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5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Next Cruise

The lido deck and pool on the Carnival Dream.

Because of the “all-inclusive” nature of cruise ships, people often fall into a “set it and forget it” mindset after booking their cruise. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. A cruise is designed to strip the work and stress out of travel. However, after cruising a few times, I’ve learned that some light preparation before embarkation can maximize the joy factor of a cruise. Here are five important things you can do to ensure…

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Caribbean & Islands, cruise, Travel Resources

8 Popular Cruise Myths Debunked

The Carnival Dream in port in Cancun, Mexico.

Maybe it comes from my mom who loves cruising—she’s been doing it now since the mid-90s—but I never understood some of the fears and misconceptions about taking a cruise. Following our Caribbean cruise last November, we’ve gotten a number of reader emails asking if we can clear up some of the misinformation surrounding cruises. Since it’s a popular topic with our audience, we decided to dispel some of the more popular myths about cruising right…

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5 Rockin’ Songs To Fuel Your Summer Road Trip

The road to Angels Landing in Utah.

Clark Griswold did it. Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters did it too. So did Hunter Thomson, Kermit the Frog, and tens of millions of Americans in 2014. And, I’m doing it right now. What the heck am I talking about? The great American road trip, of course. Yesterday, I got in my rented Toyota Corolla and head south to Virginia via the Pennsylvania Turnpike with my grandparents and mom. Sadly,…

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How We Work Together To Plan Our Travels

A couple snorkeling in Maui, Hawaii.

Relationships are a funny thing. You start out as two independent souls—each with your own way of doing things. Then over time you become a team, a perfect one-two punch, if you will, that when united is a stronger force than anything you could’ve imagined when you were single. Like a lot of guys, I resisted this notion at first: I don’t want to be BRANDY (Beth + Randy, get it?), I’m Randy dammit. Things…

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The Things We Leave Behind When We Travel

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Everyone writes about the things they take on the road. We all do it—bloggers, magazine editors, celebrity chefs. Why? People like the information; I like the information too. You see, travelers are an interesting species. Some religiously check luggage, others don’t even carry a bag. Whatever their style, though, everybody has a reason for traveling the way they do. I guess I find it fascinating, and judging from the popularity of our posts about packing tips, others do…

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Our Favorite American Towns to Drink Craft Beer In

Exploring San Diego’s Craft Breweries: 2 Newcomers and 2 Classics:

We’ve teamed up with Flights.com to bring you our favorite beer towns in America, and what to drink when you get there. There’s a good chance we probably missed your favorite, if so, let us know about the town or brewery in the comments following the story. Having beers with friends used to mean drinking 12 ounces of a watery malted mess like Coors, MGD (do they still even make that?), Mickey’s, or local favorites: Rolling…

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5 Places in The World That Deserve to be Seen With Binoculars

Randy Kalp using testing out the new CL Pocket binoculars from Swarovski Optik.

We do our best to streamline our packing. Beth and I have always been in the camp that the less baggage you have the better. But between her photo equipment–which is actually pretty minimal—our electronics, bathroom stuff, and clothes, we still always seem to be lugging at least three pieces of luggage—a suitcase, a backpack for our gear, and a camera bag—on our trips. That’s about as minimal as we can go. Since we don’t…

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