The Best Destination for New Yorkers Could Be Just Two Hours North of the City

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ 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. From Grand Central Terminal …

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Can This New Ship Actually Convince Anti-Cruisers to Cruise?

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

On Dec. 9, following a flurry of short pre-inaugural sailings, Celebrity’s debut Edge-class ship, the namesake Celebrity Edge, will make its first official, seven-night maiden voyage. Easily one of the most anticipated debuts in the cruise industry, this ship recently journeyed from France’s STX shipyard to Port Everglades, Florida, and I’ve been personally following it …

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Everything Travelers Need to Know About the Ongoing Marriott Hotel Strikes

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Over the weekend, Marriott strikes concluded in the cities of Oakland, California, and Detroit. But in six other cities, the protests continue, as workers now enter their second month of picketing. It’s the largest multicity hotel strike in American history. “The progress has been very slow in most cities,” said Rachel Gumpert, the national press …

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You Can Take an Exclusive Tour of the Vatican at Sunrise

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

This new tour might be the only way to get photos of the Vatican without 25,000 strangers in your Instagram photos. TripAdvisor just announced a new tour called Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before the Museums Open that lets travelers see the Vatican at sunrise. For $520, you will get advance entry to the Vatican museums …

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This New Hotel Brand Is Targeting ‘Mature Millennials’ for Cheaper Boutique Stays

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

New hotels open every day. But it’s less common for an entirely new hospitality brand to appear — especially one that wants to completely rebuild the industry. On Tuesday, the Life House hotel collection began accepting reservations for its first hotel: a 33-room estate in Little Havana, Miami. The colorful, distinctly Caribbean space will welcome guests on Dec. …

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The Single Biggest Reason People Travel Has Nothing to Do With the Destination

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

We’re partnering with Capital One to launch our new Purposeful Travel Hub. If you have unique ways you like to give back 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. Every trip …

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Tourists Facing 10 Years in Prison for Vandalizing Ancient Thai Wall

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

In Thailand, being offensive or disrespectful is a serious mistake. And for two tourists, the punishment could be up to 10 years in a provincial prison, in addition to fines of one million baht (roughly $30,450). According to Reuters, Brittney Schneider of Canada and Furlong Lee of the UK were arrested last Friday for defacing …

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This Fitness Retreat Is Designed to Give Back

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Want to join a fitness retreat that’s as good for you as it is for the world? Last May, personal trainer and FITNUT founder Josh Grimm launched fitness retreats for the LGBTQ community. In addition to twice-daily workouts, private excursions, seed-to-table meals and upscale resorts, the retreats also give back to local residents. “I developed a passion …

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Italy Hopes to Lure Retirees to Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria With Massive Tax Break

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

If you’d prefer to put your IRA toward limoncello and a charming Italian casa di campagna rather than taxes, you might be in luck. A new proposal from the League — Italy’s nationalist, far-right party — hopes to attract retirees to southern Italy for a decade of tax-free retirement. “We’re trying to provide an incentive …

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How a Facebook Post Saved Two Travelers’ Lives

On Wednesday, Aug. 22 (about 4:30am in Bali on Aug. 23), Michael Lythcott posted a single message to his Facebook. “Help,” it said. “In danger. Call police.” Lythcott, a 36-year-old American traveling with a friend, Stacey Eno, had just arrived in Bali, Indonesia, earlier that day. The two were riding a scooter back to their …

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Equinox Is Officially Getting Into Travel With Day Trips This Month

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Equinox, the New York-based company that operates several boutique fitness brands including SoulCycle, PURE Yoga and the namesake Equinox gym network, is “making moves” and taking its first steps into the travel space. In 2015, the company revealed its plans to launch a luxury hospitality company with the first-ever Equinox-branded hotel in New York City …

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11 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Miserable About the End of Summer

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Though the last day of summer doesn’t officially arrive until Sept. 22, for many, the season of long weekend vacations and sunny beach days came grinding to a halt the Tuesday after Labor Day. But even for travelers who maximized every Summer Friday, the return of autumn doesn’t have to be a miserable, heart-breaking event. …

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3 Places Where Your Dollar Will Go Further Than Ever Right Now

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

A number of foreign currencies are hitting all-time lows against the US dollar, meaning it’s a great time for Americans to take advantage of a strong greenback while also supporting local economies — especially when you consider that the financial tumult can drive prices for residents way up. On Thursday, India’s rupee slipped to a lifetime low …

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Carnival’s Newest Vessel Is a Giant Blimp

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Carnival Cruise Line debuted a new ship in Memphis, Tennessee — the line’s first-ever, 128-foot-long blimp. That’s right. Instead of an ocean liner, Carnival’s latest vessel flies the blue skies at an altitude of 1,000 feet and a leisurely clip of 35 miles per hour. The so-called Carnival AirShip is part of …

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The 10 Most Popular Flight Routes This Labor Day Weekend

The last long weekend of the summer, Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 to Sept. 3) is rapidly approaching — and it’s projected to be one of the busiest ever, with a record-breaking 16.5 million people likely to fly away, according to Airlines for America. This probably has something to do with the fact that this Labor …

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If You Can’t Make it to Bermuda, JetBlue Has the Next Best (Free!) Thing

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Always wanted to try your hand at paddleboarding, but were too intimidated to head straight into the surf? Or dreamed of joining local climbers on coastal cliffs? Or simply wanted the stamina to actively enjoy a new destination? Exercise can be a key part of preparing for a trip — especially specialized courses designed to mimic …

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