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Best Apps For Traveling - Vacation Planning Tips

Apps can often prove unnecessary (how many ones for creating a to-do list do you really need?), but one area where they tend to excel is travel.<p>There …

Best Places to Travel in 2015 (PHOTOS)

The world is getting smaller, but the chances of having an extraordinary new experience are only increasing. We've identified 50 standout destinations, based on industry news and trends, with input from contributing writers, A-List travel agents, and our new local experts. These are the places …

Travel

Caribbean Adventures Worth Leaving Your All-Inclusive For

Sometimes you need an adventure that gets your heart thumping, a thrill to remind you that deep down inside you're still as fun and gutsy as you were when you were 20. These Caribbean adventures are the adrenaline-awakening experience you're looking for. They'll have you sweating through your …

Scuba Diving

Best National Park Adventures for Kids

You want to take your kids on an unforgettable adventure in one of our spectacular national parks—but which one? In his new book, 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life, editor, author, and dad Keith Bellows names the best parks for families—and much more. See his 11 park picks below, then …

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 …

iPhone 5

10 Politically Incorrect Travel Hacks

People tell me the craziest things. I guess I seem like a sympathetic listener?<p>They divulge their best travel tips to me at travel and adventure trade shows across the country, international travel markets, at book signings, and I hear them from fellow travel writers and arm-chair travelers alike. …

Hacking

What to Do in Switzerland

<i>Recently a friend of mine heard that I had been to Switzerland, and she wrote and asked me to make recommendations for her upcoming visit. Here is what I told her.</i><p><b>The best way I know how to begin about Switzerland is to tell you a story.</b><p>Once upon a time we made plans to move to Europe. Within these …

European Travel

Simple Strategies to Save on Your Next Vacation

<i>zoetnet / Flickr</i><p>Travel doesn't have to be expensive -- if you know how to play it right. Now that you've figured out how to save on your hotel and your flight, don't forget to continue saving once the vacation is underway. Transportation, food, lodging and activities: These are all expenses that …

Travel

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 …

Cruise Ships

5 Reminders to Keep Parents Sane While Traveling With Children

Photo by Michael Mundt<p>Oh, dear reader. How I wish I could tell you my family's first visit to Mesa Verde National Park in August 2014 was memorable for all the right reasons. That it was enlightening, educational and enjoyable. That my boys appreciated Colorado's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and …

Parenting

7 Tips To Get You Through A Long-Haul Flight With A Baby

The idea of packing a car seat, stroller, suitcase, and diaper bag full of toys and then entertaining my very active daughter for hours in a confined setting was a completely daunting task.<p>But in reality, the flight was one of the easier parts of the trip.<p>Here are 7 tips to get you through a …

Long Haul

Fodor’s Week in Travel: Go West

The American West has an array of delightful activities just as diverse as its many landscapes—and we at Fodor's have especially taken notice this …

La Jolla

The world's most illuminating experiences

2015 is the UN Year of Light – so make a beeline for these brilliantly bright, bedazzling places.<p>1. Aurora, Abisko, Sweden<p>The northern lights shimmer right across the polar regions – if solar activity is particularly exuberant you might even glimpse the lights as far south as Scotland. But, really, …

New Zealand

Australia for All Types of Travelers

When departing from North America, the land down under can feel like it's a world away, and well, it almost is. By birth, I'm Canadian, and by choice I'm living in <b>Australia</b>, having moved to Sydney several years ago. I'm often fielding questions from friends and family back home on what part of my …

Australia

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 10 Worst Airports In The World, According To Travelers

When we already grapple with airport security lines, the lack of non-greasy sustenance and the stress of barely-missed flights, we do NOT need the airport itself to make things worse.<p>Travel site Sleeping in Airports recently polled more than 18,000 passengers for its annual Worst Airports survey -- …

A Postcard From Sydney: Essential Travel Tips

Australia's largest city is also the jumping off point from exploring Australia, and the city with the most inbound flights from North America. Here are some essential tips to plan and enjoy your visit.<p><b>Airfare tips</b><p>October to March is Sydney's busiest tourism period, when the weather is most …

Australia

Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title.<p><b>Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers:</b><p><b>Cannon Beach, Oregon:</b> “At only an hour-and-a-half drive away, Cannon Beach was an easy …

5 Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise

<i>By: Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Cruise Critic Contributor</i><p>So my first cruise -- a weeklong Bermuda cruise sailing on Norwegian Dawn -- wasn't perfect (credit the rain, a couple lackluster shows and several canceled activities), but it was pretty great. It took me a couple days to figure out how to …

Dining Rooms

Top 10 Reasons to Travel the Ex-USSR

<i>Ancient Church in Kazbegi, Georgia.</i><p>I am asked pretty regularly why I go to countries like Russia, Ukraine or Tajikistan. At first glance, there is not much to attract visitors, what with the civil wars, frowning shopkeepers, bitter winters and general chaos. Admittedly, these places are not for …

Russia

9 Breathtaking Destinations You Must See While Visiting Australia

One of the pleasures of travel is the feeling of discovery. In a time when there is a proliferation of information and everyone is connected all the time, it is a joy to realize there are still unknowns--hidden gems to be shared with family and friends. <b>Australia</b> can sometimes seem so familiar, yet …

Australia

Visiting Bali, Indonesia: Earth's Paradise

<i>Written by Scott Bosco</i><p>If you have as much wanderlust as I do, then you could imagine how often I dream of Bali's Bukit Peninsula. Kneading my toes through the island's chalky-white sand beaches, while staring hypnotized at a sunset burning out over the sapphire and emerald waters. The image of …

Asia