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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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It’s that time of year again, when the flower-crowned and (flash) tattooed set heads into the desert to party like it’s 1999 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Here are our do’s and don’ts for #winning at the annual music and arts festival.

Do: Have a Game Plan
Make an epic playlist and listen to all of the acts beforehand. Have your absolute must-sees mapped out, as well as backups in case the lineup changes (it will). Download the Coachella app or print out the set list — going old-school means you don’t have to worry about a dead iPhone (more on that later).

Sure, there will be plenty of time for surprise guests and happy discoveries, but you don’t want to sacrifice a prime position for your favorite act of the weekend in the name of spontaneity.

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Don’t: Leave Home Without Your Wristband
Consider it your golden ticket — seriously, you can’t go anywhere without it.

Do: Arrive Early
If you’re psyched for a band, you can bet a whole lot of other people are, too. Good rules of thumb: Leave for the fairgrounds several hours before your desired first set (traffic, as they say, can be a b*tch), and for big acts, get in place near the stage at least 30-40 minutes before the set starts.

Don’t: Be left wondering, ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’
Drop a pin where you parked or use an app such as ParkMe to help you navigate back to the car later. At night, all parking lots look the same. Those wishing to camp together should make sure to pull over to a nearby gas station or other meeting place and caravan in together.

Bonus points for bringing an extra set of keys (you never know when they might come in handy), a mini-flashlight and SNACKS.

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According to The Washington Post, the dollar is pretty strong at the moment. In other words, you won’t get crushed by pesky exchange rates. All the more reason to pack your bags and board a transcontinental flight to a new place.

If you’re wondering where to go, then look no further than this list. We’ve weighed in and decided the best places to go when the dollar is hot.

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After having children, a parent’s priorities can shift dramatically, decreasing the desire and the time allowed to travel. However, there are several parents who manage to make travel more of a priority, encouraging their children to become active participants in planning each family trip. And Heather Greenwood Davis and her family are the quintessential example of making travel an inclusive and real-world educational experience.

Heather has received several accolades for her travel spirit. She was recognized in 2012 as National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Traveler of the Year. As a travel journalist and the founder of GlobetrottingMama.com, she has also been recognized as a leading family travel and mommy blogger by Babble.com, WorkingMother.com and BlogHer.com. Knowing Heather and her family already had miles of travel experience under their belts, we thought it would be great to talk to her to see how she and her husband make travel work as a family.

Make sure you check out Heather’s favorite family adventure picks on our list of Travel’s Best Family Adventures 2015.
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The biggest travel day of the year just got a bit more stressful, thanks to the winter nor’easter in the forecast. It’s inevitable that the day before Thanksgiving will include record-long lines at the airport and headache-inducing traffic — and now, add likely hazardous roads and delayed flights.

Take a deep breath and keep these tips in mind to avoid a holiday travel meltdown.

Take advantage of an airline weather waiver.
With winter weather in the forecast for Wednesday, big airlines such as American Airlines, Delta and United are waiving change fees and relaxing their rebooking rules, even allowing fare differences to be waived. Look carefully at the rules; most include the note that rescheduled travel has to start by Friday.

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Maybe it’s the end-of-summer blues or the back-to-school stress, but with 3 incidents involving airplanes’ dwindling legroom over the last 2 weeks, something is putting travelers on edge these days.

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Traveling the world is awesome, but it can be intimidating, particularly if you’re a woman traveling solo.

At Go! Girl Guides, we believe that the world is mostly safe and that people are mostly good, but we hear the same thing from women time and time again: “Is it safe to travel alone?”

The answer: YES, so long as you use remain aware, trust your instincts, and use a little common sense. These 7 travel tips will help you take on the world, with or without a travel partner.

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He’s traveled the world as the TV show host of The Amazing Race. Now Phil Keoghan shares a few helpful tips he’s picked up along the way that travelers should know when planning their own next great travel adventure.

Tip 1: Always bring important documents and information. This should go without saying, but in the craze of packing it’s easy to forget the essentials: your passport, emergency funds, a second form of ID, credit card and a list of emergency medical numbers. Keep this info in a safe place, like a money belt, while you’re traveling.

Tip 2: Pack items for the moments you’ll want to kill time. Pick your choice of one or all of the following: a good book, a good movie, puzzles and/or your favorite tunes.
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Still on the prowl for the best hotel deals for Labor Day weekend? Our hotel expert, Anthony Melchiorri, has the best hotel travel tips for Washington DC, Colorado, California and Florida, and he’s willing to share them all with you!

Catch Anthony on the Today Show, this morning at 9:30|8:30c, where he’ll be giving you the lowdown on the best deals at some of the country’s nicest hotels.

Washington DC Travel Tip: As people flock to the beaches for Labor Day, cities empty out, so you can score some really amazing deals. Washington, D.C., is great because not only is it the nation’s capital, but it’s also family-friendly. Centrally located along the East Coast, most of the museums and attractions are completely free, making it a perfect budget option for those looking to save some cash.

Colorado Travel Tip: Colorado is not just for winter sports! Resorts are open year-round and offer a beautiful mountain getaway with plenty of nature and comfortable dry temperatures in the warmer months.

California Travel Tip: For those looking for a beach getaway, La Jolla is a beautiful resort town on the Pacific Ocean and a great escape from Los Angeles. There are gorgeous beaches, great restaurants and plenty of shopping.

Florida Travel Tip: Orlando offers something for everyone! This hotel is a retreat for golfers and non-golfers alike, and it’s nearby many of Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. It’s also less than an hour from the Kennedy Space Center.

Plus, don’t miss all-new episodes of Hotel Impossible, premiering Mondays @ 10|9c.

Want to get in on the Spring Fling action, but having a hard time since you’re … you know … single? Then grab a buddy, and fling about the nation’s ballparks!

Baseball season is in full swing, which means you’ve got one more thing to add to your sightseeing list while on vacation: rooting for the home team. While there are plenty of people who have “visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in the country” on their bucket list, you don’t have to be quite so ambitious to make your trip ballin’.

Tips for Navigating the Wilds of Baseball Travel:

1.     Download the MLB’s At The Ballpark app. With it, you have access to every team’s full schedule, the ability to buy tickets and find promotions, as well as a map and a full A to Z guide of anything and everything you could need while at the park.

2.    Call the team’s front office ahead of time.  On the team’s website, search for an employee directory and contact the person who has something “community”-related in their title. They’ll be able to tell you if tours are offered or they might be able to hook you up with a special experience of some kind. (One-on-one time with the mascot, maybe?) Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask! Just let them know how big of a fan you are.

3.     Explore the city! Keep a few days available, just in case your game gets rained out. But while you’re there, check out the landmarks, search for an awesome restaurant, find a baseball museum (chances are pretty good there’s one nearby).

4.     Don’t make a beeline to the first hotdog stand you see. Walk the entire perimeter of the park and survey all your options. In fact, ballpark food is more varied now than ever. At Camden Yards in Baltimore, keep an eye out for the Jack Daniel’s Grill and their slab of whiskey-glazed, thick-cut bacon on a stick. Or how about some frozen custard from the Shake Shack at Citi Field in New York? You never know what you might find!

5.     Speaking of things you never knew you’d find, a few parks have unexpected perks. A pool and Jacuzzi at Chase Field in Phoenix? Sure, why not? An aquarium at Tropicana Park in Tampa Bay? Lead the way!

If you’re having trouble narrowing down your list of must-see ballparks, let our picks for Baseball’s Greatest Stadiums help you out!

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