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San Diego County

With the second richest biodiversity of any county in the continental United States, San Diego County offers a huge variety of hiking experiences. …

Boston to Europe 20 cities $355-$400s Jan-June, Aug-Oct 2017

There are many cities with 2017 travel deals in the $300s and $400s on major alliance airlines from Boston to Europe for departures January to early …

The 25 best hotels in the world, according to travelers

That's especially true of the hotels that made it onto Travel + Leisure's list of the 100 best hotels in the world. The list is a part of T+L's annual World's Best Awards, which is based on a survey taken by thousands of travelers from all over.<p>The tranquil Nihiwatu resort in Sumba, Indonesia, took …

Southern Ocean

This Icelandic hotel was designed for optimal Northern Lights viewing

Iceland's ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights.<p>The swanky hotel was made from an abandoned building that belonged to a nearby geothermal power plant, and has won many awards, like the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Award for Europe's best …

Northern Lights

Italy's Best-Kept Secret Is Its Sparkling Wine Region

When it comes to Italian sparkling wines, Prosecco, Lambrusco, and Spumante are only the beginning. Just an hour’s drive from Milan, you’ll find a beautiful, tourist-free region that produces some of the finest sparkling wine in the world (watch out, Champagne).<p>An hour east of Milan, at the …

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest winners | CNN Travel

The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest received more than 17,000 entries from photographers around the world in 2015. See the judges' top picks.

10 Tips for Flying with Babies and Toddlers

Flying with kids is never easy, but a little preparation before the flight can go a long way.<p>For a lot of us, flying is already nerve-wracking. But flying with a baby is a hundred times harder than flying alone. First, there's the gear that you have to bring. Then, there's the limited space issues. …

EXPO Milano and Italy Bask in the Glow of Good Food

<i>by Jim Slama</i><p>The World Exposition in Milan recently opened in Italy with the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Its admirable goal is "to guarantee healthy, safe, and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium."<p>Featuring pavilions from 140 countries, EXPO …

Italy

40 free things to do in Rome

Travelling to Rome on a budget? Never fear – sightseeing in Italy's magnificent capital city doesn't have to cost the earth. Although many museums and monuments charge hefty admission fees, a surprising number of the famous sights are actually completely free. The doors of the city's art-laden …

Street art, city views, coffee and markets: exploring Belleville, Paris’ hip northeastern neighbourhood

Once a patchwork of farms and windmills, Edith Piaf’s old stomping ground and a staunchly working-class <i>quartier</i> (neighbourhood) <i>,</i> brilliantly multicultural Belleville is now home to neobistros, coffee roasters and burgeoning art projects.<p>And with some of the city's best street art, panoramic views …

Rome: Local Secrets

<i>By: Amanda Ruggeri</i><p>Only a local could really show you where to shop, eat, and drink in the Eternal City, so don't even think about using that guidebook in your back pocket. A travel journalist who counts the National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, BBC, and others on her list of Rome …

Italy

Rome's Foodie Events You Shouldn't Miss This Year

It may seem impossible that there could be yet another good reason to visit Rome this year. The already amazing food to be found in the city is made even better at foodie events and festivals that pop up throughout the year. These are perfect if you're interested in learning a little more about …

7 Outstanding Language-Learning Apps and Websites

Speaking the local language—or at least knowing some basic phrases—is one of the best ways for travelers to tap into foreign cultures. In countries …

Language Learning

A Metamorphosis in Prague

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I was working on an animated film in Los Angeles in 1982 when I was ordered back to <b>Prague</b> by the communist Czech government. I wanted to finish my film and was tired of the government telling me what to do, so I decided not to return even though I knew this meant I might not …

Was That a Glacier I Froze Next to at the Top of Kiersage Pass?

