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Germany has the world's most powerful passport

If you’re British or American, you might think you have the most powerful passport in the world. But an index by the British immigration and …

The Coolest Fall Festivals Around the World

Summer days might be waning, but there's plenty to look forward to. Come fall, it's all about bonfires, chilly nights, hot chocolate, hayrides, and …

Festivals

La Cucaracha: No Pot, No Travel

<i>If you're a frequent visitor to Mexico, chances are you've heard bands play the popular Latin song "La Cucaracha" a zillion times at floor shows and parties. But you likely have no idea of what the song is all about. Someone said it's about cockroaches. Could that be right?</i><p>La Cucaracha came from …

20 Creative Floors You Won’t Be Able to Stop Staring At

So you want to give your floors a makeover, but you’d like something a little more exciting than a new area rug. The options are endless, but a creative floor pattern might be exactly what you’re looking for. One of the boldest ways to revamp a bland room is to paint the floors… if you’re up for …

Kate Spade

Europe's 10 Hippest Cities

By Alix Farr<p>The true meaning of hip can be elusive. Maybe it's a barber shop doubling as an art gallery, which serves lattes on the side? Or maybe it's the coolest bar on the block which keeps adding crazy ingredients to cocktails (bacon Bloody Mary anyone?) Or is it the record store with thousands …

Mexico City's Invisible Rivers

One group is fighting to uncover the 45 rivers that flow under the Aztec capital, hidden underground for decades.<p>Millions of vehicles drive over the Piedad River in Mexico City every day.<p>Paved over in 1942, what was once one of the biggest rivers in the area now flows under the Miguel Alemán …

Top 20 Android apps and games of the month

Discover Auntie’s crooners with BBC Music, track breastfeeding and nappy changes with Glow Baby, and put a VHS camcorder filter over videos, plus play GTA: Liberty City Stories, Final Fantasy XI and more<p>In terms of sheer numbers, Google’s Android has been bigger than Apple’s iOS for some time now – …

15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations

While some might feel ready to flee the cold this time of year, others want to embrace it. Here are some truly beautiful places that become even more …

Siberia

These Charts Show Why Bernie Wants to Make America More Like Europe

The idea that Democrats want to make America more like Europe is a favorite Republican attack line. Writing in <i>the New York Times</i>, David Brooks expresses amazement that so many millennials are supporting Bernie Sanders, an open admirer of the European model.<p>Why would anyone in his right mind favor …

12 beaches with wow factor

Close your eyes and picture the perfect seaside idyll. The result is bound to look like at least one of these beauties from Antigua to Polynesia via Greece and France<p>Five of the best UK beaches Best beaches for action and activities 10 great European beaches for families Five of the world’s best …

Argentina: Light, art and wine in gaucho country

Honouring pachamama is so important in Argentina’s north-west that even Catholic priests have adopted the pagan ritual. Every August 1, the heads of the region’s chalk-white pueblo churches make holes in the ground to fill with offerings – coca leaves, water, cigarettes – as a way of giving back to …

12 Caribbean Islands to Experience Now

In a time where everything and everywhere is so easily accessible, there are certain places in the world that are becoming absolute must visits. With …

Caribbean

Top Trips for the Adventure Traveler

If your dream trip revolves more around an epic experience than laying on the beach all day, then we have the list for you! Now you don’t have to be …

Adventure Travel

Top 10 family hotels and campsites in Europe

These small hotels and campsites, all set in gorgeous locations, strike just the right balance between being child-friendly and appealing to parents who don’t want to feel like they are holidaying in a giant creche<p>Casa Tomaren, Lanzarote, Canary Islands<p>Lanzarote is a brilliant destination for young …

The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make Traveling In Europe

<i>By: Erin Snell</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock (edited)</i><p>Aside from the typical advice not to drape yourself in an American flag (or the equivalent Team America uniform of stonewashed jeans, North Face fleece, running shoes, and a baseball cap), here are a few real-life tips to help you avoid making regrettable …

Why you should never drink whisky on the rocks

The Thirsty Explorer heads to the Scottish island of Islay where he learns the important differences between malt and whisky – and how to order it in a bar.<p>The first time I tasted Scotch whisky I was a broke student, chugging direct from a £3 bottle, lying outside my tent at the foot of Ben Nevis, …

Whiskey

So You Wish You Could Travel?

One of the most frequent comments travelers hear about their lifestyle is, "[Insert excited exclamation here]! I wish I could do that!" This sentiment frustrates me to no end, mostly because the people expressing it have no great impediment keeping them from traveling. They simply don't, whereas I …

Everything You Wanted to Know About Authentic Mexican Food

<i>This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.</i><p>Tacos date back to the days when Montezuma and the Aztecs ruled Mexico. Cocoa beans were used as currency, …

What Country Best Suits Your Travel Style?

When deciding where to go on your next adventure, it’s important to take into consideration which country will best fit your travel style. Are you …

7 Ways To Go On The Eurotrip Of Your Dreams Without Breaking The Bank

Your first time traveling to Europe can be very intimidating, especially if you're planning to visit multiple cities.<p>Let’s face it: Going across the …

Heathrow

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 …

European Travel

10 incredible hotels you can only reach by boat

It seems like the new trend in hotels these days is putting them in weird places. Like, in an airplane. Or in a treehouse.<p>Or in railroad cars, train stations, helicopters, or any of the other cool places they've popped up.<p>But what if you want to stay in a hotel so secluded from humanity that the …

Hotels

11 Reasons to Pack Your Bags and Move to Spain

There is no country that better capsulates Europe’s beauty and diversity than Spain. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of spending time here knows …

Barcelona

The 5 Most Beautiful Places In The World

<i>by Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Getty<p>Pinpointing every breathtaking place on the planet could take a lifetime, but we think that these 5 otherworldly landscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders need to move to the very top of your travel bucket list.<p><b>1. Cappadocia, Turkey</b><p>Cappadocia, an area …

The World's 5 Most Inspiring Destinations Will Give You a Whole New Outlook On Life

The benefits of traveling are extensive -- and often surprising. Traveling has been accredited with the ability to heal, educate, and expand our horizons. The feeling of inspiration many of us get after traveling is undoubtedly one of the best consequences of a trip away. Plus, after taking on …

20 places everyone should visit in South America

Its countries are filled with stunning natural parks, bustling streets, and, of course, incredible food.<p>We've put together a collection of 21 sights to see and experiences to have in South America. From gazing at monumental statues to marveling at the world's highest waterfall, there are plenty of …

South America

Camping around South America

After four years’ travelling from the Caribbean coast to Patagonia, Paula Dear says camping in deserts, in the shadow of the Andes and by tropical beaches – all for under £10 a night – made her trip to South America<p>South America is all about the freedom of the great outdoors. That’s what we have …

21 World Heritage wonders in Latin America

These UNESCO-listed sites are rich in culture, history and intrigue – the most magical spots that America’s lower hemisphere has to offer<p>Qhapaq Ñan, …

The wine that comes with added bite

In Southeast Asia, reptile-infused liquor reaches a whole new scream-inducing level.<p>Eddie Lin first tried snake wine about 16 years ago, when a friend purchased a bottle from a combination liquor and dried herbs store in downtown Hong Kong. The cobra inside seemed to be rearing up, poised for …

South-east Asia

Meet the architect who wants to return Mexico City to its ancient lakes

Alberto Kalach explains why the solution to the capital’s future growth may lie with the pre-Hispanic civilisations who built with respect for the environment<p>Lea este artículo en español aquí<p>“For the largest commissions, our government only trusts architects who speak English,” says Alberto Kalach, …

Urban Design