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Coolest Modes of Transportation Around the World

Planes, trains, and automobiles are universal, but in some reaches of the world, moving parts are put to new uses. Sometimes visitors find them strange, or downright unsafe, but for whatever reason, be it history or recent culture, these interesting vehicles define a country, a city, or a …

Airbnb Guests Trashed This Guy's $2.5 Million Condo Setting Off A Saga That Cost Him $25,000

<b>(See photos of Aggarwal's trashed condo and broken furniture.)</b><p>Since 2012, Airbnb has sent him more than $160,000 worth of bookings, according to his Airbnb account.<p>But Aggarwal was booted from Airbnb when he submitted claims after one of his guests severely damaged an Italian bed in a luxury condo …

13 Places You Should Visit In 2013

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2013.<p>There are vast untouched landscapes that offer incredible outdoor experiences, cities that are experiencing a cultural rebirth, and up-and-coming destinations that …

Beijing To Promote 3-Day Visa Free Travel, As International Visits Drop

Beijing has vowed to step up promotion of its 72-hour visa-free policy, aiming to attract more foreign transit tourists following a drop in arrivals …

The Fastest Growing European Countries For Tourism in 2013

Europe’s economic malaise has been hurting tourism in some of the traditionally big countries of the continent for the last couple of years, but …

16 Digital Travel Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends. We’re now highlighting the …

Vietnam tips: a first-timer's guide

Vietnam's long-held position as a travel icon is more than deserved. In no other country is the collision of Southeast Asia's past, present and future so stark. At times, this clash can seem so confronting and confusing as to send even experienced travellers fleeing for the nearest luxury hotel. …

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Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

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The 10 Most Secluded Hotels Around The World

And while there are dozens of great off-the-beaten-path properties out there, these 10 offer their own special kind of seclusion in great destinations from the Americas to Africa.

It Smells Like Burning Garbage And Body Odor And The Taiwanese Love Eating It

The scent, a cross between burning garbage and body odor, wafts through the narrow alleys of street markets on the East Asian island, overwhelming the tang of fruit stalls and the smoky aroma of barbecue stands. But with long queues at any given stinky tofu outlet, there's no denying its …

8 Things Hotels Won't Tell You (But You Need To Know)

Like any business, hotels have their secrets. And after spending more than 20 years working in and improving struggling hotels, I've learned them all -- the good, the bad and the ugly.<p>I know what to look for when you're booking, and what should be a red flag. I know which rating systems to trust, …

Why the TSA Instagram account is kind of a brilliant idea

The TSA, the government agency voted “Most Rectally Invasive” for 9 out of the last 10 years, has created an Instagram account in a last-ditch …

30 Pictures That Show How Crazy Hong Kong And Tokyo Are For Cute Food

"Kawaii" cooking, or cute food cooking, took off in Japan a few years ago. To show affection for their children, mothers can spend hours turning a bento lunch into the splitting image of Pokemon.<p>Like all things J-pop, the trend quickly spread to Hong Kong. Now, locals can take cute cooking classes …

Travel 'Perks' That Aren't Always as Good as They Sound

Have you ever paid for a travel perk that left you wishing you had kept your wallet shut? Some products and services that are marketed as fabulous benefits for travelers are, in reality, big fat failures. It's often best to ignore the hype -- or at least investigate the truth behind for-fee (or …

Eight In-Flight Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Trip

Prone to self-sabotage? Even the best-intentioned travelers sometimes undermine their chances of a great vacation. What you do (and don't do) on a plane can make or break the trip to come. Seemingly innocuous activities can set you up for exhaustion, illness, and jet lag -- all total vacation …

Matchmaker Café Serves Up Lattes, Love Advice

“Real dates, at a real cafe” is the actual slogan of a new FiDi coffee shop. Here’s how it works: Baristas whip out an iPad and scroll through photos …

A Trick for Faking Fancy Balsamic

<i>Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.</i><p><i>Today: Save your pricey fine balsamic vinegar for another day.</i><p>Save your pricey fine balsamic vinegar for another day. Here is a grand and recession-proof sauce for strawberries …

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Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Video Pioneers OK GO Team With Saatchi & Saatchi, Possibly You, For Next Video

The band most known for its videos is looking for videos.<p>OK Go is a band famous for its intensely innovative videos. From its breakthrough treadmill trickery for “Here It Goes Again” to its automotive symphony for “Needing/Getting” or its paint-splashed Rube Goldberg extravaganza “This Too Shall …

The Heart Of The Deal: Why Jay Z Really Hooked Up With Samsung

What do you do when you’re the king of a dying industry? Start making deals.<p>“The soul of a hustler, I really ran the streets / A CEO’s mind, that marketing plan was me.”<p>So quipped Sean Carter, better known as Jay Z, on “What More Can I Say,” a standout among standout tracks on his would-have-been …