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The Most Common Pickpocketing Techniques and How to Protect Yourself

Rome, The Spanish Steps/Oyster Whether or not you’ve been a victim of it, pickpocketing can be a serious concern in some places. It’s something all travelers should be vigilant about, particularly when visiting big, bustling cities. To help you keep ahead of the thieves, we’ve put together a list of the most common methods used…

6 of the Most Dangerous Beaches in the U.S. (and Where to Go Instead)

North Myrtle Beach Nothing says vacation quite like the beach. However, while frolicking in the water, we don’t always think about the dangers associated with many stretches of sand and sea. Although the majority of beaches in the U.S. are safe, especially the guarded spots (in 2017, there were 17 deaths by drowning on guarded…

The TSA Finds More Than 10 Loaded Guns in Carry-On Bags Every Day

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Josh Hallett/Flickr When it comes to the dos and don’ts of packing a carry-on bag, most travelers know the drill: Make sure your suitcase fits the size requirements, no liquids greater than 3.4 ounces, and leave the firearms at home. In 2018, however, a record number of folks violated the latter.…

The Scariest Airports in the World

While flying may be the safest way to travel, many airports are located in treacherous places that will make you shudder (think landing strips built in the middle of the Himalayas or on the edge of an island). However, keep in mind that just because these takeoffs and landings are stomach-churning, the airports themselves have…

Would You Spend the Night in a Hotel Room That Hangs Off a Mountain?

Photo courtesy of Skylodge Adventure Suites It’s true, every great trip presents an adventure, whether that means tasting a bizarre food item for the first time, overcoming a language barrier while communicating with locals, or finding the path less traveled. Some getaways, however, push us as travelers beyond our wildest imaginations — both emotionally and…

Could Your Hotel Room Be Bugged? Here’s How to Check

Lost luggage, missed connections, and flight delays are some of the common concerns that plague nervous travelers. But if you’re heading to countries like China, Russia, Israel, or even the U.K., you might have another major issue: bugged hotel rooms.

Video: Descend Into the Catacombs of Paris

You may have braved haunted houses and visited abandoned ghost towns, but you haven’t experienced spooky until you’ve toured the tunnels of the Catacombs of Paris. Dubbed the world’s largest grave, the 200-mile subterranean network holds the remains of six million people in an eerie, yet artistic, arrangement. Exhumed due to overcrowding in cemeteries, the…

The Scariest Haunted Houses in the U.S.

Susan Sermoneta/Flickr Scaring people during Halloween is a huge business in the U.S. America is home to more than 4,000 haunted attractions that rake in over $300 million per year. And while some of these spooky spots are kitschy, others incorporate Hollywood-level techniques to create seriously scary decomposed zombies, disembodied heads, and mutilated body parts.…

The Most Haunted Hotels in New York

It’s the middle of October and that means we’re elbow-deep in pumpkin-carving, costume planning, and spooky stories. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it’s still fun to indulge in a little spooky storytelling this time of year. At Oyster, we love all things hotels — and we get a special thrill from (supposedly) haunted…