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How to spot a hotel in foreclosure

From the outside, the Puerto Rican inn that Pablo Solomon checked into looked like it belonged on the cover of a slick vacation brochure. The landscaping seemed immaculate, the lawn was freshly trimmed, and the pool an inviting shade of blue.

Save money with medical tourism

Ayesha Tejpar finds out how traveling overseas can save you a bundle on health care costs

updated Sat Oct 24 2009 10:57:59

How to spot a hotel in foreclosure

From the outside, the Puerto Rican inn that Pablo Solomon checked into looked like it belonged on the cover of a slick vacation brochure. The landscaping seemed immaculate, the lawn was freshly trimmed, and the pool an inviting shade of blue.

updated Sat Oct 24 2009 10:56:40

Tips to fight your travel credit card dispute

When Carla DeLuca canceled her room at the W Hotel Union Square in New York a week before her arrival, the hotel decided to ding her for a night's stay anyway.

updated Sat Oct 24 2009 10:55:14

6 tips for getting your way when you travel

The thought of spending 11 hours in a locked and upright position didn't put Elyse Weiner in a good mood. But you wouldn't have known it.

updated Fri Oct 23 2009 10:24:48

Save money with medical tourism

Ayesha Tejpar finds out how traveling overseas can save you a bundle on health care costs

updated Thu Oct 22 2009 10:43:09

6 tips for getting your way when you travel

The thought of spending 11 hours in a locked and upright position didn't put Elyse Weiner in a good mood. But you wouldn't have known it.

updated Fri Oct 16 2009 16:05:38

Fun weekend festivals

CNN's Bonnie Schneider tells us about several weekend festivals, including one for oyster lovers!

updated Wed Oct 14 2009 11:46:49

Why 2010 will be the year of the travel deal

If you thought the travel bargains were unbelievable this year, just wait until 2010.

updated Mon Oct 12 2009 12:41:17

Bright spot for fliers: Holiday fares lower than last year

Amid climbing luggage fees and a flurry of surcharges, holiday airline ticket prices are a bright spot for cash-strapped travelers.

updated Fri Oct 09 2009 17:35:15

Weekend getaways

Want to get out of town this weekend? Bonnie Schneider shows us some great weekend getaways.

updated Fri Oct 02 2009 16:11:54

Weekend getaways

Want to get out of town this weekend? CNN's Bonnie Schneider shows us some great weekend getaways.

updated Fri Sep 25 2009 12:48:17

California's wine secret

Napa isn't the only wine valley in the Golden State. This wine-lover's secret may not be a secret for long.

updated Fri Sep 25 2009 12:36:55

Frequent flyer update

Airlines are changing their frequent flyer plans. Here's how you can take advantage.

updated Wed Sep 23 2009 11:53:08

How the travel industry can win you back

The travel industry wants you back.

updated Tue Sep 22 2009 01:00:35

Rick Steves' packing strategy

Wearing a green T-shirt under a blue work shirt, I'm about to depart for Europe. At my farewell breakfast -- one last eggs-any-style -- my stylish, college-aged daughter says to me, "You look like a scrub. OK if you're painting a house."

updated Fri Sep 18 2009 13:40:31

Palm Springs getaway

For a weekend getaway that's a blast from the past, Kathleen Conway looks at the retro vibe in Palm Springs

updated Sat Sep 12 2009 15:37:52

Weekend on Bainbridge Island

Just traveling to Bainbridge Island, Washington is part of the adventure.

updated Wed Sep 09 2009 17:36:46

Sky-high travel phone bills nearly bust house payment

When it comes to "gotcha" fees, the cellular phone industry makes travel companies look like rank amateurs.

updated Fri Sep 04 2009 10:54:27

Tips to fight your travel credit card dispute

When Carla DeLuca canceled her room at the W Hotel Union Square in New York a week before her arrival, the hotel decided to ding her for a night's stay anyway.

updated Fri Sep 04 2009 09:38:10

City embraces desert delights

Tucson, Arizona, offers lush desert, a 150-year-old fort, and the excitement of the "wild West."

updated Fri Aug 28 2009 14:17:11

Very polished and a little gritty

Enjoy a weekend at the center of the cheesesteak universe, where "Magic Gardens" intersect with a "Please Touch" museum.

updated Fri Aug 28 2009 11:51:25

Fall travel deals

Experts reveal this year's unique deals for fall travel including cruises and hotels.

updated Tue Aug 25 2009 14:42:23

'No waivers, no favors' reaches new heights

The check-in time at the Express By Holiday Inn London-Southwark is 2 p.m., but when Arthur Roach arrived at the hotel just after 11 a.m., he thought it might make an exception.

updated Fri Aug 21 2009 15:40:14

Clever rental car savings tips

HLN's Richelle Carey has some clever tips on how to save money on your next rental car.

