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Visiting Latin America? Download These Apps

September 18, 2014 by

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Latin America can be intimidating for first-time travelers. Here are three apps to download, to use with WiFi, to make your trip go more smoothly.

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Marriott’s New “Tipping Envelope” May Be a Tipping Point

September 17, 2014 by

iStockTipping envelopes in travel are not a new concept. For years, hotels across the globe, big and small, have left a place for monetary appreciation for the cleaning staff — oftentimes using hotel stationary. It seemed subtle and voluntary.

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How to: Eat Your Way Through Philly Like the Locals Do

September 17, 2014 by

Federal Donuts Philadelphia - Lisa HubnerFor a city mostly known for its cheesesteaks, Philadelphia has recently caught up with the nation’s most famous food capitals, offering a range of culinary experiences in its diverse neighborhoods. On a recent trip, we chatted with Kristin Huxta, a Philly native and a communications pro at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, to get the inside scoop on where the locals wine and dine.

Here are her suggested (and tested) tips for great foodie finds, taking you beyond the popular downtown area into up-and-coming neighborhoods in North and South Philly:
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5 Great National Park Drives for Fall Colors

September 17, 2014 by

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If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views.

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What the Argentina Default Means For Travelers

September 16, 2014 by

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For the second time in less than 15 years, Argentina has defaulted on its debt. It’s no doubt a black mark on the country as it attempts to rebuild trust on a global scale and rekindle investment from outside of its own borders, but the default of 2014 is very different than the default of 2001/2002. While the earlier default led to radical austerity measures, wage cuts, tax hikes, and a de-pegging of the Argentine Peso to the U.S. dollar, the 2014 default is more technicality and less catastrophe.

For those out of the loop, the 2001/2002 default eventually led to riots and protests from Argentine citizens who were outrages by the government’s decision to simultaneously increase the cost of living while driving wages down. That, as you can imagine, was a nightmare for travelers, but this time it’s a bit different. When a nation as large as Argentina defaults, it obviously makes waves, and we’ve rounded up a few notes for those who may be wondering how it’ll impact their travelers there.

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Disney World Over the Holidays: 5 Must-Know Tips

September 16, 2014 by

Disney Cinderella Castle at ChristmasTo say that Disney World in Orlando, Florida pulls out all the stops for the holidays is an understatement. Starting in September, the Magic Kingdom is decked out in fall and Halloween décor. The entire resort, including the parks and hotels, later makes the transition to Christmas decorations in November through the first couple days of the New Year. Wreaths, lights, garland — you name it, they’ve got it.

The holiday festivities alone are enough to draw in thousands of visitors during the last few months of the year. Here’s what you should know when traveling there during this season.

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Q&A: Designer Nanette Lepore Talks Carry-ons, Heavy Luggage, and Strategic Packing

September 16, 2014 by

Fashion Designer Nanette LeporeFresh off New York Fashion Week, Fashion Designer Nanette Lepore is likely heading for a Miami Vacation with daughter Violet.

But, in any case — whether heading south, or abroad for work or play — Nanette loves to pack. Just ask her husband.

In an exclusive interview, the New York-based apparel maven told us about the importance of bringing a sweater, wherever you go. She also discussed the inspiration for her latest collection — and guess what? It involves two amazing travel destinations.

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9 Unexpected Ways to Use Your Hotel Concierge

September 16, 2014 by

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You know you can ask the concierge to arrange a jeep tour or recommend a local restaurant. But did you know they’ll also hunt down the perfect souvenir or replace those dress slacks you forgot to pack while you lounge by the pool?

Most concierges want to do whatever it takes to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The best part is that the concierge’s time and expertise is usually complimentary, though you’ll of course be charged for items and services purchased on your behalf. Gratuities aren’t mandatory but are always appreciated (a simple thank you in person or a sincere email when you return home go a long way, too).

Here, some surprising requests that you can ask of your concierge:

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The Instagrammer’s Guide to Fall Foliage

September 15, 2014 by

autumn - pixabay - 620Blazing red and orange leaves are some of the best reasons to travel in fall, and this year we wanted to find some unexpected foliage spots. So, of course, we turned to Instagram. After all, what other platform draws users who love to take beautiful photographs in the most picturesque parts of the world? We tapped into a few avid photographers’ feeds to bring you seven places to view vibrant foliage. Get ready to charge up your smartphone and hit the road…

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A New Festival for New Orleans: The IndyCar Grand Prix

September 15, 2014 by

iStock - IndyCar LouisianaIn a city chock full of traditional festivals, the addition of a new one is a big deal. So it’s big news that New Orleans has been granted next season’s inaugural IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana. The dates have been announced for April 10-12, 2015.

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Deal Alert: Wyndham New Yorker Hotel from $199

September 15, 2014 by

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Scoring a Manhattan hotel room that’s comfy and chic for under $250 has long been a stiff challenge. But a package from the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel recently reminded us of two good strategies: Visit around — but not on — holiday weekends, and think ahead.

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In Beverly Hills, a Fittingly Fabulous Chinese Restaurant Gets a Facelift

September 15, 2014 by

Hakkasan Beverly HillsWhen you’re on vacation, the restaurants where you choose to dine can be as much a part of your experience as your hotel, or the sites you visit. If you’re heading to Los Angeles’s Beverly Hills neighborhood and want to splurge on a meal that truly suits the neighborhood’s ambiance, try the local outpost of Hakkasan. With locations in such far-flung locations as Dubai, Mumbai, and Las Vegas, the restaurants are known as much for their low-lit, dark-wood interiors and chichi clientele as for high-end Chinese cuisine.

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7 Airport Terminals That Are Doing It Right

September 15, 2014 by

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Airport terminals around the globe are stepping things up a notch with high-tech designs, indoor art museums, and speedier ways through passport control. Here are seven new(ish) airport terminals we love flying in and out of:

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Disney World’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 8 Things to Know

September 12, 2014 by

Disney Saratoga Springs Villa ResortDisney World hotels are designed for a variety of interests, budgets, and travel needs. The 20-some-odd hotels are divided into four resort categories: Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villas. The latter are ideal for those who’d like some extra space and the comforts of home while on vacation.

The Deluxe Villa resorts are made up of suites with studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, depending on the property. Some even have two-story Grand Villas. These resorts are primarily used by members of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program, but non-members can stay when inventory is available.

So what’s there to know about staying at one of these resorts? Read on to find out.

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Checking In: EK Hotel, Bogota

September 12, 2014 by

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Open since October of 2013, EK Hotel is a modern boutique hotel in one of Bogotá’s ritziest neighborhoods. Within a few minutes’ walk, you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping; especially centered around Calle 85, the T-Zone neighborhood, and the tree-lined plaza called Parque 93. Even closer, there are a few restaurants that share a plaza with the hotel, such as the newly opened Black Bear, recommended for its raw bar, sharing plates, and craft cocktails. However, with the on-site Cafe Bar Lounge serving all day, you don’t need to leave the hotel for a meal or drink.

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