The Best Places to Travel in April

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

April often feels like a transition month, but that’s what makes it the perfect time to travel. Some dates are still considered off-peak for airline award tickets and spring temperatures in many destinations are mild and inviting. Tourism tapers off in destinations like the Caribbean, while travel to Europe still hasn’t quite picked up, so …

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You Can Get Global Entry Upon Arrival at These 49 Airports

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Getting Global Entry is a fairly simple process, but you may encounter delays (weeks or even months) when it comes to scheduling an interview. The Enrollment on Arrival service, which is rapidly expanding, may be the perfect alternative to long interview waits. The service allows you to complete your Global Entry interview as part of the immigration process when arriving …

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A New Coral Reef Was Just Discovered Off the Coast of Italy

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

For travelers, southern Italy just got even more appealing: The country’s first coral reef has been discovered off the coast of Puglia, near the seaside town of Monopoli. Researchers at the University of Bari, led by department director Giuseppe Corriero, discovered the extremely rare mesophotic (meaning it can exist in low light) coral reef, which reportedly …

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7 Amazing Spots in Mexico’s Riviera Maya That Aren’t Tulum

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Thanks to cruise-ship tourism, an excess of cookie-cutter all-inclusive hotels and every North American chain restaurant known to mankind, some argue that the Riviera Maya’s largest hot spots are played out. And it’s not just Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel that are taking a hit from overtourism. The Cut recently reported that the once boho-chic …

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These 14 Hotels Let You See Amazing Wildlife Without Leaving Your Bed

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

You don’t always have to take a safari to see wildlife. At properties all over the word, you can see incredible animals without even leaving your hotel room. From underwater villas that give you uninterrupted views of marine life, to luxe manors where giraffes are known to poke their heads through open windows, these hotels …

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The Best Places to Travel in March

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Feeling like you’re coming down with a bout of spring (travel) fever? It’s time to get excited about new hotel openings, game-changing flight routes and incredible destinations you may not have considered before. Plus, you’ll still find off-peak award availability for most airlines. And around the world, there are cultural celebrations, art and music festivals and …

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Visit These 17 Incredible Philippine Islands Before Everyone Else

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Looking for a dreamy island getaway where you an escape the wintry weather? Palawan and Boracay probably come to mind, as they’ve grown rapidly in popularity. While these islands have stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, they’ve also become severely overtouristed. But there are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines — and many have the …

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The Best Apps for Travel

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

When it comes to vacation, travelers are relying on their smartphones more than ever, not only as a source of inspiration but for booking and logistics as well. Luckily, there are plenty of apps built to help with everything from day-of hotel bookings to last-minute flight changes, replace heavy guidebooks and foreign-language dictionaries, and simply provide …

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9 Key Things to Know About Getting Global Entry

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

As a frequent international traveler, I’ve come to depend on Global Entry — a system that allows me to clear US customs in under three minutes. While the process of getting or renewing membership may seem intense, it’s actually relatively painless, and the service continues to exceed my expectations. Here are some important things you should …

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The Best Places to Travel in February

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Need a winter escape? Perhaps you’re tired of your new gym routine or have a serious dose of cold-weather cabin fever, with no salvation from winter in sight. February isn’t usually a busy month for travelers (beyond the occasional Valentine’s Day getaway), so it’s the ideal time to search for awesome off-peak award availability or …

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The Best Places on Earth for Eco-Friendly Diving

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Diving is one of the greatest ways to explore Earth’s stunning underwater landscapes. But 95% of the world’s reefs are at risk. Although many countries and organizations are getting serious about marine conservation laws, it’s still important for divers (and snorkelers) to practice sustainable diving, protecting these delicate ecosystems while still enjoying their beauty. Because while sustainable …

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Your Stay at One of These Incredible Eco-Friendly Hotels Could Help Save the Earth

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

We’re partnering with Capital One on our Purposeful Travel Hub. If you have unique ways you like to pay it forward when you travel or just love exploring new places with family and friends, we want to hear about it. Share your most treasured travel moments and purposeful travel tips with us using #MeaningfulMoments. Tourism accounts for 8% …

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