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All Aboard! Amtrak Now Allows Pets on Some Trains in Northeast

You can now bring Rover or Whiskers with you next time you board selected Amtrak trains in the Northeast.<p>Under a pilot program that started Monday and is scheduled to run through Feb. 15, the train operator is allowing passengers to travel with small dogs or cats from Boston to Lynchburg, Newport …

India Issues Advice for Dealing With Uber and Its Rivals

India’s central government has advised state administrations to issue licenses to app-based ride-hailing service providers, according to people …

This Enormous Van Gogh Replica is Only Visible From an Airplane

Land artist Stan Herd recreated one of the painter’s most iconic works in a huge field near the Minneapolis airport.<p>If you’re flying into Minneapolis …

10 convincing reasons why you should take a gap year to travel

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE LUKE FRASER decided to take a leap year to travel before going to University. Eighteen countries and 1,900 videos later, Luke …

25 things everyone should do in Australia

It would be impossible to see the country and experience all it has to offer on a single trip.<p>But these 25 places and activities should be at the top of any traveler's bucket list, whether she's a foreign tourist flying in from afar or a native Australian looking to explore his own country.<p>Did we …

Visit the Great Barrier Reef Without Getting Wet at This New Exhibit in Germany

If you haven't had the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef in person—or even if you have—Yadegar Asis's new exhibit at the Asisi Panometer is a …

Four Great New Travel Books

These new books take us from the backroads of the American South to the complex traditions of the Middle East.<p>Here are four #TripLit reads that will transport you to a faraway place:<p><i>> Deep South,</i> by Paul Theroux<p>Driving along rural roads, past cotton fields and boarded-up towns, stopping at diners …

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Eat your way around Madagascar

Madagascar conjures up images of leaping lemurs, primeval rainforest and idyllic shores. But few people think of the island as a gastronomic destination.<p>Madagascar was populated by waves of migrants from around the Indian Ocean, who each brought their food staples and recipes with them. …

Maui for foodies

From the steep slopes of volcanic Haleakala to the wealth of surf spots, Maui beckons lovers of sun, sand and surf. But venture just beyond the hotel buffet and discover what a foodie destination the Valley Island has become.<p>Maui’s culinary landscape is heavily influenced by fresh, local and ‘<i>ono</i> …

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. …

Caribbean DIY island-hopping: St-Martin/Sint Maarten

If you’re thinking Caribbean this year, don’t want to book a cruise, can’t afford a yacht, and don’t know where to begin, think St-Martin/Sint Maarten. This 33-square-mile island is split in half into a Dutch (aka the jammin’ side) and French (the traditional European) side.<p>It’s not exactly a …

Four days in Ubud: Beyond Eat, Pray, Love

It’s impossible these days to think about Ubud - Bali's cultural heart - without also considering the enormous success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i>. While you’ll find no shortage of local travel companies promoting EPL ‘experiences’, there’s more to Ubud than spirituality, rice paddies and …

Top 8 Caribbean towns

Life’s not always a beach. The Caribbean may win hearts for its white-sand beaches on perfect turquoise coves and high-end villas with moored yachts, but there’s another part of the story: its towns. Some have histories that predate the Pilgrims, cobbled centers that gaze out at the water and …

Hana: not just the end of Maui's most famous road

Road trippers consider the 52 miles, 59 bridges and 620 curves of the Hana Highway to be one of the finest driving roads on earth, and the ultimate option to chill out, ditch Maui’s tourist-heavy areas, and enjoy the emerald and azure scenery of east Maui’s coastline. But what if you’re looking to …

Five ways to experience Tahiti's waterfall valleys

Aside from a skinny circle of coastline and fringing reef, Tahiti is made up of enticing basalt peaks and fern-lined valleys streaked with sky-high waterfalls. This side of the island is often overlooked and getting into it takes some sweat – so cool off in a few waterfalls and refuel on wild …

How to leave Maui (if you really have to)

You’ve double-checked your flight time, mapped out the gas station closest to the airport, shaken the sand out of your touristy beach towels, and had that conversation about packing the sunscreen or leaving it behind. It’s the end of your Maui vacation, and you’re off to return the rental car …

O'ahu's Top Scenic Drives

The island of Oʻahu offers much more for adventurous travellers than just the historic streets of Honolulu and Waikiki's beach resorts. Hitting the island’s roads allows you full licence to check out some of Hawai‘i's most spectacular scenic drives. Along the way, you’ll see everything from …

Bora Bora beyond the beach

Bora Bora is world-famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon, dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach and luxurious resorts. With such a dreamlike setting, this magical island is, unsurprisingly, a great spot to decompress. But there’s much more to do than simply sipping a cocktail on your chaise. …

How to choose a South Pacific island

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, …

American Samoa: an unsung South Pacific paradise

American Samoa, the only inhabited US territory south of the equator, is given the occasional nod for its love of American football and McDonald's, but few people realize that these lush tropical islands hold geometrically cut mountains and blue waters that rival the beauty of Tahiti and Hawaii. …

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

Honduras’ Bay Islands: a laid-back, uncrowded Caribbean paradise

Plenty of Caribbean islands have been labeled with the daydream-inducing word: paradise. If your definition of paradise includes empty beaches, no crowds, and not having to dress for dinner, consider packing your bags for an easy-access option you might not have considered: the Bay Islands of …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

How to choose a Caribbean island

The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are a remarkably diverse lot. Pulsing Jamaica has little in common with group-filled Aruba, and even islands in plain sight of each other like St Kitts and Nevis are vastly different not just in appearance but in what they offer visitors.<p>So for …

An island of sweet surprises: Maui for honeymooners

A Hawaiian honeymoon has all the storybook ingredients to make couples swoon: sherbet-colored sunsets, songbird serenades and palm-tree hammocks shimmying in the trade winds. But the island of Maui has more than a few surprises up its aloha-shirted sleeve, with something unique to offer every type …

10 reasons Fiji is one of the world’s happiest countries

If someone asked, ‘Are you are happy?’ what would you say? Well, if you lived in Fiji, there is an almost nine-times-out-of-10 chance you’d say ‘yes!’. According to WIN-Gallup 89% of Fijians report they are happy, making Fiji one of the happiest countries in the world.<p>And what are the odds that a …