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12 Great Hikes in Banff National Park – Hiking Alberta

Choosing a dozen great day hikes from hundreds of possibilities in Banff National Park is somewhat akin to choosing which fish in the barrel one …

Hiking

The safest places in Mexico for travelers

“Is Mexico safe?” It’s a question many American travelers have asked themselves, especially in the wake of a sweeping security alert for Mexico issued by the U.S. State Department in early March 2018. Such travel advisories can be confusing, but this one is pretty clear and even includes a …

Mexico

Escape Reality With a Weekend on the Sonoma Coast

It can be hard to wrap your mind around Sonoma County, an area that starts 45 miles north of San Francisco. It's nearly the size of Delaware and …

San Francisco

A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

The Serbian-born writer picks the best places in his ‘beautiful, luminous’ adopted city for eating, shopping, walking or just hanging out and soaking up the views<p>Before I moved to Lisbon, almost a quarter of a century ago, someone told me: “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see …

European Travel

These spots along Portugal's coast will have you booking your tickets ASAP

1/<p>Day 1: Hide out in Praia da Luz.<p>Natalie Stoclet<p>Your journey along the coast will start in the quaint town of Praia da Luz. Most travelers to the …

12 Once-in-a-Lifetime Camping Sites

More than 700 miles of trails wind through Montana’s crystalline lakes, jagged mountain peaks, and ancient glaciers. Go now, before they vanish …

Hiking

25 Things You Didn’t Know Your Microwave Could Do

Microwaves make everyone’s life a little easier. In fact, if you’re just using yours to heat up your frozen dinners, you’re missing out on a whole …

Kitchens

7 Fun Things to Do in The Picturesque City of Sintra, Portugal

<b>There are so many things to do in Sintra, a picturesque city located just 45 minutes north of Lisbon Portugal.</b><p>The history of the area dates back to …

European Travel

18 amazing countries where you can stay, eat, and tour for less than you live at home

When you ask Americans why they don't travel abroad, the top reason they cite is cost.<p>But once you get on that plane to a cheaper part of the world — Southeast Asia, say, or Central America, or even, yes, Northern Europe — man do the prices drop. You won't realize how rich you are until you land in …

Dominican Republic

The Surprising Ingredient You Should Be Adding to Your Eggs

No matter how you’re cooking them (some prefer runny, others very well-done) scrambled eggs need little more than butter for the pan and a dash of …

Breakfast

Port of Call

As your plane touches down in Portugal, you can gaze out the window at the vast horizon of the seaside Belém district. You might dream of the bravery …

Why You Should Plan a Cozy Winter Getaway to This Sonoma City

Stretched along the Petaluma River between the Pacific coast and California Wine Country, Petaluma earns high marks for its pastoral setting and …

Experiencing Portugal Is All the More Vivid On a Walking Trip

Photo by Flash Parker<p>The sights, sounds, and smells of Portugal are all the more vivid when you’re walking, as AFAR Ambassador Flash Parker recently …

Why you should apply for or renew your U.S. passport before January

Americans should apply for or renew their passports before January because processing times are shortest between September and December.<p>That's the word from the U.S. State Department, which each year declares September to be Passport Month. Demand for passports typically heats up in the new year …

The Remote Oregon Town to Try Next

Hours in any direction from the nearest decent-size city, Wallowa County, Ore., is remote even by the standards of the rural Northwest. To get there, my husband, our daughter and I drove along the straw-colored cliffs of the Columbia River, through Pendleton, home of the sturdy woolen blanket, and …

Eastern Oregon

9 incredible places in Colorado you’ve probably never heard of

COLORADO IS AN endless source of inspiration, full of places that have become legends both for the activities they make possible as well as their …

The Best Small Town to Visit in All 50 States

The paradox of big-city travel is that you never really get a break. You ditch work in New York, LA, or Chicago to go visit your buddies in New York, …

Old and new mix on a weekend escape to Encinitas

My husband and I have been visiting downtown<p>Encinitas, Calif., for years, drawn by its laid-back vibe and mix of beach bohemian and new-age spirituality. That counterculture feel is still there, but the times they are a changin’. We hit the streets to practice the Zen art of shopping, dining and …

Lesser Known Campgrounds in Washington’s Most Popular Camping Spots

Summer is prime camping season in Washington, and there is no place like Washington State for outdoor lovers. If you are new to camping and thinking …

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Where to Find the Darkest Skies in the U.S. for Serious Stargazing

The stars are waiting.<p>Timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan have spent three years traveling to more than 500 locations to …

Travel

Discover last minute places still available to camp and see the Great American Eclipse

It took just over an hour for 1018 extra camping sites in Oregon to be reserved for the night of 21 August, 2017, when the moon will pass in front of the sun and darkness will descend over daylight, for the first time since 1979.<p>The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offered additional spots to …

National Parks

7 Worthwhile Uses For Your Old Phone or Tablet

No need for it to be sitting useless in a drawer.<p>When it's time to upgrade to a new phone or tablet, the question comes up: What do you do with the old one?<p>You've got a few options to pick from. You could pass it on to a friend or family member, if you're feeling generous, or you could take …

Beautiful Places in Canada to Visit

Canada’s immense and magnificent natural landscapes provide a cornucopia of unequaled photo opportunities, outdoor adventure, and historic landmarks. …

Hiking

Nine International Cities Where You Can Live On The Cheap

How much does it really cost to live abroad? That’s a question that seems easy on its face, then starts to sound incredibly complicated. Currency conversions, travel expenses, and “westerner” tax all seem to stand in the way of just saying ‘f*ck it’ and moving to a new country or city and living a …

Taking a Train Trip Across Canada

There are so many beautiful sights to see and incredible things to do in Canada that you might struggle to cover everything in a single vacation. …

44 of the best long hiking trails in the continental US all on one map

So many trails, so little time. That’s sure how it feels sometimes when you’re trying to pick a new adventure to go on. It can be difficult deciding …

Hiking

Map: America's Best Long Trails

Plan your next big hike with this map of America's most-loved long trails.<p>38K<p>SHARES<p>Creating a thru-hike-worthy trail ranks as one of the hardest …

As the Algarve is named best-value destination - here’s how to get the most for your money

The Algarve in Portugal has been named the best-value destination in the world for British travellers, according to the Post Office’s 2017 Holiday Costs Barometer.<p>The Algarve topped the list for the second year running, beating Sunny Beach in Bulgaria and Spain’s Costa del Sol which came second …

European Travel