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Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

30 Epic Places You Absolutely Must Visit Before You're 30

Traveling young is important because it shapes your worldview. When you travel young, you realize who you are and what you believe in before it’s time to make the big-kid decisions (career, marriage, and all that scary stuff) that will impact the rest of your life.<p>If you were to visit each of these …

5 Things You Must Do in Valencia, Spain

When you've had enough of Madrid and Barcelona, head down to party-hungry Valencia for a flaming good time.<p>Design/Photo Editing: Nick Ross<p>The third largest city in Spain, Valencia is often overlooked for big brother Madrid and Barcelona. But this fast-talking city is full of spectacular sights, …

8 Things Not to Miss in Prague

The heart and soul of the Czech Republic, as well as traditional Bohemia, are inseparably wrapped up in the amazing cultural confluence that is Prague. There has been a settlement on the site of the city for over 1,200 years.<p><b>Be Enchanted by Old Town Square</b><p>It's like stepping inside a fairy-tale …

Travel Tips: How to Pack for Long Trips

Europe's Most Beautifully Precarious Villages

Europe is home to some of the world's most enchanting villages; small, rustic towns where time seems to slow down and travelers can explore narrow streets, ancient buildings, and farm-fresh country taverns to really soak up the local flavor. Europe is also home to some of the most unusual villages …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

The Best Places To Eat, Drink, And Play In Amsterdam

<b>On your first day here, seeing this is a must:</b><p>What you definitely don't want to miss, is Amsterdam's canals. Walk, bike or "hitchhike" a boat with locals (do not take a touristy canal boat. It's not expensive and may sound tempting, but you'll see almost nothing because they travel much too quickly …

Save Big on Summer Travel in Japan

<i>Nebuta Matsuri. Festivals are at their best and brightest in the summer.</i><p>Over-the-top festivals, fireworks extravaganzas, street-side barbeques, a chorus of cicadas singing in every tree, shaved ice, colorful cotton <i>yukata</i> kimonos and the <i>clip clop</i> of wooden sandals: The sights, sounds and flavors of …

Five sites for exploring Edo-era Tokyo

Technology and fashion might be the first things that come to mind when you think of Tokyo, but even the city's most cutting-edge characteristics are framed by a past when 'Edo' (the pre-1868 name for Tokyo) was the world's biggest city and military Shogun ruled the country. While the US has its …

There's A New Tour For Game Of Thrones Fans

The tours visit some of the most popular filming locations and will be launched this summer by the company Viator. Guides will be up-to-date on the latest gossip and stories as the drama reaches the end of its third series on HBO and Sky Atlantic.<p>The plot follows the fortunes of various warring …

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 …

Living Room of an 18th Century Japanese Residence

In the northern part of Himeji city that is famous for the world heritage "Himeji Castle" is an old house of Sano family. It is said that the …

How to Take a Rickshaw Tour of Tokyo

Leave uptown, high-tech Tokyo behind and tour the city's historic Asakusa quarter the old fashioned way. Go slow. Go retro. Go rickshaw!<p>You'll see these little black, two-wheeled vehicles with their iconic bright red-blankets and high-perch seats all over the traditional <i>shitamachi</i> (old downtown) …

Hammetschwand Lift, Europe's Biggest Outdoor Elevator, Will Make Your Stomach Drop

Roller coasters are scary, but this outdoor elevator in Switzerland might actually be more terrifying. Anyone going up?<p>Hammetschwand lift -- Europe's tallest outdoor elevator -- connects to the lookout point on Bürgenstock mountain and rises high above the clouds. At over 3,700 feet, the structure …

9 Rules Westerners Should Remember When Visiting Japan

In many ways -- to Western eyes anyway -- Japan is as baffling as Bill Murray's facial expressions made it seem in Sofia Coppola's brilliant 2003 Oscar-winner "Lost in Translation." The sea of black suits streaming down Tokyo's sidewalks. The young female barkers dressed like schoolgirls outside …