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The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of

Plan a visit to Ischia, but don't let the secret out.<p>There are places you go to get away from it all. And then there’s Sant’Angelo.<p>To get to this Italian village, you take an hour-long ferry from Naples to the volcanic island of Ischia, nestled a few waves’ breadth from Capri in the heart of the …

14 Places You're Probably Pronouncing Wrong

Are you <i>sure</i> you booked a trip to Mon-tree-awl? Or are you instead headed to Muhn-trawl?<p>Pronouncing the correct name of a city or country can make it sound like a whole new place. Accurate accentuation can also really help you jive with locals.<p>Study a few place names you may have been saying wrong …

The world's best places to see autumn colours

The dog days of summer are over. But despite the chill in the air, there’s no need to be downhearted. Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.<p>Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn …

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Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

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Where To Go Next in Europe

<i>By: Jordan Simon</i><p>Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe - London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history and culture, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes at a cost, whether in inflated prices or jostling crowds of fellow tourists. Yet …

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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20 amazing cliffside beaches around the world | CNN Travel

5 Reasons to Move to Sydney -- Or at Least Visit Before Tearing Yourself Away (PHOTOS)

I bought a one-way ticket to a city I'd never been to.<p>Actually, I didn't even know anyone who had been to Sydney.<p>I was casually turning down a coveted "dream" career for an adventure. I would like to think it was a <i>calculated</i> risk. There's several logical reasons to become an expat in one of the …

Oxford, behind the lens

An Oxford photographer captures the vantage points and historical snippets that many visitors may not spot at first glance.

Pay what you want at a Paris hotel

Running until 10 August, a new initiative allows guests to stay the night, and decide afterwards how much they feel their stay was worth.<p>France ranks as the world’s most popular tourist destination, with around 33 million visitors coming to Paris annually. As such, demand for hotels – and prices – …

Dreaming of a Trip to Europe in 2014?

Join me and my top travel teachers on Saturday, March 22nd for my spring Travel Festival. This free, all-day, live European travel webcast includes the following six classes. I rarely speak on these destinations, so mark your calendars!<p>9:00 am (PST): Spain and Portugal with Rick Steves<br>• 11:00 am …

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