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La Fortuna has long been a backpackers' destination, and there are numerous hostels that will cater to that type of traveler. Additionally a number of nicer resorts are also available, but those come with a hefty price tag. If you're a budget-minded traveler looking for resort-like amenities, Casa Luna might be the perfect stay for your trip to the Arenal…

One of the prime reasons for visiting the Arenal Volcano National Park area of Costa Rica is to participate in the many outdoor activities offered. If you're looking for a challenging yet rewarding hike, consider heading to the summit of Cerro Chato, Arenal's dormant next door neighbor. Sitting at 1,140m (3740 ft) tall, you won't feel the affects of altitude…

Looking for savvy strategies to save for your next vacation? There's an app for that! Here's some of our favorites that help save you serious cash. From  monitoring your spending to saving money automatically, these apps will skyrocket your travel fund. Acorns (iOS, Android) This nifty app connects to your accounts, then rounds up all of your transactions, depositing the…

We're unabashed Trekkies. Both of us grew up watching the crew of the starship Enterprise, and perhaps in a tiny way, watching Star Trek instilled in us the sense of adventure that causes to "seek out new life and new civilizations." OK, maybe just different cultures, and old civilizations. So when the latest movie Star Trek Beyond came out, we were there…

Who doesn't love the Riviera Maya, the Caribbean-facing coast line of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula? From gorgeous blue waters to lush jungles covering ancient secrets, this patch of land is a world-renowned destination for travelers. But confining yourself to an expensive all-inclusive isn't the only option. There are loads of affordable vacation rental options up and down the coast, allowing you…

When planning your trip to Istanbul, you'll undoubtedly spend a good chunk of your time visiting the sites in Sultanahmet. For those looking to explore Istanbul a little deeper, crossing the Golden Horn into the Beyoğlu district is an excellent choice, with Galata Tower and Taksim Square as key attractions and Istiklal offering an assortment of dining and nightlight options.…

To start off our three week trip to the Holy Land, we spent a few days in one of our favorite cities in the world, Istanbul. Since we were booking this trip on credit card reward points, we got to splurge on a fantastic hotel with a stunning room, great views of the Bosphorus, and a breakfast buffet to write home…

It's likely your trip to Jordan will have you entering or exiting through Amman if not both, so if you're looking for a hotel with lots of style and a great location, you may want to check out the InterContinental Amman. And if you have a stash of IHG Rewards points, this is a great option to take a look at.…

If Petra is to Jordan what the Coliseum is to Italy, then Jerash is Jordan's Pompeii, which, as it so happens, is a nickname for the ruined Roman city. While never buried under volcanic ash, Jerash is known as the "Pompeii of the East" because of how well-preserved it is, owing its state to the dry climate of the region (no…

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