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CancunHeading south-of-the-border is a popular option for budget-friendly getaways, especially to Mexico’s Cancún and Riviera Maya. However, some think the region only caters to the college crowd. Not so. A sophisticated, low-key time can be had for those who are savvy. Below, four myth-busters to prepare you for the sun-and-sea-filled escape you’ve been dreaming about…

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St. Regis Hotels and ResortsCold weather getting you down? Head over to our slideshow of Beautiful South Pacific Resorts and transport yourself to a Polynesian paradise. Featured resorts include the luxury St. Regis Bora Bora, where overwater villas feature private terraces and gazebos.

Lake PlacidYes, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have been mired in controversy, but we can’t help but get into the Olympic spirit as the opening ceremonies (February 7) draw nearer. After all, what beats watching a trained professional athlete go hurtling down the luge track at 90 miles an hour? We’ve taken a look back at previous winter Olympics host sites, and all the fun activities that visitors can still do there. Now, who’s ready for some bobsledding? Read more

If taking a romantic getaway was your 2014 resolution, then you have lots to look forward to next month. Hotels far and wide are putting together some nifty Valentine’s Day packages to help lovebirds get the most out of the holiday. From free spa treatments, to add-ons like champagne and rose petals, there’s a trip here to suit every taste, and save you some money.

For laid-back lovers…

CuracaoIn Curaçao, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is making itself extra-accessible to lovers on a budget with their “Love In the Caribbean” package, which is available even after Valentine’s Day. Starting at $379 per night with a 3-night minimum, this deal packs in a couple’s massage, daily breakfast for two, a complimentary dinner at Shore, welcome cocktails, and (why not?) a two-day car rental. Valid for stays through the end of 2014.

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boat being built by hand with petite martinique in backgroundThink you’ve seen everything the Caribbean has to offer? Thankfully, 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting (and change-filled) year for this blockbuster destination. We already told you about what’s new in Nassau. Here’s more of what’s on the horizon… Read more

Facebook/Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Casino & SpaAnyone currently enduring this winter probably wouldn’t need too much convincing to make a trip to Aruba. Besides sun, sea, and sand, all of which are in plentiful supply, there is another “s” word that makes Aruba an attractive destination this year: sustainability. Since the country’s prime minister teamed with the Carbon War Room, an organization dedicated to reducing carbon emissions, the island has set a goal of becoming the world’s first sustainable energy economy by 2020… Read more

Iceland TundraChalk it up to the name, or perhaps the prospect of short daylight hours, but many people are not exactly keen on the idea of visiting Iceland in the winter. But perhaps that’s a good thing. After all, it leaves the cheap hotels, airfare deals, and cozy hot springs to those of us who are in the know.

Here are six of the best reasons to visit Iceland in the winter… Read more

Yoga Retreat in Costa RicaPlenty of resorts promise to leave you feeling “relaxed and refreshed,” but none are as likely to recharge your batteries as thoroughly as a body-and-mind-centering yoga retreat. Against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, or the beach, or, heck, the Chicago skyline, gorgeous surroundings can help boost your inner calm. And plush accommodations and endless options for indoor and outdoor activities don’t hurt either. To help you sort through the pile, we’ve narrowed down the list into two categories, “splurge,” and “save.” Now, breathe in, and say “Ohm…”

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amaraKnot-busting Chinatown massages in New York City have all our love, but the biting cold of this blustery winter has us dreaming of a little extra pampering. That’s why we’ve focusing on spas with stellar amenities, stunning views, and other extras that make the treatments truly worth the indulgence. Go ahead, dive in… Read more

Cable Beach, BahamasChange is coming to New Providence Island, the Bahamas’ most populous and most touristed destination, and fast. Here’s a peek at what’s new in this classic Caribbean destination…

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BodyHolidayIf you’re reading this site, chances are you love travel. And along with the obvious perks of roaming the globe (experiencing other cultures, trying new foods, scouting awesome souvenirs to bring home) there is the inevitable wear and tear on the body that  comes from being on the road. To that end, we wondered: what steps can be taken to ensure optimum health during travel?

