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"Record your wildest travel adventures this year with the waterproof action camera that can take a beating while still producing stunning HD video and 12mp photos. GoPro's newest model is smaller, lighter, and sharper than ever before with impressive low light performance." -- Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com 960 1280

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One Love Organics Deluxe Travel Kit, $67

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"Keeping your skin clear, hydrated, and healthy goes a long way towards helping you look and feel your best. But when we travel, a skincare regimen is often the first thing that falls by the wayside, a victim of TSA restrictions or a desire to pack lightly. Enter this handy travel set from cult beauty brand One Love Organics. Each product does double- (or even triple-) duty, from a face/hair/body wash to a balm that cleanses and moisturizes." -- Holly E. Thomas, DC Editor for Refinery29 960 1280

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Electronic Cord Zip Pouch, $149

Electronic Cord Zip Pouch, $149

"This cord pouch is the perfect gift for a frequent traveler. A rather new product to the market, so there's a good chance they won't have one yet. Any time I'm traveling I'm always trying to find the perfect option for all of those pesky cords I have to bring along with me — Macbook, iPad, iPhone, my camera — why must they all have different chargers!?! The black leather one from Coach is thoughtful and chic." -- Meg Biram, lifestyle blogger at MegBiram.com 960 1280

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Hennessy Hammock, from $99.95

Hennessy Hammock, from $99.95

"Hammock camping is the wave of the future. A quality hammock like the Hennessy is more comfortable than sleeping on the ground, lighter to pack, and super fast to set up. You can explore remote corners of the globe and always have a dry & bug free place to sleep." -- Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com 960 1280

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Steph Tassel iPad Case, $268

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"Ensure your gadgets are always as glamorous as you are with this exotic, jaguar-print iPad case. Your prized piece of technology will be protected as it goes through airport security in this luxe, calf-hair case designed by Mumbai-based Simone Camille." -- Alisa Ng, Founder of ShopLatitude.com  960 1280

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Travel Fragrance, $84

Travel Fragrance, $84

"This perfume was made for traveling. The bottle is made so it won't leak or break because the glass is housed in the black aluminum exterior. You simply twist it up to expose the sprayer, and twist it back down when you are putting it back in your bag. Not only does it abide by airport regulations, but the scents are like nothing you've smelled before. All based on a city in the U.S. — the complex scents will have everyone asking you what it is." -- Meg Biram, lifestyle blogger at MegBiram.com 960 1280

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Apex HD + WiFi Video Snow Goggles, $400

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"You see, I am a slightly below average skier -- at best! And as self-deprecating as I am, I can’t imagine anything better than sharing the POV horror of my skiing with friends and relatives with these Apex HD + WiFi Video Snow Goggles. I can only imagine the enjoyment and laughter they’ll  all get from this wonderful gift capturing all my pain." -- Rob Pralgo, Host of Travel Channel's Gear Guide 960 1280

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Dezso Pouch, $70

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"Where ever you go, take the beach with you with this canvas pouch by Mexican designer Sara Beltran. Featuring a black-and-white photo of Tulum, Mexico, this well-sized pouch holds vacation must-haves and can double as a clutch on a night out on the town. It's the chicest choice for toting a day’s essentials in perfect style!" -- Alisa Ng, Founder of ShopLatitude.com  960 1280

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The Resort at Paws Up, nightly rates from $885

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“Give an unforgettable glamping experience at Paws Up in Greenough, MT. Guests can go fly fishing, horseback riding and hot air ballooning before hitting the spa tent for a massage and retiring to their tent (with heated floors and electricity). Wilderness lovers and those who don't consider a vacation a vacation without certain creature comforts (think: gourmet meals), will both be pleased.” – Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer at Travel Channel  960 1280

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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, was recently named one of National Geographic's 10 "World Wonders" thanks to Thomas Jefferson's design. Beyond the campus' Rotunda and nearby Monticello, the rolling hills and Blue Ridge mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop for the surrounding wineries and orchards. For its size, Charlottesville is incredibly well-read (it supports 2 weekly papers), has a plethora of art galleries, is overflowing with restaurants and attracts big-name talent to its open-air pavilion on the Downtown Mall. 960 1280

