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Seattle city guide: How to spend a weekend in the Pacific North West

Why go now?<p>Seattle’s mix of grunge culture, lo-fi living and Pacific Northwest charm is balanced today by its thriving tech scene, which ensures …

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Half-cruise, half-cargo ships provide authenticity in place of cocktails and casinos

No one would call the Aranui 5 a thing of beauty. Half cruise ship and half freighter, it has a cockeyed profile that only its maker could love.<p>It may not look like much, but it manages to sail to some of the most beautiful islands in the world.<p>The Aranui navigates the waters of French Polynesia, …

The VICE Guide to Amsterdam 2014

Amsterdam is a compact museum city with plenty to do even if you're sober, and some relatively classy ways to not be sober. Here's how to avoid the sex tourists and drug addicts.<p><i>Return to the VICE Guide to Europe 2014 homepage</i><p><i>All photos by Raymond van Mil unless otherwise stated</i><p>The Dutch capital is …

Take a 10-minute tram ride from Palm Springs' desert heat to a snowy mountaintop

Jan. 19, 2017, 6:00 a.m.<p>Family-friendly<br>• Deserts<p><b>Why:</b> Where else are you going to travel from the baking desert floor to a snowy mountaintop in 10 minutes?<p><b>What:</b> Plenty of crazy schemes have been hatched in the blast-furnace heat of the Coachella Valley, yet somehow this one came true. Back in 1935, a …

4 types of shoes that are perfect for travelers

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>At Insider Picks, we've done our best to help readers ease the stress of travel.<p>We've rounded up the best tech for travel, our favorite …

Greet dawn on a dune in Death Valley National Park

Jan. 15, 2017, 6:00 a.m.<p>Deserts<p><b>Why:</b> Because outside of "Lawrence of Arabia," you don't see scenery like this too often.<p><b>What:</b> The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are the place to be for sunrise in Death Valley. If you camp or sleep at the hotel at Stovepipe Wells, you can get up just before dawn, rush out, …

Top 5 Best Luxury Wilderness Lodges In The World

Continuing our series of the best places to travel in 2017, I am now looking at the top 5 best luxury wilderness lodges and resorts in the world. If …

9 Terrific Sights That Every American Must See In London

You’ve booked the flights, grabbed your umbrella and already started to practice your ‘ello’ guvnor’ to proudly announce your arrival…Yup, you’re on …

See the Most Beautiful Sights in America on This $213 Train Trip

A big adventure doesn't have to cost you a fortune.<p>If one of your 2017 resolutions is to see all of the beauty and history that America has to offer on a dime, then you're going to love this supremely affordable travel idea.<p>Thanks to a brilliant train route devised by travel expert and blogger …

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Your A to Z Guide to Seattle's Best Things to Do

Deciding what to do in Seattle can be a challenge—theater, museums, attractions, dinners and cocktails quickly fill calendars. Here, a guide to …

Tokyo on a budget: Where to stay, how to get around and what to eat

Tokyo has a reputation for being one of the world’s most expensive cities. Sure, the sushi and sights can be extortionate, but it is possible to …

Here's why the FDA believes marijuana is no medicine

Voters in five states, including California, will decide whether to legalize weed for recreational use by adults, and citizens in four others will cast ballots on whether to allow medical marijuana.<p>If all of the measures succeed, it could force federal lawmakers to reconcile restrictive federal …

Amsterdam's most unique bars

While Amsterdam's pulsating Red Light District and party hubs like Leidseplein need no introduction, the Dutch capital has some wonderfully diverse bars away from the raucous stag parties and tourist crowds.<p>Many offer dining too, although just stopping by for a drink is fine. Here are 10 of the …

This video game might cut the risk of dementia for 10 years

For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people's risk for dementia— not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game.<p>The training nearly halved the incidence of Alzheimer's disease and other …

The Best Hotels in Every State 2015

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa offers guests a relaxing break on the Gulf Coast. The 550-acre property overlooking Mobile Bay is …

Rick Steves: The best and worst of Europe

Americans get the shortest vacations in the industrial world. With so little time, the pressure is on to make all the right choices when planning a trip. But how to select the right destination? It ultimately depends on your interests and your tastes — and what your experienced travel writer tells …

The Top Hotels in Tokyo

Well-known luxury hotel brands took home top honors in Japan’s vibrant capital.<p>Tokyo is a dynamic city, a place where centuries-old tradition …

7 stunning and affordable travel destinations

Slide 1 of 9<p>If your last few vacations have been to the local beach, it’s time to mix things up. And you don’t have to pay big bucks for a getaway …

The best European cities for solo travelers

While monuments should dictate your itinerary in Europe, it's really how you take in the sights that will make your trip. And with the sheer amount of things to see and do, traveling in Europe, especially with a big group, can get overwhelming. That's why it's one of the best continents to visit …

Step Into the Huge Factory Forging America's Fancy New Trains

The Siemens factory near Sacramento, California, is building some of the most modern, high tech, high speed trains to hit US rails. It takes 6,000 …

Trains

Results of West Ashley bike lane study released

click to enlarge<p>The results are in for a study examining the potential effects of closing a lane of traffic across the Ashley River to add a …

How the 50/20/30 Rule Can Help You Budget

A monthly budget is one of those financial necessities that no one wants to think about, but everyone should. But figuring out how to allocate your …

The Best Father's Day Gifts for Music Lovers

They can be picky, but we have you covered.<p>Both dads and music lovers can be tough to buy for. They're a very particular type; they know exactly what they want and why they want it. But that doesn't mean Father's Day has to be impossible. Below we run down some of the best gifts to buy the …

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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke

Depending on your jetsetter status, traveling can leave variously sized holes in your wallet. After all, those five-star suites and private jet rides …

The growth of car-free homes, a drop in driver’s licences and increased car-sharing could all be signs of a move away from the automobile<p>If all goes according to plan, next year construction will begin on a 30-storey residential tower in Austin, Texas. Nothing new in the daily life of a booming …

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Transportation technology will be the next Internet protocol

Sephi Shapira Contributor<p>Sephi Shapira is the CEO of MassiveImpact.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why every household is about to get a brand-new fridge<p>A communications test was performed in 1975 between Stanford and University College London for what was to become arguably the most important …

5 New Travel Startups Helping Hotel Guests Get the Best Rates

There are few hotels that wouldn’t prefer guests to book direct rather than choosing an online travel agency. But how do they feel about letting …

7 Super-Useful Apps for Last-Minute Trips

You’ve spent all week looking at #vanlife pictures at work and now you simply have to get out of town. The beach would be great, but you’ll take the mountains. Or the city. Really, anywhere but here. It’s time to let that tiny computer in your pocket do the work for you. In recent years, …

Hidden Destination Known As "The Venice of Japan" Is a Tourist-Free Dream Town

When traveling, is there anything better than stumbling upon a hidden destination without crowds of tourists? Luckily, this traveler's dream town exists within Japan's Kyoto Prefecture–it's a place known as <i>Ine no Funaya</i> (or <i>The Boat Houses of Ine</i>). Here visitors will find a row of 230 wooden …