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Inside The Design Of The World's Most Beautiful Tiny House

I admit it: I’m intrigued by tiny houses. And who can blame me? Diminutive dwellings are basically everywhere these days, with at least a half-dozen cable shows devoted to the topic (yes, <i>Tiny House Hunters</i> and <i>Tiny House Hunting</i> are actually two different shows), and sites such as Curbed and …

Diminutive

Ten Top Travel Apps

What did we travellers do in the old days - all of about eight years ago - before travel apps arrived on the scene? We had to cart around atlases and …

Apps

16 hostels that are way nicer than you'd expect a hostel to be

No accommodation has a worse reputation than a hostel. The word alone can conjure images of germ-ridden bunk beds, less-than-savory characters and …

11 Daring Design Gambles that Definitely Paid Off

(Image credit: Chris Stout-Hazard)<p>When it comes to design, restraint and moderation are generally considered to be good guiding principles. It's easy …

Dining Rooms

30 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer

For these small towns, summer is the best (and prettiest!) time to visit.<p>You should add these to your travel plans ASAP.

7 Things You Should Know Before Your Trip to Iran

Photo by Kyana Moghadam<p>Azadi Tower in Tehran.<p>Whether you’re visiting Tehran or paying homage to the great poets in Shiraz, here are the things to …

Eight incredible American road trips you must experience in your lifetime

The mythology of the American highway is as deep and long as the Grand Canyon – which you can, incidentally, drive along. Books, music and films have added glamour, ghosts and grit to what in other countries would be merely a long, even boring, drive.<p>Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Bob Dylan’s Highway …

Meet the Woman Behind the Coolest New Way to Travel

Kiss that selfie stick goodbye.<p>Vacation—you know, that thing that's supposed to be fun and relaxing? But with the task of planning, making sure you have an "authentic" experience, and keeping everyone updated via social media, sometimes it's just another thing to stress about.<p>Enter: El Camino …

Guide highlights Native American link to historic Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new story is unfolding along historic Route 66 thanks to a yearlong project coordinated by a tourism group with help from the National Park Service and American Indian tribes along America's Mother Road.<p>The result is a guidebook and website detailing the histories of more …

Tourism

7 Things You Didn't Know About the Grand Canyon

In honor of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, we're taking a closer look at one of the most-visited parks: the Grand Canyon. Drawing more …

The most popular places to travel this summer, according to Pinterest

To get in the mood, we've rounded up the top 10 most-pinned summer destinations on Pinterest, and we have to say, it's going to be one heck of a summer. Can you guess where the most popular summer destination is?<p>Click through the slideshow to find out where you should go, and try to guess which …

New Zealand

National Parks Adventures to Go On Before You Die

Seven experiences to start planning now.<p>Many visitors to America's national parks do the same things: they go geyser-watching in Yellowstone, peer …

The 25 greatest train journeys in the world

'I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it,” said the travel writer Paul Theroux famously, and it seems that more of us than ever concur with him. Trains are the most agreeable, comfortable and relaxing of any form of long distance travel. Whether you are seeking spectacular …

4 books that feel like travel

WHEN I CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL, I find myself casting about for cheaper ways to discover something new about myself and the world. The obvious choice …

Books

11 cool online stores for home decor and high design

Don't spend it all in one place<p>In the age of Amazon, shopping for great design online has never been easier. Here, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite sites offering something special when it comes to home decor and design. From handcrafted artisanal chairs to sleek ceramic objects 3D …

Design

24 Vacations For People Who Want To Totally Recharge

Go zen without going broke.

Swimwear

US by rail: Take the slow train down the West Coast

The usual way to do the US West Coast is to drive Route 101 – which is fine, if a bit obvious, perhaps a touch unadventurous. There is another way which is neither obvious nor bland, but a great adventure. And – as Billy Connolly reveals in his current television series – it is brilliant. It is the …

Graphic Design From Around the World: Scandinavian Design

<i>Different regions around the world offer different takes on almost anything.</i> Food, fashion, beliefs — you name it. People from all over the world …

Graphic Design

4 luxurious train journeys that will make you feel like 19th-century royalty

Every summer, throngs of American tourists head to Europe with their Eurail passes in hand, ready to see the continent the way locals do. But these trains don't offer luxury. Several rail journeys exist that exude the opulence of yore, with guest amenities that rival the world's finest luxury …

Trains

How to live in mansions around the world rent-free

DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN A CASTLE? Like, an actual Norman castle in France, for free? Yes, of course you do, even if the castle is “small” and it comes …

University of Chicago

Where to Go in D.C.: The Capital's Most Exciting Neighborhoods

There's more to Washington, D.C., than politics and monuments. Neighborhoods across the city are being transformed into dining and shopping hubs. …

U.S. Marines

The Perfect Homemade Muesli Recipe for Cold Winter Mornings

At this time of year, when it takes the sun longer to wake up than me, I’m reminded of the winter mornings of my childhood years spent in Switzerland. My home in a small village on Lake Zurich was minutes from the mountains, but even with the milder climes of the lakeside, my feet would cry out for …

From Cape Town to Pretoria by train on Rovos Rail | CNN Travel

Cape Town

A couple traveled to 22 of the most remote places in the world — here are their stunning photos

Freelance travel writer Debbie Pappyn and her photographer husband David De Vleeschauwer began exploring remote corners of the world during a decade of almost non-stop travel. During their adventures on six continents, they stayed in more than 1,000 hotels. Their visual anthology, "Remote: Places …

Paragliding

10 epic food trucks you have to try in Austin

Everyone has heard of Franklin BBQ, but is it really worth the wait? Hours of waiting, and unless you were there since 8am, they will probably sell …

Texas

The 50 best US tourist attractions you've never heard of

New York has the Empire State Building, but it's also home to Letchworth State Park, unofficially known as the "Grand Canyon of the East."<p>We've rounded up the most worthwhile but lesser-known tourist attractions in every state.<p>While some of these places have a significant amount of visitors each …

National Parks

I spent 10 nights alone on a deserted island — here's how I survived

I still can't quite believe it happened.<p>I've been somewhat obsessed with islands and going 'back to basics' since I was kid.<p>"Shipwrecked" was key viewing, Ray Mears was my guy, and more recently, watching shows like 'The Island" and "Naked and Marooned" reinforced just how much I really wanted my …

Snorkel

The 3 Best Small-Town Food Scenes In America

<i>by Matt Duckor, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Courtesy Knife and Fork<p>We all know New York, Charleston, and New Orleans are destinations for food lovers-but in these U.S. cities, each with a population under 8,000, dining out is an event.<p><b>1. DRIFTWOOD, TEXAS (POP. 2,467)</b><p>Twenty-five miles southwest of Austin, …

Trails

The Cooking Essentials for Traveling

Because I am not food snob, I promise. Besides, the doctor told me to lighten up on the steak au poivre.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy<i>.</i><p>Cooking is one of the biggies that can make a difference when it comes to budget traveling, ignoring the fact it's probably one of those things you …

Burger King