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Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Centered around an art school (SCAD), there's no question that Savannah is an eclectic town with a never-ending supply of culture. But aside from its rich Southern history and gorgeous antebellum architecture, its home to the (too?) rich home cooking of Paula Deen at The Lady & Sons, an ever-rotating selection of craft brews at The Distillery and the decadent pralines at River Street Sweets. And if that's not enough, the beach at Tybee Island is only 30 minutes away. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Washington isn’t all politics. With 9 colleges and universities, the capital is also a serious college town, with a seriously diverse range of neighborhoods. U Street beckons with Ben’s Chili Bowl, and Georgetown is a great place for a pre-exam sugar high, courtesy of Georgetown Cupcake. A sports fix is also within easy reach, thanks to DC’s major sports arenas: Verizon Center, Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and FedEx Field. But nothing beats the National Mall, the 2.5-mile-long stretch of green where you can enjoy everything from a game of soccer to an outdoor “screen on the green” movie. 960 1280

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Boston, MA

Boston, MA

OK, so Boston isn’t exactly a “town” … but with an estimated 250,000 college students and some 80 colleges and universities, the city sometimes feels like one giant campus quad. Boston is a city with a lot of history and even more pride -– anyone who’s ever been to a Sox game can attest to that. Just be sure to avoid the city come September 1st … Boston’s notorious “moving day,” when a mass influx of students pick up the keys to their new apartments and head back to college. 960 1280

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Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

The Twin Cities is home to more than a half dozen colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota’s main campus. Go Golden Gophers! There’s always something to do when studying isn’t a priority. Head to the Metrodome to catch a Gophers, Vikings or Twins game. Visit the Weisman Art Museum, West Bank Arts Quarter, Guthrie Theater and the Walker Art Center. Sample tasty cuisine at the hip Loring Pasta Bar and Annie’s Parlor in Dinkytown. And explore the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Falls and Lake Calhoun to witness the area’s natural beauty. 960 1280

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Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill, NC

Known as “The Southern Part of Heaven” and home to the University of North Carolina Tarheels, Chapel Hill’s main strip -- Franklin Street – is the place for tailgating after parties, first-date dinners at Top of the Hill, boutique shops and Sunday strolls. As the University continues to grow and expand, so does the surrounding area: adding new shops, delis and inns to the already popular downtown Chapel Hill. 960 1280

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Morgantown, WV

Morgantown, WV

Nestled in the beautiful mountains of north-central West Virginia and along the banks of the Monongahela River, Morgantown is home to the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineers. Students and visitors enjoy outdoor adventure all year long with nearby rafting, hiking and skiing. Recently named “Best Party School in the United States” by the Princeton Review, WVU is infamous for its off-campus parties and post-game celebrations centered on Sunnyside’s Grant Avenue. A Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system connects the University’s 3 campuses and makes game-day tailgating at Mountaineer Field both easy and safe. 960 1280

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Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO

Where else can students wake up, go for a quick hike, stop by campus for a class, and hit the slopes by the afternoon? Even if outdoor activities aren’t your thing, there’s something for you: Go for a stroll down Pearl Street, a pedestrian mall lined with shops, world-class restaurants and fire-juggling street performers … all set against the stunning backdrop of the Colorado rockies. 960 1280

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Athens, GA

Athens, GA

You may think of the University of Georgia as a typical southern school -- and in many ways it is -- but Athens, GA, isn't a typical college town. The historic downtown has fostered artists, hipsters and musicians such as R.E.M. and the B-52s. And if you look beyond the frat houses in the neighborhood of Five Points, you'll find old Georgia mansions and upscale restaurants. 960 1280

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Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA

You gotta take in the view of the Bay Area from atop the 307-foot-tall Sather Tower, in the heart of Berkeley’s campus. Once you descend, your next mandatory stop is Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley’s lively commercial strip with local attractions like the historic Fox Oakland Theatre. Want to see an outdoor show? Head to the 8,500-seat Greek Theatre, and to keep the outdoor fun going -- pony and carousel rides, anyone? -- Tilden Regional Park is the place. Like any A-list college town, Berkeley’s big on sports, with nearly a dozen sports facilities that cater to track and field, soccer, field hockey, water polo and more. 960 1280

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Madison, WI

Madison, WI

Madison is Wisconsin’s capital city and it’s also the largest city in the Dairy State. According to Forbes magazine, Madison ranks 2nd in education and in 2003, it had the highest number of PH.D.s per capita among all US cities. The city is home to few colleges and 1 university, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And aside from hitting the books, students and locals can enjoy fun, local activities, which includes checking out a concert on Capitol Square, taking a swim in Lake Mendota or visit the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. 960 1280

