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11 European Cities That Are Even Better in Winter

There are devotees of warm-weather vacations among us, who refuse to look north until May rolls around. But there's something to be said for embracing the season and following the deep freeze. In fact, a 20-degree-Fahrenheit day in Europe can be—dare we say it—blissful. The continent's best cities …

Europe

Hottest Destinations of 2018, According to Airbnb

Earlier this month, Airbnb released their top ten list of trending destinations—cities around the world that have seen up to two thousand times the usual bookings. The Midwest won big, with Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio seeing the biggest increases in the U.S. Plus, the home-sharing platform is …

Da Nang

Women Who Travel: Why Travel Only Gets Better as We Get Older

With experience, comes a willingness to take more risks.<p>If you could give your 21-year-old self one piece of travel advice, what would it be? For some of us answering that question on this week's Women Who Travel podcast, it was to be more fearless and to worry less about the small stuff (that lost …

Travel

The Best Gifts for Drinkers this Holiday Season

People often say that I'm hard to buy presents for—they complain that I'm picky, opinionated, and “already have everything.” My response? “If you think I'm difficult to buy presents for, you obviously don't know the location of your local liquor store.” In fact, choosing a bottle of someone's …

Christmas

A Former CIA Operative Shares His Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Like: how to know when you're being followed, and why you should pack a rubber doorstop wherever you go.<p>Here at <i>Traveler</i>, we have holiday travel tips for almost every scenario. The easiest and cheapest ways to travel with wine over Christmas? Done. How to simplify holiday travel with kids? You're …

Holiday Travel

U.S. State Department Announces a New Travel Warning System

A new tiered system, with security information for every country in the world, will be rolled out in January.<p>Last month, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Europe ahead of the holiday season, advising travelers to take extra precautions at tourist destinations like the famous …

Security

12 Days of Travel: U.S. to Dubai or Abu Dhabi from $651 Round-Trip

Consider it a holiday gift to yourself.<p><i>Last year, JetBlue rolled out 12 Days of Deals—daily low fares all over the Western Hemisphere, and we couldn't get enough of it. This year, the airline’s holiday surprise is the return of the ‘All You Can Jet’ pass, but we were so inspired by their</i> …

Airlines

World's Smallest Inhabited Island Is About the Size of a Tennis Court

In this week's Maphead, we take a look at Just Room Enough Island in NY. Leave it to New Yorkers to make the most of a cramped living space.<p>The smallest island in the world, The Guinness Book of World Records once held, was Bishop Rock, an incredibly lonely lighthouse off the English Isles of …

World Records

Chef Mario Batali Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Steps Away from Food Empire

The restaurateur and Food Network star has taken a leave of absence following an Eater investigation.<p>Four women have accused chef Mario Batali of sexual misconduct, according to an investigation by <i>Eater</i>. The four women, all of whom have opted to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from Batali, …

Restaurants

Ancient, Never-Before-Seen Egyptian Tombs Will Be Open to the Public

The tombs were first discovered in the 1990s.<p>In an effort to boost tourism, Egypt has opened up two ancient tombs in the southern Nile city of Luxor. BBC News reports that the two small tombs, estimated to be about 3,500 years old, were first discovered in the 1990s by a German archeologist, but …

Egypt

Zion National Park Sets Visitation Record—But This May Be Bad News for You

The 2017 numbers may support a proposal to increase entry fees.<p>With less than a month to go until the end of 2017, Zion National Park has already received 4.4 million visitors. The five percent increase over last year matches National Park Service estimates and highlights concerns for overcrowding, …

National Parks

Airlines Are No Longer Required to Disclose Baggage Fees

It's going to be harder to compare ticket prices.<p>The Trump administration announced this week that U.S. airlines will no longer be required to disclose baggage fees as soon as customers start the ticket-buying process. The Department of Transportation (DOT) decision is a direct reversal of an …

Airlines

What to Know About Airlines' New Smart Bag Policies

Major U.S. airlines are banning smart luggage with non-removable batteries.<p>Just in time for holiday travel and gifts, more airlines have announced restrictions on smart luggage. Following American Airlines' announcement on December 1 that all high-tech suitcases must have a removable battery to be …

Airlines

James May of 'The Grand Tour' on the One Road Trip Everyone Should Take

And what it really takes to be a good driving buddy.<p>Super fans know him as "Captain Slow" for his cautious driving. But compared to the rest of us, Brit James May is <i>far</i> from slow, speeding around the world's most extreme locales in the craziest cars and contraptions in the motoring show <i>The Grand</i> …

George Carlin

Why Planning for a Trip Is Overrated

The golden rule of travel, according to some? Don't overthink it.<p>In our universe, there are two types of travelers: wingers and planners. The wingers rock up to the destination with little more than a hotel booked, and spend their days getting lost in neighborhoods, happening upon cozy cafes where …