A half century or so ago, I took a trip to the top of the Sierra, where I made the acquaintance of the fragile land of delicate meadows and lakes and dramatic ice fields and glaciers just below the jagged peaks that form the mountain range's spine. As I recollected my adventure, it became more and …

Irena’s Prague

<b>Irena Schlosserová</b> is a Prague local, through and through. In fact, she’s only spent nine months outside of her beloved Czech capital. While Irena currently works in the field of gastronomy, she finds time to indulge her hometown pride via Spotted by Locals. Irena admits that there are many tourist …

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

Glasgow for every travel style

Glasgow is brimming with adrenaline this summer as the city prepares to host the Commonwealth Games ( glasgow2014.com). But while cheers will ring out from Ibrox to Cathkin Braes, there are plenty of other reasons to explore Scotland’s largest and most spirited city. Here's how to match the best of …

Igor’s Venice

Venice native <b>Igor Scomparin</b> led tours all over Europe with Globus for a decade before returning home to be a “local host” for Monograms. Now, this tourism industry veteran’s mission is to show the real, authentic Venice to travelers who come to visit his homeland. Here’s a look at the “city of …

Sardinia: The Island of a Thousand Beautiful Beaches

Ask a Sardinian which are the most beautiful beaches on the island and he'll probably reply with a simple <b>all of them</b>.<p>Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But even when you leave out the Islander pride, the answer to the question what the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia are, will be a very …

World's 20 Best Surf Towns

Adventure<p>A great surf town is the sum of its parts. These 20 towns run the gamut, from a mecca for the surf-obsessed to a spot where surfing's in its infancy. With waves awaiting, an adventurous spirit, and a little guidance, you can’t go wrong.

37 Places You Need To Visit In Italy

While the food in Italy is reason enough to visit, the country is filled with famous works of art, exceptionally beautiful cities, and gorgeous lakes and mountains.<p>We compiled a list of 37 sites in Italy you should see at least once in your lifetime.<p>We included important classics like Rome's …

Traveling to Bordeaux? The city has refined its flavor

It was raining when I landed at Bordeaux's airport, and I couldn't find the shuttle bus. Claudia, from Santa Barbara and studying at the University of Bordeaux, came to my rescue.<p>How did she like living here?<p>"I love it," she said. "I think it might have been dull, but in the last few years all …

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

European Travel

Italian Kitchens...

The kitchen is just so important to me, to Italy, to almost everyone I know. So, as I am sitting in my Spoleto kitchen looking out at the clouds and rain, I am reviewing my Italian kitchens, some of which have been great and others, not so much.......<p>For my first four Italian months I had a large, …

Winding Our Way to Ravello by John Mariani

The serpentine route along Italy's gorgeous Amalfi Coast can be daunting to those doing it in a rented car for the first time, but the road that winds and winds and winds its way up to the mountaintop town of Ravello, a thousand feet above the sea, makes the Amalfi Drive seem like a<p>straightaway.<p>You …

Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

For decades, the streets of Naples have been menaced by the Camorra mafia — stroll the streets of Sanità, an inner-city neighborhood, and you'll overhear pop songs like <i>O Panar e Drog</i>, featuring a singer boasting about buying and using "a breadbasket full" of drugs off Sanità's streets.<p>But …

See Naples and … you'll find a city on the rise

On one of my first trips to Naples, a few years ago with my husband and our son (then just a year old) we went in search of one of the city's famous pizza parlours. We wandered down the back alleys of town, past a man in a hot pink three-piece suit, his little finger accessoriesed with a heavy gold …

How To Swear In Different Languages

We already know how to order beer in other languages and how to "shush" people in a foreign tongue... but what if you need to be a little less polite on your travels?<p>A new series of guidebooks will teach travelers to "rant, bitch and swear" in a number of languages, from German to Spanish. True, …

The Best Surf Towns For People Who Don't Actually Surf

Surfing is admirable as a sport and all -- but when we hit the waves, we're really just in it for the tan lines and congratulatory burrito (shh, don't tell).<p>Some surf towns are known for their big breaks, but these getaways also happen to have "gnarly" nightlife, shopping, sweets and culture. …