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World's 50 Best Ski Resorts

Planning a ski vacation is not an easy task. There are too many variables - snow quality, customer service, terrain, steeps, skill level, and crowds. Fortunately, some mountains have it all and won't fail you even if it hasn't snowed for weeks.<p>Whether its adrenaline, relaxation or inspiration …

12 Must-Do Experiences in Buenos Aires

Visiting Buenos Aires is more about cultural experiences than sightseeing. From tango to architecture, fútbol (soccer) to gaucho fairs, guided street …

Argentina

15 epic ways to spend winter in Alaska

1. Get toasty at the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage<p>Oppressively cold negative 40 temperatures aren’t unheard of in winter …

Awesome tips for getting cheap airfares with Google Flights

I'm a hardcore traveler and Google Flights is my tool of choice for figuring out my weird, complex, ever-changing plans.<p>But I know that I've only …

Southwest just PAID me to take the same flight!

Awhile back, I wrote about Southwest’s cancellation policy, which is in my opinion the best in the industry. Basically you can change or cancel any …

Family Vacations

5 New Travel Startups Kicking Adventure Travel Into High Gear

Travelers want their trips to contain a hint of familiarity and a lot of uncharted territory they’re unaccustomed to. Anticipation of a trip is often …

Adventure Travel

National Geographic Travel

Circular Logic: The Best of Iceland's Ring Road

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Roughly the size of Kentucky, diminutive Iceland nevertheless captivates with its lunar-like surface, volcanic landscape, glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs. Treasures abound everywhere you look, provided you have the gusto to rent a car and venture …

Best One Bag Travel Ultralight Gear & Packing List

A quick airport exit as you breeze past fellow passengers staking out positions around the baggage carousel. A sigh of gratitude from your body that …

Backpacking

Visiting Kyoto? Insiders share tips | CNN Travel

CNN

The 21 greatest travel books of all time

From the classics to more modern stories, there are plenty of travel books out there to feed your wanderlust.<p>We've rounded up some of the best stories out there, written by authors who have traveled across America, Africa, Asia and more.

Books

Vietnam's prison-island paradise

Despite being a quick 45-minute turboprop flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Con Son is a world away from Vietnam’s well-beaten tourist trail, with inexplicably few Western travellers.<p>At 5 am and 6 pm, government loudspeakers crackle to life all over Vietnam. Relics of an era before homes had …

Vietnam

9 Hiking Tips for New Hikers

Hiking is an excellent way to find adventure and connect with nature, while delivering multiple physical and mental benefits beyond scenery and fun. …

Seattle

5 Travel Apps (and 1 Blog) That Make Trip Planning Painless

Beware, soggy room-service BLTs and overpriced middle seats: For smart travelers, your days are numbered.<p>We've all been there: eager to climb off the hamster wheel for a few days with a big trip—only to have it deflated by bad terminal food and a hotel room that doesn't remotely resemble its …

Apps

Budapest city guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

The Hungarian capital comes into its own in summer. We have the lowdown on the best of the city’s unique outdoor bars and thermal baths, plus escaping to Buda Hills<p>Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, were separate cities …

The Newest Way To Find The Best Airfare Deals

<i>by Zach Everson, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Photo: AugustSnow / Alamy<p><b>ExitFares could revolutionize the hunt for airfare deals by mining social media updates, message board posts, e-newsletters, and more to compile the best values anywhere.</b><p>ExitFares, which launched last month, monitors numerous online …

You Should Visit Norway, If Only To Drive These Spectacular Roads

With beautiful ancient fortresses, stunning natural wonders and some of the happiest people around, Norway (aka the greatest place on Earth) is totally at the top of our must-see list this season. And while we can't wait to climb to Kjeragbolten and stay in a sleepy fishing town, the one thing …

6 Absolutely Terrifying Things (That We'd Still Love To Do)

Sometimes the best part of travel is that, frankly, it totally scares the crap out of us. It's a chance for us to push our boundaries, do things we'd never do, and (just a little bit) pretend to be a totally different kind of person. Below, we highlight six of the most utterly hair-raising, …

New Zealand Road Trip: Exploring the North Island

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been traversing the North Island of New Zealand with my main partner G Adventures. The landscapes have been stunning: …

New Zealand

Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli And 4 Of The Most Interesting Restaurants In The World

Simply sitting down to eat a regular old meal at a typical restaurant is just not going to cut it any longer. Where's the story in that?<p>How does taking a walk -- during low tide -- to a restaurant off the coast of Zanzibar sound? How about taking a cable car up the side of a mountain in Switzerland …

Daily Travel Startup Watch: RoadHike, Dowza and More

Last month, we started a new feature where we alert our users of new startups in the travel industry being listed on AngelList, as an early …

Daily Travel Startup Watch: Viajala, Localeikki and More

Last month, we started a new feature where we alert our users of new startups in the travel industry being listed on AngelList, as an early …

Tourism

5 New Travel Startups to Watch This Week

This week features a diverse set of early stage travel startups from Google Glass apps that bring virtual reality to historic attractions to commerce …

Patagonia Parks: How Can You Pick Just One?

Not everything has a Hunger Games ending where two winners are chosen. So, what happens when you have two equally gorgeous parks in one of the most picturesque places on the globe, but can only choose one? The vast region of Patagonia covers two countries, 800,000 square kilometers, and is one of …

10 Awesome Ski Resorts In Unexpected Places

Ski resorts in Kazakhstan or Finland offer plenty of lengthy trails, off-road exploration opportunities, and a much more reasonable price tag than you would find at Vail or Aspen.<p>Grab your passport — our friends at Find the Best have helped us round up some of the best ski resorts in unexpected …

Skiing

A Brief Travel Guide to the Republic of Macedonia

What comes to mind when you hear about Republic of Macedonia as a tourism destination? Unless you are from this region, a history buff or extreme travel junkie, you probably know very little about one of the newest European countries in the south Balkans. In fact, less than handful guidebooks have …

European Travel

Take to the skies: the world's greatest airborne adventures

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring aviation's history and continued impact on travel. Here are 10 ways to soar into the ether in some of the world's most inspiring locations, adapted from …

How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

Best powder in the world

Your endless winter is here with snow adventures that take you to the best pow-pow our planet has to offer. Stay frosty. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures.<p>Heli-skiing, Utah, USA<p>Skier jumps down a steep face of snow in Utah. Image by Johannes Kroemer / The Image …

13 Exotic Hotels For The Trip Of A Lifetime

The travel guide's senior editorial team selects winning hotels from more than 4,000 nominations sent by contributors around the world.<p>The 13 resorts recognized as top Exotic Hideaways — defined as "destination hotels for a trip of a lifetime" — provide unparalleled service in incredible settings, …

Indigenous Peoples