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10 Things to Do When You Arrive Too Early for Check-in

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10 Things to Do When You Arrive Too Early for Check-in

At many hotels, check-in doesn’t officially begin until the afternoon. That can be more than an inconvenience for those who have traveled many hours and/or through many time zones and arrive at a destination early in the morning. Find out  what you can do in the interim.

Explore the surroundings!

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Five Myths about Hotel Room Service

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Five Myths about Hotel Room Service

By Everett Potter

There’s nothing quite like hotel room service. Be it an indulgence or a necessity, few things seem better suited to serve a jet-lagged traveler than a freshly delivered breakfast tray or a late-night sandwich. While seasoned road warriors may have their room service routines down to a science, many of us pause before picking up the phone to order. Maybe it’s the fact that room service food can seem incredibly expensive, take forever to get to the room and is often tepid and less than tasty when it finally arrives.  Here are five myths about room service, thanks to experts Alexander Lobrano, John Mariani and Larry Olmsted.

 

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Twists and traditions in Shizuoka, Japan

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Twists and traditions in Shizuoka, Japan

An hour’s bullet-train ride southwest of Tokyo, scenic but often overlooked Shizuoka, dotted with green-tea plantations, pagodas and sushi eateries, boasts all the sightseeing and sensory mainstays of a Japanese sojourn.

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Top 10 big spenders in state tourism spending, arrivals

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Top 10 big spenders in state tourism spending, arrivals

CNBC takes a look at the 10 states that had the biggest tourism advertising and promotion budgets for the 2013–14 fiscal year.

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Sites and Sounds of Travel in 2017 (Podcast)

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Sites and Sounds of Travel in 2017 (Podcast)

Sites & Sounds in Travel for 2017 is Let’s Travel! Radio’s opening salvo for the 2017. A panel of six travel gurus discuss their recent discoveries in all parts of the world. A host of travel writers, travel producers and simply passionate travelers share us stories of their favorite destinations.  Executive Producer:  Susi Raphael.  Host:  Michael Zufolo

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8 Cool Cruises to Unusual Places (Fodor’s)

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8 Cool Cruises to Unusual Places (Fodor’s)

For many travelers, cruising is synonymous with romance and the nostalgia of old-fashioned seafaring. Cruises are an easy way to enjoy full itineraries and special excursions without all the landside luggage schlepping. Yet some people still resist, thinking the tradeoff of a packaged voyage could never beat the freedom to choose one’s own adventures. But what if a cruise is the best way to a hard-to-reach destination, or even several of them, in a single vacation? Maybe it’s time to consider one of these out of the ordinary cruise ideas to see what special locales await in distant harbors.

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3 Spicy Side Trips to Take from New Orleans (The Points Guy)

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3 Spicy Side Trips to Take from New Orleans (The Points Guy)

Almost every traveler knows New Orleans. It’s a prime destination for incredible food, live music and luxe hotels, plus it has an easy-to-reach airport. But once you’re seasoned with all that Crescent City know-how, consider sampling some spicy Cajun culture beyond the French Quarter. Here are three easy side trips from New Orleans where you can dive deeper into the sights, sounds and zesty flavors of southern Louisiana.

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One Neighborhood You Absolutely Have to Visit in Toronto (Condé Nast Traveler)

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One Neighborhood You Absolutely Have to Visit in Toronto (Condé Nast Traveler)

Don’t call it a “melting pot”—Toronto prefers “mosaic.” That’s because the open arms of the Queen City welcome citizens of varied nationalities and ethnicities just as they are. More than 140 different languages are spoken by the city’s 2.8 million residents, each of them contributing to its incredible diversity. And somehow they all seem represented, connected, and prized in Kensington Market.

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Booming second-tier cities woos visitors with music, culture … and bourbon

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Booming second-tier cities woos visitors with music, culture … and bourbon

With tourism and business travel rebounding, particularly on the high end, smaller U.S. cities are looking to grab their slices of the travel pie through specialized marketing.

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Yucatan hoteliers’ upscale endeavour

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Yucatan hoteliers’ upscale endeavour

The city of Merida and its home state of Yucatan have seen a boom in high-end leisure arrivals — and a wide range of products and providers catering to them.

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