A trip to Europe has universal appeal, but not everyone feels ready for the practical side of the proposition. For some travelers, the challenges of independently planning a trip to countries where they might not speak the language is enough to put them off. However, the increasingly popular option of river cruises gives you the best of a European travel experience with a minimum of effort.

When dreaming of traveling, everyone has something different in mind. And when investing in a vacation or second home, you want to make sure you get what you want. For many, destination clubs are the answer because they provide the best of many worlds.

You booked your trip and the excitement for your upcoming vacation increases as you count down the days before your travel adventure starts. But to help ensure your vacation becomes a travel delight and not a travel nightmare, there are some things you should consider prior to takeoff.

A vacation may be the last thing on your mind as the holidays draw near this year, but contrary to popular belief the holiday season is a great time to take a break. Pre-holiday season deals sweeten the appeal of a weekend getaway to decompress from the stresses of a busy fall and winter season.

When you’re on vacation, you may pick up items that remind you of your trip, like a T-shirt or postcards. However, be mindful that you don’t bring home unwanted souvenirs — bed bugs.

Family travel is one of the greatest experiences you can have with your loved ones. The trip will mean different things to everyone who comes along – for kids, it will be a source of lifetime memories; for parents, it’s a unique bonding experience with their kids; and for grandparents and other relatives, it’s a chance to spend uninterrupted time together. But for all involved, traveling together as a family is an opportunity that shouldn’t be passed by.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year full of family, friends, shopping and parties. Despite all of the celebrations, the holidays also lead to busy schedules, increased travel and less time to worry about health concerns, especially when those concerns affect our digestive systems.