How to Avoid Getting Stuck With United’s “Basic Economy” Tickets

If you use third-party travel sites like Expedia or Priceline to scout for low airfare, you might not want to jump at the lowest price you see. United’s zero-frills “Basic Economy” tickets are sometimes harder to spot than normal tickets.

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These Are the Best Cities Around the World for Drinking on the Street

There are so many things to love about travel but street drinking has quickly become one of my favorite activities abroad. If you live in a place where it’s legal (and normal) to walk down the street with a beer, maybe you can’t imagine what the big deal is. For the rest of us, it’s pretty great.

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Everyone’s Afraid of Bed Bugs but Nobody Knows What They Look Like

Bed bugs are some of the most horrifying pests out there. They suck your blood, spread from place to place easily, and are tough to kill. But do you know what they actually look like? Turns out, most people don’t.

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You Can Still Visit Cuba—Here’s How 

President Trump recently announced that the U.S. will be re-instituting travel restrictions to Cuba, partially canceling Obama’s previous policy changes. So, can you still visit Cuba? It depends.

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Make Your Global Entry Appointment Come Months Faster By Walking In

This year has been a big one for me when it comes to international travel, and so last December I decided to bite the bullet on getting a Global Entry account to use throughout the year. When I got approved for the service; however, I ran into one big snafu: the soonest appointment I could get for my in-person…

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How and Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in August 

Are you doing anything on Monday, August 21? If not, maybe you should plan a short vacation. There will be a total solar eclipse that day, passing over the entire continental US from Corvallis, OR to Columbia, SC. Most of us will see at least some darkening, but only a 70-mile-wide strip of the country will experience…

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Here’s What the Hook by Your Airplane Tray Table Is For

Sometimes the best things in life are right in front of you but go unnoticed. Take, as today’s example, the little hook on airplane seats. During a recent flight, my seat neighbor took off her cardigan and hung it on the hook. My mind was blown and I felt silly for not realizing this hook had a purpose.

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How to Take Selfies That Don’t Look Like Selfies

As a solo traveler, it’s challenging to capture my adventures: I want to include myself in the picture and I’m not about to use a comically long selfie stick. I also rarely feel comfortable handing my camera or phone to strangers. But that doesn’t mean I’m about to miss out on social media-worthy moments. Instead, I…

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How to Choose Between a Backpack and a Suitcase for Travel

Different types of vacations require different gear, and one of the biggest choices most of us make as we head off to the airport is the choice between packing everything into a backpack or a suitcase. They each have their strengths and weaknesses and are better suited for certain situations.

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The Germaphobe’s Guide to Airplane Travel

Life gets pretty exhausting if you’re always afraid of getting dirty. I try to remember this mantra when I fly because airplanes are so freaking filthy. Research from the University of Victoria suggests we’re 100 times more likely to catch a cold from air travel than “normal daily ground level experience.” Here’s how…

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