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The American Vacation Budget Tops $2,000 This Year

Americans are in more of a spending mood this year, with the average vacation budget expected to top $2,000 for the first time. This is a rise of 23% since the beginning of the decade, in 2010. Total vacation spending in the USA is expected to top $101.7 billion, a new record. Those are some [&hellip

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Two Luxury Hotel Additions for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If there’s one market we cover that’s been underserved by luxury hotels, it’s Rio de Janeiro. It was hurting for high-end hotels when we launched more than a decade ago and despite going on to host the Olympics and World Cup, there’s still a shortage of upscale places to stay. Making the problem worse, most [&hellip

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Their List, Our Reviews: T+L’s Top Hotels in Latin America

Which Latin American luxury hotels have been called out this year by the readers of one of the USA’s most popular travel magazines? Well, there are a few surprises, but overall there are a lot of great properties on the Travel + Leisure rundown that came out recently. We tend to be very skeptical about [&hellip

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Are You Getting All the Credit Card Perks for Travelers?

Every once in a while I’ll be on a tour or staying at a hotel where I can’t help but hear the conversations around me. Sometimes I hear something that makes me stop what I’m doing and listen. The latest happened on a trip to Peru recently when one traveler asked, in amazement, “Why would [&hellip

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What’s the Impact of Galapagos Land Tours vs. Ship Tours?

If you are visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador because you love nature and care about the environment, then one choice you make will support that stance with actions, not just words. Pass up the land-based tour options and book a trip with a responsible ship operator instead. You’ll have a better experience and you’ll [&hellip

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New Ways to Earn Hotel Loyalty Points Without Being Loyal

While everyone was watching the giant Marriott/Starwood merger play out to become Bonvoy Rewards, there was a story with wider appeal developing that was not getting as much play. That is the news about how many new brands have joined the other hotel loyalty point programs. It used to be that if you wanted to [&hellip

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