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If you’re reading this site, chances are you love travel. And along with the obvious perks of roaming the globe (experiencing other cultures, trying new foods, scouting awesome souvenirs to bring home) there is the inevitable wear and tear on the body that comes from being on the road. To that end, we wondered: what steps can be taken to ensure optimum health during travel?
A few days ago, we shared advice on how to avoid catching your seatmate’s germs on a long-haul flight. Here, we chat with Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Center Director at The BodyHoliday, a health and wellness resort in St Lucia, about the benefits of travel, the “right” way to drink, and other useful travel health tips. Read more
A visit to major national parks like Death Valley and the Grand Canyon is guaranteed to be memorable no matter what time of year you go – but rest assured, your experience will vary. Blistering heat, overcrowding, and rim fires are just a few ways summer visits can be compromised. Instead, consider a visit to the U.S.’s most stunning natural wonders during the colder months. Just remember to pack extra layers! Read more
Long considered the most conservative of South American capitals, and passed over in favor of its flashier Argentine neighbor to the east, Buenos Aires, Santiago has been undergoing something of a Renaissance in the past decade. Chic hotels, restaurants, and boutiques have opened up all across the city. Despite this trend, the city is still a very affordable place to visit – and with LAN’s current “Big Deal” promotion, getting there doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
Hip HotelsThe Aubrey hotel enjoys an unbeatable location at the foot of Cerro San Cristóbal, under the watchful gaze of the giant Virgin Mary that stands atop the hill. The hotel, which is housed in a building that a prominent political party once called home, is made up of two mansions dating from the 1920s. The 15-room boutique hotel retains the buildings’ art-deco wood paneling and features stylish interiors that mix Tom Dixon lamps with mosaic tiling, crystal chandeliers, and 17th-century oil paintings. Some of the rooms have terraces overlooking the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood, while at the on-site piano bar, you can sip an authentic pisco sour in the relaxing ambiance of the cobble-stoned courtyard. (Rates start at $242 a night).
For the chronic worriers among us, the possibility of disaster always lurks in the not-too-distant future. Back home, our health insurance plans – to some extent – help bring peace of mind. But once you touch down on foreign soil, how much protection does your health insurance plan actually provide? In the interest of traveling with an easy conscience, and, of course, saving hundreds, if not thousands, in out-of-pocket medical bills, here are five things to know about getting sick or injured while traveling abroad: Read more
Avoid crowded roads and airports this season and hop on a train to exciting destinations in the Northeast. And the best part? You’ll save 25 percent when booking at least 14 days in advance. Sample routes for this Amtrak sale include:
- Boston to Providence: $11
- Washington, D.C. to Baltimore: $12
- Philadelphia to Baltimore: $35
- Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia: $38
- New York City to Philadelphia: $40
- New York City to Providence: $47
- Boston to New York City: $49
Taking your time. Delving deep. Enjoying scenery. Making new friends.
If this sounds like your kind of travel, you’re certainly not alone – which is a large part of why river cruises, popularized in the 1990s, have been making a remarkable comeback in the past two years. More than two dozen new ships will be sailing in Europe alone in the upcoming year, and entire cruise lines are debuting, too. More notably, though, river cruises might seem expensive at first glance, but their all-inclusive nature can make them a great deal.
Get ready for another one of those anniversaries that might make you feel really old. November 9, 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Once you’ve overcome this shock, start researching cheap tickets on low-cost carrier Air Berlin because a series of special events and exhibitions are about to take place throughout the city.
As well as being Europe’s fastest growing tourism city, Berlin is a great overall budget destination where tourist activities tend to cost less than in other European cities. A hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus ticket will cost you $23 in Berlin, for example, compared to $40 in Barcelona. If you are planning to travel around the city and visit a lot of museums, you might also consider the Berlin Welcome Card, which covers transportation, museum entry, and discount vouchers. The card starts at $25 for 48-hours.
Last week, the New York Daily News reported that the TSA collected more than $531,000 in spare change left by travelers in airport security bins in 2012. We’re all for a proposed plan to donate the money to a nonprofit that serves deserving U.S. troops, but we also couldn’t help thinking that cool half-mil-plus could go a long way towards making security lines a much more pleasant experience for travelers. Here, our (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) wish list for how we’d like TSA put those coins to work: Read more
Lots of budget travelers like to avoid renting a car in favor of taking public transportation, but in the case of Hawaii, that’s not necessarily the case. By securing a rental, you’ll be able to access points of interest on your own that can be costly to experience on a guided tour. Here are five “tours” that require nothing more than a set of wheels and a good map: Read more
As the count down to the New Year approaches, so does the party-planning pressure. Most major cities throw vast, crowded spectacles for the occasion, but if you’re not so keen on ringing in the New Year elbow-to-elbow with thousands of strangers, consider planning something a little offbeat this year… Read more
Everyone was relieved to learn this week that the passenger suspected of having tuberculosis on a US Airways flight tested negative. Still, the incident reminds us that it’s much easier to catch someone else’s cold in close quarters. With a busy holiday travel season and cold weather fast approaching, here are some ways you can protect yourself inflight if you find yourself sitting next to someone who’s sick.
East-bound Europeans will be happy about the launch of El Al’s new low-cost carrier, UP. Based out of Tel Aviv, the offshoot airline will directly compete with Europe’s budget airlines like EasyJet, which offers service to Israel for as low as 68 EUR (about $93) each way. That’s more expensive than the fares offered on UP, which will start at just $69 each way.
Beyond price, frequency of service is a key part of UP’s strategy: a total of 50 flights per week will shuttle between Tel Aviv and Berlin, Kiev, Prague, Budapest, and Larnaca, some of Europe’s most popular hubs.
And here’s our favorite part: A new low-cost carrier in Europe can mean cheaper flight options for U.S. travelers heading to the region. Opting for a layover in Europe, and a switch to a budget carrier once you get there, can really save. And the difference in price can far outweigh the inconvenience of connecting in another airport. As El Al’s new low-cost carrier augments service to Tel Aviv, we’re wondering: could UP offer a new solution for U.S. travelers trying to get to Israel more affordably? Read more
For those who make the annual trek to grandmother’s house for the holidays, the question that tends to arise is always this: What’s the best way to get there? If you’ve waited until now to book flights, you’re probably finding eye-poppingly high fares. The airlines know just how many people are going to want to travel for leisure in the upcoming weeks, and they’ll charge a pretty penny to make your Christmas dreams come true. But is flying really your best option? Consider these factors to determine if the highway actually makes more sense than the sky. Read more
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