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Archive: March 2012
mar 30

Things To Do In New Orleans During the Final Four

Heading to New Orleans for the NCAA Final Four men's basketball championships? A list of places to say, sights to see, and food to eat while in the Big Easy.
mar 30

Tips On When To Book Summer Flights Amid Rising Fares

With airfares continuing to inch up, should you book now or wait for last-minute deals?
mar 30

GuestMob: New Site Offers Top-Shelf Hotels, 20 to 50 Percent Off

What if you could get discounts similar to Priceline's opaque hotel-bidding option, only you weren't totally in the dark about where you'd stay?
mar 30

7 Questions to Ask Before You Book an All–Inclusive Vacation

What does "all-inclusive" mean to you? One price that covers your hotel, meals, taxes, tips and maybe activities and alcohol if you're lucky—right? Not so fast.
mar 30

READERS' CHOICE: What's The World's Best Party Or Festival?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 29

America's Newest Airport Terminals to Speed Up Travel

LAX's newest terminal has several clever innovations. Airport terminal openings at Atlanta and Las Vegas will bring similar perks within a few months.
mar 28

READERS' CHOICE: What's Your Favorite Tour Company?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 28

4 Most Controversial Blog Posts of 2012 (So Far)

Just for fun, we decided to round up some of the most thought-provoking blog posts we've published so far—and your reactions to them.
mar 27

Revealed: The Most Searched for Destinations for Summer 2012

The most searched for US destination for summer 2012 travel is Las Vegas, while L.A. has the largest increase in search share year over year on Kayak.com.
mar 26

How to Identify Any Blossom

Are you ready for cherry blossom season? Try these new ways to figure out which foliage you're looking at.
mar 26

READERS' CHOICE: What's Your Favorite Learning–Based Destination?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 26

Paris: Time Out Launches English Listings Website

Last week, the famous publication Time Out, launched its Paris website, Timeout.fr/paris/en, with English-language listings of the city's hotspots.
mar 23

READERS' CHOICE: What's Your Favorite National Park?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 22

A Handful of America's Nicest Easter Egg Events

A round-up of egg decorating, egg rolling, and egg hunts nationwide.
mar 22

READERS' CHOICE: What Place Have You Already Visited—And You're Dying To Return To?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 21

$11.99 for a Lift Ticket? To Ski in Colorado? Yes, and Yes

It may feel like summer in much of the country. But the time is ripe for spring skiing (and springtime deals) at North American resorts.
mar 21

Longer Vacations Don’t Harm Economy, Say Studies

Americans receive very little paid vacation compared to many major foreign countries. Is that right?
mar 21

READERS' CHOICE: What's Your Favorite Island Getaway?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 20

READERS' CHOICE: What's Your Favorite Up-And-Coming-Foodie-Destination?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 20

FlightFox Uses Crowdsourcing to Find the Best Airfares

The site's agents compete to find you the best offer in return for a $29 fee, refundable if you're not satisfied.
mar 20

Would You Choose A Vacation Spot Just Because It's Cheap?

Our writer ponders how the cost of accommodations can affect vacation decisions.
mar 19

Best New Travel Apps for Kindle Fire and the Nook

Since September, more than 5 million Amazon Kindle Fires and B&N's Nook Tablets have been sold. Here are the best new travel apps for them.
mar 19

READERS' CHOICE: Which Airline Has The Best In-Flight Entertainment System?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 16

One Year Later, Japan Tourism Slowly Recovers

As Japan marked the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the island nation, the country's tourism officials report that travelers are starting to trickle back.
mar 16

Top 5 Tips for Shooting Great Video

Award-winning filmmaker Roger Sherman gives us his top tips for shooting high-quality video.
mar 16

A Sailable Feast: What's New in Cruise Food

Come on, be honest: The all-you-can-eat buffets and huge selection of on-board restaurants and cafes are among the top reasons to head to sea.
mar 16

Poll: How Would You Rate Airline Food?

