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The 20 best hotels in Asia 2017

Topping the list of best hotels in Asia this year is the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, with its renovated Garden Wing and Author's Lounge, and the most …

Mandarin Oriental

Shinrin-yoku: ‘Forest bathing’ is the latest Japanese health trend

Japan is no stranger to the concept of bathing in nature and its therapeutic benefits. You only need to take a dip in any of the thousands of natural …

Why I Travel the World Alone

I’ll never forget the day I checked in for my flight to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was at South Africa’s O.R. Tambo …

Travel

Retracing David Bowie's Food Routine

A piece in Sunday’s Fashion & Style section of the <i>Times</i> by Steven Kurutz highlights the normcore nature of David Bowie’s 20-year residence in New York City. It charted Bowie’s wanderings around his home neighborhood of Soho, detailing his favorite sandwich shop and coffee bar, making possible a …

Traveling solo is becoming the new dating trend

With all of the dating websites and apps available, being able to find a prospective date has never been easier. But even though we're more digitally connected than ever, more and more people may be jumping on a new dating trend to find a different kind of connection: traveling.<p>According to the …

Travel Industry

How to combat loneliness as a traveler

THE FIRST TIME I REMEMBER EVER UNDERSTANDING what it meant to be “lonely” was during my first trip abroad. It was during my first solo trip to …

10 Ways Traveling Solo Will Change Your Life

Go ahead, ugly cry. It's good for you.<p>I could tell you I decided to go away alone because I wanted an adventure, or because I was about to burn out and needed a break; but, the real reason I headed off on my first big solo journey was a bruised ego and a bit of a broken heart. I needed to be far, …

City life: Barcelona

I’m like a bee, buzzing amid the honey-coloured sandstone of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. It’s midday, it’s peak season, and the sun is beating down. …

14 Life-Changing Solo Trips We've Taken

AFAR staffers wax poetic about their most significant solo adventures.<p>Solo travel comes in many different varieties: the rite of passage, the …

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo

Many people find the idea of traveling solo terrifying, but it might just be the best thing you ever do.<p>After traveling nonstop for over eight years, …

Time I

Dubai's 7 best restaurants | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Dubai's restaurant scene is thriving, and choosing the best restaurants in Dubai is a lot harder than it used to be.<p>Growing travel interest in the restaurant scene here has been sparked by a recent influx (and sometimes just as speedy exit) of celebrity chefs such as Pierre Gagnaire, Gary …

Hospitality

Where to Eat Sushi in Japan, According to a Seafood Expert

Photo by Michael Saechang via Flickr<p>You’re not traveling to a far corner of Japan just for unforgettable snow. Hokkaido is also ground zero for some …

Best iPad and iPhone apps UK 2018: Photography, work, eating, dating and more on iOS

Our pick of best iPhone and iPad apps for iPhone and iPad for 2018, so you can make the most of your iOS device<p>The sheer number of apps for iOS can …

Apps

6 outstanding tapas bars in Barcelona

This summer, I spent a few days in Barcelona. Of course, any trip of mine is always highlighted by the many restaurants I visit. In Barcelona, I ate …

Monvínic

At Barcelona’s Monvínic: Vino Tinto or Vi Negre<p>We knew we’d be eating and drinking our way through Barcelona. And, with relatively brief …

Modern takes on traditional tapas

Bring some friends and a healthy appetite to El Bar-Barcelona for modern takes on traditional Spanish bar food as well as a well-thought-out wine …

18 Foodie Stops in Barcelona

Wherever open markets and people from a multitude of cultures collide, foodies can count on finding amazing eats. Barcelona is no exception. Barter …

Go on a 365-Day Vacation Around the World for $75,000

Intrepid Travel has introduced what could be the most interesting year of your life, if you've got the money to spend.<p>Taking a year off to travel the …

You should always pack these items in your carry-on

Whether your travels will take you 90 or 9,000 miles, three days or three months, these small wonders will improve any travel situation.<p>1. A notebook & pen.<p>Pack a small notebook like the Moleskine pocket notebook in grid (best for adding little drawings to your notes), which features a pocket in …

Two experienced business travelers reveal their favorite packing tips

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>To help address the troubles of work travel, we spoke to two veterans of the field, asking them for the essential items they don't …

You can take a Four Seasons private jet around the world for $100K

The Four Seasons is now offering world tours via their very own private jet. The destinations and activities offer something for everyone.<p><i>Produced by Eames Yates</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Facebook

Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness

Last February, 59-year-old Ned Overend, aka “The Lung,” aka “Deadly Nedly,” won the first National Fatbike Championships, held in Ogden, Utah. Fat Bike Nats isn’t exactly the Tour de France, but it’s no charity ride, either. Overend had to compete against a field of much younger pros, including …

Shred School: Rules from the Pros on How to Become a Better Mountain Biker

Up your two-wheeled fat-tire game with these tips from eight of the sport’s very best.<p>Darren Berrecloth on How to Ride in the Ready Position<p>This is the position every rider should be in when descending technical trail. It starts with your elbows—they should be bent as if you were in the middle of a …

10 Amazing Adventures You Need to Do on Your Next European Vacation

Photo: Linny Le<p>When you think of a European vacation, you're probably picturing museums, cafes, and tours through the cities. Don't get us wrong, that side of Europe is amazing, but the continent is also home to some incredible outdoors locations waiting to be explored. From amazing waterfalls to …

Why You Should Travel Outside the Comfort Zone

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>“An easy one,” I told the motorcycle rental man. “I haven’t ridden in a long time, so I’d like your easiest one.”<p>“Izzy wun,” he repeated, looking over the two dozen shiny cycles lined up in his parking-lot-cum-rental-shop on the island of <b>Ko Samet</b>, Thailand.<p>He strode forward …

Costa Rica

The FCC is Cracking Down on Hotels' Wi-Fi Blocking

Lots of money is at stake.<p>Hilton has become the latest hotel chain to face government fines for allegedly blocking their guests’ personal Wi-Fi …

Net Neutrality

22 things to do in New Zealand before you die

1. Go cage diving with great whites on Stewart Island.<p>2. Sky dive the Bay of Islands.<p>3. See the All Blacks play.<p>4. Get some waves in Raglan.<p>5. Visit …

Ultimate Nature Adventure: New Zealand

There are destinations that challenge your intellect: India, with its intense mix of 21st century advances and Middle Age poverty; Berlin, in constant dialogue with an impossible past; Rome or St. Petersburg, with their troves of art treasures. New Zealand is a different type of place. That is not …

Four Great Regions of Spain: What to See, Do and Eat in Each

<i>By Ally Marotti for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>If you think Spain's mostly about tapas, bullfights and Picasso, it's probably time to take a closer look. Spain has 17 autonomous communities, meaning they have their own executive, legislative and judicial powers, as well as their own cultures, foods and …