Debbie Sikorak

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Vacation Rentals Slowly Becoming Easier to Book Online

Renting a vacation home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina or the South of Spain once involved faxes, phone calls, and key pick-ups. The seemingly …

Hotels That Help Us Say, "Hello Fellow Traveler!"

When my kids were little we used to take them to Eastover Estate & Retreat in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Ignore the fancy-pants name, this was a home-spun, teeny-bit threadbare mom & pop resort - a place where three meals a day were served in the enormous dining hall, next to …

10 Of The Quirkiest Hotels In The U.S., According To TripAdvisor

We've heard of our share of very unusual hotels, including prison hotels, a cruise ship resort, ice hotels, treehouse lodging, a gas station-turned-AirBnB, a "homeless" hotel, and even a morgue hotel. But a bed & breakfast in the shape of a giant beagle?! Yes, it exists -- here in the U.S.<p>Now …

Seven of the most treasured travel souvenirs (as voted by you)

Tired of snowdomes and T-shirts? Have a few too many fridge magnets? In an entirely non-scientific survey, we asked Lonely Planet fans on Facebook to tell us about their most treasured travel souvenirs. It turns out that the best keepsakes are often the things that pesos and pounds can’t buy…<p>1. A …

Our favourite images of the week

From Great Britain’s royal residences to an ancient pilgrimage in Japan, travel the world with these photos from the past seven days.

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Three epic icy journeys

The spirit of expedition continues to thrive as travellers seek out epic journeys to broaden their minds and stimulate their senses. Winter months or chilly climates might seem like challenges, but breathtaking snow-capped mountains and windswept views of glacial lakes create a magical travel …

Vacation Blues? 6 Tips to Ease the Before, During, and After

"How was your vacation?" I asked my friend who had just returned from a beach holiday.<p>"Now I <i>really</i> need a vacation." she sighed. "It was exhausting to get ready, the kids fought while we were there, and now it's overwhelming to be home."<p>Yep. I've been there. When you consider the Herculean effort …

The 10 Coolest Hotel Pools In Las Vegas

The growing number of dayclubs—featuring celebrity DJs, celebrity revelers, and over-the-top cabanas—cater to those who don't want to wait for the sun to go down to get the party started. But there are plenty of choices for those seeking sun-drenched serenity, and some great family options, …

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