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My Ode to the Summer Road Trip

When summer arrives, I think of road trips. This is partly because the summer road trip is one of those life-defining rites of passage, at least for Americans, and partly because it’s the season in which my most memorable road trips have taken place.<p>After my wife and I got married, but before we …

Essential Road Trip Wisdom

A good road trip involves a certain amount of improvisation. But the best ones require the right strategy and a few essentials. These eight pieces of advice will start you on the right path.<p>1. Arm your phone<p>The best app for a long haul is Roadtrippers, which will plan your route, estimate fuel …

Unusual places to stay in the USA

We all know that lodging can make a break or vacation, but staying somewhere truly unique – a tipi, say, or a giant bird's nest, or even spending the night underwater – can turn a humdrum holiday into an unforgettable trip.<p>The USA's entrepreneurial spirit knows no bounds, and it's frequently …

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9 Money-Saving Items to Pack on Your Next Cruise

<i>Daniel Dudek-Corrigan / Flickr</i><p>Almost every cruise passenger has experienced the "why didn't I bring it" moment at some point or another. After hours of strategically packing your bag with items to curb shipboard expenses, it's easy to overlook how add-ons (think poolside cocktails and spa …

6 Ways to Hack Your Travel

<i>Our Saavy Traveler series for tips and tricks to travel like an expert.</i><p>Travel can be tricky. There's a lot to plan -- where to stay? what to see? what to eat? -- and everything costs money. Lots of it. Even the most frugal individual can find themselves (and their wallets) overwhelmed by something …

The Comeback Kids: 5 Former Danger Zones That Are Ready for Travel

You know the feeling: daydreaming of traveling to some exotic destination, only to realize that political instability, crime, and civil unrest have landed your dream destination on the naughty list. Travel warnings and restrictions are a traveler's worst nightmare, and a sobering reminder that the …

Take to the skies: the world's greatest airborne adventures

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring aviation's history and continued impact on travel. Here are 10 ways to soar into the ether in some of the world's most inspiring locations, adapted from …

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12 Tips for Reading Yelp and TripAdvisor Reviews

Yelp and Trip Advisor have become our go-to web sites for finding reviews of restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. They are usually pretty accurate but it's important to weed out the reviewers whose opinion you shouldn't trust. Here's how we look at TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews:<p><b>Watch the</b> …

10 best bucket-list road trips

The Great American Road Trip is a national rite of passage, says <b>Jamie Jensen</b>, author of <i>Road Trip USA</i> (Avalon, $29.99), a comprehensive guide in its sixth edition. "Before you vote, you should be required to drive across the country and see the variety of people and places," he declares. The key, he …

Finding the best credit cards for foreign travel

If you're traveling outside the country this summer, consider getting the Triple Crown of credit cards: one with an embedded computer chip, no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee.<p>Very few cards offer all three features, but here's why they matter.<p>Most countries outside the United States have …

World's best national parks | CNN Travel

8 Souvenirs That Could Land You in Jail

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p>It's one thing to bring back souvenirs so terrible that they land you on your friend's @#$% list, and quite another to tote home tchotchkes from overseas that send you straight to jail. To ensure you experience the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from hearing a U.S. Customs …

2013's 20 best museums in the world | CNN Travel

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. <i>(Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.)</i><p>Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are …

How to road-trip Canada on a budget

Canada is big and beautiful, but climate, distance and the high cost of domestic travel make it hard to get to know her. Having the freedom to throw your stuff in the trunk and set off as you please makes self-driving a tempting way to explore this frequently spectacular country.<p>The Trans-Canada …

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Five travel photography essentials that won't weigh you down

Some of your best travel pictures will be off the cuff, spontaneous affairs, but taking a few basic pieces of kit – like a tripod, zoom lens, polariser and GorillaPod grip – can ensure you’re ready to make the most of a golden opportunity. Here’s a round-up of the best photography kit to sling in …

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How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Paris

By Lily Heise, Condé Nast Traveler<p><b>How to greet someone:</b><p>Start off on the right foot by greeting people with "bonjour" (hello). It's not only polite to do when you're introduced directly to someone, but also when you go into a shop, when you're first approached by a waiter at a restaurant, even when …

America's Best Boardwalks

Fresh seafood, kitschy shops, and deep-fried Oreos are just a few of the things you'll find along the boardwalks that hug America's shorelines, but they're not all carbon copies. Some boardwalks are quirky, some family-friendly, while others are geared toward thrill-seekers. No matter what, the …

How Do I Prevent Blisters While Backpacking?

<i>A:</i><p>Having hiked more than 10,000 miles on epic long-distance trails, Liz Thomas is a true expert when it comes to battling blisters.<p>The 27-year-old Yale graduate currently holds the women's unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail, a feat she never could have accomplished on crippled feet. …

A Weekend at Adult Space Camp Is Cooler Than You'd Think

If you grew up in the late '80s watching <i>Double Dare</i>, <i>Nick Arcade</i> and <i>Guts</i>, you probably regarded a trip to Space Camp as the ultimate grand prize. I, however, can clearly remember watching those shows with no desire to go to Space Camp. That spinny thing that goes in all directions? It was sure to …

Free Things to Do in Bangkok

TravelFree Things to Do<p>With its haphazard sprawl, steamy climate, and traffic-choked streets, Bangkok can overwhelm visitors at first, but scratch the surface and you’ll find warm hospitality, gilded temples, festivals, markets galore, and a vibrant arts scene, all easy on your budget.<p>With its …

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5 Ways to Meet People While Traveling

A TRAVELBREAK original post by Stephanie Be.<p>Along with solo travel, traveling with a friend or two, maybe even as a group... the best part of traveling isn't always the where, but the who.<p>You've gotta meet new people.<p>Here's what's worked for me:<p><b>1. Carry a deck of cards.</b><p>"Hey, have you ever played …

The best time to book a flight ticket, and other insights into how India flies

Over 110 million passengers get onboard flights in India every year—and most get their bookings wrong.<p>This is despite the unending fare wars, flash sales and airline launches, which together should mean that the Indian air traveller has rarely had it better. (How the airlines themselves are doing, …

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6 Ways To Travel Around Europe On The Cheap

After studying in London for a semester, I know that traveling on a budget in Europe is not always easy.<p>According to an article in USA Today, one week in Europe costs approximately $2,000 (plus airfare) per couple, and that's if you stay in just one city for your whole trip.<p>It is, however, possible …

Turn Your Next Layover Into a Mini-Vacation at the 15 Best Airport Hotels

Gone are the days when an airport hotel was little more than a purgatory for delayed passengers. Lavish spas, gorgeous restaurants and enticing décor are making overnight layovers into big fun. Here are 15 great hotels that'll take the sting out of any extended airport visit.<p><b>Hyatt Regency Incheon</b> …

10 of the best waterfalls around the United States | CNN Travel

How to survive a multi-generational family vacation (without losing your mind)

Grandma wants to go to the quilting museum, your spouse is mostly interested in romantic dinners, the kids couldn't give two shakes about this trip of a lifetime, and the dog, well the dog just ate some chocolate from grandpa's bag and is throwing up.<p>Traveling with the entire family is an …

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