A few days ago, we shared advice on how to avoid catching your seatmate’s germs on a long-haul flight. Here, we chat with Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Center Director at The BodyHoliday, a health and wellness resort in St Lucia, about the benefits of travel, the “right” way to drink, and other useful travel health tips. Read more

620x400_CobblersCoveBarbadosKnown for warm weather and beautiful beaches, Caribbean resorts aren’t usually thought of as true foodie destinations.  Discerning travelers, however, are increasingly demanding good cuisine, and tropical resorts are happily answering their culinary prayers. From cooking classes to bespoke menus, these Caribbean hotels go beyond conch fritters and strawberry daiquiris, offering true tastes of their respective regions.

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Fort LauderdaleThey say there’s no such thing as too much fun, but in Miami, we wonder sometimes… Sure, it’s an impressive place (that beach! those hotels!), but after a third or fourth (or sixteenth) visit, you might suddenly find yourself under-dressed, trolling Collins Avenue in hopes of finding somewhere to “relax” that won’t charge you $20 at the door. Good thing Miami’s friendly neighbor to the north offers an easy alternative to all the velvet ropes, Mercedez-Benz dealerships, and designer labels.

Fort Lauderdale, as accessible from all U.S. airports as Miami, is a laid-back, low-key, and – most important of all – cheaper way to do southern Florida. Here are just a few things we love about this beach-y, balmy paradise… Read more

Hanover, Dartmouth, New Hampshire

Travelers across the US are starting to dust off their ski poles and practice their knee bends, as resorts in the northeast, midwest, southwest – anywhere, really, where there’s fresh powder to be had – prepare to open for the season. But for most of us, skiing is only half the fun. The rest of the trip (finding cozy lodges to sip hot chocolate, visiting local shops and galleries, or maybe even stopping in at a ‘cowboy bar’) should be every bit as memorable as the time you spend on the trails. Below, a few recommendations for towns that provide a quiet setting for your alpine getaway,  and with lower prices to boot, could be a better deal than larger resorts in better-known areas.

Hanover, New Hampshire (above)

On your way to or from the Dartmouth Skiway, set aside some time to enjoy the cultural offerings of the college town of Hanover, 20 minutes to the south. Visit the Hood Museum contemporary art center where interning Dartmouth students help to curate the frequently changing exhibits – current exhibits feature Picasso and Fan Tchunpi. The Hanover Inn, which occupies a building dating from 1780 and overlooks Dartmouth Green, is connected to the Hood Museum via a passageway and is home to a farm-to-table restaurant named PINE, created by celebrity Boston chef, (and James Beard award winner) Michael Schlow.

Across the green, in the college’s Baker library, is the Epic of American Civilization, one Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco’s three grand frescoes in the United States (the others are in California and New York City.) Read more

Saratoga Springs is best-known for its thoroughbred horse racing track; the oldest in the country. But what if you find yourself in this small upstate New York City outside of racing season? Well, we think you’ll be in for a treat: the crowds will be gone, the prices will be lower, and all of Saratoga Springs’ lesser-known attractions will all still be available.

The Springs

Before the thoroughbreds arrived in town, Saratoga Springs drew visitors who wanted to reap the benefits of the town’s naturally carbonated spring waters. “Taking the waters” is still believed to have a number of healing benefits: stress reduction and an increased red cell blood count, to name just two.

You can pick up a brochure that maps out each of the springs’ locations and healing properties from the Saratoga Springs Visitors Center (or print it out from here). Trent Millet, who calls himself the Saratoga Water Witch, offers independent tours of the eight springs located in the 2,300-acre Spa State Natural Park. The tour leaves from the Roosevelt Spa, a WPA-era bathhouse in the park, on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sundays at 10 a.m, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The tour is donation based, meaning you give what you can. There’s usually a $6 vehicle entrance fee for the state park but, if you say you’re coming in to collect water, the fee is often waived.

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