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Choose the right card, and you might not pay a cent for your next vacation

From baggage fees to rental cars, here are the common mistakes that will cost you when traveling—and how to avoid them

Want to get away on a dime? Here's where to go.

I caught up with Shane Dillon Gidcumb, a former winery executive and author of 'The Franklin Fi' book series who up and quit his job one day in favor of cross-country touring

When it comes to select essentials, spending more now will save you money later

Take the stress out of solo travel with these simple strategies

Whether you're looking for deals on gear or an inside line on your dream trip, the perfect group is just a click away

Save up for the trip of your dreams in six months or less

You're convinced that having a travel expert by your side will be useful. But how do you go about knowing when and how to book with them?

Spending a night in paradise doesn’t have to cost as much as a month’s rent back home

Tips (including how to make the most of the barter system) from a woman who makes below the average U.S. household income

New owners are revitalizing Shaw's, the beloved hostel on the Appalachian Trail

We get it. Solo travel can be scary. But trust us, the idea of it is more frightening than actually doing it.

The budget airline was responsible for shuttling 30 percent of the country's tourists last year. Its closing will irrevocably change how we get there—and that might be a good thing.

If you want to travel ultralight, Sea to Summit’s version of the money belt is made from featherweight Ultra-Sil Cordura that weighs just two ounces and has a 3-D mesh back for extra breathability. You also get two zipper pockets for organization, a soft elastic waistband for comfort, and an…

Wear this wallet around your neck, and tuck it under your shirt or sweater to keep all your important documents out of sight. The wallet also has an RFID-blocking liner so thieves can’t snag your goods digitally. It’s made from a water-resistant ripstop nylon that will hold up no matter…

StashBandz is part running belt, part money belt. It’s twice the width of your standard hide-away belt and made from a soft spandex fabric that hugs your waist. Four separate pockets keep your goods organized and decrease bulk, and you can sprint to catch a train without any annoying belt…

No, it doesn’t stuff inside your bra. It clips to the side of your bra and hangs down your side, hiding credit cards, keys, and cash beneath your shirt where pickpockets can’t reach. The pouch is made from a supersoft mix of nylon and spandex that feels like lingerie and…

This is a larger money belt, big enough to fit your passport, cards, cash, and any other important documents you might be carrying around. It has two zippered pockets that keep everything organized, and it’s made from a soft, washable silk that resists sweat. The waistband is elastic, so it…

Emergency cash—you can never have too much of it. This simple nylon belt has a hidden pocket big enough to stash a few bills, in case you find yourself in a Thailand bar without your wallet and the bartender is looking to you to pay the bill.

The best route to a cheap flight can be treacherous. Here’s a tried-and-true method for finding a great deal.

Daily savings strategies to make your bucket-list vacation a reality

Ski season is far from over. Here's how to squeeze in one more epic trip without breaking the bank.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Rendezvous promises to help find the best—and cheapest—places to meet in the middle

You don’t need to make more money to stash away funds for travel

From flash airline sales to public transportation, a boutique travel agent shares her tips for cost-effective travel

Forget airline storm delays and baggage fees. The best way to travel this winter is by hitting the open road.

It's a simple equation, really. More savings equals more travel.

Three foundational rules to fund your outdoor lifestyle using only what you have in your bank account right now

Because sometimes you don’t want to listen to bird sounds

From bonus miles to free checked bags, we break down the best perks for packing plastic

Sure, the Great Lakes have a lot to offer when it comes to recreation, but the region still doesn’t make many surfing or fishing bucket lists. But for those willing to fight the weather, there’s plenty of feisty winter steelhead and freshwater waves to be chased, all in the same weekend.

Research almost any travel destination and you'll probably wind up on travel-industry Goliath, where passionate people praise and denounce everything from romantic getaways to cockroach-infested hotel rooms. But who can you trust?

Don't plan any vacations before reading this year's Best of Travel winners.

The classic VW camper gets a futuristic upgrade.

Most of the time it's as simple as asking, but there are a few other tricks to keep in your bag.

Tow this ultralight camping trailer with a motorcycle.

Gas is cheap and flying is not. The dollar is strong, so tourists will be flocking to Europe—leaving domestic destinations blissfully uncrowded. The result: stay local and the country will be yours.