A recent New York Times article makes us ponder how difficult it is to make mile-high meals tasty.
mar 16

READERS' CHOICE: Which Destination Is The Most Romantic?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 15

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Caribbean

Have you heard about "The Other Emerald Isle?" It turns out Ireland isn't the only country where St. Patrick's Day is celebrated as a national holiday.
mar 15

River Cruises Return to the Mississippi

Cruise lines are launching new and renovated ships on a broad array of routes.
mar 15

READERS' CHOICE: What's The Best Volunteer Trip?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 14

READERS' CHOICE: What's Your Favorite Theme Park?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 14

Joining Hertz's Club Gold Rewards Is Free for a Limited Time

Normally, you can become a member of Hertz's loyalty club only by paying an annual fee of $60.
mar 14

What to Do If Your Airline Shuts Down

Today, Direct Air has suspended operations for two months, while BMI and Kingfisher also face difficulties. What do affected travelers need to know?
mar 13

READERS' CHOICE: What's Your Favorite Secret Beach?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 13

And America's Best Beach Is…

An unexpected beach wins over the usual suspects in Tripadvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Awards.
mar 13

5 Affordable Restaurant Chains in London

Inexpensive dining in London doesn't always mean resorting to fried food, like fish n’ chips, for every meal.
mar 12

READERS' CHOICE: What's The Most Useful Free Travel App?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 09

Where Are the Anti-Spring Breakers Going?

The one-week recess is not always a call to all high schoolers and college students to head to Miami or Vegas to party.
mar 09

Vacation Home Site Tries To Boost Renter Protections

The vacation home rental market is booming, but what protections do renters have in the face of potentially inconsistent properties?
mar 09

Summer Trips You Need to Start Planning for Now

As crazy as it may seem, the annual deadlines for summer camping, hiking, and rafting permits are upon us.
mar 09

READERS' CHOICE: What's The Most Underrated American City For Travelers?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 09

5 Ways to Cut Down on Rental Car Gas Prices

Which car rentals will maximize fuel efficiency, given all of the news about rising gas prices?
mar 08

READERS' CHOICE: Where Can You Find The Friendliest Locals?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 08

Travel Deals For Cherry Blossom Festivals

The 3,000 cherry blossom tress in Washington, D.C. will bloom for the 100th time this year, and hotels around the capital are offering travel deals.
mar 07

America's National Parks Go Online, Street-View Style

Part travel guide, part preservation project, Nature Valley's Trail View provides the ultimate virtual tour of three iconic American parks.
mar 07

Should You Be Charged For Booking a Rental Car and Not Picking It Up?

Travelers are charged when they reserve a hotel room and don't show up. Same thing with flights, of course. For car rentals, though, there's usually no fee for being a no-show. That could change, though.
mar 07

READERS' CHOICE: Which Hotel Chain Gives You The Best Value?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 06

READERS' CHOICE: The Most Beautiful Airport Terminal(s)

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 06

6 Neat Niche Hotel Brands

Last week, InterContinental introduced an interesting new health-and-fitness-minded brand of hotels called EVEN. But it's hardly the only niche hotel brand out there.
mar 05

Most Popular Places for Tourism in 2011

Which cities, states, and countries received the most visits by travelers in 2011? Here's a short round-up.
mar 05

READERS' CHOICE: What Is Your Favorite Cruise Port?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 02

U.S. Lists Non-Advisory Mexico Cities In Time For Spring Break

The U.S. Department of State updated its Mexico travel warning, highlighting destinations throughout the country for which it does not have a travel advisory or travel warning in place.
mar 02

Have The Titanic Celebrations Gone Too Far?

A slew of Titanic themed celebrations are scheduled for April 14, 2012 (the 100th anniversary of the sinking), but is it all in bad taste?
mar 02

Hawaii Gets More East Coast Flights

Flight capacity from the East Coast to Hawaii is getting a major boost from new non-stop flights from New York and Washington, D.C.
mar 02

Is Disaster Tourism an Unavoidable Reality?

Wherever devastation strikes, tourists often want to see the aftermath for themselves. So will they flock to the island of Giglio to see the still-submerged Costa Concordia?
mar 02

Disney Cancels New Attraction Because It Offends the Obese

"Habit Heroes," an interactive exhibit at EPCOT that features overweight villains with names like "Snacker" and "Lead Bottom," was supposed to open on March 5.
mar 02

READERS' CHOICE: Which Is The Most Improved Hotel Chain?

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.
mar 01

Mark Your Calendar: The 2012 New York Times Travel Show

Travel the world in a New York minute at this year's New York Times Travel Show, March 3rd and 4th at the Javits Center.
mar 01

READERS' CHOICE: The Best Airport To Get Stuck In

We get to share our travel picks with you all year long. Now it’s your turn.

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