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Will the Brexit Vote Affect the Cost of European Travel? 4 Things You Need to Know

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union will upturn the global economy and redraw international borders. We take a look at what that means right now for tourists headed to the UK and EU, from favorable exchange rates to potentially terrible new travel barriers.

7 Things to Buy in July (and 5 Things You Should Definitely Skip)

In the gulch between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you might think sales are hard to come by, but the opposite is true. Shopping heats up in July, with stores offering everything from rare discounts on in-season apparel to desperately needed air conditioners.

The Ultimate Guide to Booking the Perfect Honeymoon on a Budget

After the expense and exhaustion of a wedding, who has time to plan a perfectly relaxing and affordable honeymoon? That's why we've put together a guide to off-the-beaten-track romantic destinations that won't break the bank.

3 Ways to Make Your Time at the Airport Less Terrible

Passengers thinking about the 4th of July holiday weekend still have time to upgrade their airport and flying experience — and avoid those long security lines. Here are three ways to make your next air travel experience more comfortable.

8 Easy Ways to Save on a Beach Vacation

Summer is prime beach time, but a trip to the shore can be expensive. Here are our eight best tips for stretching your travel dollars.

15 Things You Can Always Get for Free

There are few things more thrilling for a deal shopper than getting something for free. Happily, with a little patience and creativity, you can almost always find things ranging from music to a month of Amazon Prime being given away for nothing.

Top 10 Cheap Summer Travel Destinations for 2016

This summer brings good news for travelers on a budget. Thanks to relatively low gas prices and a strong U.S. dollar, you'll be able to get more vacation value for your money, both domestically and internationally, from NYC to Lisbon.

Help Us Out: Take Our Summer Vacation Survey!

The summer travel season is upon us, and we want to know: Are you taking a vacation this summer? Will you travel far or stay local? Will you vacation with family or friends, or are you setting out solo? Will you spend more or less on your vacation this year, compared to last year?

Take our summer vacation survey now, and help us gather information for a future blog post!

2016 Memorial Day Sales Are Here, And the Clothing Deals Are HOT

Memorial Day sales are finally here! As we predicted, the discounts from clothing stores are very appealing. But there's still more to come from big box stores too.

Retailers Giving Back: Shop These Memorial Day Deals for Veterans!

In an effort to show their appreciation this Memorial Day, some retailers are teaming up with SheerID to offer exclusive discounts to military members and their families. We've rounded up the best Memorial Day deals for veterans, those on active duty, reservists, National Guardsmen and women, retirees, and their families.

Use These 3 Hotel Booking Sites to Get Bonus Airline Miles When You Travel

Savvy travelers may want to use these three hotel booking websites for their next trip, because they'll get free airline miles in the process. But before you reserve your next room, know what you'll give up by gaining frequent flyer miles, the sites' important differences, and whether any one hotel booking site outshines the others.

5 Once-in-a-Lifetime Vacation Ideas (You Can Actually Afford)

No matter whether you're a seasoned traveler or a total homebody, we all have a once-in-a-lifetime trip on our bucket list. Planning such a trip though requires some big decisions — especially when it comes to finding a travel service you can trust. Inside, we've compiled a list of the best travel agents offering luxury travel packages at a discount.

7 Features to Consider When Buying Carry-On Luggage

Will your bag fit the next time you fly? We look at bag requirements common among the major airlines, as well as other features to consider when finding the best carry-on luggage deals.

5 Money Talks You Need to Have Before Marriage (and 4 Ways to Start)

Talking about money long before you say "I do" will put your relationship on the path to a solid financial foundation. Here are four steps to get the pre-marriage money conversation going, and five financial topics to discuss once you want delve deeper.

We Tested JetBlue's 'Nap Pods' and They Were Only Sort of Weird

JetBlue recently installed four free MetroNaps EnergyPods, reclining chairs with retractable domes, at JFK International Airport. Are these "nap chairs" worth your time? We tried to sleep on the job to find out!

The Ultimate Airline Comparison Guide: Reviews, Restrictions, and Fees for 98 International Airlines

If you're looking for a good airfare deal, it can be tough to pick based on the price of the ticket alone. To help you out, we've rounded up the 98 airlines you're most likely to run into in your travels, and we've included all the details about what you get for your ticket price.

Explore TripAdvisor's Top 5 Luxury Hotels in the World

Ever wondered what the most luxurious resorts in the world are like? This week, we're investigating TripAdvisor's top five luxury hotels to see exactly what makes these hotels the best in the world. The list includes a rainforest resort in Costa Rica, boat villas in the Maldives, a castle hotel in Prague, and more.

8 Hidden Costs When Going on Vacation and How to Avoid Them

You've carefully selected your airfare, hotel, and car rental rates, but a myriad of hidden costs can besiege your wallet when you travel, causing you to go over budget. To help you avoid unwanted extra expenses we've put together a list of the most common hidden expenses, from additional transportation to the dreaded resort fees.

Your Trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Might Cost More Than You Thought

If you've been anticipating a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, we hope you've already purchased your ticket. Just ahead of the new section of the park opening, Universal raised ticket prices by 20% without notice.

8 Easy Budget Hacks to Use on Your Next Vacation

Going on vacation is usually a whirlwind of packing, searching for documents, and rushing to the airport. Avoid coming home to a pile of scary-looking letters from your credit card company by checking out these simple tips on how to stick to your budget on vacation.

Cash, Credit, or Debit: Which Is Safest When Traveling?

Despite its risks, credit is still the safest form of payment, especially when abroad. But it's not always practical. What about hidden costs and safety? We've investigated the smartest ways to spend your money while on vacation.

How Much Should You Tip? A Guide to Tipping in 10 Common Situations

Many US workers rely on tips. With customs varying by locale and job, and asking outright considered impolite, tipping can be confusing. So we determined the tipping norms for 10 common situations.

Top 5 Affordable Destinations for Spring Break

Spring Break vacation is within your reach! If you think you've waited too long to book a trip away, think again. We've checked out some of the best deals on hotels and airfare at some of the most popular spots to get you pointed in the right direction.

8 Ways to Wisely Spend Your Tax Refund

Tax season is in full swing! If you're getting a refund and your savings are in order, you should treat yourself. Here's a few ideas to help you get the most bang for your refunded bucks.

POLL: What Do You Think of Internet on Airplanes?

American Airlines is just one carrier offering inflight WiFi, but lately passengers have been dissatisfied with their internet at 35,000 feet. Have you used WiFi while flying, and if so, did you enjoy the experience?

Toasty Travel Deals: Myrtle Beach Resorts from $39, $9 Week-Long Car Rentals

Winter is winding down (in some places anyway), and that means it's time to book a spring vacation. Hawaiian vacations and Caribbean cruises continue to be very popular, but roundtrip airfares to India are also showing some deep discounts. Whatever you prefer, be sure to check out the week's best travel deals.

This Airline Wants to Make Your Delay Less Miserable

Airlines have never been known for having great customer service, but at least one wants to ease the pain of flying. American Airlines is trying to be more customer-friendly by offering perks for flight delays.

Airfare Cheapest Since 2010, But Are You Getting Your Money's Worth?

Is air travel actually getting cheaper? A couple of contributing factors seem to be indicating lower ticket prices. What kind of a discount are you really getting?

Planning a Cruise? When to Book and When to Sail

Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and the Mediterranean all offer amazing cruises, but at different times of year and different price points. We break down the best options for each region.

These Airlines Will Let You Cancel Your Flight to Avoid the Zika Virus

If you've made travel plans to South America, Mexico, or another nearby region, you've probably been keeping an eye on the spread of the Zika virus in those areas. You might also be contemplating whether or not you should cancel your upcoming trip. But can you do so without incurring a fee?

7 Ways to Keep Your Money Secure While Traveling

The recent Hyatt Hotels payment systems hack was another reminder that our money is never truly safe anywhere. Luckily, there are helpful ways you can protect your money when touring at home or abroad. Consider these seven tips to keep your credit cards and personal finances secure the next time you travel.

Ask an Editor: How Can I Save on a Trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park?

Our readers asked, and we're answering: Our travel editor says head to Yellowstone National Park in early June and consider an escorted tour package, so that you can sit back and enjoy the majesty of the landscape.