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The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

How to do the Great Barrier Reef on a budget

With around 7000km of coastline, more than 150 islands and the Great Barrier Reef spanning it all, Queensland is Australia’s most dreamed-about tropical destination. The trouble is, it ain't cheap. The cost of living in Australia is pretty high, but there are a few hideaways and deals that can make …

How to have a budget break in Iceland

‘Iceland is too expensive to visit if you’re on a budget’. Along with ‘don’t eat the street food – it will make you ill’<i>,</i> this is one of the great travel myths. And it could lead you to miss out on some amazing experiences.<p>True, Iceland can be eye-wateringly pricey, but with some planning it is …

Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island

Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island-hopping?<p>Wherever you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, fantastic beaches, friendly faces and <i>ono grinds</i> (good eats) are practically guaranteed, but every island has a …

50 incredible hotels you should sleep in during your lifetime

Everyone has their dream bucket list of travel destinations, but what about dream hotels?<p>Since summer is right around the corner and we're dreaming about vacations in far off places, we've come up with the ultimate bucket list of hotels to stay in around the world.<p>From private overwater bungalow …

How You Can Live On One Of The World's Best Beaches

This super relaxed, stress-free lifestyle is really much easier to partake in than we all think. I definitely prefer it to running around from 9-5 to bring in enough cash just to blow it all on 3-5 days vacation.<p>With the Brazilian real looking weak on the dollar, now is the opportune moment to head …

5 Tricks For Super-Cheap Flights To Thailand

It's a long haul from the United States, but you'll find the journey is worth it the minute you land. The exhilarating sights and sounds of Bangkok, the perfectly turquoise Andaman Sea, the romantic resorts of Koh Samui, the unique cuisine of Chiang Mai ... we could go on forever.<p>It's a long haul …

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The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

In celebration of Earth Day, we set out to find the most beautiful natural attraction in each state, using input from folks who have lived in these places.<p>Can you guess which state the picture to the right is from? Follow along to find out. (They're in alphabetical order if you want to find yours …

Sublime Places to Visit in Italy

I was lucky enough to travel to Italy last month for a week of road tripping with<p>my fiancᅢᄅe. Based in <i>Lamole in Chianti</i> in Tuscany, we drove out to a number of sublimely beautiful destinations away from (well mostly) crowds of tourists.<p><b>Le Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera</b><p>Sunbathers enjoy the sun as the …

Russia’s Arctic north: top 10 experiences

Russia’s Arctic north draws adventurers looking for the unvarnished Russia: gritty yet lively northern cities; tranquil, remote villages amid placid lakes; and the incomparable Arctic scenery – the impressive tundra, boundless forests, snow-tipped mountains and the northern lights. The country’s …

New Zealand's 10 most unforgettable beaches

With 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand is heaven for beach-lovers. Its diverse shores dish up everything from lazy days and blazing sunsets, to active adventures such as swimming, kayaking and surfing. Finding a great beach is easy; to find an unforgettable one, read on…<p>Ninety Mile …

Scenic day-long hikes: walking in New Zealand

New Zealand may be justifiably famous for its Great Walks and other multi-day hiking trails, but don’t break out the cooking stove and sleeping bag just yet. Much of the same wilderness can be explored on day hikes, which means less gear, less effort, and quite possibly more fun.<p>1. Twilight–Te …

9 Budget Beach Hotels That Are Really, Truly Cheap

Finding an acceptable beach hotel on a shoestring budget is no mean feat -- and it can be all the more frustrating when recommendations from well-meaning friends leave you wondering whether they understand what "budget" really means.<p>Finding an acceptable beach hotel on a shoestring budget is no …

World's Most Romantic Honeymoon Treats

You're planning your honeymoon and you feel like you deserve some VIP treatment. Just how extravagant can things get?<p>You're planning your honeymoon and you feel like you deserve some VIP treatment. Just how extravagant can things get?<p>Check out my slideshow to discover the most romantic add-ons to …

