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Maui Voted Best Island In The World... And Has Been For The Last 20 Years

If Conde Nast Traveler readers are one thing, it's loyal. In the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards that selects the Top 25 Islands in the World, Maui has come out on top for 20 consecutive years. It also regained its top ranking in the Top 10 Islands in the United States. How could …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Beaches

A New Family Tradition: The 24-Hour Layover

When planning this year’s trip to Spain, I faced a dilemma. Flights were not only expensive, but the connections between the U.S. and Ibiza were so bad that our choices included either very long layovers or switching airlines to make it to the islands within a 24-hour period.<p>Switching airlines …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Headed To France This Summer? Don't Miss The 'Other' Versailles

Happy Bastille Day!<p>Summer is peak time for European travel, and tens of thousands of Americans will visit Paris in the coming months. Many will do the ubiquitous slate of Parisian major attractions, such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. But if you are not a first timer to the City of Lights and …

Best Kept Wild: Roaming New Zealand

THE CHOPPER CAME flat over a dense forest of tree ferns, black beech, and red-flowered rata trees. It sailed over New Zealand’s Fiordland cliffs and fell to the whitecaps of the Southern Ocean. The cliffs were threaded with waterfalls, like in <i>Avatar.</i> Nick Wallis, a 33-year-old pilot for Alpine …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

8 Ways to Experience Pondicherry

Six thousand miles from France... You can feast on just-baked baguettes and croissants for breakfast; celebrate Bastille Day and parler en Francais with the locals. Sunflower colored churches, painted friezes and sculptured pillars of Hindu temples -- a pleasing mélange is the word that sums up …

The Best Hotels Under $250 In The US

When you're traveling for work, you may not have tons of free time to explore the city so you'll want to splurge on a nice hotel room on the company dime. But sometimes you're limited to a budget.<p>We found the best hotel rooms in America that cost under $250 per night. Whether they're small boutique …

Los Angeles

How to Make any Galette (or Crostata) in 7 Steps

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: With these 7 steps, you won't need a recipe to make rustic, free-form fruit tarts -- through summer and</i> …

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Guide Books

Where to Send Your Dad for Father's Day

Gift Guide<p>There's no better way to show your dad you love him than to send him away ... on a fabulous trip, that is.<p>06.10.13 8:41 PM …

Ultimate Europe Road Trip: France, Italy, Switzerland

The sun-splashed coasts of the French Riviera attract tourists like flies to honey. The Cote d’Azur’s picturesque seaside and azure waters draw …

European Travel

When is the best time to visit US and Canada's National Parks?

When is the best time to visit the National Parks of the US and Canada? You might think the answer would be one of the summer months. But when we looked at the 'best time to go' picks by Lonely Planet guidebook authors for the most visited and best-known parks in the US and Canada and stacked them …

Picture of the Day: Little House on the Water

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE WATER<p>Photograph by UROS PETROVIC<p>In this morning photograph we see a tiny house on the Drina River, near Bajina Basta, a small …

Bangkok 101: What (and Where) to Eat

Food in Bangkok is what the Magic Kingdom is to Orlando. It is a symbol of pride and one of the biggest reasons to go. Thais eat 24 hours a day and …

Mandarin Oriental

What to Do With 48 Hours in Amsterdam

As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a hot spot for weekend travelers. There are hundreds of things to do in Amsterdam, from sightseeing at historic sites and museums, smoking in coffeeshops, and 'window-shopping' in the Red Light District, to simply enjoying its upbeat nightlife. Best …

European Travel

DIY Stone Bathmat: Create a Luxurious Shower Experience

It is a sensation we associate with luxury resorts and remote beaches – stepping out of the water and onto smooth pebbles. It is also remarkably easy …

World's Best Ecolodges

5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Honeymoons

Few travel decisions are as weighty as deciding where to honeymoon. No surprise many newlyweds choose all-inclusive resorts: Pay one price and leave …

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

Hiking

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France's 10 Most Enchanting Towns

It's no surprise that France has long held the title as the world's most-visited country. From the artistic legacy of Paris and the glamour of the Riviera to the legendary cuisine of Provence, France's historic and cultural treasures have made it a perennial favorite among international travelers. …

European Travel

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …