Stay. Costa Rica. An Open Air Rainforest Lodge with Monkeys.

What: Lapa Rios Where: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica What makes it special Combine the Blue Lagoon with Swiss Family Robinson and Lost and you’re getting close to the experience of Lapa Rios. With 1,000 acres in the middle of a rainforest, this expansive luxury resort gives you a sustainable tourism experience where you can co-exist with Costa Rican nature without the restrictions…

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Quick tip: BYOWater and save $$$

Water. It’s one of those things that seems so basic at home but feels like a luxury when you’re traveling. Instead of spending major $$$ on bottled water, bring your own reusable water bottle with you. I’m partial to the vacuum insulated S’well Bottle because it keeps water cold (or hot!) for a full day, but really…

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Stay. Upstate New York. Escape to a Cottage in the Finger Lakes.

What: Single Island Shores Where: Finger Lakes, NY What makes it special While concrete jungles have their own beauty, they typically lack the color green. If you’re looking for a little nature time away without the buzz of the city, the Finger Lakes are a perfect quick drive upstate. Single Island Shores offers well-appointed cabin rentals right on Seneca…

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Quick tip: Low airfare awaits on Twitter…

Looking for low airfare? You may want to stay glued to Twitter. Sites like Airfare Watchdog (@airfarewatchdog) and Scott’s Cheap Flights (@scottsflights) regularly post massive fare sales for routes around the globe. If you followed @JetBlue, you would have known about their crazy Halloween sale where they offered all one-way flights on Halloween for just…

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Stay. Ireland. Live Your Own Game of Thrones in One of Ireland’s Many, Many Castles.

What: Dromoland Castle Where: Dromoland, County Clare, Ireland What makes it special It’s not often you get to stay in a 15th Century castle built on ancestral lands that have been overseen for over a thousand years, but Dromoland Castle gives you that chance. Don’t worry about that medieval stank, because the whole place was renovated to…

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Eat. Japan. Taste the Best Tuna in Nara.

What: Maguro Koya Where: Nara, Japan What makes it special Japanese restaurants are usually known for one specific thing, be it udon noodles or tempura or sushi. Some, though, go even further and specialize in a single ingredient. That’s the case with Maguro Koya in the Japanese city of Nara where the name of the game is…

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Your Oyster, Volume 4

The Beauty of Turning Four Do you remember turning four? I don’t. I do, however, know that I had a birthday party at Pizza Hut and the photos my mom has are proof that I was *so excited*. I’m equally excited that Your Oyster has now turned four. Not four years old, mind you, but four…

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Your Oyster, Volume 3

Three’s a charm! The third edition of Your Oyster is here and we love hearing how much you love our travel pearls. This is actually the very first edition of Your Oyster where all three pearls come directly from readers. Lauren and I are grateful for your submissions! On that note, the really special thing…

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