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What's the real difference between restaurants with one, two and three Michelin stars?

Over the last 25 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to dine in hundreds of Michelin-starred restaurants around the world – and have the depleted bank balance and expanded waistline to prove it. What I haven’t gained, however, is a convincing answer to that oft-asked question: what’s the difference …

Hospitality

Fish Fraud Is Absolutely Rampant: New Report

There’s something fishy happening in the seafood industry. According to a new report from the ocean conservation advocacy group Oceana, one in five …

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

The Most Popular Destinations to Visit This 4th of July!

The warm weather has arrived, the beaches are open and Independence Day is inching closer. We all know what that means -- vacation time.<p>The most notable holiday of summer is an opportunity for relaxation, celebration and travel. And according to Travelocity, Americans are taking advantage of the …

20 best places to visit in the United States | CNN Travel

10% failure rate for U.S. beach water quality | CNN Travel

Waterton Lakes National Park

Part of the first international peace park, Waterton Lakes dazzles with outstanding scenery, easygoing wildlife, and picturesque tree-lined coasts.<p><b>Location:</b> Alberta <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1895 <b><br>Size:</b> 124,788 acres<p>The deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies (444 feet, 135 meters) and the first oil well in …

National Parks

The Top 5 of Florence

As many people around the world know, Florence, Italy is the European capital of renaissance history and art. It's incredible to think back to the early 1400s when architecture, literature, science and fine art began a whole new movement of change. Before you go across the pond, make sure these …

Undiscovered Apulia, Part One

The title of this article may be a bit inaccurate, especially if your relatives were immigrants from this southern region of Italy extending from Campania to the Adriatic and down Italy's heel. There are certainly millennia of history to attest to Apulia's importance to Italy, dating to when the …

Italy

The 50 Best US Tourist Attractions You've Never Heard Of

Everyone has heard of the Empire State Building in New York, but do you know about Upstate New York's Letchworth State Park, unofficially dubbed the Grand Canyon of the East? How about the Lost Sea in Tennessee, which is the country's largest underground lake?<p>We've put together a list of the …

10 Amazing Brazilian Dishes You've Never Heard Of

When most people think of Brazilian food, they think of honking skewers of meat from a Churrascaria. But Brazilian cuisine is much more varied than that. Sure, there's enough meat that carnivores will be satiated, but there's also an incredible array of exotic fruits and vegetables from the Amazon, …

Food

City Life vs. Island Life: The Best of Both Worlds

I live on a beautiful island in the Caribbean with pristine white beaches and turquoise waters. People save their pennies and their vacation days for a chance to visit where I call home. It is an absolutely stunning place.<p>I used to live in a vibrant city filled with young professionals and happy …

Best Family Getaways 2014 (PHOTOS)

"On every trip, try something new; come back knowing you did something you weren't willing to try before," tweeted Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor's Travel Advocate and a mom of two.<p>It's a travel motto she shared in our recent family travel Twitter chat (#TL_Chat), and it's one that we'd wholeheartedly …

Family Travel

Heading to the Caribbean? Advice to Stay Safe

Travelers heading to the Caribbean may face the "The Deadliest Animal in the World," a pesky and deadly little critter -- the mosquito that's infecting individuals with a less commonly known disease, chikungunya. In fact, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation list this little fly as way more …

The 10 Coolest Bars In Brooklyn

New shops and restaurants are popping up every day, celebrities are moving there, and some of the best bars in all of New York City appear in Brooklyn's numerous and diverse neighborhoods.<p>On June 25, Esquire Network premiered its new show, "Best Bars in America." The TV show will look at the best …

The Hotel Suites to Book in New York

For most travelers, booking a hotel is a simple means to an end. While the room itself is rarely the highlight of a trip, what a difference it makes when it goes above and beyond. Here, we round up the best new hotel suites in New York: the ones that no matter what you have planned, you’ll always …

Switzerland’s valley of butterflies

The rugged, ancient landscape of Canton Valais is home to a variety of exquisite, endangered butterflies that draws lepidopterists from around the world.<p>I had not come to Valais, a rugged, ancient landscape that stretches along Switzerland’s Rhône River Valley, for its ski slopes or Matterhorn …

Nature

Zürich: more than finance and fondue

Ask the average person to name the party capital of Europe and Zürich probably would not top the list. What's in Zürich? Erm…bankers, fondue, chocolate, chalet-style cuckoo clocks. Think that covers it? Think again.<p>Switzerland’s largest city may not have the glamour of Paris, the hedonistic party …

The Best Fishing and Hunting Lodges

Just because you're hunting and fishing doesn't mean you have to be sleeping on the ground and eating your meals by a campfire. Increasingly, luxury lodges are catering to hook and bullet clientele, providing guides, gear, and even gourmet meals for any backcountry adventure. And after you spend …

Fishing

I Heart My City: Ailsa’s Berlin

When Scottish writer <b>Ailsa Ross</b> visited Berlin for the first time, she described it as “a big shiny carousel where even under the pale watery skies of winter, you feel part of a Golden Age.” After she decided to call the German capital home, her enthusiasm for the city only grew. During the year she …

Four Seasons in Rome

• <b>Author:</b> Anthony Doerr<p>From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i>, a "dazzling" (Azar Nafisi, author of <i>Reading Lolita in Tehran</i>) memoir about art and adventures in Rome.<p>Anthony Doerr has received many awards—from the New York Public …

What are the Best Lobster Shacks on the Maine Coast?

<i>A:</i><p>It’s such a culinary contradiction: the great gourmet food of New England is usually served on paper plates and eaten at picnic tables by grownups wearing plastic bibs. Yet there’s no denying that the tastiest lobster served in Maine invariably comes from laid back hole-in-the-wall food shacks …

New England

Traveling Slow in Costa Rica

In less than six hours, I’d be checking off another country on my travel bucket list. But when I boarded the plane in Washington, D.C., I had no idea where I was going or what to expect when I got there.<p>When a friend invited me to her wedding in <b>Costa Rica</b>, I was ecstatic. I had never been to the …

Paris’s Best Insider Tours

An endlessly alluring and multilayered city, Paris has so much to see that it can be daunting to take on the task in one (or even several) trips. …

The Best #TripLit for Foodies

Food and travel go together like, well, forks and knives. If you love good #TripLit as much as you enjoy good food, here are five delectable reads from around the world to add to your list.<p>In <b>Alice, Let’s Eat</b> (1978), Calvin Trillin tracks barbecue mutton to its global capital in Owensboro, Kentucky, …

10 secret outh African experiences | CNN Travel

Insider’s Guide to Countercultural Cali

The Golden State may be in the midst of a new tech gold rush, but there are plenty of places throughout California that attracted free spirits in the 1960s and ’70s and still carry a torch for the Age of Aquarius, such as SoCal’s <b>Topanga</b>, <b>Big Sur</b>, the jewel of the Central Coast, <b>San Francisco</b>, and …

Staying in a Yurt in the Spanish Countryside

Last weekend, we found magic in the Spanish countryside. It was a whimsical, spirited place — a place of fairies, myths and dreams. I knew we’d found …

These Incredible Wide-Open Spaces Will Make You Ditch Your Fancy Travel Plans

Most of today's tourists stick to trendy hotels, ritzy restaurants and absurdly crowded cities.<p>But travelers? They're a different story. They know that true highs are hiding in less-trodden and incredibly remote places. This planet boasts stellar natural wonders and travelers want to explore them …