April 21, 2018

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Could Your Hotel Room Be Bugged? Here's How to Check

Lost luggage, missed connections, and flight delays are some of the common concerns that plague nervous travelers. But if you’re heading to countries like China, Russia, Israel, or even the U.K., you might have another major issue: bugged hotel rooms.  Hamza Butt/Flickr Why Would Someone Bug a Room? “Security and safety are easily at risk […]

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April 20, 2018

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11 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Thailand

Street Food in Bangkok, Thailand/Oyster While fluent English speakers make up only 15 to 20 percent of Thailand’s population, many more locals know enough to give directions, make recommendations, and haggle (more about that later). But just because you hear a lot of spoken English doesn’t mean that you’ll avoid making gaffes. Travelers to Thailand […]

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April 20, 2018

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12 of the Best Beaches in Greece

Surrounded by the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, Greece consists of more than 2,000 islands (227 of which are inhabited) and about 8,500 miles of coastline. That equals countless beautiful beaches, breathtaking bays, and lovely coves to explore. Some are white, some are red, some are pink, and some are black. Some have fine sand […]

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April 20, 2018

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6 Amazing Safaris That Aren’t in Africa

When planning a safari, Africa is likely the destination that comes to mind first. After all, the continent provides travelers with the presence of the famous Big Five, lush wilderness, and stunning sunsets over endless plains. However, there are plenty of alternatives — some more affordable — to the African adventure. From bear and wolf […]

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April 18, 2018

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7 Tips for Taking the Beautiful Hike From Fira to Oia

Grounds at Aeolos Studios & Suites, Santorini/Oyster Neither photographs nor words can accurately portray just how beautiful Santorini is. And no trip to the Greek island is complete without making the cliffside trek from Fira to Oia. The whitewashed vertical villages clinging to jagged volcanic cliffs that plunge down to the sparkling Aegean Sea are […]

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April 17, 2018

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5 International Trips That Are Cheaper Than a Weekend in London

London/Oyster We’ve already told you how expensive two days in New York City can be, but there are plenty of other destinations that will break the bank in no time at all. London is one of those places. The popular European city drew a record 19 million international visitors in 2016 alone, according to the […]

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April 17, 2018

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The Best Affordable Beach Resorts in the Caribbean for 2018

Beach at Legends Resort/Oyster A beachfront hotel in Barbados for $150 a night? Your own Jamaican oasis with white sand and aqua waters for $100 a night? Believe it or not, it’s not too good to be true; prime beachfront real estate in the Caribbean need not equal prohibitively high hotel rates. It’s time to […]

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April 16, 2018

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How to Spend the Craziest 24, 48, or 72 Hours in Las Vegas

Sunday Rehab Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino/Oyster If you’ve got minimum time for maximum fun, Las Vegas is your spot. Sin City is highly regarded among the world’s most serious partiers for providing nonstop fun. There’s a reason celebrities flock here for all sorts of shenanigans; most casinos and many restaurants and […]

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April 16, 2018

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California Wine Country Face-Off: Sonoma vs. Napa

Carneros Resort and Spa, Napa/Oyster Tens of millions of visitors flock to wine country in Northern California every year. Despite the recent wildfires, Napa Valley and Sonoma County are welcoming tourists again. But which one should you pick? Both places may seem to offer the same perks (enchanting views, charming towns, delicious meals, and of […]

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April 15, 2018

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6 Things You Should Never Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip/Oyster Las Vegas welcomed over 42 million visitors in 2017 alone, and usually makes the top five most-visited U.S. destinations list every year. Much of the city was designed to keep tourists happy (and spending cash) and it is, indeed, a great place to party, eat, shop, gamble, and gawk at the neon […]

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April 11, 2018

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The Best Hotel Spas in San Antonio

Windflower Spa at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa/Oyster Things you likely associate with San Antonio: The Alamo, the River Walk, and killer Tex-Mex. Next up may be golf courses and amusement parks. Spas may not make the top five (unless you’re a wellness junkie or simply in the know), but they deserve a […]

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April 11, 2018

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This Video of Baby Bison in South Dakota Will Brighten Your Day

As you may have surmised by now, we at Oyster have a soft spot for adorable animals — flamingos, puppies, monkeys, you name it. So you can imagine our excitement when we got wind that the first baby bison of 2018 were just born at Custer State Park in South Dakota.  This year’s first calf […]

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April 11, 2018

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These Monkeys Soaking in a Hot Spring Will Melt Your Heart

Brace yourself for some monkey business. Out of all the primates in the world, macaques, or snow monkeys, live the farthest north. But that’s not the only reason these adorable, fuzzy-faced creatures have been making headlines. The animals are known to keep warm by bathing in a hot spring in Japan’s world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park. (Cue […]

