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Cruise ship tourism is at an all-time high — and so are the crowds.

I’ve visited more than 30 countries, and the best trick I’ve found to avoid crushing crowds is a free online tool

If you are taking a Caribbean or Mediterranean vacation, look up when and how many cruise ships will be in port before booking dates.
Save yourself some time, money, and aggravation.

I found out the hard way that one of the best strategies to save money on flights can end up costing you big time, if you’re not careful

Buying multi-city flights through "hacker fares" online can save money, but if you aren't careful, it could ultimately cost you more.
The author on a previous trip to Sweden.

I traveled the world for 6 months with only a carry-on suitcase, and there are 5 things I wouldn’t bother packing again

Though I brought just a carry-on suitcase and a backpack from my six-month trip around the world, I packed it with everything I thought I'd need for the trip. Now it's clear there were a few items I could've left behind.
Bashar Masri sees a new future ahead for Palestine.

A Palestinian-American billionaire built a $1.4 billion luxury city from scratch in the desert to be a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Palestine’...

Rawabi is the first planned city in the West Bank built by and for Palestinians. The $1.4 billion project is the brainchild of Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian-American billionaire. Masri hopes the city can form the economic backbone of the nascent Palestinian state.
A road in Jisr az-Zarqa, a coastal Arab village that is one of the poorest towns in Israel.

A walk through Israel’s poorest village made it very clear that one of the country’s biggest issues is one no one talks about

Israel's Arabs, who make up 21% of the population, suffer a litany of issues, from rampant crime and poverty to poor health. After visiting one of Israel's poorest towns, a coastal Arab village, I'm convinced that poverty among Israel's Arab minority might be the country's most pressing problem.
The author at the Great Wall of China.

I traveled the world for 6 months, and here’s the single best piece of advice I can give you for any trip you take

My best travel advice? Spending all this time traveling has hammered home one truth for me: forget about FOMO (fear of missing out). If there's an attraction, landmark, or museum that doesn't interest you, don't be afraid to skip it.
The author at the Great Wall of China.

I traveled the world for 6 months, and here’s the single best app I couldn’t live without

As Business Insider's international correspondent, I use a ton of different apps to make travel as efficient and seamless as possible. But there's only one I would be truly lost without, no matter which country I visit.
The author, approaching the Plank Walk on China's Mount Hua, which is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous hikes in the world.

I’ve been traveling the world for 6 months, and these are the best apps for each country I couldn’t live without

Knowing which apps are most used when visiting a country can make your trip more efficient and seamless. I decided it would be fun to reveal the homegrown apps I used in each country I visited.
Itzik Frid, pictured, is a longtime Israeli tech entrepreneur and the CEO of Takwin Labs, a startup incubator focused on Arab-led startups.

Israel’s tech scene is red-hot and a top venture capitalist thinks it may be key to reducing tensions between Arabs and Jews in the country

Itzik Frid, a longtime Israeli entrepreneur and the CEO of a startup incubator focused on Arab-led startups, thinks increasing Arab participation in tech could have huge benefits for Israeli society by getting Jews and Arabs to work together towards common goals.
Ibiza's Atzaró Hotel and Spa is an agrotourism resort hidden in the northern countryside of the island.

Ibiza is a world-famous partying hotspot, but I found an under-the-radar celeb haunt most normal people would never know about

One of Ibiza's most luxurious and secluded resorts is Atzaró Hotel and Spa, an agrotourism resort where Rihanna, Shakira, and other celebs have stayed. The food is good, the drinks are strong, and the grounds are stunning.