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9 Most Colorful Beaches in the World

The classic beach scene is beige sand, blue water. Yawn. On these nine beaches, you'll find sand ranging from purple to green to orange, plus one …

Beaches

A Journey to the Arctic Ice and Into the Human Spirit

We rode for five days over an expanse of sea ice. The horizon was scattered with the memory of winter, and pieces of purple and amber mountains peeked through the eternal white snow. The light descends slowly this time of year and it draws out that delicious final hour of sunset glow upon the …

A Taste Of Bohemian Rustic Luxury In South Africa's Countryside

South Africa travel is typically synonymous with ‘the big five’ or stylish urban getaways to Cape Town and Johannesburg. These days, travelers are looking toward rural travel for more authentic cultural experiences. Experience the untainted beauty of Eagles Ridge Country House, a free-spirited …

America's Best Ski Pass Deal Just Got Better, Much Better

It may still be early in the summer, but ski season will begin at major US resorts in just four months. For those in the know, it may well be a cheaper and easier ski season than ever before.<p>Earlier this year I wrote in this column about the various new multi-mountain and multi-destination ski …

Who Has The Best Airline Food?

Airlines are lining up the experts to add some polish to the in-flight experience and it’s a welcome improvement.The skies have become an interesting new frontier in dining as the captive audience on an airplane is a great stage to show off national talent. Delta Airlines has been working with …

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Wild at heart: best animal adventures

Set your pulse racing with the wildest animal adventures around the world. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Get close to giant pandas near Xi'an, China<p>Pandas by Chi King. CC BY 2.0.<p>These black-and-white beauties are battling extinction but you can help them out – …

Switzerland's Tourism Industry Ditches the Chalet for Modern Architecture

The Swiss have an impressive legacy of innovation in many industries, ranging from transportation and timekeeping to finance and fonts. But you …

Awe-inspiring ancient sites

Taken from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, may we present a bevy of BC (or thereabouts) beauties that have stood the test of time without losing any of their ability to drop your jaw.<p>Pyramids of Giza, Egypt<p>Egypt’s a country rich in both World Heritage sites and tourist clichés, and at the …

Ancient History

Where to Find the Best Paella in Spain

Image by zsenya via Flickr<p>Did you know that Paella and other rice dishes used to be considered a poor man's food? Since rice was widely available and relatively cheap, farmers and peasants took what litte food and rice they had, then threw everything they had in the pot or "paella" - sometimes even …

5 Whimsical Treehouse Hotels in Britain

What could be more romantic—or, if you’re a child, more exciting—than being tucked away in a cozy treehouse surrounded by beautiful woodlands? …

5 Places to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

(photo: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, NPS)<p>Huge crowds are expected in Washington D.C. this weekend for the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic March on Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech.<p>Can't make it to the capital for the big party? Consider planning a …

The wild woodlands of the Great Smoky Mountains

The ethereal range on the Tennessee-North Carolina border is a paradox of ancient, eroded mountains located in the heart of the busy US south.

National Parks

Best birding in highlands and islands

Prepare for some close encounters of the bird kind with our field guide to finding (feathered) friends in far-flung places. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Greater Bird-of-paradise, Indonesia<p>Greater Bird-of-paradise by Andrea Lawardi. Image from Wikimedia …

Eight Travel Apps to Help Plan the Perfect Family Vacation

Planning that long-anticipated and well-deserved vacation is so much fun -- all the new things to try and do and discover! But finding the perfect place for your crew to stay and putting together an itinerary that will make everyone in the family happy -- all while staying within budget -- can also …

8 Spots To Travel With Your New Love Interest

Ahh, the paradoxical first stage of the human romantic relationship. You want exhilarating dates that let the love flower blossom, but you don’t want to give “marriage is on the horizon” hints with an activity that’s overly romantic.<p>Find the sweet spot where love meets low-key with these fantasy …

Paris: Traveling The World Through Instagram

If you can't jump onto the next flight to Paris, you can now experience "The City of Lights" in an instant. Instagram has made it easier than ever to travel the world using their "Explore" feature to, well, explore the world! Check out the Fodor's, Lonely Planet, and UNESCO Instagram accounts to …

Finders Keepers: 6 Places to Hunt for Bling

(photo: Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine)<p>When 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff and his family visited an Arkansas state park recently, he had no need to buy a souvenir at the visitor center on his way out. While exploring the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the boy found a 5-carat diamond worth up to …

While Other Airlines Hand Out iPads, Delta Chooses Windows Phones for Flight Attendants

Talk about being contrarian: While Allegiant Air distributes iPads to flight attendants, and American Airlines and Ryanair dispense them to pilots, …

The Secret Life of Cappadocia: Underground in the Turkish Rock Formations

More than a natural wonder, Cappadocia's formations have been a safe haven to many. Nina Strochlic reports.<p>In the center of Turkey, a sprawling …

How to: Plan the Perfect All-Girls Getaway

I’ve heard all the excuses when it comes to why people can’t — or don’t want to — plan an all-girls getaway. Almost invariably, they involve a lack of time, money, or patience.<p>I’ve traveled a ton with my family and, of course, with my significant other. But when I think of the trips where I’ve had …

Top 10 Unusual Gardens Around the World

"One is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth." - Dorothy Frances Gurney<p>At its most basic, a garden is a piece of land shaped into a place where fruits, vegetables and flowers bloom, but these flora-filled oases can be so much more.<p>A place for contemplation, relaxation or a …

Five curious facts about Croatia

Nestled near Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the tiny country has been an unsung source of innovation, libation and historical intrigue for centuries.<p>Nestled near Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the tiny country has been an unsung source of innovation, libation and historical intrigue for centuries.<p><b>Fashion</b> …

European Travel

Are tech-free vacations worth it?

Although at-your-fingertip devices make travelling hassle-free, there are major perks to unplugging on your next getaway.<p>At-your-fingertip maps, online booking services and apps to check flight delays have made the nuts and bolts of travelling easier than ever. Yet the same devices that connect us …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Pt 3: High and dry in Australia’s Buccaneer Archipelago

Talbot Bay is only a small part of this island cluster, where horizontal waterfalls and some of the biggest tidal changes in the world add danger to the average fishing trip.

Loneliness

5 Unexpected Things to Do in Hong Kong

The iconic Hong Kong skyline is among the most recognizable in the world. As a result, many often equate Hong Kong with teetering monuments of steel …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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