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The best of hidden Berlin

Splashy signage? How gauche! Many of Berlin's most evocative bars, restaurants and sights are actually hidden from view behind unmarked doors, in nondescript buildings or recycled breweries, under railway bridges and even in wartime bunkers. Here's our pick of the top clandestine hot spots around …

Germany

10 beautiful places to visit in China you've never heard of | Boutique Travel Blog

<i>China the endlessly fascinating destination that seemingly everyone wants to explore, is now arguably most famous for its rapid and dizzying</i> …

The Most Interesting Roads in the World

Fancy a road trip? With so many fascinating drives across the globe, you're spoilt for choice. Here's a list of 10 of the most beautiful, diverse and scenic roads to get you started.<p><b>1. Chapman's Peak Drive, South Africa</b><p>This scenic route winds between Noordoek and Hout Bay on the south-western tip …

New Zealand

Cambodia in two weeks: holiday itinerary

Enchanting archaeological sites, atmospheric colonial towns and tropical beaches – Cambodia is an inviting and cheap getaway for intrepid travellers<p>Infrastructure in Cambodia is not as well developed as in neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam, and floods and poor roads make travel challenging during …

Life on Flores, the Indonesian island that time forgot

A trip across Flores is like stepping back into the Indonesia of William Dampier and Joseph Conrad. Buffalo still plough the fields here and old women still chew betel nut while they weave fine <i>ikat</i> textiles by hand in the old ways. Flores is more than twice the size of Bali yet, until recently, has …

Asia Travel

What to eat in Hong Kong

Tiny Hong Kong is home to some 10,000 restaurants, the majority specialising in Chinese cooking, especially Cantonese dishes. Originally from Guangzhou (Canton), Cantonese cuisine flourished in the former British colony and is known for an almost religious insistence on freshness, an adventurous …

Hong Kong

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 …

European Travel

The 8 Best Food Cities in the World

<i>By the editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Travelers love to eat--that's why every year, as part of our Readers' Choice Awards survey, we ask our readers to rank their favorite food cities around the world. This year's results contain some old favorites (Paris, Rome) as well as a few surprises. Read on …

Italy

Guatemala for first-timers

With its diverse indigenous culture, rich Maya heritage and colonial charm, Guatemala is an intoxicating adventure for both the jaded and novice traveler. That said, visiting for the first time can be a daunting experience. Embassy warnings, economic hardships and a bewildering range of things to …

Central America

National Geographic Travel

Get a Little Bang for Your Baht: 10 Nearly Free Things to Do in Chiang Mai

College Tourist - Author: Sam Corio, Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.<p>Studying abroad is an amazing experience but we all know it can be hard on your wallet. Living in Chiang Mai, we found many ways to keep busy and get to know the town without spending too much baht. So here's what I came …

Chiang Mai

You Owe Your Daily Routine To The World’s Fair

Inventions that'll take you from breakfast to bedtime<p>Begun in 1851, the World’s Fair once served as an open showroom for technical oddities, scientific breakthroughs, and cultural mash-ups. Although it still draws millions of visitors every five years, upstarts like the Consumer Electronics Show …

CES

Exploring Civilization Beyond the Walls

Changing Planet<p>Before we’d even become <i>Homo sapiens sapiens</i>, humans lived everywhere from South Africa up to Britain and over to China.<p>There were mountain people, coastal people, people who hunted woolly mammoths, and people who’d never seen a woolly mammoth in their lives.<p>Just like we see with …

How to pack for the Trans-Siberian Railway

Watching thousands of miles of snow-kissed forests fly past your window, alighting in remote cities across Russia – it’s no wonder that travellers are captivated by the Trans-Siberian Railway. Planning a train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok or Beijing is easier than ever, but packing the right …

Trains

National Geographic Travel

10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of

Done Pompeii, Ephesus and Angkor and still thirsting after archeological marvels? The founder of Timeless Travels magazine recommends 10 less well-known sites that can usually be savoured without the crowds<p>Koh Ker, Cambodia<p>Lost to forest and abandoned for over a thousand years, you’ll find this …

Archaeology

The 7 Best Asian Street Foods

By Stephen Bugno<p>Sitting down for a sidewalk pad thai along a busy Bangkok street. Trying piping hot fried bananas in Indonesia. Popping into a takoyaki stand after a night of drinks and karaoke in Osaka. Most of us associate food with culture. The reason we travel is to experience new places and …

Asia Travel

Cheaper flights through multi-city search

Earlier this week I attempted to book a one way flight from Atlanta to Detroit. An initial search via Google Flights looked promising. Prices started …

US Airways

Nara boasts incredible temples with links to China

I never excepted to stay two whole days in Nara and neighboring sites when I planned a trip to Kansai, Japan.<p>Nara is known as the first capital of …

5 great smartphone apps for outdoor enthusiasts | Adventure Sports Network

Sure, we all wanna ditch our phones when we disappear into the backcountry, but using a few outdoor-specific apps beforehand might make your trip all …

Apps

Jungle cat curry in a Burmese haze: readers' views

<b>This week’s winner: bliss in southern Burma</b><p>We enjoyed Gill Charlton’s travels (“On the road – the new way to get a feel for old Burma”, March 7) in southern <b>Burma</b>, having followed the same itinerary in October, even sampling “jungle cat” curry for lunch en route to Dawei. South of Yangon and its …

Five amazing places to experience another culture

Learning about the culture and customs of other people is one of the great experiences of travel. Explore the planet's diversity with one of these locally owned and authentic tribal encounters.<p>Trekking with the H'mong around Sapa, northern Vietnam<p>Negotiate generations-old mountain tracks and …

Vietnam

Get lost in Japan’s ancient samurai town

Kanazawa’s narrow, winding streets confound visitors, just as they confused intruders centuries ago.<p>It was early morning in Kanazawa’s historical Higashi Chaya district, a row of old latticed teahouses in a town that’s convoluted in both its layout and history. Steam wafted up from the stone road. …

Japan

29 Reasons To Love Hong Kong

The Pearl of the Orient is well-known for its stunning skyline. One of the most densely populated countries, Hong Kong is also the third most …

Xi'an: Jewel of ancient China still shines brightly[1]

Xi'an is hailed as the easternmost hub from which the Silk Road's land route webbed westward to reach Rome. Armies of tourists besiege the modern …

Cambodia: Cuisine, writing, photography -- all in one tour

Food, writing, photography and culture come together in Backyard Travel's eight-day tour of Cambodia, put together with travel and food writer Lara Dunston. Participants will visit some of the country's landmark locations such as Angkor Wat, deconstruct Khmer cuisine and, with Dunston's help, …

Best Places to Visit in Thailand

The northernmost city in Thailand, Chiang Rai serves as the main commercial hub of the Golden Triangle, which contains the borders of Thailand, Laos …

China for beginners: 7 first-timer fails to avoid on your trip to Beijing

Beijing's contradictions create a rip-roaring adventure for first-time visitors. Neon lights flash alongside swaying lanterns. Enormous squares yawn next to labyrinthine <i>hútòng</i> (alleyways). Catcalling market sellers and car horns provide a constant soundtrack.<p>In a city as deafening as it is …

Loneliness

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

The Far West of China

There are many things that run through my mind when I start thinking about my recent trip in Xinjiang, China's far west region, which shares borders with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and to the south to Tibet.<p>I don't have to emphasize too much that the place …

China