All posts by Kayla Becker

After a year of traveling and teaching English in France, Kayla became ShermansCruise’s New York City-based editorial assistant. She has also written for Ladies’ Home Journal and This Old House.
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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas/iStock
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas/iStock

Good news for travelers who love sun and sand: The U.S. Virgin Islands are turning 100 this year, and to celebrate they’re going to pay you to visit. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Transfer Day — when Denmark sold the islands (St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas) to... Read More

Costa Rica, Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas

Considering a trip to Costa Rica? We just found a new adults-only resort on a less-touristy part of the Guanacaste Coast, and you’ll get a great price if you book this month. The Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas — the first hotel to open in the newly developing beach town... Read More

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Qatar, Doha, skyline
Doha, Qatar/iStock

If you’ve ever wanted to explore Doha — Qatar’s stylish capital city — now is the time to do it. Qatar Airways is offering a free stopover in this glittery destination on the Persian Gulf, including a complimentary hotel stay for one night and a free 96-hour transit visa.... Read More

MSC Divina/MSC Cruises
MSC Divina/MSC Cruises

Sure, April showers bring May flowers, but the month also ushers in a seriously good cruise deal from MSC. Now through May 31, you can snag two-for-one fare on select Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and United Arab Emirates cruises through November, with 50 percent taken off the regular fare. (Prices... Read More

New York, Central Park, spring
Central Park / iStock

Ah, spring in New York. It’s time to emerge from hibernation and savor the mild weather before the oppressive summer heat sets in. If you really want to embrace this season in the Big Apple, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Here are six activities — all under... Read More

Bike excursion in Paris/U by Uniworld
Bike excursion in Paris/U by Uniworld

European river cruises don’t come cheap, but there’s now a more affordable option that’s available only to younger travelers. Uniworld has launched a new brand, U by Uniworld, aimed at ages 21 to 45 — and the cruises are less than half the cost of their regular sailings. Starting next... Read More

New York City, Broadway
Broadway/iStock

There are unspoken rules you should follow in New York City: never board an empty Subway car on a full train, stand to the right on the escalator, and never pay full price for Broadway tickets. Sure, it might mean arriving early and standing in line, but the odds... Read More

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Grayton Beach, Florida, beach
Visit South Walton Grayton Beach

Take it from a Florida native: You don’t really know the Sunshine State until you’ve felt the salty Gulf breeze of the Panhandle. It’s home to an under-the-radar coastline that’s just as beautiful as the buzzier, high-traffic sands of Southern Florida (we’re looking at you South Beach) — and... Read More

Tallahassee, Florida, downtown
iStock / SeanPavonePhoto Tallahassee, Florida

If you make it past Walt Disney World on a Florida vacation, chances are you’re heading to the beach. To see a completely different side of the Sunshine State, however, one with rolling red hills and oak trees blanketed in Spanish moss, you’ll need to head a little farther... Read More

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Azamara Club Cruises, Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
Azamara Club Cruises ship in Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe

Azamara Club Cruises has about 3,000 reasons why you should book a cruise right now. The upscale line of mid-sized, elegant ships (known for spending more time in port than the average cruise line) is offering a deal worth $3,000 in value for cruises in 2017 and 2018, depending on... Read More

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St. Maarten, Sonesta Resort, pool
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa in St. Maarten

If you’re cruising to the Caribbean or DIY island-hopping on a budget, here’s a little secret from the travel pros: skip the pricey shore excursion and head to the resorts. One relatively inexpensive way to soak up sun is to purchase a day pass that will give you access to... Read More

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Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Sky, cruise ship exterior
Norwegian Sky – Norwegian Cruise Line

We searched high and low for the best cruise deals of the week and found seven with incredible value, starting as low as $199 (yep, you read that right). So, whether your sights are set on the palm-fringed islands of the Caribbean, the towering glaciers of Alaska, or any... Read More

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Acapulco, Mexico, beach
Acapulco/rafal_kubiak

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. Acapulco, Mexico will no longer be a stop on Holland America Line cruises through 2018 due to security concerns. Over the past few months, there have been several drug- and gang-related... Read More

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Cozumel, Mexico, beach
Ricraider

It’s easy to see why this island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is a frequent stop on Caribbean cruises. With white stretches of sand and turquoise water that’s optimal for snorkeling, it’s a delicious dive into the Caribbean. But beware — Cozumel has its share of tourist... Read More

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Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Edge, Magic Carpet
Celebrity Edge’s Magic Carpet

Celebrity Cruises, known for having some of the most stylish cruise ships at sea, just announced design details for their newest class of ships in almost a decade, and we knew it would push the boundaries. Celebrity is among our favorite cruise lines for lots of reasons, especially because it... Read More