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An Introvert's Guide to Travel

Whether I travel alone or with a friend, I need time by myself to recharge. (Photo: Stephanie Yoder/Twenty-Something Travel)

By Stephanie Yoder for Yahoo! Travel

Here’s a little known fact about me: I am actually really introverted. People don’t believe me when I tell them this: I’m so friendly and open — sometimes even ballsy (particularly when I’ve had a few drinks in me…). It’s true though: I can fake it for awhile, but like all introverts I find personal interactions to be really draining, and I need time by myself to recharge my social battery. It’s not that I’m shy, I just really, really like being alone.

This affects how I travel of course, but it never holds me back. So if I, a true introvert at heart, who likes nothing better than curling up with a book and a beer all by lonesome, can travel the world — so can you. Here’s my advice:

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Norway, Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten

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.

We promise you’ll see the Northern Lights.
Norwegian expedition line Hurtigruten is so confident that guests will see the Northern Lights on its 11-night winter sailings along coastal Norway that it has pledged a free cruise to passengers who don’t view the natural phenomenon. The cruises sail above the Arctic Circle, Bergen, and Kirkenes, and those who can’t spot the Aurora borealis onboard will receive a free six-night voyage between October 2016 and March 2017.
Rates vary but start from around $1,400 per person for 11-night cruises.

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Holgate Beach, an actually nice beach on the Jershey Shore

Dana Rebmann

For most, the phrase “Jersey Shore” comes loaded with pop culture-inspired preconceived notions, often followed by eye-rolling jokes. But those in the know, well, know better. Insiders cherish the shore’s wide beaches that sport soft sand, along with the warm summer waves that offer swimmers and surfers the chance to make a splash. And while casinos may have brought Atlantic City fame, there’s fortune to be found at lesser known spots along the shoreline. Here are four beaches that will change the way you think about the Jersey Shore.

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Sky King, one of the chartered flights that U.S. Americans can take to Cuba

Julie Schwietert Collazo

If you’re among the thousands of U.S. Americans who have flocked to Kayak and similar sites to check prices for Cuba flights, you were probably surprised to discover that, well, they’re not there.

While airlines have triumphantly announced new service to the island, and a greater number of Americans are eligible for travel to Cuba than ever in the past 55 years, purchasing a ticket is nowhere close to straightforward. Here’s what you need to know:

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Toadstool Park, nebraska

Charu Suri

In Nebraska, a state which witnessed historic markers like the Lincoln Highway and the Union Pacific Railroad, there is a wilderness that is truly magnificent. The stretches of road give way to a landscape that subtly changes with gorgeous markers of Sandhill, bluffs, and the sun-drenched prairie that is occasionally dotted with the Conestoga wagon.

While many people wouldn’t associate this terrain with wellness getaways, a handful of bed & breakfasts and ranches surprisingly are catering to the digital detox crowd. More properties are offering yoga classes, massage therapy, and nutritious food to meet the demand of the traveler who wants a more holistic approach to traditional High Plains cuisine. Here are a few where you can chill out and get your energy back: Read more

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club med punta cana

ClubMed Punta Cana

Dreaming of a getaway with ClubMed? The group of all-inclusive hotels, highly popular with families and couples looking for a hassle-free escape, has an Extra Perks flash sale that offers up to 40 percent off, plus extra perks.

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biking in vancouver on the seawall

Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver is a wonderful place for a bike ride, especially after the gloriously green metropolis has made a concerted effort to become a cycling city. The protected bike lanes make it easy for travelers to easily zip through the heart of the city, covering lots of ground while staying fit to boot.

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Letchworth State Park

Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for September.

Finger Lakes, New York
Foliage and wine. Hot air balloons and culture. What could make for a better kickoff to fall? In the Finger Lakes, a wealth of wine tasting rooms perch on the region’s lakeside valleys, effortlessly providing a great vantage point for all the season’s best colors. And thrill-seekers who visit in September will be able to catch the last few weeks of ballooning season — or hop on a two-seat glider — for even better foliage views. Even if you’ve traveled here before, there’s a great reason to return this year: The shiny new wing at the Corning Museum of Glass, a massive 26,000-square-foot space for the institution’s contemporary exhibits and live glass-making demonstrations that took $26 million to create.

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standard room at anguilla anacaona hotel

Anguilla Anacaona Hotel

The summer isn’t over yet, and the beach may be calling out to you like a siren. Luckily, Anguilla is enticing last-minute travelers to come to the Eastern Caribbean island in August with hotel rates as low as $99. This includes a crop of micro hotels and bed-and-breakfasts — a refreshing change for those who want a change from the large-scale resorts. Pro tip: Visit in the first two weeks of the month, before all the seasonal attractions take a break for the fall.

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Blue River in Breckenridge1, running along the bike path

Leah Still

There are nearly seven more weeks until Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer — plenty of time for a Rocky Mountain getaway. While mountain resort destinations aren’t exactly known for being inexpensive, the neighboring historical towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado, feature several free and cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors. Tip: The weather changes quickly at these high altitudes, so don’t leave the house without sunscreen and a couple of layers.

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VelvetScoopFinal

The Velvet Scoop

One of the perks of summer is cooling off with a tasty summer treat,  and there’s no better place to find one than in San Francisco. Here are our seven favorite summer treats — some sweet, some savory — to cool you off in the City by the Bay.

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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel 

Once considered an off-the-beaten-path destination, Dubrovnik has easily become one of Europe’s hottest vacation spots — especially during the summer, when crowds reach their peak. For more elbow room, consider a trip there later in the season and into the fall, when prices soften considerably. Case in point: Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel’s Discover Dubrovnik package, covering five nights plus extra perks from $146 per night.

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Wall Street Charging Bull

Flickr/ojoswi

Life might be easier with a little bit of luck on your side, but how far would you go to take luck into your own hands? More importantly, where should you go to find it? From Nevada to Istanbul to Japan, here are seven places around the world where you can try to tip the scales in your favor.

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The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, cabo san lucas

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel

The Mexican Baja Peninsula town of Cabo San Lucas offers a mix of hotels divided between budget properties for partiers and luxury resorts for pampering. On the luxury side, at places like The Resort at Pedregal, Las Ventanas al Paraiso and Esperanza an Auberge Resort, rates are $500 or more per night, even in low season. That’s why we’re excited to see opening rates as low as $299 at The Cape, A Thompson Hotel this summer.

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By Billie Cohen for Yahoo! Travel

“practical jetpack” from Martin Aircraft Company

Jet packs are here! Almost. (Photo: Martin Aircraft Company)

Start saving your money — a New Zealand-based company is getting ready to put jet packs on sale. By the end of 2016, Martin Aircraft Company will release what it calls the world’s first “practical jetpack.” (As if there’s any other kind.)

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