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Many holiday traditions in the U.S. probably seem weird from an outside perspective. For instance, trampling our fellow citizens to get a cheap deal on Black Friday, dragging a tree indoors to decorate, and gathering around in the cold with thousands of other people to watch a silver ball slowly drop a few feet. But […] The post The 5 Creepiest Holiday Traditions in Europe appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Most frequent travelers have likely gotten a few terrible travel presents from well-intentioned friends or family. I’ve received some I didn’t use at all, and others I felt guilty enough to try out, only to have them take up unnecessary packing space. Terrible Travel Presents to Avoid Thoughtful travel gifts are usually the most useful […] The post 7 Terrible Travel Presents, and What to Give Instead appeared first on SmarterTravel.
We’re all about budget travel here at SmarterTravel, but there are some things you should never cheap out on. From suitcases to shoes, trying to skimp on these travel items will only cost you more in the long run. Shoes Buy a pair of cheap shoes and you’ll pay the price every time you walk. […] The post 6 Travel Items You Should Never Cheap Out On appeared first on SmarterTravel.
With a private beach, three pools, and a prime location on lively Duval Street, Southernmost Beach Resort is one of the best hotels in Key West, Florida. The resort recently underwent a $15 million renovation, modernizing the 243 guestrooms. In addition to the main Southernmost Beach Resort, the property is home to The Avalon and […] The post SmarterTravel Spotlight: Southernmost Beach Resort appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Driving down the scenic Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys, you’ll see a discreet sign on Little Torch Key pointing to Little Palm Island’s Welcome Center—the gateway to the only private island resort in America. As you step into the air-conditioned oasis, your first taste of paradise begins. An ice cold Gumby Slumber, a potent […] The post Check Into America’s Only Private Island Hotel With Us appeared first on SmarterTravel.
There are few worse feelings when traveling than unzipping your suitcase at your destination and finding you’ve forgotten to pack socks…and sunscreen…and a toothbrush. Planning a trip can be stressful, and things can easily fall through the cracks (see: my trip to Italy where I forgot to pack shoes). Whether you’re a traveler who leaves […] The post How to Become a More Organized Traveler appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Piling on the layers to stay warm in winter can make you feel like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man instead of a style icon, but you don’t have to choose between comfort and fashion—even if you’re headed to a frigid destination. These clothing pieces use advanced fabric technology and design to help you retain warmth without […] The post Warm and Actually Stylish Travel Clothes for Winter appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Jet lag, excitement, bad hotel beds, unfamiliar noises—adding up all the reasons why you might not be able to sleep while traveling could kill more time than counting sheep. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can help you sleep better, whether you’re at home or in a hotel. We spoke with sleep experts to […] The post 5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Sleep While Traveling appeared first on SmarterTravel.
The appropriately named Sanctuary Hotel offers a quiet retreat in the heart of New York City where guests can relax in between exploring the best of the Big Apple. Editor’s Note: The writer of this story was hosted by the Sanctuary Hotel. Will Cadena/Sanctuary Hotel The Location The Sanctuary Hotel is situated on West 47th Street […] The post SmarterTravel Spotlight: The Sanctuary Hotel New York appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Booking a cruise isn’t always simple. It can be a complicated, time-consuming process that involves dozens of open tabs and maybe a spreadsheet or two. But knowing the best site to book a cruise can help a lot. And while would-be travelers are accustomed to clicking around on travel search engines to find the best […] The post The 9 Best Sites to Book a Cruise appeared first on SmarterTravel.
There's no worse feeling than not having anyone to call for help when you're far from home. That's why it's vital to program your cell phone with important numbers in advance. The post Program These Numbers Into Your Phone Before Traveling Internationally appeared first on SmarterTravel.
If you’re worried your carry-on could be gate-checked on your next flight, check out these 10 top-rated underseat carry-on bags. Whether you’re a chronic over-packer or tried-and-true business traveler, there’s an underseat luggage option for every type of flyer. Samsonite Spinner Underseater with USB Port This underseat carry-on bag from Samsonite is divided up into […] The post 10 Underseat Carry-On Bags You Can Take on Any Flight appeared first on SmarterTravel.
