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A State of Emergency Was Just Declared in the Maldives

When it comes to luxurious island vacations — with the softest of beaches, the bluest of waters, and over-the-top overwater bungalows — the Maldives tops the list. Made up of nearly 2,000 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the stunning archipelago is a romantic paradise. However, while the beauty of the Maldives is indisputable, it’s…

Is It Safe to Go to Montego Bay, Jamaica?

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa/Oyster A surge in violence on the tourist-popular Caribbean island of Jamaica has prompted officials to declare of state of emergency in parts of the country. The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have issued travel warnings and advisories to their citizens about visiting these regions. In recent weeks,…

It Just Got Much Cheaper and Easier to Visit Brazil

Praia do Arpoador, Ipanema, Brazil/Oyster In an exciting effort to attract American visitors to Brazil, the South American country’s government has officially launched a much anticipated e-visa system. Starting this week, Americans, Canadians, Japanese, and Australians planning to visit Brazil will be able to apply online for a $40 e-visa, down from the whopping $160…

Tourism to the U.S. Takes a Big Hit

Tapas, paella, flamenco, and beautiful Mediterranean beaches — there’s a lot to love about Spain, and we’re not the only ones who think so. In fact, the United Nations World Tourism Organization recently announced that the U.S. has lost its coveted spot as the world’s second-most popular travel destination to Spain in 2017 (France maintains…

New (and Newly Renovated) All-Inclusive Resorts You Need to Visit in 2018

While some people love being the first to know about fashion trends or restaurant openings, we at Oyster find pleasure in being at the forefront of what’s new with hotels. In fact, we regularly circumnavigate the globe to visit newly opened properties to stay ahead of the curve. That being said, the following all-inclusive resorts…

The U.S. Warns Americans About Traveling to These 5 Mexican States

Mexico — a travel destination popular for its gorgeous wealth of beaches, fascinating ancient sites, and delicious cuisine — now has five states that, according to the U.S. State Department’s updated travel advisory system, are deemed too dangerous to visit and should be avoided. Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas — all of which are…

The 10 Safest Countries in the World

Traveling the world is undoubtedly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Following the devastating news of recent terror attacks and natural disasters, many travelers might be even more attuned to which destinations are deemed safe. If that sounds like you, then you may want to consider the Global Peace Index for 2017, in which…

Our 5 Favorite Hotels for Family Ski Trips

With additional reporting by Rachel Klein. For many of us, family ski trips are some of the fondest memories from our childhoods; they often involved fire pits, heated pools, hearty meals, and, well, maybe a few kamikaze-style downhill runs as well. We know from experience that kids always have a great time in the snow,…