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What We’re Reading: The 10 Best Islands in the U.S.

This week, we’re reading about the best islands in the States, as chosen by thousands of travelers. Get the scoop on America’s most-loved isles, and peruse more travel news and stories that caught our attention.

The 10 Best Islands in the U.S.

TripAdvisor, our parent company, recently revealed its list of the 10 best islands in the U.S., as chosen by actual travelers. According to the world’s largest travel site, San Juan Island off the coast of Washington tops the list. Rounding out the top five are various spots in sunny Florida and equally sunny Hawaii: Kauai, Hawaii; Marco Island, Florida; Anna Maria Island, Florida; and Maui, Hawaii. See the rest of the list here.

New Travel Site for People Who Hate Adventures

Do you love to travel, yet hate taking any risk greater than watching a new television program? is for you. According to a story from Gadling,, which launches in 2014, is geared specifically for armchair travelers who want to avoid surprises and keep the comforts of home close at hand while globetrotting. Jennifer Olive, creator of, told Gadling, “They say that adventures happen when plans fall apart, and that’s exactly what we’ll seek to avoid at Tourism statistics show that most people don’t want to be overwhelmed by their travel experiences—and obviously they don’t want to be underwhelmed. What they want is to be whelmed. We’re going to whelm our customers.”

The Best Travel Blogs of 2013

This week, we’re reading all of the fantastic blogs that took the honors in the latest round of Bloggies. The Bloggies, which celebrates the most-loved Internet blogs as determined by the voting public, just released its 2013 winners. Unbrave Girl, one of our favorites, took the top spot. See the rest of the finalists here.

What’s your favorite travel blog?

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