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Travel Visas: Who Needs One and How To Get It




International vacation planning can be a lot of fun: picking out where to go, what to do, and when to eat. But overseas travel also involves a lot of documentation. You’ll need passports, boarding passes, local currency, and, depending on your destination, you may need a travel visa. Travel visas can seem pretty intimidating, and the rules for getting visas vary a lot by country. With a little bit of knowledge and realistic expectations, visas don’t have to be scary at all.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, International Travel


How to Pack for Your Fall Trip to New England




A trip to New England in September or October is a magical experience as trees in the region transform into a dazzling mosaic of colors. There is plenty to see and do on a tour of New England during fall, with many activities focused on the harvest and foliage.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, New England/Canada, Travel Tips, Packing Lists


Why Churros in Lisbon are the Best



Churros are draped in as much mystery as cinnamon sugar, starting with how, where, and when they were created. One of the prevailing theories is that they were first cooked up in Asia. They made their way to Lisbon when Portuguese sailors out for dinner at a port in Northern China were served a savory, crispy, fried pastry called “You Tiao” that they couldn’t resist bringing back to Europe. Once home, Portuguese cooks put their own twist on the treat—switching it from salty to sweet—and then watched it flourish, evolve, and eventually blossom into the modern-day delight that we now call churro.




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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining


How to Fly with Severe Allergies




Flying can be stressful. You have to worry about security, cramped seats, long layovers, and delays. When you have allergies, the thought of flying with allergy congestion can seem even more intimidating.

Instead of worrying, follow a few easy steps to ensure both you and your airline are prepared. You just need to plan ahead, then you can relax and enjoy your vacation.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


The Ultimate Ireland Travel Guide




Ireland might be a small country, but it has plenty to offer. From stunning landscapes to bustling cities, there is no shortage of things to do on the “Emerald Isle.” Friendly locals, age-old myths, and the pristine beauty of the country will easily charm any visitor.

We’ve put together this travel guide, complete with details on must-see sights in Ireland.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Ireland, Travel Tips, Food and Dining, International Travel


What You Should Expect When Visiting Pearl Harbor




Don’t visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu without making a stop at Pearl Harbor. During a trip with YMT Vacation’s Best of Hawaii Four-Island Tour, you will be able to tour this National Memorial. While here, you can explore the history behind the base during World War II, when it was the victim of a surprise attack on December 7, 1941.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Hawaii, Travel Tips


What Language Do the Swiss Speak?




Switzerland is a small country, approximately half the size of the state of Maine, bordered by Germany, Italy, France, Austria, and Lichtenstein. The country is divided into 26 cantons, the Swiss equivalent of states, each of which may choose from four official languages. That's right, there is no "Swiss language.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


How to Pack Clothing So It Stays Wrinkle-Free




Few things are as frustrating as unpacking your suitcase to find a wrinkled set of clothes. The friction created in such a tight space causes these wrinkles, meaning your wardrobe and your suitcase aren’t always the best combination.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


Japanese Customs: Dos and Don’ts for Visiting Japan




One of the main reasons so many travelers have Japan at the top of their bucket list is for the tiny island nation’s one-of-a-kind culture. Japan kept itself isolated from the rest of the world for centuries under their isolation policy of Sakoku, finally emerging in the mid-1800s with an utterly unique identity, free of the Western influence that had already seeped into many parts of Asia. Japan has changed drastically in the more than a century since the end of Sakoku, and while it has certainly been influenced by the rest of the world in that time, it has maintained the majority of its still strong cultural identity.




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Topics: Asia, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


Differences Between Airline Security Clearances




When traveling to the airport, it’s essential to factor in extra time for the security line. But what if you could bypass the line and cut your waiting time in half? There are three types of airport security clearances that will make your trip less of a hassle:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Airlines