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8 Extraordinary Places to go Whale Watching in Latin America

<b>Get up close to the whales and their calves as they migrate to the warm waters of Latin America.</b><p><b>1. ARGENTINA</b><p><b>From Wild Patagonian Shores</b><p>Head to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn on Patagonia's rugged Peninsula Valdes, where from June to December southern right whales can be seen within just feet of …

China for beginners: 7 first-timer fails to avoid on your trip to Beijing

Beijing's contradictions create a rip-roaring adventure for first-time visitors. Neon lights flash alongside swaying lanterns. Enormous squares yawn next to labyrinthine <i>hútòng</i> (alleyways). Catcalling market sellers and car horns provide a constant soundtrack.<p>In a city as deafening as it is …

Europe's 6 Best Beaches

<i>By: Meagan Drillinger</i><p>You know what Europe does well? Wine, food, and vacations. But also: beaches. Lots and lots of beaches. After all, the continent has more seas than a remedial 10th-grade algebra class, and an arsenal of islands and coastlines that hug every one of them. That means locals and …

Carnival Surprises Everyone With Strong Q1 Earnings

Carnival moved to a profit in its first quarter as the cruise operator benefited from declining fuel costs. Its adjusted profit handily topped …

Seven Perfect Days in Belize

I have been traveling to <b>Belize</b> every year for more than a decade and am already planning my next trip.<p>Why? As the only English-speaking country in Central America, as well as one of its smallest (it’s about the size of New Jersey), Belize is surprisingly easy to navigate. Local residents are …

Central America

Nepal's year-round trekking route

Does a low-altitude Himalayan hike that includes gin and tonics and nights in comfortable lodges offer the same rewards as a more challenging journey?<p><i>“Ukaalo</i>, <i>oraalo</i>,” said our guide, Naresh Gurung, describing the three-hour hike we’d just begun toward Three Mountain Lodge in central Nepal. He …

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5 Things to Do Outside Paris With Kids

<i>Château de Fontainebleau (Courtesy Château de Fontainebleau)</i><p>There's plenty to do in Paris, but sometimes it's nice to get out of the city and explore a little further afield. We've picked five day trips the kids will love, from a fabulous zoo and a unique aerospace museum to the must-visit …

The Best Oakland Food Tour You'll Ever Take

By Paul Krantz for offMetro SF<p>The name Temescal is said to be derived from "temescalli," an Aztec word for sweat lodge, but I didn't see any of those as I wandered past flower-adorned gardens toward the Temescal Sunday farmers' market in the parking lot of the DMV.<p>Having come from the heart of San …

Road Trip to Ohio's "The Spot"

A group of Instagrammers came together in Columbus, Ohio, on February 5th for the opening of the Mobile Photo Now exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art (check out all the photos at www.columbusmuseum.org/mobilephotonow). Many of us were friends on the app and just meeting in person for the first …

5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families in the Caribbean

Whether you're a family of three or of five, with toddlers or with teens, these five best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts promise carefree good times in a natural paradise with unbridled fun under the sun for the whole family. Above and beyond delicious cuisine and decadent spa treatments, each of …

16 Salty Snacks for Game Day

If you're planning on watching the big game, you are going to need something, a lot of things, to snack on. Supporting your favorite team from the couch doesn't have to mean sad, over-sauced chicken wings or fluorescent cheese products (unless, of course, you're a Packers fan). But there's no …

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How to make the most of a last-minute trip to Yosemite

It seems like nearly every traveller has Ansel-Adams-fueled dreams of visiting Yosemite National Park (and the ones that don't should), and with those dreams come questions. We put two of the most common questions we get from travellers - both on short and last-minute trips - to Beth Kohn, author …

Seven Destinations for an Exceptional Easter Family Trip

<b>With Spring approaching, it's time to plan that Easter break. Each of these seven destinations make the ideal family holiday.</b><p><b>1. ARGENTINA</b><p><b>Get up close to Iguassu Falls and spot rainforest wildlife.</b><p>You can't fail to be captivated by these dramatic waterfalls, as the Iguazu River cascades down from …

Travel (and Stay) Healthy

The last thing you want to happen on your vacation or while you are traveling--or even when you return home--is to get sick. That's no fun at all.<p>So it pays to be prepared...before <i>and</i> during your trip.<p><b>Here are a couple of tips that can help keep you healthy and happy:</b><p><b>Before you go...</b><p><b>Make sure</b> …

Las Vegas Reports 41.1 Million Visitor Record for 2014

A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.<p>The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already …

How We Traveled The World On $40 A Day, And You Can Too

When we tell people that we traveled to 302 cities in 33 countries across 6 continents for our honeymoon, they generally assume we are millionaires--far from it. We just decided that life was too short, the world was too big, and the value of travel too great to wait until retirement, so we made it …

