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Where to Stay in Vietnam: Lodging Tips

Vietnam offers accommodations for every budget and taste, from bare-bones backpacker lodging to luxe resorts and everything in between. There are international chains, hostels and small boutique hotels too. What’s the best Vietnam lodging option for you? If it’s your first time visiting, you may want to go with established brands or well-reviewed independent hotels. If you’re a history buff, ...

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Getting Around Vietnam: Transportation Tips

From being pedaled along in a cyclo to a wild ride on a motorbike taxi to jetting among more than 20 airports, Vietnam transportation runs as big a gamut as you’ll find anywhere. If you want to travel the length of the country with stops in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll have quite a few transportation options. ...

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The 5 Worst Packing Problems and How to Solve Them

Back when the TSA first introduced its 3-1-1 rules for carry-on liquids, an IndependentTraveler.com staffer named Ashley inadvertently tried to bring a large, expensive bottle of shampoo through airport security. When the TSA officer threatened to confiscate the shampoo, Ashley returned to her airline’s counter to check her bag. The line was long, and she was in danger of missing ...

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7 Picture-Perfect Airport Gardens

One of the most effective ways to rejuvenate yourself after the mind-numbing, backache-inducing monotony of a long-haul flight is to immerse yourself in nature. It has a remarkable restorative quality about it — the fresh air, space to move, splashy light, chirping birds, the whole bit. Fortunately, some airports around the world have caught the nature bug too, providing restful ...

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Europe Train Tips

Traveling by train around Europe, visiting the Continent’s greatest cities and most charming towns, can be the adventure of a lifetime — and using a rail pass is one of the most affordable ways to make the adventure happen. But how can you get the most out of your rail pass? Read on for our top Europe train tips. For ...

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Eurail Passes

Ever dreamed of chucking it all and traveling around Europe for a month or three? If the sidewalk cafes of Paris, the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps and the bustling beer halls of Germany are all on your must-visit list, you might be a good candidate for a Europe rail pass. Several types of Eurail passes are available for ...

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European Country Rail Passes

Planning a train trip to Europe? Choose your rail pass wisely! While more general Eurail Passes such as the Global and Select Passes are best for travelers planning to visit many European countries in one trip, travelers who have a more limited itinerary can often save money by purchasing a country- or region-specific rail pass. You can find passes for ...

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Buying a Eurail Pass

Before buying a Eurail pass, outline your travel itinerary and weigh your alternatives. If you’re traveling over long distances, could you save time or money by flying between cities instead? If you’re making mostly short hops between nearby cities and towns, add up the price of individual point-to-point tickets on RailEurope.com or other similar agents — buying your tickets as ...

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