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A Guide to the Ports on an Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise

An Alaskan cruise appears on many a bucket list, as it offers an easy way to cover the state’s vast landscape. Plus, many of Alaska’s most striking attractions are water-centric, including massive glaciers and breaching humpback whales. While Alaska’s Inside Passage is gorgeous from a ship, you’ll want to take advantage of the ports in…

The 9 Best Cruises in Alaska

America’s 49th state, Alaska is pure poetic wilderness. It’s here you’ll find the highest mountain in North America, the largest glacier, and (arguably) the most dazzling wildlife. And you don’t have to be a Lewis and Clark-level explorer to cross Alaska off your bucket list. Cruising makes this vast landscape easy — and affordable —…

America’s Prettiest Towns in the Winter

It’s October, and that means — in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway — winter is coming. This is the season when even the most popular summer destinations look drab and make you want to duck under the covers. But many charming towns across the U.S. know how to do winter right. From cozy ski villages in…

What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise

Terrace Pool on Ruby Princess/Oyster A popular way to see Alaska is by cruise, as it gives travelers an up-close view of its stellar coastline and glaciers. Plus, it makes covering the huge state far easier and quicker. While Alaskan sailings have similar protocols and must-take items as other cruises (think sunscreen, luggage tags, and…

14 Stunning Fall Foliage Train Tours in the U.S.

Aaaah, fall. The time of year that’s all about enjoying the cool, crisp air, watching the world transform into a canvas of brilliant colors, and of course, indulging in pumpkin spiced lattes. There’s no better place to see the pageantry of the great outdoors than aboard a scenic excursion train, which often goes where cars…

7 Trips That Changed Our Lives

As celebrity chef, cookbook author, TV host, world traveler, and wordsmith Anthony Bourdain once said, “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and…

Where to Cruise in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and Beyond

Carnival Liberty/Oyster Cruising is popular for travelers of all ages, as it has a similar experience to an all-inclusive resort — dining, drinks, and entertainment are all generally included — with the added benefit of sailing around to visit different locations. Some sailing destinations and cruise ships are geared toward party-minded young adults, while others…

7 Bucket-List Trips to Blow Your Tax Refund On

According to the IRS, the average tax refund is around $3,000. At Oyster, we like to think of these yearly windfalls as zero-effort travel funds. Let’s just say $3,000 can cover some big bucket-list turf, making those far-flung places suddenly a “book now” button away. While we’re waiting on that deposit, here’s a dreamy list…

8 Adorable Animal Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

The Sistine Chapel. The Taj Mahal. These are typical line items on a bucket list. And while we’re all for seeing the wonders of the world, as animal lovers, we have to confess that nothing makes us as giddy as a good nose-to-nose experience with an adorable creature. If otters holding hands warms your heart…

Video: What It’s Like to Go Dog Sledding in Alaska

Brimming with mind-blowingly beautiful places (the magical Mendenhall Glacier and Denali National Park come to mind first), Alaska unsurprisingly figures on many a traveler’s bucket list. Though it’s largely uninhabited, the last frontier is packed with adventurous activities — many of which can’t be replicated elsewhere in the world (or captured in a photograph). Some…