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Japanese Pick Tokyo's Best Sights

<i>Photo by Gail Nakada</i><p>Dreaming of a trip to Tokyo? Cherry blossoms, Ginza, Harajuku, the temples and shrines, Cos Play posers and that psychedelic Robot Restaurants you've heard so much about... You're not the only one. Tokyo is a top destination for Japanese travelers, too.<p>J<i>apanese pour over Tokyo</i> …

15 Things NOT To Do In Paris

It's impossible to see and do everything when visiting Paris, so why waste time doing anything that isn't worthy of your hard-earned vacation hours? The next time you're in the City of Light, don't fight with crowds in tourist traps, eat at the wrong restaurants, or wait in line at the Eiffel …

10 Best Ramen Shops In The U.S.

Ramen was once thought of as college-student food, a cheap and filling meal that was bought in bulk--but, oh, how times have changed. These days, you can find trendy, top-notch ramen shops all over the country. No longer relegated to the world of prepackaged Styrofoam cups, this Japanese comfort …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

8 Trips You HAVE to Take Before You Die

There are trips we strongly recommend you take and then there are those that we basically demand. Trust us, as travel experts, we know the getaways that should make your bucket list. Here are eight trips you HAVE to take before you die -- and we even ordered them chronologically with the adventure …

L.A. Confidential

Spring Break is right around the corner. Frozen people, huddled inside the giant snowdrifts enveloping their houses want fun in the Sun. Those considering a temporary reprieve in Los Angeles are dreaming of beaches, theme parks, and the glamorous Hollywood locations at which they can get …

10 Best Urban Brunch Spots in the U.S.

In America's cities from coast to coast, brunch has become a way of life. Whether recovering from a big night out or just looking to start the day day in style, both city dwellers and travelers find that a delicious brunch is the ultimate incentive to head out on a weekend morning. At these …

5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families in the Caribbean

Whether you're a family of three or of five, with toddlers or with teens, these five best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts promise carefree good times in a natural paradise with unbridled fun under the sun for the whole family. Above and beyond delicious cuisine and decadent spa treatments, each of …

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Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Now-Cheaper Europe

<i>Enjoy Europe for less now!</i><p>You know what's the best thing when you're a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making …

Where To Find The Best Sushi In Tokyo

Obviously, if you love sushi, Tokyo is probably your number one foodie vacation destination, but Tokyo is a big place! There are plenty of excellent sushi restaurants-and plenty of great ones at that. But for seriously fresh sushi, there might be no better place than right off the boat.<p>And if you …

5 Affordable Caribbean Hotels for Families

With their beautiful beach stretches, the clear blue-green waters, and the warm sunny weather, the Caribbean islands are pretty much at the top of the list for every family looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway. And while a family vacation in paradise doesn't come cheap, these five affordable …

Traveling Internationally? Do These 20 Things First

Credit: Flickr<p>So you're ready to put that first stamp in your passport? Or it has been years since your last big vacation? Here's a list of 20 tips you should do or bring before your trip if this is your first time traveling abroad or if you need a refresher.<p><b>Security & Health</b><p>• <b>Check in with your</b> …

7 Jaw-Dropping Hawaii Spots Where Time Stands Still

Ever wonder what's behind that famous "aloha spirit?" Why are people in Hawaii so darn healthy and happy all the time?<p>The local culture is a big part of it, of course, as is the natural beauty of the islands. But science has something to say about it, too. According to three different 2012 …

The 10 Best Budget Hotels Around The World, According To TripAdvisor

Let's face it: We all have places on our budget bucket list, lists of vacations we need to take for only $100 per night and dream trips you can actually afford.<p>But when your responsible, budgeting self can't stand the thought of another night in a hostel, it's time to upgrade to a budget hotel. …

10 Ways to Save Tons of Cash When You Travel in 2015

<i>By: Matthew Kepnes</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>OK, so 2015 is here. Maybe you made resolutions -- eat more bacon, quit smoking, whatever -- but traveling more is one you can definitely keep. Most people don't because they think they're too busy, or it's too expensive. Well, what if I told you saving money …

20 Must-Try Street Foods Around the World

Can you imagine visiting Paris without having a crêpe? Strolling through Hong Kong and not eating an egg waffle? Passing up authentic jerk chicken in Jamaica? Trying street food is an integral of traveling to new places, and it's a delicious window into new cultures, a taste of human history. In …

7 Ways To Travel Smarter In 2015

We've always loved a good travel hack, whether it's the secret to a smaller suitcase or the trick that gets cheaper plane tickets every time.<p>We asked the pros at CheapAir -- and sifted through our favorite hacks -- for 7 tricks that will make 2015 the year you FINALLY get out there, and on a trip …

Top 15 International Destinations for 2015

Every New Year's resolution involves three key ingredients -- the commitment to better one's self, the passion to try something new, and the inevitable promise to venture beyond one's comfort zone -- and no one act accomplishes those goals more than international travel.<p>With 2015 on the horizon, …

Japan's Must-See World Heritage Sites

What to see, how to avoid the crowds, and how to enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on your own terms.<p>Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book <i>Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature</i> by …

10 Smart Ways To Travel Without Going Broke

In theory, travel is the only thing you can spend money on that actually makes you richer. But, in practice, paying for a big trip can quite easily …

How to Find Cheap Flights Online

<i>rch850 / Flickr</i><p>Booking a flight online can be an aggravating process. After checking for discounts, figuring out the best time to fly, deciding which route to take and making sure the price is right, you're still left wondering if you scored the cheapest fare.<p>I've booked more than 100 flights since …

20 Ways to Travel Better (PHOTOS)

There are two types of travelers in this world: those who put up with the difficulties and occasional indignities of travel and those who are determined to triumph over them.<p>If you're in the former camp, take note: with so much new technology available at your fingertips--and so many companies …

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: …

Travel Well for Less: How to Save on Accommodations

Ever wonder why someone else always seems to get a better deal for their hotel or travel accommodation than you do? Well, there are lots of ways to score discounted (or even free) accommodations these days. We've done it ourselves in both our personal travel and for our work for International …

6 Cool Things to Do in Macau

Though it's sometimes referred to as the "Las Vegas of the East," there's a whole lot more happening in Macau than slot tables. Originally a Portuguese trading post, Macau is a unique blending of two cultures that you can see--and taste--throughout the city.<p>Visiting Macau soon? Here are the coolest …

How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

The biggest excuse for not traveling more often is because we think we don't have enough money.<p>Chances are slim that you'll win the lottery, strike it rich in a hot technology IPO, or have trust funds waiting for you to cash in. Most of us are in the grind of earning and burning with no end in …

Fairy Tale Attractions to See with Kids in Europe

Hercules monument on the Fairy Tale Route (Photo Credit: MalteRuhnke via WikiMedia)<p>Travel through time and explore a fairy tale world stretching from Snow White to Harry Potter. Try learning to ride a broomstick, see the original Little Mermaid and discover Snow White's home deep in a German forest.<p>…

How to Fly With Kids: 5 Items to Make the Ride a Little Smoother

<i>ryaninc / Flickr</i><p>Any amount of travel can be challenging with kids in tow. Like it or not, a child's list of needs is longer than an adult's, and their reaction to not having those needs met can be much more dramatic. Even driving a long distance with kids can be a total nightmare, especially if …