updated Fri Aug 21 2009 10:57:16

Monterey magic

A weekend getaway to magical Monterey, California, features Cannery Row, breathtaking scenery and an iconic golf venue.

updated Wed Aug 19 2009 14:34:41

Exotic vacations may be closer than you think

Travelers don't always have to fight the masses and schlep overseas to find exotic vacation thrills.

updated Wed Aug 19 2009 13:55:01

Exotic getaways closer to home

An exotic getaway may be closer to home than you realize. HLN's Richelle Carey reports.

updated Fri Aug 14 2009 15:43:29

Miscommunications abroad

Tips on how to avoid offending the locals while traveling abroad.

updated Fri Aug 14 2009 13:35:46

Washington's modern pleasures

Not just for history buffs, the U.S. capital also offers visitors modern pleasures.

updated Wed Aug 12 2009 08:54:20

Are travel agents making a comeback?

If you've booked travel online, you may have been there.

updated Mon Aug 10 2009 09:52:33

Maximize frequent flyer miles

Cool tricks to help you make the most of your frequent flyer miles.

updated Mon Aug 10 2009 09:13:34

West Coast Riviera

Here's what's special about a weekend getaway in Santa Barbara, California.

updated Thu Aug 06 2009 13:18:47

Cut down on currency fees in Europe

On my last trip to Europe, I didn't bring my usual $200 cash reserve. With just a few bucks in my wallet, I landed in Madrid, relying entirely on two ATM cards and no cash safety net. It turned out OK.

updated Thu Aug 06 2009 09:53:41

6 ways to leverage social media for smoother travel

Before the latest social media revolution, Jessica Gottlieb would have probably watched helplessly when her kids, Jane and Alexander, were trapped on the tarmac, waiting for their Virgin America flight to take off.

updated Fri Jul 31 2009 12:25:39

How to slide on airline luggage fees

Like just about every other airline passenger this summer, Elizabeth Rodgers wants to avoid any unnecessary fees. So on a recent flight from Los Angeles to Boise, Idaho, she tried to carry all of her luggage on the plane.

updated Fri Jul 31 2009 09:35:09

Sunny Islamorada

Amazing Islamorada, Florida, holds the "keys" to a wonderful weekend getaway.

updated Thu Jul 30 2009 10:35:21

How to slide on airline luggage fees

Like just about every other airline passenger this summer, Elizabeth Rodgers wants to avoid any unnecessary fees. So on a recent flight from Los Angeles to Boise, Idaho, she tried to carry all of her luggage on the plane.

updated Tue Jul 28 2009 07:49:44

How travelers fight pesky collection agencies

It wasn't John Martellaro's fault. His rental car's registration had expired, so he was pulled over twice and ticketed on his way to the Philadelphia airport. "Clearly, that was Hertz' responsibility," he says.

updated Fri Jul 24 2009 13:08:34

Weekend getaway: City of museums

This city offers unique attractions such as the Hot Spot and the Bridge of Glass.

updated Thu Jul 23 2009 12:56:26

Keep money safe on the road

HLN money expert Clark Howard shows you how to protect your money on vacation.

updated Fri Jul 17 2009 15:52:36

High adventure getaway

Take a trip on a passenger tramway touted as the world's longest on this weekend getaway.

updated Tue Jul 14 2009 14:23:53

Seven tips to make your trip stress-free

To some it's a vacation, to others it's a holiday. No matter what you call it, it's a time to relax.

updated Mon Jul 13 2009 08:59:35

Trapped on the tarmac? Try these escape tips

For Jeffrey Winiarz, the only thing worse than a late arrival is an early one.

updated Fri Jul 10 2009 10:01:23

Wild West getaway

Experience the true beauty of the wild West as Zion National Park celebrates its centennial.

updated Tue Jul 07 2009 09:44:36

Watch out for European scam artists' tricks

Gelato in hand, you're strolling down a street in Italy, when suddenly, an attractive woman starts arguing with a street vendor. A crowd gathers as he accuses her of shoplifting. To prove her innocence, she starts to strip.

updated Fri Jul 03 2009 18:03:49

Newport, Rhode Island

New England's oldest beach town offers outdoor recreation and a glimpse of the Gilded Age.

updated Wed Jul 01 2009 11:26:32

Flight fight: Should kids be banned from first class?