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TEMPE, AZ

TEMPE, AZ

Located in the middle of 4 major cities in Arizona (Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix and Scottsdale), Tempe is known as one of the more diverse cities in the state. Step right out of the classroom into the beautiful Arizona sun -- the number of pools is endless, the sunbathing is top notch and the mountainous scenery with palm trees lining the streets isn't too shabby either. Arizona State's campus is highlighted by dozens of bars and restaurants that line Mill Avenue. And that's not all, a 5-minute ride down the road will land you right in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. 960 1280

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Artifact Uprising Coffee-Table Book, starting at $17.99
Artifact Uprising Coffee-Table Book, starting at $17.99

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"The ultimate coffee-table tome, however? Showing off your own adventure,” says Senior Producer Sara Gilliam. Artifact Uprising makes it easy to turn personal photos from your latest trip, or series of trips, into a one-of-a-kind hardcover keepsake for a loved one. 960 1280

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Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, $299.95

Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, $299.95

"If you haven’t bought a pair of Bose's noise-canceling headphones because they take up too much space, look into its QuietComfort 20i (or QC20) acoustic headphones," recommends travel expert Johnny Jet. 960 1280

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Brooklyn Candle Studio Travel Tins, starting at $14

Brooklyn Candle Studio Travel Tins, starting at $14

"Brooklyn Candle Studio's stylish, brushed-gold tins instantly cozy up any old hotel room and come in a variety of fruity, floral and woodsy scents, such as green tea lemongrass and sandalwood," says Sara Gilliam. 960 1280

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Second Edition Red Playing Cards, $15

Second Edition Red Playing Cards, $15

Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba says this stylish red set of cards is a conversation starter with new friends, a diversion during travel hiccups and, mixed with the right cocktail, pretty much all you need to have a party. 960 1280

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Napa Valley Wine Train, starting at $109 per person

Napa Valley Wine Train, starting at $109 per person

"The Napa Valley Wine Train is not only a practical way to see California’s beautiful wine country (no designated driver required), but it’s also an experience in itself — the ride offers fine dining and panoramic views in the 2-story 1952 Pullman domed railcar," says Sara Gilliam. 960 1280

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The Satechi Travel Adapter, $21.99

The Satechi Travel Adapter, $21.99

"This device is the only travel converter you need to bring around the world — it juices gadgets in more than 150 countries with the 4 most common plug configurations," says Johnny Jet. 960 1280

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Scottevest, starting at $70

Scottevest, starting at $70

“Any jacket or other article of clothing that has multiple hidden pockets and can act as a third carry-on, protect your valuables and still be stylish like Scottevest will always be on the top of my list,” says Johnny Jet. 960 1280

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Selk Bag Patagon, $199

Selk Bag Patagon, $199

"I'm a big fan of comfortable and cozy, and this sleeping bag/onesie was both in spades," says Travel Channel Gear Guide host Rob Pralgo. "If I had a Selk Bag, I'd wear it 24/7." 960 1280

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Neoprene Zip Pouch, $75

Neoprene Zip Pouch, $75

"The neoprene fabric, big zipper and squishy shape mean the Summer Bummer toiletry bag is light and durable and water-resistant and can be tossed around — from boat to beach to ski slope and back into your carryall," says Jeralyn Gerba. 960 1280

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Rimowa Luggage, Starting at $525

Rimowa Luggage, Starting at $525

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"Record your wildest travel adventures this year with the waterproof action camera that can take a beating while still producing stunning HD video and 12mp photos. GoPro's newest model is smaller, lighter, and sharper than ever before with impressive low light performance." -- Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com 960 1280

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One Love Organics Deluxe Travel Kit, $67

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"Keeping your skin clear, hydrated, and healthy goes a long way towards helping you look and feel your best. But when we travel, a skincare regimen is often the first thing that falls by the wayside, a victim of TSA restrictions or a desire to pack lightly. Enter this handy travel set from cult beauty brand One Love Organics. Each product does double- (or even triple-) duty, from a face/hair/body wash to a balm that cleanses and moisturizes." -- Holly E. Thomas, DC Editor for Refinery29 960 1280

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Electronic Cord Zip Pouch, $149

Electronic Cord Zip Pouch, $149

"This cord pouch is the perfect gift for a frequent traveler. A rather new product to the market, so there's a good chance they won't have one yet. Any time I'm traveling I'm always trying to find the perfect option for all of those pesky cords I have to bring along with me — Macbook, iPad, iPhone, my camera — why must they all have different chargers!?! The black leather one from Coach is thoughtful and chic." -- Meg Biram, lifestyle blogger at MegBiram.com 960 1280

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Hennessy Hammock, from $99.95

