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48 Hours In Brussels: 5 Budget-Friendly Things Not To Miss

48 Hours In Brussels: 5 Budget-Friendly Things Not To Miss Anna Brones Beyond beer and the European Parliament I wasn't sure what Brussels had to offer. Oh wait, waffles, there had to be waffles. Brussels often gets a bad rap. Maybe it's because one of the iconic tourist symbols is a statue of a peeing boy, or maybe it's...

Smartphone Technology Getting Closer To What Travelers Want

Smartphone Technology Getting Closer To What Travelers Want Chris Owen As smartphone technology continues to advance, travelers are being offered more connectivity choices. Making calls, sending text, voice or video messages and surfing the Internet is becoming commonplace almost anywhere on the planet. Now, pricing is coming in line...

Dueling Summer Garlic Festivals Find Common Ground

Dueling Summer Garlic Festivals Find Common Ground Jason Reidy/Flickr Summer festivals and events often bring open-air concerts, barbecues, annual farm-oriented contests and more. The warm weather experienced in the United States from June through September has a way of doing that. To summer day trippers, it's often not a...

French Vintage Carnival Rides Come To NYC

French Vintage Carnival Rides Come To NYC Courtesy Fete Paradiso If you are a fan of carnival rides, history, or just good old-fashioned summer fun, take a ferry out to NYC's Governor's Island this summer for a festival of vintage Parisian rides and carousels. Billed as a museum meets amusement park, Fete Paradiso...

Technically, Cruise Travel Is Safer Now: Do You Care? (POLL)

Technically, Cruise Travel Is Safer Now: Do You Care? (POLL) Andrew Malone/Flickr After the grounding of Costa Concordia, the world of cruise travel took a good hard look at everything they were doing in the way of safety. A comprehensive Operational Safety Review of passenger safety measures resulted in new policies that promised to...

8 Ways To Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month

8 Ways To Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month Allison Park, Flickr Ever since Henry Weinhard opened his brewery in 1856, Oregon has had a taste for beer. Since then, the state has made a name for itself in the beer world. It's one of the states with the most breweries per capita and Portland itself is home to the...

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos)

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos) LEOL30, Flickr If you're an avid traveler, chances are you've experienced some type of fantastical sight, to which no photograph can ever do justice. Talent and camera quality have no bearing whatsoever on the ability to capture this moment, and so you resign yourself to...

24 Hours On The Dark Streets Of London

24 Hours On The Dark Streets Of London Walking near London's 16th-century St. John's Gate in the city's East End, I was looking for an old pub called the Jerusalem Tavern early on a misty Saturday night when a young woman in a skin-tight miniskirt approached me with a question. I was about to apologize and say,...

What Would You Do With One Million Loyalty Points?

What Would You Do With One Million Loyalty Points? the Italian voice/Flickr That's the question 10 lucky winners will need to decide in Best Western International's Loyalty Millionaires promotion, a part of their 25th anniversary celebration. Two randomly selected winners will be chosen each week through July 14, each...

Avoid New York City Traffic With MotoShare

Avoid New York City Traffic With MotoShare Chris Owen Travelers come to New York City from all over the world, for business or pleasure, and they all need to go from place to place. Sometimes they get out of the city too, exploring the Hamptons, Upstate New York, Connecticut and the Jersey Shore. They might be on a...

Vagabond Tales: Full Moon Parties And Surfing A Monsoon

Vagabond Tales: Full Moon Parties And Surfing A Monsoon Heather Ellison There are few larger rights of passage on the Southeast Asian backpacker circuit than the full moon party on the island of Koh Phangnan. A tropical version of Ibiza on psychedelics, the pull of this legendary debauch is so strong that nary a backpacker...

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines breezy421/Flickr After a few sailings in the Caribbean, North American cruise travelers can get tired of going to the same islands. Their cruise vacation may be a great value and easy to do but they want more. The problem is that ships can only go so far before having to...

Be Here Now: What Planes Have Taught Me About Arriving

Be Here Now: What Planes Have Taught Me About Arriving Khairil Zhafri, Flickr I shrug off my rucksack, collapse onto the bed and wait to arrive. At some point I doze off. When I awake, it's late afternoon. Toronto is hot - freakishly so, my host later tells me - and when I step outside, I have to learn to breathe again. My...

Fireworks Ban? Try These Fourth Of July Alternatives

Fireworks Ban? Try These Fourth Of July Alternatives Ming Xia, Flickr With fireworks bans in place across parts of the Western U.S., it's going to be another Fourth of July calling for alternative celebratory activities. In Colorado, where I live, we've learned to accept this fact, and it doesn't stop the outdoor revelry. ...

International Travelers Like Global Entry VIP Speed Lane

International Travelers Like Global Entry VIP Speed Lane golf082/Flickr International travelers arriving in the United States this summer are often faced with a waiting time of three hours or longer to clear U.S. Customs. If their first stop in the U.S. is not their final destination, that wait can easily add up to missed...

Clean Air Or Jobs? Lawmaker Jumps In To Help Cruise Line

Clean Air Or Jobs? Lawmaker Jumps In To Help Cruise Line Jean & Nathalie/Flickr Long before recent events had cruise ships grounded, on fire or broken, cruise lines were charged with polluting the environment via their diesel-burning engines. Addressing the concern of environmentalists, many cruise lines chose to plug in those...

5 Alternatives To Car Camping This Summer

5 Alternatives To Car Camping This Summer Jason Jones, Flickr If you're the outdoorsy type, it's hard not to enjoy car camping, as long as you find a destination and campground that are compatible with your interests and needs. Not that I'm speaking from experience, but ... let's just say the romantic, roughing-it...

An Unforgettable Tour Of Loretta Lynn's Childhood Home In Butcher Hollow, Kentucky

An Unforgettable Tour Of Loretta Lynn's Childhood Home In Butcher Hollow, Kentucky We were locked out of the humble home where country music legend Loretta Lynn grew up and were about to leave Butcher Hollow when someone pulled up in silver Chevy Silverado pickup truck. A trim man with neatly parted gray hair wearing a pair of jeans and a red-checked shirt...

Vagabond Tales: Kayaking With Thieving, Soda Drinking, Bloodthirsty Monkeys

Vagabond Tales: Kayaking With Thieving, Soda Drinking, Bloodthirsty Monkeys Heather Ellison Most people who think monkeys are cute have more than likely never met a real monkey. Although they might be cute on television, as anyone who has actually met a monkey will tell you, their cuteness is simply a disguise for their evil. Yes, I'll say...

Need Some Fudge? Visit The Wisconsin Dells, The Midwest's Most Delightfully Tacky Resort Town

Need Some Fudge? Visit The Wisconsin Dells, The Midwest's Most Delightfully Tacky Resort Town You don't have to leave the Midwest to catch a glimpse of the Roman Coliseum, the White House, the Kalahari Desert and the fabled windmills of Mykonos. Nope, all you have to do is take a road trip to the Wisconsin Dells, one of America's delightfully tacky resort towns,...

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