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Exploring Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts

When people think Mexico, many see golden sand, blue water and green palms. Hundreds of beaches fit this bill: some near-empty with a few palm-thatched eateries and cabañas; others busy urban beaches. Most of the best are on the Pacific or the Caribbean coasts.<p>Right, got your bathers and a …

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. <i>(Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.)</i><p>Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are …

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The Hebrides: Scotland's magical islands

An emerald shore receding behind, a sea breeze in your face, a dolphin surfing the bow wave as escort. The magic begins as soon as you board the ferry from Scotland’s rugged west coast and head for the Hebrides, a scattering of over 50 inhabited islands that take in the stirring mountainscapes of …

16 Luxurious Train Trips That Will Make You Swear Off Cars Forever

As Mark Smith, a British travel writer, told the Herald Sun, "A great train ride is that triple combination of the scenery outside the train, the experience inside the train and the people you meet and things that happen on that specific trip which make it memorable."<p>These 16 train journeys will …

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Propulsion Problem is Season-Ender for Celebrity Millennium

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Mechanical problems on a Celebrity Cruises ship have forced the cancellation of all of the vessel’s remaining Alaska …

The Best Beach Vacations in Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean

Looking for beach vacation ideas? These resorts offer no-fail, keep-everyone-happy activities for a perfect beach vacation—and then some. This gallery was originally published in 2014. It has been updated with new information.<p>Rosewood Mayakobá, Riviera Maya<p>Round Hill, Montego Bay<p>Playa Escondida, …

Into the Wild: 10 of the World's Most Remote Hotels

One way to up the ante for your next vacation? Pick an uber-remote destination. A remote locale of course means some extra time spent traveling, but …

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10 Awesome Beachfront Motels

A beach getaway is meant to be a relaxing escape. But when you’re spending a fortune for just a few days on the sand, it can be everything but a time …

6 of world's most colorful colonial holdouts | CNN Travel

10 great cruise ports you've never heard of

There will always be cruises that visit ports that are the tried and true. But the tides are changing for those who want to go somewhere different, somewhere unique. As cruise lines move their ships around the world, new and fascinating cruise destinations are emerging.<p>Some of these new ports fall …

10 All-American Summer Road Trips

Drive, We Said<p>There's nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and crumpled maps obsolete—but one essential …

10 best bucket-list adventure trips

You don't have to fly to the other side of the world for an epic outdoor experience, says <b>George Wendt,</b> founder of OARS.com, an outdoor river adventure company. This country offers incredible opportunities from rafting to hiking to mountain biking. "There's a lot of joy in these experiences, and it …

Freeze Tea in Ice Cube Trays for Better, Less Watery Iced Tea

Iced tea is wonderfully refreshing, especially on hot days. If you want to make even more flavorful tea that's not watered down, make some iced tea …

The Ultimate Digital Detox: Walking

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The digital detox bandwagon is growing these days (here’s but one shred of evidence). People are increasingly looking for vacations that offer a break not just from the daily grind at home or at the office, but from their smartphones.<p>Quick tip: It’s not about where you …

How to Live the Outdoor Life -- Indefinitely

You're such a bum.<p>Take it as a compliment: You want to ski, board, climb, kayak, mountain bike, and hike your way through life. You won't find a judgmental face here; the Liftopia crowd understands where you're coming from. Heck, we all want that.<p>Guess what? It's possible, with some sacrifice and …

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>PHOTO GALLERY<p>International Island Beaches<p><i>More from Condé Nast …

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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 …

A hiker sits on top of the iconic Bear Rocks, overlooking the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia. Photo by @tylermetcalfe http://instagram.com/p/pm6Z7PoMbW/

Keep on truckin': a guide to overlanding

So you fancy an epic adventure, but don't want to go it alone...<p>Overland trips can offer a good balance of offbeat exploration and independence, guaranteeing transport but leaving you free to decide what to do once you've rolled into town.<p>A typical day<p>Life on a truck requires plenty of community …

A tea lover's guide to China: Where to go, what to drink | CNN Travel

The Best Fishing and Hunting Lodges

Just because you're hunting and fishing doesn't mean you have to be sleeping on the ground and eating your meals by a campfire. Increasingly, luxury lodges are catering to hook and bullet clientele, providing guides, gear, and even gourmet meals for any backcountry adventure. And after you spend …

The Best Slopeside Ski Escapes

Ski-in/ski-out can mean any number of things. Sometimes it's a cookie-cutter condo, miles up a cat road. But at its best, slopeside lodging means a cozy hideaway that translates to first dibs on a powder day. These are some of our favorites.<p>White Wolf Cabins<p><b>Red Mountain, British Columbia</b><br>Rossland, …

8 vending machines you didn't know you needed | CNN Travel

Top 10 U.S. water parks making a splash | CNN Travel

6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>Travel versus college: the eternal debate rages on with no clear-cut winner. Faced with rising tuition costs and a less than satisfying job market, many would-be college students are ditching their knapsacks and textbooks for rucksacks and guidebooks. But is putting your future …

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Victoria Falls: It's BIG!

The size and scope of the world's largest single waterfall is in many ways beyond comprehension, until you see it with your own eyes.<p>Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the largest single sheet of falling water in the world. 360 feet high, a mile wide, and flowing on …

Family-Friendly Hiking in America’s National Parks

Finding the right hike for children can be tricky: The trail needs to be safe and not too strenuous, yet interesting enough to keep the young folks’ attention. As a bonus, it would be nice if the hike stimulated them to want to learn more about the place. America’s national parks abound in good …