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How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Airlines

A look at the checked bag fee policies at the major US airlines, along with tips and strategies for how to avoid paying them.

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No One Orders Hotel Room Service Anymore: Here's Why

Dining within eyeshot of your bed is just a way of life now. 

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Woman fined $500 for bringing Delta in-flight snack through Customs: report

A woman says she was fined $500 for saving the apple she got on a Delta Air Lines flight after she was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

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Twenty Years Ago, I Ran Away to Paris. This Is What It Was Like to Return. | Travel Leisure

A writer revisits the city she first discovered at 19, and finds it still rich with memories of her younger self.

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40-year milestone for famed SF Beefeater figure Tom Sweeney

In the back closet of a row house on a treeless strip of the Richmond District hangs a line of heavy red jackets with gold and black piping. At the end of his shift, his trademark seven-piece Beefeater uniform — sourced from four continents — will be

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The 10 best travel destinations for couples | The Independent

Solo travel can be a liberating time of self-discovery, but there's nothing quite like seeing the world with your significant other. Even when things don't go according to plan, you find ways of making each other laugh, keeping each other sane, and buildi

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9 travel hacks you'll wish you knew all along

Already taking a trip or just planning your next one? These tips will help you save time, money and sanity.

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Get Through Customs By Taking a Selfie - Condé Nast Traveler

What if we told you there is a way (a completely free way) to bypass the lines at immigration and customs when re-entering the U.S. at select airports—and all you needed was your smartphone?

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Redwood Forest Cabin Offers Beautiful Solitude, Emersion With Nature - Our Explorers

This is an intimate cabin tucked away within the redwoods of California, beautifully clad with vertically placed wood boards designed to mirror nature.

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Stop Dressing Like a Slob When You’re Traveling

On evenings before I travel, it is my custom to set out the following day’s clothes on my bedroom chair. I do this in tandem with packing my suitcase, attending as much to the details of my travel costume as to the items being curated for use later

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5 ways to travel smarter this summer - CNN.com

No matter where you're going this summer, there are some easy things you can do before you leave to make your vacation less stressful.

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Flintstones Bedrock City in Arizona on Sale for $2 Million, Brontosaurus Included - ABC News

Yabba dabba doo. Bring your modern stone age family in your very own Bedrock City that's priced at $2 million, volcano included.

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Hotel California? No Thanks. Pass on CA for a Cheap Hotel This Summer | Hipmunk

No surprises here, the average price of California hotels is the highest you'll find when booking your summer vacation this year.

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How to Survive Long Road Trips Without Going Crazy

Long road trips can be a blast—or they can be boring, exhausting endeavors. Here’s how, with a bit of preparation, you can make sure you survive your trip with your sanity intact.

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8 Ways To Zap Your Fear Of Flying Forever | Conde Nast Traveler

by Nina Kokotas Hahn Writer Nina Hahn was once on a plane that was struck by lightning mid-flight--but instead of letting that incident curtail her ability to fly, she regained control over her fear of flying. Here's how. Dennis Hallinan / A...

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7 Hotels That Don't Look A Thing Like Their Ads

Throughout our hours and hours of travel and hotel investigating at Oyster.com, we've come across quite a few photo fakeouts: Situations where the hotel website showed the property as one way, and we found it to be a totally different way when we a...

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This Town In Arizona Is Modelled After Bedrock From The Flintstones, And It's Completely Awesome. [STORY]

Long after the modern Stone Age family went off the air, 49 years ago, the town of Bedrock remains. With the theme song for "The Flintstones" blaring continuously over the park's loudspeakers, the park has been a roadside attraction along Route 66 for more than 40 years.

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How to Make Hotel Loyalty Programs Work for Your Family

Family travelers may think that hotel loyalty programs are just for business travelers who log dozens of nights on the road a year. But if you plan even one week-long vacation with your family a year it can pay off to join a loyalty program....

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15 Delightfully Quirky Airports and Airstrips

Today is International Civil Aviation Day, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate some of the globe’s most amazing places to land.

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Turbulence Is Random, But You Shouldn't Be Afraid Of It

Turbulence is, in our opinion, the hands-down scariest part of flying -- and yet we’ve always heard it’s nothing to worry about. But when the plane bumps hard enough to send potato chips soaring like miniature eagles, isn’t some...

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The 10 Cities You'll Be Talking About In 2015

Lonely Planet is on a roll. The travel company released their Best in Travel lists this week, including the countries you need to be visiting (hint: Singapore) and the budget destinations to hit up next year. Also on the list, of course, are the ...

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11 Hidden Waterfalls and Swimming Holes on the Ultimate Swimming Road Trip | Mental Floss

Forget the water parks, ditch the public swimming pools, and bid farewell to your sprinkler.

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The World’s Biggest (and Most Expensive) Travel Flops

The multi-billion-dollar Revel Casino is closing. But shockingly, there are lots of hotels, entertainment parks, and even beaches that have been similar flops. We rounded up the worst travel fails on record. Just be glad you didn’t plan to visit any of

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6 Chic Airstream Trailers (That You Can Stay In This Summer!)

This vintage icon is sure to set the stage for a memorable, out-of-the-box vacation

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Voters' Choice: The 4 Best Towns in America

After 20 days and more than one million votes since the start of our 2014 Best Towns Tournament, we're finally down to the final four. With less than two weeks left, we take a minute to weigh in on what makes each of the finalists so special.

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How I quit my job to travel: The social entrepreneur

Travel blogger and global volunteer Urooj Qureshi explains why he left his stable job to serve the world community.

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Digital Life Guide: How To Avoid Checking Email On Vacation

Email is like an atmospheric gas that enters your smartphone through desublimation and buzzes your thigh to tell you,

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Wine For All Seasons in Bordeaux

Bordeaux, my French family's hometown, revolves around the seasons of wine. Harvest. Dormancy. Budbreak. Ripening. And whatever the season, there's always some wine-related party, festival, or