How to get off the beaten track in St Lucia

Sometimes you just want to lie on a beach chair and drink daiquiris through a bendy straw – you can do that just about anywhere in the Caribbean and have a fantastic time. But if you’re looking for a less predictable vacation, then St Lucia, a rocky chunk of emerald green ringed by silver beaches, …

Top 10 sights in Cancún and Yucatán

It's no great secret why Cancún, and to a larger extent the Yucatán Peninsula, has become Mexico's top tourist destination. Some people are lured by the simple pleasures of a white-sand beach, turquoise waters and perhaps a little partying here and there. Others find themselves drawn to the …

First time Greece: top 10 experiences

With its sparkling white beaches, crystalline water and venerable ancient sites, Greece lives up to all the hype. But how to approach this vast country with enough islands to suit everyone’s taste and antiquities dotting the landscape like a historical map of Western civilisation?<p>Most first-time …

Getting off the beaten track in Fiji

Despite the brochure images – luxurious resorts, pool-side bars and palm-fringed beaches dotted with hammocks – it's surprisingly easy to get off the beaten track in Fiji. Over half the country, including the main island of Viti Levu, offers less-trodden paths and unique adventures for those ready …

Langkawi beyond the beach: 9 great reasons to visit the Jewel of Kedah

It has long been known for its exquisite beaches, but, like one of its exotic butterfly species, the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi is also revealing itself as a holiday destination for visitors looking for more than just beach-bumming. Read on for nine other great reasons to visit the 'Jewel of …

3 Magical Greek Islands That Tourists Don't Know About

I find myself immediately in the island's lull, falling into its idle routine. Its alchemy is restorative, cathartic, elemental--swimming every day in the sea, driving through the amber pastures of arid farmlands, eating the same simple Greek dishes you find at every little taverna.<p><i>by Lindsay</i> …

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Here Are The 52 Most Successful Airbnbs In The U.S.

Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren't fantasies; they're actual rental properties on Airbnb and they're among the site's …

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World’s Most Unique Dining Experiences

From glacier-top feasts to dinner in a date grove, culinary experiences don’t need to be confined to traditional restaurant settings, especially when …

Fodor’s Week in Travel: Unexpected Excursions

Travel is best when there are new places to explore and a few fun surprises along the way. From journeys on European rivers to dinner at the top of a …

The 6 Destinations You Absolutely Need to Visit This Spring

Now that spring's near, rather than just watching leaves come back, which is nature's equivalent of watching paint dry, why not go somewhere extra awesome to punctuate the season change?<p>By: Gianni Jaccoma<p>Winter's well and dandy, but by the time March rolls around, pretty much everyone's fed up with …

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10 Vacations to Take Before Your Kids Turn 10

They may not appear so at first glance, but kids are the perfect travelers. Sure, they're more prone to meltdowns and jet lag, but they see the world with pure amazement, a skill many of us have let lapse over time.<p>(Photo: Silhouette of Family at Beach/Shutterstock)<p>They may not appear so at first …

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Cartagena's Top 12 Experiences

Cartagena's days as a Spanish colonial port on the Caribbean Sea left it with a romantic walled town and fortifications that have World Heritage Site status. But this Colombian city of almost a million people, which won a spot on Fodor's 2014 Go List, is no museum piece. Pleasure seekers have …

15 Best Travel Experiences for Night Owls

When you think of late-night fun, chances are clubs in big cities like New York, Berlin, or Miami come to mind. And while it's true that there are plenty of up-all-night diversions in those locales, there are also plenty of alternative evening adventures awaiting travelers, both in cities and …

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19 Reasons You'll Hate Costa Rica

The ocean views are really unimpressive. It's an awful spot for a romantic getaway and the sunsets are especially hideous. The wildlife is nothing special and you probably won't see anything cool.<p>If you're the type to hate gorgeous ocean views and jaw-dropping sunsets...<p><i>-- Kelsey Blodget, Oyster.com</i><p>…

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