The most embarrassing moment of my life? That's easy.

updated Wed Jul 01 2009 09:16:40

Kids on a plane! 5 fixes for unruly young passengers

Kids on a plane.

updated Fri Jun 26 2009 11:34:27

Weekend getaway: Off the beaten path

Historic and arty Tubac, Arizona, offers a unique getaway with a southwestern flavor.

updated Thu Jun 25 2009 15:56:02

Tire fee? Beware of new car rental surcharges

Look out for cancellation penalties. Beware of energy surcharges. And watch for facilities fees.

updated Thu Jun 25 2009 15:25:19

10 things every traveler should do

Visiting a new town is like having a conversation. Places ask questions of you just as searchingly as you question them. And, as in any conversation, it helps to listen with an open mind, so you can be led somewhere unexpected. The more you leave assumptions at home, I've found, the better you can hear whatever it is that a destination is trying to say to you.

updated Fri Jun 19 2009 16:08:18

Lively, romantic weekend

It may look like Paris, France, but Montreal offers North Americans a lively and romantic weekend getaway much closer to home.

updated Mon Jun 15 2009 08:25:35

'Perfect family getaway'

See why travel experts say San Diego, California, may be a "perfect family getaway."

updated Fri Jun 12 2009 12:18:36

Three good, bad things for recession travelers

Kiss those little bottles of lotion goodbye.

updated Thu Jun 11 2009 11:43:10

How to handle online travel purchases gone bad

The round-trip airfare from Brussels to New York on the European online travel site eDreams was 337 Euros -- until Alisa Schlossberg clicked on the "buy" button. Then it jumped to 592 Euros, creating an eNightmare.

updated Mon Jun 08 2009 08:09:24

Back to basics

Discover the "back to basics" charm of historic Charlottesville, Virginia.

updated Wed Jun 03 2009 13:32:47

Travelers reveal their 'secret places'

updated Mon Jun 01 2009 13:00:44

New U.S. border rules take effect for land and sea entry

Headed to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean? Here's a tip: Take your passport to avoid a headache coming home.

updated Fri May 29 2009 16:23:16

Weekend Getaway: Harvard

For a weekend getaway near Boston, Harvard Square offers an inexpensive and "educated" adventure.

updated Fri May 29 2009 15:11:16

Documents that will be accepted at borders

Beginning Monday, U.S. and Canadian citizens who want to cross the border will have to present a passport or a very limited number of other travel documents.

updated Fri May 29 2009 10:27:53

3 travel policies that should be revived

Fumiko Seguchi did everything by the book on her recent flight to Tokyo. She confirmed her departure 24 hours in advance. She secured a seat assignment. And she arrived more than two hours before departure.

updated Wed May 27 2009 09:50:30

These tips for travelers could save your life

How would you respond if you were checking into your hotel on an international vacation and your friend yelled, "Hey, what room are you in?"

updated Fri May 22 2009 16:48:09

See St. Louis on the cheap

A weekend getaway to St. Louis, Missouri, offers a lot for a little money.

updated Thu May 21 2009 13:32:29

Tech tips for staying connected in Europe

With my mantra being "pack light," I used to be against packing electronics of any kind. But now, I bring my laptop, iPod, digital camera and mobile phone to Europe. With hotels retiring their fax machines in favor of email, mobile phones getting cheaper and easier to buy, and Wi-Fi hotspots popping up everywhere, it's never been simpler to get connected.

updated Tue May 19 2009 12:34:13

5 tips for avoiding the latest hotel scam

Jack Taras and his friends thought they would be checking in at the Occidental Grand Hotel on the Dominican Republic's postcard-perfect Eastern shore for spring break. But when Taras, a 19-year-old sophomore from Providence College, arrived at the resort, he was greeted with the hotel industry's latest trick: he was walked down.

updated Fri May 15 2009 13:23:21

Weekend Getaway: Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria, an easy weekend getaway from Washington, D.C., has history, art and charm -- all on the Metro line.

updated Fri May 08 2009 22:14:01

History and architecture

Near the heart of San Francisco, The Presidio offers quite a bit for a budget price tag.

updated Fri May 01 2009 15:39:21

'Wallet-friendly' Key Largo

Just like Bogie and Bacall, explore the natural wonders of Key Largo, Florida, on a weekend getaway.

updated Fri May 01 2009 10:55:41

Five ways passengers are getting even with cruise lines

Cruising isn't what it used to be. Just ask Steve Roberts, who recently sailed from Costa Maya, Mexico, to Nassau, Bahamas on the Carnival Glory.

updated Fri Apr 24 2009 15:58:33

Weekend getaways: Time machine

Some of the best weekend getaways can take you back in time. Enjoy three destinations where history and fun collide.

updated Fri Apr 17 2009 14:28:33

Colorful getaways include art

Explore three cities' outdoor art as part of your weekend getaways.

updated Tue Apr 07 2009 08:49:25

6 tips to avoid travel insurance scams

George Fredrickson never suspected the travel insurance he bought for his transatlantic cruise last year was fake.

updated Mon Apr 06 2009 15:09:12

Virginia's surprising wine country

You may have heard Virginia is for lovers, but it's especially true for wine lovers.

