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Photography Tutorials For Beginners: 7 Powerful Photography Tips for Amazing Photos

For every beginner, there will be some confusion how to take good photos and how to see this world in a photography way. I hope, this tutorial will …

10 reasons to visit Abruzzo, Italy's new hot destination

<b>(CNN) —</b> Central Italy 's Abruzzo has always attracted visitors thanks to its enviable snow season, but up until recently the majority were European.<p>Now the region, a world away from modern Italy, could be on the verge of an international tourism boom.<p>With incoming travel numbers on the rise in the …

Italy

The Emerald Coast: Nicaragua's hidden jewel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Move over Costa Rica: Nicaragua is emerging as the new eco-travel darling of Central America.<p>In the past two decades, Nicaragua has made concerted efforts to increase peace and international tourism; now, it's one of Central America's safer nations for travel, based on 2017's Global Peace …

Central America

'Hidden Iceland' Trips Take You Where the Crowds Aren't

A new travel company says you can explore Iceland without having to share it with tourists.<p>Think back to, say, a decade ago, when the average American knew Iceland as the land of Björk, Sigur Rós, and hard-to-pronounce volcanoes. Despite it only being a five-and-a-half-hour flight from the east …

Best of Italy

Use our best of Italy guide as you plan your Italian vacation. Below you'll find our picks for where to go in Italy including top cities, romantic …

Italy

Trips in Europe everyone should take according to the world's top travel experts

The Ice Hotel, Finland.Flickr/bjaglin<p>No matter how many countries you've been to, there's always somewhere new to discover.<p>But with so many cultures, countries, and landscapes to explore, it's hard to prioritise one dream destination over another.<p>Business Insider UK asked top travel bloggers and …

European Travel

Stacking Running Line For Better Spey Casting: Video

How do you shoot a hundred feet of running line without a tangle? It’s easier than it sounds. There’s a very specific technique for stacking running …

Fishing

Recipe: Orzo with Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Blue Cheese

Orzo with Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Blue Cheese<p>Serves 4 to 6<p>2 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash (1/4-inch cubes) <br>3 tablespoons olive oil <br>1/4 …

Recipes

10 Dreamy Greek Getaways That Aren't Athens

Though I love Athens just as much as the next travel-obsessed person, the entirety of Greece is too beautiful to just stay in its capital city. From …

How to delete all photos from your iPhone (without losing them for good)

Whether you're looking to save on iPhone storage or selling your device, here's how to delete all photos from your iPhone<p>When you’re snapping …

Why Southeast Italy Is the Next Trendy Destination

When it comes to traveling in Italy, Rome, Tuscany, and the Amalfi Coast get all the love. These places may be the eternal muses of travelers …

Italy

24 hours in Zaragoza

Of all the places I visited in 2017, my trip to Zaragoza was up there with the best: I really didn’t expect to enjoy this city so much. That too, …

European Travel

10 things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon’s star has never shone brighter: Instagram feeds are littered with snaps of its ubiquitous indigo-hued tiles, tech startups are flocking …

12 restaurants worth traveling across the world to experience

INTERNATIONAL - If there’s a clichéd concept for food travel, it’s the bucket restaurant list. <br>The idea, popularly thought to have come from the 2007 …

New England

On A Hike Through Utah's 'Mighty Five,' The Rocks Are Surreal But The Anvils Are Imaginary

Arches. Bryce. Canyonlands. Capitol Reef. Zion.<p>The mere mention of their names evokes images of Technicolor desertscapes, vermilion cliffs and vivid sunsets. They are Utah's "Mighty Five" national parks.<p>"Is that an anvil up there?" asked my 11-year-old daughter, as we passed under a particularly …

National Parks

$$$$$ Don't Overpay For Hotels By Making This Crucial Booking Mistake...

We’ll run a tab, please…<p>What would you do with an extra hundred dollars a day to spend on your travels? We’re willing to bet you’d find something …

Hospitality

The ultimate guide to Galicia

Galicia gives travellers an alternative Spanish experience. With its strong Celtic connections, wild beaches and arguably the best seafood in Europe, this unique region in Spain’s northwest remains largely unexplored by the tourists flocking to Barcelona or the Costa del Sol.<p>While Santiago de …

Spain: best budget beach hotels on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada

Away from the brash resorts, check in to one of Catalonia's peaceful seaside retreats, from an unspoilt fishing village to a tiny cove where you sleep to the sound of the waves<p>Hotel Casamar, Llafranc<p>The hugely friendly, family-run Casamar does simple extremely well, and does sophisticated right …

The ultimate foodie guide to Lisbon

From traditional Portuguese dishes to modern creations, the Portuguese capital is home to an array of eateries with a difference that will surprise …

European Travel

More than Just Tapas: Where to Eat in Barcelona

I first visited Spain in 2001, and I had no idea where to eat in Barcelona. I also had no clue how to navigate a city that seemed bewilderingly …

Peru for foodies: a journey through the country's culinary hotspots

2013 was a pivotal point for Peru’s arrival on the world’s culinary stage. It was in this year that Peruvian food grabbed its first Michelin star, courtesy of London’s Lima restaurant. It was this year too that Lima-based restaurant Astrid y Gastón shot to prominence with <i>numero uno</i> position in the …

Where to Eat in Barcelona

As recommended by the staff at Pakta. —Michael Idov

A long weekend in... Taormina

This hill-top town at the foot of Mount Etna is home to stunning scenery and unmissable culinary creations. And if Taormina is good enough for world …

Best Things to Do in Portugal

Despite sharing the Iberian peninsula with one of the world's most visited countries, Portugal's lures are not widely known internationally.<p>But …

European Travel

Those $99 flights to Europe are now departing from four more US cities

Seriously cheap airfares are coming to four Midwest airports.<p>WOW Air, a budget carrier based out of Iceland, is launching service from St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit, bringing its total U.S. destinations to 12—and making international travel from the area a lot cheaper.<p>WOW is famous …

Charles de Gaulle

Classic Tapas and the Best Places to Get Them in Spain, According to José Andrés

From croquetas to bravas, we've got you covered.<p>In addition to <i>tortilla</i> and <i>gambas al ajillo</i>, these are the iconic bites you’ll find at almost every …

Skip Bordeaux—This Is the New Wine Region to Visit in France

On a Friday evening near the tiny French fishing village of Gruissan, a gypsy band roars into song, strumming “Les Champs-Élysées.” The crowd joins in clapping, hopping up on wooden picnic tables to sing along as steaming bowls of mussels and salt-encrusted sea bass emerge from the kitchen. The …

France

Porto on a plate: a perfect day in Portugal's food capital

When it comes to talent in the kitchen, Porto knows few rivals in Portugal. With the Atlantic on its doorstep, the Douro vineyards rolling east and the Trás-os-Montes producing smoked meats in its <i>fumeiros</i> and tangy cheeses <i>-</i> the city cherry picks the finest regional produce.<p>So loosen the belt and …

A foodie guide to Florence: nine unmissable experiences

Florence titillates the tastebuds. Eating and drinking in this stylish Tuscan city is as fine an art as its Renaissance masterpiece surrounds, with quality ingredients, simple execution and respect for tradition comprising the holy grail of Florentine cuisine.<p>But it’s not all dining in …

Emilia-Romagna: Italy's gastronomic paradise

The original home of balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and Bolognese sauce, the region of Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy’s culinary superstars. Here, eating well is a simple fact of life. How could it be otherwise in this abundantly fertile region, an agricultural powerhouse since Roman …

Italy