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By Annemarie Dooling for Yahoo! Travel

Even though you don’t need a passport to visit and the U.S. dollar is the official currency, Puerto Rico feels like another world — the ultimate beach getaway destination. Instead of just flying in for a quick weekend, here’s how to spend the best week of your life in Puerto Rico.

Day 1:

No Passport Needed: The Perfect 7-Day Trip to Puerto Rico

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Corn Cob Towers -- Marina City -- In Chicago

Laura Motta

Why would you visit Chicago in the winter? Before you balk, or proclaim that the city is simply too cold for sightseeing before June, hear us out. The windy city lives up to the moniker in February or March, but a visit in the coldest months can reveal the friendliest, least crowded, and most affordable sides of America’s second city. We visited in January, courtesy of Hilton Hotels and their incredibly affordable Chillcation package, and experienced it firsthand. So bundle up and follow our advice for a stimulating, brisk walk around downtown Chicago…

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Brosseau Wines, Monterey County, Northern California

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As darling as the wine regions in Napa, Sonoma, and even Santa Barbara are, their acclaim has led to high lodging prices and steep tasting-room fees. It’s not uncommon to plunk down at least $250 a night for an average hotel and pay $15-$20 at each tasting room. If you’re looking for the next big thing in Northern California wine travel — and better prices — look to Monterey County’s Santa Lucia Highlands.

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try the world travel subscription box

Try the World Box

It’s always nice to leave home and explore new places, but sometimes your budget or a lack of vacation days can squelch those plans. Happily, you can enjoy a mini-vacation whenever you’d like through travel subscription box programs. The flavors, sights, and smells of cities around the world are brought to you each month in a surprise box that arrives on your doorstep — no expensive plane ticket required.

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3 Fun Roadside Stops in the Everglades

Caroline Eubanks

Florida has always been a great place for offbeat road trip stops — and the area outside of the Everglades National Park is no exception. Continue south past Miami and onward to the last few strips of land before you get to the Florida Keys for three of our favorite attractions.  Read more

Ithaca, NY Your Perfect Budget Weekend Getaway

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A cultural hub of the Finger Lakes region, Ithaca, NY, has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Independent businesses flourish alongside the two nationally renowned colleges (Cornell University and Ithaca College) that populate the town with over 20,000 students September through May, providing a young, hip vibe. Paired with the region’s beautiful gorges and acclaimed vineyards, a weekend relaxing in the cool Ithaca vibe is the perfect tonic to anyone’s big city blues. Read more

Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge is situated in the Ozark Mountains — Ridgedale, Missouri, to be precise. The area is a nature lover’s paradise, replete with swaths of dense forest, overlooking 43,000-acres of Table Rock Lake’s blue-green waters. It’s is billed as “a wilderness resort,” founded by Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops. It makes perfect sense that this would be a haven for the outdoor aficionados. We checked in at Big Cedar Lodge, and here’s what we loved most.  Read more

What's New in Paris Right Now

Lane Nieset

If you’re visiting Paris for the first time, you’ve got to check off a few things on the list: the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Champs-Élysées. But after hitting up the City of Light’s landmarks, make your way to the new happenings in town that are less for the tourists, and more for the locals. Here, a guide to the new parts of Paris that shouldn’t be missed, from haute hostels to designer-driven monuments. Read more

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Stephan Rosger

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Mixology is all the rage, but often comes with steep prices to match the boozy libations. Jump on the trend and save some cash by indulging in the latest craze at resorts around the world — designer hot chocolate. While the weather is chilly, indulge in these cozy, chocolatey creations at affordable prices.

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Bowen'sIsland

Caroline Eubanks

Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its rich culinary history and dozens of award-winning restaurants. But if you don’t want to spend all of your time with other tourists and can’t score a reservation at Husk, there are plenty of under-the-radar and local restaurants to enjoy. You don’t need to call ahead to these casual spots or worry about breaking the bank for a good meal. Read more

5 Best Burgers in Vegas

Photo Credit: Holsteins Shakes and Buns

Las Vegas restauranteurs, who have long built a mecca of elite eateries, have taken notice of the culinary renaissance of casual burger joints that has swept the U.S. in recent years. Nowadays, Sin City is a destination for burger lovers. Chefs throughout the strip go to great lengths to perfect the this comfort food mainstay, and we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch. From lobster to fried eggs, these five incredible Las Vegas burgers go beyond expectations.  Read more

visiting vineyard in winter low season

My favorite time of year to visit Napa and Sonoma are the months of January, February and March. It’s not uncommon to be the only one in the tasting room (hello, library and reserve pours!) or be invited to the cellar or winemaking facility to meet the winemaker. Why? Though the weather — between the 50s and 70s during the day, down to the 40s at night — is considered quite warm for much of the country, Bay Area residents consider it too chilly to visit tasting rooms. Within this window, the golden hue of mustard cover crops in the vineyards from late January through March, and greener grass in March as rainy season begins, makes for fantastically picturesque drives. And it’s all in all cheaper, too. Airfares are lower than in summer months — from JFK to SFO, the major airports serving Napa and Sonoma aside from Oakland, round-trip fares can run as low as $365 over a long weekend; from LAX, it’s just $44 round-trip.

The same goes for wine regions in other parts of the U.S. Out in the Finger Lakes or Long Island, for example, January and February especially offer some of the best hotel rates of the year — while lower flight demand always means cheaper airfare. It’s a no-brainer as far as we’re concerned, but here are a few extra tips for maximizing the experience:

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Deal Alert: $1 Breakfast at Four Points Hotels

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When setting a budget for a trip, it’s not just about scoring a good deal on a hotel or on a flight. There are also those three meals a day you’ve got to buy — and they can add up quickly. That’s why we were happy to see Four Points by Sheraton‘s $1 breakfast promotion, available now until the end of March.

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Han River and Floating Islands

Lane Nieset

South Korea’s capital has come a long way since the Korean War. These days, Seoul mixes its storied history of temples, palaces, and empire, with more modern day delights from a nonstop nightlife to a thriving shopping scene. And while prices can teeter on the expensive side, there are plenty of ways to soak up the culture — and incredible Korean cuisine — while traveling on a budget. Here’s how:

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CopperRunDistillery

White lighting, city gin, corn liquor, or hillbilly pop. Call it what you’d like, but moonshine has deep roots when it comes to swilling booze. Moonshiners were outlaws who distilled the high-proof alcohol deep in the woods, always looking over their shoulders to avoid arrest. Today, laws have been put into place that have allowed distilleries to create products that are actually worth drinking. Here, four of our favorite moonshine distilleries across the United States — most of which are free to tour and taste.

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