5 Tips for Enjoying Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C.

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The nation’s capital comes alive with cherry blossoms each spring. (Getty Images) It’s just about time for more than 1.5 million visitors to swarm Washington, D.C. What’s the occasion? It’s the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March 17 to April 15. Though the 3,000-plus cherry blossom trees are the star of […]

The five most important sights in the Vatican

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I can confidently assert that the Vatican is capable of converting the most hardcore of atheists and agnostics into exceptionally pious individuals. There is an inexplicable magic that this place, a perfect amalgamation of cultural heritage and modernity, exudes. The seat of the Catholic world and the planet’s smallest sovereign state, the Vatican upstages […]

Last-Minute Vacations in Every State

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From cities to national parks to beach towns, the U.S. is home to getaways for all types of travelers. Want to get away from it all? Each state in the nation has a handful of destinations that are ideal for last-minute travel, and are also affordable and fun. Explore these […]

5 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Timeshare Buck

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Crunch the numbers – with a focus on maintenance costs and exchange fees – to ensure a timeshare is a smart investment.(GETTY IMAGES) TIMESHARES CAN BE A WAY to own a piece of property in a vacation destination, but think twice before adding a timeshare to your investment portfolio. “I have never heard […]

6 Ways to Transform Family Travel

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FOR MANY FAMILIES, summer is a time to hit the open road or fly to a far-off place. But it’s not the destination that matters. Traveling together is your chance to get everyone’s attention off their digital devices and onto each other as you experience something new. With so much quality time […]

How Vacations Affect Your Happiness

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Christie Johnston for The New York Times Do vacations make you happy? Vacations are a chance to take a break from work, see the world and enjoy time with family. But do they make you happier? Researchers from the Netherlands set out to measure the effect that vacations have on overall […]