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The 10 Hottest Global Travel Destinations To Visit in 2016

Take note from Virtuoso's 2016 Luxe Travel Report before planning all your 2016 getaways.<p>While it's probably considered more productive to work on your New Year's resolutions, it's definitely more fun to map out your 2016 vacation plans instead. For those of us looking to add to our Passport stamps …

5 things you absolutely must do in Bali

Jacob Laukaitis reveals the hidden corners of Bali that most tourists don't get to see<p>1. Visit a massive abandoned hotel<p>Locals call it “The Ghost …

21 Signs You Have Been Bitten by the Travel Bug

<b>There is a wicked bug that tends to bite curious minds.</b> A single bite is strong enough to transform the victim's mind and life forever. Yes, I'm talking about the (in)famous "travel bug" which causes the victim to feel an obsessive need to travel the world! The fever the bug causes is commonly …

Video: A Day in Shanghai

From a morning commute aboard one of the largest metro systems in the world, to an evening of dancing in the street as the skyline starts to glow neon, follow a typical day in China's most cosmopolitan city.<p>China's financial capital of Shanghai reflects the country's emergence on the world stage, …

Top 5 Things to Do in Cuba While You Still Can

I'm headed back to Cuba in November and I can't wait. It's a beautiful island and an exciting time to be there because everything is shifting so quickly. Havana is getting ready for its 500th birthday in 2019, and construction crews are hard at work renovating and remodeling. There was already a …

Top Ten Reasons To Visit Kerala

Enticements on India's Exotic Malabar Coast<p>Houseboat on a Kerala waterway<p>Once you're visited iconic India's "golden triangle" of Jaipur +Delhi + Agra, your next destination should be the country's exotic southwest Malabar coast. Originally capital of the spice trade, Kerala is a fantasy land of …

21 strange customs you should know before visiting Mexico

Hacé clic para leer este artículo en Español. Tambien podés darnos un “me gusta” en Facebook!<p>Featured Photo: Alejandro Mallea<p>1. The mild sauce might …

10 signs you’ve never been to Mexico City

1. You imagine it to be all dirt tracks and donkeys…<p>Whenever Hollywood portrays Mexico it seems to show dusty roads with beat-up cars and the …

5 O'Clock Somewhere: Watching Football With A Rampaging Group Of Middle-Aged Couples In Cabana Wear

<i>This post is from Roads & Kingdoms' Five O'Clock Somewhere series: daily dispatches at cocktail hour from around the world. Find more food and travel storytelling at Roads & Kingdoms.</i><p>By Mitch Moxley<p><i>Cristal In Havana</i><p>The cigar bar at the Melia Cohiba hotel in Havana was showing the Super …

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13 Steps to Mexicanize Yourself

If you think that sombreros and bigotes are what you need to become a real Mexican then you are sorely mistaken. In celebration of Mexico’s …

What's in My Wallet for a Trip to Cuba?

Traveling to Cuba comes with some unique challenges, but as I prepare to board a plane to Havana, I couldn't be more excited to explore this time-capsule of a country. While the U.S. government has taken the first steps towards normalizing relations with Cuba, the U.S. embargos still make traveling …

War-torn Ukraine’s craft beer makers defy the odds

LVIV, Ukraine — Massive financial loans and American military trainers may be some of the most talked-about Western imports to Ukraine lately.<p>But …

Mexico City's Architectural Moment: A Guide

Long an export, Mexico's finest architects have started staying home — and the work they're doing there isn't just some of the finest in Mexico, it's some of the finest in the world. Here's a short list of the buildings you absolutely must see.

24 delicious foods you should eat in China

China is a large country that's home to many rich, flavorful dishes.<p>Although there are staples that can be found throughout the country, the cuisine varies greatly from region to region.<p>For example, Shanghai boasts xiao long bao (soup dumplings), while Beijing has Peking duck.<p>Keep scrolling for 24 …

Food & Dining

How to See Myanmar in Six Days

Is it possible to tour a country in less than a week?<p>Adventure Weeks, a new program from legacy adventure tour company Mountain Travel Sobek is …

Reader recommendation: Balkan Trails' tours of Bulgaria, Romania

We recently returned from an amazing three weeks in "undiscovered" (by Americans) Bulgaria and Romania. We used small-tour company Balkan Trails, which designs affordable private and customized tours with expert driver guides who speak impeccable English. This company takes pride in showcasing the …

European Travel

10 Tricks For Falling Asleep On A Plane -- And Staying That Way

Goodnight, and good flight.<p>Getting a good night's sleep is a cinch in some destinations ... though typically, an airplane is NOT one of them.<p>However, in a godsend to the traveling public, airlines worldwide are starting to prioritize passenger comfort in a whole new way. This week, for example, …

Just Back From: Iran

There’s something particularly satisfying about exploring a place with a rich and complex history. It’s largely what makes Iran such an intoxicating …

Cubans Know That the Island's Tourism Boom Will Leave Some Behind

This 500-year-old city smells of fresh paint and varnish.<p>Residents stroll along a recently completed harbor promenade under gleaming new …

Cuba

13 things you will be homesick for after leaving Bulgaria

1. Banitsa with boza<p>You may never actually eat this stereotypical breakfast much when you are in Bulgaria, but for some reason you will sure crave it …

16 of the world's most enormous statues

Taking up to 20 years to build and millions of dollars to create, these 16 enormous creations do just that. They'll stand for centuries as icons of history and culture for visitors to enjoy. From the world's largest reclining Buddha to a 105 foot tall sculpture of Mao Zedong, keep scrolling for a …

Mao Zedong

Local Flavor: Pho in Hanoi

<b>Pho</b>—Vietnam’s unofficial national dish—might look like a run-of-the-mill noodle soup. But the flavors and the history are as complex as the country itself.<p>Many Vietnamese culinary experts believe pho is a unique adaptation of “<i>pot au feu</i>” (“pot in the fire”), introduced during the French colonial …

Vietnam

23 incredible photos of fjords that will make you want to travel to Norway

Formed by glaciers, fjords are wider than they are long and are either a deep, narrow sea or a lakedrain. They're similar to a bay or cove.<p>Norway and the Svalbard Islands are home to over 1,000 stunning fjords, which make for great sightseeing.<p>We browsed #fjordnorway on Instagram to give you an …

European Travel

12 Hour Destination Guide to Bled, Slovenia

By College Tourist; Author: Emily Poklar, University of Wisconsin - Madison<p><b>A city surrounded by the Julian Alps, small neighborhoods, homemade stews and wine, and with a stunning lake in the center - the Slovenian city of Bled is the perfect "off the beaten track" day trip to add to your …

15 things all Portuguese miss when they leave Portugal

1. Seeing plates with funny sayings.<p>The blue-and-white decorative plates saying “<i>tenha cuidado com o dono, que o cão está preso</i>” (be careful with the …

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10 incredible day trips from Vancouver

There's so much to see and do in Vancouver that you might forget to check out what the surrounding area has to offer. A transport hub with great access to the rest of BC, Vancouver is the perfect jumping-off point for day trips into the region. Here are our top 10 escapes from the city.<p>Breathtaking …

21 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Cuba

These changes will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, and that's great news for Americans, because Cuba is full of gorgeous beaches, historic architecture, and incredible natural landscapes teeming with wildlife.

Cuba

Hanoi: Motor Scooter City

HANOI, Vietnam -- I want tell you about Vietnam: its people, its culture, its economy, its disputes, and its aspirations.<p>But I can't. Not yet.<p>Like other visitors to this capital city, I'm not focused on the wide, French-colonial boulevards, the roadsides decorated with extraordinary ceramic mosaics …