Tell me if this sounds familiar: You booked roundtrip airfare for a getaway to Costa Rica with your best friends. You did what seemed like the hard part — getting everyone to agree on dates, and on ticket prices, and on airlines and layovers and travel routes — but now comes the even harder part...

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The ultimate travel shopping list, featuring services you can't pack but will help you wander smarter; products to keep you refreshed through a layover or redeye; fun stuff that says HELLOOOO, VACATION; and of course, a few items to make your Instagram posts pop.

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Want to really get to know your destination? Go up to a local and talk to her about her life — her work, her dreams, what she does for fun, and what she believes. We asked writers to step out of the role of passing observer and actually engage with the people — or at least one person — who make a place what it is. Here's what they discovered.

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Wander Or Bust: Cape Town Is The Whole Package — Design, Nature, Food, Wine

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Lindsay Stein

Wander Or Bust: Casablanca Still Offers What You Can't Get At Home

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Nina Carneiro

Wander Or Bust: Dubai Takes "Extra" To A New Level

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaitlyn Cawley

Wander or Bust: Berlin Is Almost Too Cool For You

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Adeleke McMillan

Wander Or Bust: Cartagena Is A #Foodie's Dream

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Juliette Breindel

Wander Or Bust: Seoul Today Is All About Beauty

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Sarah Corsa

Wander Or Bust: Paris Is Still The Best Place To Get Lost

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Chloé Montana

Wander Or Bust: Bangkok Is Crowded, But In The Best Way

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Ciara Johnson

Wander Or Bust: Tel Aviv Is Where Partying & Hummus Last All Night

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Juliette Breindel

Wander or Bust: Barcelona Is For Walking — & The MOST Gorgeous Brunch

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Tanya Ghahremani

Wander Or Bust: Hanoi Might Be The Best Travel Deal Left

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Aly Vander Hayden

Wander or Bust: Miami Makes Life Your Beach

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Mackenzie Newcomb

Wander Or Bust: New Orleans Is More Than A Stroll Down Bourbon Street

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Tina Kolokathis

Wander or Bust: Machu Picchu Is The Hike Of A Lifetime

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Stacey Leasca

Wander or Bust: Punta Cana Is Paradise — Just Bring Your Sunscreen

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Katie Lockhart

Wander Or Bust: Bali May Be The Greenest Place On Earth

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Jaclyn DeRosa

Wander Or Bust: Tokyo Is About The Markets — & The Beauty Products

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Claudia Fisher

Wander or Bust: Lagos Reveals Portugal's Secret Beach Vibes

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Brittany Leitner

Wander Or Bust: Santa Teresa Is The Next Tulum

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Cori Sue Morris

Wander or Bust: Reykjavik Makes Being Cold Look Hot

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Julie Grassey

Wander Or Bust: Sydney Is Actually Possible On A Budget

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Sarah Fielding

Wander Or Bust: Hong Kong Shares Your Love Of Take-Out

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Meshalini Govender

Wander or Bust: Buenos Aires Has Everything You Could Possibly Want

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

Wander or Bust: Zanzibar Is Really This Beautiful

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Courtney Brandt