News & Features by Cate Starmer

  • Long Weekend in Woodstock, Vermont

    Long Weekend in Woodstock, Vermont

    From a trip to the farmers' market to the best ski resorts, here's everything you need to know for a charming weekend getaway to Woodstock, Vermont.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on January 22, 2015 at 6:00:00 AM EST Tagged: Itinerary, USA, Vermont, Weekend Trips, Ski, Long Weekend, Weekend Getaways, Winter
  • 5 Reasons to Get off the Beach in Los Cabos

    Think of Los Cabos and you'll probably have images of umbrella drinks and sandy beaches swimming in your head. Shake those off in favor of these awesome off-the-beach activities (think baby turtles).

    Posted by Cate Starmer on January 11, 2013 at 4:33:49 PM EST Tagged: Mexico, Los Cabos, Beaches
  • 3 Ways to Experience Yellowstone National Park in Winter

    Love Yellowstone but hate the crowds? It might be time to change up your season. Try one, or all, of our suggestions for a wintery retreat in this quintessential American wilderness.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on December 05, 2012 at 11:15:31 AM EST Tagged: Yellowstone National Park, Winter Travel, Skiing, Ski
  • Early-Season Biking in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

    America's national parks are known for many things, but being bike friendly is not necessarily one of them. In spring and early summer in Glacier and Yellowstone, however, two-wheeled vehicles are practically the only ones on park roads.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 23, 2012 at 9:58:14 AM EDT Tagged: National Parks, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park
  • Career Break 101: How to Plan for Long-term Travel

    Sabbaticals offer some lucky workers opportunities for extended travel, but that’s not the only option for those in the workforce craving more time away than a simple week’s vacation allows for. A career break can also come in the form of a leave of absence or simply time between jobs. Think of it like a gap year—breaks from studying, long popular in Europe—for grown-ups. Read on for our career break 101 tutorial to help you make those long-term travel dreams a reality.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on February 23, 2012 at 12:49:41 PM EST Tagged: Voluntourism, Life Changing Trips
  • On the Radar: The Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

    With expedition size ships, otherworldly landscapes, and awe-inspiring wildlife, your inner explorer will love this classic trip. The giant tortoises and famous finches are sure to inspire you, so we’ve done the research on Ecuador's newest hotels, travel regulations, and flights to help plan your Galapagos trip.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on January 27, 2012 at 9:54:59 AM EST Tagged: Ecuador, Galapagos, Cruises
  • On the Radar: Cartagena, Columbia

    Cartagena has been a popular Caribbean cruise port for years, but it's truly become a destination in its own right—and a perfect place to get a taste of Colombia all in one stop.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on October 24, 2011 at 3:00:00 PM EDT Tagged: Colombia
  • How to Use Skype to Save on International Calls

    To avoid high international roaming charges consider Skype, a simple service that allows users to chat, talk, or video chat over the Internet. Best of all, Skype-to-Skype calls are free, though there's a small fee to call otherwise

    Posted by Cate Starmer on July 06, 2011 at 1:09:37 PM EDT Tagged: How To
  • What's New in the National Parks

    From Arizona to Alaska, we've got the latest National Park Service news about Pee-Wee Rangers, the annual BioBlitz, Civil War Sesquicentennial events—plus fee-free days for savings.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on June 14, 2011 at 1:45:25 PM EDT Tagged: National Parks
  • Smithsonian Festival to Highlight Colombia in Washington, D.C.

    This summer, Colombia is the guest of honor at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Whether you are planning a jaunt to South America or just south of the White House, we've got some of Colombia's cultural highlights and what you need to know about visiting the festival—or the country.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on June 13, 2011 at 10:52:11 AM EDT Tagged: Colombia, Washington DC
  • Top 6 Experiences for Girls Weekend Getaways

    In honor of Mother's Day (May 8th), we asked our Facebook followers to vote for their ideal girls-only getaway. Discover the number one activity—plus see classic girls weekend destinations and some of our insider favorites.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on May 03, 2011 at 12:48:37 PM EDT
  • Free Admission to National Parks: April 16–24

    Celebrate "America's Best Idea" with free admission to all the U.S. national parks from Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22 as part of National Park Week.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on April 14, 2011 at 10:27:14 AM EDT Tagged: National Parks
  • Fodor's 75th Anniversary

    As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, we honor the spy who loved travel and all things Fodor's. Don't miss our free eBook download of the title that started it all: On the Continent.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 22, 2011 at 10:28:33 AM EDT
  • Big Island Tsunami Update: Hawaii Hotel News

    While evacuation precautions thankfully ensured the safety of residents and visitors, the recent tsunami caused property damage to several waterfront properties. At this writing, two Big Island hotels are temporarily closed. If you have an upcoming reservation, be sure to contact your hotel directly for the latest updates.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 15, 2011 at 9:54:09 AM EDT Tagged: Hawaii, Hotels, Big Island
  • Japan Travel News: New Flight Cancellation Policies

    Many airlines have announced low-to-no-fee travel waivers, re-booking, or cancellation options in the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Some tickets can only be changed for a limited time, and can't be rebooked online, so it's best to act now. Plus, direct from our forums, travelers share their thoughts on their upcoming Japan trips.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 14, 2011 at 4:18:43 PM EDT Tagged: Japan, Tokyo, Air Travel, Air Travel
  • Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Update

    At 2:46pm local time, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Japan. "The Ring of Fire" is unfortunately living up to its name. Combined with the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the devastation in Japan proves that the Pacific Rim is where many of the world's most deadly and unpredictable seismic events occur. While there's a lot we still don't know about the Japan earthquake, here are a few things we do know.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 11, 2011 at 8:21:12 AM EST Tagged: Japan, Tokyo
  • Spring Break Ski Savings Spotlight: Keystone, Colorado

    Savvy skiers know that March is one of the best months for trips with solid bases and less crowds. Plus, better savings means the whole gang can go. Instead of one of the more massive—and pricey—Colorado resorts, consider a classic family-favorite like Keystone.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on March 03, 2011 at 6:24:34 PM EST Tagged: Colorado, Skiing, Snowboarding, Keystone Ski Resort, Ski
  • 3 Last Minute Martin Luther King Weekend Ideas

    Do you have a dream? In the spirit of Dr. King, here are three inspiring ways to spend your long weekend. January 17 is a national day of service, and marks the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on January 11, 2011 at 4:58:49 PM EST Tagged: Philadelphia, Savannah, Georgia
  • Great Travel Gifts Part III: On the Go Gadgets

    This holiday season, help out the travelers on your list with some useful electronic devices—and ways to manage them. After all, it’s a known law of travel that neatly packed wires knot themselves into chaos, un-touched, on even the shortest of journeys. Starting with modest ideas and leading up to extravagant inspiration, here are some fun tools to simplify tech transport and get the most out of travel adventures.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on December 08, 2010 at 9:08:58 AM EST Tagged: Community
  • Royal Engagement: Will & Kate's Favorite African Lodges

    His Royal Highness William Windsor and Kate Middleton recently got engaged in Kenya, where the prince has been many times. With dramatic settings and impeccable service, luxury African lodges truly make everyone feel like royalty. Here are some of the places Will and Kate visited during their romantic trip.

    Posted by Cate Starmer on November 18, 2010 at 12:08:53 PM EST Tagged: Hotels, Kenya