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April 10, 2018

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6 Underrated Destinations in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s finest beaches, natural landscapes, and vibrant cities. Even better, these diverse attractions can be enjoyed at affordable prices. It’s no surprise, then, that millions of travelers make their way to hot spots like Bali, Bangkok, and Boracay every year. And while many still consider these destinations […]

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April 10, 2018

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7 Bucket-List Trips to Blow Your Tax Refund On

According to the IRS, the average tax refund is around $3,000. At Oyster, we like to think of these yearly windfalls as zero-effort travel funds. Let’s just say $3,000 can cover some big bucket-list turf, making those far-flung places suddenly a “book now” button away. While we’re waiting on that deposit, here’s a dreamy list […]

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April 9, 2018

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The First-Ever Luxury Hotel Is Opening in Space

Last year, we played an April Fools prank on our readers, with a story about a new budget airline that was offering $69 flights to the moon. Turns out, the gag wasn’t so far-fetched. New start-up Orion Span recently announced its plans to launch the first-ever luxury hotel in space in 2021, with hopes to […]

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April 9, 2018

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The Best Bang-for-Your-Buck All-Inclusives in Jamaica

For many travelers seeking a stress-free beach vacation, an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica is truly a winning combo. We’ve honed in on the formula by singling out 16 Jamaican all-inclusives that offer great value relative to their rates. Some of the resorts on this list are big-ticket stays, but they earn their spot with wonderful […]

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April 8, 2018

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6 Port Scams to Avoid on Your Next Cruise

Tender Boat on Carnival Liberty/Oyster Though there are no hard statistics on how many cruise ship passengers get scammed at ports every year (the majority of victims don’t report the crimes due to time, embarrassment, and the pure inconvenience of filling out a police report abroad), it’s safe to say that cruisers are at a […]

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April 6, 2018

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8 Adorable Animal Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

The Sistine Chapel. The Taj Mahal. These are typical line items on a bucket list. And while we’re all for seeing the wonders of the world, as animal lovers, we have to confess that nothing makes us as giddy as a good nose-to-nose experience with an adorable creature. If otters holding hands warms your heart and cats […]

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April 6, 2018

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7 Fun Experiences That You May Not Know Are on a Cruise

We’ve outlined some of the most outrageous features on cruise ships — like go-kart racing, which is now coming to the Norwegian Bliss. However, there are still plenty of other exciting attractions and unique experiences that you might not expect to find on a cruise ship. Here are seven of our favorites — proof that […]

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April 4, 2018

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The 6 Most Unexpected and Fun Things to Do in Palm Springs

Entrance at Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort/Oyster Palm Springs has long been considered the hot spot for Los Angeles residents who want a desert getaway that includes spa visits, world-class golfing, antique and outlet mall shopping, and spending time in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Every April, the area swells with […]

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April 4, 2018

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Where to Go in Florida: A Cheat Sheet to the Top Destinations

Offering some of the warmest year-round weather and prettiest beaches in the United States, it’s no surprise visitors flock to Florida throughout the year. Choosing where to go in the Sunshine State can be difficult, though, as most cities have slightly different vibes and appealing factors — from the array of amusement parks in central […]

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April 4, 2018

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Top 9 Affordable Beach Hotels in Mexico for 2018

Imagine yourself basking in the sun, listening to the sound of waves as they gently lap the shore, and sipping the hours away on an icy beverage. Palm trees cast a shadow overhead, providing a sliver of shade — a much-needed reprieve from the scorching heat. From boisterous spring break trips to romantic honeymoons, beach […]

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April 2, 2018

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Brand-New Artificial Intelligence Luggage Acts Like Your Mom

Bill Abbott/Flickr Lugging your luggage is so 2018. The future has arrived. We’ve gotten our hands on a brand-new carry-on suitcase that’s powered by artificial intelligence. Not only does this hands-free, “Star Wars” BB-8-like luggage push and pull itself, but it can also hold a conversation, which is especially crucial when loneliness kicks in on […]

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March 30, 2018

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Best Cottages in the Florida Keys

Like ground frost and incessant smartphone meeting alerts, mega-resorts are rare in the Florida Keys, a string of coral islands famous for their calm Gulf of Mexico waters and beautiful nature preserves. Small and mid-size hotels are the rule here, not the exception. After all, the Florida Keys are beloved for their easygoing island vibes and […]

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March 30, 2018

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This Popular Island in the Philippines Is Temporarily Off-Limits to Tourists

Extreme measures taken to mitigate overtourism aren’t novel by any means. Santorini recently capped its visitor count by limiting the number of cruise ship passengers disembarking every day. Venice, too, banned particular cruise ships from entering its city center. And in 2004, the Malaysian government closed all hotels on the popular scuba diving destination of […]

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