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Discover what a hostel is and its unique travel experience. Learn about budget-friendly accommodations and social interactions.

By MapQuest Travel

Explore the safety of Morocco. Learn about travel tips, local insights, and experiences to ensure a secure and enjoyable visit.

By MapQuest Travel

Discover the safety of Belize. Explore travel advice, local insights, and experiences for a secure and enjoyable trip.

By MapQuest Travel


Explore travel tips and insights to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience in this stunning destination.

By MapQuest Travel

Buc-ee's is not your average convenience store. It's massive. The largest is in Texas and has more than 66,000 square feet and 71 bathrooms.

By Lauren David

Flying has been, well, turbulent. So many flights have been canceled, passengers are lucky to get to their destinations. Is there anything you can do?

By Laurie L. Dove

Chronic overcrowding is turning the once-idyllic floating city of Venice into a nightmare of clogged canals and impassable bridges. The city is taking action, so be prepared to pay if you go.

By Laurie L. Dove


It's only 180 square miles, but it packs a lot of personality. In fact Andorra is the only country in the world that's ruled by co-princes from different countries.

By Valerie Stimac

Who's gonna get you the best hotel deal or tell you not to take that cruise during an outbreak of the latest super bug? Your travel adviser, that's who.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Although there are many contenders for this dubious honor, experts have one particular seat in mind.

By Nathan Chandler

You might think it's impossible to fit a week's worth of clothes into a carry-on, but with our packing tips, it's a piece of cake.

By Dave Roos


You may be tempted to buy a few thousand miles because you're oh-so-close to the threshold for a free ticket. But experts say you generally shouldn't do that.

By Cherise Threewitt

Discover the worst airlines worldwide. Uncover tales of unreliable service, delays, lost baggage, and cramped seating so you can avoid them in the future.

By Freelance Contributor

In the southern Pacific Ocean lies the Windward Group of islands in French Polynesia. They are located in the archipelago of the Society Islands. The 118 islands cover over two million square miles of ocean. Bora Bora is one of them. The letter ‘b’ does not exist in their language.

By Stuart Smith

Not all parties are as wild as Edward Russell's 1694 bash, where guests took eight days to polish off the cocktail offerings. These 10 fêtes run the gamut of soirée styles, from staid, formal affairs to creative events with unusual themes.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus


In India, springtime is marked by an explosion of color as revelers take to the street with fistfuls of powdered pigment to celebrate Holi. What's the history of the holiday and how did color-throwing become the main event?

By Julia Layton

Burning Man is back in the Black Rock Desert. What can you expect from this radical event that showcases colorful costumes and massive art installations?

By Julia Layton

Carnival festivities are all about local flavor, and in Rio, that means samba. At the most famous Carnival in Brazil, you'll find dancers, musicians and over-the-top extravagance.

By Julia Layton

Make your next vacation one you’ll remember for all the right reasons with these skip-the-stress suggestions.

By Blythe Copeland


Travel broadens the mind, but it can also shrink your wallet. Here are five apps that can help save you cash on the road.

By Craig Haggit

Smartphone users can unlock a world of restaurant information simply by downloading a few key apps. Read about our favorite foodie apps.

By Stephanie Crawford

What might be worse than hearing "Are we there yet?" over and over again for hours on end? "The Wheels on the Bus" over and over again for hours on end. What are some perfect road songs that both parents and children can enjoy?

By Meghan E. Smith

Vacations are great for spending time with the family, but sometimes it's good for your kids to bring along their friends. But there's a fine line you have to walk when you're responsible for another little one during a lengthy trip.

By Susan Sherwood, Ph.D.


Most travelers think their own auto insurance will cover rental car accidents, too. But do you honestly know the details of your coverage, how long your coverage will last or how well you're really protected?

By Christopher Neiger

Nothing saps the fun from a road trip like being pulled over by a cop. Besides simply obeying traffic laws, how can you avoid a ticket on your next trip?

By Nicholas Gerbis