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American Samoa Is The Empty Slice Of Bliss You've Been Craving

Would you believe there's a virtually empty, incomparably lush, incredibly quiet and awesomely unplugged tropical escape that's technically a part of the United States?<p>No, it's not Hawaii. This is American Samoa, and you've kind of been ignoring it.<p>American Samoa is an unincorporated U.S. territory …

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

European Travel

Where to find the Algarve's best beaches

The coast of the Algarve in southern Portugal is a seemingly endless series of some of Europe’s finest beaches. They are seriously spectacular stretches of sand: the climate and atmosphere are Mediterranean, but this is the Atlantic so good waves and watersports are available alongside more sedate, …

Beaches

Drinking Chocolate in Bayonne

The last thing I expected to discover in <b>Bayonne</b>, the scrappy Basque town in southwestern France known for its salt-dried ham, was the most luscious hot chocolate to ever cross my lips, a velvety concoction coiffed with a dome of froth and sipped from a delicate, rose-bedecked porcelain cup in a …

Beautiful Small Towns in Europe More Americans Should Visit

So you’ve gone and booked a big ol’ flight across the pond. The siren call of wildly cheap airfares to Europe proved too strong to resist -- you may …

Buckingham Palace

National Geographic Travel

Get lost in Japan’s ancient samurai town

Kanazawa’s narrow, winding streets confound visitors, just as they confused intruders centuries ago.<p>It was early morning in Kanazawa’s historical Higashi Chaya district, a row of old latticed teahouses in a town that’s convoluted in both its layout and history. Steam wafted up from the stone road. …

Japan

14 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP

<i>Photo: Michael Matti</i><p>You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.<p>1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Hike through Croatia's largest National Park to a series of …

Hiking

25 Secret European Villages

The charm of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland, is the not-quite-here, not-quite-there, lost-in-time feel of the place. To …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

Places You Need to See Before You Die

So much to see, so little time--there are no shortage of amazing sights on this planet and you probably won't get to see all of them, so how do you decide which ones to visit?<p>Whether or not you have a formal bucket list, you've likely made a mental list of places you want to go and things you'd …

Grand Canyon

5 travel experts reveal the best places they've ever visited

These are the people we count on to tell us what places are worth a trip and what places aren't, along with other essential travel tips.<p>We asked five of these experienced travelers what their favorite destinations are.<p>Here's what they said:<p>Anne Banas, executive editor of Smarter Travel: The Azores, …

Guide Books

The 15 best hiking trails in the world

Looking for a fun, adventurous, and affordable summer vacation? Go take a hike -- literally!<p>Hiking is good way to see waterfalls, mountain peaks, and alpine meadows without spending a lot of money. And a hike isn't just something to do on a summer afternoon. There are many trails that are best …

Hiking

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

Switzerland's 'Valley Of 72 Waterfalls' Is Breathtaking Beyond Your Imagination

The heart-meltingly beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen, snuggled in a Swiss valley among 72 waterfalls, is perhaps one of the most stunning places we've ever seen. It's unsurprising then, that Lauterbrunnen is said to have inspired various locations in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical <i>Lord of the Rings</i> …

Vacation

Vacation

A perfect weekend in Barcelona

Two days in Barcelona can only ever be a teaser of what it has to offer, so bear in mind that this a subjective grab-bag of highlights, spanning ancient and modern and packaged into a geographically convenient, eminently walkable, weekend tour. It is also all-weather, but in high summer you might …

City Halls

The 20 Mediterranean islands you must visit in your lifetime

Is it the sea, the strange sense of security, or just that wonderful feeling of escaping from life on the mainland that makes an island break so special? Whatever the exact chemistry, islands make brilliant holiday destinations, and nowhere more so than in the Mediterranean in summer. With the help …

16 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent thread on Quora discussed some of the best destinations in Europe that remain unknown.<p>The answers hit on a number of hidden gems, which we included in this list, along with some others that came from our own research.<p>From Denmark's Faroe Islands to one of Armenia's oldest monasteries, here …

European Travel

A Guide to Italy's Prosecco Road

Cheaper than Champagne, and often just as good, Prosecco is made in a tourist-free region of Italy that's well worth a visit.<p>Two hours north of Venice lies the town of Conegliano, its bombastic stucco buildings a statement of Italy’s Garibaldi-powered confidence. The village of Valdobbiadene</i> …

Italy

40 Campfire Meals to Keep You Well-Fed in the Great Outdoors

Head to the great outdoors and eat in style with 40 recipes destined for campfire greatness.<p><b>Eating (very) well in the great outdoors</b> isn't hard. Pack up a cooler (or two) with all the fixings for chilaquiles, bacon-wrapped trout, skillet peach crisp, and yes, a proper cocktail—we're going camping.

Cooking

Adventurer Quits Job and Spends 3 Years Traveling to 60 Countries Around the World

For most people, the thought of quitting their jobs and traveling the world is only a pipe dream. For Walter Chang, however, that fantasy became a reality when he left everything and spent three years exploring 60 different countries, documenting his extraordinary journey along the way.<p>When the …

Asia Travel

5 Reasons to Stay at One of Hawaii’s Grandest Classic Hotels

Photo courtesy of Mauna Kea Resort Archive Collection<p>The lobby at Mauna Kea<p>As Hotels Editor at AFAR, I’m often focused on new hotel openings and new …

These six Irish destinations have been listed on Lonely Planet’s must-see sights of all time

SIX DESTINATIONS IN Ireland have made it onto a list of the world’s top 500 must-see sights of all time.<p>The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia got the …

21 pictures that will make you want to visit Thailand

It's perfect for the traveler who wants to experience the outdoors, history, and religion all in one trip.<p>From stunning islands in the south to remote elephant sanctuaries in the north, here are 21 photos that will inspire you to book a trip to Thailand.

Thailand

Create an Epic Family Getaway, No Matter Where You Go

Want to start an argument? Just ask two people to define an "epic" adventure. And then walk away.<p>Don't worry, I won't do that. But allow me to add my two cents to the debate: I don't think it's where you go but what you do that matters the most.<p><b>Our definition of "epic"</b><p>This year, our family headed …

Off-roading

Spotlight: Sustainable Travel Writers The Ecophiles

<b>Our names are</b> Namrata B. and Mitali M., and we are the co-founders of the eco-travel site Ecophiles. We’re travel writers and love sharing inspiring travel ideas based in nature, culture, food and adventure.<p><b>Ecophiles</b><p><b>Our work specializes in</b> coming up with fabulous ideas for eco-friendly travel. We …

Tasty Media: POPSUGAR Adds Celebrity and Lifestyle Sweetness to Flipboard

For those who have a sweet tooth for everything new, now and need-to-know in entertainment and lifestyle, POPSUGAR is the ultimate treat. Aimed at media-hungry female millennials with insatiable appetites to learn more about what’s going on in the world, POPSUGAR delivers the hottest trends, best …