Spring Break Destinations for Every Kind of Traveler

Full Moon Party. Koh Phangan. Thailand. by María Gabriela Lucero (CC BY-ND 2.0)

With spring break just around the corner, now’s the time to cast aside your studies, hunt down those last-minute deals and plan an unforgettable trip. Whether you’re looking for a budget beach break, a romantic getaway or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, here’s a roundup of the best spring break destinations.

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March 9, 2016 by

Get There First: The Newest National Parks to Visit in 2016

Valles Caldera National Preserve

In 2015, the NPS established seven new national parks, bringing the total number to 58. These new parks include a desert on the edge of Las Vegas, a supervolcano and the birthplace of America’s 16th president. The addition of these seven parks adds 250,000 acres of protected land to the total. The last significant addition prior to this was during the Carter presidency; 1,974,005 acres were added with the adoption of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978.

This year, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of U.S. national parks, make plans to visit the newest additions. While these parks are new to the NPS, they’re not totally brand-new sites. However, with the new funding (and title of national park), these lesser-known gems won’t remain under the radar for long.

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March 8, 2016 by
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An Insider’s Guide to the Best Beaches in the Caribbean

Magens Bay, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

For soul-warming sun, powdery sands and crystalline waters, the Caribbean offers thousands of beaches from which to choose. From secluded mountain-coddled coves and peaceful palm-lined stretches of sand to idyllic resort-fronted stretches and lively people-watching expanses, you’ll discover an abundance of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Choosing from which beach to enjoy the sun and surf can be challenging, so we’ve put together an insider’s guide to the best beaches in the Caribbean.

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March 7, 2016 by

10 Festivals Worth Traveling for in March

Calle Ocho 10 by Bob B. Brown (CC BY-ND 2.0)

As the cold weather begins to subside, revelers come out of hibernation for these unique March festivals. Whether you want a little peace and quiet or a month-long blowout, we’ve got you covered with this list of March’s best festivals worldwide.

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March 3, 2016 by

Best TV and Film Tours Around the World

Highclere Castle

Taking a vacation can be all about escape — and the same can be said about losing ourselves in the movies and TV shows we love. It’s only natural, then, for film and TV buffs to combine the two when traveling by visiting famous shooting locations around the world.

Sometimes you’ll find out that a story set in one place is actually filmed in another place entirely (or, worse yet, on a soundstage or studio with a green screen!) — but in some cases, the location is so important it almost becomes a character in the story. Here are some of the best film and TV tours around the world that will let you get up close and personal with the destinations behind your favorite shows.

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February 29, 2016 by

Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

Even if you’re not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.

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February 24, 2016 by

Discovering the Unexpected Art of Detroit

The Z Garage @ Detroit by soupstance (CC BY 2.0)

Detroit has been in the news over the past several years for what many might say are all the wrong reasons. More recently, the city has been appearing in the travel news as the comeback kid, a destination for people who prefer getting away from the same itinerary everyone else seems to be planning. Detroit absolutely is that place – a busy city with a difficult past and a promising future. And while you’re there, you should really check out the art scene.

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February 23, 2016 by
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The World’s Strangest Beaches

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences you’ll find on some of the world’s strangest beaches.

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February 18, 2016 by

10 Great Observation Decks Around the World

The Shard

There’s no better way to experience a location than to peer down upon the landscape from a great height. From the world’s tallest man-made structure to a walkout platform shadowing the Grand Canyon, these 10 observation decks around the world offer some of the world’s most breathtaking views.

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February 16, 2016 by

10 Valentine’s Day Traditions All Around the World

Romance in the Philippines

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, stores are flooded with candy hearts, chocolates and stuffed animals. In the U.S., shelves brimming with teddy bears and boxes of chocolate are typical Valentine’s Day fare, but not every country turns to greeting cards and heart-shaped candies to declare love. Some exchange wooden spoons and pressed flowers, while others hold a special holiday for the loveless to mourn their single lives over black noodles. Here is a look at how 10 countries celebrate Valentine’s Day traditions all around the world.

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February 11, 2016 by
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