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10 Things You Should ALWAYS Bring to Disney World

You've booked your resort, you bought your tickets, and now you're headed to Walt Disney World! It's time to start packing. The suitcase is easy, but what about your in-park backpack? What exactly are you going to need for the day? What's the weather like in Florida? Can we even bring our own …

Walt Disney Company

36 Hours in Lisbon

Forget Lisbon as the budget capital of Europe. Yes, the seafood is still (relatively) cheap, as is the wine. The old canary-yellow trams still rattle along steep hills, and you’ll never pay more than a euro and change for a pastéis de nata, the classic Portuguese pastry. But today the Portuguese …

European Travel

This rideable, remote-controlled TIE Fighter will hunt you down, Rebel scum

If you ever wanted to be a suburban Darth Vader (or Poe Dameron, if you’re taking the new films into consideration), a Nova Scotian ad …

Lego

You Can Actually Visit This Floating Unicorn Playground, and My Inner Child Is SCREAMING

Call your travel agent and cancel your other vacation plans because we're about to introduce you to a magical destination that'll put your other bucket list spots to shame. There's an inflatable unicorn-themed water park floating off the coast of the Philippines, and it looks like a snapshot of …

Water Parks

This Ecuadorian City Is More Than Just a Stopover on Your Trip to the Galápagos Islands

There was a moment, on my first day in Quito, when I lost the ability to breathe. At 9,350 feet above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital is the …

South America

The new Ritz-Carlton luxury cruise ships for the '1% of global travelers' look like incredible super yachts — and you can start booking next month

Last year the Ritz-Carlton Hotel revealed plans for a luxury cruise line, with three cruise ships set to begin sailing in 2020. This May, reservations will be open to Ritz-Carlton reward members, and all others in June 2018.<p>Somewhere between a private super yacht and a small ocean liner, the …

Cruise Ships

The Best Thai Food in Bangkok, From High to Low

<i>If there’s one thing that keeps travelers coming back to Bangkok, it’s the street food. It’s why the internet threw</i> <i>a temper tantrum</i> <i>last year when the</i> …

Food & Dining

There's a Reason You Won't See Marvel Superheroes at Disney World

Just one week ago, Disney sent fans into a tizzy when it announced it would be opening a slate of brand new superhero-themed attractions at its parks …

Walt Disney Company

9 Tips to Making the Most of a National Park Trip

The United States' national parks are among the country’s greatest treasures, and this expert advice will help you take full advantage.<p><b>1. Know when to go.</b><p>National Geographic adventurer, photographer, and filmmaker Jimmy Chin has been exploring and photographing national parks for years. Solitude is …

National Parks

36 of the top attractions in Greece

European Travel

50 incredibly beautiful small towns in Italy

Small Italian towns and villages get under your skin.<p>From north to south, bustling market towns and picturesque villages are capable of capturing …

Italy

The 23 Best National Park Adventures

Longtime park patrons known that what makes parks significant isn’t the packaging, but what’s inside their borders. Still, the more popular parks get …

The Unwritten Rules of Driving in Italy

How to make that dream of an Italian road trip a reality.<p>Renting a car in the country can be terrifying (like when F1 wannabes creep on your bumper) but also liberating, says Christina Lynch, author of <i>The Italian Party</i> (St. Martin’s Press), who spent four years living in (and driving around) …

Italy

Where Your Skis Are Really Made, And By Whom

With the language of international politics turning more hostile to globalization, knowledge of where a product is made has become increasingly …

Beyond Angkor Wat: The forgotten temples of Cambodia's Banteay Chhmar

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you've heard of one Cambodian temple, it's probably Angkor Wat -- an awe-inspiring yet well-trodden UNESCO World Heritage Site in Siem Reap.<p>But many travelers don't realize the Seventh Wonder of the World is one of thousands of ancient Khmer temples dotting the Cambodian …

Asia Travel

9 Most Beautiful Hilltop Towns in Italy

There’s no need to book a week in these gloriously photogenic yet soporific spots, but if you sleep over, you’ll have enough time to stroll around, look at old churches, and have a perfect meal before bed.<p>Roccascalegna<p>Three hours from Rome.<p>Urbino<p>Two hours from Bologna.<p>Civita di Bagnoregio<p>Two hours …

Italy

The New Airbus A350 Is a Plane You’re Going to Want to Fly

Airbus’s next-generation A350 is coming to an airport near you.<p>Some say the golden age of travel is behind us. But now is actually the most exciting …

The most breathtaking destinations on the Amalfi Coast

14 Classic Bistros in Paris Worth Visiting

The traditional bistro, with its hearty fare, is an archetype of Paris dining, but a new wave of chefs is bringing a fresh, modern flair to the …

The Locals' Guide to Venice

Our do-it-like-a-local guide to the real Venice.<p>Those who claim they don't like Venice usually haven't ventured far beyond Piazza San Marco and the market stalls that hawk Chinese-made "Murano" glass tchotchkes. It's like dismissing all of New York City having only visited Times Square. The real …

Italy

Dead Sea: Could sinkholes' eerie beauty draw tourists?

The Dead Sea is receding by more than 1m (3ft) a year.<p>It is leading to the formation of sinkholes which have caused the destruction of a major road and the loss of a tourist resort which was one of the Dead Sea’s few public beaches.<p>But could the damage caused by the sinkholes be turned into …

Dead Sea

The 10 best destinations in France for wine

France has taken its time getting around to wine tourism. Our neighbours long considered that their wine sufficed unto itself. It barely needed marketing, let alone the bells and whistles of tourism. They’ve changed recently, mind. Whether it be in prestige projects such as the luxury hotel, …

The strange beauty of Greece’s weirdest town

Originally designed as a utopia by Mussolini’s architects, Lakki fell into ruin and few now know it exists. Alex Sakalis visits to find out why it deserves a second chance.<p>There is a town in Greece like no other.<p>Lakki, on the Dodecanese island of Leros, is unique. Its church, austere and …

Art Deco

The Star Wars posters of Soviet Europe

Behind the Iron Curtain, artists created strikingly trippy ads for the saga, writes Christian Blauvelt.

Star Wars

What a million-dollar ski vacation looks like

<b>(CNN) —</b> Splurging a million dollars on a ski trip may seem implausible, but it can be done with ease -- if you've got the cash to splash of course.<p>Because while the Alps and extravagance have always gone hand in hand, a batch of chalets and restaurants catering to the billionaire set have taken …

Skiing

10 amazing things to do in Dubai

HANG OUT WITH HIPSTERS<p>A few years ago, Dubai didn’t have hipsters, but now it does and <b>Box Park</b> is where most of them hang out. There are restaurants, …

12 Genius Walt Disney World Vacation Hacks From a Former Cast Member

Finally, someone who can explain how the heck to use FastPass+.<p>One of the best experiences of my life was the year I spent working at Walt Disney …

Walt Disney Company

Travel - Route E69: Norway’s icy marvel of engineering

(Credit: Mike MacEacheran)<p>(Credit: Mike MacEacheran)<p>(Credit: Mike MacEacheran)<p>(Credit: Mike MacEacheran)<p>(Credit: Mike MacEacheran)<p>Reindeer congregate each summer in Nordkapp (Credit: Andrey Armyagov/Alamy)<p>“As long as your line is baited, there is always hope" (Credit: Peeter Laurits/Alamy)<p>(Credit: …

Travel

Tel Aviv residents transform their rooftops

From eco-friendly gardens to yoga studios, residents in Tel Aviv have turned their roofs into an array of spaces as the fast-paced economic and …

Tel Aviv