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Ben E. King dies at 76; singer-songwriter behind classic 'Stand By Me'

Singer and songwriter Ben E. King, who had one of the most enduring hits of all time with "Stand By Me," almost didn't become a solo artist.<p>In 1960 he was the lead singer with the Drifters when the group got into a disagreement with its manager over money. The manager wouldn't back</b> …

The upside of traveling as a fearful flyer

Although being afraid of flying is a burden, like most things, it also has a flip side. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I did not have deal with this …

Time I

This Texas city will run entirely on renewable energy by 2017

GEORGETOWN, Texas, a city of 50,000 inhabitants, will offer 100% wind and solar energy by January 2017.<p>If you thought that this big change in energy …

Renewable Energy

Guatemala for first-timers

With its diverse indigenous culture, rich Maya heritage and colonial charm, Guatemala is an intoxicating adventure for both the jaded and novice traveler. That said, visiting for the first time can be a daunting experience. Embassy warnings, economic hardships and a bewildering range of things to …

Central America

10 Gorgeous European Places You've Never Heard Of

You may think you know Europe's wonders from back to front. But newsflash: you don't. As with any well-trodden destination, the continent boasts a number of tucked-away treasures that would make even the most experienced traveler swoon.<p>The continent brims with uncrowded venues, like the islands of …

European Travel

7 ways the UK ruined the US for me

About 3 years ago, I moved to the UK to pursue a Master’s degree. I was only there for a year before I moved back to the United States, but I’ve …

The 10 Most Beautiful Spring Hikes In Oregon

1. Abiqua Falls | Scotts Mills, Oregon<p>If you're looking for a place to escape, with no cell reception, a quick 2.5-mile hike, and formations that could only be made from mother nature herself, Abiqua Falls is the place for you.<p>A 92-foot fall, secluded and tucked away for only the adventurous. Pack …

Hiking

Summer Travels with Baby: Glamping Retreats and Road Trips in Spain

Since finding out that I was pregnant, I’d been looking forward to traveling with the baby, to see the world through her eyes.<p>For now, we can’t quite …

Road Trips

10 Game-Changing Products Every Super Traveler Should Own

There are travelers and there are "super travelers," the savvy ones who are constantly booking new flights and always on the go. These are the frequent flyers who use priority lanes, know exactly which seat to book on each type of aircraft, and essentially feel at home in an airport. For those …

Luggage

A northern Nevada festival celebrates all things ukulele

The ukulele may be best known in Hawaii, but that won't keep its fans from gathering April 30-May 3 in northern Nevada to celebrate the four-stringed wonder.<p>The Reno Ukulele Festival, at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, will feature classes, concerts, jam sessions and more.<p>One of the highlights …

National Park Week begins with free admission this weekend

National Park Week starts this weekend, a good time to plan a trip to<p>Yosemiteor Joshua Tree and take advantage of free admission on Saturday and Sunday.<p>The fee-free days this weekend apply to all national parks, historic sites and other locations managed by the park service. (You would save $30 on …

10 Adventurous Digs That Totally Beat A Hotel Room

<b>By Hannah Martin for Architectural Digest.</b><p>Make your next trip something truly out of the ordinary with our roundup of offbeat travel accommodations, including tepees in Texas and tree houses in Sweden.<p><i>(photo: Nick Simonite)</i><p>El Cosmico, a quirky campground in the desert of Marfa, Texas, offers a …

National Parks

The Top 10 Sights to See in Cuba

<b>By Mitchell Owens for Architectural Digest.</b><p><i>(photo: Nicholas Pitt)</i><p>As travel restrictions lift and embargoes soften, AD's Mitchell Owens heads to Havana, where the mojitos are sweet, the architecture is astounding, and society is embracing a new era. Take a look at the city's unchanged architecture, …

Cuba

Exploring the Cold Coast: The Adventure Begins

<b>So begins a 14-day adventure odyssey to drive the Pacific Northwest coast from Seattle to Vancouver Island.</b><p>The rocky shoreline was crowded with Sitka spruce trees, like slender green giants pressed up against the edge of the sea shrouded in a layer of morning fog. Sea birds stirred into flight with …

Slovenia: Travels in Central Europe's Green Gem

"Ljub-what?" a friend asked when I mentioned I was headed to Slovenia's small capital, Ljubljana. The tongue-twister stems from the Slovenian word for "beloved" -- an apt name for an often overlooked European country, and its walkable main city, subtly sandwiched in between Austria, Italy, Hungary …

European Travel

The real best souvenirs to bring home from 19 countries around the world

Travelers always want to bring home something that will remind them of their trip — but many often get stuck buying cheap knick knacks from tourist traps.<p>To avoid getting something you'll only throw away in a few months, we've rounded up a list of some authentic items you should buy when …

Northern Ireland