Need-to-know tips for being a tourist this fall in honor of World Tourism Day

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It's official, you guys -- the season of brightly colored leaves and chic boots is here! While summer was everything we could ask for and more (naturally), we can't help feeling overjoyed by the fact that fall is finally here and sweater weather is upon us. After all, who doesn't love the smell, the feel and of course, THE LOOK of autumn?

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On top of that, it's World Tourism Day -- and in celebration, we want to help you be the best fall tourist you can be! Every year, at the end of September, World Tourism Day aims to foster awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. But if you're still a little confused as to why this day is so important, Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourist Organization, said it best:



In other words, three cheers for anyone who is or has ever been a tourist! If you're planning on exploring the world this fall or even taking a short weekend getaway, we've got a few tips you should take in before embarking on your grand adventure. So, listen closely, because here is everything you need to know about being a tourist this season.

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1) Go on a cruise to save a few vacation bucks

For a relaxing, long and less expensive vacation -- visit long stretches of the Atlantic or Caribbean in one trip.

2) Travel to your favorite European city

Europe's big capitals are much more affordable in the fall than the summer. You might have to throw on a cardigan for cooler temperatures, but it's surely worth it.

3) Take a road trip around New England

N
ew England is absolutely everything in the fall! Drive through any of the New England states and enjoy the yellow, red, and orange foliage.

4) Keep a eye on the forecast

While fall may be beautiful in many ways, the weather can sometimes be unpredictable -- make sure you know what you're getting into before booking a trip.

5) Pack light!​

Worry less about minuscule items that take up room in your bag and more about the necessities like sweaters, boots, etc.

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Need-to-know tips for being a tourist this fall in honor of World Tourism Day

Stowe, Vermont.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

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The Adirondacks, NY.

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Aspen, CO.

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Boston, MA.

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Upper Peninsula, MI.

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The Berkshires, Massachusetts.

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Door County, WI.

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Greenville, SC.

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The Ozarks, Missouri.

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