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The Capitol in Havana, Cuba
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Ever since former President Obama eased sanctions against Cuba last fall, Americans have flocked to the island in masses. However, those traveling from the U.S. must visit under the auspices of 12 permitted reasons for travel to Cuba. For most people, educational/people-to-people activities, in which you agree to have a... Read More

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istock, San Francisco Headlands

We asked the ShermansTravel staff — an avid and experienced group of travelers: Where would they go for spring break. Here’s what they had to say: “I would love to go to San Francisco! Not many people know that it’s home to the Walt Disney Family Museum, so instead of... Read More

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge South Africa/Christina Garofalo
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge South Africa/Christina Garofalo

For many people, an African safari is the trip of a lifetime — in part because of the steep price tag. While a luxury lodge or a tented camp can cost upwards of $3,000 per person, per night, there are budget-friendly options out there, and they don’t require that... Read More

South Africa Safari/Christina Garofalo
South Africa Safari/Christina Garofalo

If there’s a safari on your travel bucket list and you’re ready to check it off, this is where to start. Here are some things to think about as you’re booking your once-in-a-lifetime South Africa getaway. 1. Splurging on a higher-end lodge won’t guarantee a higher-quality experience. Safari lodges are similar... Read More

Beauty products

From a fancy facial brush to a high-end shampoo, these beauty products will fit in your carry-on and are a steal at under $10 per item. FUNKY Facial Cleansing Power Brush from SO FRESH SO CLEAN: A product that’s perfect for “taking off the day” after playing tourist, cleansing brushes... Read More

Panorama Route-flickr-South Africa Tourism
Panorama Route/flickr/South Africa Tourism

For a country that’s twice the size of Texas, South Africa is incredibly diverse. From bush plains and exotic wildlife to craggy cliffs and lush ravines, the continent’s southernmost tip is rife with awe-inspiring views. Here are ten places where you’re sure to steal an epic shot. The Blyde River... Read More

Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta
Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta

The onsen — or traditional hot springs — experience is a must-do in Japan. Whether you’re heading to a big-city bath house that resembles an amusement park, or to a natural pool in a small town, there’s nothing more Japanese than stripping down, lathering up, and soaking for an... Read More

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Isla Holbox/iStock
Isla Holbox/iStock

When it comes to savings, we always have our eye on a bargain. Here are the most value-packed places to travel in 2017. Orlando It’s time to think beyond those expensive Orlando theme park tickets. While three-figure passes at Disney World and Universal Resort are the norm, much of what surrounds... 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

Martin Van Buren sculpture/Laura Motta
Martin Van Buren sculpture/Laura Motta

It’s the classic American road trip: a rambling drive along Interstate 90 in South Dakota, stopping at such iconic sights as Mt. Rushmore and Wall Drug along the way. The route also passes directly through Rapid City, which offers a mix of history and Old West charm, along with... Read More

 Fishing boat returning to Big Corn Island, Nicaragua, at sunset/Mark Orwoll
Fishing boat returning to Big Corn Island, Nicaragua, at sunset/Mark Orwoll

The less-visited Caribbean side of Nicaragua is another world, where Creole English trumps Spanish, fresh seafood is more common than the traditional corn-based cuisine, and the relative isolation has produced a culture of its own. Nowhere is that more true than on the remote Corn Islands — two of... 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

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Facebook/Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia
Facebook/Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia

For many of us, the long cold nights of winter inspire dreams of jetting off to someplace warm. But, this season, why not shake things up a bit? Instead of falling back on the tried-and-tested winter hot spots, choose someplace new instead. Popular Destination: Jamaica Go Instead: Barbados Often overlooked by U.S.... Read More

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 Rod Waddington/flickr
Rod Waddington/flickr

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a bucket-list trip, but many people write it off because they think it’s financially out of reach. But not if you travel during the off season. In November, April, and May, the price for gorilla tracking permits, which normally cost about $600, go down to $450 for the day. And not... Read More

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 flickr/Jason Jenkins
flickr/Jason Jenkins

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the UFO encounter (and controversy) in Roswell, New Mexico. In town, you’ll find a McDonald’s shaped like a UFO and the International UFO Museum, which provides a deep dive into what took place in July 1947. You can also head to the extra-kitschy Area 51... Read More