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Travel Tips You Should Ignore

When I say what I do, I tend to get unrequested advice regarding travel: Bring photocopies of your passport! Take mini bottles of alcohol with you on the plane! Always pack a swimsuit!<p>While I question the legality of some, I tend to agree with most of the tidbits I hear from strangers and friends. …

Travel

Affordable New Zealand: Family Style

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> columnist <b>Heather Greenwood Davis</b> is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer.<p><b>Here’s her latest advice:</b><p><b>Reader Question:</b> We’re visiting <b>New Zealand</b> for two weeks. What should we see without spending a fortune?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Stick to …

First time Portland: Stumptown's best sights

<i>That’s it, I’m totally moving here.</i> Don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking along these lines after your first visit to Portland. It’s not a hard sell: Oregon’s largest city seduces easily, with its walkable neighborhoods, pretty green parks, famously great beer and coffee, laidback locals …

9 Things You Should Know Before Booking Your Next Cruise

<i>kansasphoto / Flickr</i><p>With meals, entertainment and accommodations wrapped into one reasonable rate, cruising offers a convenient and affordable vacation option. Many cruises today offer stimulating onboard enrichment programs, unique culinary experiences and immersive shore excursions (think: …

5 Getaways That Are Only Good in Winter

We know, we know: It's cold out. Not just "cold," but that finally-really-winter frigid that makes you feel achey, keeps you at home, and -- more often than not -- makes you feel totally, maddeningly stir-crazy. But fear not, our temporarily housebound readers: The savviest travelers know that …

Ain't No Mountain High Enough: 7 Romantic Mountaintop Hotels

We've all heard the song, but these seven gorgeous properties imbue it with new meaning. Rather than traversing mountains, rivers, and valleys to get to your sweetheart, we heartily recommend making that journey <i>together</i> -- because it's really hard to top a romantic getaway snuggled up in a cozy …

12 things to do in New York City before you die | CNN Travel

Local's guide to Singapore: beyond the skyscrapers

There are experiences and places in Singapore even some locals don’t know about. From green corridors to hot springs, read on to find out where to find a slice of bona fide local life in Singapore. And the sooner you go, the better, as Singapore changes so quickly you never know when you might …

Asia

Travel Back in Time to These Amazing Ancient Cities

The world's oldest cities are once-in-a-lifetime destinations, places that effortlessly inspire awe and put you in the shoes of a time traveler. To walk labyrinthine streets, marvel at crumbling fortress walls, or see kings' tombs that have endured thousands of years is to experience a fleeting …

How Can I Earn More Frequent Flier Miles?

<i>A:</i><p>Many domestic airlines have quietly made a drastic change to their frequent flier programs. They're now more likely to award points based on how much you spend—not how far you fly. That means your typical economy-class ticket earns fewer miles than it used to, especially for long-distance …

Rescuing ancient villages: Italy's hamlet hotels | CNN Travel

The Bag That Lets You Take Your Whole Closet With You

Carry-on bag designers are on a serious roll. First, there was the genius bag that hooked directly onto your suitcase. And now we've come across a carry-on bag with so much functionality it's kind of making our heads spin.<p>The bag in question was designed as part of a collaboration between Lisa …

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling in France

Save by learning these important phrases. Photo: Smilla4<p>By Bryan Pirolli, EuroCheapo.com—<p>So you're feeling like you've mastered the "<i>bonjours</i>" and "<i>mercis</i>"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.<p>We know …

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Is a Cruise for You? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Commit

<i>bvi4092 / Flickr</i><p>The question "Is a cruise for you?" might seem like a silly one. After all, with the open air, the exotic destinations and the all-you-can-eat buffets, what's not to love about a cruise?<p>But even with the affordable all-inclusive rates and the immersive experiences available onboard …