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Royal Caribbean, Labadee
Royal Caribbean zip lining in Labadee

If you’re thinking about booking a cruise, now is a seriously good time to do it. The months of January, February, and March (known as Wave Season) always come with great discounts and offers from cruise lines — and this year that includes a sweet deal from Royal Caribbean. The family-friendly... Read More

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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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Hong Kong
Hong Kong/Flickr/Barbara Willi

Every year, human resources consulting firm Mercer conducts a survey to determine the world’s most expensive cities to live in. Many times this means that these same destinations are pricey for travelers, translating to steep hotel rates and costly meals. This year’s Cost of Living Survey — which tallies up factors like currency... Read More

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The lobby of Hotel Allegro in Chicago.
Lobby/Facebook.com/Hotel Allegro

Whether you’re looking to escape from the bitter cold or a destination to embrace the chill, we’ve got you covered with these five winter travel deals. From $63: Howlita (Tulum, Mexico) If you’re seeking an alternative to Riviera Maya’s all-inclusive beachfront resorts, look no further than this boutique hotel in Tulum. Adults-only Howlita has a... Read More

 Prima Torre Guaita/Ufficio del Turismo RSM
Prima Torre Guaita/Ufficio del Turismo RSM

San Marino dates back to the third century AD, making it the world’s oldest republic. Although it sits in the middle of Italy, San Marino is independent and worthy of a visit on its own, if for a passport stamp alone. The oldest parts of San Marino are located atop... Read More

Hotel MidMost/Facebook
Hotel MidMost/Facebook

When Barcelona’s Hotel Inglaterra changed its name to MidMost this summer, the hotel owners kept the transformation a secret from the public. Guests who checked into Hotel Inglaterra the night before were surprised to be told that they had woken up in Hotel MidMost. Although the change was subtle... Read More

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 Black Forest/flickr/Roman Boed
Black Forest/flickr/Roman Boed

We’ve already made the case for why traveling through Europe by rail often beats booking with the budget airlines. But if that wasn’t enough to convince you, we think that images of some of the most beautiful train routes, all bookable with a Eurail pass, will seal the deal. The... Read More

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe/Flickr/Omarukai

Sure, it’s touristy — but Paris’ Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. Extending from the Arc du Triomphe to the Louvre, the picturesque route through Paris’ 8th arrondissement is lined with decadent eats, adorable boutiques, and the Instagram-worthy Tuilerie Gardens and Place de la Concorde. New... Read More

Lisbon Oriente/Flickr: spbatt
Lisbon Oriente/Flickr: spbatt

From Brexit and the Greek crisis to the state of Spanish politics, Europe may be in a turbulent period right now but, for visitors, there is one travel service that reliably sews the continent together: the Eurail pass, now nearly sixty years old. Eurail was established at another critical time in... Read More

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 Avital Pinnick/Tourismo Toscana
Avital Pinnick/Tourismo Toscana

Sometimes it feels like if you’ve seen one cathedral, you’ve seen them all. But these stunners from around the world might just cure your religious building fatigue. Glass Galore: Sainte-Chapelle (Paris, France) If you love colors, there’s nothing like the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which is wrapped in stained glass on all... Read More

 AC Hotel Diagonal L'Illa
AC Hotel Diagonal L’Illa

Designed for young business travelers, the 103-room AC Hotel Diagonal L’Illa is built for millennials of all stripes, but its professional-minded programming and sleek, efficient design appeal to entrepreneurs specifically. The concept: Only the features you want, and none of the ones you don’t. The staff is trained, for example, to be helpful... Read More

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Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Central Market/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

As the third largest city in Spain, Valencia is known for its palm-tree lined streets and mix of old and new architecture. But this sophisticated city offers so much more than pretty buildings. From sampling the fascinating culinary history to bike riding through medieval streets, there are a myriad... Read More

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Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey
Kingda Ka/Facebook.com/SixFlagsGreatAdventure

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

 Lisbon/flickr/Rustam Aliyev
Lisbon/flickr/Rustam Aliyev

It’s said that before the explorers under Portugal’s 15th century Prince Henry the Navigator returned from new worlds, he ordered them to bring back any exotic fruits, nuts, and plants. Lisbon, today, still heeds. These eateries (and waterholes) are perfect for budget-conscious travelers looking for a taste of what Lisbon’s 500,000 locals inexpensively... Read More

 flickr/Kokorowa Shinjin
flickr/Kokorowa Shinjin

As people gear up for their summer getaways, Europe remains a hot destination. But two weeks ago the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Americans traveling to Europe because of an increased risk of terrorist attacks at major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers, and on transportation. With recent... Read More