Whether you're planning a getaway this Spring or not, you can still get excited about traveling to far-off places. Our favorite way to do so? With iPhone cases, of course. Here, a look at 12 different designs that will reflect your itch to hop on a plane and discover somewhere new. The best part is you can take them with you everywhere — abroad or in your backyard.
If you admire the innovative yet livable design sensibility of boutique hotels, but aren't sure how to adapt the aesthetic for your own home, look no further. The new Macalister Mansion in Penang, Malaysia, is actually a historical colonial that has been reimagined as a hotel. Infusions of playful modernism elevate traditional spaces for conversing, dining, lounging, and sleeping. Keep reading to see the 12 wow-worthy design moments that we're dying to re-create.
Everyone loves traveling rewards from travel credit cards, but how much do people actually know about the details of the rewards? LearnVest advises us to be more aware.
Travel rewards credit cards combine two of everyone's favorite things: travel and rewards.
And they're everywhere. You can't turn on the TV, walk through an airport, or flip open a magazine without seeing ads for the next great travel card. But to understand how these programs really work, you need to know more than a 30-second commercial can tell you.
For instance, what do you know about redemption fees? And how much money are your "points" actually worth?
It depends on your card, but travel rewards cards can be inconvenient, expensive, or downright deceptive. So before you apply, you need to read the fine print and do your research. We can't help you with the fine print, but you can start your research here.
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Traveling with kids can feel a bit like rolling the dice: what will the next turn bring? A room that somehow doesn't contain its promised crib? A 3 a.m. wake-up call from your partying neighbors? While we've detailed the most amazing hotels around, designed to impress everyone in your family with over-the-top extras, and some exciting themed hotel rooms that your kids will talk about for years to come, what about lodging for those trips when a hotel is just a necessity, not the destination? We have seven hotel chains that are always a safe bet when traveling with kids.
Offering everything from babysitting services and extra bedrooms just for little ones to kid-friendly room-service specials and check-in gifts, these chains have hundreds of locations all over the globe, all ready to make your family's travel experience a bit more like an actual vacation.
I'm sure many of you have had to deal with canceling trips in the past. Perhaps you were a little too eager when planning a trip and rushed ahead to purchase tickets and nights at a hotel without giving it careful thought. Or maybe something came up, and you were no longer able to travel. It's definitely a bummer canceling your travel plans, not to mention a hassle and a waste of time and money. Canceling your trip doesn't always mean heavy cancellation fees. Here are a few ways to avoid paying those annoying penalties:
For plane tickets
- Pick the right airline. Opt to pick airlines that have a more lenient change or cancellation policy. Southwest is your best bet, as the airline will let you change your flights without incurring fees.
- Cancel within 24 hours. There's a new rule (that all airlines have to adhere to) that lets you get all of your money back if you cancel within 24 hours of your booking. The flight also needs to be at least seven days from the time of booking to qualify.
- Get refundable fares. If there is a very high chance of your trip falling through, perhaps you should consider getting a refundable fare. Those will obviously be higher priced, but if the cancellation fee will cost more than the difference between a coach ticket and a refundable fare ticket, you might want to get the latter.
For hotel stays
- Change the date of your hotel stay. I found this neat little tip on Lifehacker: postpone your arrival date by a few days so you won't get hit with a cancellation fee if you're planning on canceling in less than 24 hours. It's advisable to wait at least a day before canceling, rather than canceling it right away, to make it less obvious.
- Talk directly to the hotel. Most of the time, talking to the hotels directly works a lot better than the official hotline of a hotel chain. I've gotten away with penalty-free cancellations, so just talk to the manager of the hotel and let them know your situation. Read my tips on how to talk your way into getting anything you want.
Remember, if you're canceling your trip because of work-related reasons, you can always try asking your employer to expense the cancellation fees on your behalf.
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We're happy to present this story from one of our favorite sites, Brides magazine.
In search of an easy-to-get-to but super-romantic destination — no passport required? You don't need to fly halfway around the world to check into a glamorous resort. We teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuoso to rank the USA's top sexy hideaways. Start packing!
— By Jacqueline Gifford
The season for Spring break is upon us, meaning it's time to shake off the Winter doldrums and step into some sun. A trip to the beach is just the excuse you need to rejuvenate your senses and downsize your entire beauty routine. From self-tanner to sunscreen, discover the TSA-approved product essentials to pack for your vacation (and shop our favorites) when you keep reading.
A vacation on Oahu may go a little like this: float in the ocean, lie out in the sand, drink a mai tai, repeat. But if going a few days without some form of exercise sounds more like torture than paradise, it's still possible to make like a tourist but play like a local. While a surf or stand-up paddleboard session is a must do when you're on Oahu, here's where the locals like to sweat it out — all conveniently a short distance from tourist-friendly Waikiki!
Turns out, there is simple way to travel like a celeb if you think about it — by taking a trip to the favorite vacation spots of the famous. You might not hit the same resorts or hotels, but you can visit the same beaches and cities and get a close enough experience. Names like Beyoncé and Tom Cruise like to jet around the world to places as close as Cabo and ones as far as French Polynesia. Check out these great escapes for yourself, and maybe they'll give you some ideas for your Summer vacay.
Want to really give your kids an education? Get them a passport and book a trip. So says Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine and father of three (two of whom are under the age of 10), who just published 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth ($19) a guide for parents looking to give their tots a true global education.
According to Bellows, "The travel industry often lets kids down. They don't look at the world through the eyes of children, so you get a lot of the kids clubs, you get a lot of the canned experiences, you get parents dragging kids for six hours through a museum and I really felt that was a disservice to the next generation. So I wanted to write a book that took the point of view that travel is our greatest learning experience. I really believe that the passport is your diploma."
But how to get started in this learning adventure? I spoke with the author and got his best tips for traveling with small kids — from where to go to when to start doing it! Click through for his advice.