Hennessy Hammock, from $99.95

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Steph Tassel iPad Case, $268

Steph Tassel iPad Case, $268

"Ensure your gadgets are always as glamorous as you are with this exotic, jaguar-print iPad case. Your prized piece of technology will be protected as it goes through airport security in this luxe, calf-hair case designed by Mumbai-based Simone Camille." -- Alisa Ng, Founder of ShopLatitude.com  960 1280

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"This perfume was made for traveling. The bottle is made so it won't leak or break because the glass is housed in the black aluminum exterior. You simply twist it up to expose the sprayer, and twist it back down when you are putting it back in your bag. Not only does it abide by airport regulations, but the scents are like nothing you've smelled before. All based on a city in the U.S. — the complex scents will have everyone asking you what it is." -- Meg Biram, lifestyle blogger at MegBiram.com 960 1280

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Dezso Pouch, $70

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The Resort at Paws Up, nightly rates from $885

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Brooklyn Candle Studio Travel Tins, starting at $14

Brooklyn Candle Studio Travel Tins, starting at $14

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Second Edition Red Playing Cards, $15

Second Edition Red Playing Cards, $15

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Napa Valley Wine Train, starting at $109 per person

Napa Valley Wine Train, starting at $109 per person

"The Napa Valley Wine Train is not only a practical way to see California’s beautiful wine country (no designated driver required), but it’s also an experience in itself — the ride offers fine dining and panoramic views in the 2-story 1952 Pullman domed railcar," says Sara Gilliam. 960 1280

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The Satechi Travel Adapter, $21.99

The Satechi Travel Adapter, $21.99

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Scottevest, starting at $70

Scottevest, starting at $70

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Selk Bag Patagon, $199

Selk Bag Patagon, $199

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Neoprene Zip Pouch, $75

Neoprene Zip Pouch, $75

"The neoprene fabric, big zipper and squishy shape mean the Summer Bummer toiletry bag is light and durable and water-resistant and can be tossed around — from boat to beach to ski slope and back into your carryall," says Jeralyn Gerba. 960 1280

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Rimowa Luggage, Starting at $525

Rimowa Luggage, Starting at $525

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Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

“The ancient Rose-Red City of Petra in Jordan is much more than a scene from Indiana Jones; it’s one of the world’s most impressive ancient sites,” says Matt Long. “From the 3/4-mile-long entrance through a narrow slot canyon to the massive building carved into the mountain, Petra rarely fails to impress visitors, as it has done for more than 2,000 years.” 960 1280

Jordan Tourism Board  

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Off the coast of Queensland, Australia, sits an underwater treasure: the largest coral reef system in the world, known simply as the Great Barrier Reef. “Its size is daunting — it can be seen from outer space — but that doesn’t stop the millions who visit every year to experience not only the warm tropical waters, but also the amazing diversity of life hidden just beneath the waves,” says Matt Long. 960 1280

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

“The great polar wonder of the aurora borealis has captivated imaginations for millennia, but it’s also one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders,” says Matt Long of LandLopers.com. “These dancing sheets of greens and pinks across the night sky may have their origins in outer space, but their effect on those of us here on Earth certainly can’t be denied.”  960 1280

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The lost city of Angkor is one of the world's most impressive architectural wonders. With more than 100 intricately carved 12th-century Khmer temples and sacred shrines, Angkor Wat is epic in size, scope and artistic detail, says travel junkie Julia Dimon. “A visit here is almost a mystical experience.”    960 1280

Matthew Micah Wright/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images  

Antarctica

Antarctica

“It’s huge, it’s maddeningly hard to get to, and it’s all but impossible to thoroughly explore, but that’s what makes it great,” says Expedition Unknown host Josh Gates. Ships are crossing the Drake Passage in record numbers to give visitors a look at our mysterious seventh continent, “one of the most silent, raw and spectacular landscapes on Earth.” 960 1280

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

The shining star of Myanmar, this soaring temple and ancient Buddhist stupa sits on a high hill at the heart of the country’s largest city, Yangon. The temple is like a small city, dominated by a 325-foot gilded spire at its center, says Expedition Unknown host Josh Gates.  960 1280

Mr Anujak Jaimook/Moment Open/Getty Images  

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this incredible natural wonder is one of the world's largest waterfalls. “A visit here makes you appreciate why the locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means ‘the smoke that thunders,’” says Julia Dimon. “Upon arrival to the falls, travelers will journey down a trail, leading them just a few hundred feet from the unrelenting, cascading waters” of the Zambezi River.  960 1280

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