J.Cinquina

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10 of the world's epic train journeys

Whether gliding through the Rockies or labouring up the Andes, our pick of spectacular railway trips gets a green light for all budgets<p>Somewhat greedily, the Swiss boast three world-class rail journeys: the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express and, most spectacular of all, the Jungfraubahn. …

Trains

The 7 Best Glamping Spots for Fall

Fancy camping is the way to go—no bugs, no backaches, but the same spectacular views. So pack your luggage and leave your sleeping bags at home. These seven glamping go-tos merge indoor luxury with the great outdoors.

Hiking

America's Most Scenic Roads

The T-shirts all say: <i>I survived the road to Hana</i>. It can take more than two and a half hours to travel the 52 miles from Kahului to Hana, as you …

New England

Top 10: the best boutique hotels in Los Angeles

An insider’s guide to the best boutique hotels in Los Angeles, including the best for rooftop bars, swimming pools, buzzing bars, trendy restaurants and beach access, in locations including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood and Downtown.<p>Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood<p>Tucked …

Who Is Chris Stapleton: 5 Things You Need to Know About the CMA King

Chris Stapleton swept the CMA Awards last night, winning more trophies than any other act while stealing the show with a pair of country-soul duets …

Music

Kobe Bryant to retire after this season: 'My body knows it's time to say goodbye'

Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant announced that the current NBA season will be the final one of his storied career.<p>"This season is all I have left to give," writes Bryant on The Players Tribune in a letter he opens directly to the sport itself with the words, "Dear Basketball."<p>Bryant is in his …

Charlotte Hornets

Periscope vs. Meerkat: Which Is the Livestreaming App For You?

With Thursday’s public release of Periscope, Twitter is trying to torpedo its live-streaming competition by launching its own app that lets users …

Social Media

YouTube exec explains what makes a video go viral

This was way back in 2009: A quirky video called JK Wedding Entrance Dance went so viral that the hit TV show "The Office" parodied it in one of its most popular episodes (you know, the one where Jim and Pam finally got married).<p>Since then, YouTube's relationship with mass media has completely …

Amazon’s New Bookstore Flips The Script

Amazon’s new bookstore in Seattle has been getting a lot of questions and criticism — but only from people who think there’s still a distinction between online and physical retail. Analysts who try to set up a life-or-death dynamic between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar are missing the point …

eCommerce

PlayStation 4 Has Sold Over 30 Million Units

Sony has struck gold with its latest video game console.<p>The PlayStation 4 has sold over 30.2 million units globally, the company reports, in just about two years.<p>The PS4, in other words, is selling even faster than the PS2, which is a remarkable achievement. It’s also beating Microsoft’s Xbox One …

10 Hotels With Unbelievable Views

<i>By Ayesha Khan for Architectural Digest.</i><p><i>(Photo: Jade Mountain)</i><p><b>Jade Mountain, St. Lucia</b><p>Architect and hotelier Nick Troubetzkoy eliminated the fourth wall from every room at this Caribbean paradise so guests can enjoy the picture-perfect views of the Petit and Gros Piton mountains, which are …

A Smart Bike Debuts With A Bold Thief-Proof Guarantee

If your bike gets stolen, the folks at Vanmoof promise that they’ll get it back for you–or buy you a new one.<p>Urban bike commuters often ride terrible bikes. It’s not because they don’t want a nice ride. It’s because, with an abundance of bike thieves in most cities who can work magic on almost any …

Meet The Australian Family Saving 60% Of Its Income Traveling The World

Caius and Mia Bender are some of the most well-traveled young children in the world. At five and six years old, the siblings have visited 64 countries in the past three years. That is a lot of passport stamps.<p>“My husband worked 60 hours a week and barely saw the kids,” says Erin Bender when …

Family Travel

48 Hours in Istanbul: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

<i>Streets of Galata, Istanbul.</i><p>Istanbul is one of the world's most historically rich destinations, a busting metropolis with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe. It's a city of many contrasts -- East and West, the old and new, traditional and modern. There's so much to discover in this beguiling …

Why Simple Brands Win

The greatest brands make life simple. Think Google, Amazon, or even Dunkin’ Donuts. They cut through the clutter by delivering what consumers want, when they want it, without hassle. By simplifying customer experience in a complex world, these brands win customer loyalty, which drives business …

Customer Experience

TAG Heuer's luxury smartwatch runs Android Wear and costs $1,500

Android Wear smartwatches are going high-end starting with TAG Heuer's Connected smartwatch.<p>The Swiss luxury watch maker officially unveiled the …

Even cynical New Yorkers don’t mind sharing Uber rides with strangers

Uber says it did 50,000 pooled rides in one week in October<p>New Yorkers are typically a misanthropic lot, but Uber is finding success in convincing a growing number to share rides with complete strangers. In the last week of October, around 50,000 New Yorkers took UberPool rides, double the number …

Transportation

Google and Tag Heuer unveil $1,500 luxury Android Wear watch, available today

While Android Wear provides a greater selection of designs than the Apple Watch, so far Google’s been missing out on luxury options to take on the high-end market.<p>That’s why some watch aficionados were excited to hear of a new player for Team Android: Tag Heuer. One of the most prominent Swiss …

How to Save 55% on a Luxury Disney Vacation

Disney World's Deluxe Resorts appear to be out of reach for the average traveler; even a short stay can cost thousands of dollars—not to mention the …

It's Not Too Late for New Year's Eve Travel Deals

Scoring a discount on holiday travel is tough. During peak periods, savings are hard to come by, and blackout dates on promotions common. But it’s …

Travel Deals

The 19 coolest new businesses in San Francisco

San Francisco has long been the hub for huge Silicon Valley tech companies — but it's also home to some seriously cool local businesses.<p>From a 2.5-ton mobile pizza oven and a beef-jerky bar to the city's first indoor golf course, we're highlighting some of the newest and coolest businesses in San …

Google's new app lets your friends know when you're down to hang

Letting your friends know you're down to hang; there's (now) an app for that, and no, it's not just messaging.<p>Without any official announcement, …

The 25 best hotels in the world, according to travelers

Condé Nast Traveler recently released its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards, an annual set of rankings based on surveys of thousands of experienced travelers.<p>Included in the awards were readers' rankings of the 100 best hotels in the world.<p>The hotels named all offer top-notch accommodations with …

Best Places to Stay to See the Northern Lights

These eight hotels offer comfort and luxury in addition to prime sightings of the aurora borealis.<p>The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, occurs …

Stunning Photographs Show Brooklyn Before and After Hipsters Took Over

<i>By Nick Mafi for Architectural Digest.</i><p><i>(photos: Kristy Chatelain)</i><p>In an ongoing effort to record the ever-changing urban landscape of Brooklyn, New York, photographer Kristy Chatelain began capturing the gentrification of neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo in 2007. Several …

5 Cheap Travel Gadgets You Need in Your Carry-On

<i>By Kristen Mitchell for the CheapTickets Travel Blog</i><p>When you're prepping for a flight there's a few things you always know to bring: a few magazines or a book to keep you busy, headphones to listen to music or drown out any annoying neighbors and a phone charger. These are crucial, but there is so …

5 New Travel Startups Merging Luxury Travel and Personalization

When talking about travelers who want to live like locals, affluent/luxury travelers must be top of mind. This doesn’t imply all luxury travelers …

Hospitality

The 7 most luxurious safari lodges in Africa

We recently published a list of the 30 best hotels in the world, and many of the properties that made the list are are luxury safari lodges in Africa.<p>Considering that an African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime trip during which most people spare no expense, it should come as no surprise that these …