We are a vacation-deprived nation. Americans are taking almost a full workweek less of vacation than they did just 15 years ago. It’s time to change. With temperatures rising, spring blooming, and summer around the corner, here’s why you need to plan your next vacation right now. READ MORE
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To connect or not to connect? While on a cruise vacation, that is the question.
There was a time when staying connected at sea was nearly impossible, and disconnecting was preferred for the sake of relaxation. But in this day and age, it seems almost blasphemous to give up our smartphones and laptops while traveling. The issues are a lack of onboard apps and slow-as-molasses internet speeds — that is, until now.
International Travel Goods Show (Photo Courtesy of Troy Petenbrink)
Talking about weight is usually not polite conversation, but it has been a hot topic this week at the International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Travel Goods Association, the show lets manufacturers link up with retail buyers in hopes of getting their goods to consumers.
In this day and age, when an extra pound can be the difference between a $25 or $100 check-baggage fee, it is no surprise that luggage manufacturers have put themselves on major diets. Nearly all of the 300 exhibitors were touting new, lighter products.
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Are you yearning to travel to the Mediterranean but aren’t fond of long-haul flights? Here’s a solution: a Caribbean cruise. Yes, it’s unorthodox, but it’s also convenient for North American travelers, and MSC Cruises’ uniquely European MSC Divina might just be the oasis you’re looking for.
The leisure division of the industrial Mediterranean Shipping Co., MSC Cruises once catered predominantly to foreigners, but in the Caribbean, the line has tailored its sailings to embrace US citizens as well. In fact, one of the delights of MSC is the diverse mix of passengers on board and the international idioms heard throughout. Rest assured, however, that English remains the primary language spoken on the MSC Divina.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Photo: Getty Images)
“Fat Tuesday” is observed around the world, but only in New Orleans can you celebrate with the true flair of a party-ragin’ Cajun. There’s plenty to do during one of the biggest annual celebrations in America. And in a multilingual city with a rich French colonial history, there are myriad options for Carnival fun. It’s no coincidence that The Big Easy is sometimes referred to as the “most unique in the United States,” and this annual bead-begging bash shows exactly why.
A direct flight from New York to New Orleans is about 3 hours. From Los Angeles it’s just 1 hour more. And from Washington, DC, it’s only a 2 1/2 -hour jaunt, all of which makes it easy to jump right into the Mardi Gras mix. Once you arrive in New Orleans you’ll want a comfy place to rest up and energize from the day’s travels. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Mardi Gras in New Orleans that will fit almost any budget. READ MORE
Anthem of the Seas (Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)
Are you ready for a new year of cruise travel filled with new ships? Check out which ones are set for launch in 2015.
Anthem of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International
Already plowing the high seas as of 2014, the new, high-tech Quantum of the Seas set the stage for its sister ship, the Anthem of the Seas, to follow in April 2015. Special creature comforts include modular staterooms interconnected with varied layouts for large parties and virtual balconies to provide interior staterooms with a digital view of outside the ship.
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo Courtesy of The Franklin Institute)
“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today — especially in science, technology, engineering and math.” — President Obama
From the Oval Office of the White House to boardrooms of the nation’s leading companies, there has been a growing call to better prepare US students for future employment opportunities by educating them more in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics project that STEM-related jobs will grow to more than 9 million by 2022 — an increase of about 1 million from the current count.
What does travel have to do with getting more kids interested in STEM? A lot, possibly.
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By Daniel A. Schwartz, Executive Producer
I traveled to Germany to join Josh Gates and the Expedition Unknown team to hunt for the missing eighth Wonder of the World — the legendary amber panels. These were from a room made of gold and jewels and presented to the Russians in the 18th century as a gift. But the Nazis stole it during the war and brought it back to Germany, and after that, it vanished in the chaos of World War II. New evidence has surfaced that it may be hidden in southeastern Germany, so that’s where we went! READ MORE
Zak Bagans, Lead Investigator on “Ghost Adventures”
October is a big month for travelers in search of new haunts and things that go bump in the night. And speaking of hunting for the paranormal … new episodes of Ghost Adventures started airing on Travel Channel last week. In addition to visiting spooky places such as Lemp Mansion & Brewery, the GA crew packed their bags and headed across the big pond to investigate haunted Ireland. Watch the bone-chilling investigation in a 2-hour Halloween special on Friday, Oct. 31, at 9|8c.
Enter to win a trip for 2 to see some of the paranormal hot spots that the GA crew visited in Ireland. And don’t for get to stay connected to the GA crew and fans in the Ghost Adventures Fan Lair.
This month is a great month for Ghost Adventures, and it’s also a good month to check out our coveted list, Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2014. See our recommendations for the best haunts in America. Lead GA investigator Zak Bagans participated on our panel of advisors, and he tells us his top 3 favorite haunts and why you should add them to your must-see list.
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The summer months mark the most popular travel period of the year, with tourists flocking to all corners of the Earth to rest, relax and explore. Taking a spa day is a popular respite, but visiting the Dead Sea for a spa day is a truly unique travel experience.
Located on the borders of Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, the Dead Sea is the lowest land point in the world, at about 1,300 feet below sea level, and Highway 90, which runs along the water, is the lowest road. The area has been a popular relaxation spot since biblical times — King David visited the Dead Sea frequently, and it was even the spot of the first health resorts built by Herod the Great — and that really hasn’t changed much since.