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A Budget-Friendly Savannah Weekend

April 24, 2014 by

Savannah, GeorgiaWhen JetBlue added regular flights to Savannah from its hubs in Boston and New York this past winter, this flight route became instantly more accessible (and affordable) for Northeasterners — and for those connecting through the Northeast – looking for a fast, warm weekend away.

And as a quick getaway, Savannah delivers in spades. With its moss-hung trees, postage-stamp-sized museums, formidable local art scene, and some of the most meticulously preserved architecture in the U.S., you’ll more than fill two days. Here’s a breakdown of how you could structure a weekend, and what it would cost.

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How to Save on Flights Using London’s “Other” Airports

April 24, 2014 by

London Gatwick AirportWe love London, but flying in and out of its primary airport is hardly our favorite part of the trip. Heathrow is known for notoriously long security and immigration lines, crowded taxiways, and busy terminals. We often wonder, though, why some of that griping hasn’t led to more discussion around the city’s three other commercial airports. You might hear more about them in coming years, as increasing numbers of U.S. passengers head through these smaller airports both directly from the U.S. and on their way to other places in Europe. Here’s a quick rundown.

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Slideshow: 13 Scenic Lighthouses in America

April 24, 2014 by

portland head lighthouse 1Before defined ports and shipyards, mariners guided their ships to, well, any visible land. Eventually, to help these men see at night, cities built fires on hilltops to guide the ships and to alert sailors to dangers at sea. Centuries passed, and we slowly perfected the lighthouse.

Though lighthouses now are no longer lit by candlelight, and lighthouse-keeping has become an antiquated profession, there’s still something about these marvelous towers that bring a sense of adventure and nostalgia. So in the spirit of exploration, we’ve rounded up 13 still-standing structures that once guided sailors home, and remain amazingly scenic today. See them here.

5 Excellent Apps for Taking Great Summer Vacation Photos

April 24, 2014 by

Photo cameraphoneThese days, there’s less of a need to haul around a dedicated camera on your travels. Using your phone as your primary travel camera isn’t as far-fetched as it once was, especially if you’re not heading to a place where a zoom lens is crucial, like on a safari. Here are some apps that will help you capture a beautiful smartphone shot. Read more

9 Ways to Keep Your Phone Charged While You Fly

April 24, 2014 by

iphone-cellphone-charger-620-2We’re big fans of unplugging while on vacation, but sometimes our devices just need a little juice. Especially when you’re arriving in an unfamiliar place, it’s good to have a communication and organizing tool at your disposal. While airports and airlines have made great strides in providing charging options in terminals – and they’re continuing to invest to this end – here’s how to power up when you can’t find your own outlet. Read more

5 Dream Resorts Where You Can Stay with Points

April 23, 2014 by

Intercontinental ThalassoMake no mistake, collecting points to use for travel is a hassle. With black out dates and restrictions, actually using them for travel can be an even bigger hassle. That’s why loyalty programs are often overlooked as too conflated or difficult to actually enjoy, but those who put in the effort can be rewarded handsomely. Case in point: I recently used a combination of points to fund a visit to a remote island paradise in the southern Maldives. It wasn’t easy, nor was it straightforward, but it enabled me to travel to a place I could never afford otherwise. Here are five astonishing properties around the globe that may not be so far out of reach after all… Read more

Unleash Your Inner Cowboy (or Cowgirl) at these U.S. Ranches

April 23, 2014 by

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Ever thought about strapping on some boots and hitting a dusty trail? At these three resorts, you can get a taste of the cowboy (or girl) experience while taking in some of the country’s most beautiful surroundings. Read more

Add This to Your India To-Do List: Rishikesh

April 23, 2014 by

Parmarth NiketanKnown commonly as the “yoga capital of the world,” Rishikesh sits on the banks of the Ganges river surrounded by forested hills that lead up to the snow-shrouded Himalayas. Considering that it’s a quick flight from New Delhi, any spiritual seeker or outdoor adventurer should consider adding the town to their broader India itinerary. Here’s why: Read more

