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Wildflowers already popping at Death Valley in what may be epic El Niño season

If you love California wildflowers, it's not too early to go to Death Valley.<p>Desert golds and sand verbena started popping up in early January at lower elevations on the south side of the national park. Some say this year's El Niño rains could mean an epic season after paltry blooms in recent years …

National Parks

What proper table etiquette looks like around the world

Food is what brings us together, but each country has a unique set of customs for how to act before, during and after a meal.<p>Whether you're planning …

11 Los Angeles Hiking Trails For Celebrity Sightings

Only in LA can you catch flawless Cindy Crawford and her husband casually hiking in Malibu. When legends like her aren't busy slaying the red carpet, you can find them working on their fitness at our city's many star-driven studios. They're also not afraid to be one with nature (even if paparazzi …

Costs fall in popular ski resorts

Prices in some of Europe’s most popular ski resorts have fallen dramatically since last season, new research has found.<p>The average cost of a week's equipment hire, lift pass, tuition, food and drink is down in three quarters of the world’s top resorts, with double digit percentage falls in more …

Skiing

Even more secrets airline insiders wish you knew (but were afraid to tell you)

Last week’s installment of things airline insiders wish you knew drew a strong — and diverse — response from our readers. <br>This week, we’ll finish up …

Secret Streets That Show a Very Different Los Angeles

With its maze of freeways and heavily trafficked boulevards, it’s hard to imagine Los Angeles has tucked-away streets that are yet to be discovered. …

The Little-Known, Disfiguring Disease That’s Coming Our Way

I tell a story over on the news side of <i>National Geographic</i> today, about an intrepid team of explorers who plunged into nearly impenetrable Honduran rainforest in order to groundtruth the legend that it concealed a fabled “white city.” They succeeded (and you can read that story in the October issue …

Public Health

Hikes for tykes: 10 tips for walking with kids

Hiking with children can bestow them with a love of the outdoors and a thirst for exploration that lasts a lifetime. But before the adventures begin, you have to succeed in dragging them off the sofa and into the wifi-free wilderness...<p>Turn square-eyed digital devotees into wide-eyed walkers with …

Tickborne Diseases: Widespread, Serious, and Taking Us By Surprise

I spent most of last week at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, a 1,500-person meeting of epidemiologists, physicians and microbiologists that is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Society for Microbiology. The ICEID, as it’s …

Disease

Shoulder Season: When, Where and How to Make the Most of This Travel Sweet Spot

Summer may be winding down, but that's no reason to get out of vacation mode. We are coming up on one of the best travel times of the year -- the sweet spot between peak travel and low travel seasons -- shoulder season!<p>In the fall, this is when summer hot spots cool down a bit, but there is still …

Non-Touristy Places in San Francisco

San Francisco is known all over as a popular tourist destination. With visitors from around the world seeking out famous landmarks, it can be tough …

31 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

When you're a Las Vegas local, the clanging of slot machines in the McCarran Airport arrivals area signals you're home, but for everyone else it's a …

7 Under-The-Radar Destinations That Will Reignite Your Sense Of Wonder

Do yourself a favor and book a ticket immediately.<p>Set aside time for awesome experiences and ultimately, studies show, it could help you live a happier life.<p>Gazing up at a powerful waterfall, losing yourself in the majesty of a sunset, and feeling the icy magnitude of a glacier all have the ability …

How Euro slump means summer holidays are £100 a day cheaper

Summer savings in Europe<p>It’s been more than seven years since Britons on holiday in the Eurozone had it so good. The pound is currently worth almost €1.42, according to Oanda.com, up from €1.24 this time last summer, €1.15 in August 2013 and just €1.11 in the summer of 2011. You have to go back to …

Islamorada, the Perfect Miami Day Trip

Just an hour-and-a-half drive from Miami, the cluster of islands known as Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, is the perfect getaway …

