October 28, 2017

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The Best Sunscreens for Your Vacation

Beach Access at the Hotel Due Mari/Oyster One of the beauties of travel is the opportunity it gives us to disconnect from our everyday routines. Maybe we push back our usual wake-up time a couple of hours or indulge in a pre-dinner poolside cocktail or three. However, the regular application of sunscreen is not one […]

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October 27, 2017

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Are Travelers Still Flocking to Los Cabos Despite the Recent Travel Warning?

With 350 days of sun and an average temperature of 78 degrees, it comes as no surprise that Los Cabos welcomes more than two million international visitors each year. That’s not to say the desirable climate is the only thing the destination, which sits on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, has going for […]

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October 25, 2017

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5 Things Travelers Should Avoid Photographing

Shutterbugs, we know it’s almost impossible to pocket your camera when you see something truly beautiful, iconic, or surprising. After all, isn’t part of the joy of travel to return home with your digital memory maxed out on a reel of gorgeous images? Alas, there are moments when you simply must put down the phone […]

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October 25, 2017

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The 8 Best Packing Cubes for Travel

With any trip, there’s always the dreaded aspect of packing. How do you fit all your items in one suitcase or carry-on and keep them organized? Enter the amazing invention of packing cubes. Packing cubes were created with the organized traveler in mind, making it easy to pack before a trip and repack all of […]

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October 24, 2017

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The Most Charming Boutique Hotels in Europe

A word of advice: Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to searching for the perfect hotel stay. In fact, for those seeking a more intimate, charming ambience with a personal touch, a boutique hotel is the way to go. Whether you’re heading off on a long vacation or sneaking in a short weekend getaway, […]

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October 23, 2017

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The FAA Is Pushing for a Worldwide Laptop Ban in Checked Luggage

Laptop bans are back — but this time it’s extending beyond the Middle East. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is urging airlines to prohibit passengers from putting large electronic devices, including laptops, in checked bags on international flights. Why? The concern stems from the laptop’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Recent tests revealed that when large electronics […]

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October 22, 2017

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One Hotel Takes Pet-Friendly to the Next Level by Checking In a Horse

Karsun Designs/Flickr There are plenty of pet-friendly hotels out there for travelers bringing their furry friends with them — notably the Kimpton chain, among others — but nine times out of 10, a “pet” refers to a dog or a cat. That being said, when riding coach Lindsey Partridge traveled from Canada to Kentucky with […]

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October 21, 2017

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10 Things You Should Never Do in India

Joanna Pędzich-Opioła/Flickr India is one country where cultural norms and customs are vastly different from what many Western travelers are familiar with. Indian society is generally conservative, importance is given to hierarchy, there are strict ideas about impurity, and social divisions and inequalities are glaringly apparent. At the same time, Indians are extremely hospitable and […]

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October 20, 2017

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This Airport Is Swapping Traditional Security Checks With a Virtual Aquarium

Unless you’re PreCheck-approved, there are a few inevitabilities that you can’t escape when flying: You’ll likely have to maneuver your way through a pileup of plastic bins, stand (shoe-less) on a long security line, and endure an uncomfortable pat-down. But now there’s something fishy — literally — happening at Dubai International Airport that’s changing this […]

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October 18, 2017

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7 Bucket-List Destinations for Movie Lovers and TV Buffs

How often are you watching a movie and wish you could visit the beach where the protagonist goes surfing, or the quaint town where a couple falls in love? Maybe you want to walk down the same road as your favorite character, or hang out in the pub where the friends on your favorite TV […]

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October 17, 2017

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The Most Scenic Train Trips in the Alps

The speed with which planes allow us to traverse the world is pretty impressive, but when it comes to taking the scenic route, trains have it down. In Europe, some of the best eye-candy comes from a train trip in the Alps, the mountain range that extends approximately 750 miles across eight countries, including France, […]

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October 15, 2017

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5 Charming Tuscan Towns You Can't Miss

Ah, Italy! The whole country is a fabulous melange of world-class food, wine, art, and architecture, but no other region embodies what Italy is all about better than Tuscany. Whether you prefer strolling the vineyards of Chianti, lounging on Elba’s beaches, or admiring Botticelli’s works at the Uffizi in Florence, Tuscany has something for everyone. […]

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October 14, 2017

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The Best Time to Visit Australia

Lenny K Photography/Flickr Australia is a huge country — after all, it’s also its very own continent — with cities dotted along its incredible miles of coastline. But it’s not just big in terms of square miles. There’s a wide range of geography, from the Outback to world-class beaches to the Blue Mountains. All that […]

