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Provence, France, Lavender fields
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The South of France is nothing if not diverse, where a short ride from major cities like Marseille and Avignon can get you to everything from sun-drenched beaches to snow-capped mountains, and lavender fields to wetlands. Here’s what to see and when to go to this nature-rich region when... Read More

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Le Mont St. MIchel, Normandy, France
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Paris may be the highlight of your vacation to France, but it’s also a great jumping off point for some memorable and inexpensive day trips. If you have a few extra days in the country, we recommend venturing north, where you’ll see pastoral landscapes that inspired Impressionists and medieval... Read More

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A visit to the majestic Grand Canyon has long been a quintessential summer travel destination for families, outdoor adventurers, and road trippers. But a vacation to this popular national park doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you’re venturing into the more rugged and quiet North or looking to... Read More

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Asia has long been a budget traveler’s paradise. In 2017, it remains one of the most affordable regions in the world to visit. But Asia, of course, is not just for backpackers. One of the beauties of traveling the continent is there’s an option for every budget. And for travelers... Read More

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Angkor Wat
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Siem Reap is best known for being the gateway to the area’s 12th century temple complex. Visitors come here for a deep dive into history, and with good reason — it’s a bucket-list-worthy site. But there are more reasons to visit — from chic hotels to an impressive dining... Read More

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Western Desert Safari
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Safaris in the African savanna can be expensive. Go on a two-day guided excursion in Kruger National Park in South Africa, for example, and it will cost you upwards of $400 — and that’s just per person. If you’re strapped for cash but still long for that safari feeling... Read More

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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. U.S. visitors, however, must still meet the conditions of one of these 12 permitted reasons for travel. For most people, educational or “people-to-people” programs, in which you agree to have a full... Read More

San Francisco
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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

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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

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
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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