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9 Things You Should Never Pack in a Checked Bag

Camilo Rueda López/FlickrWhile we’re big fans of packing light and sticking to a carry-on bag, for longer vacations or trips with lots of souvenirs (hello, wine from France), checking a bag can be the best option. But before you stuff everything into your suitcase and send it on its way, check out the nine things…

The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings for 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, we’re dreaming about staying anywhere that’s not our own house. What better way to celebrate traveling again than by staying in a brand-new hotel? From overwater bungalows to New York City luxury, these are the hotel openings that we’re most excited about for 2021.  Airelles, Château de Versailles Grand…

How to Have Plugged-in Fun in the House: 10 Unexpected Gadgets

A gentle reminder that you’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home. But if you’re getting restless (we don’t blame you), then it might be time to turn to a new toy. Here are 10 unexpected gadgets that can help you relax, learn a new skill, or start a dance party in your kitchen.…

Our 9 Favorite Cross-Body Bags for Travel

A cross-body bag ranks just as high on the necessary-travel-items scale as comfy walking shoes, a scarf or sarong, and a portable phone charger. Actually, cross-body bags aren’t so much travel essentials as they are life essentials. Meant to be worn on one side of the body, they feature long (usually adjustable) straps that stretch…

5 of the Best Weekender Bags

For your next 48-hour adventure, ditch the full-size, half-empty rolling suitcase for a versatile weekender bag. Typically made from canvas or nylon, spacious weekenders are meant to contain two or three days’ worth of clothes, accessories, shoes, and toiletries in a top-zip main compartment with double handles. They’re perfect for overnights and road trips; if…

7 Steps for a Germ-Free Hotel Room

Don’t be fooled by those hospital-corner beds and the gleaming bathroom fixtures; no matter how swanky or pristine, all hotel rooms get a rotating parade of guests. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure the cleanest, most germ-free environment possible, whether it’s at a luxury property or a budget chain.

What to Pack for a Hotel Staycation

Usually when we check into a hotel, we enjoy the room for all of 10 minutes before running off to whatever conference/tour/family reunion/wedding festivity we’re in town for. Sound familiar? It’s time to commune with the hotel room you’ve paid for, for once, and wallow in the restorative delight of a hotel staycation. Pack your…

The Ultimate Guide to Giving Travel as a Gift

Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain/Oyster When it comes to big surprises, it’s hard to top gifting someone with a surprise vacation. Whether it’s a long weekend in Paris to celebrate a milestone birthday or a bucket-list adventure like seeing Machu Picchu, there’s a lot of planning and thought that goes into giving travel as a gift.…

The Ultimate Packing List for a Beach Getaway

Sandyport Beach Resort, Bahamas/Oyster We had our first snowfall of the season in Boston, and while the first snowman-building session was fun, after a few weeks of freezing temps, we’re ready for our beach getaway. Whether driving to the warm Florida coast or jet-setting to the sandy Caribbean islands, we’ve created a packing list that…