You’ve found an amazing airfare but the price only includes a personal item. What does this mean? Should you pony up and pay extra for a larger carry-on or checked bag? Is it possible to take a trip with only a small backpack or handbag? All of the products featured in this story were hand-selected […] The post How to Pack in Just a Personal Item Sized Bag appeared first on SmarterTravel.
There’s still plenty of time to get a thoughtful gift for every foodie on your list. We’ve rounded up gifts in seven different categories (from the at-home cook to the DIY bartender) to make your last minute shopping a breeze. Find the best gifts for every type of foodie below: Best Foodie Gifts for the […] The post Foodie Gifts You Can Still Get in Time for Christmas appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Planning to visit Grandma’s for Thanksgiving or spend Christmas in Rome? Holiday travel can be notoriously busy, expensive, and stressful, but the news isn’t all bad. There are still deals to be found, provided you shop carefully and plan ahead. Check out these 10 holiday travel tips and find some joy this holiday season. Avoid […] The post 10 Holiday Travel Tips You Need to Know appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Bring the cafe to you with the best coffee makers and coffee delivery subscriptions. Your morning cup has never tasted better. The Best Coffee Makers The best coffee makers will make your drink just how you like it—in just a few minutes. OXO Brew Pour-Over Coffee Maker Pour-over coffee tastes great but requires lots of […] The post The Best Coffee Machines and Delivery Services appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Imagine a petri dish squirming with bacteria, then add a recline function and limited legroom. Now you’re accurately imagining the typical airline seat. According to study after study, airplanes are filthy places—the average tray table, for instance, is exponentially germier than a home toilet seat. Other top spots for airplane germs include seatbelt buckles, seatback […] The post How to Properly Disinfect Your Airplane Seat appeared first on SmarterTravel.
If your phone’s storage is overflowing but your walls are bare, you need these seven best photo printing sites. These websites make it easy for you to show off your favorite travel photos and make you feel like you’re back on vacation every time you glimpse a framed snapshot. Mpix Mpix prints out stunning photos […] The post The 7 Best Photo Printing Sites for Travelers appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Baby carriers are super convenient, but none were waterproof, until now. Aquaroo was born when mom Katy had a toddler and a baby, and while the toddler was happy splashing around on their own, the baby needed to be held. Anyone who has dealt with a baby in the water knows that it can be […] The post Aquaroo Baby Carrier Review appeared first on SmarterTravel.
If you’ve ever seen a three-wheeled, open-air vehicle cruising down the road and wondered what it was, how it drives, and if it was something you might want to try out, we are here to tell you about it. Classified as a 3-wheeled motorcycle, the Polaris Slingshot can be driven by anyone with a valid […] The post Polaris Slingshot Review appeared first on SmarterTravel.
The last day of vacation is always the moment of truth: will all those souvenirs fit in your suitcase when you’re heading home? If you like to shop while you’re on a trip (or you just bring along way too much stuff), here are 10 expandable suitcases that give you a little more wiggle room […] The post The 10 Best Expandable Suitcases appeared first on SmarterTravel.
A pre-flight beer is a popular way to pass the time at the airport, but any flyer knows that even one drink at airport bar prices can put a serious dent in your vacation budget. However, at some airports, you might be pleasantly surprised at how affordable a drink is. The amount you can expect […] The post The 10 US Airports With the Most Expensive Beer appeared first on SmarterTravel.
Shoes can make or break your vacation, especially in winter when you have to contend with frozen toes and slippery sidewalks. That’s why a pair of warm winter boots can be a traveler’s best friend on cold-weather trips. The following boots are packable, lightweight, and comfortable enough to walk in for miles. I’ve also thrown in […] The post The 30 Best Winter Boots and Shoes for Travel appeared first on SmarterTravel.