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October 14, 2017

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The Most Haunted Places in the World

‘Tis the season to start embracing the spooky and supernatural. For some people, us included, there’s just something about being safely scared that we can’t quite resist. Maybe it’s our curiosity about the unknown or just the excitement of a cheap thrill, but we even love reading about haunted places. But what makes a place […]

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October 13, 2017

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Where to Go in South America: A Cheat Sheet to the Continent's Countries and Territories

A word of warning: Once you touch down in South America, there’s a high chance you won’t want to return home. Yes, it’s a big place, with 13 countries spread across thousands of miles made up of dizzyingly high mountains, steaming jungles, amazing beaches, and some of the world’s largest cities. To be clear, there […]

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October 11, 2017

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9 Hotel Rooms With Private Beaches

Forget swim-up bars, swim-out suites, and in-room pools. When it comes to tropical getaways, staying in a room with its very own private beach — as in swim-naked-if-you-want private — is the ultimate way to go. (Well, short of chartering an entire island.) These dreamy hotel rooms around the world feature secluded shoreline, hidden-away coves, and […]

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October 10, 2017

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13 Cheesy Vacation Photos Everyone Takes

Perhaps the greatest thing about social media’s invasion of every aspect of our lives is the steady proliferation of vacation photos that wind up our feeds. On one hand, there are those that engage us in new destinations, inspire envious wanderlust, and give us the chance to instantly see the places that friends and family […]

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October 8, 2017

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Where to Go for a Cozy Weekend This Winter

The Cottonwoods Villa at Spring Creek Ranch/Oyster With fall in full force (and winter on the horizon), now is the perfect time to step away from your workaday routine and nestle into a long weekend retreat. After a day in the brisk air, there’s little better than getting snug with a cozy blanket and cocoa […]

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October 7, 2017

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7 Hotels That Go All Out for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to head somewhere that can provide all the thrills and chills that the holiday is known for. Though there are plenty of spooky destinations to see across the U.S., many hotels are providing extra Halloween perks to your getaway such as fun decor, costume parties, family-friendly Halloween activities, and even […]

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October 7, 2017

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What Will the Las Vegas Shooting Mean for Hotel Security?

On October 1, police entered Stephen Paddock’s 32nd floor-room at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and found at least 17 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The 64-year-old used the weapons to fire at a crowd of concertgoers below, killing over 50 people and injuring more than 500. The event became the deadliest […]

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October 5, 2017

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7 Ways Hotels Can Ruin Your Vacation

The King Room at the Comfort Inn Airport/Oyster A hotel is more than just a place to rest your head at the end of a long day. It’s a temple of calm after braving a wild, unfamiliar frontier. If that oasis isn’t everything that was promised on the website, it can mean disaster. Thankfully, at […]

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October 4, 2017

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Where Else We Would Live if We Could

Quartiere Coppede/Oyster Wanderlust runs rampant in this office. Everyone is always “off to” or “just back from,” and there’s a steady stream of chatter about trips and destinations. Many of us plan to call New York home for the long haul, but in spending our days consumed with all things travel, thoughts about living in […]

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October 2, 2017

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5 Underrated Destinations in Asia

If you’re looking to book your next trip to Asia but are overwhelmed by the idea of fighting crowds in Hong Kong or Phuket, look to one of these five under-the-radar destinations. From beaches to bustling cities and world-class shopping, we’ve rounded up our favorite destinations that you might never have considered before for your […]

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September 30, 2017

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A 15,000-Mile Hiking Trail Just Opened in Canada

Botany Bay in British Columbia. Tom Collins/Flickr. It’s been 25 years in the making, but Canada’s massive cross-country hiking trail, dubbed the Great Trail, has finally opened. Spanning nearly 15,000 miles, the trail isn’t actually one path, but 400 different trails maintained by different communities across the country. And, in fact, it’s not even just […]

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September 28, 2017

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The 3 Essential Carry-On Bags for Weekend Travel

Whether you’re going away for a week or a weekend, the right carry-on bag can make or break your trip. Have you ever struggled to cram your heavy carry-on into the overhead bin while angry passengers waited and stared? Ever not had enough room to keep all your flight essentials close by? Or ever just […]

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September 28, 2017

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7 Reasons Why Many Tourist Destinations Are Becoming Overcrowded

Basilica du Sacre-Coeur, Paris/Oyster Overtourism has been in the news a lot lately, as popular tourist destinations struggle to deal with ever-rising numbers of visitors. In Europe, the peak summer season has now come and gone, and new records have been set once again for many tourist hotspots like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Venice. Santorini, […]

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