Number of passengers Ocean: Up to 6,296 (Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas). River: Up to 190 (on Viking River Cruises).   Destinations Ocean: Remote islands like Tahiti, major Mediterranean ports, far reaches of the globe (the North Pole region, for example). River: Inland cities and towns most oceangoing ships can’t get close to (like Luxor, Egypt, and Budapest).   Excursions Ocean: From ATV jungle treks to Zodiac boat trips to ice floes in Antarctica. River: Small-scale walking...
Even the most seasoned travelers can encounter unexpected snafus, from flight delays and inclement weather to lost passports. But while you can’t do much to prevent those mishaps, there are certain things you can do to make sure you’re as prepared as possible if and when they happen. Ahead, 10 rookie mistakes travelers make — along with advice on how...
Having just returned from Rome for the umpteenth time I realized how much easier I find Italy as a tourist than my first trip here back in 2006. If only I had known what I know now, I could of avoided some sticky situations and a few embarrassments. When I am in Italy I see tourists make the same...
Although all-inclusive resorts are less popular in the United States than Mexico or Caribbean islands, there are some available for travelers who want to simplify their vacation. From Hawaii to New Hampshire, these hotels have all-inclusive packages available so you don't have to think too hard about what you'll be eating for meals. Note that all-inclusive packages in the...
I recently came back from a 3-week adventure backpacking around Europe. I walked the cobblestone roads Julius Caesar did over 2,000 years ago, celebrated the San Juan Festival in Barcelona while dodging fireworks on the crowded beaches illuminated by bonfires, watched men competitively dive from the top of Copenhagen’s Opera House into the city’s harbor, and wandered into the March...
Whether it's for the holidays, spring break or summer vacation, it's never too early to start planning your next trip. That includes scoping out airline tickets. As a big fan of travel myself, I know that the prices on some tickets is enough to make you seriously consider a stay-cation. But let me reassure you that I've never paid an...
Stunning views of the Hollywood Sign unfold at your own pace on hiking trails that meander through the rolling chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains.  Trails originally blazed by paws, hooves, and yucca-thatched moccasins now connect us to cultural as well as natural wonders. The western frontier of Griffith Park offers hikers amazingly close encounters with the Sign, which...
International travel can be overwhelming to new travelers -- especially when regulations are in play. Scam artists are aware of this fact, and often target new international travelers and their passports before they leave home. With promises of validating passports or fast tracking visa applications, scam artists are quick to separate travelers from their money through any number of passport scams. In...
Connecticut offers an abundance of possibilities for freewheeling families. Wedged between New York’s Hudson Valley and the Quinebaug River, the state’s rolling orchards, forested mountains and brilliant foliage represent some of the East Coast’s loveliest scenery -- barely an hour’s drive from New York and Boston. So, whether you’re looking for a series of long weekend breaks or some quality...
Expansive sapphire-blue skies, soaring red rocks, shifting white sand dunes that gleam in the sun — what better way to beat the cold than with a vacation to a desert? Forget the Sahara: You can find surreal and expansive landscapes to explore in the American Southwest and Pacific. From glamorous desert cities that buzz with excitement to solace-inspiring stretches...

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