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Yotel

It was a late May weekend in New York City — which meant heavy flash rains and muddy streets. Having just gotten into the swing of spring, I was woefully underdressed on my way to Yotel on Tenth Avenue. Thank heavens, then, that I could get my keys straight from a kiosk when I arrived at the hotel. Who ever wants to slink up to a check-in receptionist when they’re dripping wet and completely disheveled?

That’s just one of the many ways that Yotel has carefully designed a “smart” hotel stay, considering the perspective and mindset of travelers today. The brand first made a name for itself with three sleek airport hotels in London and Amsterdam, and it opened its first in-city property off of New York City’s Times Square in 2011. With more hotels coming soon to cities like Brooklyn, San Francisco, Miami, and Dubai, we checked into the NYC location to get a sense of how exactly the Yotel’s savvy tech focus is enhancing the guest experience.

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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.

Major cruises will be calling in Cuba.
In May, we shared how small ship company AdventureSmith Explorations is sailing to Cuba, and now not one but two major cruise lines are getting in on the action. Just a few hours ago, Carnival Corp. announced a weeklong itinerary for their new Fathom sailings, priced at $2,990 per person and launching in May. The cruise will more strictly follow People-to-People programming, in compliance with current travel restrictions, though the company is working with the Cuban government on how to incorporate a volunteer angle (per general focus of the new brand). Bookings are open now.

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Most of us love to visit new places and try new things from time to time, but some of us were born to travel. Are you one of them? Here, nine signs you were born a traveler.

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Hacienda Encantada

Since the days of dude ranches (they’re still out there!), we’ve been attracted to the hassle-free aspect of all-inclusive vacations. Once we arrive, we can store the wallet and relax. But along the way, all-inclusive resorts have since gotten a lot of stigma — earning a reputation for being tacky, comprising dated rooms and subpar food. While this is sometimes true, in many cases it’s certainly not. Here, we bust seven common myths and provide a reality check that might surprise you.

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Darren Murph

The Greece default crisis has been all over the news in past weeks. If it feels as if you’ve heard this before, it’s because you have. In 2010, Greece was saved from financial ruin by bailouts courtesy of the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In the five years since, there’s been little hubbub about Greece, with life largely returning to “normal” for most of its locals, and businesses operating as usual for visitors.

But the nation has once more made headlines for its decision to effectively reject the notion of paying back the debt it owes, paving the way for a proper default on around $5 billion. The question on our and many minds is of course what all this means for travelers. Here’s what you need to know.

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Emerging as a city with a distinct culture of its own — thanks to an economic turnaround attributed in part to Tesla’s move to the area — Reno has come alive in recent years as an affordable playground for foodies and outdoor adventurers. There are now more ways than ever to get there, too, with a new direct flight on JetBlue from New York’s JFK, and the city earned a spot on our Top Budget Destinations of 2015 list. Even better, the thousands of hotel rooms throughout the area average less than $100 per night, offering remarkable value. Here, a deeper look at what’s on offer, with four more great reasons you should visit Reno now.

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

During the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings celebration, champagne at check-in and bagpipes at sunset are just a few of the luxury perks you can indulge in — starting from just $179 per night this summer.

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Christine Dayao

There’s much to admire on Viking Cruises’ first ocean-going ship, the Viking Star: beautiful decor, all-veranda staterooms, complimentary WiFi, impeccable service, the cuisine, and a friendly staff. But since we returned from our Lisbon-to-London media preview voyage in May, we often find ourselves daydreaming specifically of the beautifully designed sitting areas throughout the ship.

Featuring custom furniture, the seating areas are well-appointed for cozying up with a good book or just watching life pass by — and there’s plenty of seating for the ship’s 930 passengers so that it never feels crowded. And thanks to Scandinavian-style furniture characterized by clean lines and soft color palettes, you certainly won’t find any garish neon accents on this ship. Here, a photo tour of our favorite places to lounge on the Viking Star.

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Mi Amor Hotel

Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30.

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Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Read more

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Many think that small-ship cruising is the equivalent to private yachting: exclusive, pampering, and out-of-reach. After the recent launch of two of Windstar’s power yachts, the Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that these assumptions aren’t all true. A posh experience, yes – Star Breeze and Star Legend’s passenger count indeed makes you feel like a privileged few, and the upgrades lend the ships a refined polish. But, perhaps surprisingly, you won’t be turning out empty pockets after paying for it. Here’s what to expect on Windstar’s newest ships.

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Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP)

By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel

Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away.

The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate.

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Silversea Cruises

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

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San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. Read more

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Shelley Seale

Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank.

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