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Although you'd think a beach is a beach, some are just better than others.

And while much ado is made about how white a beach's sand is, or how many palm trees are swaying nearby, clear water is another major draw.

The following 13 beaches haves some of the clearest water in the world — so clear, in fact, that you won't even need diving goggles.

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Manini'owali Beach, Kalaoa, Hawaii

Visitors have to climb down 10 feet of lava rocks to get to the glimmering water of Manini'owali Beach on the main island of Hawaii. 



Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas

Stocked with picnic tables, Lindquist Beach is the perfect place to bring snacks and take in the breathtaking views and crashing waves.



Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy

Ranked the #1 thing to do in Baunei, Italy, on TripAdvisor, visitors can't stop raving about how beautiful this beach on the Italian island of Sardinia is.



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  • Frontier is giving travelers access to flights for $29, or for as low as $20 in some cases.
  • The deal, which includes destinations like Austin, San Francisco, and Orlando, is here for a limited time only.
  • Here’s how you can access the discount and travel domestically through Frontier, including the possible catch.

Frontier Airlines is now offering flights for the same amount of money as going out to eat or grabbing drinks on a Friday night. If your New Year's resolution was to travel more and/or spend less, this just might be your ticket, literally.

Frontier is giving travelers the ability to explore different domestic destinations for as low as $20. The airline, the tenth most-flown in the United States as of 2017, is offering discounts on specific routes, including from Austin to San Diego, Miami to Providence, and New York to Cincinnati, among others.

There is a catch. To get the $20 deal, you must be a member of Frontier's "Discount Den," a club that allows members to have access to discounts after paying an annual fee of $49.99. But without the membership, you can still get flights for as little as $29. But you should remember that Frontier may charge extra for certain amenities (checked bags or carry-ons, seating, etc.).

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In order to get the cheapest prices, travelers must book their flights no later than Wednesday. A seven-day advance purchase is required. The departures for the trip are valid from January 16 to February 14. Availability on the deal and for different destinations is also limited, so consider all of this a perfect storm for a spontaneous, last-minute trip.

You can find a full list of the deals on Frontier's website.

As long as you've got the right tools and knowledge at your disposal, you're all good to pack up and go.

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A spa in Hawaii features a sensory deprivation float pod

by Amelia Kosciulek and AC Fowler

100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime

by Sophie-Claire Hoeller, Jennifer Polland and Kathryn Chou

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With few vacation days and even fewer funds, you better make every trip count. 

We've done the work for you and put together this epic list of must-sees, updating our original bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and this year's travel hotspots.

From a beach full of pigs in the Bahamas to dog sledding in Sweden, these are the 100 most incredible trips everyone should take in their lifetime.

Megan Willett contributed to an earlier version of this post.

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Ride a dogsled through the back-country of Sweden.



Taste some of the best pizza in the world in Naples, Italy.



See the great wildebeest migration in Africa's Serengeti National Park.



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The most famous invention from every state

by Talia Lakritz

Toilet Paper

From the simple zipper to the first iPhone, inventions continue to help improve the way we live and work, and every state in the US boasts its own famous contribution to the world.

We based our list of the most famous inventions from every state off of this infographic from the faculty at MidAmerica Nazarene University, as well as our own research.

Keep scrolling to see what the most famous or useful invention from your state is.

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ALABAMA: Hearing aids

Miller Reese Hutchinson from Montrose, Alabama, invented electric hearing aids in 1895. Back then they were so large they had to sit on a table.



ALASKA: Hidden Valley ranch dressing

Buttermilk dressing dates back to Texas in 1937, but Steve Henson perfected the recipe for Hidden Valley ranch dressing in Alaska in 1949.



ARKANSAS: Movies with sound

Freeman Owens put sound to film in 1923 and held 200 patents during his lifetime.



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  • I was afraid of flying for years, but I found ways to improve and eventually conquer it.
  • Dramamine, Netflix, and assigned seating help tremendously.
  • Overcoming fears is always worth celebrating.

