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10 Beautiful Canal Towns (That Aren't Venice)

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>When it comes to a romantic punt along a canal, Venice, Italy is always top of mind. But plenty of other cities around the world are built around enchanting canal systems. Here are 10 of the most beautiful canal towns that aren't Venice.<p><b>1. Amsterdam,</b> …

Somehow, Three (!) Stories Squeeze Into This Skinny Home

It's not magic — just a really clever layout.<p>When someone mentions a "triple decker," you might think of a sandwich with three slices of bread — a pretty hefty lunch. But this three-story skinny house must be the exception that proves the rule. The Asheville, North Carolina cottage (appropriately …

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The First Aerodrome in Paris -- Where Hot-Air Balloons Came to Land -- Is Now a Hotel

<i>Montgolfières</i> -- that is how the hot-air balloons are called in French -- a noticeable more romantic name than the English one that can only remind a person that they are really standing on air when traveling in such a time-warped machine!<p>When Paris had an airfield where such flying apparatus were …

The World’s Best Hotel Service 2015

Disney hotels have become expert at coddling both parents and kids, and this branch of the mouse-ear empire ranked at No. 2 in the U.S. for families. …

7 incredible Japanese destinations that tourists haven’t discovered yet

Japan is often known by tourists for its most popular attractions, like Mount Fuji, the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and its amazing shrines and temples.<p>But there's a lot more to the island nation than that.<p>We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, "what are some of Japan's best kept secrets," and …


Why Not Visit South America?

Latin America does not always make it into lists of most popular areas to visit, but that's because not everyone is willing to give it a chance. Those who do however, are always in for great adventures and out-of-this world travel experiences. Here's why.<p>The People. The welcoming smiles that greet …

16 Of The Worst Things You Can Do In Hawaii

Consider yourself warned.<p>Hawaii is known for its Aloha spirit, but its residents can also be fiercely protective of the land, the culture and everything else that makes the state feel like paradise.<p>Below, 16 things you should avoid doing in Hawaii.<p>1. Call locals "Hawaiians."<p>Calling somebody a …

14 Genius Tricks to Keep Fresh Food From Spoiling Fast

Because you didn't pay $4.50 for a pint of moldy strawberries.<p>1. Put paper towels in the salad drawer.<p>Lining your crisper with a few sheets of paper towels absorbs the condensation that the veggies generate as they chill. Excess moisture can make your fresh foods wilt and much faster, so the paper …


8 Stunningly Gorgeous Photos of Last Night's "Super Blood Moon"

In case the clouds foiled your view.<p>On Sunday night, the moon gave the world a once-in-a-generation show. There was a rare combination of a supermoon and a lunar eclipse, giving the moon a red tinge and giving the whole phenomenon the catchy hashtag of #superbloodmoon. Usually, a supermoon happens …


Freshen Up

Some bathrooms are worth soaking in. Explore seven inspirational interiors from the W archives here.

Step Inside Our 2015 Kitchen of the Year

San Francisco tastemaker Ken Fulk created a game-changing cooking space — and so much more — for one party-loving family in New Orleans.<p>Every year, we call upon a designer to blend culinary innovations and design trends into one spectacular cooking space. This time, San Francisco tastemaker Ken …

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10 Clever Ways to Make Your Hallway Work Harder

Don't think of it as just a pass-through — it can act as an entire extra room.<p>Don't think of it as just a pass-through — it can act as an entire extra room.


Are You Sure You Want to Be a Manager?

Renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer likes to tell newly promoted supervisors that they have just been given the “gift of fire.” As a boss they now have a new and potent power, but Meyer wants to ensure they understand the appropriate — and inappropriate — uses of this gift. Fire, Meyer explains, can …

11 Kitchen Storage Spots You Completely Forgot About


8 Airline Perks You've Never Heard Of

Free bagels!!!<p>If you thought flying was horrible, think again... and then start flying with the right airlines.<p>We're all familiar with perks like JetBlue's free snacks and Virgin's ultra-zen mood lighting. But a whole bunch of other airline perks don't get nearly enough attention, and they can</i> …

16 Pineapple Desserts That Transport You to the Tropics


13 Things You Should Never Put in the Dishwasher

Please, just hand wash all of these.<p>Dishwashers were a blessing when they started popping up in homes in the 1950s. Finally! A quick way to tackle a big batch of dirty dishes. But as much as we love them, they're not a cure-all — and some items need a good ol' fashioned hand-washing. Here's what …


12 Cocktails Starring Your Favorite Wines

Yes, you can have a glass of red and a fruity mixed drink, too.<p>Yes, you can have a glass of red and a fruity mixed drink, too.


The 10 Best Small Cities in America Right Now

Chances are you've never even heard of #1.<p>Silicon Valley may get all of the attention when it comes to technology jobs — it even has a TV show named after it — but it turns out another tech hub, with a much lower profile, may be a more desirable place to call home.<p><i>Money</i> just announced their list of …

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10 Biggest Organizing Mistakes We All Make

Even the best efforts are a waste without a proper plan.<p>Even the best efforts are a waste without a proper plan.


9 Styling Things You're Doing Wrong in Your Bedroom

#1. Stop using bright, bold patterned bedding.<p>Your bedroom should be the place where you find peace. It's where you sleep, love, dream, and are oftentimes the most vulnerable. "You want the space to be a calming refuge," says Alexander Reid, a head stylist at One Kings Lane. "You want to simply …

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This Yellow Seaside Cabin Is Even More Adorable on the Inside

And the views aren't too shabby either.<p>When you go to the beach, you don't need much: A swimsuit, a towel, and maybe a cover-up. This small seaside cabin has enough space for these essentials — and then some.<p>Located on the British Isle of Wight (roughly 90 miles south-west of bustling London), the …


The Most Romantic Restaurants in New York City

<i>by Gloria Dawson, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Courtesy Restaurant Marc Forgione<p>We've chosen some of our favorite New York City spots for the perfect weekend evening--or any other night you want to do something special.<p><b>1. Restaurant Marc Forgione</b> <i>(pictured above)</i><p>Marc Forgione's Tribeca restaurant exudes …

The Friendliest Cities in the World

While Reykjavík rounded out <i>Travel + Leisure's</i> 2016 list of the friendliest cities in the World, Iceland ranked third on the World Happiness Index …

The 7 Most Insane Abandoned Places in California

<i>By: Grant Marek</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Thomas Hawk</i><p>If you've ever seen I Am Legend or 28 Days Later you know that 1) there's something eerily fascinating about abandoned places, and 2) zombies are jerks. Providing you with all the eerie fascination you can handle, but none of the "zombie dogs killing your …

An Up-Close Tour of Chip and Joanna Gaines' Farmhouse

Because getting glimpses of it on HGTV's Fixer Upper isn't enough.<p>If you love Chip and Joanna Gaines as much as we do, seeing glimpses of their stunning farmhouse on HGTV's <i>Fixer Upper</i>, has most likely left you wanting more. Their 1,700-square-foot Victorian home sits on 40 beautiful acres in …

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12 Books to Help You Live like an Effortlessly Chic French Girl

There is something so subtle and cool about how the French live their lives. We’ve already obsessed over how they eat and dress, and to further our (totally natural) fixation, we’ve gathered 12 books to help us live the best French girl life you could ever imagine. From speaking to dressing to …