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How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

Travel

The Biggest Booking Mistake Travelers Make

There is a science to airfare: The day, time of day, and the time of the month that you book matter.<p>The number one mistake I see most travelers make is to book too early. Unless you are planning travel for high-traffic days, like Christmas or July 4, you stand the best chance for the lowest …

Flying

Exploring the quiet side of California Wine Country

Blooming orchards under azure skies, vivid mustard flowers beneath budding vines, and rocky hillsides wrapped in fingers of fog – it’s no wonder California’s Wine Country receives millions of annual visitors. With its mild Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil, Napa and Sonoma Valleys seem …

Wine

5 New Travel Startups to Watch This Week

This week’s roundup of travel startups features five new apps that want to help users move and connect more efficiently. And they use data, …

The Right Way to Winter in Newport, RI

It is no wonder that New England's rippling shoreline, gouged out with inlets and bays, was a sensible stop and haven for mariners and colonists from Europe to stop and settle, offering safe harbors and a seemingly bottomless supply of seafood on which to build a new country.<p>Newport, set on …

New England

Your Guide to Clooney's Lake Como

National Geographic Travel

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

France

An Insider’s Guide to Paris with ‘Paris Letters’ Author Janice MacLeod

By Janice MacLeod, author of <i>Paris Letters</i><p>Paris is a city of layers, a veritable <i>mille-feuille</i> if you will. The top layer, the most visible one, is …

France

Chopped? Amanda Freitag Hopes Not

Chopped judge chef Amanda Freitag tells Tim Teeman about taking over a New York icon.<p>There are great, only-in-New-York stories of the old Empire …

20 Life Lessons I Have Learned from Travel

20 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Travel<p>The arrival of the new year has gotten me thinking a lot about the past year of travels – in fact the past …

Business Travel App to Offer Mobile-Only Hotel Deals With Free Cancellations

Business travelers need lots of flexibility when a last-minute meeting gets changed or a new one pops up so Expedia’s corporate travel brand, …

Uber Gets Into the Ride-Sharing Game in Paris

Uber is launching its very first ride-sharing service in Paris this week in what poses a potential threat to similar services in the U.S.<p>UberPOP is a …

Updated: 21 Travel Media Brands That Lead on Social Media

Becoming part of the conversation along the road from inspiration, to booking, to travel, and then back again is essential for any successful travel …

The Best Way to Visit the Smithsonian in D.C.

One of Washington, D.C.'s crown jewels for visitors and residents alike is the Smithsonian Institution. From Dorothy's ruby slippers to the Wright brothers' airplane to Earth's prehistoric dinosaurs, there is literally something to pique everyone's interest. And, since it's free, it can be one of …

Museums

Newark Airport Is Getting a Second Rail Line Into New York City

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to extend the PATH train line to Newark Liberty International Airport over the next decade.<p>Agency …

Air France Finally Catches Up to Competitors With Lie-Flat Seats in Business Class

Air France–KLM Group is introducing business-class seats that each cost 50,000 euros ($68,000) to make and turn into fully-flat beds, more than a …

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Travel

The Parisian Belle Epoque Time Capsule

When a 91-year-old woman died in 2010, her family discovered she owned an apartment that she had abandoned in perfectly preserved—and …

Inside the Forgotten 'Ghost Stations' of Subterranean Paris

(Image courtesy of Gonioul. Article by Holiday Lettings)<p>Centuries of social and political development have seen Paris emerge as the "international capital of style", a paragon of cultural and architectural achievement that is home to some of the world's most iconic buildings.<p>But beneath the …

France

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

These Olympic uniforms are so ugly, even the US State Department warns athletes not to wear them

I’VE SEEN SOME ghastly photos of Sochi’s Olympic preparedness (or lack thereof) circulating the internet, containing run-down hotel rooms, dodgy …

Know Before You Go: Sochi

I first fell in love with the Olympics in the summer of ’88. Each morning, after watching the events each night, my six-year-old self would run to consult the medal tables in the newspaper to see just how many golds the U.S.A. had won. Of course, it was never so much the sports themselves that drew …

Where the Fashionistas Eat: An Insider's Guide to Fashion Week New York

Fashion designers, models, and bloggers are flocking to New York to check out the Fall/Winter 2014 runways. See their favorite Manhattan hangouts …

TripAdvisor Apps Now Provide Wi-Fi Information For Cities and Airports

TripAdvisor’s updated hotels and flights apps now provide information about Wi-Fi and roaming charges for downtown areas and airports in 21 cities …

California's other wine countries

Everybody knows the justifiably famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you're looking to take the next step, venture into California’s less-famous wine regions, where family-owned wineries welcome novices and experts alike, and tasting fees are low to non-existent. Most of these well-hidden wine …

Wine

The Ultimate Guide to Travel Apps and Websites

The paramount of practical, problem-solving mobile apps and websites to simplify your travel queries.<p><b>Before Your Trip:</b><p>The fun is in planning your vacation -- said no one ever. Regardless, a little organization always pays off.<p><b>Travelboxe.com:</b><p>Launched in 2012, this website allows you to personalize …

Apps