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Every year, human resources consulting firm Mercer conducts a survey to determine the world’s most expensive cities to live in. Many times this means that these same destinations are pricey for travelers, translating to steep hotel rates and costly meals. This year’s Cost of Living Survey — which tallies up factors like currency... Read More

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Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a bucket-list trip, but many people write it off because they think it’s financially out of reach. But not if you travel during the off season. In November, April, and May, the price for gorilla tracking permits, which normally cost about $600, go down to $450 for the day. And not... Read More

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Jetty Pavilion/Huka Lodge

What does “affordable” mean when you’re Richard Branson? We sifted through some of the world’s priciest properties and looked at a resort’s or hotel’s lowest rates (not necessarily the penthouse or presidential suite, of course, which are always more expensive than standard rooms) to see what the most “basic” overnight stay in one of these... Read More

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Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo

With nearly 30,000 known species, the Orchid Family comprises the largest plant species in the world — and new kinds are still being discovered every few months, including three last fall near Machu Picchu. Though orchids are associated with the tropics, they live on nearly every continent and in every climate — from the marshes of... Read More

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Cheap Flight Alert: Tanzania for $798+ from the U.S.
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Have you been dreaming of Africa? Now’s your chance: For today only, KLM is having a flash sale on roundtrip fares to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Here, on the coast of East Africa, plenty awaits those seeking adrenaline as well as travelers who crave pampering, a deep-dive into the local culinary scene, or a... Read More

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Remember when it seemed like you could reach up and touch the Milky Way, the ribbon of stars that make up our galaxy? Thanks to light pollution, it’s becoming harder and harder to see — unless you get yourself out to dark and remote locales. Here are seven stargazing... Read More

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Cruise Ship in Sydney Harbor

Welcome to wave season! At the very end and beginning of every year, cruise lines roll out promotions for sailings through the next year – sometimes even two – in hopes of booking passengers early. The deals can take the form of steep discounts over 50 percent, 2-for-1 fares... Read More

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Antarctica 2014 adventue travel destination

Adrenaline-loving travelers looking to push the boundaries in 2014 have plenty of enticing destinations to choose from next year. Whether it’s the time-warped villages of Burma, or the far-flung shores of Antarctica (which, as it happens, will be in the spotlight for the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton‘s... Read More

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best travel shows documentaries on netflix national geographic

Is there a better cure for a rainy day than plopping on the sofa and clicking to Netflix? Instead of indulging in two (or five) hours of The West Wing, why not enjoy a relaxing staycation and live vicariously through the adventurers around you? We’ve compiled a list of... Read More

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Lots of travelers have a safari somewhere on their bucket lists. Gerry van der Walt, safari and photography expert, and co-founder of Wild Eye Photo Safaris, offers some tips and advice for planning and enjoying your Africa trip of a lifetime. ... Read More

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Budget Travel in Tunisia

It wasn’t long ago that the Arab Spring took hold of Tunisia. Now, the country is trying to put its unstable past behind it. With a 29 percent increase in visitors from the UK since 2012, Tunisia is looking forward the return of tourists to its beaches, classical ruins... Read More

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Flower Route South Africa Namaqualand

Throughout Africa, the Big 5 will always have undisputed cache among travelers. But come spring, certain regions of South Africa’s Northern Cape province, including Namaqualand, which is within about six hours’ drive of Cape Town, bloom with wildflowers. Among the standout: brilliant orange Namaqualand daisies, indigenous succulents known locally... Read More

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US Embassy Madagascar

Twenty-six days. That’s how long the Department of State’s current Worldwide Travel Alert in the Middle East and North Africa is projected to last. As of Friday, US embassies in a number of countries (UAE, Jordan, Madagascar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, to name a few) were ordered to... Read More

Off the Beaten Path in Morocco

When you think of Morocco, Marrakesh, medinas, and magic carpets come to mind. But, after you’ve seen the city and explored The Atlas Mountains, head south on Morocco’s coastal road to grab yet another slice of the seductive North African lifestyle. Here’s where to stop and what to see... Read More

CyberSummer Hotel Deals

Just because you don’t yet have vacation plans as the first day of summer approaches doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Get in on a hot hotel deal with CyberSummer, a one-day only sale that begins at midnight EDT on the summer solstice – this Friday, June 21! Travelers will be... Read More