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The Scientific Reason You Should Take a Beach Vacation

<i>Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto</i><p>You probably already know that a beach vacation is relaxing, but now there's a scientific reason you should be booking an oceanside escape. A new study by Michigan State University revealed that living in a location where you have the chance to see a lot of blue …

Waterberg: 7 reasons to visit a South African Eden | CNN Travel

The Guide to Every Kind of Carry-On Bag (And Which You Should Choose)

It pains us to say, but long gone are the days when you could bring pretty much any bag on a commercial flight. Some airlines will let you check one bag for free, others charge a premium. Meanwhile, the size restrictions for carry-on bags are getting stricter; the industry standard set by the Big …

Me Before You: not just a tearjerker

An unconventional romance is at the heart of Thea Sharrock’s film of the bestselling novel, starring Sam Claflin<p>Will Traynor, the handsome, wheelchair-using hero of the bestselling novel <i>Me Before You</i>, by British author Jojo Moyes, has already left millions of readers around the world sobbing and …

The Top 12 Dog-Friendly Hotels

The idea of traveling with a pet can be daunting, so we love a good pet-friendly hotel. Our kitties and puppies deserve luxury treatment just like we …

10 of the most eco-friendly destinations in North America

Still planning your summer vacation? If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, you might consider Sian Ka’an<p>Reynard Loki<p>May 22, 2016 3:00pm (UTC)<p>In the 1950s, the world was crisscrossed by some 25 million annual tourists (i.e., overnight visitors). In 2014, according to the Center for …

Virginia Wedding at a Farm in Toano, Virginia

In May of 2015, four years after they first met at church, Will surprised Darcie with a trip to Costa Rica to visit his brother and sister-in-law. "I'd convinced myself he wasn't going to propose because I didn't want to be disappointed," Darcie says. But she shouldn't have worried. As they walked …

Andrew McCarthy's Irish quests: Driving the Dingle Peninsula

BBC Autos invited the actor, director, travel writer and Ireland devotee to pick his favourite Emerald Isle road trips.<p>Dingle is on the way to nowhere but itself. Overshadowed by the Ring of Kerry — the more touristed peninsula to the south — Dingle juts off the west of Ireland like an infant’s …

Heads Up! You’ll No Longer Find Airbnb in This Popular European City

Airbnb has opened up a whole new world to all those travelers who are not quite up for that hostel life but also not rich enough for hotels. With properties all across the globe (even in Cuba!), Airbnb’s often trendy places that offer connection with a city’s local community have made for not just …

Dear travelers to Japan: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 6 things

1. Samurai and ninja don’t wander the streets.<p>This is hardly the biggest misconception when it comes to foreigners visiting Japan, but I’m sorry to …

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9 things you must do in Scotland

Whether you’re after centuries-old castles or vast heather-covered glens, Scotland has something for you – preferably with a 12-year-old single malt …

Airline develops ‘smart shoes’ that could help travellers explore new destinations without consulting a map

Sometimes the best method of exploring a new city is to just go wherever your feet take you – but what if your feet had a little extra help from “smart shoes” that could give you directions to your destination?<p>European airline easyJet has unveiled a prototype “smart shoe” called Sneakairs that use …

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This CIA Operative's 11-Step Guide to Safe Travel

This story originally appeared on SOFREP.com<p>Marine veteran and former CIA operative Drew Dwyer knows a thing or two about traveling in dangerous parts of the world. In an ongoing travel safety series he's writing for SOFREP (Special Operations Forces Report), Dwyer shares some of the Central …

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The Island No One Wants You to Know About

There is something enticing about the idea of an island getaway. Though there are thousands of island destinations to choose from all over the world, there is one island that expert travelers do not want to share with you. Why? Because it is way too amazing to share! Sound intriguing? Well, lucky …

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A Beginner’s Guide To Trekking And Climbing The Best Trails On The Planet

One foot in front of the other. You trudge. The frozen snow cracks under your boots. The air gradually thins. Up.<p>One foot in front of the other, that’s the key. The peripheral edema causes your hands to swell in your gloves. Your cheeks start to redden. Up. Up.<p>One foot in front of the…<i>where were …

Thailand: Budget-friendly escapes for South Africans

South Africans love Thailand.<p>So much so that it is our second most popular outbound holiday destination. 2015 saw an overall increase of 3.95% in …

Costa Rica Honeymoon: Weather and Travel Guide

With two breathtaking coasts only a short plane ride away from each other -- one on the Pacific, the other on the Caribbean -- Costa Rica is the …

Before and After Post-Processing of Travel and Fine Art Photography

Peter Stewart is an internationally published photographer that specialized in travel and fine art photography. To understand how to take awesome …

7 Smartphone Hacks For Traveling Abroad

You've planned your trip, packed your bags and you're ready for your big adventure!<p>Have you thought about how you can use your smartphone to make your trip easier? Even if you don't have an Internet connection?<p>In recent years, there have been many apps developed that make travel easier-- even if …

Scientists Discover 3 New Habitable Planets: How Long Would It Take to Get There?

<i>This article was originally posted on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Neel V. Patel</b><p>Monday's bombshell announcement that scientists found three new potentially habitable exoplanets raised our hopes of finding extraterrestrials more than any discovery beforehand. Now then, can we go there and see for ourselves if there …

T+L Editors Share the Trips on Their Bucket List

Since the first time I saw photos of Torres de Paine National Park, I have wanted to go to Patagonia. I don't know if it's because of the …

4 Surprising Things That Can Make You Miss Your Flight, and How to Avoid Them

Missed flights create major headaches. Don't get tripped up by these common travel mistakes.<p>It's not your imagination: Airport security lines really are getting longer. A nasty combination of more passengers and fewer screeners means that you could spend as much time in line as on board your flight.<p>…

The Unexpected Place Couples are Heading for Their Honeymoons

If you think every newlywed couple is en route to the palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean, think again.<p>According to a new survey by Westin Hotels & …

Let’s Look At The True Per Person Costs Of Flying

Flying is magical. No, really — don’t let any physicist tell you otherwise. Getting a hunk of metal filled with people off the ground and into the air? That’s sorcery right there.<p>We all know, of course, that sorcery comes at a cost. Air travel seems to be getting cheaper these days, but it isn’t …

Europe's 20 most beautiful hotels | CNN Travel

(CNN) — With so many iconic cities and diverse landscapes, beautiful hotels in Europe are commonplace. But some are, quite simply, more beautiful than others.<p>From clifftop luxury retreats on Italy's Amalfi Coast to art nouveau masterpieces in the heart of Budapest, we've handpicked Europe's 20 most …

24 Hours in Rome: An Insider’s Guide

The drive into Rome from Fiumicino Airport quickly (or not so quickly, depending on traffic) goes from uninteresting to spellbinding. Such is the power of this some-2,770-year-old city, where ruins innumerable still stand among telephone poles and Vespa tracks, and where imposing umbrella pines …

5 Days in Japan’s Kanto Region – Tokyo, Kamakura and Fuji Five Lakes

With its skyscrapers, incredible landscape, fascinating history and fusion cuisine, Tokyo will electrify all of your senses. Having only 5 days will …

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