It wasn't until I was 18 that I first flew alone. Before that, I'd only flown as a child, and I couldn't remember it. Flying as an adult was an entirely different experience — and I was terrified.

I was afraid of the entire process, especially doing it alone. From missing my flight or losing my luggage, to simply being really high up in the sky with loud noises and turbulence — all of it invoked a huge sense of fear within me.

Just the thought of flying made me feel sick to my stomach.The combination of anxiety and sickness left me opting to drive, even when it tripled the travel time.

I'm now 25 and have flown over twenty times. I've tried a variety of different things along the way, and I have figured out the events that contributed to my fear of flying and have tried to eliminate them, or at least lessen the chance of their occurrence.

Even though it still isn't my favorite thing, I can now say that I have conquered my fear of flying, and I am now a frequent flyer.

Here's how I did it:

Man at Airport

I believe you can never be too early.

The worst thing about airports is the stress of potentially missing your flight. Flights get moved, traffic is unpredictable, and airports are not the easiest places to navigate. If there's anything I've learned from flying, it's this: why rush if you don't have to? Being early erases the fear of missing a flight, and, in any case, it's better to be too early than too late.

I believe in the power of carry-ons.

The fear of lost luggage played into my overall fear of flying, especially after my luggage was once lost for nearly a week during a trip to Austria. There's nothing like only having access to what you brought with you on the plane (and wearing the same outfit over and over again for a week) in a place you've never been before.

Unless absolutely necessary, I avoid checking a bag at all costs and instead pack everything in a carry-on.

Boarding Airplane

I try to only fly airlines with assigned seating.

It's particularly frustrating to check in the day before your flight and realize that, even though you checked in right on time, you're going to be one of the very last passengers to board. Rather than stepping on a plane and having over 100 faces staring at you as you try to find a seat amongst strangers, I prefer to step on and know exactly which seat I'm heading to.

I take Dramamine before every flight.

Dramamine has worked wonders for me. Taking it right before boarding flights has helped to lessen my motion sickness, which in turn improves my overall flight experience. Sometimes it even puts me to sleep, which is ideal because I then skip all of the anxiety-producing events along the way, and simply wake up at my destination.

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I load up on music and shows in advance.

Without headphones to drown out the preflight and in-flight sounds, I don't know what I would do. I always update my iTunes and create a relaxing playlist to listen to while waiting to board and waiting for takeoff.

Once in-flight, if I don't fall asleep right away,  I've found that watching something is the best distraction. I download and cue up episodes of enough of my favorite shows on Netflix to last me until I reach my destination. "Master of None," "90210," and "Bojack Horseman" are my go-to's.

Many airlines now also have movies and TV shows that you can stream and watch throughout your flight. Since this usually depends on the airline or even the specific aircraft though, I've learned that it's always a good idea to have something downloaded just in case.

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I hold on to someone I love (or at least like) when I'm not traveling alone.

For me, it's always been easier to combat or overcome a fear when I have a little support. Whenever I am not traveling alone, I try to sit with whomever I am traveling with, and hold onto them during takeoff, as we go through turbulence, and as we land. While I may still freak out a little, I have found that this has helped tremendously with my flying-induced anxiety.

Planning in advance is key — if the airline allows you to pick your seats, plan accordingly. If not, there's no shame in asking to switch with another passenger — worst case, they say no. This is something that my partner and I have successfully done a few times, and it has been a big relief for me.

I celebrate my accomplishment.

As soon as the plane lands, a big smile returns to my face. I text or Snapchat my support system in celebration that "I did it!" and typically grab Starbucks on the way out.

Each and every time I fly, it all gets a little bit easier.

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11 things you should know before visiting Moscow

by Dylan Love

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The earliest recorded mention of a place called "Moscow" dates to 1147 AD, and in the nearly 900 years since, this history-filled location has turned from minor provincial town into a bustling metropolis. It is home to 12 million people, rich with culture, and begging to be explored.

