May 1, 2018

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The Most Beautiful Places in California

Packed with rugged good looks and natural elegance that extends far beyond the celebs of Hollywood, California is one of the most geographically diverse states in the United States. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and stunning redwood trees to the picturesque beaches and rugged desert, there’s beauty to be found everywhere in the Golden […]

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May 1, 2018

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10 All-Inclusive Resorts With Awesome Water Parks

Along with frolicking on a beach, splashing around in a water park tops any list of classic summer activities. These aquatic playgrounds — complete with winding waterslides, relaxing lazy rivers, suspended buckets of water, and interactive playscapes — offer a fun way to beat the heat. Fortunately, there are a number of hotels that house […]

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April 29, 2018

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12 of the Best Things to Do in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge/Oyster Not long ago, telling fellow travelers that you were from Brooklyn either elicited puzzled looks or was considered uncool. Now, this New York City borough draws millions of visitors every year, thanks to its hip, multicultural, and artistic offerings. While some neighborhoods have gentrified to nearly mimic the look and feel of Lower […]

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April 28, 2018

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Hotel Face-Off: Excellence Punta Cana vs. Excellence El Carmen

Aerial View of Excellence Punta Cana/Oyster If you’ve been researching the best adults-only luxury hotels in Punta Cana, you’ve likely come across the sister properties Excellence Punta Cana and Excellence El Carmen. The two beachfront beauties are almost neighbors — you can get from one gated entrance to the next in a five-minute drive. However, the […]

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April 28, 2018

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Huge Changes Are In Store for Marriott Customers—Here’s What You Need to Know

Front Desk at Kauai Marriott Resort/Oyster When Marriott merged with Starwood back in 2016, questions and concerns around changes — namely, how the acquisition would impact the company’s rewards programs — arose among frequent travelers. Turns out, the revamped rewards program, which was recently announced, holds some good news for members of both loyalty programs, […]

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April 27, 2018

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Best Boutique All-Inclusives in the Dominican Republic

If you’ve never personally experienced an all-inclusive vacation in the Dominican Republic, your impression of one might hinge on long buffet lines and lip-synched Michael Jackson shows. It’s true that big, booze-happy all-inclusive resorts are quite popular, especially in Punta Cana (the country’s tourism hub), but they’re far from the island’s only hotel option, or […]

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April 25, 2018

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Copenhagen vs. Stockholm: Which Scandinavian City Should You Choose?

Kongens Nytorv & Nyhavn in Copenhagen/Oyster If you appreciate Scandinavian design, castles, Viking ships, and really good meatballs, we’ve got some good news. You’ll find not one, but two capital cities that will fulfill all your desires — Copenhagen and Stockholm. The former is a harbor city encircled by multiple waterways; the latter is an […]

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April 25, 2018

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7 Reasons to Visit This Little-Known Oasis in the Dominican Republic

Beach at Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Samana/Oyster The Dominican Republic is perhaps most famous for its party-hard all-inclusive stalwart Punta Cana. But the island nation has so much more to offer visitors in the way of nature, culture, and different types of hotels. One of the most underrated destinations in the D.R. is the […]

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April 24, 2018

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6 Local Attractions That New Yorkers Avoid at All Costs

Tourists in New York City typically experience the city much differently than the average New Yorker. Some of the sights that have visitors claiming they love or hate the city — think Top of the Rock or M&M’S World — are places that locals have perhaps visited once and subsequently avoided at all costs. By […]

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April 24, 2018

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10 of the Best Weekend Getaways From Boston

View of the Charles River, Boston/Oyster With plenty of historical attractions (Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House), an impressive breadth of museums, lovely public parks (Boston Common, Public Garden), and sports activities galore (the city is home to the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots), Boston has lots to offer visitors. Even better, the city […]

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April 24, 2018

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How to Have a Weekend for Two in NYC for Less Than $500

Columbus Circle, Manhattan/Oyster New York City isn’t cheap. In fact, the Big Apple is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, and when you take into account everything, from food to housing, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens occupy three of the top five most expensive places to live in the United […]

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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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