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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: A product that’s perfect for “taking off the day” after playing tourist, cleansing brushes are often pricey (a Clarisonic... Read More

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WildWoods
WildWoods/Christine Dayao

Atlanta is a city of many distinctions: it’s the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has one of the world’s busiest airports, was host to the 1996 Olympic Games, will be the site of the 2019 Super Bowl, has a hip music and entertainment scene, and of course... Read More

Grand Oasis Cancun in Mexico
The Pyramid/Grand Oasis Cancun

Checking into an all-inclusive property like Cancun’s The Pyramid at Grand Oasis is a bit overwhelming considering they have 21 restaurants and 22 bars. And while this is a good (and delicious) problem to have when you’re on vacation, a few strategies can streamline the process. Here’s how to... Read More

TSA
TSA

When Rolling Stone announced its picks for the 100 best Instagram accounts, some were shocked to find that the TSA came in fourth place — even beating out Beyoncé — but if you scroll through its feed, it’s not hard to see why. The account is both informative and entertaining.... 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

Travel gear
Travel gear

Are you a chronic overpacker? One of those people who sit on their suitcase so that it will zip? It doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve picked seven key travel items, from electronics to double-duty clothing and luggage — each that’ll streamline your travel load and save your... Read More

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Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida
Tower of Terror/Christine Dayao

A trip to a Disney resort can be one of the most fun vacations you’ll ever take, but it can also be one of the most expensive. We’ve already shared tips on how to save money on tickets, hotel stays, and dining, but there’s something else that’ll help you... Read More

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Airplane
Airplane/Flickr/Maarten Visser

Car rentals, hotel stays, and airline credit card accounts are mileage boosters across most carriers, but did you know there are other ways to earn miles? From eating at your favorite restaurant to riding with Lyft, here are seven everyday tasks you can do that’ll help you rack up points in no time. 1. Dine out Delta... Read More

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 Crete/flickr/Emmanuel Eragne
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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LisbonTramPublicTransit
Lisbon Tram/Flickr: We Love Lisbon

Even if you prefer to avoid mass transit in your day-to-day life, there are a few places where riding a bus, tram, or ferry can be the highlight of your vacation. The following public transportation services offer views as good as or better than you would get on a... Read More

Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
Gold Coast/Flickr/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

Speckled with high-rise buildings along Lake Shore Drive and designer-label shopping on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s Gold Coast has long been where the wealthy reside. In this neighborhood, just north of the Loop and rimming Lake Michigan, there are quite a few ways to live the rich-and-famous lifestyle —... Read More

 Castries, St. Lucia/Facebook/Regent Seven Seas
Castries, St. Lucia/Facebook/Regent Seven Seas

When cruising the Caribbean, some people have a clear vision of what they plan to do in ports of call — whether it includes a lounge chair and a white-sand beach, or snorkeling face-to-face with marine life. To meet diverse tastes, cruise lines have been beefing up their portfolios of shore excursions. However, these... Read More

Flickr/Shawn Harquail
Flickr/Shawn Harquail

A rite of passage for carefree teenagers and recent college graduates, the gap year is increasingly attractive to even those of more advanced ages. In 2013, The Independent reported that between 2012 and 2013 the percentage of career gappers in their mid-thirties and over jumped from eight percent to more than... Read More

 Facebook/CheapCaribbean.com
Facebook/CheapCaribbean.com

We’re always looking for new ways to save on travel. The latest on our radar: blind booking. Blind booking is designed to inject a bit of mystery into your next destination, while saving you money and time on planning. The websites work by securing ongoing deals with certain lodging venues whereby they’re... Read More

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 Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal
Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal

At 70 degrees and sunny nearly every day of the year, Santa Barbara is known as California’s playground for the rich and famous. Oprah, Ellen, and Brangelina all have weekend homes here (although the status of the latter may be in question) to get away from the bustle and smog of... Read More