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The 10 Rules of Packing

When you’ve spent more than a decade on the road, you get asked some pretty interesting questions. The one query I get most, though, is about packing: what to take, what to leave, where to put it. I’ve taken scads of trips, but every time I get back, I know I could have gone even lighter. Let’s …

3 Steps to Planning the Perfect Road Trip

We know staycations are awesome, but sometimes you truly need to get a breath of fresh air away from your city, right? As much as a quick flight to the opposite coast sounds lovely, the summer season's destination weddings, music festivals, and all-out parties can have a negative impact on your …

6 Ways to Be a More Sustainable Traveler

Reduce your impact on the planet, support local economies, and protect wildlife.<p>The United Nations designated 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development—an opportunity to raise global awareness about how responsible tourism can act as a vehicle for positive change.<p>The three …

The Top 50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime

Buena Vista Images via Getty Images<p>With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. From the great ancient capitals to the modern …

What New Travel And Adventure Books Should I Read This Summer?

<i>A:</i><p>Don’t waste time on trashy novels at the beach this summer. These new outdoor and adventure page turners prove yet again that true stories trump fiction for fun reads.<p>Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art<p>(Courtesy of …

Books

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

Why Traveling Matters

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.", wisely pointed out St. Augustine and I wanted to start this article with that quote because traveling has become one of the most essential parts of our lives. Sometimes one travels to exotic places and some others keep it simple …

20 Pairs of d'Orsay Summer Flats for Work (#FlatsFriday Heatwave Edition!)

Happy Flats Friday, everyone! In honor of the full-on heat wave that we are currently experiencing in New York City, it seems only appropriate that we talk about d'Orsay flats. Half sandal, half ballet flat, they are the perfect closed-shoe option to battle these soaring temperatures.<p>It's hard for …

Exploring southern Sumatra

When a destination is as big and sprawling as Sumatra – the planet’s sixth largest island – there’s a wealth of exotic and challenging experiences for intrepid travellers. And while the orangutans of Bukit Lawang and the chilled lakeside vibe of Danau Toba draw a regular flow of visitors to …

27 Things Every Londoner Should Do This Summer

From the coolest roof gardens to the hippest outdoor markets, here are 27 great activities everyone in London should do this summer.<p><i>Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in London in the summer? Add it in the comments!</i>

Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part II

[box] <i>I’ve just returned from a</i> <i>four-day glamping trip with Adels Grove</i> <i>that got me out and about in the Boodjamulla National Park and Riversleigh area</i> …

The Swiss train tourists don’t take

The Rhäetian Railway provides an awe-inspiring, adrenaline-inducing ride past therapeutic springs and mountain-perched castles, crossing 84 tunnels and 383 bridges along the way.<p>I floated in a steamy, 38C rooftop pool, watching glints of the sinking copper sun reflect off the Rhäetian Alps. Located …

European Travel

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Joining the Peace Corps

For anyone perusing the endless opportunities for volunteering abroad, committing to serving two years in the Peace Corps has probably crossed your mind. In fact, the organization -- started by President Kennedy in 1961 as an outlet for Americans to help with international development and promote …

10 On-The-Go Tips For Every Summer Trip

Finally, summer is here, and travel season with it. We couldn’t be more excited for the road trips, cross-country flights, and long-weekend …

I Worked Out Like Karlie Kloss for a Month

From the editors of ELLE.com, the workout that keeps Karlie Kloss in shape.<p>I'm wearing beat-up Supergas and a stained men's sweater right now, but beneath that, there's a secret beast inside of me. An absurdly "basic," girly beast who eats Brussels sprouts at Sunday brunches and who will gladly …

Vera Wang Store Opening on Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills Best Dressed

Vera Wang celebrated the opening of her new boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with a whole lot of stylish friends. The result? A handful of fabulous outfits ready to re-create for the next party you have on the calendar.<p>In case you need another example of how nonrevealing crop-top combos can …

Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2014

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks.<p>While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s …

5 Interesting Ways People Stay Fit Around the World

America loves Soul Cycle, Spinning, CrossFit, and gluten-free foods--just to name a few of the health and fitness trends that are popular parts of the country's health and fitness culture at the moment.<p>But what if what's popular in American culture isn't quite up your alley? After all, maintaining …

Five Reasons to Move Barahona to the Top of Your Dominican Bucket List

Most vacationers to the Dominican Republic make a beeline to the all-inclusives on the north and east end of the island. But to miss Barahona is like going to the Vatican and foregoing the Sistine Chapel or heading to the Grand Canyon and never looking down.<p>It goes without saying that this region …

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10 Secret European Spots You'll Want To Visit Stat

Everyone loves a good secret spot, especially one that's in Europe. What about 50 of them?<p>The kind folks over at Lonely Planet have just released their new ebook entitled "Secret Europe" and have culled through the massive amounts of experiences one can have on the continent and brought you their …

This Is What Your Flight Used To Look Like (And It's Actually Crazy)

Air travel has come a long way since the 1950s, this we know. We're deep into our bizarre affection for SkyMall, personal TV screens and in-flight WiFi (not to mention WiFi in general).<p>But in the 50s, flying was something different. It was something magical and marvelous. Air travel exploded into …

Wai-O-Tapu Is Yet Another Reason New Zealand Is Heaven

New Zealand truly has it all, from gorgeous beaches to unparalleled outdoor adventure.<p>And here's yet another reason New Zealand is heaven: Wai-o-Tapu.<p>Wai-o-Tapu, which is Māori for "sacred waters," is a geothermal wonderland located in Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area boasts colorful hot springs and …

Tips for travelling in 21st-century China

The Middle Kingdom is one of the fastest changing countries in the world. Its economy is robust and its population increasingly more modern and tech savvy. Yet, China is still a country of paradoxes.<p>You’ll get 3G connection in remote farmland in Inner Mongolia, though there mightn't be running …

Cool Ways To Hang A Hammock For A Lazy Summer Nap

If you had a hammock, where would you hang it? The garden and the porch are classical choices but what about other options? How about having a …

Living Rooms

London's 12 Raddest Indie Boutiques

London breaks the mould like no place else. Our city, with its winding, cobbled streets and renegade fashion spirit, is built on all things quirky …

The Best Celebrity Little White Dresses

See who rocked the chic white frock this year.<p>We've all got a stash of LBDs in the forefront of our closets ready for a moment's notice. But what better time than summer to shed that old standby in favor of its crisp white counterpart? From lacy Dolce & Gabbana to sleek Dior (and everything in …