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Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park/Flickr/National Marine Sanctuaries

Scuba diving is a thrilling and exciting sport to learn. However, once you’ve done dozens of dives — as amazing as they are — the usual coral and aquatic wildlife can become repetitive. Fortunately, there are scuba destinations across the globe that offer submerged scenery unlike any other —... Read More

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Kauai Shores in Hawaii
Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel

Kauai may be known for its adventurous vibe, outdoor scenery, rural landscape, and gushing waterfalls, but it doesn’t slack off when the day is done. From service-oriented luxury resorts to kicked-back cottages, the island has a variety of options that offer different experiences for different types of travelers. Here... Read More

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Cancun, Mexico
Flickr/Milton Correa

What once was a city with just three inhabitants in 1970 (yes, three!), is now Mexico’s #2 tourist destination, second only to its capital city, as reported by the Ministry of Tourism last year. Cancun’s zero-to-sixty boom was thanks to strategic investment from the Mexican government, who recognized its... Read More

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Flickr/Rick Gonzalez

If winter’s arctic temperatures have you planning a winter escape, we get it. Lounging on a warm beach and sipping margaritas sounds so much nicer than shoveling snow. Luckily, with flights to be found from most major cities to Cancun at $200 or less, it makes perfect sense to head... Read More

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lilikoi fruit/Facebook/Monkeypod Jam

Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Island for its lush, fertile land; but you might be surprised to learn that at least ninety percent of the food consumed here — and in the state of Hawaii — is imported. The reason: As the plantation era came to a close in the mid-twentieth century, land that had been devoted to large-scale... Read More

Sunset on Peter Island in the BVI
Sunset/Peter Island

Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a bad sunset in the British Virgin Islands. But some spots do offer a particularly good vantage point to watch the sun dip below the horizon. At the end of the day, here’s where you need to be to see it... Read More

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Flickr Paul Simpson
Flickr/Paul Simpson

There’s nothing wrong with spending your Cancun vacation parked in a lounge chair, a frozen margarita or cold beer in hand. In fact, we think it sounds like a pretty great trip. But, if you want to inject some adventure into your Mexican getaway, these five excursions from Cancun... Read More

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Rum smoothie Anegada Reef Hotel in the British Virgin Islands
Rum smoothie/Facebook.com/AnegadaReefHotel

As most travelers to the Caribbean know, the issue of where and what to drink is just as pressing as choosing a place to stay. Fortunately for those visiting the British Virgin Islands, we’re making that decision a bit easier with our picks for the best bars on the archipelago. Soggy Dollar... Read More

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Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals
Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals

Between the tropical rainforest and scenic hiking trails, the hidden beaches and dramatic coastline, Kauai’s landscape offers endless opportunities for adventure. Here are our top ten picks to experience the best of Hawaii’s Garden Island. 1. Sunbathe at Polihale State Park While most folks flock to Kauai’s North Shore for the beach, Polihale State Park on the west side... Read More

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Lobby at Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica
Lobby/Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa

If your idea of Caribbean all-inclusives includes rowdy spring breakers and bland buffets, think again. A new wave of refined offerings and exclusive properties is transforming the all-inclusive landscape. The traditional appeal of affordable packages for hotel, food, and travel is still the focus but on a more sophisticated... Read More

75-Mile Beach/Danielle Lancaster
75 Mile Beach/Danielle Lancaster

Fraser Island, off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, is the largest sand island on earth and the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in the world. A visit to this enchanting paradise allows you to view shipwrecks, touch ancient forests, and be enchanted by the rich wildlife on and... Read More

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St. Maarten
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Most people know St. Maarten because of Princess Juliana International Airport. It’s here that airplanes land on Maho Beach, blowing sand above the bikini-clad bathers, making it one of the most photographed runways in the world. The Sonesta Ocean Point Resort lies just below the action and is where guests are treated to the... Read More

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 Pearl Harbor/flickr/Laurens Doesborgh
Pearl Harbor/flickr/Laurens Doesborgh

On December 7, 1941 — about eighteen years before Hawaii became a U.S. state — the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the United States military stationed at Pearl Harbor. It began at 7:55 a.m. and took only one hour and fifteen minutes. Nearly half of the 2,403 causalities occurred when... Read More

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 Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal
Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal

At 70 degrees and sunny nearly every day of the year, Santa Barbara is known as California’s playground for the rich and famous. Oprah, Ellen, and Brangelina all have weekend homes here (although the status of the latter may be in question) to get away from the bustle and smog of... Read More

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 Geneva/Switzerland Tourism
Geneva/Switzerland Tourism

When planning a European vacation, sometimes the hardest part is deciding where to go. All those countries, so little time. France or Spain? Germany or Austria? Switzerland or Italy? But why settle for one when you can have two? All across Europe, border towns give travelers the flexibility to... Read More