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2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

The World's 6 Creepiest Haunted Hotels

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller<p>Usually when you need a good scare, you just check out your credit card statement to see how much you spent last month.<p>But if you're really out to prove you have, like the awesome '80s T-shirt line, <i>no fear</i>, well, try sleeping in a haunted hotel. And we don't mean the …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Mauritius Just Jumped To The Top Of Our Bucket List Because Of This

Has the world reached a saturation point on time lapse videos? Who knows, but we’ll take one more, as long as it's this one, because it’s oh-so-beautiful.<p>Shot by Alexander Kodisch, the above video is made up of 11,000 images rendered together and takes us through the sunrises, beaches, jungles, …

The Quintessential Spanish Town You Didn't Know You Wanted To Visit

Ah, Spain. We just can't get enough of your beautifulness.<p>And we just fell in love with the newest beautiful Spanish city we want to visit -- called Girona -- after we found out it's sort of like a smaller Barcelona, but with nearly just as much to offer visitors.<p>Located in northeast Catalonia, a …

18 Reasons Why Fiji Has To Be Your Next Vacation Destination

The only thing you should be asking yourself when you're not in Fiji is "Why am I not in Fiji?"<p>It's sitting <i>right there</i>, just waiting for you in the South Pacific. This country is a true tropical paradise, but that doesn't just mean you'll be lazing around all day on the beach –- even if, with …

8 Amazing Hidden Travel Gems in California

California is by far one of the best states to visit for a holiday or a road trip. Many visitors to the state typically flock to the larger cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but California also has an abundance of beautiful towns and pristine nature.<p>Its expansive coastline, endlessly tall …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

The Best -- And Easiest -- Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

<i>Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.</i><p><i>Today: A smooth, chocolatey milkshake, with frozen bananas and almond milk standing in for dairy. Stop what you're doing, and make one now.</i><p>This milkshake recipe is so …

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9 Essential Tools for Cooking Vegetables

While I've listed some of my favorite, most essential tools, I didn't mention my food mill, which I use only for two purposes (tomato sauce and applesauce) yet wouldn't be without, or my salad spinner. Nor did I mention hands, which are so very essential for feeling the food you're cooking; or …

6 Needs of the Millennial Traveler

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The 30 most beautiful cities in Europe (how many have you seen?)

From Iceland to Istanbul, from Scandinavia to Sicily, the European continent spans a mind-boggling multitude of cultures, languages, and styles. What …

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10 Foolproof Tricks to Beat Flight Anxiety

If you or someone you know struggles with fear of flying, these 10 expert strategies will help ensure a comfortable, panic-free flight.

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Shoulder Season Bargains in Europe!

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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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These 8 Tiny Islands Are Hidden Where You'd Least Expect Them

Paris, Venice and Rome are all famous tourist draws with one <i>very</i> particular thing in common: they all have islands hidden within them.<p>And since teensy isles are kind of our new favorite obsession, we've culled together some of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. A bonus: certain islands come …

Oregon's Wizard Island Is Shrouded In Ancient Mystery

Call us muggles, but we've never seen an island so magical.<p>Wizard Island is actually an ancient volcanic cinder cone in Crater Lake, Oregon. The floating wonderland -- which sits in the deepest lake in the United States -- was once the site of elaborate Klamath Indian rituals.<p>Now, it's an eerily …

12 New York City Easter Eggs You'd Otherwise Blink and Miss

As much as New York City loves being loud and flashy, there are a few secrets she likes to keep to herself.<p>Beyond the concrete jungle's hustle and …

9 Things Good Listeners Do Differently

Despite being taught the importance of listening from a young age -- think about how many teachers have asked you to "put your listening ears on" -- the truth is, most of us aren't as good at the skill as we ought to be.<p>Research shows that the average person listens with only 25 percent efficiency …

Garibaldi Is A Beautiful Volcanic Lake Hiding Out In Canada

We just found the most magical lake in the world, and it's been hiding out in Canada all along. Welcome to Garibaldi Lake in British Columbia.<p>Located just outside of Vancouver and a little south of Whistler, the lake's all-blue hue reflects the gorgeous trees and mountains surrounding the water. …