Claire Trageser

Claire Trageser is a multimedia journalist with more than a decade of experience writing and producing in-depth content. Since 2012, she's worked as an investigative reporter at KPBS, where she produces podcasts, as well as coverage for radio, television, and the web. In addition, she produces freelance stories for national outlets, including NPR, National Geographic, Elle, Marie Claire, Runner's World, and Travel + Leisure. Claire currently lives with her husband, son, and dog Kima in San Diego and trains for marathons in her free time.

* 10+ years of experience working as a journalist
* Named the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists' 2020 Journalist of the Year
* Won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine Award in 2021
* Won a Golden Mike Award in 2020
* Former president of the Society of Professional Journalists (San Diego chapter)
* Received a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley
* Received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Reed College
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Editor's Note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure. Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. Beach vacations are the classic family vacation, but they're also great for romantic getaways, trips with friends, or even solo trips. Whether you want to relax with your toes in the sand or try surfing and snorkeling, there's a perfect beach destination for you. Thankfully, you can have an incredible vacation without spending too much. We've put together a list of cheap beach vacations in the U.S. and around the world so you can enjoy the sand and surf on a budget. Related: More vacation ideas
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Whether you're looking for an adventurous getaway or a relaxing beach vacation, there's a perfect Caribbean island for you. Families, couples, and even solo travelers flock to the Caribbean Islands every year, choosing destinations like Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands to spend their vacation. The Caribbean offers a mix of relaxation and excitement, with opportunities to lie on the beach, snorkel and scuba, and more. Plus, these destinations are just a short flight from most east coast cities, much closer than other exotic locales like Fiji or Thailand. Flights, accommodations, meals, and activities can add up quickly, but thankfully, we've curated this list of cheap Caribbean vacations so you can enjoy everything these islands have to offer without going over budget.  Related: More beach vacation ideas 
February might be one of the most underrated months to travel to Europe — between smaller crowds and great deals on flights and hotels, this can be one of the best times to head across the pond. Maybe you want to visit Paris for a romantic Valentine's Day getaway, or maybe you want to plan an active vacation in the beautiful Swiss Alps (complete with skiing and fondue). With so many culturally-rich cities and picture-perfect small towns, there's a European destination for every kind of traveler this winter.  These are the best places to travel in Europe in February to take advantage of great deals and fewer crowds.  Related:More European trip ideas
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Whether you're looking for an adventurous getaway or a relaxing beach vacation, there's a perfect Caribbean island for you. Families, couples, and even solo travelers flock to the Caribbean Islands every year, choosing destinations like Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands to spend their vacation. The Caribbean offers a mix of relaxation and excitement, with opportunities to lie on the beach, snorkel and scuba, and more. Plus, these destinations are just a short flight from most east coast cities, much closer than other exotic locales like Fiji or Thailand. Flights, accommodations, meals, and activities can add up quickly, but thankfully, we've curated this list of cheap Caribbean vacations so you can enjoy everything these islands have to offer without going over budget.  Related: More beach vacation ideas 
February might be one of the most underrated months to travel to Europe — between smaller crowds and great deals on flights and hotels, this can be one of the best times to head across the pond. Maybe you want to visit Paris for a romantic Valentine's Day getaway, or maybe you want to plan an active vacation in the beautiful Swiss Alps (complete with skiing and fondue). With so many culturally-rich cities and picture-perfect small towns, there's a European destination for every kind of traveler this winter.  These are the best places to travel in Europe in February to take advantage of great deals and fewer crowds.  Related:More European trip ideas
Come January, the holiday season is over, and you may be a few pounds heavier and a few (hundred) dollars lighter. You might be sick of traveling, too, if you had to make your way through jam-packed airports and bumper-to-bumper traffic to see friends and family this holiday season. That said, if you stop traveling in December, you’ll miss out on some magical experiences. Winter is an amazing time to visit Europe so you can take advantage of cheaper prices, fewer crowds, and picturesque winter wonderlands. You may have to brave colder temperatures, but that can be part of the fun. Bundle up in warm jackets, hats, scarves, and mittens and enjoy snowy activities, including sleigh rides and ice castle tours in some of Europe’s most fascinating cities and landscapes. Then, take a break from sightseeing and warm up in cozy restaurants and interesting museums. Book a winter getaway at one of these best places to visit in Europe in January.
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“I have done flights where passports, laptops, handbags, glasses, crutches and all manner of clothing has been forgotten."
Sometimes you might not be up for the effort it takes to plan a vacation — booking a place to stay, finding restaurants to eat at, looking up activities to do. That’s where all-inclusive resorts come into play. You only need to pick your destination, book flights, and find a resort. But sometimes, all-inclusive properties can be pricey — and understandably so, you’re paying for the convenience of having your meals served on-site and your activities and entertainment taken care of. Luckily, there are less expensive options for all-inclusive travelers on a budget. Here are some of our favorites.
Knowing them could help you save time and money.
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