Travel

Best Hotels in Colorado

Would-be vacationers once flocked to the Centennial State just to hit the slopes—now they're sliding off their skis and setting off to sample the state's more than 50 distilleries and 160 craft breweries. Even the art scene has hit its stride, with more than a few hotels curating works by …

Hotels

10 Essential Adventure Travel Accessories

Maybe you're the kind of person that considers a hammock set up in the backyard as an adventure. Then again, maybe you're the Kilimanjaro-hiking type. Either way, there is some essential gear that any adventurer can appreciate: water bottles that filter your water with a single push, space-saving …

Digital Nomads

The Most Beautiful Winter Escapes in the World

As the cold weather swings around, we often find ourselves wishing for winter wonderlands and tropical beaches in equal measure. With this in mind, we've rounded up 30 of the best places to escape to this winter—from Hawaii's natural beauty and a slice of France in the Caribbean, to Christmas …

Peter Dinklage

In Search of Adventure: Travelogue Podcast

There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all adventure.<p>Adventure is a tricky word. After all, what pushes someone's mental, physical, or emotional boundaries and is deemed "risky" for one may just be another day at the office for someone else.<p>In our latest episode of Travelogue, we dive deep into …

Travel

Alaska Airlines Will Let You Board Early If You Wear an Ugly Holiday Sweater

It's all in honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.<p>If you have a trip booked on Alaska Airlines next week, make sure you have room in your carry-on for your ugliest holiday sweater. In honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on December 15, the airline has announced that it will offer …

Airlines

Why You Shouldn't Overlook Smaller Airports

Flying from hometown airports doesn't always mean paying high prices for airfare.<p>It’s finally time to book that trip, but you’re torn between a flight from your small, hometown airport and a lower-priced option out of a large airport 65 miles away. The obvious answer may be to save money and …

Air Travel

Berlin and Munich Are Finally Connected by High-Speed Rail

Twenty-five years (and billions of dollars) in the making, the Intercity-Express line connecting the two hubs is here.<p>With increased airport security and all the inevitable delays, traversing Europe by train is often quicker than flying. But in Germany, that hasn't always been the case: For …

Trains

Where to See the World's Best Christmas Lights

As the holidays approach, cities around the world stage extravagant, spectacular Christmas light displays that are more than just your neighbors stringing up a few strands. Here are 12 of our favorite places to see holiday lights.<p><i>This piece has been updated with new information.</i>

Christmas

The 20 Best Ski Resorts in the U.S. and Canada

<i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers rate their favorite ski resorts in North America—the best trails, lifts and lines, and spots for après-ski. Before you head out to hit the slopes, find out which mountains came out on top in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards.

Skiing

This Arctic Hotel Is Perfect for People Who Hate People

Even Ron Swanson would consider visiting Europe for this off-the-grid retreat.<p>If you've been awake for any part of 2017, chances are you desperately need a break from society. And while it's becoming increasingly hard to go completely off the grid these days, Norway has you covered with …

Off-grid

The Next Great Florida Vacations

It’s no longer just Miami’s beaches, Orlando’s theme parks, and Key West’s laid-back charm luring folks to the Sunshine State. From Fort Lauderdale, which continues to up its tropical luxury game, to downtown St. Petersburg and its new cultural identity, here are seven Florida destinations on the …

Florida

This Rally Through the Sahara Desert Is Just for Women

Condé Nast Traveler editor Mara Balagtas took on the dunes in the annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.<p>Cutting through Morocco’s Sahara over nine days of off-roading, the 1,500-mile Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is different from just about every other car rally in the world. There's no …

Deserts

In Pursuit of the Viral Vacation

It used to be enough to just have post-vacation bragging rights. Now, we want to get as many likes, hearts, and clicks as possible.<p>At the office, we half-jokingly refer to one of our coverage areas as “tourists behaving badly.” More often that not, a headline-making move by an overzealous (or, …

Viral

Flight Deal: U.S. to Costa Rica from $216 Round-Trip

Get to the Central American nation in the middle of its dry season, thanks to incredibly low fares.<p>As the U.S. gets its taste of cold snaps, it's time to start booking escapes to warmer climes. And thanks to some full-service airlines like JetBlue, American, and Panama-based, regional carrier COPA, …

Air Travel

A Network of Ancient Caves Was Just Discovered Under Montreal

Exciting news for city folk and geology nerds alike.<p>City dwellers have been unnerved over the years by the common legend that in an urban area, you're never more than six feet from a rat. This week in Montreal, however, residents discovered a whole new unknown about the world beneath their feet: a …

Archaeology