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Travel Tip: Drop in US Tourism Impacts Hotels, Restaurants & Shops

The numbers are in. If you’re the owner or operator of an airline, hotel, restaurant, or other travel service provider in the U.S., those figures are not pleasant. A new… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Fewer International Visitors to U.S. Could Impact Economy

What does a sale at your favorite store or mall have to do with a presidential executive order on immigration and visas? As it turns out, a lot. Beware the… Read More…

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Travel Tip: The New World of Shopping Tourism

The Black Friday madness is over. But in many cities around the globe, welcome to the brave new world of shopping tourism. It’s in England, France, and even Minnesota. There… Read More…

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Travel Tip: The Truth About Duty Free Shopping

When you’re traveling through an international terminal, you’re likely to see signs for duty free shops. The concept goes back decades, and what it’s supposed to mean is that you… Read More…

Travel Tip: Everything You Need to Know About Wine Shipping Rules
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Travel Tip: Everything You Need to Know About Wine Shipping Rules

Believe it or not, sending home a bottle of wine from your travels could actually be a felony. No, that’s not a joke! Wine shipping laws are complicated and vary… Read More…

Travel Tip: Can You Still Find a Bargain with Duty-Free
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Travel Tip: Can You Still Find a Bargain with Duty-Free

Duty-free shops at airports all advertise great bargains, but are they a good deal? Here’s the first rule of thumb: for casual items, duty free is rarely a real value…. Read More…

Why Travel Agents Still Matter
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Why Travel Agents Still Matter

In the past month, both Women’s Day and CareerCast received heavy backlash when they questioned whether travel agents still matter in this economy. CareerCast called out travel agents as one… Read More…

Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama
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Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama

If you go just an hour outside Panama City, you’ll get a chance to meet a very special group of people: the indigenous Embera tribe. The tribe is committed to… Read More…

The Best Luggage for Summer Travel
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The Best Luggage for Summer Travel

From a weekend bag to a carry-on that can sustain you for weeks of travel, we have tracked down this summer’s hottest suitcases and luggage. For summer, luggage has to… Read More…

8 Gift Ideas for Grads Who Travel
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8 Gift Ideas for Grads Who Travel

Pretty soon the verses of Alice Coopers’s “School’s Out for Summer” will be blasting from the radio. It’s the time of year for caps and gowns, bittersweet endings, and new… Read More…

Hot Destinations 2013: Finding the Locals’ Istanbul
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Hot Destinations 2013: Finding the Locals’ Istanbul

We can do better than the old cliche of Istanbul as “East meets West.” Instead, Courtney Crockett seeks out the vibrant local experience–the real hamam culture, Türk kahvehane and the… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Find the Best Gifts for Travelers
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Know Before You Go: How to Find the Best Gifts for Travelers

Are you still searching for the the perfect gift for the traveler in your life?  They probably own luggage, a laptop, a tablet and all the necessities. So if  you… Read More…

Last-Minute Gift Guide: 12 New & Innovative Ideas for Travelers
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Last-Minute Gift Guide: 12 New & Innovative Ideas for Travelers

The big gifts for the techie traveler in your life are obvious — tablets, e-book readers, cameras and computers. Instead of going with the expected, Phil Baker tests out a… Read More…

Believe it or Not: 9 Surprising Finds from Baggage Battles
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Believe it or Not: 9 Surprising Finds from Baggage Battles

We’re well into the second season of the Travel Channel’s Baggage Battles, which Peter co-executive produced with Michael Yudin. So far we’ve introduced you to stars Bill Leroy, Mark Meyer and Laurence… Read More…

Travel Tip: Buying Hotel Items
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Travel Tip: Buying Hotel Items

Here’s something you may not have known about me: almost every item in my house comes from a hotel that I’ve stayed at around the world. And guess what? You… Read More…

Travel Tip: Winter Art Fairs
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Travel Tip: Winter Art Fairs

Europe may have history on its side, but that doesn’t mean that it trumps the US in terms of culture. There are countless art fairs held throughout the country every… Read More…

Travel Tip: Holiday Shipping
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Travel Tip: Holiday Shipping

The holidays are here, and you know what that means…it’s time to shop. When your done, plan ahead and ship your those gifts ahead of time instead of carrying them… Read More…

Daily Deal: Retail Therapy in San Diego
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Daily Deal: Retail Therapy in San Diego

Looking for some seasonal shopping and travel savings? The Kimpton’s Hotel Solamar in San Diego is offering a double discount with its retail therapy package. The package includes 25 percent… Read More…

Suzy Gershman RIP
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Suzy Gershman RIP

One of the great travel writers and a lifelong friend, Suzy Gershman, lost her long battle with brain cancer earlier today. Most of you remember Suzy as the author of… Read More…