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Private Caribbean island tops luxury list of world's most unique lodges

Earlier this year National Geographic set out to identify remarkable resorts around the world that excel in "sustainability, authenticity and excellence." The 25th lodge to make the cut is a private resort island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the southern Caribbean.<p>Petit St. Vincent joined …

French Polynesia

9 foods you have to try in Taipei, Taiwan

1. Daifuku<p>Also called mochi, daifuku is actually a Japanese dessert quite popular in Taiwan. It looks like a big marshmallow, with a much softer …

Food & Dining

Faster, cheaper, free Wi-Fi, no TSA: How a Greyhound bus beats flying

Here was the question that faced me recently: Should I rent a car and drive from Miami to Sebastian, Fla., about 160 miles? Fly? Or take a ... wait for it ... Greyhound?<p>The answer was easy and not one that occurred to me at first blush, which makes me blush with embarrassment.<p>Dropoff charges for a …

US Airways

The best Hawaiian Island for every type of traveler

For those looking to venture to warmer, more tropical climates, Hawaii is a great destination.<p>The Aloha State's eight islands offer something for every type of traveler, from beach bums to golfers to adventurers.

Hawaii

There Is A Secret Apartment At The Top Of The Eiffel Tower

<i>by Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Jan Wachala / Alamy<p><b>When Gustave Eiffel designed the Eiffel Tower, he included a private apartment for himself at the top -- and now you can go see it in person.</b><p>Gustave Eiffel was "the object of general envy" among Parisians during his lifetime, and it wasn't …

The Villages, Valleys, and Views of Corsica

<i>When you're not at Cannes, hop on a boat and sail to Corsica. For blue waters, cute villages, crazy drivers, and delicious cookies. See what happens when Italy and France have a love child. All photos by Veronique Lievre.</i><p><i>By Veronique Lievre for Fathom</i> | The Mediterranean island of Corsica has …

Cuba Is Booming On Airbnb, As If We Needed Another Reason To Go

If you're wondering where you should stay if you visit Cuba, consider an Airbnb.<p>The country is Airbnb's fastest-growing market, CEO Brian Chesky told Bloomberg TV. The site started listing properties in Cuba a little more than one month ago, and since then the number of Cuba listings has doubled …

This startup wants to solve a major problem facing business travelers

Julien Smith knew this all too well. Smith is an entrepreneur who has written three books and often travels for public speaking gigs.<p>"I was traveling a lot for work, but I found it hard to be productive in coffee shops," Smith told Business Insider. "Trying to find a spot to relax in Starbucks was …

Yoga

Exploring the Cold Coast: Beach Camping and Waterfall Hunting – Dispatch #6

Less an actual measure, “island time” is more of a mentality, one where each day, encounter, and moment is approached with its own unique respect and sometimes painful contemplation. Island time allows plans to adjust, fail, and reform with a certain fleeting fluidity that’s reflected in the winter …

Adventure Travel

Best American beach campsites | CNN Travel

CNN

10 of the Most Exotic Hotels in the World

<b>By Alyssa Bird for Architectural Digest.</b><p>These recently opened hotels and resorts offer a sense of privacy, captivating design, and unforgettable views.<p><b>MAALIFUSHI BY COMO, THE MALDIVES</b><p>The idyllic white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons of the Maldives are among the world's most alluring, and …

How to become a Chicagoan in 17 easy steps

<b>1.</b> Don’t say “The Windy City.” It’s an advertising moniker more than anything. Locals never use it. And “Chi-town” is out too.<p><b>2.</b> Love the Cubs or …

Chicago

Journey Into A Glacier With Iceland's Coolest Summer Exhibit

Welcome to Iceland, where frozen dreams really do come true.<p>Visitors will now have the opportunity to travel to the center of a glacier. The magical tour is called "Into The Glacier" and it takes viewers through Langjokull, the second largest glacier in Iceland. People can explore the glacier by …

Hotels are turning into full-scale gyms and wellness centers to attract travelers who want to stay fit

For those who work out regularly, constant traveling can throw a wrench into their routine.<p>But just because it's hard to stay fit on the road doesn't mean travelers don't want to try.<p>When Jason Moskal, vice president of lifestyle brands for hotel chain EVEN Hotels, spoke to guests, he began to …

Hospitality

5 Things You Need To Know About Visiting Cuba

<i>Romtomtom / Flickr</i><p>Since President Barack Obama announced in December 2014 that the United States plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, avid travelers have been preparing to visit the small Caribbean nation. But it's not as easy as you might think.<p>Cuba already welcomes roughly three …

