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What’s an Optional Tour?



Guided tours, cruises, and most packaged vacations offer optional tours in addition to included activities. An optional tour, which can also be called an optional activity or optional excursion, is an extra special experience not included in the base price of your vacation.

They are enhancements, experiences, dining or events that can be booked a la carte at your discretion. They are the cherry on the sundae, the final flourish of a great work of art, the personally significant moments that turn a great vacation into the best trip of your life.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Travel Inspiration


Travel Quiz: Where Should You Travel Next in North America?



Sometimes it’s difficult to decide where to go on your next vacation. From tropical getaways to national parks and historic road trips, the options are seemingly endless.

To help you choose your next North America getaway and determine the type of traveler you are, we have created a Travel Destination Quiz. By answering a few simple questions, our quiz will help you choose the right destination to meet your needs and send you on a phenomenal North American vacation.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Quizzes, Travel Inspiration


Best Places to Travel for Your First Trip in 2021



2021 is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to begin making your future travel plans.

From scenic national parks to world-class cities and tropical paradises, we have curated the top destinations in the United States to consider for your first trip in 2021.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Inspiration


Best Things to Do In Alaska During the Summer



A getaway to Alaska is unlike anything you have experienced before. “The Last Frontier,” as it’s often called, is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s full of incredible natural wonders, lush forests, rivers and lakes full of fish, and even glaciers.

Many picture snow and cold when they think of Alaska, but the state boasts four distinct seasons with different weather patterns and activities.




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Topics: Alaska, Planning a Vacation


Travel Trends Across the Decade




Take a moment to reflect back on what you were doing 10 years ago. The year was 2010 and iPads and Angry Birds were all the rage. 2010 probably doesn’t seem like that long ago, but the changes in both our world and your life are likely quite significant. And the travel industry has seen its fair share of compelling changes as well. Here are some of the biggest travel trends over the past decade and into 2020.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


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


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


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