Great Lakes, Great Times: Activities & Excursions for All

April 23, 2014 by

holland - michigan 1The Great Lakes have long been a prime vacation spot for Detroiters, Chicagoans, and other Midwesterners, but it’s often an overlooked destination for anyone outside of the area. Why isn’t Traverse City as popular as Virginia Beach? Why flock to overcrowded Florida beaches and pay $6 for an ice cream cone when you can spend a summer on the Bayfield coast? For more peace and less moolah, these 10,000 miles of freshwater coastline offer quaint beaches, sprawling forests, and happening area metropolises. Here are our top recommendations. Read more

Celebrate National Train Day with These 5 Cheap Day Trips

April 23, 2014 by

British Columbia RailwayTraveling by rail might not be as popular or convenient as it is in Europe, but it can sometimes provide a nice change of scenery. In celebration of the upcoming National Train Day (May 10), we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite day trips for those who need a break from the usual modes of transportation. From new routes to dirt cheap tickets, these itineraries are sure to excite. And you won’t have to worry about traffic jams, either. Read more

Sneak Peek: 918-Foot Glass Observatory in the Middle of a Glacial Valley

April 22, 2014 by

glacier skywalk 4 - banff alberta canada - brewster travel canada - 620Walking out from a 918-foot-high cliff and stepping above a sweeping valley is not for the faint of heart, but thanks to the brand new Glacier Skywalk in Banff, Canada, we all want to give it a whirl. Standing on the glass-floored observatory platform at the end of the trail, we imagine, is as close to floating as we’ll ever get.  Read more

5 Affordable Foraging Experiences for Travelers

April 22, 2014 by

mushroom - flickr - furtwangl - 620Foraging is a culinary trend that isn’t going away, and it’s only getting bigger in travel. Many credit the movement to chef René Redzepi of Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen that frequently tops “Best in the World” restaurant lists. And it makes sense, especially at a time when travelers are seeking local and immersive experiences, the appeal of foraging for your own food is clear. It’s a fresh way to connect with a destination; it’s wonderfully tactile; and it’s a reminder of the wonders that nature has to offer.

These days, foraging in travel goes beyond reserving tables at a restaurant with an adventurous chef. More and more foraging tours and excursions have popped up in many locales. Here, we’ve rounded up some ideas and destinations to get you started. Just keep in mind that there are dangers in gathering your own food – including risk of illness if you eat the wrong thing – and the issue of sustainability in the harvesting process. That’s why we suggest that you always connect with a local expert or company that specializes in foraging; you’ll also want to know the local regulations and best practices. Read more

10 Beaches to Visit Before the Summer Rush

April 22, 2014 by

LOS CABOS, MEXICO BEACHIce is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first.

Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and summer, is an excellent excuse to travel, for two reasons: first, a wide array of beach destinations are already warm enough to enjoy in your bathing suit. Secondly, most travelers are waiting for the official start of summer to get away, which can lead to tremendous savings on lodging and meals for those who go now. Below, we offer ten outstanding, freshly thawed beach destinations – places where the crowds have yet to flock, and the prices have yet to hit their summer highs.
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Slideshow: 15 Stunning Lakefront Views Around the World

April 21, 2014 by

BratanAs views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far away. More than anything, lakes can provide a refreshing change of scenery from days spent shopping in town or hiking in the surrounding mountains.

Here are a few lakefront views worth traveling for.

Do You Really Need a Disney Dining Plan? 5 Ways to Find Out

April 21, 2014 by

Flickr_MickeyCookie_jfer21.jpgOK, you’re shouting it from the rooftops: you’re going to Disney World. But the decision to go may be the easiest one of the trip. From booking your perfect hotel, to choosing your park tickets, there’s a lot to think about.

And you can’t forget about food. First-time guests and even seasoned visitors have to ask themselves whether they should purchase a Disney Dining Plan. These pre-set meal plans don’t come cheap, but can save you lots of headache and even money – if you choose the right one.

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