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Get Day Access to Luxury Pools and Spas on the Cheap With this App Get Day Access to Luxury Pools and Spas on the Cheap With this App

I’m a huge fan of fancy pools and beaches, but a writer’s salary isn’t typically one that can handle the hotel bill to stay at the hotel attached to those fancy pools and beaches too often. Daypass is an app lets poor schlubs like me get access to the wellness and fitness amenities at properties around the world and…

You Don't Have to Use Your Room Key to Operate Hotel Room Lights You Don't Have to Use Your Room Key to Operate Hotel Room Lights

At least half the hotel rooms I end up staying in these days require that you stick your room key in a slot beside the door in order to do things like turn on the lights or use the power outlets. It’s a detail that I forget at least once a trip and end up spending a few minutes fumbling around trying to determine why…

How Do You Eat When You Travel? How Do You Eat When You Travel?

Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things food-related. This week I want to talk about traveling, and the role food plays in your trip planning.

The Things You Should Always Carry With You in Japan The Things You Should Always Carry With You in Japan

Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travelers. It feels completely different than western countries, yet totally familiar. I recently got back from a trip there, and while it wasn’t my first visit, I still learned a whole lot. Mainly, I figured out what kind of items are best to…

All of Your Mysterious Hotel Fees, Explained All of Your Mysterious Hotel Fees, Explained

“What is a resort fee, exactly?” my friend asked, driving away from our quaint Palm Springs motel. We received a bill with a long, confounding list of taxes and fees. Too lazy to decipher each item, we paid without really knowing what we paid for. You’ve probably been there, too, so let’s explore what’s included in…

Always Add an Extra Day Off to Your Vacation Plans Always Add an Extra Day Off to Your Vacation Plans

Even if you’ve had a vacation filled with rest and relaxation, the trip coming home is often enough to wipe you out and get you disoriented. The next time you plan a vacation, give yourself an extra day to bounce back and get ready for your return to work.

Leave Your Favorite Toiletries at Your Parent's House so They're There Next Time You Visit Leave Your Favorite Toiletries at Your Parent's House so They're There Next Time You Visit

Six years ago I relocated from North Carolina to San Francisco. The majority of my good friends still live in NC, which means a few times a year I end up visiting for at least a week at a time, sometimes longer. The first few of those lengthy trips brought up a dilemma: what do I do about things like shampoo and…

Now You Can Use TSA PreCheck With Five More Airlines Now You Can Use TSA PreCheck With Five More Airlines

Last year I finally got TSA PreCheck (and global entry), a move that dramatically changed how I travel. In San Francisco the security line at the airport could sometimes take longer than an hour, which meant I always had to get to the airport at least 2 hours early to make sure I made it through. And I’d have to plan…

Bring Magnets in Your Bag to Make a Hostel Stay Easier Bring Magnets in Your Bag to Make a Hostel Stay Easier

Hostels are an inexpensive option when you want to stretch your travel budget and don’t mind sharing space with strangers (who might even become your friends). The downside is that if you want to hang your clothes or towels up to dry, you’re fighting for the same common drying spots with everyone else in the hostel.…

Book Hotels at a Discount for the Day with Dayuse Book Hotels at a Discount for the Day with Dayuse

Whenever I go on vacations I like to take flights that leave in the evening so I can enjoy every final minute where I am. That’s great, except most hotels require you to check out by 11 (or 1pm if you’re lucky), and then you have to stow your bags and hit the town without a home base. Sometimes that’s not a big deal,…

How to Keep Properly Hydrated on a Long Flight How to Keep Properly Hydrated on a Long Flight

Flying dehydrates you—a lot. You probably know that it’s a good idea to drink water before, during, and after a flight, but how much is enough?

How to Take Better Photos at Popular Tourist Spots How to Take Better Photos at Popular Tourist Spots

You’re on vacation, and you’ve got your camera out at a well-known tourist spot where everyone and their mother has snapped the same pic over and over. How do you make each click of the shutter count?

The Essential Tools Inside a Pro Travel Photographer's Bag The Essential Tools Inside a Pro Travel Photographer's Bag

There’s more to a travel photographer’s kit than a camera body and a few lenses. Here are the essentials the pros always keep close at hand.

A Guide to Air Travel When You Have Little Kids A Guide to Air Travel When You Have Little Kids

I am not a parent, but as someone who has a hard enough time feeding and clothing myself, I have a lot of respect for humans who take care of other humans. When I see parents traveling with their kids, it looks like so much fun. But travel is stressful enough when you’re alone—how do they pull it off with little ones?

The TSA Is Testing the Use of Fingerprints to Replace Boarding Passes The TSA Is Testing the Use of Fingerprints to Replace Boarding Passes

On Tuesday, the TSA announced a pilot program using new biometric technology to replace boarding passes and IDs with quick fingerprint scans.

The Hotel Chains With the Best Customer Satisfaction Ratings The Hotel Chains With the Best Customer Satisfaction Ratings

When choosing a hotel, it’s good to consider amenities, hospitality, and quality in addition to price. These brands and chains are the hotels with the highest customer satisfaction marks for 2017.

Six Isometric Exercises You Can Do in a Door Frame Six Isometric Exercises You Can Do in a Door Frame

If you’re traveling, stuck in the office, or just don’t have time to hit the gym, here’s a workout you can do anywhere there’s a door.

Why I Buy All of My Plane Snacks From Trader Joe's Why I Buy All of My Plane Snacks From Trader Joe's

When I’m flying, my snacks have two very important jobs. They should keep me from getting hungry but, more importantly, they need to entertain and distract me from how much I despise flying.

Ask an Expert: All About Living and Working Abroad Ask an Expert: All About Living and Working Abroad

One of the luxuries of working on the internet is that you aren’t tied down and can travel as you please, depending on your line of work. But there’s a multitude of factors that you need to consider before hopping the pond.

A Solo Traveler’s Guide on How to Meet People While Traveling A Solo Traveler’s Guide on How to Meet People While Traveling

Traveling alone has its perks: You get to do what you want, when you want, discover new and honest things about the world and yourself, and enjoy an uplifting, mindful traveling experience without someone else’s influences. But after a while, talking to yourself and eating another meal without being able to share…

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