel Spas in Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona is, arguably, the spa resort capital of the United States, with cities like Sedona leading the charge in relaxing spa retreats. We’re turning our eye towards Scottsdale, conveniently located right in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area (and less than 30 minutes from the airport). Visitors can enjoy luxurious spas in top hotels, […]

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February 14, 2018

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10 Naughty Hotels That Aren't Afraid of a Little Nudity, and More…

Whether its to kickstart a relationship, revive a relationship, or simply maintain a relationship, couples (of all ages.. and degrees of commitment) will often plan a romantic getaway — or two or three — at some point throughout their courtship. While relaxing on a beach somewhere may be all some couples need to reconnect, others […]

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February 14, 2018

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11 of the Best Things to Do in Dubai

Dubai is a mesmerizing city, an oasis of modernity in the Middle Eastern desert. It’s known for making everything extravagant — nearly every attraction is the biggest, the tallest, the most expensive, or some other crazy superlative. There’s a lot to do in this young city, so we’ve narrowed it down to eleven things you […]

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February 14, 2018

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6 Vacation Ideas Inspired by This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Movies

For cinephiles, movies are absolute magic, giving us a chance to escape our day-to-day lives and head to the California coastline, the London cityscape, or the salt planet of Crait (shout-out to Star Wars fans). Thankfully, you can visit those places even after the end credits roll — well, most of them anyway. The movies […]

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February 13, 2018

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Oahu vs. Maui: Which Hawaiian Island Should You Choose?

Dole Plantation, Oahu/Oyster Beautiful scenery, mild weather, and world-renowned hiking, snorkeling, and surfing are a few things that make Hawaii a bucket-list destination. However, given that the 50th U.S. state is a tropical archipelago, each island has its own unique character. And considering the time and expense involved in getting there, many travelers have to […]

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February 10, 2018

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5 Fun Cruise Activities for Rainy Days at Sea

The Waterworks on Carnival Pride/Oyster When you imagine yourself on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, you probably have a vivid image of lying poolside on a sun lounger with a margarita in one hand and a big floppy hat protecting your eyes from the sun’s blinding rays. Or, maybe you’re picturing the whole family […]

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February 10, 2018

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Top Road Trip Essentials

Southeastern Iceland/Oyster Flying may get you to your destination quicker, but you’ll miss out on the stunning scenery below the clouds and hidden gem attractions that are best explored via a car. That’s why we love a good road trip, whether along California‘s breathtaking coast or through Iceland‘s geologic wonders. But before you hop in […]

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February 10, 2018

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8 of the Best Beaches in St. Lucia

When most people think of St. Lucia, the towering Pitons might spring to mind first, but the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean island deserve a shout-out, too. Despite its modest 238 square miles, St. Lucia has numerous sandy stretches to explore, each offering its own inimitable attraction. Even better, all beaches on the island are […]

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February 9, 2018

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Jamaica vs. Mexico: Destination Face-Off

Both Jamaica and Mexico have been under the spotlight recently in regards to safety. An uptick in crime in parts of both destinations has triggered travel advisories warning tourists who are planning to visit. However, exercise a sensible degree of caution and keep away from no-go areas, and either country can still offer a safe […]

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February 8, 2018

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A State of Emergency Was Just Declared in the Maldives

When it comes to luxurious island vacations — with the softest of beaches, the bluest of waters, and over-the-top overwater bungalows — the Maldives tops the list. Made up of nearly 2,000 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the stunning archipelago is a romantic paradise. However, while the beauty of the Maldives is indisputable, it’s […]

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February 7, 2018

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Most Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico

Many all-inclusive resorts come with rowdy pool scenes and boisterous kid-friendly activities, but there are plenty that offer a more subdued atmosphere geared toward a romantic getaway. For honeymooning couples, or families that prefer a more laid-back vibe and options for adult time, we’ve rounded up the most romantic all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and […]

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February 7, 2018

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Samantha Brown’s 10 Best Tips for Traveling with Kids

Courtesy of Samantha Brown. As a veteran travel TV show host who has visited more than 250 cities around the world over the last two decades, Samantha Brown knows how to travel. But even for expert travelers, there’s always something new to learn — for Brown, a big challenge was adjusting to traveling with kids, […]

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February 6, 2018

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7 Former Olympic Cities You Should Visit

With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about past Olympics: the retro logos, the athletes’ classic uniforms, the spectacular venues, and of course, the incredible moments. Admittedly, recent doping scandals and commercialization have made the upcoming Games a bit less palatable. However, the pitfalls of modern sport shouldn’t […]

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February 6, 2018

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8 Historic Grand Hotels in the U.S. West

Not too long ago, the Western United States was a frontier, but it wasn’t long before westward expansion saw major cities sprout up with large populations moving into them. With the increased flow of people, the demand for hotels grew, too. From the late 1800s through the early 1900s, dozens of grand properties popped up […]

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February 4, 2018

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10 of the Best Things to Do in Toronto

Michael/Flickr Toronto is a big city, but instead of gobbling you up, it invites you in. The vibe is casual, relaxed — maybe a part of that is because people are glad to be there. A lot of the residents left elsewhere to call Toronto home. In fact, 51 percent of Torontonians were born outside […]

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February 4, 2018

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5 Luxury Hotels in Jamaica and Their Cheaper (But Similar) Alternatives

Without a doubt one of the most amazing destinations in the Caribbean, Jamaica is packed with natural beauty. On top of the gorgeous beaches, lush tropical forests, dramatic clifftop hangouts, and stunning waterfalls, the country’s huge array of hotels is an equally appealing attraction. With so many properties to choose from, there’s something to suit […]

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February 3, 2018

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17 of the Most Romantic Clifftop Hotels in Europe

With additional reporting by Anne Olivia Bauso. There’s something inherently romantic about staying at a hotel dramatically perched at the top of a cliff. But some clifftop hotels dial up the romance factor to a ridiculously high level, offering features like luxe rooms, unforgettable pools, and indulgent spa treatments for two. Oyster’s reporters have scoured […]

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February 2, 2018

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Maui vs. Kauai: Which Hawaiian Island Is Better for You?

Old Lahaina Luau, Maui/Oyster Whether you’re after adventure, nightlife, beautiful beaches, scenic views, or cultural highlights, booking a vacation to Hawaii is an easy decision. But unless you are lucky enough to have plenty of time (and money), you have a second, tougher decision to make: which Hawaiian island should you visit? Each one offers […]

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February 2, 2018

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The Best Weekend Itinerary for Key West

Ernest Hemingway may be Key West’s most well-known former resident, but plenty of famous faces have sailed, drank, and partied their way through the popular Florida island getaway. Jimmy Buffet, Judy Blume, and Ralph Lauren have all spent time basking in the mix of adventurous artsiness and beachside pleasures here. The island is approximately four […]

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