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5 Tips for Changing Travel Plans on Short Notice

by Terry Ward. Posted Oct 16th 2013 09:00 AM
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You've spent months fine-tuning the details of your vacation only to have a last-minute situation -- a work crisis, a dog or house sitter who bails or, gulp, the dreaded family emergency -- change your plans entirely.

Travel insurance can protect you in such situations. But what happens if you haven't taken out coverage on vacation logistics and are forced to cancel in a hurry?
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Beach House Diaries: 6 Tips for Summer Reading

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Jul 3rd 2013 04:01 PM
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Grabbing a book is a great solution early in the beach season when you're still trying to remember how to relax, later on when the novelty of sun and sand is starting to wear off, or anytime in between. If your vacation plan is eat, read, sleep, repeat, consider the following tips.
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Where to Go in October 2013: San Diego

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jul 2nd 2013 02:10 PM

We like San Diego as a family getaway spot in October because for the second year in a row the city will be running a Kids Free promotion throughout the month. Families traveling with children can enjoy discounts or free entry to scores of the city's attractions.
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Where to Go in October 2013: Slovakia

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jul 2nd 2013 02:06 PM

Nestled among tourism heavy-hitters Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, Slovakia flies under most American travelers' radars. Plan a trip here, and you may get a few blank stares, which is exactly why we like it as an off-the-beaten-path destination.
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Where to Go in October 2013: Yellowstone

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jul 2nd 2013 02:04 PM

If you'd rather experience Yellowstone's geysers, scenery, and plethora of wildlife without a crowd of other people taking up space in your photos consider visiting the national park in October. Prices drop at area lodgings, meaning you can cuddle up to a fire in one of the West's historic lodges for a fraction of the regular price.
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Where to Go in October 2013: Venice

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jul 2nd 2013 02:02 PM

In-the-know travelers will tell you October is one of the best times to visit this floating city. Venice swells with crowds and humidity in the summer but by October the masses have subsided leaving lower hotel rates and quiet piazzas in their wake. The weather around this time is generally warm – but not hot -- and sunny during the day, with cool evenings.
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Where to Go in October 2013: New England

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jul 2nd 2013 02:00 PM

It's not too late to book a fall foliage trip in New England, though the longer you wait the more likely B&Bs and inns are to fill up.
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The 8 Best Airports to Get Stuck In This Summer

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jun 20th 2013 04:00 PM
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By Bruce Watson, DailyFinance

On Monday, food website Food Republic ran its list of the six best airports when it comes to edible attractions. On the surface, this seems a little silly: after all, who goes to an airport to eat? Then again, between the already-long airport waits and the ongoing effects of sequestration, interminable delays in the terminal have become the norm. Regardless of where you're planning on heading for your vacation, chances are that you'll be spending a chunk of it waiting for a flight.
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Beach House Diaries: 10 Tips for Transitioning from Work to Vacation Mode

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Jun 20th 2013 11:13 AM
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Although everyone knows what "relaxation" means, actually attaining this at a vacation home can be hard to do. Following these tips will help you segue from stressed out employee to zenned out beach dweller.
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Beach House Diaries: 10 Tips for Unplugging at the Beach House

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Jun 6th 2013 03:32 PM
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Tired of being connected 24/7? A beach house is a wonderful place to take a break. After you've done the requisite vacation prep at work (alerting colleagues or clients, delegating tasks if required; you know the drill), following these steps will help you cut the electronic umbilical cord and truly get away from it all.
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