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Top 10 highlights of San Francisco

You may think you know San Francisco from social media (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest all began here, after all) but for the real thing – the mouth-watering cuisine, ear-tingling performances and truly joyous celebrations of individuality – you have to be here. But where do you start …

San Francisco

10 websites changing the way we travel

Airbnb may be the poster child of the peer-to-peer movement, with more than 800,000 hosts and a valuation in excess of $13 billion.

But it's not the only platform out there giving tourists the chance to live like locals and locals the chance to make some extra income.

Here are 10 lesser known …

Central America Travel

12 badass bars in Bali where you'll experience nightlife beyond your imagination

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Bali is known for a lot of things – pristine beaches, fantastic swells for surfing, seafood and …


This map shows the optimal road trip across Europe

As a follow-up to my post about computing optimal road trips across the US, I thought it’d be fun to make a road trip map for Europe as well. If you’d like to get into the nitty-gritty of how these road trips are created, check out the first post.

Europe is a massive continent with a diverse mix of …

Road Trips

Top five bistros and brasseries of Paris!

Top five bistros and brasseries of Paris!

Having lived and worked in Paris for a number of years in the 1970s and having been regular visitors to the …


The Definitive Guide to Austin's Best Swimming Holes

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These Apps and Sites Will Make You a Better Spontaneous Traveler

Procrastinators, rejoice: a new crop of digital tools can help you book an entire trip in a matter of minutes, even mere hours before takeoff.

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The 30 Most Incredible Trips to Take in 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

North America Travel

32 photos that will make you want to travel to Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful country.

Most of the island is an uninhabited landscape of jagged lava rock, fields of bright green moss, hot springs, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes.

Many visitors say that the country is reminiscent of another world.

Plus, it is a perfect place for any …


These Incredible Bars Are Hidden Behind Secret Entrances

It isn't that hard to find these watering holes — provided you know where to look. Hidden behind vending machines, refrigerators, and even fake walls …

Cool Stuff

Spend Christmas in a Castle

The Medici family once owned the medieval Tuscan village of Castelfalfi (above), but now plebians like us can take up residence on the estate.


There Is A Secret Underground Bar In London That Contains An Entire Tube Carriage

Going underground.

Did you know there’s a secret train station in Kingly Court, Soho?

Beware, all is not what it seems.

First, look out for the sign.

Then go down the stairs to the ticket hall.

And you’re in Cahoots.

Cahoots is a 1940s-underground-themed cocktail bar.

The bar is inspired by the idea of an …


When in Tokyo Forget the Fancy Bars and Enjoy the Spectacle

Let’s be real: There hasn’t been a lot of good news lately. But there’s nothing like a trip to Tokyo, the ultimate escapist metropolis, to clear the …

The 10 Best Party Beaches On Earth

These are the world's best beaches to eat, drink and play, as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

10. Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece

Courtesy Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort

If the name alone isn't enough of a hook, Super Paradise Beach on the island's southwestern coast is the hub for eating, …


Hotel Gracery, A Tokyo Hotel Dedicated to All Things Godzilla

The owners of the Hotel Gracery, located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, have remade the place to be far more inclusive to giant monsters with a slew …

Travel Goes 'Boom' in 2015 as Retirees Stay Active

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Susan Madden, 62, her husband and their dogs plan to travel via RV on five separate vacations in 2015, making the trek from their home in New Hampshire to warmer temps in Florida. The Maddens are just two of the many baby boomers who will make a similar journey in 2015, …

Europe Travel

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

Travel isn't cheap.

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.

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 …


29 Surreal Places In America You Need To Visit Before You Die

If you live in the U.S., you don’t need a passport to see what mother nature has to offer.

1. Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska

In Mendenhall Valley of …

Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots

A Same-Day Flight Change Is The Cheap Way To Fix Any Travel Woe

Even if you've cross-checked your sources, called your airline and waited until the precise optimal date to book your flight, a sense of panic can set in after the final ticket purchase is made. You're locked. You're loaded. You're taking this flight, and there's no turning back. Right?

Not quite, …


Travel Like a Local in the Dominican Republic

Anyone who has traveled to the Dominican Republic will tell you that the country not only has amazing beaches, some of the friendliest people, but also a great collection of resorts to choose from.

Photo courtesy of Girl Gone Travel

Dominicans pride themselves in offering excellent customer service …

Caribbean Travel

24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2015

Drumroll, please: Introducing the 2015 edition of our favorite travel websites — the ones that most inspire us to pack our bags and hit …

34 places to swim in the world's clearest water

MatadorU Photography faculty member Scott Sporleder shares this image from Palawan, the Philippines' most remote province and home to many beaches …

The 6 Best Mexican Islands That Aren't Cozumel

Meagan Drillinger

There's a decent chance if you went to college, you ventured to Mexico for spring break and made enough bad decisions to fill up a carry-on bag. That's what a place like Cozumel is for, after all. It's like an oasis of irresponsibility.

But believe it or not, there's more to Mexico …


13 Reasons To Get To Nicaragua Before Everyone Discovers It

Ahh, Central America. While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).

And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in …

Central America Travel

The 13 Best Restaurants in the South

Liz Childers

There is no better region to eat in than the South. Am I biased? Yes. Do I care? No. And you won't either once you see what these hyper-talented, uber-creative chefs are doing all over the South, from reinventing Southern cuisine in Charleston to recreating the entire dining experience …


12 best meat cities in America

With the possible exception of smartphone technology, nothing's seen more practical advances this millennium than food.

While it's true that much of that progress involves vegan, vegetarian and low-meat consumption, carnivory has also seen an impressive evolution.

Bacon-wrapped sausage, …


19 Hong Kong Dishes You Have To Try Before You Die

Our favorite HK eats, with a twist.

Love dim sum?

Try the cross-cultural take on teatime with east-meets-west dumpling purveyors Man Mo Cafe. Think xiaolongbao soupy dumplings stuffed with foie gras, truffle and brie potstickers and duck fried rice risotto. Purists will be horrified…

Love Hong …

Hong Kong

CVap Sous Vide Shrimp with Butter Herb Sauce

Recipe: CVap Sous Vide Shrimp with Butter Herb Sauce

Summary: CVap Sous Vide Process


12 shrimp or prawns, peeled (16-20 count)
• 1/4 cup …