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10 Questions to Ask Before Booking a Vacation Rental

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Where will you stay on your next vacation? According to a survey conducted by TripAdvisor in February, more than half of Americans plan to stay in a vacation rental rather than a hotel in 2014. Survey participants said they're foregoing hotels for the ample space, better amenities and lower rates that vacation homes, villas and ...

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5 Not-To-Be-Missed River Cruise Itineraries

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If a cruise sounds appealing but the idea of spending your vacation with 4,500 other guests isn't your cup of tea, it might be time to rethink setting sail on the ocean. You might be ready for a slower-paced river cruise.

But with so many riverboats and itineraries to choose from, how do you ...

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Make the Most of Your Fall Vacation

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U.S. News released its annual roundup of fall rankings on Aug. 19 to help travelers start planning their autumn escapes. With the help of reader votes and opinions from travel experts, we determined the best vacation destinations for fall. Now that you know where you're going, what should you do when you ...

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Best Places to Cruise This Fall

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With crisp air, cool temperatures and brilliant foliage on display, autumn is an ideal time to cruise. The stretch between summer and winter affords relatively crowd-free ports and fewer passengers on board (kids are back in school), translating to plenty of opportunities to commune with nature. Best of all, many repositioning cruises — ships crossing ...

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Cafes Your Favorite Authors Loved

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Few things conjure more romantic notions of the past than images of esteemed writers sipping coffee in smoky coffeehouses. Across the world, you can still find the venerated cafes and bars that once played host to the literati elite. From Keats to Hemingway, Paris to New Orleans, the Romantics to the Beat Generation, this is your grand tour ...

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How to Get Upgraded on Your Next Flight

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The only thing worse than waiting in a security line or a crowded airport terminal is squeezing into a narrow coach seat. Seat 32B, to be exact. As you enter the plane and prepare yourself for the next four hours of misery, you'll probably pass some happier passengers sipping on pre-departure beverages and sprawling across their ...

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