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Ibiza1 courtesy of Consell Insular d'Eivissa

Consell Insular d’Eivissa

The jetset island got its rep for a reason — this is the spot where the rich and famous flock once June rolls around. With a club scene that’s turned global, Ibiza attracts world renowned DJs and celebrities to its shores. But beyond the house music and electro there’s a whole other side to the Spanish island. The Old Town is teeming with tucked-away tapas bars; rock climbers scale the sides of 16th century fort-like towers; and untouched beaches draw snorkelers to their crystal clear water. Sure, you could spend your entire trip soaking up the party scene, but Ibiza also boasts incredible food and beachside resorts perfect for more low-key island retreats.

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Gothenburg Harbor, Sweden

Göran Assner for Harbor

Stockholm gets all the attention from travelers, thanks to its chic cafes and trendy restaurant scene. But those in the know are heading out west to Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, that’s equal parts university town and seaside retreat. Known as the Gateway to the West Coast, it’s the perfect starting point for sailing trips past thousands of islands and fishing villages along the coastline leading up to the Norwegian border. While Scandinavians make their way here during the summer holidays — renting homes along the coast — the city itself is a mecca of culture for travelers from all over. Most times of the year, you can spend a few days roaming in the city before heading to one of the nearby destinations. We set off exploring the city center by foot and tram to find out where the locals eat, play, and party — while still living on a budget.

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Bay St. Louis Beach

Melanie Warner Spencer/Bay St. Louis Beach

After two or three days in the picturesque seaside town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, don’t be surprised to find yourself sorting through condo and beach house listings. One of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Katrina, this sleepy Gulf Coast treasure is back 10 years later better than ever. The colorful clapboard houses and Craftsman bungalows overlook the Bay, and there are shops, eateries, and nearby casinos. Here, your guide to a long weekend in the Bay — chock-full of laid-back, beach-y fun.

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Casa Velas, an affordable all-inclusive in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta)

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Casa Velas

The beauty and festive culture of Mexico attracts all kinds of travelers, but it’s the country’s endless supply of all-inclusives that makes it the ultimate bargain getaway. You can snap up all-inclusive vacations in every region of Mexico and at all price points. From basic rooms and buffets to luxury villas, Mexico covers all your one-stop travel options. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Dunes at Bean Point on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Burea/Bean Point Dunes

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has plenty of shoreline to go around. In fact, its world-renowned beaches span a whopping 663 miles. And it’s because of this fame that you must choose carefully, lest you end up somewhere where you can’t see the sand for the beach towels and lounge chairs. For rest and relaxation, choose these six quiet beaches that are no less spectacular — just less crowded.

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Huntington Beach, a great affordable Orange County spot

Visit Huntington Beach

Even if you aren’t planning to visit Disneyland, a trip to Orange County can be unbelievably expensive. But it doesn’t have to be — with a little planning, you can enjoy the beaches, attractions, and culture without spending a small fortune.

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Caesar Augustus

Hotel Caesar Augustus

Sometimes, all you want to do on vacation is to kick back and enjoy the view. We don’t blame you. For sweeping, panoramic views, vacation on the edge — literally. These five amazing cliffside hotels will take your breath away.

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Reefworld Pontoon, Great Barrier Reef

Laura Motta

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which stretches along the east coast of Queensland for more than 1,400 miles, is the biggest structure on earth built by non-human organisms. It can even be seen from space. Clearly, this incredible destination, which was just renewed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, tops travel bucket lists for a good reason. To visit the reef, you have many options. Here are three that offer unique and varied perspectives…

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Taste of the Beach

Visit Pensacola

The (truly) white sand beaches of Pensacola are one of the best kept secrets in Florida. And, this September, there’s one more reason to visit this stretch along the Gulf of Mexico: a two-day food festival headed up by celebrity chef John Besh.

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Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Australia

Laura Motta

Sydney and Melbourne are known for their flashy dining and drinking scenes, but Queensland’s Gold Coast — a spectacular stretch of sand fringed by a crown of mirrored skyscrapers — offers better prices, and a laid-back sophistication that feels more like California at happy hour than New York at rush hour. Here’s a sampling of some of the hippest haunts on Australia’s east coast — great for when you’re hungry after a day of surfing, sunning, or wallaby-spotting.

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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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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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Cafayate — Megan Eileen McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Latin America is home to some pretty amazing cities — Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Cusco to name a few — so we can understand if you’re having trouble picking and choosing what to see and what to skip. That said, there are so many equally impressive destinations that get overlooked. Whether you’re a history buff or an outdoor adventurer or wine lover, here are five underrated Latin American cities worth exploring, no matter your interest.

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 El Nido, Palawan, philippines

Megan McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Coined the “most beautiful island in the world,” Palawan definitely lives up to the hype. But don’t let that intimidate you — as a whole, this island in the Philippines is surprisingly affordable and won’t break the bank. Plus, many of the main attractions, like watching the famously vibrant sunset or touring downtown on foot, are completely free. Here’s a budget guide to El Nido, Palawan’s most charming beach town.

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