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Take the Best Nighttime Photo of Your Life

Great nighttime shots—the ones with crystal-clear stars and the Milky Way practically jumping off the screen—are always a big hit on Instagram. But how do you capture one for yourself? You can’t just point your camera at the stars and hope to get lucky. A great starscape captures more than the eye …

The Caribbean's Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

Family vacations are meant to be relaxing and enjoyable, but sometimes finding the right hotel, making restaurant reservations, and booking endless activities for the kids can seem more like a chore than a restful getaway. So we here at Oyster took on the impossibly taxing job of traveling to the …

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10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for 2015

A stay at an all-inclusive resort packs in plenty of convenience: Pay just one upfront price, and you don't have to worry about racking up extra charges for food, drink, and entertainment while on vacation. Add in a beachside setting, and it's even easier to leave your cares behind. There's a host …

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Kiribati, World's Least-Visited Country, Is REALLY Beautiful

Is it just us, or is the world's least-visited country actually one of the most beautiful places to ever exist?<p>Kiribati (pronounced kiri-bas) had just 6,000 visitors last year -- this makes it the least-visited country on Earth for which data is available from the United Nations World Tourism …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

15 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Ireland

Ireland is home to incredibly peaceful cemeteries, gorgeous castles, an awesome landscape of bogs, beaches, and cliffs, and of course, Guinness.<p>As I learned in a nine-day trip around Ireland and its sibling Northern Ireland, this island is one of the most magically friendly places on Earth.<p>Here are …

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Scottsdale Rivals Vegas As a Weekend Getaway

Nothing hastens the expiration of a hangover quite like a sunrise balloon ride over Arizona's Sonoran Desert with its rugged mountains, lush arroyas and distinctive flora. The crisp early morning desert air, the fiery fuel blasts keeping the massive balloon afloat and the exhilaration of silently …

Five Sun-Drenched Caribbean Islands to Visit This Winter

With winter holidays well on the way, there's no time like the present to set sights on a sun and fun filled escape to the colorful Caribbean. Covered in rainforests, dotted with volcanoes, bursting with wildlife and waterfalls, all surrounded by endless white sand beaches, the Caribbean islands …

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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: …

The 9 Best Money-Saving Travel Tips

1-<b>Pick Destinations Based On Currency Exchange Rates</b><p>My destinations are selected based on where the dollar is strongest. Flexibility in choosing my vacation allows me to be opportunistic.<p>Reviewing online currency valuation articles helps determine where the exchange rates are best. A strong dollar …

How to Combine a Disney World and Universal Orlando Vacation

Disney World (Photo Credit: Flickr/Sean Yu)<p>Orlando is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, especially for families. With fantastic theme parks, great shopping, and varied dining, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy. Two of the most popular vacation spots …

Quaint Fishing Village Reine Will Make You Want To Run Off To Norway Immediately

Have you ever felt the urge to escape it all, run off to Norway and hole up in a converted red fisherman's cottage?<p>No, you have not? Perhaps that's because you haven't seen Reine, the Norwegian fishing village with an estimated population of just about 300. The village is nestled in the Lofoten …

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 …

WOW Indeed! Budget Airline Launches $99 Flights to Europe

A low-fare airline called WOW just introduced new routes between the U.S. and Europe, with fares that are cheaper than what passengers are used to …

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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The Two Sides of Beautiful in the Dolomites

The Val Gardena in northeastern Italy is a sight to behold, no matter how you look at it -- or from what height. When people talk about beautiful landscapes, they generally mean one of two different, in fact totally opposite things.<p>On the one end of the spectrum, there is the …

10 Places To Put On Your Budget Bucket List In 2015

So you want to know where to go but don't want to spend hours researching? We get it. And so does Lonely Planet.<p>The travel pros have published their 10th annual "best in" travel compilation book, complete with round ups of the best cities and countries to visit next year, as well as lists of …

Planes Get Too Close For Comfort On St. Maarten Beach

It's a scene you don't normally see on the beach -- airplanes coming towards land almost directly on top of sunbathers, with tourists and locals alike occasionally diving out of the way of the jumbo jets.<p>But at Maho Beach on St. Maarten, close encounters with planes and people are almost an <i>hourly</i> …

5 Destinations Worth Escaping to for the Winter Holidays

It's almost that time of year again - the holidays are quickly approaching and I'm getting the itch to take a quick trip for the winter -- still deciding whether to escape the cold weather or surround myself in the beauty of it. Maybe you guys can help me decide. Here are the five destinations that …

17 Spots That Make Mexico One Of The Prettiest Places On Earth

Yes, there's the stereotype of partying spring breakers. But let's not forget that Mexico is truly a beautiful place.<p>The country boasts 67 national parks and 41 biosphere reserves. Among Mexico's deserts, rivers and mountains, you'll find more than 5,000 miles of coastline and one of the world's …

Rules of the Road on Route 66

Jen Dragon and I made it to Chicago today to meet up with the other folks riding on the 12-day Route 66 road rally called the "Ride for the Relay". When I first received the invitation I really wanted to accept, but wrote if off because of our very busy catering business at Blue Mountain …

15 Jaw-Dropping Hotels In The Caribbean

Choosing the right hotel is an important part of any successful vacation, but there's something about the Caribbean, more than other parts of the world, that makes you want to find the perfect property. More than 7,000 islands are found in the Caribbean, 13 of which are independent islands. That …

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Holiday Travel: The 3 Absolute Best Days to Book

Picking the right holiday gift is hard. Picking the right day to book holiday travel? Impossible. Or it was, until this handy travel-deals calendar came along. Based on Orbitz booking data, it gives you the exact best day to buy your ticket home (or anywhere) for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New …

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Should You Be Planning a Trip to the Caribbean #OneHappyIsland?

<b>By Nicolle Monico</b><p>If you would have told me a year ago that I would be traveling to Aruba in 2014, I wouldn't have believed you. Don't get me wrong, I travel frequently and have plans to explore every part of the world; but the small Caribbean island of Aruba? It was nowhere near the top of my list …

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Why Cities Are the New Frontier for Extended-Stay Hotels

<i>This week we launched our latest free report The Changing Business of Extended-Stay Hotels, brought to you in partnership with Homewood Suites by</i> …

5 Ways to Never Pay for Travel Again

<i>By: Jason Steele</i><p>Traveling for free doesn't have to involve couch surfing, dumpster diving, or stowing away in the wheel well of a 747. It doesn't even have to involve credit card fraud.<p>No, there's a kind of free travel where you enjoy business-class flights, luxury hotel suites, and champagne …

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25 Beautiful Places You Won't Mind Getting Lost in on Your Next American Roadtrip

<i>This article was originally published on AskMen.</i><p>Being stranded somewhere usually means you're in an awful predicament, but America has some of the most marvelous landscapes that can make desertion a pretty OK situation (if you don't mind sweating, being bored and eventually starving). Here are 25 …

The 10 Coziest New England Inns For Fall

Staying in a New England inn during foliage season is the quintessential fall vacation. If you're conjuring up images of historic mansions, elegant antiques, thick oriental rugs, and cozy fireplaces for those crisp fall nights -- well, you're right on the money. These 10 inns all have charm to …

The View Of The Great Wall Of China You Didn't Know Existed

Welcome to the seaside area of the Great Wall of China.<p>This wonder has intrigued us in many ways over the years. Remember that time Justin Bieber was allowed to be carried up its incline? Or when a designated graffiti section was announced? But THIS is even more awesome.<p>Reddit user Granjaguar …