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Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

What’s Wrong With ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’?

Remember, in the 1983 film <i>National Lampoon’s</i> <i>Vacation</i>, when Chevy Chase pauses at the Grand Canyon for two seconds before rushing off? It’s probably travel’s most laughable cinematic moment (and one that’s spawned many terrifically awful reenactments on YouTube).<p>I’d make fun of it, except for the …

5 Simple Tips I Used to Save $700 on a Single Flight

I'm always looking for ways to save money when I travel. Instead of cutting back on the small things or saving a few dollar by ordering off the dollar menu, I try to save in the big ticket items. Airfare is by far one of the biggest expenses you can incur during a trip, and there's usually room to …

The 21 People You'll Meet In Hawaii

Ah, Hawaii. It's as beautiful as it is diverse, its people as colorful as the sunsets and as extreme as the landscapes. As with any destination, there are a few "types" that you're sure to encounter on the islands. Brush up on the list below so you're prepared for your arrival.<p><b>1. Schmoopy</b> …

7 Awesome Cave Hotels To Add To Your Bucket List

Sleeping under the stars or in a super luxury hotel room or even underwater... it's all be done before. How about sleeping in a cave?<p>These seven cave hotels let you get up close and personal with one of nature's most fascinating wonders in really beautiful places. Check them out below.<p><b>1. The Caves,</b> …

How to Return to "Normal" Life Gracefully After Long-Term Travel - Vagabondish

You’ve been the envy of your circle of friends for months. They’ve followed you on social media, lived vicariously through your travels and most …

A beginner's guide to Brazil

What do you get if you combine cinematic landscapes, kaleidoscopic culture, head-spinning biodiversity and a constant rhythm of carefree joie de vivre? Welcome to Brazil!<p>The world's fifth-largest country commandeers the lion's share of South America, all the way from the Amazon Basin – the world's …

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Argentina

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Alessandro Tomassetti. Of his trip to Argentina he says:<p>Two years ago I traveled around the world and snapped pictures and blogged all along the way. There were zen moments in all the countries I visited but one that stands out was during a hike to …

Colombian Street Food

• <b>Author:</b> Russell Freeman<p>Colombian Street Food Guide is a visual of Colombian foods in photography of what to expect on your plate in Colombia. Complete with Spanish name of item and restaurant name location map where the image was taken.<p>Bonus Chapters of Day Trips around Colombia. Pablo Escobar self …

How To Find The Bars That Women Love

We've been playing with a preview of it and really like it.<p>It uses some pretty cool big data technology to look at the photos, understand what's going on in them (are people smiling? what are they wearing?) and match them to their GPS locations.<p>From that, the app tells you, city by city things like:<p>…

Downtown LA’s Best Bars

Downtown LA’s bar scene has gone from over-priced hotel bar and Staples Center drinks to cool and dimly lit mixology dens serving intricate …

The Mobile Travel Habits of Airline Passengers Worldwide

The majority of flyers today carry smartphones with them, but they’re not using the devices to their greatest potential.<p>Three-quarters, or 76 …