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This might be the most dangerous hotel in the world

It's the hotel for those who really want to get off of the grid. The Frying Pan Tower is a former U.S. Coast Guard station located in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane alley. Owner Richard Neal bought the structure from a government auction for $85,000 and converted it into a homey …

Coast Guard

The best river cruises for anniversary holidays

<b>Q:</b> I’m considering booking my parents an anniversary holiday. They have seen many of Europe’s classic cities – including Vienna, Cologne and Budapest – before. Where do you suggest?<p><b>A:</b> In Europe, consider the Lower Danube, sailing from Budapest to Romania or Bulgaria. It is a very different …

10 of the best long-haul adventure holidays

Get out of your comfort zone with these trips to less-visited parts of the world, from driving down Jordan’s desert highway to tackling high peaks in Mongolia<p>Paddle from inn to inn, Belize<p>The island-rich coast of Belize is home to one of the first guided lodge-to-lodge stand-up paddleboarding trips …

Long Haul

Discovering the forgotten ex-Soviet state of Transnistria

“Westerners exoticise Transnistria. They see it as a Soviet enclave and nothing else. But I am interested in the people here,” says Ramin Mazur, a photographer born in Rabnita, Transnistria. Out of 25 of Mazur’s original classmates, only 6 or so remain. As more people leave Moldova’s breakaway …

Exquisite 'Sherpa' tells of climbing Everest from the guide's point of view

Anyone eager to see a stirring film set on Earth's highest peak is in luck: Just bypass "Everest" and go directly to "Sherpa," a documentary whose visual magnificence is more than matched by unforgettable characters and political urgency.<p>The exquisitely crafted film is a much-needed corrective to …

World Bodypainting Festival in Austria

Austria

The Gainsborough, the U.K.’s Only Thermal Bath Spa

In the historic city of Bath, the newly opened Gainsborough Bath Spa is uniting the area's historic heritage with modern style and contemporary …

Travel

20 Must-See Art Museums In America

There's much more to the world's great art museums than just the Louvre and the Prado. In fact, you can skip the jaunt across the Atlantic altogether and set your sights on some world-class art collections right here in the U.S. Even if you're not planning a trip entirely around art, chances are …

Museums

10 independent bookshops you should visit worldwide: our readers recommend

From a bohemian Parisian temple of reading to a bookshop with hidden animals: to mark Independent Bookshop Week, here are 10 of the best around the world – compiled with the help of our readers<p>See our entire bookshop bucket list here Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide – in pictures<p>Wherever you …

Books

On The Road Through The US With Photographer Sidi-Omar Alami

20-year-old Paris-based photographer Sidi-Omar Alami decided to leave his country after he spent one year in medicine school to explore the world …

New York City

Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …

European Travel

16 Indie Bookstores We Love

In a literary era dominated by Kindles, you might be surprised to learn that there's no shortage of outstanding independent bookstores around the …

The World's 15 Most Amazing Waterfalls

<i>By: Alex Robinson</i><p>Waterfalls have been an awe-inspiring sight ever since the first man walked down river, peered over the edge, and then wildly exclaimed to his tribe-bros, "I think we can jump off of this!" So it's with the same passionate spirit of adventure and danger that we're proud to …

Niagara

SeaWorld Says Its Killer Whales are Thriving in New Ad Campaign

SeaWorld’s new CEO, Joel Manby, was slated to begin his duties today as the company kicked off a new advertising campaign, arguing that its orca …

Killer Whales

The 19 Passenger Types You'll Meet on Your Next Flight

We flyers may think of ourselves as Economy, Business or even First—in line with the cabin class we can afford to fly—but that’s not how a study …

Aviation

Dead Tourist Bar

Whiskey, suicide, cheeseburgers, cliffs, The New York Times & the Bermuda Triangle<p><i>Fiction</i><p>This is the tricky part.<p>A guy enters a bar, orders a drink. …

The North American Spa Grows Up

From fat farms to transformational centers, these three classic North American spas are coming of age. Here’s why.<p>> Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico)<p><b>Claim to fame:</b> Located just south of Mexico’s border with the United States and turning 75 in June, it’s North America’s oldest destination spa.<p><b>Then:</b> …

12 universal truths you learn in South America

1. Understand the significance of community.<p>It’s one of the first things I noticed in South America — community is everything. While in Ecuador, I …

South America

10 Products and Services Every Super Traveler Needs

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 …

16 of the most impressive national parks in the US (PHOTOS)

EVERY BIT of wilderness on the planet is impressive, but some places are special for unique reasons. There’s arguably no better educational tool for …

National Parks

Wild Walk coming to nature museum in New York's Adirondack Park

You can study nature from the treetops instead of the ground when a new, elevated Wild Walk debuts inside Adirondack Park in upstate New York.<p>Wild Walk, set to open July 4, will offer visitors a bird's-eye view of part of the 6-million-acre park.<p>You can explore a spider's web perched 24 feet off …

My Night With the Navajos in Monument Valley

<i>Credit: All photos Bettina Gordon.</i><p>I gladly admit, I deeply resonate with Native American culture and the endless expanse of the American West. So, when I spent a night in a traditional Navajo hut in Monument Valley, Arizona, I was jumping with joy (literally, see above)!<p>I was traveling with a group …

National Parks

Matador family summer guide to the US

<i>Photo by Mali Mish.</i><p>WELCOME TO THE FIRST EVER KIDS’ DAY AT MATADOR! We’ve dedicated the entire publishing day to celebrate family travel across the …

Roadtrip Through the Sweet South

When our family took a seven city road trip around the South last summer two cities definitely caught my attention; Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.<p>Both cities are filled with so much Southern charm, American history, and beautiful coastal living. Trying to decide which one I liked …

Travel

19 places in the US to take your kids before they graduate

IT’S EASY TO GET LAZY and leave your child’s education up to their school. But, let’s be honest here — their education is your responsibility. Make …

The Exceptional Traveler: Underrated Ushuaia, Argentina--Southernmost Town in the World.

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard<p><b>How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively</b><p>Fishermen Ramón, Cristían, Antonio and Roberto welcome me to Ushuaia<p>At the tip of South America where the last sliver of …

Argentina

The Perfect Hybrid Backpack/Messenger Bag

All messenger bags are not created equal, but their differences are often subtle and revealed only through actually using them to carry stuff around on your body. The Switch from Bergans of Norway, though, sets itself apart right from the get-go, with a style and silhouette suggesting that it’s no …

The Smithsonian Gets Into Travel Publishing With New Journeys Magazine

Smithsonian Enterprises, the business arm of the popular museum complex, is launching its first new magazine in 30 years with a focus on cultural …

Tourism

14 reasons why you should NEVER travel to Portugal

1. This beach is too empty to be funny.<p>2. You’re not impressed by these waves. Besides, surfing is for crazy people.<p>3. I bet you can’t drive here.<p>4. …

European Travel

9 US habits I lost in Costa Rica

1. Thinking that just because I’m from the US, I’m American.<p>We Americans from the United States have forgotten that the word “American” actually …