10 Things Traveling Teaches You That School Doesn't

By College Tourist; Author: Sydney Alonso, University of Central Florida<p><b>I wouldn't be the person I am today if I never traveled.</b><p>Growing up, my mom was a teacher, so I've been instilled with a great love for school. I recognize its importance and value, and even now in college I try to take …

The best of Gothenburg, Sweden: readers' travel tips

From canal tours to island hopping, the water is the place to be in Gothenburg, say our readers. At the end of the day, the city’s bars and restaurants await<p>Gothenburg: the alternative city guide | Gothenburg by Instagram<p>Heaven 17<p>It’s not exactly hidden but if you go up to the Heaven 17 bar at the …

Porto on a plate: a perfect day in Portugal's food capital

When it comes to talent in the kitchen, Porto knows few rivals in Portugal. With the Atlantic on its doorstep, the Douro vineyards rolling east and the Trás-os-Montes producing smoked meats in its <i>fumeiros</i> and tangy cheeses <i>-</i> the city cherry picks the finest regional produce.<p>So loosen the belt and …

The other Japan: secret beaches of Okinawa and the Southwest Islands

Okinawa and the Southwest Islands comprise one of Japan's pretty little secrets – a side of Japan that differs from the mainland in culture and pace. They take a little more time and effort to access, but the rewards for getting there are gorgeous semi-tropical, white-sand beaches and clear …

Key West Grows Up With New, More Refined, Arrivals

Key West has transcended its fun-and-sun clichés, emerging as a cultural destination firing on all cylinders. The Studios of Key West, an artists’ …

Kyoto's etiquette manual for tourists

Eighteen of Kyoto’s customs and information on how to avoid any "cultural faux pas” have been outlined in a new infographic released by the Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city’s tourism organisation, in collaboration wiith TripAdvisor.<p>The graphic uses a “three-stage emoji” rating system …

Japan

10 of the best ways to enjoy Stockholm … on a budget

Glitzy Östermalm, vibrant Södermalm, historic Gamla stan - we list the best ways to enjoy Sweden’s capital that won’t cost a whole lot of krona<p>Stockholm city guide: what to do plus the best food, drink and hotels<p>Floating hotels<p>Popular across Europe are boat hotels – or “botels” – refurbished …

Destination Seminyak: a guide to Bali's cool corner

The grown-up neighbour to Bali's party centre of Kuta, Seminyak has attracted travellers in-the-know for years with its hip hotels, cool cafes, slick bars and boutique shopping. But while Seminyak is no longer a secret, it certainly pays to know your way around. Get oriented with our guide to …

Asia Travel

The 25 Most Repinned Travel Destinations of All Time

Can't decide where to go next? To help you out, we've rounded up a collection of <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i>'s most repinned (and downright breathtaking) travel images. These gorgeous photos will definitely inspire your wanderlust.

France

17 of the Most Beautiful Cities in Europe | The Planet D

What are the most most beautiful cities in Europe? There are many on the list that you'd expect, but there are several that may surprise you.

Top 10

Hilton Gets Aggressive Telling Travelers the Lowest Price Is Only on Hilton.com

Hotels are hellbent on getting travelers to book directly on their own websites and through company call centers and that’s very much in play in …

10 Must Have Items to Make Air Travel Easy

Okay, how many of you have a black generic suitcase? Be honest.<p>We're guilty of it too, but with the luggage hugger, we can now locate our bag …

Airlines

Essential Bali travel tips: what to know before you go

From navigating the crowds to being monkey-savvy, there are a few tricks to getting the best out of a trip to Bali. We’ve rounded up 15 top tips to bank for your next visit to the Island of the Gods.<p>Expect crowds<p>One of the most touristed islands on earth, Bali isn’t exactly an untouched paradise. …

The simple hacks that make flying cheaper and better

Flying around the world for free - like travel blogger Ben Schlappig - might be the dream, but there are plenty of other tricks, tips and hacks to help you save pennies on planes, while receiving top treatment.<p>1. Fly frequently<p>Accruing frequent flyer miles is the simplest way to fly for free. …

Confessions of a Sommelier

Everything you've always wanted to ask a wine expert.

Wine