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The 7 most incredible train trips to take in Europe

If you care more about the journey than the destination, take the scenic route on a luxe European train tour. Get sweeping views of the mountians and hills while you travel in style on these breathtaking train routes.

Eastern Europe

Non-Touristy Ways to See the Great Wall of China

There are so many things to experience on one’s first trip to China—the obvious sights like the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the contemporary art galleries of Beijing and Shanghai, the street food, the street markets—that it almost feels overwhelming. However, of the many sights on the long …

Why the City of Matera Is Italy’s Hidden Treasure

A trip to Italy always involves at least a little bit of history—a Roman ruin here, some renaissance art there, and churches, churches, churches. But while some may bemoan these as gelato delays, others may relish the visual inspiration. For the latter, the Basilicata town of Matera may be your …

The best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone

Threes - iOS, Android<p>Sometimes you just need a mobile game to kill some time — and <i>Threes</i> will kill a lot of it. The game has a simple premise — you add up numbered cards to create even bigger numbers — but as with the best puzzles the trick is in mastering it. It’s easy to spend dozens of hours …

8 Awesome Salads to Bring to a BBQ

Don't know what to bring to that Memorial Day BBQ? These crowd-pleasing salads have been tested and perfected, and are bound to be the most talked-about dishes at the party.<p><b>1. Black Bean Salad with Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>Perfect for a summer BBQ, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead …

Cooking

Why Touristy Riviera Maya Is a Must-See Paradise

<i>Tulum (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)</i><p>First, head to the beach, the glistening beach, with its fine sand and its lapping, deliciously warm, blue-green waves and the occasional half-buried boulder that hides a massive iguana blissfully unconcerned with all the foot traffic around him. The beaches here, …

5 Caribbean Destinations You Haven't Considered (But Should)

(Photo: Silhouette of Woman at Beachside Hammock via Shutterstock)<p>Most people only think they know the Caribbean. Geographically speaking, the true Caribbean expands all the way to destinations in Central and South America. Expand your thinking—and your vacation possibilities—by considering one of …

Mother Nature in All Her Glory: Top 10 Nature Parks Around the World

One of the best things about travel is being exposed to many different types of natural landscapes, from mountain ranges and jungles to beaches and waterfalls. Visiting national parks and nature preserves allows you to really get up close and personal with these stunning stretches of natural …

National Parks

First time Bali: where to eat, stay and play

Decades of tourism haven’t dampened Bali's deep-rooted spirituality and natural charms. Volcanoes rise from the sea, monkeys swing in the trees, and there are still dozens of idyllic spots to escape the crowds. And all of this paradoxical magnificence is crammed onto an island less than half the …

The world's most dangerous pathway just reopened to the public after 15 years — and the views are dizzying

You know you're in for a thrill when a related Google search for "Caminito del Rey" suggests "death toll."<p>Called the world's most dangerous trail, Caminito del Rey is a roughly five-mile walkway that clings to the walls of the El Chorro gorge in southern Spain. It closed in 2000 after a number of …

Recreation

Take A Dip In Hawaii's Crystal Clear Tide Pools

Mother Nature loves a good pool party. And Hawaii, with its plethora of natural tide pools, is happy to oblige.<p>The seascapes and lava rock-lined coasts of the Hawaiian islands provide the perfect conditions for the protected, rocky inlets. We've rounded up 5 of Hawaii's best spots for tide pools -- …

Big Island (Hawaii)

13 Reasons You Need To Visit Budapest ASAP

Europe is mind-blowingly cheap right now. The euro is nearly equal to the dollar (for now), and flight prices are largely on the decline, too. Even many hotel costs are pointing downward, making this quite possibly the most budget-friendly time to visit Europe in <i>years</i>.<p>And of all the picturesque …

Hot Springs

14 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP

<i>Photo: Michael Matti</i><p>You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.<p>1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Hike through Croatia's largest National Park to a series of …

Hiking