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How Americans are Overspending on Vacation

  According to its tenth annual Vacation Confidence Index, Allianz Global Assistance finds 10 percent of Americans admit to going overboard on their budget while on vacation. Last year, those who did overspent by some 27 percent ($534) on average. Breaking down by age Generation X turned out to be the biggest offenders and overspent by 32 percent over their […]

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What They’ll Buy: U.S. Travelers in Focus

  MMGY Global’s Portrait of American Traveler (POAT) survey found, among other interesting fragments, that food is a driving influence when it comes to choosing places to vacation and ways to vacation. Being motivated to vacation in order to experience new cuisines has grown from 51 percent of travelers in 2014 to 70 percent in […]

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Airline Satisfaction Rises as Seat Demand Surges

A steep demand for air travel has airlines adding some 116,000 seats per day to accommodate the 246.1 million air travelers coming onboard. According to Airlines for America, a trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, an average of 2.68 million per day are expected to travel on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2018. […]

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Romancing the World: Luxe Travel Tips

  While Valentine’s Day may be synonymous with romance in some circles, romantic vacations can last well beyond the bounds of Cupid’s arrows. The luxury travel experts with Travel Leaders Group offer five destination tips for romancing couples seeking an intimate getaway, along with ways they can add spice to their life, regardless of when they travel.

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Overtourism or the Walking Dread?

  Travel and tourism is a thing of inestimable value to most people. We dream of new places and save up diligently for these aspirational moments. But when does a walking tour turn into a nightmarish episode from The Walking Dead?

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Quirky Airport Amenities — Beyond Duty Free

Think your airport is just a place to board planes? Think again. Airports, where the average traveler spends 137 minutes per trip lining up, sitting down, pacing, waiting … and waiting for their plane to start boarding are now becoming destinations in their own right –hubs of shopping, stylish dining, entertainment, exercise, even pampering. This […]

Inns of the Sixth Happiness: Six Senses Opens in Bhutan

  If happiness is a place, it would have to be Bhutan — a protected mountain kingdom wedged between India and China that bills itself as the home of happiness. It is into this Buddhist Shangri-La of 20,000-foot mountain peaks and subtropical plains that Six Senses Resorts & Spas is opening its next homage to the […]

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Dark Tourism: Where to Find the Light of the Universe

Dark Tourism, a term more recently associated with quirky destinations associated with death and dying thanks to a trendy Netflix series, is now becoming popular with an unlikely fan base: families. That’s because the term is taken for its more literal locution as a place where light is at its slightest and dark skies full […]

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Voluntourism — Traveling for the Good

  During their travels in the past few years, 81 percent of millennials volunteered in the destinations they visited, 78 percent donated cash, and 83 percent gave in-kind to help with local development, according to those polled in a study from Tourism Cares. In fact, a benchmark study on happiness released by the Stanford Business School in 2010 […]

Hotel Bill? Listen for the Drip, Drip, Drip

By Christopher Elliott …   How much does your hotel room actually cost? In travel, it can be hard to get a straight answer.