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Worse Than Sharks: Read This and You’ll Never Want to Swim in the Ocean Again

You might want to stay out of the water.

It’s common knowledge that the real The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen is super messed up. There’s pedophilia, slavery, and casual talk of bathing in warm blood, to name a few examples. But Denmark has nothing compared to other scary stories of merfolk and sea creatures from around the world. There are some seriously terrifying myths and folklore out there with oddly specific details like storing your soul in a teapot. And if I ever go swimming in Japan, I’ll always keep one hand covering my butt. Here are the weirdest, most horrifying tales from the water. Related: This Tiny Island in Maine Is One Horror Story After the Next

10 Most Historic Hotel Pools Around the World

Tap into decades past by swimming at these stunning pools housed within historic hotels.

There’s nothing quite like staying at a historic hotel that is rich with history, especially when that hotel has a pool. Public hotel pools are generally a modern innovation, but there are a few iconic ones that have been delighting travelers for generations—from the storied oceanfront saltwater pool at a seaside resort in France to a quirky tiki den atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill. Wherever the pool is located, they all share one thing in common: they’re delightful places to relax and reminisce about years gone.

13 Floating Homes and Houseboats You Can Rent for Your Vacation

Dreaming of a stay on the water?

What’s better than an ocean, lake, or riverfront view? How about a view from ON the ocean, lake, or river? These 13 “decked out” floating homes and houseboats across America play host to guests looking for a true waterfront. From Florida to California, these are the best floating homes to rent and book a night’s stay.

Pickpockets Are Most Likely to Rob You at These 10 Tourist Attractions

The problem persists in European cities.

Tourists can become easy targets. Once you make an impression that you’re not a local, the prices inflate, and you’re suddenly paying more for taxis and products in shops. But it goes further than rip-offs, and one of the most common problems you’ll face, especially in crowded tourist places, is pickpocketing.  According to a study by price comparison website Money.co.uk, the top 10 places for pickpockets are all in Europe. The study analyzes TripAdvisor reviews for popular attractions as well as transport stations around the world.  Europe dominates the list with the most pickpocket complaints overall and also takes the lead in the highest percent of pickpockets mentioned in the reviews. The only non-European destination is Colon Street in the Philippines, with 11.65% of reviews mentioning thievery.

Arrrr, Matey! 10 Destinations That Be Rich in Pirate History

For centuries, swashbuckling buccaneers ruled the seven seas, leaving many stories in their wake.

Everyone loves a good pirate story. They’ve all got swashbuckling action, Robin Hood-like themes, and the freedom that comes with imagining a life on the high seas. However, pirates—or privateers, as many were called—were very real and not always so heroic. Many roamed the waters of the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico during the golden age of piracy in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Hints of those pirates remain etched into landscapes even now—you just have to know where to look. Here’s our guide to 10 travel destinations that are rich in pirate history.

11 Incredible Once-in-a-Lifetime Expedition Cruises

From Antarctica to the Galapagos, these expedition cruises are launching new routes and introducing new vessels.

With COVID-induced lockdowns behind us and frazzled consumers making up for the lost time by investing in transformative travel, demand for expedition cruises is booming. With their irresistible promise of remote locations and ever-expanding excursion programs (including heli-flightseeing and submersible sojourns)—it’s easy to see why travelers are opting for these all-inclusive experiences. From Melanesia and West Africa to the Polar regions, these are the expedition cruises to have on your radar.

These 6 Hacks Will Give Your Kids the Disney Trip of Their Dreams

With these expert tricks, you won't break the bank when taking the little ones to Disney.

Kids don’t care about Mickey Mouse, and neither should you if you want to save hundreds on your next family vacation to Walt Disney World Orlando. What kids care about is the idea of Mickey, Disney’s top celebrity. Disney trots that mouse out like he’s the headliner at Coachella. Suddenly, kids who spend most days watching Sponge Bob Square Pants or PAW Patrol get fixated on Mickey. Even adults might trample you to get a selfie with the Mouse. One couple even spent $5,000 to have Mickey and Minnie attend their wedding, leaving them without enough money to feed guests at the reception. You don’t have to break the bank to see Mickey. Besides, your kids might not care as much as you think, and they certainly won’t remember how much money you spent. “Material things, they lose their value,” said Dr. Treshonda Daucom, a Central Florida-based therapist specializing in child psychology. “One of the things they always hold onto are the memories and experiences.” That’s what you want to deliver: a memorable Mickey experience. You don’t have to spend $3,000 to $5,000 on theme park tickets, expensive Disney merchandise, and transportation to see Mickey. Instead, use these hacks to create a budget-friendly dream Disney vacation. Related: 38 Things You Can Do at Disney World Without Paying Theme Park Admission