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The 8 Greatest Tiki Bars In America

<i>by Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>The first tiki bar, Don the Beachcomber, opened in Los Angeles in 1933; it started a sensation as celebrities were regularly spotted sipping mai tais, eating pu pu platters, and listening to ukulele tunes. Thankfully, the glamour of retro travel (and …

10 Adventurous Digs That Totally Beat A Hotel Room

<b>By Hannah Martin for Architectural Digest.</b><p>Make your next trip something truly out of the ordinary with our roundup of offbeat travel accommodations, including tepees in Texas and tree houses in Sweden.<p><i>(photo: Nick Simonite)</i><p>El Cosmico, a quirky campground in the desert of Marfa, Texas, offers a …

Ready, Set, Go: How to Book a Last-Minute Trip

My recent flight to Taiwan was booked at 10:45 a.m. and I left later that evening at 10 p.m. It didn't seem odd to me to book and leave the same day for a vacation to Asia. My friends, however, were unable to fathom how I could pull together a trip so quickly. They wanted my "secret" tips and here …

United to offer free booze, 3-course meals on international flights

Hoping the best way to win a passenger’s loyalty is through their stomachs, United will expand its coach meal service and begin offering free beer and wine on international flights.<p>Beginning June 1, the airline will offer a “hearty three-course service” meal that begins with cheese and crackers, …

29 signs you learned to drink in the Virgin Islands

<b>1.</b> You first learned what a Bahamian breakfast was when you were handed drinks by a stranger on a booze cruise. You were underage and it wasn’t yet …

The real best souvenirs to bring home from 19 countries around the world

Travelers always want to bring home something that will remind them of their trip — but many often get stuck buying cheap knick knacks from tourist traps.<p>To avoid getting something you'll only throw away in a few months, we've rounded up a list of some authentic items you should buy when …

The 8 Best Food Cities in the World

<i>By the editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Travelers love to eat--that's why every year, as part of our Readers' Choice Awards survey, we ask our readers to rank their favorite food cities around the world. This year's results contain some old favorites (Paris, Rome) as well as a few surprises. Read on …

Cruising Solo: What to Know Before You Go

<i>Samantha Beddoes / Flickr</i><p>We already know cruising is popular with couples and families, but what about solo travelers? Cruising is an easy way for solo vacationers to explore the world, meet new people and leave the driving to someone else. But planning a solo voyage can take a little more work …

Russia’s Arctic north: top 10 experiences

Russia’s Arctic north draws adventurers looking for the unvarnished Russia: gritty yet lively northern cities; tranquil, remote villages amid placid lakes; and the incomparable Arctic scenery – the impressive tundra, boundless forests, snow-tipped mountains and the northern lights. The country’s …

11 American habits I lost when I moved to Thailand

1. Being stressed out all the time<p>When I’m behind Thai people who are moseying down the sidewalk while munching on a skewer of pineapple, I slow my …

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11 American habits that saved me in Tokyo

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAITS an expat can have is the ability to adapt, but sometimes what you need most is to just be yourself…<p>1. Being …

The 9 Travelers You'll See At The Airport

The long lines. The uncomfortable security checks. The ill manners. The inebriation. Air travel is intrinsically unpleasant. Here, nine types of people you'll most likely encounter (and be annoyed by) at the airport.<p><b>The Imbiber</b><p>Between the drunk food and cringeworthy comments, this dream seat mate …

7 Reasons Your Next Vacation Should Be To A Charleston 'Suburb'

Let's all take a minute and give a little praise to the beach. Ah, the beach. It's a wondrous place in general, full of roaring waves and sunburnt cheeks.<p>It's also particularly nice to visit the beach if there's stuff to do once you're off it for the day. And that's where the barrier islands of …

Every year, Egyptians risk their lives eating this dangerous delicacy

Every year on the day of the spring festival Shem el-Nessim, Egyptians are rushed to the hospital after eating the traditional delicacy of fermented …

Airfare: From LAX, $290 to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Southwest

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is about 25 miles from Miami, so it's a good alternative to Miami International Airport.<p>Southwest is offering a $290 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, to Fort Lauderdale from<p>LAX. It is subject to availability; there is no minimum stay but you must purchase 21 …

10 Caribbean Islands You Can Fly To For Less

City dwellers eager to leave behind the stresses and worries of their day-­to­-day lives can't do much better than a trip to the Caribbean, where all-­inclusive resorts, quaint colonial towns, beautiful beaches and constant sunshine delight over 10 million American visitors every year. Those fancy …