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10 Raised Garden Beds That Fit Any Backyard Space

Just add soil, seeds, and sunshine.<p>Starting a garden is no easy task, and it can be especially challenging if the terrain surrounding your property isn't amenable to the types of plants you'd like to grow. Enter the raised garden bed — a boxy unit that allows you to plant flowers, herbs, and …

20 Grilled Skewer Recipes to Get You Ready for Barbecue Season

It’s *finally* that time. We’re consistently feeling the sun on our skin, the stores are full of brightly colored fashions and the neighbors are already grilling. Ready to jump on the outdoor-cooking bandwagon? There’s no better grill-ready meal than kabob recipes full of your favorite meats and …

World Monuments Light Up For The Royal Baby (PHOTOS)

People around the world were in a state of revelry Monday as news broke that Kate Middleton and Prince William's royal baby boy had entered the world.<p>To celebrate the regal birth, monuments on both sides of the Atlantic lit up in blue that evening as a tribute to the newest member of the royal …

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 US Airports With The Cheapest Average Airfares

In Los Angeles? Instead of flying out of LAX (where an average flight costs $465), you may want to book a flight out of Long Beach Airport (LGB), where the average airfare costs just $216.<p>Cheapflights.com just released their fourth annual Airport Affordability Index, which ranks popular airports …

5 Essential Locals to Befriend on Your Travels - Vagabondish

I’m as guilty as the next traveler of snapping candid photos of local kids in exchange for little more than a smile. Or blindly pushing through an …

It's a Bug's Life: 5 Incredible Insectariums

Would you bug out if a tarantula crawled up your arm? Could you eat a fried dragonfly or a cicada kabob? Have you ever watched a fist-sized butterfly take a bite of an orange? Kids have a natural fascination with creepy crawlies, and we should nurture that; after all, insects make up 97 percent of …

Video Captures Hot Air Balloon Crashing Into A Lake In The Netherlands

On Tuesday, a hot air balloon carrying 11 people caught fire and crashed into a lake in the Netherlands.<p>After the balloon caught fire, the driver steered the vehicle into Lake Gooi, near the Dutch city of Almere. The wind then dragged the basket along the water until it hit the shore, when …

7 Ways to Save Big While You Splurge on Luxury Travel - Vagabondish

Think “luxury travel” and you’ll likely start seeing the dollar signs racking up. Splurging on luxury travel can be attractive — seriously, is there …

7 Top Farm Stays Around the World

Looking for a unique place to hit the hay—quite literally—on your next getaway? Consider a farm stay, a type of property whose farms, gardens, and …

Vacation Rentals Slowly Becoming Easier to Book Online

Renting a vacation home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina or the South of Spain once involved faxes, phone calls, and key pick-ups. The seemingly …

A Local's Guide To Portland, Oregon

<b>We caught up with Olivia Raymer, product manager at BootsnAll Travel Network to get an insider's advice on the best way to explore the Portland local food scene.</b><p><b>On your first day here, seeing this is a must:</b> Bridges, mountains, and rivers. While you might get a peek of Mt. Hood if you fly in on a …

10 Of The Quirkiest Hotels In The U.S., According To TripAdvisor

We've heard of our share of very unusual hotels, including prison hotels, a cruise ship resort, ice hotels, treehouse lodging, a gas station-turned-AirBnB, a "homeless" hotel, and even a morgue hotel. But a bed & breakfast in the shape of a giant beagle?! Yes, it exists -- here in the U.S.<p>Now …

Seven of the most treasured travel souvenirs (as voted by you)

Tired of snowdomes and T-shirts? Have a few too many fridge magnets? In an entirely non-scientific survey, we asked Lonely Planet fans on Facebook to tell us about their most treasured travel souvenirs. It turns out that the best keepsakes are often the things that pesos and pounds can’t buy…<p>1. A …

Message In A Bottle Discovery Gives Irish Family Trip Of A Lifetime

When ten-year-old Oisín Millea found a bottle in Passage East, Co. Waterford with a message written in French last year, he could never have dreamt what would come next. Like a scene out of a movie, this find would win him the trip of a lifetime for his family to Quebec. (<b>*SEE VIDEO BELOW*</b>)<p>His …

If America changed its state capitals based on awesomeness

Atlanta, Georgia. Boston, Massachusetts. Nashville, Tennessee. These places got it right when choosing a capital to represent the entire state. Can’t …

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Vacation Blues? 6 Tips to Ease the Before, During, and After

"How was your vacation?" I asked my friend who had just returned from a beach holiday.<p>"Now I <i>really</i> need a vacation." she sighed. "It was exhausting to get ready, the kids fought while we were there, and now it's overwhelming to be home."<p>Yep. I've been there. When you consider the Herculean effort …

RANKED: The 9 Best Towns In The Hamptons

The Hamptons — a favorite vacation destination of the rich and famous as well as New York's 'it' crowd — is actually composed of roughly 20 different villages, each one with its own unique flavor.<p>For this list, we ranked each destination on their quality of beaches, restaurants, shopping, …

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The 10 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in America

From the Grand Canyon to Graceland, summer is the season to appreciate the beauty our country has to offer.<p>Cape Cod<p>Chicago<p>Graceland<p>Grand Canyon<p>Mount …

Road Trips To Take This Summer (PHOTOS)

Everyone loves a road trip, especially in summer.<p>Sure, there are the obvious trips, such as Rte 1 in California bringing you up and down the coast, but when you're pressed for time (the summer is, sorry to say, half over) and money, what are the must-dos that you can still plan to do this summer?<p>We …

Church Pubs & Jailhouse Bistros: America's Best Offbeat Restaurants

Fancy a a pint in an ex-church-turned-brewery? How about dinner in a "busteraunt"? These are just a couple of the quirky, recycled restaurants popping up all over America. Here are eight of the country's best offbeat converted restaurants.<p>1. The Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh<p>This Pittsburgh brewpub …

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

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8 Budget-Busting Travel Fees (And How to Avoid Them)

You booked the flight, you got the hotel, the rental car -- maybe you even figured out how much your food costs are going to run you on your upcoming summer vacation. You're set, you're done, no surprises. Right? Well, maybe not.<p>As we too often find out when traveling these days, the cost of the …

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31 Stunning Pictures Of American National Parks

The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>You don't have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country's national parks.<p>We …

Made in America: Factory Tours in the US of A

Who says America doesn't make stuff anymore? From cars to coffee, hot sauce to jumbo jets, we've got ten great places to see how the proverbial …

10 Terribly Overrated Destinations (And Where To Travel Instead)

Have you ever traveled somewhere that everyone told you was the absolute best, only to find yourself wondering: Is that all there is?<p>It happens. Sometimes, the destination in question is trading on a dated reputation it no longer deserves. Other times, you've fallen victim to hype, manufactured by …

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