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Enjoying Osaka’s Famous Food, Without Breaking the Bank

I sat in the passenger seat of a station wagon with my friend Brian, an American who is living and raising a family in Osaka — his cute toddler was snoozing in the back — as he explained local rivalries. We were driving down Midosuji Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in central Osaka. Conflicts …

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25 Things You Absolutely, Positively Have to Do in Paris

The City of Light, the City of Love, the city with a certain je ne sais quoi: There’s perhaps no place more adored on the planet, as evidenced by the millions of visitors Paris draws each year. You could spend a lifetime exploring the French capital, but whether you have a day or a year, we’ve got …

How Much It Costs to Check Bags on Nine Major U.S. Airlines

If you want to save money when you’re flying, it’s usually best to avoid checking any baggage. That’s not always possible, however, so here’s what it …

Editors' Picks: The Best Safari Lodges and Camps in Africa

In our July/August issue, we debunked six of the biggest myths about going on safari—including the assumption that you can plan it yourself. Trust us: It's not worth the hassle. Use this roundup of the best safari lodges, resorts, and camps in Africa, tested by our senior editors and travel …

Everything You Thought You Knew About Safari Is Wrong

Many misconceptions about safaris turn out to be just that. Here’s how to stop worrying...and (finally) book that great African adventure.<p>Maybe you considered it too expensive, too time-consuming, too difficult to plan...a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you kept putting off until, well, never. But …

The Big Trip -- 12 Hours in Reykjavik, Iceland

<i>By College Tourist Author: Ben Rissler, American University</i><p><b>Get acquainted with the world's northernmost capital city.</b><p>The capital city of the "Land of Fire and Ice" boasts a unique beauty unlike any other place in the world. With a skyline dominated by the Hallgrímskirkja, a volcanic mountain range …

Tokyo’s Roppongi Neighborhood Is a Cultural Hotspot

Though is has a seedy reputation, Tokyo’s Roppongi neighborhood has some of the best museums, restaurants and shopping in the city.<p>The Roppongi …

Visiting Busan, the Miami of South Korea

"If Seoul is Korea’s New York, Busan might be its Los Angeles–Miami hybrid," says Traveler contributing editor Maria Shollenbarger in her roundup of the most underrated Asian cities. With its packed high rises and miles of beaches, bustling Busan isn't quite under the radar— but Koreans regard it …

8 Perfect Day Trips From London

Even the most urbane Londoners like to get out of the city once in a while. Follow the locals to these eight attractions, including UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient ruins, and destinations for riverside relaxation.

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Bali shopping guide: what to buy and where

Bali's shopping is legendary. Not only are visitors spoiled for choice by the variety of goods on offer, there's also a rich array of shopping venues and styles. From sorting through hand-painted batiks at a local market to purring over designer duds in air-conditioned malls, shopaholics are sure …

Etiquette 101: Your Guide to Tipping Around the World

You just had a five-star meal in Qatar, or went scuba diving in beautiful Bohol in the Philippines. Well, lucky you! But how do you express your appreciation for the service you received? Tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario—here's what you need to know about tipping in Europe …

These Are the Best Flight Search Tools

Online flight search services are big business, as more of us turn to computers and smartphones for travel planning. Last year, 40 percent of …

50 Things to Do in Europe Before You Die

Whether it's catching an opera in Vienna, having afternoon tea in London, shopping for leather in Florence, or sipping a cocktail by the Eiffel Tower—Traveler's network of editors and writers has rounded up 50 things you need to do, eat, see, shop for, and experience in Europe. Think something …

First time Bali: where to eat, stay and play

Decades of tourism haven’t dampened Bali's deep-rooted spirituality and natural charms. Volcanoes rise from the sea, monkeys swing in the trees, and there are still dozens of idyllic spots to escape the crowds. And all of this paradoxical magnificence is crammed onto an island less than half the …

Europe's 8 Most Picturesque Towns

From the islands of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Alps, Europe's postcard-perfect towns continue to inspire travelers with distinct architecture preserved from 1,000 years ago. Filled with plenty of charm, many of these treasured areas contain historic ruins, cobblestone streets, and …

50 Apps and Websites to Optimize Your Vacation

Technology has completely changed the way we travel. Even when going on an off-grid adventure, we document every detail to save as soon as we’re back …

5 Secrets to Fitting in with the Italian Locals

As a seasoned Italian traveler and Italian travel specialist, one of the most common questions I get from friends, family, and clients making their …

9 Mistakes Not to Make When Booking a Cruise

Booking a cruise for the first time? Here are nine rookie travel mistakes to avoid for smooth sailing.

How Do You Travel on a Budget?

Travel is a blast, but it can also be really expensive. Thankfully, there are ways to save in every category of travel, from flights to lodging to …

The Ultimate List of Hacks to Prepare for Your Upcoming Disneyland Trip

<i>What are some favorite Disneyland hacks?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Lucas J Meeker</i><p>If you don't want to pay for …

The 50 Best Restaurants in Paris

Dignified temples of haute cuisine, new bistros guaranteed to stand the test of time, out-of-the-way boîtes where you’re unlikely to lay eyes on another tourist—our experts pick the best restaurants in Paris (and even reach consensus on a prized few). Click through our guide, organized by …

How to Enable Offline Maps in the Google Maps App

Guess what! Google Maps has a hidden offline feature that can be used anywhere.<p>It may be 2015, but Zuckerberg's mission to get the whole world on the Internet has yet to be fulfilled. Thankfully, Google Maps has a dark horse ready to ride us out of the Internetless-danger zones -- OK Maps. This …

6 Reasons to Visit Kyoto

Standing in stately contrast to the neon-lit adrenaline of Tokyo, Japan’s second city exudes a warm, elegant vibe that has been attracting visitors …

15 amazing Airbnb rentals in Paris

You can learn a lot from staying with someone from a different culture — especially when traveling to a city in a foreign country.<p>If you'll be traveling to the City of Light soon and want to try out Airbnb, we've got you covered.<p>Here are some of the best homes you can rent in Paris using the …

Tokyo's Champs Elysee: Harajuku, in an Hour, Part 2

<i>The sidewalk cafe, Harajuku version.</i><p>If you think Harajuku is defined by posing teens and pop culture, think again. The district is just as well known among locals for high-end luxury as low-end grunge. Part one of this walking tour (see Huffington Post) was about teen fantasies, this time it's the …

First time Paris: top tips for your first visit to the City of Light

Paris is a city that never lets up. Return time and again and there is always something fantastic to experience—world-famous landmarks and museums mixed with chic shopping, cafe life, gastronomic blowouts and strolls along the banks of the glorious River Seine.<p>The overwhelming amount on offer can …

The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit Tokyo

Follow these tips, and you may even be mistaken for a local.<p>Tokyo is a mix of contradictions, from ultramodern, neon-lit skyscrapers to tranquil temples, historic shrines, and expansive forests. It's one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, accommodating of any and all. Still, Japan's …

5 Best Day Trips from Paris

Our guide to these charming getaways close to the city.<p>There is enough to see, do, eat, and experience in Paris to span a lifetime. But if the itch to explore whats lays beyond Parisian borders, these are the day trips (or weekend getaways) worth your limited time. Within, find our guide on where …

A perfect day in Tokyo

Lacking the geometric precision of gridded streets, the dense sprawl of Tokyo can be mind-blowing to the uninitiated. But the key to breaking down this urban complexity is simply to view the capital as an amalgamation of mini-cities.<p><b>Early Morning</b><br>A visit to the world's largest fish market at …