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Safety in Paris: What Travelers Need to Know Right Now

Paris, France

We are shocked and saddened by the recent tragic events in Paris. Our team members are on the ground in Paris, actively working with our local partners to assess the situation and provide our support in this difficult time.

We also want to keep you informed of what is happening for your own travel purposes. Read on for the latest news and security updates.

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November 16, 2015 by | Comments Off

Festivals Around the World in October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo credit: nicolicreer via Flickr.

From religious ceremonies to hot air balloons, October is filled with a variety of festivals. The changing colors in many places, along with cooler days, and the refreshing calm before the hectic holiday season draw locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous – and obscure – events. Since festivals often showcase local and traditional music, arts and crafts, dance and food, attending an event is one of the best ways to learn about regional traditions, customs, cuisines and values. Here’s a roundup of October festivals around the world.

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October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Where to Go in October: 20 Great Spots for Early Autumn

Central Park in Autumn

With the days getting cooler, the nights getting dimmer and the autumnal leaves beginning to shed from the trees, October marks the golden months of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and there are few more magical times to travel. Whether you’re looking to spot the best fall foliage, seeking a suitably spooky location to celebrate Halloween or hoping to swap the cold nights for sunnier climes, here’s our top picks for where to go in October.

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September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Eight Quirky Detours in the Southwest U.S.

Beautiful Death Valley is worth a road trip detour.

If you’re road tripping and looking to explore some off-the-beaten-path locations in the Southwest U.S. while en route to your destination, here are a few quirky detours to help break up the drive.

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September 21, 2015 by | Comments Off

The Beginner’s Guide to Food in Ljubljana

Discover Ljubuljana's culinary delights.

The Slovenes adore food and the ceremony of eating with family and friends; they are proud of their national cuisine and one of the best-loved sayings is “love comes through the stomach.” Their food is heavily influenced by the country’s history and surroundings. Arising from the ashes of the bitter break up of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, tiny Slovenia is a wealthy country with a healthy GDP and a small, sophisticated capital city. At a cultural crossroads in Europe — Slovenia is surrounded by Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria — Ljubljana has borrowed from the cuisines of these countries.

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September 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

How to Road Trip by Campervan

Road Trip By Campervan

Campervan road trips don’t run on gas—they run on unbridled freedom.

It’s heeding the call of the open road and its maze of possibility, where every junction, twist, and turn can lead to new adventures. It’s the feeling of being self-sufficient and gloriously untethered, where an itinerary, route, or destination can literally change on a whim. It’s spending time with your fellow passengers and bonding out on the road—incubating relationships that just need a little air to grow. It’s finding small towns and getting lost and impromptu roadside stops, and cultivating cross-country memories you can carry with you for life.

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September 3, 2015 by | Comments Off

Six Tips for Surviving a Road Trip

Take time to stretch your legs

Summer is the best time for a road trip, especially if you’re looking for a bit of adventure and spontaneity. The open road can provide spectacular views and crazy stories … or leave you and your carmates stir crazy and desperate for an escape. Whether the drive is the means to a vacation destination or the vacation itself, a little preparation can turn what could be a cramped, monotonous disaster into an unforgettable journey. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your travel companions sane during the drive.

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July 16, 2015 by | Comments Off

Best Practices for Keeping Your Gear Safe While Traveling

Since you can’t fit everything into a backpack or suitcase, most of what gets packed for trips are the essentials. Few things disrupt a trip more than lost, stolen or damaged gear. Losing a laptop or camera while on the road can make a person feel like a turtle without a shell. Fortunately, most theft and loss can be avoided with a good dose of mindfulness, something you should bring with you everywhere you go. The advice here comes from personal experience, meetings with U.S. Embassy security personnel and an interview with self-defense expert Ron Fortin.

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July 8, 2015 by | Comments Off

12 Great Travel Gifts to Show Mom You Care on Mother’s Day

Helicopter ride over the Statue of Liberty

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching — it’s May 10th this year — and for those who haven’t yet planned something special, there is still time. Instead of simply getting a gift or taking mom to dinner, think about treating her to a special experience you both can enjoy together. Here are our top picks for things to do with mom on Mother’s Day.

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May 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments

How To Stay Healthy and Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Stay healthy while you travel!

Actively thinking about how to stay healthy while traveling, exercising caution, and arming yourself with knowledge of what to do if you do get sick should be on the top of every traveler’s priority list. The following information comes from veteran travelers, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Adopt these practices and keep yourself healthy and alive.

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April 1, 2015 by | Comments Off

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