How #Vanlifers Are Adjusting to Rising Gas Prices

Remaining in destinations longer, using gas apps and signing up for fuel cards allow nomadic travelers to stay on the road.

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The Dream of the Open Road Collides With the Reality of $5-a-Gallon Gas

Inflation at the diner. Sky-high prices at the pump. The view of the country from a 5,000-mile car journey is clear: It’s expensive out there.

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7 Great Biking Cities (and Which Trails to Ride)

There’s no better way to zip through a new city than on two wheels. Here are some routes to try, from riverside jaunts to mountain climbs.

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K.O.A. Goes After the Luxury Market

The well-known network of budget-focused campgrounds has introduced a new brand to focus on glampers. The company’s head explains the move.

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How Rising Fares and Airline Industry Changes Could Affect Your Next Trip

A post-Omicron travel boom has encountered headwinds from fuel costs and the war in Ukraine. Here’s how changes in the airline industry could affect the cost of your next trip.

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You Can Still Save on Spring Break

Depending on where you live, the annual ritual is approaching fast, but with some strategy, there are still deals to be had.

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Talking Points With … Who Else? The Points Guy

Brian Kelly has been helping travelers and other consumers navigate the increasingly complicated loyalty universe for over a decade. Here’s what he has to say about playing the points game.

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Has the Pandemic Undermined Off-Season Deals?

In many places, high-occupancy rates are inflating prices for budget-minded travelers who count on off-peak periods to find the best bargains. Here’s what to do and where to look.

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How to Spot Those Pesky (and Expensive) Lodging Fees

Some charges are up, some down, others more explicit as the lodging industry tries to recover from the pandemic.

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Does Black Friday Matter to Travelers Anymore?

Don’t expect a cornucopia of exciting deals, especially at hotels, which are taking advantage of the post-vaccine travel recovery to make money. Flexibility, though, may yield savings.

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On a Fall Road Trip in Alaska, Prepare for the Unexpected

A five-day drive around the Kenai Peninsula reveals few crowds, affordable lodging and autumn colors. But your ability to be flexible will almost certainly be tested.

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Hostels, Havens for the Thrifty, Fight to Survive the Pandemic

This summer, prompted by vaccine rollouts, budget travelers began wading back into hostel life. But the challenges are far from over.

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Prepping for the Year of Many, Many Weddings

After much holdover, nuptials are back on for 2022 and invites are piling up. But just because you’re ready to get out and celebrate doesn’t mean your wallet is.

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See the World, in Canada

The country plans to open to vaccinated travelers from the United States in August. For those not yet ready to cross an ocean, America’s northern neighbor offers a taste of many cultures.

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How to Plan a D.I.Y. Alaska Trip

In a state the size of Texas, California and Montana combined, planning an affordable itinerary can be a challenge, especially with this summer’s lack of cheap cruises.

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How to Deal With the Rental Car Crunch

The pandemic has wreaked havoc in the rental car industry, leading to a shortage of cars and sticker shock for travelers. Here are some tips for finding an affordable one.

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Deals Designed to Lure Travelers Off Their Couches

For better or for worse, travel companies are trying hard to get people, especially those who are vaccinated, back on the road (or on a plane) again.

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Breeze, Avelo: Two New U.S. Airlines Launching in 2021

There are risks to starting an airline in any economic climate. But during a pandemic? The entrepreneurs behind the budget airlines Avelo and Breeze Airways see an opportunity.

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The Sunday Read: ‘The Man Who Turned Credit Card Points Into an Empire’

Brian Kelly has created a business dedicated to maximizing credit card rewards and airline miles. What are they worth in a pandemic — and why are they worth anything at all?

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Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands.

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The Man Who Turned Credit-Card Points Into an Empire

Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, has created an empire dedicated to maximizing credit-card rewards and airline miles. What are they worth in a global pandemic — and why are they worth anything at all?

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Booking Travel in 2021? Here’s How to Protect Your Investment

The crystal ball remains cloudy when it comes to travel. Here’s how to avoid losing money if you have to cancel.

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Glamping for First-Timers

A novice camper needed a vacation. What are the options during the summer of Covid-19?

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The New Pandemic Flash Point: Your Vacation

What kind of travel, if any, is acceptable? Opinions on what’s OK and what’s not are causing fights between family members and fissures among friends.

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Hostels Try to Adapt for the Covid-19 Era

Hostels are built on the idea of community and sharing, can they survive in a time of social distancing? As European hostels reopen, they are confronting new challenges.

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Coronavirus and Booking Travel: Considering the Risk

Inexpensive deals abound, and coupled with newly relaxed change and cancellation policies, some travelers are seeing little to no risk in pointing, clicking and purchasing.

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