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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 …

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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.<p>The world is getting …

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 …

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Best National Park Adventures for Kids

Adventure<p>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 …

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 to set off for adventures unknown. When he's not at work, he's behind the camera. Follow Stephen's tips to take great vacation shots of your …

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50 states, 50 jobs, one honeymoon - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- "Why did you turn off the RV?" Alyssa Padgett recalls asking her husband, Heath, as their 29-foot RV careened off an exit toward the small town of Williams, Arizona.<p>"I didn't," he replied.<p>Just 10 days into their cross-country honeymoon, the fuel pump in their camper, lovingly known as …

10 Politically Incorrect Travel Hacks

Of course we all know the commonsense ones, like: Don't eat where you sleep. Don't wear shorts riding an elephant. Don't talk-back to customs or immigration officials. And never present yourself at a car rental desk after a few drinks on the plane. Duh, right?<p>People tell me the craziest things. I …

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What to Do in Switzerland

The hotels, shops and restaurants looked as though they had been decorated with cupcake frosting. And behind the buildings, the scene was made complete by the dramatic rise of the mountains, the Swiss Alps.<p><i>Recently a friend of mine heard that I had been to Switzerland, and she wrote and asked me to</i> …

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Simple Strategies to Save on Your Next Vacation

Travel doesn't have to be expensive -- if you know how to play it right.<p><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. …

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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 …

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5 Reminders to Keep Parents Sane While Traveling With Children

I'm not suggesting vacations are a free pass for kids to misbehave. I'm merely saying you should ease up a bit on expectations as a way to maintain some parental sanity on vacation.<p>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 …

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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 …

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 …

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, …

Australia for All Types of Travelers

I'm often fielding questions from friends and family back home on what part of my adoptive country would be best for them to visit as most don't know where to start.<p>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 …

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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>Australia's largest city is also the jumping off point from exploring Australia, and the city …

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Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>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, …

5 Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise

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.<p><i>By: Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Cruise Critic Contributor</i><p>So my first cruise -- a weeklong Bermuda cruise …

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Top 10 Reasons to Travel the Ex-USSR

This is the land of communal bathrooms, sweaty trains, body odor and too much mayonnaise. But, if you can set aside a few creature comforts, then the former Soviet Union is the most exciting travel destination there is.<p>I am asked pretty regularly why I go to countries like Russia, Ukraine or …

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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 …

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Visiting Bali, Indonesia: Earth's Paradise

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.<p><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 …

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