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Top Attractions to See (for Free!) With the IDNYC Card

<i>Photo credit: Flickr</i><p>New Yorkers can now visit some of the city's top museums, zoos and concert halls for free when they apply for an <b>IDNYC card</b>.<p>The identification card, available to all New York City residents, was launched in January as an effort to allow vulnerable populations such as the homeless …

On the Big Island, volcanic activity could worsen respiratory problems

Visitors to the Big Island who suffer chronic respiratory problems are being urged to take common-sense precautions because of air pollution caused by volcanic activity.<p>Conditions are right for increasing particulate levels over southern and eastern parts of the Big Island, said Darryl Oliveira, …

Common Sense

Why Your Instagram Nature Shot Is Breaking the Law

Last fall, an Instagrammer named Casey Nocket made news when she posted photos of permanent acrylic portraits that she’d painted on rock faces in national parks across the country. Predictably, people were pretty upset both by her deeds and the callousness she appeared to have about her vandalism, …

National Parks

Is It Really Bad To Order Sushi On A Monday?

Mondays are the pits. After a restorative weekend, you're forced back into reality and you feel like a lab rat stuck in a cubicle, studied for the effects fluorescent light has on skin. So after a <i>looonnggg</i> day at the office, all you want to do is unwind and get some sushi with your girls and weep …

More Reason to Drink Chocolate Milk

A study published in <i>Nature Neuroscience</i> authored by Dr. Scott A. Small, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center, found that middle-aged participants consuming a drink high in cocoa flavanols—a type of antioxidant found in chocolate—performed better on a memory test than those who …

Columbia University

China Has A Tropical Island You Know Nothing About

Betcha didn't know China could look like this.<p>Curious wanderlusters should head to the island of Hainan, in the South China Sea, before it gets any more popular. The tropical isle -- with sprawling rainforest and pristine volcanic hot springs -- is a totally unexpected retreat from mainland Asia.<p>On …

The Everything Guide To Planning A Cruise

Whether you like it or not, cruises touch on a tantalizing vacation trifecta: good value, hassle-free planning, and the promise of adventure. Pay an upfront rate and you've got a floating hotel, three meals a day, ample entertainment and activities, luxe services, and an expert itinerary in …

Puerto Morelos: Cancun's Quiet Little Neighbor

PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico - It's hard to imagine that this poster child for a sleepy Mexican fishing village - wedged in between the country's mega-resorts at Cancun and the Riviera Maya - was once a boom town. But it was, back in the days when <i>chicle</i> farmers, shippers and sailors got together to do …

Adult Playtime: 3 Reasons to Treat Yourself, Aruba (PHOTOS)

<b>"We export happiness."</b><p>Yes, Aruba, yes you do.<p>Situated off the coast of Venezuela, slightly south of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, this Caribbean delight is everything I've needed to escape a fast-paced world that glorifies busy.<p>Weather? 365 days of sunshine guaranteed.<p>Gluttony? Five Star …

See More This Winter: Travel to Europe & $ave!

Source: <i>©Tourismus Salzburg GmbH</i><p>The Euro at its lowest value against the US Dollar since July 2012 - currently exchanging at $1.26 - and hotel rates in many of Europe's most popular cities are lower in winter, which means that it's time to seriously consider taking a trip across the Atlantic.<p>To give …

Shangri-La Hotels to Raise Up to $674 Million in Rights Offer

Shangri-La Asia Ltd., one of Asia’s biggest luxury-hotel operators, will raise as much as HK$5.23 billion ($674 million) in a 1-for-7 rights offer to …

New Petition Calls on Ben & Jerry's to Make Vegan Ice Cream

A couple is calling for <b>Ben & Jerry's</b> to make vegan ice cream. According to the Change.org petition, Jenny Foy and Doug Reed are surprised that a "company as ethical" as Ben & Jerry's does not make a dairy-alternative ice cream. The couple adds that they believe that if Ben & Jerry's offered a …

Halloween Candy Throwdown in 8 Rounds

<b>ROUND 1:</b> <b>MILKY WAY vs. 3 MUSKETEERS –</b> <i>Battle Nougat</i><p><b>3 MUSKETEERS</b><p>Whipped chocolate nougat coated in milk chocolate. It has 45 percent less fat than most …

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6 Tips for Taking Great Vacation Pictures

Travelzoo's Director of Photography Stephen Aviano spends his days pouring over the beautiful images that grace our website and inspire our subscribers -- and our deal experts -- to set off for adventures unknown. When he's not at work, he's behind the camera: on his last trip he even got to take a …