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The 10 Best Hotels in Chicago

You voted; we listened. From swanky, sky-high glass palaces to funky, forward-thinking digs in Jewelers Row, these are the 10 best hotels in Chicago, as rated in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards survey. Click to view as a list.

Hotels

Ten Foodies Tour India, from Mumbai to Maheshwar

Finding choreography in India's chaotic cities, serenity in its rural towns, and brilliantly spiced biryanis in the unlikeliest places.<p>On a bustling Mumbai street corner, knee-deep in tiffin boxes, I stand with Alice Waters, owner of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, and photographer Andrea Gentl, …

Travel

Alcohol Improves Your Foreign Language Skills, Says New Study

Salute! Santé! Prost!<p>During college, I took a few years of Italian. I always did well on written exams, but would completely panic and stumble over my words whenever my Milanese teacher would call on me in class. If I ran into one of my classmates at a party or bar, however, we would instantly grab …

Language

What to Pack for a Cruise

What exactly should you wear on a cruise? Unless you're on an expedition trip to, say, the Arctic, packing for an ocean-bound vacation is a straightforward endeavor: Bathing suits, flip flops, a few books to read by the pool—check. But a few essentials may escape your planning, especially when …

Louis Vuitton

The Joys and Trials of Living Overseas: Travelogue Podcast

Packing up your life and moving halfway around the world is exciting, but it can also be extremely challenging. Here, we learn from those who have done it.<p>The definition of "expat" is not as clear-cut as it may first appear—and that becomes, well, <i>very</i> clear in the opening minutes of this episode of …

Travel

10 Places to Visit in Sweden That Aren't Stockholm

Sweden is known for many things: interior design, edgy fashion, meatballs, and ABBA (obviously). And the best part? It can all be experienced in Stockholm, the country's dynamic capital. And while Stockholm should be a stop on every traveler's Swedish itinerary, there's so much more to this …

Europe

Florence’s Basilica di Santa Croce Closes After Falling Stone Kills Tourist

The famous building will be closed today, and possibly longer.<p>Daniel Testor Schnell, a 52-year old tourist from Barcelona, tragically died Wednesday afternoon after being hit by a piece of masonry that fell from the ceiling of Florence’s Basilica di Santa Croce.<p>The famed church—one of Florence’s …

Rome

The Italian Town of Candela Will Pay You to Move There

Moving to Italy now comes with the gift of cash.<p>These days, vacation can sometimes come at no cost at all: Maine has launched programs that pay for people’s vacations, while Italy has given away castles for free. Now, the mayor of the medieval Italian town of Candela, Puglia is paying people to …

Europe

LaGuardia Airport Is Getting a Makeover—Here's What to Expect

The airport many people love to hate is getting a facelift.<p>LaGuardia Airport’s multi-billion makeover—already into its second year—is on track to demolish the crumbling and outdated structure New Yorkers love to loathe, replacing it with a 21st-century version. To the throngs fighting the hellish …

Airports

Where to Eat and Drink in Greenville, South Carolina

The southern city's locally-driven food scene has been on the upswing for a decade—here's where you should be eating.<p>Ten years ago, Greenville was hardly what you’d call a ‘foodie’ destination: Aside from beloved Soby’s, which stolidly carried the Southern cuisine torch for the city (and still …

Restaurants

Qantas Will Pay for Your Passport If You Book a Flight to Australia

The new promotion invites Americans to come Down Under and you'll get the discount whether or not you have a passport yet.<p>Only 41 percent of Americans have passports. Sadly, that means for the majority of Americans, seeing elephants in the Serengeti or swimming in the Mediterranean will remain just …

Airlines

Best City Parks in the World

After a long day spent exploring an urban jungle, sometimes, all you want is to sit in a park. Luckily, some of the world's busiest cities also happen to be home to lush green space, providing the perfect escape from crowded streets and car horns. From the golden gingko trees of Yoyogi Park (Tokyo) …

Europe

Why You Should Never Swap Seats on a Plane

We have so many feels about this, we decided to circle back for another debate.<p>Sometimes, our staff gets really riled up about travel etiquette. In fact, a dispute over whether or not you should take your shoes off on a flight is what prompted this debate series in the first place. (Things got …

Airlines

The World's Most Expensive Bagel Is Returning to The Westin New York

Now that's a hole lot of dough.<p>Have an extra $1,000 lying around? You could buy a new MacBook Air or round-trip flight to Europe—or you could head over to Times Square in New York and treat yourself to a single bagel.<p>The thousand-dollar item in question comes courtesy of The Westin New York at …

Times Square

The 20 Best Beaches in the World 2017

Start planning your tropical getaway now—these are the best island beaches in the world, according to <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers in our latest Readers' Choice Awards.<p><i>Want to have a say in the 2017 results? Take the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey now and let us know.</i>

