8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

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8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

For years now, getting a good price on a hotel room has become quite the cat-and mouse game. The Internet made comparison shopping incredibly easy, putting price pressure on hotels. They responded by inventing tack-on surcharges like “resort fees” to obscure the bargain-hunting process. Then they beefed up hotel rewards programs in an effort to steer… Read More

How Travelers Checks Came to Be

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How Travelers Checks Came to Be

How Travelers Checks Came to Be

There used to be an item on almost everyone’s “get ready for vacation” list — go to the bank and pick up travelers checks, and maybe stock up on film for the camera. But times have changed. Many people find it more convenient to use ATMs, credit cards or debit cards for their vacation spending. And… Read More

3 Spring Break Scams You Can Avoid

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3 Spring Break Scams You Can Avoid

3 Spring Break Scams You Can Avoid

Though the weather in much of the country suggests otherwise, spring is nearly upon us, and for many Americans, that means it’s time for a spring break vacation. Most people looking to get away, whether they’re college students or not, search for deals that allow them to enjoy their break for a minimal amount of… Read More

A Cuban Travel Boom Approaches, But Are They Ready?

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A Cuban Travel Boom Approaches, But Are They Ready?

A Cuban Travel Boom Approaches, But Are They Ready?

It’s not unusual for a Canadian travel agency to get a lot of calls during the winter, but recently, Jury Krytiuk’s phone has been ringing constantly. “In the last couple of weeks, since Obama made his statement about easing restrictions, I would say the request that we’re getting is quadruple compared to what it used… Read More

The Risks & Rewards of Teaching Abroad

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The Risks & Rewards of Teaching Abroad

The Risks & Rewards of Teaching Abroad

At 20 years old, Roscoe Mathieu had an associate’s degree in international studies, but no concrete idea of what he wanted to do with his life. He decided to teach English in China. About a year later, when he returned to the U.S. to find work, but couldn’t because of the Great Recession, he knew… Read More

The Best Places to Travel in 2015

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The Best Places to Travel in 2015

The Best Places to Travel in 2015

The new year has finally arrived — do you know where you’ll be traveling yet? We’ve compiled a list of the best places to travel this year, from top cities celebrating special occasions to exotic, (relatively) undiscovered destinations. Whether you want to visit a remote island, take a once-in-a-lifetime adventure vacation, try out river cruising, or explore a new city,… Read More

Why Hotels Put a Hold on Your Credit Card

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Why Hotels Put a Hold on Your Credit Card

Why Hotels Put a Hold on Your Credit Card

It’s like an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” that plays itself endlessly for travelers. It happened to Judith Searcy when she stayed at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Oregon this summer. If you check your credit card statement, you may find that it has happened to you, too. For Searcy, the mystery was a $518… Read More

10 Top Honeymoon Destinations

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10 Top Honeymoon Destinations

10 Top Honeymoon Destinations

Every couple has their own idea of a perfect escape. Honeymoons, vow renewals and romantic getaways take an endless array of forms — from cultural excursions to island relaxation. Whether you like to romance close to home or in a faraway land, check out the latest picks from Honeymoons.com and YourTravelInsider for the world’s Top 10 honeymoon… Read More

5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

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5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

Luxurious vacations tend to have the unfortunate quality of being very expensive. Plenty of people don’t need to fly first class or stay in a fancy hotel in order to have a wonderful trip, but still, it would be nice to enjoy an exceptionally comfortable suite on the occasional excursion, without paying an obscene amount… Read More

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