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  • Exceptional Amenity Kits from First-Class Flights

    It might not be the top reason to splurge on a first-class plane ticket, but scoring one of the luxury amenity kits that get handed out in that exclusive cabin is certainly a perk. Here's a rundown on four of the best airline kits, brimming with enough indulgent goodies to make even an extra-long flight extremely comfortable.

    Posted by Rachel Felder on April 12, 2012 at 11:01:42 AM EDT in Trip Ideas
  • 10 Best Spa Trips for 2012

    Emerge from the long winter with a wellness-inspired pick-me-up—set out for a rejuvenating getaway with one of these 10 best spa trips around the globe. From mountain escapes in the forests of New Hampshire and New York to traditional Thai massages in exotic Bangkok to a Great Barrier Reef-neighboring oasis Down Under (and beyond), our list of top spa trips offers a variety of tempting destinations wide and far that are primed for some well-deserved R & R.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on February 27, 2012 at 2:15:35 PM EST in Trip Ideas, Spas
  • Top 10 Places to Travel this Spring

    From chic new hotels to can't-miss art events, the season's top destinations are blossoming with fresh experiences. Whether you'd like to revel in the music at Prague's spring music festival, taste wines near the vines in Paso Robles, or mingle with Tuscan locals before the summer crowds arrive, these trips are sure to brighten your season.

    Posted by Elissa Richard on February 14, 2012 at 2:00:46 PM EST in Trip Ideas
  • 10 Top Kid-Friendly Hotels

    The prospect of traveling with children can indeed seem daunting, sometimes so much so that the very idea of it keeps families from leaving home altogether. Rest assured, there's hope out there yet for your next kids-inclusive vacation, thanks to these 10 family-friendly hotels that offer plenty of fun for the kiddies, without skimping on the amenities for adults.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on February 14, 2012 at 11:42:40 AM EST in Hotels, Family
  • 13 Lessons Learned from Fodorites' 2011 Trip Reports

    Reading trip reports from other travelers can be an invaluable resource for planning your next vacation. They're often great for gathering information on topics such as what to expect when you land, where to find top hotels and the best under-the-radar restaurants, and when to book ahead for must-do activities. Essentially, it's all about the experience of what worked—and perhaps even more importantly, what didn't.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on January 05, 2012 at 2:54:51 PM EST in Trip Ideas
  • On the Radar: Australia's North Queensland

    Many travelers head up to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, but the region north of Cairns offers a chance to experience tropical rain forests and Aboriginal culture. Take the cable ferry across the Daintree River, and you'll see a spectacular part of the country that most casual visitors miss.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on November 02, 2011 at 4:31:41 PM EDT in Trip Ideas
  • View beautiful coves and exclusive towns on Sydney's favorite coastal walk.

    The Bondi-to-Bronte Coast Walk is a lovely 3½-km (2-mi) cliff walk, popular with just about everyone in the eastern suburbs. Signage explains the flora and Aboriginal history, and the area is the venue for the hugely popular Sculpture by the Sea outdoor art display (held every October and November).

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on March 07, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EST in Travel Tips Tagged: Arches National Park, denalinationalpark, Vatican City
  • Try Australia & New Zealand's Beauty Buys & Experiences

    From the massive landmass of Australia to the islands of New Zealand, the South Pacific has many unique botanicals that are found nowhere else on earth. With their active lifestyles and increased sun exposure, Aussies and Kiwis understand the power of nature—as traveling skincare enthusiasts will quickly learn. So, the next time you’re Down Under, give your skin a break from surfing or trekking through the bush to explore some of the region’s top skincare products and wellness experiences.

    Posted by Dr. Leslie Baumann on February 24, 2011 at 3:48:17 PM EST in Trip Ideas Tagged: Olympic Penninsula, germany, Nicaragua
  • Know when to tip—and not to tip—in Australia

    Australians don't expect tips and hotels and restaurants don't usually add service charges. That said, a small tip for good service is common practice and appreciated. Room service and housemaids are only tipped for special services. Taxi drivers don't expect a tip, but leaving small change will win you a smile. Guides, tour bus drivers, and chauffeurs don't expect tips either, though they're grateful if someone in the group takes up a collection for them. No tipping is necessary—indeed, it would cause confusion—in hair salons or for theater ushers.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on February 08, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EST in Travel Tips
  • Around the World with Jeanne Baret: the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

    The true story of this remarkable female traveler is told in Glynis Ridley’s The Discovery of Jeanne Baret. Here are some of the highlights of Baret's story and the natural wonders along the way. Re-tracing her journey, dates are given for each location, so you can see how long it took an 18th-century ship to complete the voyage under sail.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on December 28, 2010 at 10:13:05 AM EST in Trip Ideas Tagged: prague, Wales, guatemala, Airlines, The Disney Fantasy

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