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Ten Reasons to Love Paris in the Winter

<b>"I love Paris in the winter, when it drizzles...." Cole Porter</b><p>Strolling the streets of the City of Love on a wet, wintery afternoon is one of the fondest memories of my year as a Parisian. I'm no fan of cold weather, and would at times find myself complaining bitterly. But when the trees blossomed …

Forget Rio -- Visit These 5 Less-Crowded Cities in Central & South America Instead

<i>(Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com)</i><p><i>By Nicolle Monico</i><p>In 2014, all eyes were on Brazil for the World Cup and come 2016, it will again sit in the spotlight with the Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janiero. In any year, travelers heading to Peru typically plan on visiting Machu Picchu, while in …

6 Travel Apps Every Globetrotter Needs

David Goehring / Flickr<p>For globetrotters, quenching wanderlust is a simple task thanks to the slew of travel apps at their disposal. With these tools, researching new destinations, checking reviews and comparing prices on the fly is easier (and more popular) than ever before. According to Statista, …

Rare 'super blood moon' eclipse should bring wonder, not apocalypse

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday night and early Monday morning, much of the Earth will witness a glorious heavenly event.<p>The night of September 27-28 will showcase a lunar eclipse coupled with a "supermoon": a full moon that appears larger because it's at perigee, the closest point of its orbit with Earth. The …

Astronomy

The 5 Most Beautiful Places to Spend the Night

<i>by Stephanie Duval, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Courtesy El Cosmico<p>A certain type of traveler seeks out unique experiences, but not without some of the comforts and luxuries that make a vacation just that: a vacation. If you enjoy your adventure with a good dose of design and a smidge of extravagance, check …

Copenhagen

Top 10 Most Spectacular Drives in the World

Whether you're a bona fide globetrotter or would-be wanderluster (if not for that day job!), you'll likely concur that our planet plays host to diverse and picturesque landscapes just waiting to be explored. From coast to coast and hemisphere to hemisphere, these breathtaking sites are virtually …

Ranking the world’s most powerful passports

Ten years ago, in my first job after graduation, I shared an office with a researcher called Munir who I nicknamed Dr2 because he not only had a PhD …

Airplanes

You Won't Believe These 17 Photos Are Real (But They Are)

At Oyster, we're known for our honest, undoctored hotel photography, and in our Photo Fakeout series we've shown just how different from reality some marketing images can be. But we've also encountered plenty of hotels that were truly as beautiful as advertised. These photos we took at various …

9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

(Photo: Peter Zelei/Getty Images)<p>Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015. Find great value around the globe -- from usually pricey destinations like Japan and France to …

These Beautiful Caribbean Beaches Will Make You Hate Winter Even More

<i>Rum Point Beach in Grand Cayman is a quiet alternative. - Photo by SIME / eStockPhoto</i><p>Chances are, there’s one “must-do” on your Caribbean cruise, and that’s … to hit the beach. Good thing there are plenty of gorgeous strands throughout the islands. Here, our favorite picks in the top 15 ports:<p><b>1.</b> …

10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for 2015

A stay at an all-inclusive resort packs in plenty of convenience: Pay just one upfront price, and you don't have to worry about racking up extra charges for food, drink, and entertainment while on vacation. Add in a beachside setting, and it's even easier to leave your cares behind. There's a host …

6 Hotels That Have All Your Bases Covered (For Once You've, Er, Rounded the Bases)

It's no secret that hotels often kindle desire. Intimacy kits are becoming a standard item in the minibar and many hotels go out of their way to stoke romance and rowdiness with everything from stripper poles, to rotating beds, to vending machines stocked with sex toys. But what about after the …

5 Splurge-Worthy U.S. Resorts

These luxury resorts across the U.S. will have you fantasizing about your next big trip.<p><i>Dreaming of further afar? Check out The Best Under-the Radar Destinations of 2015</i>.<p><b>Utah: Amangiri</b><p>What appears as a mirage in Big Water's desert is this breathtaking luxury resort. Built around the natural …

The Most High-Tech Cruise Ship Ever

The airline industry could take a few tips from the cruise industry to improve customer service.<p>Not only do you get a lot more personal space on a cruise, but the technology found on cruise ships is getting more useful with each new ship.<p>For example, even with over 4,000 passengers and their …

10 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

Ten places, from Marcia DeSanctis’ 100, that every woman should go to in France.

