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Seven Perfect Days in Belize

I have been traveling to <b>Belize</b> every year for more than a decade and am already planning my next trip.<p>Why? As the only English-speaking country in Central America, as well as one of its smallest (it’s about the size of New Jersey), Belize is surprisingly easy to navigate. Local residents are …

I Heart My Island: Rarotonga

<b>Papaapaiiaku Teuruaa</b>, known affectionately as Pa, was born on <b>Rarotonga</b>, the largest and most populous island in the sprawling South Pacific archipelago known as the Cook Islands. Despite spending his early adulthood in (relatively) nearby New Zealand (those who make up the islands’s native Māori …

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Exploring Viñales, Cuba's scenic backyard

The Valle de Viñales is a stunning national park blessed by fertile rust-red soil, layered in chartreuse green expanses of tobacco plantations and studded by precipitous limestone buttresses of rock. It offers Cuba’s very best hiking, climbing, caving and vistas, based around the tranquil farming …

Cuba

Best tropical holiday destinations in Africa & Indian Ocean under £40

From jungle lodges in Africa to paradise island-beach shacks in the Indian Ocean, we round up the best affordable winter-sun escapes<p>See hotels in Australia | South America | Central America & Caribbean | Asia<p><b>Zanzibar, Tanzania</b><p><b>Upepo Boutique Beach Bungalows, near Bwejuu</b><br>Tanzanian hotelier Shareef and …

The best tropical holiday destinations in South America for under £40

From an adventure lodge in the Peruvian Amazon to pousadas on the golden beaches of Brazil, all these places to stay are totally tropical<p>See hotels in Africa & Indian Ocean | Australia | Central America & Caribbean | Asia<p><b>Colombia</b><p><b>Parque Tayrona, Santa Marta</b><br>Reached by boat from nearby Taganga, or a …

The best tropical holiday destinations in Australia for under £40

An eco-lodge and a ‘resort-style hostel’ in Queensland, and a wilderness camp in Western Australia – plus a remote tropical hideaway in New Caledonia<p>See hotels in Africa & Indian Ocean | South America | Central America & Caribbean | Asia<p><b>Australia</b><p><b>Kooljaman, Cape Leveque, Western Australia</b><br>At the tip …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

Germany

22 Modern Interior Design Ideas Blending Brick Walls with Stylish Home Furnishings

Share:<p>Antique brick walls and ceiling designs add unique charm to modern home interiors, creating dramatic and sophisticated, comfortable and modern …

Interior Design

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

Unusual places to stay in the USA

We all know that lodging can make a break or vacation, but staying somewhere truly unique – a tipi, say, or a giant bird's nest, or even spending the night underwater – can turn a humdrum holiday into an unforgettable trip.<p>The USA's entrepreneurial spirit knows no bounds, and it's frequently …

Key Largo
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Home decor leaning toward many shades of gray

The graying of America has hit home — in its kitchen cabinets, bathroom counters and bedroom walls.<p>The white-on-white look has had a lock on home interiors in recent years but is becoming passe, tastemakers have decreed.<p>In its place, various shades of gray are gaining ground, or so some authorities …

How To Make Your Home Look Like You Hired An Interior Designer

Here at Freshome, we have a lot of respect for interior designers and all of the hard work they put into their designed spaces. It takes a certain …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

Italy

After the party: recharging in Queensland's Gold Coast Hinterland

Sunburnt and exhausted after partying it up on Australia's Gold Coast? That’s not surprising. This sprawling city stretching along the Pacific coast south of Brisbane is Australia’s answer to both Las Vegas and Miami, combining gambling, nightclubs and dining with perfect swimming beaches.<p>Luckily, …

Australia

African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

Wildlife

24 hours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a walking city – one that repays those who tramp its cobbles with stately Georgian grandeur. So with 24 hours up your sleeve, where would you go and what can you see?<p>Morning<p>Head over to Valvona & Crolla for breakfast. This Italian delicatessen is an Edinburgh institution. Counter staff …

Scotland

Off the beaten track in Rome

From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome's headline acts need no introduction. But away from these historic crowd-pleasers, there are a host of lesser-known sights and neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered. Here's a selection of our favourites.<p>Chiesa di Santa Prassede<p>The interior of the …

Italy

Ultimate Australian weekend escapes

Australians spend more than AU$51 billion on domestic travel every year and the latest stats from Tourism Australia suggest Aussies are trading long languid holidays for shorter stays focussed on making the most of a destination. So, if you’re time-poor, travelling with a family, needing a beach …

Australia

5 Reasons to Visit Nevis Right Now

Tiny Nevis—a mere eight miles long and six miles wide—might just be the Caribbean island you’ve never heard of. Separated from its larger and busier …

Caribbean

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Western Australia

From Caye to Cayo: Top 4 Experiences in Belize

The Cayes and the Cayo. Typographically, they may be very similar, but topographically these distinctive regions in Belize are worlds apart.<p>The Cayes …

Central America

Spring 2014 Guide to Chicago

After surviving sub-zero temps during one of the worst winters in history, Chicago is poised to warm up this spring with a slew of restaurant …

Fire and ice: adventures in Iceland

You could be forgiven for mistaking Iceland's scenery for a sci-fi movie set. Boiling water blasts out of geysers, and cracks in the earth belch steam. Arid plains and mustard-coloured rocks stretch endlessly into the distance. Volcanoes lurk menacingly under a covering of snow.<p>Iceland is …

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8 Reasons to Visit South Africa

By Boyd Varty, author of <i>Cathedral of the Wild</i><p>After growing up on his family's private game reserve in South Africa, Boyd Varty now lives and works at …