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20 Must-Try Street Foods Around the World

Can you imagine visiting Paris without having a crêpe? Strolling through Hong Kong and not eating an egg waffle? Passing up authentic jerk chicken in Jamaica? Trying street food is an integral of traveling to new places, and it's a delicious window into new cultures, a taste of human history. In …

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

"At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot<p>2. "In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars."<p>—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, <i>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich</i><p>Suggested by Jasmin B., via Facebook<p>3. "She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning …

Not Just for Export: Ethiopia's Coffee Culture

My first trip to a coffee-producing country was in 2008. I was traveling to Costa Rica, and right up there with surfing in Tamarindo and seeing the Volcan Arenal was what I considered a culinary must: sampling some fabled Costa Rican roast.<p>Imagine my dismay when, upon settling into a cozy local …

Don't Even Think About Leaving Home Without These Apps on Your Phone

<i>This article was written by Ben Bowers and originally published on AskMen.</i><p>Though most smartphone owners may view their device as a critical tool for handling the details of their everyday lives, thanks to a bevy of incredibly useful applications, this pocket-sized wonder can also be a tremendous …

The Coolest Speakeasies In America

While the temperance movement is long gone, the secret watering holes haven't changed much, from the passwords required on entry to the caliber of handcrafted cocktails served.<p>We dug up the hottest and most exclusive speakeasies in the U.S., and even gave away their addresses. Let's keep this one …

Insider Guide to Portugal’s Southern Coast

<b>Portugal</b> is made for wanderers. From the top of the Moorish remnants of Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon cascades downhill in all directions, new paths beckoning at every turn. Surf camps dot the 215-mile stretch south of the storied capital city. Part of the region known as the <b>Alentejo</b>, this shore is …

Mastering Warm Minimalism: Ilse Crawford in Copenhagen

Wherever Ilse Crawford goes, we follow. The London-based designer has temporarily moved her office, Studioilse, to Copenhagen and is taking up …

You Know Where You Are From the Very First Bite

I was discussing an upcoming New Orleans trip with friend and fellow foodie Jessica Collins. She said "When I took my first bite of turtle soup at Commander's Palace, I knew there was no other city I could be in than New Orleans." Truer words have never been spoken. Suddenly I became obsessed with …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

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City beaches: 9 of the best urban shores around the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stressed colleagues, traffic jams, pollution.<p>We're all familiar with the undesirable qualities of city life.<p>So thank the gods of urban planning for the occasional sandy edge.<p>There are some cities where worker drones can strip off the suit and tie, jump into shorts or a bikini and enjoy a …

13 Reasons Why You're Winning At Life If You're In Croatia

Any country that has Blue Ivy as an honorary citizen is automatically awesomer than other places. But Croatia's also totally winning thanks to its stunning landscape, chic port towns, awe-inspiring national parks and party isles.<p>Here are some places you'd be remiss not to hit up this summer.<p><i>Vis</i><p>It's …

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The Greek Islands Are Calling You. Here's Where To Go.

So you want to take a trip to the good ole Greek islands, and we can't fault you. But there are nearly 6,000 of them scattered around so finding what's right for you can be tricky.<p>But hark! We've done some organizing for you to help whittle down the choices based on the type of vacation you're …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

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20 Gorgeous Seaside Towns In Italy

Have you ever been to Rome in August and wondered where all the locals are? The truth is that they're likely in one of these towns, as Italians in major cities make a mass exodus toward the coast every summer. Many of the well-known beaches get crowded or too touristy, but this list also includes …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

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11 Packing Personalities: What Your Suitcase Says About You

There are few other pre-vacation rituals as equally loved and hated as packing: 'Tis both a chore and a sign of good times ahead. We all have our own preferred packing method, but what does your suitcase really say about you? Read on to discover which of Cheapflights.com's 11 Packing Personalities …

Starter Kit to Ethiopia

Boldly emerging on the tourism scene, Ethiopia (aka the "cradle of humanity") claims wonders like the purported site of the Ark of the Covenant; …

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10 Ancient Archaeological Sites for Your World Travel Bucket List

Shares 7K<p>Typically, when ancient archaeological sites get some form of development, it’s a benefit.<p>With development comes better controlled access …

Glamorous Cocktail Bars Around The World

<i>By Mark Ellwood</i><p>Enjoying an artisanal cocktail in a sumptuous location is as much about the surrounding atmosphere as it is the drink in hand. Glamorous bars around the world--rich in history, personality and mixological talent--deliver. And as cocktail revivalism continues full bore, they are the …

10 Safari Resolutions for 2014

We had our Extraordinary Journeys holiday party the other day, and after a "few" glasses of wine, we tried to come up with a safari experiences "bucket list." This basically devolved into a fight over who got to do what, but the result is an list of safari experiences that everyone on our team is …

7 Secret Spots With Cooler Views Than You Ever Thought Possible

A keyhole in a door in Rome. A hidden, three-bench park in Paris. These are the kinds of spots that offer such unique, such pristine views of our world's monuments that we should probably keep them as secrets all to ourselves. But c'mon, we're nicer than that...<p>...Just don't tell anybody else.<p><b>1.</b> …

Sicily at a Glance

In the middle of the Mediterranean, there is a lush utopia of chaos and charm that I like to call my secret escape. Realistically, it is too large to be a secret, and much too larger than life for you not to know about it with its active volcano, hard-earned reputation for independence and almost …

Have You Ever Wanted To Chuck It All and Start Over?

We've been invited by <i>Huffington Post Travel</i> to write about our incredible around the world journey, which we've been on for two years and counting. We look forward to encouraging others to take stock of their lives and pursue their own travel dreams.<p>In 2011, we quit our jobs, sold our house and …

7 Reasons to Go to Miami this Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! Blizzards are blowing. The sun checks out for the day by 5pm. You’ve got four long months of bitter chill ahead of you and …

A wine lover's guide to Europe

Get ready to do some virtual vineyard hopping through some of the world’s most spectacular wine regions! Or, better yet, pack your bags and head to …

38 ways to truly feel thankful this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favourite American holiday, because in its essence it’s an officially recognized celebration of that great universal truth: It’s …