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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/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

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

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

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Rooftop at Coca-Cola Store Orlando in Florida
Rooftop at Coca-Cola Store Orlando/The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company has gained a loyal following in its 130-year history. With more than 500 brands sold in 200-plus countries, it has become one of the world’s most recognizable corporations. For those who can’t get enough of the world’s most iconic soft-drink, here are five places to go to geek out on all-things... Read More

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Crete/flickr/Emmanuel Eragne

It’s easy to fall in love with Crete: From the Venetian architecture of Chania to the Minoan ruins at Knossos, and the beauty of its secluded white sand beaches, Greece’s largest island is brimming with breathtaking vistas, rich culture, and some of the best food in the country. And the best part — you don’t have to spend a... Read More

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Princess Cruises/Facebook

From Australia and New Zealand to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, cruise ships large and small are hosting big-time holiday celebrations.  We’re talking traditional meals, elaborate decorations, and extravagant Christmas trees. And, depending on the cruise line, there may be visits from Santa, carolers strolling, religious services, giant gingerbread houses... Read More

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Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals
Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals

Between the tropical rainforest and scenic hiking trails, the hidden beaches and dramatic coastline, Kauai’s landscape offers endless opportunities for adventure. Here are our top ten picks to experience the best of Hawaii’s Garden Island. 1. Sunbathe at Polihale State Park While most folks flock to Kauai’s North Shore for the beach, Polihale State Park on the west side... Read More

 Taormina/flickr/gnuckx
Taormina/flickr/gnuckx

The romance of Taormina, a Sicilian town perched between mountain and sea, has been seducing visitors for millennia. Its popularity exploded at the start of the 20th century, and literati from Goethe and DH Lawrence to Oscar Wilde and Truman Capote have all sojourned amidst the town’s medieval buildings and bougainvillea. Cruise ships... Read More

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Cinderella Castle in holiday lights at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle’s holiday lights/Christine Dayao

A trip to Walt Disney World is magical any time of the year, but a visit during the holidays is especially charming thanks to special events and decorations across the resort. One of the most beloved events, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, pulls out all the stops during its annual November and... Read More