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4 Places to Visit in Japan Before Everyone Else Does

Japan is in the middle of a travel boom. Political instability across much of the world has given it the appeal of a safe haven, and before the 2020 …

Japan

The Best Scuba Diving Locations in the World

All year long, you listen to our advice on what dive destinations should be added to your bucket lists. (Thank you.) And for 25 years now, we’ve …

Scuba Diving

5 Warm-Weather Destinations Where No One Will Find You

As winter sets in across the northern hemisphere, a good portion of the world is completely oblivious to polar vortexes and icy windchills. This year, instead of visiting the overcrowded beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean, why not head further afield in search of culture, beauty, and adventure? …

South-east Asia

How and Where to See the Northern Lights in 2018

The dancing colours of the Northern Lights is said to be such an incredible experience that some people consider it to be a natural wonder of the …

Travel

A well-beaten but sublime Milford Sound road trip

Pathway in the Milford Sound, New Zealand.<p><b>MILFORD SOUND MAJESTY ROAD TRIP</b><p>Explore two totally different Southern Lakes resorts – thrilling Queenstown …

New Zealand

VIDEO: Five Things to Do in Kyoto

Last year, Kyoto dominated the World’s Best Awards by snagging the winning spot on list of best cities. This year, it broke the top 10. It’s easy to …

Japan

Why the Atacama Salt Flats Are Like Nowhere Else on Earth

In northern Chile, a short drive south from the local capital of San Pedro, you'll find one of the world’s most alluring treasures: the Atacama Salt …

South America

The Traveler’s Guide to Staying at a Japanese Ryokan

I was young, single, and travelling alone through Japan. Not only was it my first time abroad, but I barely spoke more than a word of Japanese. It …

Japan

Canyons and Valleys: Striking Landscapes Across the World

See photographs of some of Earth's most awe-inspiring destinations.<p>Canyons and valleys provide vast landscapes for adventurous travelers to explore. Climbers tackle routes up their rocky cliffs. Paddlers float down their flowing rivers. Hikers traverse their blossoming meadows and desert trails. …

National Parks

10 Hikes to See Extreme Nature

Sure, the journey is the destination for some, but these hikes will take you to places where you can see the planet in all its wild glory. Volcanic craters, high exposure, weird formations—if you like your environment extreme, these walks are certain to get your blood pumping. If you’re a tad …

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The 10 Best Ski and Snowboard Destinations for Your Money

10 of the country's most affordable ski vacation resorts with cheap ticket deals and plenty of nearby mountains.<p>Now that winter’s in full swing and …

Skiing

Japan is Shockingly Cheap Now—Here’s How to Make It Even Cheaper

Japan has a reputation as being one of the most expensive countries in the world, for locals and travelers alike. While real estate prices in Tokyo …

Japan

Where Should You Visit During Your Trip to Malaysia?

01 of 10<p>You'll most likely fly into Kuala Lumpur, so this one's a no-brainer. But unlike other big Asian cities where travelers arrive and head out …

Expeditions 7: The White Desert

I glance at the thermometer, it reads -25°C, and then at Gísli, my driving partner for the past 12 days. I rub my face and squint tightly in an …

Tour des Combins

The Tour des Combins begins at the Gran San Bernardo, a historically rich, windswept pass in the heart of the Pennine Alps. From there this three day …

Top Eco Travel Destinations for 2018

If you’re really passionate about green travel and living, your heart never stops yearning for eco-friendly experiences. The struggle is real. And …

The best Australian beaches to visit this summer

Whether you're a fan of a long stroll down an abandoned beach or sitting under a palm tree with a cocktail in hand, somewhere along Australia's …

Shopping for secrets: Paris' covered passages exposed

The <i>passages couverts</i> (covered arcades) of Paris are as beautiful as they are enigmatic. Tucked behind decorative archways, the historic shopping passages situated on the Right Bank exude a sense of city life before Baron Haussmann's wrecking ball brought in spacious boulevards.<p>Dating back to the …

Paris

Spectacular Adventures in Snow-Covered Japan

See the wintry side of this Asian archipelago.<p>Spring isn't the only time Japan fills with people enjoying its gorgeous natural spaces. While bright blossoms certainly draw crowds, a winter in Japan is just as stunning—and filled with opportunities for adventure. As a growing ski destination, the …

Discover Rotorua’s most epic mountain bike trails

There are three tracks in the native at the very top, and out of those I think Kataore is the gnarliestGraeme Murray<p>Some of the world’s best riders …

Tokyo Now Has 234 Michelin-Starred Restaurants

The 2018 Michelin Guide to Tokyo, which will be available in print December 1, has upped the city's starred restaurants from 227 to 234.<p>It's official: According to the 2018 Michelin guide, Tokyo has the world's most-starred restaurants. The "gastronomic Valhalla," as we call it at <i>Traveler</i>, now has …

Restaurants

Japan Travel: The Ultimate Local’s Guide to Tokyo

Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is a city like no other, home to the weird and wonderful, the hectic and the tranquil, the ancient and the modern. …

10 Wilderness Skills Every Adventure Rider Should Have

We rarely intend to rely on our skills. We expect everything will go smoothly on our 2-3 hour ride or quick overnight trip in the backcountry. But …

10 Breathtaking Trips Everyone Needs to Take In Their Lifetime

It's time to take those Pinterest boards and bucket lists and turn them into reality. TripAdvisor, a travel planning and booking site, announced its …

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5 Most Romantic Experiences in Italy

With its dreamily poetic landscapes, awe-inspiring art, and gloriously ancient cities that have captured the hearts and imagination of visitors …

11 Neighborhoods To Check Out In Tokyo, For The First-Time Traveler

Tokyo is an intoxicating blend of tradition and progressiveness, modesty and fetishism, stoicism and animation. Youth dressed in cosplay mix with …

Tokyo in winter: what to see, do and eat

Tokyo's winter charms are one of the city's best-kept secrets. This means that as well as a festive atmosphere and crisp, clear days perfect for soaking in hot springs and spotting Mt Fuji, visitors get to enjoy all the city has to offer with far fewer crowds.<p>Just keep in mind that many attractions …

Japan

18 Epic Multi-Day Backpacking Trips in Canada

<b>Multi-day backpacking trips take time to put together.</b><p>Planning is key. In fact, if you have dreams of spending a week under the stars, carrying …

Bikepacking Gear That Lasts: A Gift Guide

For our 2017 Gift Guide, we’ve racked our collective brains and drawn up a list of more than 50 of our most prized pieces of bikepacking gear. Think …

8 Reasons to Put the Blue City on Your Bucket List

The word <i>magical</i> is fairly overused today, but if there’s a place that truly epitomizes the mystical adjective it’s Chefchaouen, in the northwest of Morocco. It’s a destination known by many—especially Instagram and Pinterest addicts—as simply the “Blue City,” and it’s perched amid the Rif …

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