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Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Australia

Laura Motta

Sydney and Melbourne are known for their flashy dining and drinking scenes, but Queensland’s Gold Coast — a spectacular stretch of sand fringed by a crown of mirrored skyscrapers — offers better prices, and a laid-back sophistication that feels more like California at happy hour than New York at rush hour. Here’s a sampling of some of the hippest haunts on Australia’s east coast — great for when you’re hungry after a day of surfing, sunning, or wallaby-spotting.

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kulm hotel st moritz - exterior

Kulm Hotel St. Moritz

We’ve all seen photos of the snow-capped villages and sparkling white slopes that characterize Switzerland in winter. But the powder is just part of the picture when we imagine traveling to the region’s renowned mountains — the swanky ski resorts, with legendary Swiss service and even more unbelievable views, is part of that dream too.

Unfortunately for most of us, five-star experiences in Switzerland’s most exclusive ski towns can easily cost around $1,000 per night. But there’s a strategy for bringing all the posh pampering and picture-perfect vistas closer to reality: staying in summer, when rates are up to 45 percent off.

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Viking Freya Longship

Viking Cruises/Viking Freya Longship

River cruises are all the rage these days, with dozens of new ships hitting the market each spring in time for the season. While most people know the major players like Viking (or have at least seen the commercials while watching Downton Abbey), the concept of barge cruising is less familiar to most. Sure, they both run on rivers and are a fraction of the size of ocean liners, but they offer a world of difference when it comes to size and style.  Here, we break it down so that you can decide what floats your, well, boat.

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flashpacking at boutique hotel

Connie Lee

 

Traditionally, true intrepid travel often took on the form of backpacking — traveling on a shoestring budget to go as far as possible, making only very loose plans so one could go where the wind blows, leaving behind friends and family to find new companions on the road. But sleeping in 16-person bunks and calling ham on stale bread a meal isn’t for all types of travelers (or all ages). And that’s where flashpacking comes in.

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Sri Laka Spices1 - Photo Credit Asia Transpacific Journeys

Asia Transpacific Journeys

When we imagine the perfect trip, most of us picture breathtaking vistas or vibrant cultures of places from all over. But we often overlook a destination’s scent (unless it hits us on the nose). While trite, the suggestion to stop and smell the roses still has its merits. A strong scent can have lasting effects, thanks to the placement of our olfactory bulb’s placement in an area of the brain most associated with memory. Here, five far-flung destinations with scents you’ll never forget.

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An Introvert's Guide to Travel

Whether I travel alone or with a friend, I need time by myself to recharge. (Photo: Stephanie Yoder/Twenty-Something Travel)

By Stephanie Yoder for Yahoo! Travel

Here’s a little known fact about me: I am actually really introverted. People don’t believe me when I tell them this: I’m so friendly and open — sometimes even ballsy (particularly when I’ve had a few drinks in me…). It’s true though: I can fake it for awhile, but like all introverts I find personal interactions to be really draining, and I need time by myself to recharge my social battery. It’s not that I’m shy, I just really, really like being alone.

This affects how I travel of course, but it never holds me back. So if I, a true introvert at heart, who likes nothing better than curling up with a book and a beer all by lonesome, can travel the world — so can you. Here’s my advice:

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Norway, Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

We promise you’ll see the Northern Lights.
Norwegian expedition line Hurtigruten is so confident that guests will see the Northern Lights on its 11-night winter sailings along coastal Norway that it has pledged a free cruise to passengers who don’t view the natural phenomenon. The cruises sail above the Arctic Circle, Bergen, and Kirkenes, and those who can’t spot the Aurora borealis onboard will receive a free six-night voyage between October 2016 and March 2017.
Rates vary but start from around $1,400 per person for 11-night cruises.

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Holgate Beach, an actually nice beach on the Jershey Shore

Dana Rebmann

For most, the phrase “Jersey Shore” comes loaded with pop culture-inspired preconceived notions, often followed by eye-rolling jokes. But those in the know, well, know better. Insiders cherish the shore’s wide beaches that sport soft sand, along with the warm summer waves that offer swimmers and surfers the chance to make a splash. And while casinos may have brought Atlantic City fame, there’s fortune to be found at lesser known spots along the shoreline. Here are four beaches that will change the way you think about the Jersey Shore.

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Sky King, one of the chartered flights that U.S. Americans can take to Cuba

Julie Schwietert Collazo

If you’re among the thousands of U.S. Americans who have flocked to Kayak and similar sites to check prices for Cuba flights, you were probably surprised to discover that, well, they’re not there.

While airlines have triumphantly announced new service to the island, and a greater number of Americans are eligible for travel to Cuba than ever in the past 55 years, purchasing a ticket is nowhere close to straightforward. Here’s what you need to know:

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Toadstool Park, nebraska

Charu Suri

In Nebraska, a state which witnessed historic markers like the Lincoln Highway and the Union Pacific Railroad, there is a wilderness that is truly magnificent. The stretches of road give way to a landscape that subtly changes with gorgeous markers of Sandhill, bluffs, and the sun-drenched prairie that is occasionally dotted with the Conestoga wagon.

While many people wouldn’t associate this terrain with wellness getaways, a handful of bed & breakfasts and ranches surprisingly are catering to the digital detox crowd. More properties are offering yoga classes, massage therapy, and nutritious food to meet the demand of the traveler who wants a more holistic approach to traditional High Plains cuisine. Here are a few where you can chill out and get your energy back: Read more

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club med punta cana

ClubMed Punta Cana

Dreaming of a getaway with ClubMed? The group of all-inclusive hotels, highly popular with families and couples looking for a hassle-free escape, has an Extra Perks flash sale that offers up to 40 percent off, plus extra perks.

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biking in vancouver on the seawall

Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver is a wonderful place for a bike ride, especially after the gloriously green metropolis has made a concerted effort to become a cycling city. The protected bike lanes make it easy for travelers to easily zip through the heart of the city, covering lots of ground while staying fit to boot.

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Letchworth State Park

Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for September.

Finger Lakes, New York
Foliage and wine. Hot air balloons and culture. What could make for a better kickoff to fall? In the Finger Lakes, a wealth of wine tasting rooms perch on the region’s lakeside valleys, effortlessly providing a great vantage point for all the season’s best colors. And thrill-seekers who visit in September will be able to catch the last few weeks of ballooning season — or hop on a two-seat glider — for even better foliage views. Even if you’ve traveled here before, there’s a great reason to return this year: The shiny new wing at the Corning Museum of Glass, a massive 26,000-square-foot space for the institution’s contemporary exhibits and live glass-making demonstrations that took $26 million to create.

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standard room at anguilla anacaona hotel

Anguilla Anacaona Hotel

The summer isn’t over yet, and the beach may be calling out to you like a siren. Luckily, Anguilla is enticing last-minute travelers to come to the Eastern Caribbean island in August with hotel rates as low as $99. This includes a crop of micro hotels and bed-and-breakfasts — a refreshing change for those who want a change from the large-scale resorts. Pro tip: Visit in the first two weeks of the month, before all the seasonal attractions take a break for the fall.

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Blue River in Breckenridge1, running along the bike path

Leah Still

There are nearly seven more weeks until Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer — plenty of time for a Rocky Mountain getaway. While mountain resort destinations aren’t exactly known for being inexpensive, the neighboring historical towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado, feature several free and cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors. Tip: The weather changes quickly at these high altitudes, so don’t leave the house without sunscreen and a couple of layers.

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