Vacation Tips & Advice

Voluntourism 101: The Dos and Don'ts for Planning a Volunteer Vacation

Tips on how to choose the right organization and red flags to look for when signing up.


In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in hopes of sending "the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world." This paved the way for the hundreds of international organizations today to offer volunteer trips worldwide. Volunteer vacations and voluntourism (volunteer tourism ...

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Don't DIY: When and Where to Try a Tour Operator

Here are a handful of places where it pays to travel with an experienced guide.


Vacation burnout is a real thing. But even before exhaustion infiltrates the trip itself, the stress from putting together an itinerary can be crippling. Fortunately, there is a thriving industry of professionals dedicated to helping travelers escape as effortlessly as possible. Since the perfectly planned and executed vacation comes at a price, often more than $1,000 per traveler ...

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How to Spot a Travel Scam

Avoid falling victim to common travel scams with these tips.

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When was the last time you booked a vacation with the help of a real person, whether it was a travel agent or a customer service representative? Assuming you have access to the Internet, it's safe to say it probably wasn't recently. Though booking sites and social media have made it easier than ever to plan ...

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Insider Tips for Visiting U.S. National Parks

Make the most of your national park visit with these 10 tips.

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There are few places in the world that offer the breathtaking landscapes, endless activities and awe-inspiring architecture of the U.S. national parks. From whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon to exploring the elegant monuments on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to scaling Yosemite's Half Dome, there's always an adventure to be had in ...

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Top Caribbean Cruise Port Adventures

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Millions of sun-seeking Americans flock to the Caribbean every year for its welcoming sands and warm waters (its proximity to the mainland doesn't hurt either). But those who venture to the islands mostly arrive by cruise ship, touring the harbors with such brevity that they rarely experience anything beyond the main tourist spots. Even if ...

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10 Secrets for Traveling Like a Local

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Travel in itself is one of the most rewarding experiences. You get to see new places, immerse yourself in new experiences, try new cuisines and meet incredibly vibrant and unique people. However, not all travel is created equal. So many people miss the once-in-a-lifetime moments and the unforgettable encounters when their faces are buried deep in ...

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