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Costa 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 Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

The mega-cruise ships just keep getting bigger.
Italian line Costa Cruises has ordered two 6,600-guest ships, the largest yet in terms of guest capacity, for delivery in 2019 and 2020. The so-called “green ships” will be powered by liquefied natural gas, a cleaner-burning fuel that significantly reduces exhaust emissions at sea and in ports of call. (At 180,000 gross tons, Costa’s ships won’t be as large as Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas or Oasis of the Seas, the two biggest ships currently at sea today, though they’ll carry more than 1,000 additional guests.)

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Solvang, California

Nilina Mason-Campbell

From the looks of windmills and half-timbered buildings in Solvang, you might think you’ve crossed the Atlantic and stepped into Scandinavia. But come here and you’ll actually find yourself in the sun-drenched mountains of California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

Founded by Danish settlers in 1911, the town is modeled to look like a miniature Denmark — and succeeds in just about every way. (Fun fact: The Danish royal family has visited on multiple occasions.) And unlike the real Denmark, this replica offers year-round sunshine. Here’s a glimpse of the quaint village:

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Cuba Airbnb rental casa particulares

airbnb.com/La Habana, Cuba

Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay?

Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more.

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Viceroy Miami

Viceroy Miami

As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it’s one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What’s more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in point: the 148-room Viceroy Miami, which is offering rates from $209 per night in a Some Like It Hot deal.

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Taos Pueblo, New Mexico is perfect for a budget vacation - Steve Larese

Steve Larese

Tucked between sage-filled high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico teeming with natural beauty, culture and adventure. An hour’s drive north of Santa Fe (and about two hours from Albuquerque), this beautiful bohemian town is rich with experiences — and easy on budgets. Here are a few attractions that make Taos a road-trip destination favorite.

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Puerto Vallarta beach

Jonathon McDougall

As summer comes to its last few weeks, Puerto Vallarta is entering its low season. This, of course, means great hotel deals. In particular, now through mid-September, a handful of hotels are drastically dropping their rates to as low as $61 per night. Whether you crave a luxury resort or an intimate inn, here’s a sampling of what’s available.

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The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut

Harf Zimmermann/The Glass House

For many road trippers, Connecticut is viewed as a big stretch of land on their way to other destinations in New England like Providence, Cape Cod, or Boston. Sure, there are cultural wonders to explore at Yale University, a couple of casinos to try your luck at, and vast areas of greenery — but is that all that the Constitution State has to offer?

During a weekend visit courtesy of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, we found far more to Connecticut than an Ivy League campus and slot machines. From wineries and kayaking to architectural feats and historic restaurants, the western part of the state makes an ideal road trip destination.

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Flickr Dave Hensley

Flickr/Dave Hensley

With 58 national parks to choose from, picking the park that’s the best match for your interests can be a challenge. We’ve taken 10 popular park activities and matched them to the best park for that activity, so the next time you’re wondering which one is best for you, you’ll know where to go.

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Carlyle Inn1 - provided from the Carlyle (3)

The Carlyle Inn

Riding high from a recent renovation, infusing $1 million into its 32 rooms and suites, The Carlyle Inn arrives on the Beverly Hills scene as one of Pacifica Hotels’ newest additions to its 28-hotel collection. With its unassuming façade, the hotel reveals itself on the second floor with open terrace motel-style rooms and a striking black-and-white striped motif. Delivering remarkable value as a boutique hotel where most luxury comes at a premium, here’s what we loved about our stay in The Carlyle Inn.

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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 - lobby

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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