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Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California
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From Washington to California, the west coast of the United States is chock full of road trip opportunities, including journeys that cross state and country borders, meander up and down the coastline, bypass mountains and lakes, and offer endless opportunities to stop the car and enjoy. Here are five... Read More

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The Pig and the Lady/Facebook/@rick_poon

If Hawaii has one perceived flaw, it’s the price tag. Visitors often marvel at the high cost of living in the main tourism district of Waikiki, telling jokes about a $6 gallon of milk or a $15 margarita. But sitting in the shadows of the fancy hotels and high-end... Read More

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Great Tide Pool at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
Great Tide Pool/Monterey Bay Aquarium

Once the capital of Alta California (under Mexican rule), and the former home of writer John Steinbeck, California’s Monterey is a city full of history. While adults will appreciate Monterey’s charming small-town feel, excellent restaurants, and in-town tasting rooms, there’s plenty for kids to be excited about as well.... Read More

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, California
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park/Flickr/Nathan Yergler

The region of Big Sur stretches for about 60 miles along California’s rugged Central Coast, where ancient redwood trees reach for the sky, the road wiggles along the edge of the ocean, and from June to October, migrating whales can be spotted offshore. Though the area is best known... Read More

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Koh Samui/Flickr/Jin-in-Uk

The perennially popular Thai island of Koh Samui has been a mainstay on the backpacker circuit for quite some time now. Over the past decade or so, a broader swathe of accommodation options have opened up on the Central Gulf Coast island, leading to an influx of more discerning... Read More

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 Breathless Cabo San Lucas
Breathless Cabo San Lucas

If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “all inclusive” is tacky tropical decor, colored wristbands, or kids screaming at the pool, then the new Breathless Cabo San Lucas will be a breath of fresh air. The resort opened last December with a more elevated traveler in mind —... Read More

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UnCruise Adventures

There’s a reason Jacques Cousteau called Baja California Sur the “world’s aquarium.” The region, located in the southern half of the Baja peninsula, is home to some 900 species of fish and 300 species of birds. With the Pacific Ocean on its west and the Sea of Cortez on its... Read More

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Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio, Jamaica
Blue Lagoon/Jamaica Tourist Board

Jamaica may be famous for it beaches, but the island actually boasts a diverse landscape of mountains, valleys, and forests that’s equally as striking. A great way to grab some of these vistas is by visiting Port Antonio, the capital of the idyllic parish of Portland. Graced with mountain views... Read More

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The Blue Hole, Belize/Facebook/PADI

Many people dream of getting a scuba certification in an exotic destination. It makes sense: If you’re going to spend days, even weeks, learning to dive, why not see some cool stuff in the process? But there’s a lot to consider when learning to dive on vacation. From the “where” to the “how much,” here is everything you need... Read More

Fireworks over New York City on the Fourth of July
Fireworks/Flickr/Joseph Bylund

Nearly 43 million Americans are expected to travel this Fourth of July weekend (a record high!), so it’s safe to say that plenty of people already have their holiday plans locked down. If you’re still at a loss over what to do, here are a few ideas. 1. Go traditional.... Read More

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The pool at Melia Nassau Beach in the Bahamas
Melia Nassau Beach

When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, Nassau is the place to be. The capital city of the Bahamas boasts a number of properties that offer beachfront accommodations, huge swimming pools with crazy slides, and luxury spas. With a range in pricing and level of accommodation, there’s an all-inclusive resort for every... Read More

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Hawks Cay/Eddy Vidal

With a balmy climate and lush scenery, the Florida Keys feel far-flung and exotic, even though they’re just a short flight from many major hubs in the U.S. That’s why it’s one of our go-to destinations when we want to disconnect from the daily grind, and reconnect with the things we enjoy — whether... Read More

Mombacho in Nicaragua
Mombacho/Flickr/Celeste

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and is renowned for its cultural islands and adjacent volcanoes. But changes could be on the horizon. The proposed cross-country canal project may pose a major environmental threat, due to the presence of large ships, changing water levels, pollution, and reduced wetlands. With... Read More

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Bungalows at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Bungalows/Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Have you dreamed of inserting yourself into one of those classic magazine cover shots of a swoon-worthy overwater bungalow, straddling a turquoise sea? Us too! That’s why we’ve dreamily rounded up this list of the world’s five very best overwater bungalows in Bora Bora to Belize and beyond; because if... Read More

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Guestroom at The Belamar in California
Guestroom/The Belamar

The beach is a huge draw for a late-summer vacation or a quiet retreat after school’s back in session. Fortunately, deals are in abundance for August and September escapes, given that the summer rush is over. From Hawaii to Tobago — and many spots in between — here are six places... Read More