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Head to These Spooky National Parks for a Wild, Haunted Experience

October 20, 2014 by

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Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild? Some of the most haunted sites in America are part of the National Park system, with varied histories from Civil War bloodshed to tragic love stories. Here are seven with spectacularly spooky reputations:

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Deal Alert: Downtown San Francisco Hotel Under $200

October 20, 2014 by

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In the thick of the action, a block from San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hotel G is offering two promotions through the end of the year  as it finishes a fresh round of renovations.

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Big Changes Are Coming to the Daytona International Speedway

October 20, 2014 by

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For decades, race fans have flocked to the Daytona International Speedway to watch history being made, from moments of speedster glory as well as tragedy — most notably the passing of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt in 2001. (Since his untimely death in 2001 after crashing in the Daytona 500, he’s been immortalized with a statue that stands proudly at the front of the Speedway’s Visitors Center.) Even for the biggest racing fans, though, attending an event has largely been a day-trip affair, thanks to a lack of on-site lodging as well as other entertainment options.

That’s all about to change in the next year or two. Two major projects, slated to be completed by 2016, will transform the Speedway into its very own multi-day destination with much more beyond the nearly mile-long stadium.

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Deal Alert: 25% Off at the Swanky W Fort Lauderdale

October 17, 2014 by

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Looking for an excuse to get away? With this offer from the AAA 4-Diamond W Fort Lauderdale, you won’t need one. The chic oceanfront property is beckoning guests to pay South Florida a visit this season with its Any Occasion Celebration offer, which starts at $270 per night. That saves you 25 percent compared with rates over the busy winter and spring seasons.

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York, England: The Perfect London Day Trip

October 17, 2014 by

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We have lots of love for London, but there’s much more to England. If you’re looking to explore further, consider York, less than two hours away by train. Given its proximity, this historic walled city can easily be a day trip — but with its affordable B&Bs, free activities, and other cheap thrills, we suggest thinking about an overnight.

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Q&A: Actress (and Travel Nut) Shay Mitchell Chats About Africa and Her Next Big Trip

October 17, 2014 by

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Shay Mitchell is one of those Pretty Little Liars. Well, at least that’s her day job.

When the actress and blogger isn’t working, she’s jetsetting. “I love traveling, and whenever I have a hiatus, that’s what I do,” says Shay. The Canadian-born traveler has explored Cambodia, Italy (she’s obsessed!), and Africa, among others. “You have to take that time and travel and see what is going on outside of where you live,” says Shay. “We live in a bit of a bubble and you need to pop it every once in a while.”

Read on for our exclusive chat.

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Deal Alert: A Last-Minute Nantucket Hotel Stay

October 17, 2014 by

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It’s just about time to pack up the beach gear and wave goodbye to this year’s summer season. But before you do so, a collection of Nantucket properties beckons travelers to the island for one last time with an enticing last-minute deal.

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Q&A: Tips and Tricks from the Ultimate Vacation Rental Expert

October 16, 2014 by

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For Lynne and Tim Martin, retirement wasn’t about slowing down — it was about seeing the world.

In 2011, the couple revealed to their family and friends that they were taking the unusual step of selling their California home, donating the furniture, and putting the rest of their belongings in storage so that they could travel the globe. But rather than set up shop in hotels, the Martins make themselves at home in vacation and apartment rentals through HomeAway, never staying less than a month in each destination. We sat down with Lynne to chat about how they manage this lifestyle — to get some advice for other roving renters.

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Deal Alert: Stay at a Historic Chicago Hotel for $134

October 16, 2014 by

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Any good hotel can offer high end amenities, plush mattresses, and fine linens. But to truly capture the tastes and textures, history and culture, and people and personalities of a city is a much harder feat. Sometimes, it’s impossible.

That is, unless the hotel is ingrained in the founding and very being of that city. Then the hotel is no longer just a nice place to sleep within it, but a living part of it and a representation of what makes that city what it is. Such is the case with Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, a true Grande Dame hotel that is as much a part of Chicago as deep dish pizza and Wrigley Field — and is affordable to boot.

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5 Eco Hotels with Perks that Appeal to Everyone

October 16, 2014 by

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It seems like “green” hotels are becoming more mainstream than ever before, with properties old and new adopting an overall ethos of eco-friendliness. But to the average traveler–someone who might not self-identify as environmentally conscious–what’s the real draw? Below, check out five hotels with perks that appeal to every type of traveler.

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Long Island, NY: A Perfect Weekend on the North Fork

October 16, 2014 by

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The Hamptons may steal the vacation spotlight during the summer season, but once autumn arrives, it’s all about the North Fork of Long Island — where farm stands and wineries offer peak-season products. If you crave fresh produce and local wines, this area is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. Weekends in October draw extra traffic, so consider a weekday stay to relax and enjoy the area like a local.

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The Secret to Finding Disney Discounts

October 15, 2014 by

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If you’ve ever been to Disney World, you know that vacations to the “most magical place on Earth” aren’t exactly cheap. Sticker shock can be a common result of tallying up prices for  basics like hotel rooms, park tickets, and dining — and that’s before adding in extras like tours and special events.

But if you think that there are never savings to be had when it comes to Disney vacations, we’re letting you in on a secret: You’re just looking at the wrong times. During the low season, not only do hotel rates drop, but Disney itself releases special offers for is biggest fans. Promotions include room-only discounts, packages, and even a free dining plan — over which guests unsurprisingly go completely bonkers. And that’s not to mention significantly shorter wait times for attractions. As you might guess, this is definitely the time of the year that we recommend visiting.

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Pack These 5 Unexpected Carry-On Items for Easier Travel

October 15, 2014 by

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Here at ShermansTravel, we jump at the chance to make traveling less stressful — even fun. From a tool to de-clutter electronics to a simple water hack, here are five surprising accessories that create a better away-from-home experience.

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How to: Experience Costa Rica and Nicaragua in One Trip

October 15, 2014 by

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Long known as a mecca for surfers and sun-seekers, Costa Rica is, has been, and always will be a hotspot. But what many travelers are only just starting to discover is that Nicaragua, its central American neighbor to the north, offers much of the thrill, scenery, and sizzle — with a culture all its own. The fact that Nicaragua is an affordable destination, given its off-radar status, is a great reason to fold it into a Costa Rica itinerary. After all, both countries deliver their own brand of charm, and crossing them off your bucket list in one trip is both practical and illuminating when it comes to getting a feel for the region. Here’s how to create such a Central American tasting menu:

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Q&A: Andrew Zimmern Reveals His Favorite Travel Souvenir

October 15, 2014 by

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Feasting and fearless, when it comes to curious cuisine, Andrew Zimmern has seen and eaten it all (with no regrets, he tells us). His new season of Bizarre Foods will premiere on Travel Channel October 27 at 9 p.m. EST — which means more of what we love: interesting eats in some pretty cool places. Though he’s globe-trotted near and far, there is one destination he’s dying to visit and something he’s taken home that can never be replaced.

Think you can guess where and what they are? Check out our one-on-one interview with the king of consuming suspicious snacks.

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