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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

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 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

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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

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

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Lisbon Oriente/Flickr: spbatt

From Brexit and the Greek crisis to the state of Spanish politics, Europe may be in a turbulent period right now but, for visitors, there is one travel service that reliably sews the continent together: the Eurail pass, now nearly sixty years old. Eurail was established at another critical time in... Read More

Bonnie Lake in Alaska
Bonnie Lake/Flickr/Cecil Sanders

Due to its weather patterns and reputation for cold, Alaska has always been considered a summer destination. But maybe it’s time to give fall another look. Sure, colors are changing all across North America, but nowhere else can compete with the seasonal transition occurring in Alaska, both in the... Read More

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Bit Boy/flickr

When it comes to booking a hotel, most folks have a top priority — price. But as with most things in life (and travel in particular), shopping purely on price isn’t necessarily the wisest move. The advertised price can mask certain things, and if you pay a bit more but... Read More

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Windsurfing Curacao/Facebook

Curaçao, former Dutch Caribbean colony of the Netherlands Antilles, may be known for spectacular underwater dive sites as much as its eponymous blue liqueur, but there are plenty of seafaring activities to do on the surface of its cerulean waters as well — a popular one being windsurfing. Finding a place... Read More

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Petra, Jordan/flickr/Seetheholyland.net

With the rising threat of terrorism across the globe, traveling away from home can feel scary — specifically to places near the heart of tension. But consider this: When it comes to terrorism, it is unlikely to stumble into the middle of a terrorist attack anywhere. The probability is comparable, if not higher, in... Read More

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Frank Relle

Frank Relle is a New Orleans-based photographer whose double-parlor gallery lies in the historic Miltenberger House, once the home of the Princess of Monaco — at 910 Royal Street — in the heart of the French Quarter. Relle’s nocturnal exploration of the city’s houses and landscapes result in his hauntingly beautiful photographs that... Read More

Amtrak Vacations/Facebook
Amtrak Vacations/Facebook

Taking the Great American Road Trip is a rite of passage for travelers, but spending hours behind the wheel isn’t for everyone. If exploring the vast U.S. is on your bucket list, but driving isn’t, check out our tips for road tripping — sans car. By Train Train travel has been highly romanticized since its... Read More

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CLIA – Cruise Lines International Association/Facebook

October is National Plan a Cruise Month, as proclaimed by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Before you let out a collective snore, here’s why you should care: There will be deals offered by CLIA member cruise lines and travel agents for remaining 2016 inventory and for next year’s cruises... Read More

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flickr/TimOve

Before there were iPads, tablets, and DVD systems built into cars, people had to rely on brain games to stay amused during a long road trip. While there’s nothing wrong with zoning out to a movie while the miles slip by, there’s something fun and nostalgic about playing verbal games in... Read More

 Bär Baer/flickr
Bär Baer/flickr

Every September, hotels ramp up their wellness offerings to honor National Yoga Month. While a discounted yoga package with your stay is nice, the beauty of yoga is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. As celebrity yoga instructor Rodney Yee once said: “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing... Read More