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8 Disney Cruise Line Freebies to Snap Up

Christine Dayao

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t keep an eye out for freebies on a Disney vacation. They just make the whole trip a lot more, well, magical. We already gathered some tips for what you can nab gratis, like pins, birthday cards, and more. But when we recently sailed aboard Disney Cruise Line, we discovered even more opportunities for more free goodies on the ships. Here’s what you can find and where:

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The History of Vacation Home Rentals

HomeAway

These days, most of us are pretty familiar with the value-packed perks of a vacation rental: immersion in local residential neighborhoods, the conveniences of home like kitchens and more living space, and general lower cost. And it’s becoming easier than ever to find the perfect option for your trip, too. Type in a query online, browse photos, perhaps message a homeowner if you have any questions, and then book the rental, all from your keyboard and at your own convenience.

But it wasn’t all this easy. The internet gives us near-instant verification these days — but imagine life in the 1800s, when sending out queries via horse-and-carriage mail carts took weeks on end. And after your letter arrives, there’s another long stretch before receiving a reply. How did we get from that to a booming industry worth $85 billion, with dozens of websites like Airbnb, VacationHomeRentals, and FlipKey?

To find out, we partnered with HomeAway, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. We were surprised to find that the beginnings of the vacation home began a whopping 400 years ago, with not-so-humble beginnings at one of France’s most storied properties. Here’s how the story goes:

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Newcastle

Tommy Burson

First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation?

Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the readers of The Guardian consider it the UK’s best city. Here’s how to join the cool kids club and experience this Geordie center for yourself.

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620_Terranea Resort - Aerial

Terranea Resort

Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the CaribbeanPearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know.

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city view of itajuba in minas gerais, brazil

Pixabay/ckirner

Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings.

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view of glasgow in scotland (uk)

Tommy Burson

Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites.

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By Sophie Forbes for Yahoo! Travel

Ben Ostrowsky

Flickr/Ben Ostrowsky

One of the main problems travelers face is communicating with the locals. Even if you never leave home without your trusty phrase book, communication is as much about nonverbal cues as it is about talking.

In fact, people rely more heavily on hand gestures and body language when in situations where they are unable to verbally interact with someone.

But did you know that not all hand gestures mean the same thing in every country? In some places, gestures that we use on a daily basis in the U.S. to portray positive emotion or agreement, for example, might mean something highly offensive in a foreign land.

Take the OK sign — the simple hand signal where you put your thumb and first finger together to create a circular shape. In the U.S. we use it to convey agreement and compliance. Yet it is seen as offensive in Greece, Spain, and Brazil. In those countries it means that you are calling someone an a**hole. In Turkey, that sign is also an insult toward gay people.

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Win a Four-Night Trip to St. Kitts with Airfare Credit Included

St. Kitts Marriott & The Royal Beach Casino

When it comes to jetting off to the Caribbean, we don’t need much persuading. We’re sure you won’t either — especially since our latest giveaway involves a free trip for two to beautiful St. Kitts.

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Bosnia Above

Tommy Burson

We know Croatia’s beautiful. Who finds sunny beaches or marble, Roman towns perched above the Adriatic Sea hideous? Not many. And that’s why the destination has become so loaded with toursits over the past year.

For those who want to avoid the crowds, we have a suggestion that might surprise travelers: Bosnia. Yes, this country — just a bit smaller than West Virginia in size — had once witnessed one of the worst forms of genocide in the past twenty years. But, these days, there’s a ton of beauty hiding there too. Here’s what we love:

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new cruises ship MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

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.

MSC Cruises‘ newest and biggest ship doesn’t set sail from Miami until 2017, but we’re already getting excited. The 4,140-guest MSC Seaside is being designed as an “ultra-modern” ship with plenty of outdoor bells and whistles, including a two-deck interactive waterslide, a high-speed Aqua Tubes water ride, and a ropes course. On this new class of ships, you can also expect panoramic oceanview elevators, a waterfront “promenade,” and more.

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South Carolina Historical Society in the Fireproof Building, by Charleston's Washington Park

Walk up and down King Street in Charleston and it’s easy to see that money flirts with charm. So many cobblestoned paths lead to high-end hotels, wine bars, antique stores, restaurants, and apparel boutiques. But no worries, you can still carve out a quality weekend at this Southern hotspot without blowing a lot of cash.

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Zamir Gotta, from Anthony Bourdain TV Show "A Cook’s Tour"

Dasha Yastrebova

Zamir Gotta is often recognized as the trusty TV sidekick of Anthony Bourdain, but don’t feel bad for him. He’s gotten to zip across the globe for the screen, whether he’s exploring Uzbekistan or upstate New York. The Russian producer and broadcaster is busy with a few ventures of his own, too, ranging from the launch of his self-named vodka label to speaking at next month’s New York Travel Festival. Gotta recently shared with us what he’s learned on the road — including how to become a local — and what it’s like to work with Bourdain.

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montreal street art tour - Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

With non-stop festivals and foodie delights at every turn, Montreal attracts hordes of tourists eager to sample the culture and style of this sophisticated metropolis. But after you’ve viewed a Cirque Du Soleil performance and munched on a St. Viateur bagel, it’s time to dig into Montreal’s more unexpected experiences. Here are some alternatives to the big-ticket attractions.

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Las Alcobas_Bed1 and Bathroom

Las Alcobas

In a destination with plenty of high-end chains, Las Alcobas feels right at home in Mexico City’s ritzy Polanco district. This boutique hotel is a former residence and has been gorgeously transformed into a series of intimate alcoves, as referenced in its Spanish namesake Alcobas. While the hotel captures minimalistic luxury with crisp white bedding and handsome leather sofas, personal touches aren’t forgotten here. Guests are welcomed with a refreshing drink, perhaps swirled with fresh strawberry, mint, and chia seed. And the homemade Mexican soaps in the bathrooms — possibly a cucumber-and-cactus combo or a bar with freshly ground coffee — are yours to take a couple home as a parting gift.

We loved checking into the boutique on a recent trip, and here’s what you should know before you do so yourself:

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Deal Alert: 3 Perks Worth Up to $1,350 Value on Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

For savvy seafarers in search of savings, spring is shaping up to be an opportune time to book your next cruise. From now until March 31, Celebrity CruisesSpring into Savings promotion lets travelers choose one of three perks, from beverages to onboard credit.

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