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Halloween Around the World: The 6 Spookiest Cemeteries with Strange Histories

October 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

For every enchanting mountaintop resort, riveting extreme sports adventure or breathtaking spa in the middle of nowhere that we write about, there are many places and experiences in this world that we would absolutely NOT use our vacation time (or work time) to explore.

For instance, we don't recommend wingsuit diving into an active volcano on the ice cap of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Just not a good idea.

We have, however, come to realize that, sometimes people are morbid and weird and sometimes those people like to travel. Following up on our creepiest haunted prisons and asylums tour, we now have a handful of cemeteries that you have to be incredibly unstable brave to visit.

Psst...you might want to keep the lights on for this.

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Should You Take a Segway Tour? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

October 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

Segways. Where there's a tourist hotspot city center, there's likely to be a Segway tour or two of it. Sometimes you're onboard, and sometimes you're not, but whatever your opinion of Segway tours, it's clear to see that they're here to stay.

We recently hopped on a Segway tour in Ft Lauderdale, Florida for something a little different, and we'd be lying if we said Segways didn't come with a list of pros and cons. If you've ever debated on taking a tour or even turned your nose up to strapping on a helmet and quietly scooting around, this is for you:

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Travel Contest Roundup: 6 Ways to Win a Free Trip to the Caribbean

October 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are six vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some island fun in the sun:

Atlantis Adventure Dive Into Paradise Island

The folks over at Copa Airlines want you to check out the Bahamas, and to do so they’re giving away a four-day and three-night trip over to Atlantis on Paradise Island. Swim with the dolphins, enjoy the water slides, and soak in the sun—just enter today, as things close to entries on October 17.

The Sandals Suites Sweepstakes

Ever been to Grenada? If not, enter for a chance to win a trip to the island thanks to the folks over at Sandals LaSource Granada. They are picking 25 lucky winners, and if you’re one of them you’ll be enjoying seven nights in one of the Skypool Suites—enter by November 30.

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Crazy Cruise Fees That Should Be Thrown Overboard

October 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

CruiseCritic yesterday reported the delightful, wholly unexpected news that Royal Caribbean is dropping the $25 corkage fee on BYO-bottles of wine at their onboard restaurants.

Now, for example, if you board with a special bottle you're intending to drink in celebration on your cruise, you're welcome to do so without finding a hidden fee later. The policy is thus:

"Passengers are allowed to bring two bottles of wine or Champagne (up to 750 ml each) onboard at embarkation. Previously, they could drink the contents free of charge only in their staterooms. Additional bottles brought onboard or purchased in port are confiscated and returned to the passengers on the last day of the cruise."

The old corkage fee is hardly the only ridiculous extra onboard. Here are a few other exorbitant cruise ship fees we'd like to see eliminated:

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Travel Contest Roundup: Get Yourself to Italy with These Four Contests

October 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are four Italy vacation contests to enter right now:

Stella D’oro Dunk Your D’oro Sweepstakes

If you like Italy and you love cookies—then this contest is for you. The grand prize will get you over to Florence for a full week, as well as some spending money and outings. Even if you don’t get to go to Italy you still might win a year’s supply worth of Stella D’oro—that’s a lot of treats. Just enter by October 26.

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Five Fall Foliage Festivals for the Serious 'Leaf-Peeper'

October 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

So you don’t exactly need a festival to celebrate the season, and that’s especially the case when it comes to the colors of the fall. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt things to have a little organization and concentrated celebration in order to enjoy the fall foliage that much more. So here are five picks to give the help you achieve autumnal amazement:

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The 15 Behaviors of 'Basic' Travelers

October 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

The worst thing to be, at least according to the Internet, is a "Basic Bitch."

Know Your Meme explains the term as used to describe an "individual who displays cliche, conformist or otherwise predictable character traits," and the hustle of the airport and tight confines of airplanes are the perfect breeding grounds for such behavior.

So, how Basic are you when it comes to travel? Find out with our very scientific list:

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Travel Contest Roundup: 6 Ways to Win a Free Cruise

October 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are six cruise contests to enter right now:

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A Few Places, Besides Prague, Where Beer is Cheaper Than Water

September 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.

We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":

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The 5 Most Compact, High-Performance Travel Cameras Under $1,500

September 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers face a seemingly neverending list of pre-trip decisions, the worst of all being what to pack. When your carry-on begins filling up with gadgets like a laptop, tablet, and cameras you realize how precious that space is, and how reliant you're about to be on these little pieces of metal, plastic and glass.

With this in mind, we're sharing our 5 favorite cameras for travel, ones you may never have considered before.

We have excluded full-size DSLRs in the list for a couple reasons, first being the size/weight and need for extra lenses. Another reason is that they are not wholly inconspicuous and may draw too much attention in some parts of the world. The last thing you want is your camera getting stolen because it looks (and is) expensive.

All the cameras below are compact, light(er)weight, have Wi-Fi transfer capabilities (leave your laptop at home if you only use it for photo sharing), boast features ideal for a range of environments, and ring up under $1500:

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The Creepiest Haunted Prisons and Asylums in America, Open for Tours

September 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Claims of paranormal activity are stories that stick; pair a spooky history with brutal architecture, and you have a winning setting for ghost tours.

Beyond the usual prison tours is true Thanatourism, or tourism of places associated with great grief or violence. Asylums are a popular option, owing to their histories as buildings originally erected to serve only one purpose, to house and treat patients with mental illness. Despite their dark reputations, asylums provided food, shelter, and at least some hygiene. Unfortunately, because mental illness was considered un-curable, most of the patients were forced to live out their life in asylums such as these, while others could have been the victims of barbaric experimental treatments and surgeries.

Accessing the hushed, forbidding structures of these strict institutions is a modern fascination, one which flares up in autumn around the coming of Halloween.

Here are 4 of the most haunted institutions open to the public:

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The 7 Smartest Travel Features of Apple's iOS 8

September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you were among the first to download Apple's iOS 8 just as it became available, by now you will have had a good few days to play with the changes and how they relate to your usage of the iPhone. Among the many updates are a few that will prove a marked improvement for travelers who rely on their phones.

Previous updates gave us one place to store our mobile boarding passes (now even easier on the Apple Watch too), the sharing of photos directly from the photo app, and quicker access to frequently used apps, and the iOS 8 only improves upon these. Sure, the recent update has had its rough patches as of late, but these new perks are some of the coolest to date:

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