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9 tips for picking a hotel on your next solo trip

A hotel can make or break a solo traveler's trip, but narrowing down the property options can be particularly challenging when you're going it alone. Perhaps you want to meet new people, but also need a quiet place to rest, or you want savvy local tips, but hotel staff that keeps their distance. For some concrete advice to help solo travelers find the perfect place to stay, we reached out to a couple of experts: Daniela Harrison, travel consultant for Flagstaff-based Avenues of the World Travel, and Lisa Imogen Eldridge, the blogger behind Girl About the Globe, a site focused on solo women travelers. Here are their best tips.

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Kicking it in England

I've been a fan of the Liverpool Football Club since college, so I didn't expect to be excited as I walked through the players' tunnel at Old Trafford, holy ground for fans of rival Manchester United.

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East Tennessee vacation haven still thriving in wake of wildfires

It's a spectacular drive northward along Highway 441 from small town of Cherokee on the North Carolina side of Smoky Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg on the Tennessee side. In the lower elevations, the spring wildflowers of mid-March - mostly trillium - pop from the ground, offering bits of color that soon disappear the higher we climb toward 5,046-foot Newfound Gap at the center of the park. At the highest elevations, patches of snow and ice among the fir and spruce trees prove that winter still hangs on.

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Travel deal: Cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C.

The deal: Yearning for spring? There's hardly any place more springy than D.C. during cherry blossom season. The pink trees also make for an ideal romantic getaway, especially for proposals or engagement photos. The Mayflower Hotel is offering a "Blossoms & Bubbles" package for whatever type of romantic weekend trip you have up your (short) sleeve.

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6 underrated places to visit in England

When looking at a map, England might appear as a comparable land mass to its nearby neighbors France and Germany. In truth, though, it's not that big. Upon arriving in the country, you will soon discover that most towns and cities are generally never more than a five- or six-hour train ride away from any point (within reason). That being said, exploring places that are further afield from main cities like London and Manchester is easy. From the beautiful and serene towns in Yorkshire to the beaches on the south coast, here are six underrated spots to visit in England.

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Cheapo Travel: spring ski and snow deals

This is the time of year that brings joy and gladness to people who like to schuss down frozen water. That's right, it's spring ski season, and that means deals and discounts on mountaintop fun. This year should be great because, as you've noticed, there's still tons of white stuff up there. Here are some deals you can grab now.

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Parade watch: What's the seat-saving situation at Disney?

The world is made up of two kinds of people: Seat savers and the people who give the stink eye to seat savers. Tension between the two may have escalated at Disneyland, where some visitors were spreading out stuff on the walkways, holding space for hours and hours in advance of parades.

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Snow turns Yosemite into a winter wonderland

Dick Ewart of the Yosemite Conservancy shows off El Capitan, Mount Hoffman and other wonders of the Yosemite Valley after a record snowfall.
Brad Branan The Sacramento Bee
Snow turns Yosemite into a winter wonderland 2:47

Snow turns Yosemite into a winter wonderland

Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming 1:44

Packrafting the rivers and trails of Wyoming

Beat the crowds at Yosemite 1:16

Beat the crowds at Yosemite

Immersed in beauty in the Japanese Tea Garden 1:02

Immersed in beauty in the Japanese Tea Garden