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24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

7 Beauty Products You'll Probably Never Need

While we have a few key weapons in our beauty cabinet arsenal, we're willing to admit that most of our tubes, compacts and bottles remain untouched after the first couple of uses.<p>In an effort to help you sort through all of the mess, we decided to round up the top seven products that we think are …

The 17 Most Ridiculous Outfits At The MTV Europe Music Awards

The network's Europe Music Awards took things to a whole new level last night in Amsterdam as Miley Cyrus smoked a joint onstage, Iggy Azaelia had a serious wardrobe malfunction, and musicians wore some of the most ridiculous outfits we have ever seen.<p>Check out the craziest costumes — because they …

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18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Where to Go Next in Europe

Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe – London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. …

European Travel

London, Travel Secrets From a Local

Global Yodel sent photographer Leila Peterson out with a <i>DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London</i> to get her perspective on what it means to use a travel guide in her hometown. She sent back this amazing locals' guide with a beautiful photo series!<p><b>GY: Name</b><p>LP: Leila Peterson<p><b>GY: Place you live:</b><p>LP: London, UK<p>…

England

London Tube survival guide

RIDING THE LONDON TUBE during rush hour is like being devoured by an angry beast, thrashed around its insides, and then spat out disheveled, …

England

Why Does It Take So Long to Get Through Airport Security?

By Barbara S. Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler<p>Although the TSA is set to expand its popular PreCheck fast lanes this fall, the agency is under pressure to speed up screening for even more fliers, so all aspects of the checkpoint experience are being scrutinized. However, there's one culprit that isn't …

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6 Billionaires See Space Tourism as Their Next Big Plaything

Billionaires Elon Musk (Tesla Motors), Richard Branson (Virgin Group), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Paul Allen (Microsoft), Larry Paige (Google), Eric …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Syria's Domino Effect on the Region's Tourism

The tense situation in Syria is having a serious impact on travel to neighbouring countries with fresh research today suggesting that interest in …

US Airports Reach Record Wait Times

Welcome to the United States; we hope you enjoy our lines.<p>That’s the message being sent to more and more visitors according to a recent report. …

U.S. Travel Leaders Urge Congress to Cut Airport Wait Times to 30 Minutes

The U.S. economy is at risk of losing $95 billion and 518,000 jobs over the next five years due to lengthy wait times and long custom lines at …

Ridiculous Wait Times Killing the US Tourist Industry - Vagabondish

Customs wait times for international visitors to the United States are exceeding four hours at Miami International Airport and causing a huge …

Miami International Airport

13 Stunning Health and Wellness Retreats (Photos)

Take a break from your stress—and your smartphone—and relax in luxury at one of these 13 wellness resorts.<p>Oyster.com

World's Fastest-Growing Air Route Betrays Indonesia's Infrastructure Problems

The 80-minute flight from the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore to the bustling Indonesian capital of Jakarta is the world’s fastest-growing …

How One Couple Paid for Hotel and Flights Using Bitcoin

Austin and Beccy Craig, the Utah-based couple living on bitcoin for 90 days, have overcome yet another hurdle and paid for a hotel and flights in …

World's Fastest Trains (PHOTOS)

After a long-haul flight to Shanghai, it's a relief to bypass snarled traffic by catching the Shanghai Maglev Train, whose top speed of 268 mph makes it faster than any race car.<p>High-speed rail has improved the travel experience in a growing number of countries -- and one entrepreneur wants to take …

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Venice Residents Stage Protest Over Cruise Ship Invasion

Residents of the beautiful, fragile city of Venice are preparing to stage a canal-bank protest on Saturday over an invasion of up to 13 cruise ships …

5 Tourism Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends. We’re now highlighting the …

What Cruise Executives Say When Only Travel Agents Are Listening

Cruise lines have to keep adapting, growing — and sometimes taking cues from each other — to thrive in today’s marketplace, a panel of industry …

4 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends. We’re now highlighting the …

North Carolina Town Tourism Head Fights for Hunger Games Sequel

Could scenes of “Mockingjay Part 1,” the third Hunger Games movie, be filmed in Cleveland County?<p>It’s possible, said Jackie Sibley, director of …

The Rise of the Adventure Honeymoon

There was a time when honeymoon couples were happy with a room on a beach and thick curtains. Now couples are demanding so much more, with many embarking on adrenalin-packed adventures.<p>Tour companies say the reason is that people get married later in life and many newly-weds are already well …

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Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

European Travel

Venice Residents Dive Into Canals to Protest Cruise Ship Over-Crowding

Protesters have leapt into Venice’s Giudecca canal to delay a procession of cruise ships, which they say are threatening the city’s foundations as …

Lebanon's Tourism Drops by 10% in One Year, Led by Regional Decline

The number of tourists to Lebanon dropped by 10 percent in the first eight months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, with European …

Post-Nairobi Attack, Shopping Tourists Should Expect Tighter Mall Security

The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the world into the spotlight and could trigger moves …

Tourists in Amsterdam’s red light district get shocking education on sex trafficking

Amsterdam’s Red Light District is well known for its legalized prostitution and permissive sex tourism culture. Just because prostitution is legal, …