Travel

Ditch the Hotel: 10 Cheaper Ways to Stay

Travelers can find cozy, convenient places to stay for $50, $20 or even free in virtually every destination — as long as they know where to look. Aside from airfare, lodging is typically the expense that takes the biggest bite out of a vacation budget. But there’s no need to rack up hotel stays for $100 – $200 a night ...

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Top 10 Travel Essentials You Can Find in the Trash

Travel supply stores have made a fortune selling things you can get for free. A number of items you might typically throw away, from old towels to empty yogurt containers, make excellent replacements for expensive specialty travel products. Trash — yes, trash — can help you organize your suitcase, stay clean on the road, protect your valuables and more. Plus, ...

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6 Things to Pack When Traveling Alone

In many ways, packing for a solo trip isn’t that different than packing for a trip with someone else. If you and your partner always use packing cubes, you’ll probably still rely on them when you’re by yourself. Can’t travel without your Kindle, no matter who you’re with? Of course you’ll bring it along. But there are certain concerns that ...

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Planning a Trip to China: Tips for First-Timers

China can be a challenging place to visit, thanks to language barriers and its rapid pace of change. Many first-time visitors are intimidated by China’s size, smog and geopolitical reputation, but open-minded travelers will find it an incredibly rewarding place to explore. Are you planning a trip to China? Prepare for your trip with these practical tips for first-timers. To ...

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Avoiding the Airplane Cold

Many travelers would swear that they get sick after every trip or vacation. They wonder if it was the food, the water, the pina coladas — or, like me, the airplane ride. While I don’t think you can count out the pina coladas (or that burrito you bought on the street), it turns out you could be right about airplanes. ...

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7 Tips for Traveling with Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments on the planet, with millions of sufferers in the U.S. alone. Traveling with back pain can make sitting on a long flight or lugging a heavy suitcase feel like torture. But that doesn’t mean your backache should prevent you from seeing the world. The following tips will help you support your ...

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Tipping Etiquette: A Guide for Travelers

A question and answer session with etiquette expert Lizzie Post Even the most experienced traveler can sometimes be tripped up by tipping etiquette. Sure, you know you’re supposed to tip your tour guide something — but how much? When you’re calculating the tip for your dinner, do you need to include taxes and that pricey bottle of wine? And is ...

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Which Travel Clothes Are Worth the Money?

If all you knew about traveling was what you saw on dedicated travel gear sites such as Magellans.com or TravelSmith.com, you might think that you could never take a trip without a wardrobe purpose-built for globetrotting. Think shirts and pants made out of wrinkle-free, waterproof, bug-repellent, UV-protective microfibers, equipped with dozens of hidden thief-proof pockets. But do you really need ...

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