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Millennials like short-term rentals but they prefer the extras offered by hotels, survey finds

February 15, 2018


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Short-term rentals such as Airbnb are hugely popular, particularly with millennial travelers, who are looking for a new experience. But a new survey suggests that many younger travelers still prefer the safety and amenities of a hotel over a short-term rental. And with more millennials having children,...

Aliens on the Vegas Strip? New York-New York adds virtual reality to the Big Apple coaster

February 1, 2018


Filed under Technology, Travel

The New York-New York Hotel & Casino will add a virtual reality experience to the Big Apple roller coaster, taking riders on an aerial adventure through the Nevada desert and over the Las Vegas Strip. The new up-charge virtual reality experience, set to open Feb. 7, combines make-believe computer-animated...

Graduates, go and have an epic adventure

Graduates, go and have an epic adventure

August 25, 2015


Filed under Activities, Travel

By Christopher Reynolds Los Angeles Times (MCT) Greetings, graduates, and nice timing. I have no idea how all of you people are going to find jobs. But I do have advice: Go away. Many of you are ahead of me on this, planning epic road trips or European backpack expeditions. That’s good. And man...

Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Open At Universal Studios Hollywood

Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Open At Universal Studios Hollywood

May 26, 2015


Filed under Television, Travel

By Martin Miller Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Springfield, the mythical city that serves as Anytown, USA for “The Simpsons,” is enjoying some urban sprawl in the real world. Home to America’s favorite screaming yellow TV characters, the town becomes bicoastal on Wednesday when Uni...

On Lake Nicaragua’s Adventure Isle, Twin Volcanoes Play Host

On Lake Nicaragua’s Adventure Isle, Twin Volcanoes Play Host

November 25, 2014


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By Tim Johnson McClatchy Foreign Staff (MCT) OMETEPE ISLAND, Nicaragua — Gaze eastward from the shores of huge Lake Nicaragua, and they seem almost like a mirage: Twin volcanoes thrusting out of the water, one of them a towering cone of cinder and ash, the other jacketed in verdant jungle. Perhaps it wa...

Top 9 Hiking Trails In The U.S.

Top 9 Hiking Trails In The U.S.

September 21, 2014


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By Kristina Fazzalaro Oyster.com (MCT) With the arrival of warm(er) weather, the Great Outdoors have officially begun beckoning and we here at Oyster can’t wait to pack up some supplies and make for the trail head. The United States offers some of the most varied and stunningly gorgeous terrains...

Web Buzz: It’s All About Volunteer Opportunities

Web Buzz: It’s All About Volunteer Opportunities

September 9, 2014


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By Jen Leo Los Angeles Times (MCT) Here’s a website that can help you travel with a passion and a purpose. Name: www.Trip180.com What it does: Makes the path to global volunteering accessible and affordable. What’s hot: The website’s easy-to-search format puts volunteer opportunities right in front of y...

Web Buzz: Making A Map From Vacation Photos

Web Buzz: Making A Map From Vacation Photos

September 2, 2014


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By Jen Leo Los Angeles Times (MCT) Tired of sharing your travel pics one by one? UrbanBird lets you upload your photos and makes a map of your vacation that includes geographical info you can share with your friends on Facebook during or after the trip. Name: urbanbird.io What it does: Creates a map from t...

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The 9 Must-See Spots

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The 9 Must-See Spots

July 23, 2014


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By Jane Reynolds Oyster.com (MCT) We have seen some beautiful sites during our travels around the world. But don’t take our word for it (although you should; we are experts) — many of our favorite places are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which means they are “places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity...

The 10 best dive sites in North America

The 10 best dive sites in North America

July 9, 2014


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By Kristina Fazzalaro Oyster.com (MCT) ?Fun, sun, and ... scuba? For many, a trip to the beach just isn’t complete without the possibility of a deep sea dive. Whether you want to explore ship wrecks, meet creatures of the deep, or wonder at gorgeous coral formations, scuba diving can be a fun and athletic...

Free ‘Rick Steves Audio Europe’ App

Free ‘Rick Steves Audio Europe’ App

June 25, 2014


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By Doreen Christensen Sun Sentinel (MCT) Get a free download of “Rick Steves Audio Europe” app for Android and iPhone. The app, newly updated in March, is culled from Steves’ guidebooks, PBS TV shows and public radio broadcasts and will guides you through Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Scandinavi...

The 10 best honeymoons on a budget

The 10 best honeymoons on a budget

June 11, 2014


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By Kristina Fazzalaro Oyster.com (MCT) Getting married is so exciting and wonderful ... and stressful ... and expensive — are we starting to sound like your father? After all, saying “I do” to your significant other also means saying yes to a reception hall, a caterer, and half-a-trillion ot...

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