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Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey
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Testing the limits of physics and defying gravity, the world’s fastest roller coasters zoom their way into the record books at white-knuckle speeds. Hold on tight — really tight — as these five mega-coasters guarantee the heart-pounding ride of a lifetime. 1. Formula Rossa at Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi) The world-record holder since its... Read More

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Is the threat of Zika bugging you as you ponder your upcoming travel plans? We’re here to help with a few gadgets that are specially made with mosquito repellant, like clothing, clip-on fans, and perfumes designed to keep the bugs at bay. Whether you’re dining al fresco or walking... Read More

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Courtesy Oasis Collections

Have smartphone, will travel? A crop of new apps are making sure you’ll never run out of places to lay your head. Here’s a look at six of the best new travel booking apps, the pros and cons of each, and how to decide which one is right for you. 1. Overnight If you’re a spontaneous... Read More

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Pokémon GO is, without question, the hottest thing in mobile gaming right now. Millions upon millions have downloaded the app over the past few days, logging staggering amounts of time catching fictional cartoon characters. For those just coming up to speed, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game. In order to play, you... Read More

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It’s easy to gripe about negative changes in the airline industry, from cramped seats to subpar food to excessive baggage fees. But for all of those things, we also have something to be thankful for: the Internet. The surge of social media has forced the hand of practically every... Read More

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Home to international tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook, Silicon Valley is the center of the technology industry. It encompasses the cities of San Jose, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, and more — all linked by interstate 101 and the Caltrain system, making it an easy day... Read More

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flickr/Cory W. Watts

Given the number of people sleeping, eating, and breathing on flights every day, it’s not surprising that airplane cabins are a cesspool of germs. Add the short-staffed flight crew, who is under pressure to offload and reload passengers quickly, and there is little time for the kind of proper clean-up needed to remove those germs before... Read More

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flickr/J Aaron Farr

You could argue that there are two types of people in the world: those who aren’t bothered by the thought of making a trip out to the local drug store to capture passport photos, and those who’d rather have a root canal. If you’re in the latter camp, there’s a free-to-download... Read More

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Darren Murph

Getting a deeper discount on already discounted travel? Nothing else makes a savvy, value-conscious traveler happier. That’s exactly where a handful of internet browser extensions come in. Install them for Chrome, Safari, or whichever browser you prefer, and they’ll let you know when coupons and cash back opportunities are... Read More

Oculus Rift Samsung Headset at the New York Marriott Marquis
Samsung virtual reality headset at the New York Marriott Marquis/Laura Motta

Last October, I wrote about Marriott’s efforts to use virtual reality technology in some of its hotels. At the time, it was somewhat unclear how the hotel brand was planning to find practical, day-to-day applications with this new toy — which admittedly, is pretty impressive and fun to use.... Read More

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Instagram wall at Hotel Lucia, Portland, Oregon
Hotel Lucia/Instagram wall

Saving on travel just got a whole lot easier. Well, if you’re a social media addict, at least. Hotel brands like Kimpton and Marriott are already rewarding active social media users, with a slew of boutique accommodations following suit. Goals vary, but it’s safe to assume that properties are aiming... Read More

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Dear Reader, Travel should always inspire us. But who hasn’t stared blankly at an airline website, or faced the daunting set of choices in a hotel booking engine, hoping that they’re making the right decision? The time spent away from the bustle of our daily lives is so precious, and... Read More

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Waiting is rarely easy, and almost never enjoyable, but it’s an inevitable part of travel. During the dark ages, conventional wisdom suggested that one show up well in advance in case of any snags along the way. But these days technology is enabling us to guess less and anticipate... Read More

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Yotel

It was a late May weekend in New York City — which meant heavy flash rains and muddy streets. Having just gotten into the swing of spring, I was woefully underdressed on my way to Yotel on Tenth Avenue. Thank heavens, then, that I could get my keys straight... Read More

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HotelTonight

HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel-booking app, has launched a tool called Escape to source the greatest getaway deals for the weekend ahead. Booking a room via the app is already a snap, but Escape makes it more convenient to book an entire getaway that’s up to an additional 30-40 percent off average... Read More