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Visitor's Guide to San Francisco

This guide is for the San Francisco tourist, from a recent visitor: a photographic guide of pointers that bring together a list to choose from when planning your visit -- points of interest, noteworthy areas of the city, factoids, historically famous San Francisco spots, best views, and recommended …

France sans frontières: the best French border towns

Looking for a new angle on the well-trodden paths of France? Then travel to its borders. These three melting-pot cities showcase the best of France while giving a tantalising glimpse into the rest of Europe - Lille skims the Belgian border in the north; to the east, Strasbourg grazes Germany; and …

Best Credit Cards for Travelers

Travel credit cards that offer rewards are everywhere. You can't escape the fliers, emails, and commercials touting "exclusive perks," and with so many options, finding a credit card that is right for you can be overwhelming. Here are four questions you should ask yourself that will help you choose …

6 Things Foreigners Hate About the US

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller<p><i>Credit: Flickr/Keoni Cabral</i><p>Sure, we stick out like sore thumbs overseas, the French think our country consists entirely of pictures of chicken wrapped in bacon, and the Euros don't like our best snacks. But so what? We didn't rescue the world twice in one century so we …

What Are the Cheapest Ways to Fly?

<i>A:</i><p>Unless you work for an airline, cheap tickets can be hard to come by. But don’t lose hope—you can book a great vacation without breaking the bank.<p>Search by Leg<p>When you’re booking flights on an online travel aggregator, search for each leg separately. Sometimes you can get better deals on one-way …

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I Got Through Airport Security With Someone Else's Plane Ticket

I honestly didn't plan to put the airport security system to the test. I was just really tired and didn't notice that the name on the ticket wasn't mine -- it wasn't even female. But I unwittingly managed to find a chink in the TSA armor last weekend.<p>My father had booked me a last-minute ticket to …

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