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Halloween Vacation Deal at Universal Orlando with Southwest Airlines

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Anyone with kids knows that it's never too early to start thinking about Halloween. Even older kids and teens (especially teens!), college students and those of us who are technically adults love to get into the spirit -- get it, spirit? -- of the spooky [Read more]

Eating Well in Honolulu, Oahu

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Thanks to awesome recommendations from Oahu-based foodie Nathan Kam, our friends at Oahu Visitors Bureau, and our own wandering around to sniff out some budget-friendly eats, my husband and I enjoyed some great meals on Oahu during our romantic getaway there [Read more]

St. Paul’s Wabasha Street Caves: Ghosts and Gangster History

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St. Paul, Minnesota has a gangster history that is so intriguing it seems to be embellished or taken from the movies, when in fact it's the other way around. St. Paul's Wabasha Street Caves, located on Wabasha Street just across the Mississippi from downtown, [Read more]

San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace

Ferry Building San Francisco Front View (Jennifer Miner)

San Francisco hosted this year's International Pow Wow (a hugely important travel trade show). There were a variety of great events before, after, and during that highlighted the many aspects of San Francisco that make it such a terrific California vacation [Read more]

Tales of Sierra Leone Travel: A Warm Welcome in West Africa

Sierra Leone Travel (Tom Volpe)

Most people would consider Sierra Leone travel to be a little "off the beaten track," but Tom Volpe from HeadingThere has just returned from a trip to the West African nation where he received a warm welcome. In this guest post he tells us of his experience of [Read more]

NYC Hotel Discount Packages for Affordable Travel

New York City Central Park (Jennifer Miner)

A fabulous NYC hotel discount package recently caught my eye, and I'm looking into availing myself of it for my next NYC summer vacation. That's right: Summer in New York City. It's not as romantic as the uninitiated may think; it's as humid as the Deep South [Read more]

How to Pick the Right Volunteer Vacation

Volunteer Vacation Service Trip to Costa Rica Church (Jennifer Miner)

A volunteer vacation can be part of solo and family travel, a romantic getaway, and a small group trip with friends. It's not just taking a half hour break from the pool and spa to check out a resort's recycling efforts, though; a volunteer vacation should [Read more]

Celebrate Earth Day with Free Admission at a US National Park

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Earth Day is April 22 this year. This date conveniently falls within National Park Week: admission to all parks is free. There may not be a better way to celebrate Earth Day in a travel budget-friendly, environmentally appropriate manner than to visit a US [Read more]

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day Photos

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day in Downtown LA Photos (Jennifer Miner)

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day is held annually to coincide with International Pillow Fight Day -- what a fun excuse to head downtown and bop strangers on their heads with feather pillows. My family's lived in Los Angeles since 2003, but we shamefully haven't [Read more]

Travel Video with Rick Steves

Here's a video I'm particularly excited about: Rick Steves represents the best of travel, and I was fortunate enough to meet him at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show. Now, the LA Travel & Adventure Show regularly has Rick Steves as a featured [Read more]