Moscow is perhaps a less-obvious tourist destination for the American traveler and much of the English-speaking world, but the simple truth is that once you clear the bureaucratic hurdle of obtaining an entry visa, you can fly there as easily as you might fly to New York City.

The capital of Russia has its classic attractions: the red-walled political stronghold known as the Kremlin; St. Basil's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Russian architecture; Gorky Park, the Central Park of Russia. But the city also rewards those travelers who venture off the beaten path while maintaining some degree of street smarts: offbeat bars, tasty meals, and interesting, unusual people surround you.

Over the past four years, I've carved out a niche as an English language "fixer" for Russian startups seeking to expand their operations westward. I've made seven trips to the Russian Federation in this time, spending a combined total of four months living and working among the people there.

The following Moscow pro tips have been gleaned from my successes and failures as an American in the capital city of the largest country in the world. I hope you put them to work for yourself.

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Get a local sim card for your smartphone.

I come from a family of pragmatic travelers who will often skip on "luxury" expenses, like a local sim card that makes one's smartphone usable while traveling through a foreign country. But with ready access to resources like maps, language translation apps, and Wikipedia, a functioning smartphone ought to be a priority when navigating a culture as distinct as Russia's.

Moscow is swaddled in strong, high-speed LTE signal available from a number of affordable providers. Look for company names like MegaFon and Beeline, which offer prepaid Russian sim cards compatible with your unlocked smartphone. I've paid as little as $1 USD per day for unlimited data.



Bring a spare battery for your smartphone. Heck, bring two in winter.

Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on any battery powering an electronic device. You'll surely use part of your smartphone battery for the usual daily tasks, but Moscow's low temperatures will claim the rest. Phones may display a charge as high as 40 or 50 percent before the sustained cold fools the phone into shutting down, thinking the battery is actually dead. Whether the battery holds a charge or not, you won't be able to turn your phone back on.

 

If this happens to you while you're exploring Moscow in the cold, you'll be happy to have a "jump-starter" with you.



Your smartphone GPS is not reliable in the center of the city.

As the Moscow Times puts it, "the Kremlin eats GPS for breakfast." GPS spoofing hardware within the Kremlin walls serves to keep away nosy quadcopter drones, frustrate Pokemon Go players, and mislead locals and tourists alike. In these instances, you'll want to rely on a paper map, a friendly stranger's directions, or a local friend who knows the way.



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Nashville Tennessee

Chances are, there's plenty you didn't know about your home state.

For example, you might not know that excluding English, French is the most common language spoken at home in Maine.

We set out to find the most common languages — besides English — spoken at home in every state, based on the US Census Bureau's 2012-2016 American Community Survey estimates

As it turns out, people in the US speak several other languages besides English and Spanish.

Keep scrolling to see the most popular languages spoken at home in your state.

Andy Kiersz contributed reporting to this article.

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ALABAMA: Spanish

Number of people who speak Spanish: 147,816

Second most popular language: Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese): 9,554

Third most popular language: German: 8,205



ALASKA: other native languages of North America

Number of people who speak other native languages of North America: 30,242

Second most popular language: Spanish: 24,078

Third most popular language: Tagalog (including Filipino) 16,460



ARIZONA: Spanish

Number of people who speak Spanish: 1,285,656

Second most popular language: Navajo: 82,668

Third most popular language: Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese): 30,222



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8 places to add to your bucket list in 2018

by Aliza Gulab

The cheapest places to travel in 2018 — and when to go

by Sarah Schmalbruch

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  • Travel search engine Kayak identified the 10 most wallet-friendly destinations for 2018.
  • The most affordable destination next year is Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Other cities that made the list include Calgary, Canada, Raleigh, North Carolina, Tampa, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland.

 

The start of a new year means the chance to add to your travel bucket list.

And while many tourists will be flocking to trending destinations like Maui and Barcelona, others will be looking for more budget-friendly trips.

In order to help you identify the places that will get you the most bang for your buck in 2018, we teamed up with travel search engine Kayak.