Beaches

Flight Deal: U.S. to Iceland from $234 Round-Trip

Flights to Reykjavik are now on sale—but you'd better act fast.<p>Calling all travelers: If visiting Reykjavik is on your bucket list, Icelandair is about to help make your dream trip a reality. The airline is currently offering non-stop, round-trip flights as low as $234 into Reykjavik (KEF) from …

Iceland

Pasta Could Help Save Your Life, Says New Study

Researchers in Pisa have developed a pasta that they say may help your heart.<p>Eating large amounts of pasta—spaghetti, tortellini, raviolo—hasn't exactly been thought of as healthy. But researchers in Italy (no surprise) have developed a barley-enriched pasta that might <i>actually</i> promote …

Nutrition

How Amsterdam Is Solving Its Overtourism Problem

In a quest to keep visitors and residents happy, the city has turned to technology to help make things more manageable for everyone.<p>Overtourism. It’s become a travel industry buzzword, and most places are tackling the problem in punitive ways: Dubrovnik is cutting visitors to a maximum of 8,000 per …

Europe

What to Eat to Avoid Jet Lag

Dietitians weigh in on the way food can improve (or ruin) the way we feel when we’re far from home.<p>Frequent fliers swear by a variety of tricks to avoid jet lag: Seek sunlight upon landing; always choose water; avoid alcohol. But there’s more to stoking the body’s circadian rhythm than through a …

Nutrition

Southwest Celebrates 'Unmanned' Flight—But It's Not What It Sounds Like

It was the first of its kind on the airline's new 737 MAX 8 planes.<p>As reliable as autopilot is, humans are still very much necessary to operating flights. But yesterday, Southwest Airlines managed to pull off an unmanned flight... Sort of.<p>On Wednesday, Southwest took a moment to celebrate an …

Airlines

Why Xiamen May Be China's Next 'It' City

The tropical port town is set to welcome a whole new category of traveler.<p>Most travelers to China start by diving headfirst into the energetic urbanity of Shanghai, while others opt for Beijing with a checklist of attractions in hand. But on their heels is another alternative, one that blends …

Travel

Just Like Us, Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Traveling to Scandinavia

The royal couple couldn't have picked a better time to visit this slice of Europe.<p>If your dream is to travel the world, you should consider joining the British royal family (it can't be that hard, right?). In the past nine months alone, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, have paid …

Royal Family

Zara's Sister Store, Bershka, Just Launched in the U.S.

The Spanish company will host a pop-up shop in New York City until January.<p>Good news for Zara addicts in the United States: Bershka, the brand's younger, even <i>more</i> affordable sister store, has just opened its first location in New York City.<p>The 8,000-square-foot pop-up, which opened on Tuesday in …

United States

Colorado Is Booming Right Now—Here's Where to Go

New reasons to visit are popping up every day.<p>Legalized marijuana has brought more and more visitors to Colorado in recent years, but for tourists, the boom in development has also meant high season never truly seems to end. Little mountain towns are flourishing—and adding more reasons to visit …

Restaurants

What It's Like to Road Trip Through the Himalayas

For a long time, my partner Ozzie and I had been dreaming about going to Ladakh, the mighty Himalayan region in the state of Kashmir, India, known for windswept landscapes, tiny, high-altitude villages, and unique Buddhist culture. While I had trekked the Himalayas in Nepal and traveled through …

Road Trips

A Guide to Kissing Etiquette Around the World

The origin of the cheek-to-cheek kiss greeting, and how to avoid a social faux pas no matter where you are.<p>Last spring, my wife grazed lips with a co-worker.<p>In Europe on business, she sounded a bit shaken when I called to check in.<p>“What’s wrong?” I asked.<p>“I…almost kissed my boss on the mouth,” she …

Etiquette

Holiday Air Travel Will Be a Lot Busier This Year, Says New Data

The results of an annual poll suggest more and more travelers are taking to the skies.<p>This year, it seems everybody is going home for the holidays the same exact way. A new poll of 1,300 travelers from air travel site Airfarewatchdog reveals that almost half of the respondents plan to fly over the …

Air Travel

Bright Lights, Big Parties: Diwali Around the World

Every year, Diwali revelers brighten the sky with fireworks and their homes with candles and lamps in celebration of the five-day festival of lights (starting October 19 this year). It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, in countries as diverse as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Mauritius, …

India

Etihad Airways Lets 6-Year-Old Prodigy Be Pilot for a Day

The airline helped make dreams come true.<p>Hydraulics, auxiliary power units (APU), and aircraft landing gear all rolled off Adam Mohammad Amer's tongue as though he’d been flying planes for years. In fact, it’s fair to say the six year old had never sat in a cockpit before—let alone captained a …

Aviation

Isolated St. Helena Island Welcomes Its First Commercial Flight

Some 47 square miles small, St. Helena island is a tiny speck in the Atlantic Ocean with incredible history—and a beautiful almost two-year-old airport that only just received its first visitors.<p>In the middle of the South Atlantic, some 1,200 miles from the southwest coast of Africa and 1,800 miles …

British Royal Family