Travel

Getting Around Germany: Planes, Trains and More

With so many cities, landscapes and attractions to explore in Germany, you’ll want to pack as much as you can into your visit. Luckily, frequent international air service and one of Europe’s most efficient transportation systems make it easy to see a lot, even in a short time. High-speed trains and excellent highways cover the country, and scenic routes are ...

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Where to Stay in Germany: Lodging Tips

With so many tempting possibilities, deciding where to stay in Germany can be a dilemma. Should you choose ultra-modern hotels or charm-filled historic properties? Should you dream away your nights at country inns, fairytale castles or pampering spa hotels? If you are on a budget, Germany accommodation choices include hotels, bed and breakfast homes and hostels that are among the ...

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Avoid Crowds: 5 Less Visited National Parks

Each year more than 330 million people travel to U.S. national parks. High visitation numbers are great news for the parks, most of which rely heavily on admission fees for revenue. But for those of us seeking isolated mountain trails and deserted, wind-swept beaches, masses of fellow park-goers can be a bit of a bummer. Travelers who’ve trekked the popular ...

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Can Americans Travel to Cuba? Yes — and Here's How

Not so long ago, it seemed we Americans would have to wait an eternity to visit Cuba, the mysterious, off-limits island that taunted us just 90 miles away. In recent years, however, many Cuba travel restrictions have been lifted. If you’re one of many Americans considering a trip to Cuba, check out our Q&A to find out what you need ...

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What Not to Do in a New City

Any visit to a new city is defined — and driven — by a long list of do’s. Most likely, you will want to do the museums, do a few tours, do dinner and drinks, basically do everything you possibly can before the vacation clock runs out. To paraphrase a popular saying: You can do nothing when you’re back home. ...

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5 Ways to Beat Pre-Trip Panic

Countdown to departure: three days. Before you board your flight, you have to finish packing, call your credit card company, do laundry, check in online, clean out the fridge, water your plants … so many details, so little time! If handling all those 11th-hour odds and ends has you biting your nails, snapping at your spouse or curling up in ...

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Healthy Airport Food (and Airport Food to Avoid)

The phrase “healthy airport food” can seem like a contradiction in terms. Once you’ve entered the airport, your stomach is at the mercy of faceless fast food corporations and busy cafes that serve processed “convenience” foods loaded with sodium and empty calories. In a perfect world, you’d pack your own lunch. But with airline baggage restrictions getting tighter and tighter, ...

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Best Carry-On Luggage: 11 Affordable Bags Under $150

A sturdy, well-designed carry-on bag is one of the most important products any traveler can buy — especially if you’re looking to pack light and avoid checking a suitcase. But while there are plenty of pricey carry-ons on the market ($2,900 Gucci, anyone?), you don’t need to spend a fortune to find a solid carry-on that can serve you well ...

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