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How Americans are Overspending on Vacation

  According to its tenth annual Vacation Confidence Index, Allianz Global Assistance finds 10 percent of Americans admit to going overboard on their budget while on vacation. Last year, those who did overspent by some 27 percent ($534) on average. Breaking down by age Generation X turned out to be the biggest offenders and overspent by 32 percent over their […]

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What They’ll Buy: U.S. Travelers in Focus

  MMGY Global’s Portrait of American Traveler (POAT) survey found, among other interesting fragments, that food is a driving influence when it comes to choosing places to vacation and ways to vacation. Being motivated to vacation in order to experience new cuisines has grown from 51 percent of travelers in 2014 to 70 percent in […]

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Airline Satisfaction Rises as Seat Demand Surges

A steep demand for air travel has airlines adding some 116,000 seats per day to accommodate the 246.1 million air travelers coming onboard. According to Airlines for America, a trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, an average of 2.68 million per day are expected to travel on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2018. […]

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Romancing the World: Luxe Travel Tips

  While Valentine’s Day may be synonymous with romance in some circles, romantic vacations can last well beyond the bounds of Cupid’s arrows. The luxury travel experts with Travel Leaders Group offer five destination tips for romancing couples seeking an intimate getaway, along with ways they can add spice to their life, regardless of when they travel.

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Saudi Arabia Parts the Veils on Tourism

Much as a woman in niqab may show her face for a flash as she adjusts the dark mask of her robes, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been exposing slivers of tourism possibilities to the west and then concealing them again in a play of calculated flirtation – until now. Travelers have long held […]

Global Travel Booms as Inbound US Travel Bombs

While people around the globe may be traveling more than ever tourism to the US is taking a dive, according to reports from the World Tourism Organization and the US Travel Association. The number of international tourist arrivals around the world reached 1.4 billion last year — a 6 percent increase and a bar reached […]

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Haunted in America: Very Scary Places to Visit for Halloween

The popularity of haunted attractions continues to soar as a means to escape everyday routines, thwart real-life anxiety, and find selfie-worthy, action-filled experiences. Visitors don’t take this entertainment sitting down, the best haunted attractions keep things moving throughout their adrenaline-infused frights. These mega-haunts go well beyond the main haunt attraction. Business has expanded to include […]

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Going Solo: Dispatches from the Next Frontier of Travel

This author’s first experience of traveling solo was not an easy one. I had broken with a group I had been traveling with from Europe to East Africa and ended up in Somalia. I was a seasoned wanderer by then so the fist-sized spiders on my wall, the uncrushable flying cockroaches and ubiquitous biting ants […]

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Africa’s Green Season: A Hidden Gem for Safari Choices

Africa has its own seasons. From November to April, while American and European families are donning winter coats and pushing through winter’s wrath, the great plains of Kenya are springing to life with fresh green growth on hardy acacias and lofty crotons and flaming red blooms on ubiquitous tulip trees. In Southern Africa, along the […]