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St. Petersburg, Russia Is A Winter Instagram Wonderland

Some places just look prettier on Instagram than in regular photos.<p>We'll have to hand it to St. Petersburg, Russia-- the city is already pretty charming, but those vintage filters make the European-style streets and broad, open city squares all the more exquisite.<p>For example, here's the Palace …

72 Hours in Dubai

Soaring above the golden desert dunes, Dubai's skyline shines as a beacon of the modern age. A city known for luxurious accommodation, over-the-top extravagance and an architectural vision that knows no boundaries. Dubai has something to offer for every type of traveler. Whether you are seeking …

Living La Pura Vida: What Eight Days In Costa Rica Can Do For The Soul

Unless Elon Musk invents a teleportal in the next 20 years, visiting different countries is the closest I'll ever get traveling through time. I think that's why I get so unabashedly romantic about journeying to foreign destinations. When walking through the ghost-drenched alleys of Edinburgh, …

Best Budget Destinations for 2014

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Jamie Beckman, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these …

When it comes to dating, why can’t American men compete with Europeans?

It was three years ago that I went on my first date with a French girl. She was from Brittany and thus had one of those terribly sexy accents that …

Relationships

Slow Boat to Moscow

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.<p>--A.A. Milne (1882-1956)<p>I recently cruised the Viking Waterways of the Czars excursion from St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow on this, the largest fleet of river vessels in the world. Our Ports of Call took in cultural and historic …

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Aurora Borealis Makes For The Best In-Flight Entertainment Ever

In-flight entertainment has nothing on Mother Nature.<p>Photographer Paul Williams captured this stunning scene of the northern lights while aboard a flight from London to New York last month and later uploaded a time-lapse of the phenomenon to YouTube.<p>"I balanced my camera on a rucksack and left it …

Worst Tourist Habits According To Hawaii Locals

It's holiday season in Hawaii, which means the islands are beginning to feel a bit crowded.<p>Tourists come in droves, looking to trade in frigid winters for the chance to sip a cocktail under the tropical Hawaiian sun. It's also the time of year when thousands of surfers cram a mere seven miles on …

You Can Be A Real Life Castaway

No one wants to <i>truly</i> be a castaway. But if the idea of being shipwrecked on a tropical island excites your imagination, you can pay to be stranded in paradise.<p>Travel company Docastway will send you to a remote island where you will be left to fend for an experience where where luxury meets <i>Lost</i>.<p>The …

10 Most Awe-Inspiring Caves

The natural world can be pretty spectacular, but what we see on the surface isn't even the half of it. Deep underground, hidden away in mountain caves, or submerged underwater is where you'll find some of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders. From giant crystals to glowworm-illuminated …

National Geographic Travel

How We Chose the Best of the World 2014

This month <i>National Geographic Traveler</i> announced 2014’s must-see places in the annual <b>Best of the World</b> feature. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.<p>We sat down with editor Amy …

Travel Photography

Surreal shapes in Mexico’s cenotes

Underwater photographer Lia Barrett combines free diving, fairy tales and environmental activism.<p>The water surrounding me had the soupy texture of liquid glass. Drifting through the halocline – where cold and warm water converge in layers, their collision blurring the field of vision – was a …

Scuba Diving

New Travel Trend: Digital Detoxes

To the good woman who spent her entire Hawaiian vacation glued to her iPad watching <i>Scandal</i>: You need a break... from your devices.<p>But since we know you lack the willpower to help yourself, may we suggest a forced digital detox? That's right: A handful of hotels, resorts and even adults-only summer …

A bizarre bazaar in Brooklyn

For a side of ping pong and mini golf with your holiday shopping, head to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s new Greenpoint home.<p>Just in time for the winter holidays, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has opened a new, permanent home in an industrial section of the Greenpoint neighbourhood, allowing visitors to …

South-east Asia

Sometimes "Shopping Local" Means Buying Rubies, Diamonds and Pearls

If a place I visit happens to be associated with any type of gem or jewel, I always want to buy a few of these as souvenirs. Hey, you said "Shop local," right? Hence this turquoise ring from Santa Fe, these Austrian garnet earrings, these Polish amber beads and these two fingernail-sized Chinese …

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For a Smarter Trip, Connect With a Local

<b>Pauline Frommer</b> is the co-president of Frommer Media. "I started traveling with my guidebook writing parents at the age of four months and have been on the road ever since," she says. Her father, Arthur Frommer, published Europe on $5 a Day in 1957, revolutionizing not only the guidebook business, …

Comeback Kid: Downtown Vegas

Two miles (and worlds away) from the Strip, on Fremont Street, a 40-foot cowboy known as Vegas Vic winks at the hustle and tease that turned downtown Vegas into an epicenter of escapism.<p>Once a haven of quick divorces and legalized gambling, “Glitter Gulch” fizzled in the 1950s as opulent casinos …

Travel Photography

3 Charming and Affordable European Cities You Haven't Visited Yet

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello Budget Travel.</i><p><b>BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: A foodie destination in England's heartland</b><p>Anybody visiting a city from which both J.R.R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne sprang should be prepared for a dose of cognitive dissonance, and Birmingham (or …

Instagram's List of Top Photographed Places in 2013

Sicily at a Glance

In the middle of the Mediterranean, there is a lush utopia of chaos and charm that I like to call my secret escape. Realistically, it is too large to be a secret, and much too larger than life for you not to know about it with its active volcano, hard-earned reputation for independence and almost …

Top 10 Things to Do in Paris at Christmas

You probably won't be able to jet over to Paris for Christmas. But if you could, here are ten fun things to do (excerpted from the Rick Steves' European Christmas book). Read these and imagine a Joyeux Noël in the City of Light:<p><b>Manèges de Noël: Christmas Carousels</b><p>These seasonal merry-go-rounds pop …

If You're Looking For Something Crazy To Do In Europe, Here's Your Ultimate Plan

Not to sound ungrateful to the gods of culture, but once you've seen one museum, you sometimes feel like you've seen them all.<p>Looking for something extra crazy to do on your EuroTrip? Allow us to highlight the wacko-ist spots in each city on your map.<p><b>LONDON</b><p><b>You could</b> sip tea with the queen.<p><b>You …

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