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How to travel now

Travel is back in a big way. For Vox’s first-ever travel guide, we wanted to answer some of your most pressing questions about travel now, from how to navigate the many decisions and ethical dilemmas around traveling, to explaining why our travel and transportation systems are designed the way they are.

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    How to travel now

    How to travel now

    After three years of pandemic life, travel is back in a big way this summer. More people are taking trips this summer after putting plans on hold, but climate change, social media-fueled overcrowding, rising costs, and other factors have converged to make travel decisions more fraught than ever. For …

    Tips for being a responsible, respectful traveler

    Tips for being a responsible, respectful traveler

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    Vox - Allie Volpe

    When travel reporter Victoria Walker first embarked on international travels at age 22, she was of the “very American view,” she says, that the world was her oyster. She’d jump at cheap flight deals, often never giving a second thought about why she even wanted to visit certain destinations. She …

    How (and why) to travel alone

    How (and why) to travel alone

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    Vox - Allie Volpe

    In 2019, Alea Simone quit her job, sold all her furniture, packed her bags, and embarked on a four-month trip across 17 countries in Europe and Asia — by herself. It was the first time she ever traveled solo. The Texas native had never visited Europe or Asia before, and she admits she was …

    What flight attendants wish all travelers knew

    What flight attendants wish all travelers knew

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    Vox - Paulette Perhach

    Every flight is a story in which you are the main character, and you probably just want to get from point A to B without any villains: delays, crying babies, middle-seat tuna sandwiches. You’re probably not paying much attention to the people who actually make that flight happen: the flight …

    You’re going on vacation. What should you do with your pet?

    You’re going on vacation. What should you do with your pet?

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    Vox - Kenny Torrella

    I love vacations, but my dog Evvie makes them a bit more complicated — and expensive. If my partner and I want to take her with us, it means we have to drive, because at 50 pounds she’s too big for air travel. That adds time and limits the number of potential destinations. Then there’s the question …

    How to visit Disney World without losing your mind

    How to visit Disney World without losing your mind

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    Vox - Carlye Wisel

    The “most magical place on Earth” can be just that, but since its pandemic-era closures in 2020, Disney World has become equally challenging to visit. It can be stressful and somewhat maddening to parse the endless Google results about park reservations and Genie+ bookings, but just like settling …

    How RVs get their swoops

    How RVs get their swoops

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    Vox - Estelle Caswell

    You’ve seen it on the highway: a giant RV, lumbering by with its exterior totally covered in swishes and swoops. Those swoopy lines of paint seem to grace the sides of every recreational vehicle, and for decades they’ve defined the RV aesthetic. But where did they come from? In this video, producer …

    What I learned from taking a train across the US

    What I learned from taking a train across the US

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    Vox - Dean Peterson

    If you’ve taken the Amtrak recently, you might have no idea that the United States used to have the largest and wealthiest rail system in the world. How did the US go from having luxurious, widely used passenger trains to the Amtrak system we have today? Video producer Dean Peterson makes a 72-hour …

    Traveling with a baby? Here’s what you need.

    Traveling with a baby? Here’s what you need.

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    Vox - Nisha Chittal

    For expecting parents, travel can seem like one of those parts of life that’s off the table after having a baby. The ability to be spontaneous, to just pack a carry-on bag and head to some far-off destination for a few days, to run around exploring new cities, restaurants, beaches — all of it seems …

    Why Americans love big cars

    Why Americans love big cars

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    Vox - Laura Bult

    It’s no secret that big cars dominate American roads. But even so, some of the stats are staggering: Last year, 80 percent of all new cars sold in the US were SUVs and trucks. That’s compared to just 52 percent in 2011. Meanwhile, many automakers are phasing out passenger cars as consumer demand …

    What is ecotourism? A guide on how to travel sustainably.

    What is ecotourism? A guide on how to travel sustainably.

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    Vox - Julieta Cardenas

    If you love nature, you may have tried to plan a vacation where you get to be immersed in it. Maybe you’ve explored a coral reef or visited an elephant sanctuary, or you dream of doing so one day. These activities can fall under the umbrella of ecotourism — a kind of nature-based travel that aims …

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