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Travel Deals: The Best Savings on the Beach

July 4 weekend is all about the beach, but you can find sun and sand savings all summer long. Between Hilton Head in the East and Hawaii on the West,… Read More…

The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama
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The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama

You don’t expect Panama’s most famous beaches to push you out of your comfort zone, but that’s entirely possible in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Step away from the water… Read More…

Daily Deal: Surf in Waikiki
Beach Vacations / Daily Deals

Daily Deal: Surf in Waikiki

Head to Waikiki and get a chance to surf those legendary Hawaiian waves. Hotel Renew by Aston is a stylish, eco-friendly property that’s designed to promote wellness and rejuvenation. The hotel… Read More…

Travel Tip: Your 2013 Summer Beach Report
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Travel Tip: Your 2013 Summer Beach Report

It’s beach season, but do you know how safe the water is? Every year, a professor at Florida International University analyzes the top beaches in America. His criteria includes water… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Give & Surf in Panama
Beach Vacations / Caribbean / Voluntourism / Water sports

Voluntourism Spotlight: Give & Surf in Panama

If surfing is your ideal summer vacation, you can up your game this summer by combing surfing with volunteering. It all comes together in the surfing mecca of Bocas del… Read More…

Memorial Day Beach Report: Has the East Coast Recovered from Sandy?
Beach Vacations / Destinations / Natural Disasters

Memorial Day Beach Report: Has the East Coast Recovered from Sandy?

Memorial Day is known as the unofficial beginning of summer, and this weekend thousands of sun seekers will rush to beach. However, the availability of beach access after Hurricane Sandy… Read More…

Going Off the Tourist Map with Hawaii Family Travel
Adventure Travel & Sports / Beach Vacations / Family/Kids Travel / Hawaii / Travel News / USA

Going Off the Tourist Map with Hawaii Family Travel

Hawaii is a popular choice for families, but is there enough for kids to do on a remote, low-key island? Founder of CiaoBambino.com and family travel expert Amie O’Shaughnessy decided… Read More…

Daily Deal: Summer Savings on Cuba Tours
Beach Vacations / Caribbean / Daily Deals / Travel Deals

Daily Deal: Summer Savings on Cuba Tours

Let’s face it, were you a little bit jealous when you saw Jay-Z and Beyonce on the beach in Cuba? Well, you now can travel there legally with a tour… Read More…

Travel Deals: How to Spend Your Tax Return
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Travel Deals: How to Spend Your Tax Return

Tax Day has come and gone, which means refund checks will be arriving soon. For those of you looking to spend your return on a quick getaway or a longer… Read More…

Spring Break Culinary Surprises: The Best Fort Lauderdale Food
Beach Vacations / Culinary Travel / Destinations / Restaurants / South / USA

Spring Break Culinary Surprises: The Best Fort Lauderdale Food

In 1960, the film “Where The Boys Are” opened and, as Connie Francis sung her heart out to the theme song, thousands of college co-eds followed her lead and spring… Read More…

El Salvador: Five Days in ‘The 30-Minute Country’
Beach Vacations / Culinary Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Eco Travel / Mexico & Central America / Museums / Restaurants

El Salvador: Five Days in ‘The 30-Minute Country’

Most of the American tourist dollars going to Central America often end up in Costa Rica, where coffee junkies and surfing students like to hang out. But many of Costa… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Spring Break Mistakes
Beach Vacations / Festivals / Know Before You Go / Student Travel

Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Spring Break Mistakes

Let’s face it, college spring break is a breeding ground for rookie travel mistakes: rip-off packages, questionable accommodations and, of course, the inevitable bad behavior. Yes, there are alternatives to… Read More…

2013 Caribbean Hotspot: 5 Surprises in Martinique
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2013 Caribbean Hotspot: 5 Surprises in Martinique

Every Caribbean island has its own specialty, and we’re talking a lot more than just beaches.  Discover the “real” Martinique with Courtney Crockett, who was surprised by her visit to… Read More…

Tulum Uncovered: Beyond Mexico’s All-Inclusive Track
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Tulum Uncovered: Beyond Mexico’s All-Inclusive Track

For independent-minded travelers who shun the all-inclusive resort, land-of-the-wristband concept of vacationing, the beaches of Tulum are the new vortex of do-it-yourself cool. Janet Fullwood gets away from the all-inclusive… Read More…

Maps, Not Google: Traveling by Instinct Through Malaysia
Beach Vacations / Budget Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Destinations / Southeast Asia / Stories & Personal Journals

Maps, Not Google: Traveling by Instinct Through Malaysia

Many travelers dream of finding secret, untouristed beaches devoid of welcome drinks and tiki bars. Contributor Courtney Crockett relied on paper maps, night trains and instinct (OK, and a quick… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Ideas for Destination Weddings
Beach Vacations / Romantic Getaways / Romantic Travel / Travel Tips / Weddings & Honeymoons

Travel Tip: New Ideas for Destination Weddings

Many destinations weddings choose the beach, but there are other options for marine lovers. How about saying “I do” surrounded by hundreds of tropical fish, sharks or even a golden… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Protect Florida’s Shoreline with FDEP
Beach Vacations / Eco Travel / South / Travel News / USA / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Protect Florida’s Shoreline with FDEP

In this week’s Voluntourism Spotlight, we take you to Northwest Florida where the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is doing some extraordinary work through their Ecosystem Restoration Section and… Read More…

6 Off-Season Island Travel Ideas: Forget the Crowds & Save
Australia & New Zealand / Beach Vacations / Caribbean / Destinations / Eco Travel / Romantic Travel / Travel News

6 Off-Season Island Travel Ideas: Forget the Crowds & Save

Is Bali on your bucket list? What about the Galapagos Islands? We’re heading into the off season for many popular islands and contributor Laura Hubber has put together a guide… Read More…

Travel Deals: Fall Savings in the Caribbean & Other Sandy Spots
Beach Vacations / Budget Travel / Travel Deals

Travel Deals: Fall Savings in the Caribbean & Other Sandy Spots

We can almost taste fall, feel the breeze in the air, and the start of sweater weather. Before the temperatures really drop and the rates start to rise, now is… Read More…