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101 Reasons to Travel Now: Travel Hacks

We've scoured the globe in search of hidden gems to experience around the world. Check out these tips from our globe-trotting network.

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A skier catches some air on Vail Mountain in Colorado.


From the October 2015 issue of Traveler magazine

Reasons to Travel Now: 54-66

54. STRONGER DOLLAR:

With the euro, the Japanese yen, and other currencies at a historic low against the dollar, travel for Americans is cheaper than usual.

55. THIS AMERICAN LIFE:

Addictive podcasts of the weekly public radio show will make any long-haul drive a delight.

56. EPIC SKI PASS:

For about the price of seven daily lift tickets you get unlimited, all-season access to 11 ski resorts in California, Colorado, and Utah. Only hook? You’ve got to buy it before the season starts.

57. POSTCARDS:

Whether from the edge or just from New Jersey, these cultural souvenirs have Instagram beat when it comes to tangible travel pleasures.

58. HOPPER APP:

Airline ticket search taking into account the best times of day to fly. Also alerts you to the right time to book

59. BirdsEYE APP:

Guide to the likely birds you’ll see in any given area, with the ability to record and submit sightings quickly

60. JUST AHEAD APP:

GPS-guided audio tour of national parks, with entertaining stories, geography, history, and driving directions

61. DUOLINGO APP:

Gamelike language learning and an iconic owl mascot. Covers ten languages, including Irish and Turkish

62. ROOTSRATED.COM:

Type in your outdoor activity of choice, and this nifty website shows where you can do it at your destination. Backpacking near Bozeman, anyone?

63. NO-TIPPING RESTAURANTS

Book us a corner table at the growing number of American fine-dining spots, such as New York City’s Dirt Candy and Pittsburgh’s Bar Marco, where owners have abolished tips in favor of paying staff living wages.

64. GETTING OFF THE GRID:

And being wholly in the now.

65. GET-UPS AND GO:

Sustainable-minded Nau clothing is outdoor wear you can take from Brooklyn bar to base camp.

66. BRIGHTER BAGS:

Brands like Delsey, Trunkster, and ChicBuds are introducing suitcases and bags that charge your phone, weigh and locate themselves, unlock with fingerprint ID, and even give weather forecasts.

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