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Cruise Tipping - Who, How and When?

Whether you're a veteran cruiser or a first-timer, knowing who, when and how much to tip can be Excellent Service?Excellent Service?vexing. For starters, every cruise line does it differently, and even when they explain it, it's still ambiguous and confusing. And for first time cruisers who were expecting an all-inclusive vacation, tipping can be an unexpected bill at the end of a vacation.

Cast Yourself Away - Find Your Perfect Island

Castaways TravelCastaways TravelLove to travel but can't decide where to go. We understand, pigeon, it's hard. Fear not. GoGirlfriend has been there and done that and we're here to help. We've compiled the perfect list of islands to help you decide ...

5 Reasons to Book Your Cruise Now

Cruise, Baby, CruiseCruise, Baby, CruiseBeen there and done all that at all inclusive resorts? What about a cruise? There's so much about cruising that makes me want to go again and again and again. Need convincing? Have a look at my top 5 reasons for cruising!

Passport Card - Cheaper Cruise Travel

Planning to cruise your way through the Caribbean? Lusting for some "me" time on the Passport to FunPassport to FunMexican Riviera? What about a ski trip north to Whistler? The new US passport card may be your "cheaper" ticket to travel in 2009 when passport laws tighten up at land border crossings.

5 Favorite Spring Break Beaches

Going to the beach in March is as close to heaven as you can get while still paying taxes. But how do Favorite Spring Break BeachesFavorite Spring Break Beachesyou pick the beach? We admit that trying to pick the best is a foolish waste of time. Just deciding how you'll decide is asking for a fight. So, we made some arbitrary choices

Dominican Independence Day Honors Freedom

We don't need much nudging to crack open the happy juice and have a party, but the Dominican's Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic FlagIndependence Day is the perfect way to lighten our mid-winter blues. The Dominican Republic achieved independence from Haiti in 1844, but it wasn't until 2000...

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