Category Travel

Yummy Foods, Happy Bellies: Preventing Mishaps in Adventurous Eating

by thehipmunk

Tongue-tickling spice combinations. Unfamiliar ingredients. New delicacies to explore. Half the fun of venturing to exotic locales is sampling new foods. Unfortunately, adventurous eating can also lead to an unhappy belly. Take advantage of a couple simple tricks to stave off disastrous travel sickness.

Seek Out Local Know-How

Looking for the best som tam and pad thai the street stalls of Thailand have to offer? Ask a local. Poll the front desk staff at your hotel in Bangkok for their favorite place to munch on street food. Let them know you’re not looking for an official recommendation so much as a friendly one, for the places where you might run into them snacking on a night off. Establishments frequented by locals are likely to be appetizing, affordable and authentic...

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4 Reasons to Visit the Roman Catacombs

by thehipmunk

In ancient Rome, burial within the city walls was forbidden. The pagan culture of the second and third centuries preferred cremation, despite the objections of the Christian minority. As land for graveyards was scarce, the Christians of the day cultivated a sense of community away from the public eye by digging burial tunnels into the soft volcanic rock called tufo.

These ancient sites can now be found on the outskirts of the city, along major roadways and close to many Roman hotels. History buffs will find them a fascinating way to experience early Christian art, and to visit the resting places of numerous saints and martyrs.

St. Callixtus and St. Sebastian Catacombs

Both are located along Via Appia Antica and are reminders of religious persecution before Christianity was...

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Here’s How You Can Save On Your Travel Expenses

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What’s different about the fanatic travelers across the world? They urge to travel a variety of places, not just for any other family vacation or at relatives place, but for the enthusiasm they experience through such travel. Apart from learning and acknowledging beauty through travels, a core factor of effective money saving is very needy for further travels in future. So what to follow for building up a bank in your pockets through the cash needed to pile up? Below are a few tips for solving the problems for every travel enthusiast:

1) Use the tool named Skyscanner

Now, you travel buffs can have the answer for the question of “Which flight tickets to book for cheap and what are the most suitable days for travel?” Skyscanner lets you know what time is the cheapest for traveling various...

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Making Romantic Moves In Nashville, The Music City

Nashville is the city that provides visitors and inhabitants with an unparalleled world of access to America’s greenest parks, freshest eats, and twangiest, tune-blaring venues. Dress to impress and call that friendly passenger you met on the plane, the fellow traveler who accepted your card at baggage claim, or the bright-eyed receptionist in the lobby of your fashionable hotel. Invite that kindred spirit to join you for the a date night to remember. Nashville awaits, y’all, and we’ve rounded up the best spots to kindle new romance (or re-spark old flames).

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Warner Parks

Treat your date to an afternoon at Warner Parks. Located 9 miles south ofdowntown Nashville, Warner Parks — comprised of Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, both historic sites divided by Old Hickory Boulevard — includes...

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First Timers Guide to Orlando

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Orlando is the city of fun. With over a dozen amusement parks at your disposal, great weather all year round, and genuinely friendly people, you can’t go wrong. If you are planning your first trip to Orlando, it can be a bit overwhelming at first. From the multitude of Disney theme parks to Universal Studios to The Holy Land adventure and more, you could spend a week exploring Orlando and not make it to every park. We have decided to help you out by giving you the rundown on the most popular parks in Orlando.

Walt Disney World

You have to start with the original, to be sure. Built back in the early 1970’s, Walt Disney World is a playground designed to feed young imaginations. Home to many of your favorite childhood characters, you can’t go wrong with a day or two here...

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Your Most Pressing Travel Questions (According to Google) Answered

by TheHipmunk

Search giant Google has created a site that showcases travel-related data, including the top five inquiries asked by travelers online. We here at Hipmunk decided to answer these questions once and for all. Here are insights into every traveler’s need-to-knows.

1. When is the best time to book a flight?

There are all kinds of theories out there, among them:

Confused yet? In reality, there is no magic formula for purchasing flights...

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Los Angeles’s Lost Haunts: The Hidden City of Downtown L.A.

by TheHipmunk

Los Angeles is known as a star-studded galaxy of excess and superficiality. It’s the land of reality television, struggling actors and failed musicians. However, away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, there is a hidden city full of history, culture and ghosts. After your neck is sore from looking at the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, head east to the lost haunts of downtown Los Angeles.

The Haunted Hotel

Built in 1928, the Cecil Hotel is known as one of Los Angeles’ most haunted stays. Rebranded as Stay On Main, this historic building straddles the border of Skid Row and the up-and-coming downtown Los Angeles scene. The hotel is a favorite among backpackers looking for an alternative travel experience...

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Voluntourism: Helpful or Hurtful?

By: Hipmunk Staff

Jet to an exotic country. Get immersed in local customs. Help build a house or dig a well. Make buddies with fascinating people you’d never meet otherwise. A “voluntourism” trip seems like a great way to give back or improve the world in a small way. It can be, but you should ask a lot of questions before signing up and plunking down cash.

Over the last several years, this well-meaning market has grown quickly, with studies estimating 1.6 million volunteer tourists per year and growing. About 33 percent of volunteer travelers are between the ages of 20 and 40. Another 34 percent are slightly older, between 41 and 60. Overall, the travelers are more likely to be female. However, the impact of these trips is hard to quantify...

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See 1K Years of Irish History in a 5-Day Road Trip (Legendary Pubs Included)

By: Hipmunk Staff

There are as many reasons to see Ireland as there are people who travel to the Emerald Isle. History, geology, pub culture, folklore, and breathtaking views are all par for the course for travelers to the island.

If you have a few days to spare, you can soak up nearly all that Ireland has to offer while rolling through the southwestern half of the country. Here’s a road trip itinerary guaranteed to make you “ooh,” “ahh,” and promise to come back.

Day 1: Dublin to Kilkenny

After flying into Dublin and spending the night in Ireland’s capital city, prepare for a cross-country adventure full of historical sites and breathtaking views. Rent a car and set off on a short drive (approximately two hours) to the artsy town of Kilkenny.

Check in at the quaint Kilke...

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The Hipmunk Guide to Free Hotel Wi-Fi

By: Hipmunk Staff

Wi-Fi has become an amenity that guests expect from the hotels where they choose to stay. We asked our Twitter fans what they think of free Wi-Fi and they spoke loud and clear. Perhaps Susan Breslow ‏(@susanbreslow) said it best: ‘Hotel wi-fi is essential. Free wins loyalty and cred.’ But according to a review of Hipmunk’s hotel database, only 70 percent of U.S. hotels offer free Wi-Fi. Another 27 percent don’t offer Wi-Fi at all (what?!?!). And the last 3 percent offer Wi-Fi for a fee.

So how do you ensure you always have Wi-Fi free of charge? Easy. Read the Hipmunk guide to free Wi-Fi below.

Know Where to Go
We tapped our hotels database to identify the U.S. cities with the highest percentage of free Wi-Fi.

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Avoid Luxury Hotels
Believe it or not, you reall...

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