These are the 20 most bikeable cities in the US

America is getting into biking.<p>New roads, bike lanes, and other biking infrastructure are putting more of the population on two wheels than ever before.<p>And no where is that more apparent than in these 20 American cities, as rated by Redfin using their Bike Score method.<p>1. Minneapolis, Minnesota …

Santa Ana

How to Spend a Day in the Life of Your Favorite Fictional Character

Setting is often key in creating mood, adding color to characters and grounding readers in an established culture. Whether your favorite read is a pillar of classic literature, a bold travel memoir or a piece of modern fiction, chances are you've imagined yourself in the time and place your author …

Caribbean Islands You Probably Haven't Been To

By Chelsea Stuart<p>Chances are that if you've been lucky enough to vacation in the Caribbean, you've probably hit up hot spots like Aruba, Jamaica and the Bahamas. While there is nothing wrong with these popular tourist destinations, there is a whole slew of islands--the region is made up of more …

How to Eat the World in America

The empty stomach is the ultimate travel icebreaker. Everyone eats, everyone loves food, and the less you know about what’s on offer in a place, the more people want to help you.<p>Whether you live in the United States or are simply visiting, you don’t have to leave the country to get a taste of the …

Canadian Literature

The Hawaiian Island Of Lanai Just Got Even More Exclusive, Thanks To Resort Closures

If you're lucky enough to book a room on billionaire Larry Ellison's Hawaiian island of Lanai this summer or fall, get ready to be a part of a very exclusive club.<p>Lanai, Hawaii's best-kept secret and an overall countryside dream, is temporarily shutting down all but 11 of its hotel rooms starting …

The Wonders of the Last Minute Family Escape

Sometimes you have endless time to plan a trip down to the last detail. Other times, you decide on Monday that you're leaving Wednesday and you barely have enough time to do the laundry let alone decide what to do, where to stay, and how you'll keep everyone entertained. The result may be more …

Virgin Galactic's New Mexico Spaceport Looks for More Reliable Revenue Sources

Spaceport America launched a new business plan Wednesday to find ways to generate revenue as it tries to get out from under the shadow of struggling …

Behind the Rise of All-Inclusive Travel in the Americas

This is an excerpt from our free Skift Trend Report, <b>The Evolution of the All-Inclusive Resort</b>, brought to you in partnership with <b>Club Med</b>.<b><br>Download</b> …

Airfare: Eva Air offers $753 round trip from LAX to Bali

Here's a fare to Bali that makes the Indonesian island more affordable than a trip to London: Eva Air is offering a round-trip fare of $753, including all taxes and fees, for a trip from LAX to Denpasar, the capital of Bali.<p>The airfare chart that will appear on Page L6 in the Sunday print Travel …

Asia Travel

Ready for a summer road trip? 12 California routes to try

The new (and free) California Road Trips 2015 guide lays out 12 summer itineraries around one of the road trippiest states in the nation.<p>Like lakes? You'll see plenty of them on a 703-mile drive from Tahoe City to Bass Lake. Love the desert? Take a 463-mile drive from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park …

Hiking

My City: Havana, Cuba

One recent night in <b>Havana</b>, I stared out the window of my friend’s house in the now faded middle-class Vedado neighborhood. A weary 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air wheezed past, trailed by a beaten-up Soviet-era Lada taxi rattling over the potholes. The air smelled sweetly of mimosa and, vaguely, mildew. …

Cuba

What's the Most Popular State for Summer Vacations?

<i>Courtesy (clockwise): Pixabay, Visit Dallas, Gatlinburg Tourism</i><p>Hotel search trivago.com analyzed the 100 most popular domestic destinations for travel this June, July and August (based on hotel searches) to find out which U.S. state will welcome the most visitors this summer.<p>Five states dominated …

The ultimate Memorial Day getaway? Skiing on Mammoth Mountain

Thanks to a new snow dump, Mammoth Mountain slopes will stay open until Memorial Day. Oh, and you can also bike and play golf.<p>The Sierra resort in Mammoth Lakes had originally decided to close on May 10 after a subpar snowfall for the 2014-15 season. But Mother Nature suddenly sprang into action …

Skiing

San Francisco's big, green secret

The Presidio -- a 1,491-acre chunk of public land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge -- is one of San Francisco's greatest assets, yet it remains underappreciated by travelers. Too bad, because as this video shows, it keeps getting better.<p>The area has plenty of greenery, from lawns to forest. …

San Francisco Bay Area