updated Fri Apr 03 2009 13:22:35

Upscale restaurants rolling out dining deals

Americans hungry for feel-good fine dining are reaping the benefits of the struggling economy.

updated Mon Mar 30 2009 12:34:18

Charm + Savings = Maine

See how a weekend getaway to Maine equals history, charm and savings.

updated Mon Mar 30 2009 07:53:35

Maine: History + charm = savings

See why Maine's southern coastline offers affordable food, history and charm.

updated Thu Mar 26 2009 07:51:23

4 crazy rules you need to know before you travel

A recent "World for $1" promotion by LastMinuteTravel.com promised a room "in any of our 15,000 hotels" for $1 a night. The only catch? You had to book them during a specified 15-minute window.

updated Mon Mar 23 2009 15:39:35

Pushy bloggers to travel industry: Be nice

Had a problem with your last trip? Fire up your PC and post something online.

updated Mon Mar 23 2009 09:34:30

Slow down with Hudson getaway

Weekend getaway along New York's Hudson River offers a chance to slow down.

updated Fri Mar 20 2009 17:36:40

Thrifty getaway: Hudson River Valley

Find out why New York's Hudson River Valley offers a great value for your weekend getaway.

updated Fri Mar 20 2009 12:52:42

Hot wheels: New luggage designs

It's been almost a year since American Airlines started charging passengers for their first checked bag, a move that every other legacy airline quickly followed. It's taken almost that long for the luggage industry to catch up to that unfortunate new reality.

updated Fri Mar 13 2009 14:34:58

Recession hotel tips

The bad economy can do good things for your trip. Melissa Long has four keys to upgrades, meals and perks.

updated Mon Mar 09 2009 18:04:01

Smartphones to go: Apps you'll want to pack

Everyone knows traveling can be stressful, but having a smartphone along can make the trek a little more enjoyable.

updated Mon Mar 09 2009 13:28:04

Deal or no deal? 6 secrets for spotting a bargain

Carol Hodes thought the "special" $209 room rate offered as part of an upcoming convention at the Bellagio Las Vegas was a reasonably good deal -- about $10 a night off the regular price.

updated Mon Mar 09 2009 09:43:04

Staying fit while traveling

Easy tips on sticking with your diet and workout routine while traveling.

updated Mon Mar 09 2009 08:17:19

Cruise discounts still afloat

The cruise industry's traditional peak season for promotions and bookings may be drawing to a close, but travelers ready to set sail are still in a good position for savings.

updated Fri Mar 06 2009 11:45:59

How to survive a passport nightmare

Richard Deitsch struggled through several days of denial before facing the fact that he was thousands of miles from home and he had no idea where his passport was.

updated Thu Mar 05 2009 13:18:16

Nervous travelers demanding 'layoff insurance'

Does your boss raise an eyebrow when you ask to schedule time off?

updated Wed Mar 04 2009 09:23:54

Take better photos

updated Mon Mar 02 2009 15:51:26

Making the most of hotel alternatives

There's probably no better way of pinching your vacation pennies than sleeping on a friend's sofa or camping out. But you don't have to rough it to afford your next getaway.

updated Mon Mar 02 2009 15:50:31

Travelers' mantra: Pack light, pack light, pack light

You'll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags, "Every year I pack heavier." The measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels. You can't travel heavy, happy and cheap. Pick two.

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 15:56:39

Changing travel one tweet at a time

"There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people."

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 13:22:07

Protect your health abroad

Life-saving keys to staying healthy during international trips.

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 10:01:28

Maximize your flyer miles

Spending your frequent flyer miles right can make you a happier traveler. Here are four savvy suggestions.

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 09:59:26

Travel Tips: Broadway tickets

Tips on how to get deals on tickets for Broadway shows. CNN's Melissa Long reports.

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 09:57:48

Vacation without traveling

Learn how to enjoy a unique kind of vacation that lets you save cash, relieve stress and let go of your "electronic leashes."

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 09:56:10

Spring Break savings tips

Check out these five penny-pinching ideas aimed at maximizing your Spring Break vacation.

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 09:54:07

Vacation near President Obama

Vacationing in Washington, D.C., offers unique fun that's often free..

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 09:51:47

Flying with kids

Flying these days may feel like work. Mix in a child and you've already put in overtime. CNN's Melissa Long has more.

updated Fri Feb 27 2009 09:22:03

Embrace the cheap season

Timing is everything, as CNN.com's Melissa Long found when looking for cheap seats.

updated Thu Feb 26 2009 15:59:10

On the Go: Staycation

CNN's Richelle Carey explains how a staycation can save you money on your next vacation.

updated Mon Sep 29 2008 10:19:24

Trouble in the sky

It's a turbulent time in the airline industry. Follow these tips to avoid getting burned if your carrier goes under.

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