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10 Tips for First-Time Cruisers



You’ve been talking about it for years, now it’s your turn to experience all the fun of a cruise vacation—from the sun and the sea, to the shows and the food. But before you embark, here are some tips to help you make the most of your first voyage:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Parlez vous Francais?: What Makes European Cruises Different



Just like you’d never expect a walk through Times Square to feel like a stroll in the Louvre, enjoying a European cruise isn’t the same as taking an American one. To prepare yourself for cruising with a European line, here are a few tips and observations:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


The Non-Traditional Father's Day Gift for the Traveling Dad



Dads know what to expect on Father’s Day—they’ve received the same gifts for years. Not that they’d complain, mind you, but they can only use so many ties and “World’s Best Dad” mugs. This year, why not surprise the dad in your life with a less traditional Father’s Day Gift?




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, senior travel


Top Girlfriend Getaways



Time with your family is a great way to spend a vacation, and a romantic getaway is certainly a must…but sometimes what you need most is one-on-one time with your BFFs. A Girls Weekend isn’t just fun, it’s essential to maintaining your friendships. From Old World villages to beachside retreats, museum hopping to holiday celebrations, we’ve got some incredible ways for you to reconnect and enjoy time with your girlfriends:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Rose Parade, senior travel, Oberammergau


Summer Packing List



A summer packing list helps ensure a smooth, hassle-free vacation, whether you’re planning a road trip to visit the grandkids or flying off to explore foreign lands. Stay organized while you travel with this handy summer packing list.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


The Couple That Travels Together...: Why Travel Improves Relationships and Sparks Romance




Have you ever noticed how couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships? According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, when we travel with our significant other, we are “significantly more likely to be satisfied with the relationship, communicate better with our partner, enjoy more romance, spend quality time together and share common goals and desires.”





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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


Taking it Slow: Traveling to Orvieto





The small Italian town of Orvieto seems to have somehow escaped the temptation to give into progress. While other tourist destinations have a Starbucks on every corner and four-lane highways rush past ancient monuments, it’s still possible to close your eyes and imagine this place the way it was centuries ago. Visiting here is a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle, a chance to pause in the midst of your Italian travels.





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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Travel Tips


See The Royal Wedding Locale: How You Can Tour Windsor Castle




When Prince Harry weds the American-born actress Meghan Markle, it will be in the oldest and largest occupied palace in Europe. Nearly a millennium old, Windsor Castle is a country estate in England’s grassy hill country nearly an hour’s drive from London. While a favorite weekend retreat of Queen Elizabeth II, chock full of bucolic charm and English luxury, it is also ground zero for some of the country’s most notorious historical moments.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


The Best Winter Vacation of 2017




As the days grow shorter and the mercury dips, it’s easy to get discouraged. But before you succumb to the months of snow chains and parkas, consider this: blue skies and warmer weather are as quick as a plane ride away! To help bust the winter blues and seasonal doldrums, US News has just released the rankings of this year’s Best Winter Vacations. Topping the list of what’s hot is one of our personal favorites, Costa Rica!




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


Getting Your ZZZZ’s at 30,000 Feet




Getting some shut eye on an overnight flight can seem next to impossible, but a few winks can make all the difference when you land and need to hit the ground running. Here are some simple tips and on-board essentials that will make it easy to nod off. Here’s what you can do to get some sleep on your next flight:





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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips