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In the age of digital exploration, we are spoiled for choices when it comes to vacation rentals. From rustic cabins hidden in the woods to luxurious penthouses with city views, the world is literally at our fingertips. But in this ocean of options, how do you find the one that fits your family's dream holiday? It’s not just about a…

Traveling can be exhilarating, but it’s generally physically demanding. If many young, healthy leisure globetrotters find it exhausting, people with arthritis will find lengthy road trips and extended flights even more taxing. I know this firsthand because I’ve traveled a lot with my parents, who’ve been dealing with joint inflammation since their mid-40s. I’ve seen them try every trick in…

Road trips are an excellent way to see far-flung sites affordably, but it’s important to ensure your body doesn’t pay a hidden price. According to a recent OnePoll study, 78% of travelers suffer soreness after five hours. Road trips are often longer than that, for multiple days in a row.  Don’t worry—here are some easy stretches you can work into…

One in three adults in the U.S. doesn’t get the recommended amount of sleep each night. But sleep plays a vital role in your overall well-being. Inadequate sleep can negatively affect your heart, respiratory system, metabolism, immune system and cognitive function, including thinking, memory and mood.  Considering the importance of sleep, it’s no surprise that the latest trend in travel…

Vacations are a time to unwind and have fun, but getting to your destination may be less than relaxing if you have chronic pain. It can lead to agitation and discomfort, making you want to crawl under the covers instead of soaking up the sun. Follow these five tips for traveling with chronic pain so you can enjoy your trip…

Unfortunately, climate change shows no signs of slowing down—but neither do travelers. As global tourism increases, the need to reduce our travel emissions and practice greater travel-related sustainability is necessary.  In addition to improving the planet’s health, conscious efforts to stay healthy and environmentally accountable are critical in protecting health from climate change impacts. Here are three ways you can…

Tourism can boost a community’s economy by bringing in more people to spend money at local businesses and attractions. But overtourism happens when a destination buckles under the volume of tourism, tanking quality of life for locals, destroying the natural environment and, in turn, negatively affecting the experiences for future visitors. Tourism has been especially tricky during the pandemic, with…

It’s Pride Month, and that means lifting up stories of the LGBTQ+ community. And what better time to explore new travel books than the beginning of summer? Whether you’re flying somewhere new in the next few months, or not going far, these travel books by queer voices will take you to new places.  The Black Penguin by Andrew Evans: Growing…

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