Of Kayak's 100 most-searched flight destinations, the below 10 are the destinations with the lowest overall median trip cost — a number that was calculated based on the price of a flight and a three-night hotel stay. The travel dates and search dates that Kayak looked at fell within the one-year period of October 25th, 2016, to October 24th, 2017.

Kayak also provided median hotel prices in those destinations and median airfare prices for flights departing from the US and Canada to those cities. All of these prices are based on travel dates that fall within the one-year period of November 1st, 2016, and October 31st, 2017.

Keep scrolling to see the most wallet-friendly trips you can plan for this year.

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10. Baltimore, Maryland

Cheapest time to go: February

Median airfare in February: $220

Median hotel rate in February: $124

Cheapest time to book: three or five months before departure

Note: only hotels with three stars and above are included in this data.



9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cheapest time to go: January

Median airfare in January: $249

Median hotel rate in January: $115

Cheapest time to book: five months before departure



8. Salt Lake City, Utah

Cheapest time to go: January

Median airfare in January: $280

Median hotel rate in January: $111

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure



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  • Travel search engine Kayak released a list of the top trending destinations for 2018.
  • The list features cities around the world which have seen the largest year-over-year increase in search traffic from March 3rd, 2017, to February 28th, 2018.
  • European cities took seven out of the top 10 spots.
  • Maui, Hawaii, is the number one trending destination, with a 51% increase in searches.

 

Last year, Asian destinations dominated the list of the most-visited cities in the world.

Looking ahead though, travelers seem to be setting their sights on Europe. That's according to data from travel search engine Kayak, which just released their 2018 travel hacker guide, featuring the top trending destinations of this year.

In order to create this list, Kayak looked at the top 100 most searched for travel dates between March 3, 2017, and February 28th, 2018, and identified the cities around the world with the greatest year-over-year increase in search.

For all the destinations that made the list, Kayak also featured the median hotel price there, as well as the median airfare to that city from the US and Canada based on travel dates that fall into the same one-year period mentioned above. We then used this data to identify the cheapest month to visit each place.

Keep scrolling to see where travelers are itching to go in 2018.

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10. Rome, Italy — February is the cheapest time to go

17% increase in searches

Median airfare in February: $486

Median hotel rate in February: $122

Cheapest time to book: four months before departure

Note: only hotels with three stars and above are included in this data.



9. Paris, France — January is the cheapest time to go

18% increase in searches

Median airfare in January: $474

Median hotel rate in January: $154

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure 



8. Athens, Greece — February is the cheapest time to go

20% increase in searches

Median airfare in February: $657

Median hotel rate in February: $92

Cheapest time to book: five months before departure



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27 underrated US destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime

by Madeline Diamond and Sophie-Claire Hoeller

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If you're traveling in the US, cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are probably on the top of your list of places to see. Outside of big cities, however, there are also tons of smaller, underrated destinations that are totally worth a trip.

We asked our colleagues for their favorite, off-the-beaten-path spots, and did research on under-the-radar gems to come up with a list spanning everything from little-known tropical islands to underexposed national parks and secluded beaches.

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Letchworth State Park, New York

Letchworth State Park is a 14,427-acre state park in New York state that is also known as the "Grand Canyon of the East." The park's most striking features are its three large waterfalls on the Genesee River, which winds through the park in a gorge so deep its sides can rise up to 600 feet (hence the Grand Canyon nickname).



Culebra, Puerto Rico

This tiny island of off Puerto Rico has stunningly white beaches and turquoise waters — but a fraction of the tourists you'd find in San Juan or nearby Vieques. This under-the-radar gem is still mostly locals-only, with only a minimal amount of bars and restaurants that may or may not run out of food and booze on any given day.



St. Augustine, Florida

A small town in northern Florida, St. Augustine claims to be the oldest city in the US, dating back to 1565. Its Spanish architecture is stunning: the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century stone fortress, is a must-see.

St. Augustine is also home to one of state's most haunted spots, the Old St. Johns County Jail, which dates back to 1891. Today, you can go on a tour of the now-defunct jail that's said to be haunted by former inmates. 



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