France

Should You Be Planning a Trip to the Caribbean #OneHappyIsland?

<b>By Nicolle Monico</b><p>If you would have told me a year ago that I would be traveling to Aruba in 2014, I wouldn't have believed you. Don't get me wrong, I travel frequently and have plans to explore every part of the world; but the small Caribbean island of Aruba? It was nowhere near the top of my list …

National Geographic Travel

Glamour Magazine Staff Does the Ice Bucket Challenge | Glamour

Taylor Swift did it. Anna Wintour did it. Now, it's <i>Glamour</i>'s turn to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in honor of the late Ruth Whitney, editor-in-chief of <i>Glamour</i> from 1967 to 1998, who died of ALS in 1999.<p>Ruth Whitney, left, with Women of the Year honoree Glenn Close in 1995<p><i>Glamour</i> editor-in-chief …

Wedding Reception Idea: Fruit-Infused Water Recipes

After you've come up with the signature cocktails for your reception and refined the dinner wine list, dedicate some time to thinking about nonalcoholic drinks to impress. My fiancé's not much of a drinker, so I've been giving the category a lot of thought. He freaks out over a pitcher of …

21 Genius Hacks for Fixing Ruined Clothes

You have a red wine stain on your shirt. Now what?<p><b>1. Stop your sweaters from shedding by sticking them in the freezer overnight.</b> If you have a cashmere or wool sweater that won't stop shedding, toss it in the freezer before each wear.<p><b>2. Toss your jeans in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer</b> …

Clothing

Last-Minute Beach Getaways for Summer

You're dreaming of sun-kissed days on the sand and the sounds of the ocean, but you haven't made your summer vacation plans yet. No need to worry--there's still time to book a beach getaway. We've tracked down 10 spots enjoyable for all types of travelers, whether you're a foodie, a fisherman, or …

Tequila Cocktail Recipes

Happy National Tequila Day! To celebrate, we're making up some tasty cocktails that are <i>way</i> fancier than your average margarita. Take a twist on tequila with these!<p><b>Leap Of Faith</b><p>1 1/2 parts Tanteo Jalapeno tequila<p>2 parts fresh ruby-red grapefruit juice<p>1/2 part fresh lime juice<p>1/2 part agave …

The Jell-O Shot Grows Up (Seriously!)

A few weekends back, I was celebrating Jazz Fest with some friends. There’s a certain spirit down in New Orleans that I’d never encountered anywhere …

Extreme Sports

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

10 Perfectly Pretty Topknots Just in Time for Summer

Okay, we’ll admit it. We have thrown our unwashed, un-brushed, knotty hair into a topknot on mornings when our alarms have gotten the better of us. Or maybe it was laziness or maybe it was our subconscious trying to tell us to pursue a childhood dream of being a ballerina. Either way, why (k)not? …

Hairstyling

Get Better Posture With 5 Easy Moves

When it comes to fitness, we all talk a lot about cardio and strength training while ignoring a huge part of overall health—flexibility. Stretching …

25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25

1. Enough confidence to no longer feel the need to justify what she eats, who she dates or what she wears, not only to other people, but <i>to herself.</i><p>2. …

34 Things Every New Yorker Should Do This Summer

Then fall comes along, and you haven't done any of it.<p>We came up with a helpful list of 34 quintessential New York summer activities that make staying in the hot and sweaty city on the weekends not only tolerable, but positively enjoyable. The list is up-to-date for Summer 2014.<p>Bonus: All of these …

Henry Blodget

17 Things People Born In The Late 80s Are Currently Experiencing

1. The troubling realization that you can in fact accomplish anything in life, if only you could figure out exactly what it is that you want to do. …