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Recent studies suggest that tourists believe that beach access points and resorts are located adjacent to safe swimming areas, but that isn’t always true. (Shutterstock)

Why your tourist brain may try to drown you

Just because a beach is accessible, has restaurants, lounge chairs and vendors, and is near a resort, does not make it safe.
Sometimes the reaction doesn’t go as planned. Lily & Chloe Official/YouTube

The bizarre phenomenon of vacation surprise videos

With the surprise meticulously planned, all eyes – and lenses – turn to the kids. All they have to do is react as expected: overjoyed. So why don't they?
Do you sometimes feel you need a vacation from your vacation? Ricardo Gomez Angel/Unsplash

How to have a successful summer vacation

How can you ensure you have a successful summer vacation and don't return more tired and stressed than when you left? Follow a few simple tips.
Travel is up around the world – but not to the US. Rawpixel.com/shutterstock

Tourism to the US is in a ‘Trump slump’ - truth or fiction?

In 2016, the number of international tourists to the US dropped by more than 2 percent, while tourism trended upward worldwide. There are several explanations for the dip.
Get out of your routine and do something different, like taking a hot-air balloon ride, on your long weekend. It will help you feel fully recharged. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

How to turn your long weekend into a vacation

A long weekend approaches. Here's how to make it feel like a vacation, and return to work feeling fully recharged.
The view of Cartagena, Colombia from Tierra Bomba. Despite being one of the most visited cities in South America, Tierra Bomba remains highly impoverished. Why doesn’t large-scale tourism benefit such a community? Carter Hunt

The travel industry has sparked a backlash against tourists by stressing quantity over quality

At many popular destinations, residents are protesting against crowding, rowdy visitors and low wages. With some research, travelers can use their visits to enrich host areas instead of harming them.
Most ill health can be avoided on family holidays through research and planning in advance, plus smart packing. from www.shutterstock.com

Prepare for a healthy holiday with this A-to-E guide

Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller's diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom. Library of Congress

The twilight of the mom and pop motel

What does the shuttering of traditional roadside motels say about America's relationship with travel and freedom?

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