Among the benefits to hitting the trail in winter? No mosquitoes. But there are more!

Book now before everyone else gets wise.

What you need to know about the change in the frequent flier program.

Travel website Hopper has got snagging airfare deals down to a science.

Stronger dollar? Check. Weaker euro? Check. Time to go see the world again!

Airlines have made frequent-flier miles more valuable than ever. But they’re becoming increasingly harder to earn. This is how you hack the system.

How to hack lift tickets, travel, lodging.

Think you know a deserving lodge, guide, or service? Show us your best.

Jack Kerouac spent the summer of 1956 manning a fire tower on Washington's Desolation Peak, in the northern Cascades. He didn't do much writing there, apparently, despite being alone with pencil and paper. But he stayed for 63 days. The views were good.

They've put in the time up in the air, and some of them tell others how to see the world for a living. We asked them: What's the one piece of travel advice everyone should know?

Crying babies, endless delays, and that one aggressive seat-kicker are almost inevitable travel companions. Doesn't mean you can't have a nice journey: savvy packing will keep you collected and calm. We can't promise the same for the new parents across the aisle.

We polled an all-star team of experts and adventurers to put together our new rules of travel—all the airfare tips and digital tricks that make getting out there easier than ever.

An epic, 10,000-mile road trip across America to find the best place to live in the country.

One man and his canine pal cover 13,000 miles in 32 states to discover just how strong our relationship is with man's best friend.

The days of the Homestead Act are over. But if you’re willing to be flexible, there are still ways to get cheap—even free—land.

Procrastinators are about to get the last laugh. Turns out you can save 10 to 40 percent if you book a hotel at the last minute through an app.

I'm nervous about rising ticket prices and added fees. Can I still travel regularly without breaking the bank?

A visual breakdown of what makes for blissful travel—backed by science.

On the Mount Rushmore of flight travel FAQs, this one sits between, “How do I get a free upgrade?” and “Where the blank is my luggage?” Although far from an exact science, picking the right time to book is now less of a guessing game thanks to new metrics and…

We have a secret. That cabin you’ve always dreamed of? It’s within reach—if you know where to look.

These ground-tested strategies will help you conquer every last weekend.

Seven men want to share a few thousand pieces of gear with the world. And they need your help.

Enjoyable family trips require positive attitudes, not five-star hotels.

The Internet should make booking a trip easier. If only. Let’s not forget that today’s web is first and foremost a marketplace—and the market for travel-booking and search sites is crowded, which can make planning your next journey a little daunting. On one side, you have online travel agencies such…

With nearly 30,000 miles of well-marked and maintained trails, Switzerland is a mecca for hikers. From late June to early September, walkers can explore alpine peaks, wildflower meadows, and crystalline lakes. Although day hikes abound, it’s also possible to string inn-to-inn treks into multi-day, budget-friendly trips. Although routes are graded…

Budget-friendly prices, and the freedom and comfort of staying at a home-away-from-home have made vacation rentals popular alternatives to hotels. Property owners list their homes on sites such as Home Away and the associated VacationRentals.com, VRBO, and Flipkey, the latter of which is…

A proper randy romp in the backcountry takes preparation.

Who says cat and heli-skiing are for the one percent? Here’s how to score prime powder at a cut rate.

The all-mighty budget is a hurdle for many travelers. Couchsurfing (CS), an online network where travelers exchange free lodging, allows you to leap this obstacle. But couch surfing isn’t just about getting a free place to stay; it’s about fostering connections among a community of, now, seven million…

Want to learn how ski but don't want to spend all your wages on expensive ski gear and rentals? Here are some tips for saving on gear from a life-long budget-savvy skier.

This season, choose outdoors over indoors, adventure over eating, and hiking over cooking.

Welcome to Telluride, the best little stoner town in America

Crooks may be emptying your bank account while your ATM card is in your wallet. Here’s how to prevent it.

Get your local stoke on with these 7 tips.

With the economy on the uptick and early snowfall stoking demand, Dan Sherman, spokesman for ski-centric travel agent Ski.com, says you can’t count on resorts dropping prices mid-season. You should book early and online. Here are a few deals to get you started.

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