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8 Awesome Wellness Retreats You Didn't Know About

Looking to get out of the daily hustle and bustle and finally take some “me” time, but don’t know where to start?<p>Of course, you can begin by booking one of the world’s top retreats, some of which require a flight halfway around the world …<p>… Or you can de-stress and find your center at one that …

Where to Eat in Portland, Maine

Culinary travelers in the northeastern United States do not want for options. Consider Philadelphia’s recent rise to gastronomic gold, or the …

The 25 Best Hotels In The World

We've created the ultimate list of the best hotels in the world by aggregating four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites.<p>The rankings we used were Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual …

3 Reasons to Shoot Vertical Aspect Landscapes and 6 Tips on How to Shoot Them

A Guest Contribution by Todd Sisson – author of our Landscape Photography eBook. The majority of landscape images are photographed in the horizontal …

Enjoy a Summer Cool Down with the Top 10 Hottest Hotel Pools

With temps brick-oven high and humidity levels swamp-like in many parts of the country, there's nothing like a refreshing dip in the pool. Hotel search engine Room 77 has compiled a list of The Hottest Hotel Pools that are more than just watering holes -- they're the ultimate places to chill and …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

The First-Timer's Guide to Cruising in Alaska

Alaska is sometimes thought of as America's last frontier, with the state's rugged mountains covering huge amounts of land, and much of it largely untouched by humans. It is also home to glaciers and wide waterways, referred to as passages, bordering the thick brush of the mountains. It is these …

Hotel Hammocks With Stunning Views

Go ahead, take a break. These 15 hotel hammocks overlook some of the most beautiful spots in the world.<p>By Andrés Zambrano-Bravo, Condé Nast Traveler<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Hammocks<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>Hot New Hotels Under $300<p>We Dare You to Walk Across these Bridges<p>Beautiful Hidden Beaches Around the …

Doughnut-Shaped Hotel Opens in China - Vagabondish

Sheraton’s Huzhou Hot Spring Resort may look like the picture-perfect hotel for Homer Simpson, but the luxury inside clearly is not.<p>The  hotel is a …

Riding the Eddies: White-Water Rafting in Fiji

<i>“Wananabu! Paddles up in the air!”</i> roared Noah Lewaravu, our young Fijian rafting guide. We screamed with much enthusiasm and raised our paddles in …

Reader Q&A: Hidden gems in Puerto Rico

BBC Travel reader Eleni Anastasopoulos is heading to Puerto Rico next month and is seeking suggestions on where to go and what to do. Our Facebook followers provided some ideas.<p>Last week, we asked our Facebook community to help Eleni Anastasopoulos, who is travelling to Puerto Rico next month and …

I Felt Like Robinson Crusoe While Staying In An Overwater Villa In The Maldives

Each guest gets a personal assistant, nicknamed "Mr. Friday." Mine welcomed me with fresh coconuts and gave me a tour of my Robinson Crusoe villa, perched over water. With two patios and a private ocean pool, this was hardly the shipwrecked life.<p>I sampled fresh curry leaves from the resort's …

Best Vacations for Health Nuts

Even a short break from the stress of everyday life is enough to trigger a renewed sense of health and well-being. But choose to spend your reprieve at a wellness retreat, and your mental and physical fitness will reach new heights. Resorts around the world offer health-focused programs for …

The View from Deer Park Heights in New Zealand

Want to join me in New Zealand?<p>The team put together an amazing New Zealand Adventure for you. Join me as early as October (which is Spring here!) or …

Five fabulous South African hotels

Exotic scenery meets sustainable comfort in the Rainbow Nation, where travellers can enjoy their own private peace.

Minus5 is New York’s First Ice Bar

In a sweltering summer, a new ‘ice bar’ in New York offers relief—along with long lines, expensive drinks, used parkas, and deer pelts.<p>Talk about …

Patmos, Greece Travel: Robert McCabe's New Exhibit Of 30 Years Of Photos On The Greek Island

We've long been a fan of photographer Robert McCabe here at HuffPost Travel. He's beautifully photographed Cuba (he published a book on his 1998 trip to the island entitled "Weekend in Havana"), Antarctica (his 1959 photos were turned into "Deep Freeze") and Greece (he traveled there as a Princeton …

Six Random Travel Tips You’ll Love

<b>1. Plan your flights, not your schedule –</b> Everyone always seems to want to find the best last minute deal, confident that they’ll discover the sale …

Bora Bora beyond the beach

Bora Bora is world-famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon, dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach and luxurious resorts. With such a dreamlike setting, this magical island is, unsurprisingly, a great spot to decompress. But there’s much more to do than simply sipping a cocktail on your chaise. …

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.<p><b>Here’s this week’s:</b><p><b>Lake District</b> <b>National Park</b> is one of the most scenic and serene places in all of England. Climbing, cycling, sailing — take your pick. If you enjoy the great outdoors, …

How to Eat Like a Local in Greece

Every summer, urban Grecians migrate from the mainland to many of the country’s mythical islands. Here, away from the chaos of the cities, Greeks …