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5 Reasons to Visit Tofino and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island

The party of Spanish naval officers who happened upon Tofino during the summer of 1792 might well be amused by the swelling popularity that has recently gripped this once-sleepy fishing village at the tip of the Esowista Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Just half an hour by Learjet from Vancouver, …

Vancouver Island

First-time France: where to go and what to do

France is the world’s top tourist destination and for good reason. There's a lot packed into just one country – artistic and architectural masterpieces, remarkable museums and natural landscapes, and a history harking back far beyond the Romans.<p>Top it off with fine wine, food and a culinary culture …

France

Two nuns killed in bizarre crash

For years, Sister Jean Stickney wrote the obituaries for the other Little Company of Mary nuns, taking the time to detail lives spent in selfless dedication to both God and the sick.<p>On Monday, her order assumed that responsibility as the nuns grieved Stickney and Sister Kab Kyoung Kim, killed …

Crime

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

Hiking

How To Book Cheap Plane Tickets

Who am I to come up with such arrogant nonsense? I am a hardcore traveler and I travel more than most. Travel matters to me, and being in control of the travel experience is essential in order to enjoy it.<p>I don't want to end up having to get up at 04:45 because a random travel agent has decided …

Engines

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

Danner Stumptown Mountain Light Hiking Boot

Brace yourself for a round of widespread fascination with all things hiking, especially thru-hiking, as Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, <i>Wild</i>, comes to the big screen this fall, with Reese Witherspoon in the starring role. Danner has even created a special women’s boot, worn by Witherspoon in the movie — I …

Solo Stove & Solo Pot 900 Combo for Solo Camping Trip

Solo camping trip might sound crazy, but there are many people love it. If you are one of these people, we’d like to recommend <b>Solo Stove & Solo Pot</b> …

Dog Milk: Best of September 2014

Happy Fall, everyone! Let’s take a look back at some of the most popular posts from Dog Milk during September.<p>Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive …

Furniture

Costa Rica introduces postal address system

Costa Rica has begun to reform its postal address system, which uses landmarks and directions instead of street names and numbers.<p>According to a study from the Inter-American Development Bank, the country loses an estimated $720m (£440m) a year in revenue associated with lost and undelivered …

Costa Rica

Maximize Your Vacation Happiness

You’ve likely got a vacation coming up soon. Whether you’re headed abroad for a week or simply to a cabin in the woods over Labor Day, start planning now. That's the number-one piece of advice from the folks over at Happify, who worked with scientists to determine the best tips and strategies for a …

Happiness

Aegina Is The Most Beautiful Greek Island You Haven't Heard Of... Yet

Mykonos, Santorini, Crete... been there, done that. But if you're looking for a fresh, unspoiled island to explore, let us introduce you to Aegina.<p>Aegina Island is located in the Saronic Gulf, about 17 nautical miles from Athens. It's home to ancient ruins (including the famous Temple of Aphaia), …

Nectarine, Tomato and Basil Salad with Torn Mozzarella

One of the best salads in the book, this shows just how perfumed basil is. You can omit the mozzarella if you are watching your fat intake, or if …

Mozzarella

Who Will And Won’t Be Interested In Amazon Prime Pantry

Yesterday, Amazon finally unveiled its Prime Pantry service, which allows customers to consolidate as many grocery items as they can into one large …

Spicy Soba Noodles with Wilted Watercress

Soba noodles, hearty and flavorful Japanese noodles made from either buckwheat only or buckwheat and wheat flour, pair perfectly with peppery …

Soysauce

Lessons From the Demise of Another Failed Travel Startup

Another trip-planning startup, Desti, impacted by the harsh, cruel realities of trying to compete against much-bigger brands in the travel-consumer …

Ranked: The 10 Best Island Beaches Around the World

By David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com<p>Beach season is officially here, and though there are many amazing shorelines to explore, our readers are partial to island beaches. Here are their ranked favorites in countries across the globe.<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities …

The Perfect Day in San Francisco

As our joyful adventures in Dublin drew to a close, it was good to know that there were more adventures ahead. Catherine and I would be flying back over the Atlantic to explore the city Catherine calls home: <b>San Francisco</b>.<p>The city is a transcendent beauty, a place that makes your throat catch when …

When Is the Best Time to Buy a Plane Ticket?

<i>A:</i><p>On the Mount Rushmore of flight travel FAQs, this one sits between, “How do I get a free upgrade?” and “Where the blank is my luggage?”<p>Although far from an exact science, picking the right time to book is now less of a guessing game thanks to new metrics and services. This spring, the algorithmic …

Travel Deals

I Heart My City: Ailsa’s Berlin

When Scottish writer <b>Ailsa Ross</b> visited Berlin for the first time, she described it as “a big shiny carousel where even under the pale watery skies of winter, you feel part of a Golden Age.” After she decided to call the German capital home, her enthusiasm for the city only grew. During the year she …

Birkenstocks step back into the fashion limelight

The 'ugly' German orthopaedic sandals are flying out the stores after a renaissance on high-fashion catwalks<p>First there were "nan shoes", "chunky sandals" and "pool sliders". But this summer's trend for ugly shoes has spawned a footwear movement all of its own, as the Birkenstock sandal steps up …

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Rugs

(Image credit: West Elm)<p>I need a rug to ground a room, bring together a design, reduce echo, and keep my downstairs neighbors from hating me. It's a …

Time I

Where Can I Drink Beer Outside and in the Nude?

<i>A:</i><p>Are we trolling here? Of course we are. But that’s not all we’re doing. As anyone who has ever downed a High Life in the shower knows, nude drinking is an excellent way to exercise free will while toasting our birthday-suited ancestors who drank fermented stag blood by moonlight. But I digress. …

Tahoe

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Barcelona

The midwest has some of the most extreme weather in the US and these are the photos to prove it

Storm chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living following America's worst storms, from snarling tornadoes chewing up Kansas farmland to supercell thunderstorms in the Dakotas.<p>A Nebraska-native, Hollingshead used to watch the Midwest's extreme weather from hills that overlooked his town. …

Weather

12 Reasons Germany's 'Romantic Road' Is The Ultimate European Road Trip

American road trips are all fine and dandy, but there's something about a European one that's just so much more... refined. And more sophisticated. And less full of Doritos and Slurpees and sneaky tourist traps.<p>We've narrowed in on the perfect summer road trip you've never heard of: the Romantic …