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Brisbane, Australia, Is The World's Most Expensive City For Business Travelers

Concur, a provider of travel and expense management solutions for businesses, recently released their "Expense IQ Report," which looks at the habits of business travelers.<p>To determine how businesses are spending money on travel, Concur processed $50 billion in expense reports last year.<p>Among other …

Scotland Tour: Enjoying a Natural High, High in the Highlands

Driving through the remote and evocative Highlands valley called Glencoe, our guide, Liz, and I conspired to find a place where we could simply stop the bus and let our group get out and feel the wonder of this distant corner of Scotland. Liz, an experienced Scotland guide, is doing her first Rick …

See Italy With Great Tour Guides

Italy is so incredibly rich in history, culture, art and gastronomy that it is challenging to take in its many layers without consulting an expert. Hiring a local tour guide for even just a half-day can enhance a traveler's understanding immeasurably. At <i>Dream of Italy</i>, we set out to compile an …

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

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The Cheese-Lover’s Guide to France (with Map!)

"Each sort of cheese reveals a pasture of a different green, under a different sky," writes Italo Calvino. I like to think of his words as I curl my …

Day Dreaming: Luxurious Daybed Inspirations Bring Together Form And Functionality!

A lovely daybed is arguably the most versatile and useful piece of décor in your home. Daybeds are a great addition to compact interiors and offer a …

Cruising to Bermuda

Considering a cruise? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, seasoned travelers seem to have strong opinions on the subject.<p>And there’s no denying the impact the industry has had on how families travel. Cruise lines have not only increased capacity by more than 2,000 percent since 1970, they’re working overtime to …

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America's 20 Best Steakhouses? New Rankings Today

I have to give the folks at TheDailyMeal.com credit for perseverance – they crank out more restaurant and food surveys and rankings than anyone I know. Using a panel of selected journalists, food writers, bloggers and other presumably qualified sources (I voted in their best burger survey) they …

Undiscovered France: Where to Go Next

With Paris’s many seductions, the stately Loire Valley, picture-perfect Provence, and the dazzling Côte d’Azur it’s no wonder much of the rest of …

Mini guide to Sicily's beaches

Archaeological sites and Arab-influenced culture will please a traveller's intellectual side, but when it is time to kick back, golden sand and azure waters await.<p>With its Arab-influenced culture and cuisine, archaeological sites and varied landscapes, Sicily and its nearby Aeolian Islands keeps …

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Eating Your Way Through Italy, One City at a Time

If you're lucky enough to find yourself roaming the Italian countryside this summer, besides the scenery and history, there will be one thing on your mind: Italian food. While it's hard to go wrong with any kind of Italian food, some cities are known for types of specialties. Make sure not to miss …

Bora Bora’s Dreamiest Overwater Bungalows

When traveling to a dream-list destination like Bora Bora, you want to choose the right resort, particularly since your room will likely cost upwards …

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 …

Six weekend breaks in Europe

If you’ve ticked off Europe's big city hitters such as Paris, Rome and Madrid, then <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine has some suggestions for your next trip.<p>Jerez de la Frontera, Spain<p>Jerez distils Andalucian culture down to its most dramatic elements. It is a beguiling town of sherry bodegas, sleek …

European Travel

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

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What's America's Best Waterfront Restaurant?

<i>Photo Courtesy Bernt Rostad/Flickr. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello.</i><p>Whether you go for shacks or top shelf, you probably agree that summer and seafood go together like a hammock and a sizzlin' read. Put a seafood joint next to a perfect beach, by the shores of a quiet creek, or hugging the end of …

4 Perfect Greek Isle Itineraries

A week or more in the Greek Islands—that would be pretty close to the perfect vacation, wouldn’t it? Famed for their sunny weather, crystalline …

Five great national park lodges

From Alberta to Utah, these North American getaways offer both majestic scenery and creature comforts.

Paris' Prince De Galles Reopens With Art Deco Design Statement

The historic Prince de Galles hotel in Paris celebrated its grand reopening last month following an extensive two-year, $100 million renovation and redesign that restores the landmark property’s original Art Deco style.<p>Starwood Hotels & Resorts tapped prominent French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon to …

Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

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How to Explore Europe - on a Budget

Those lucky enough to be traversing not one but several European cities over the course of a few weeks or, as is more likely, months, may worry about the many expenditures that go hand in hand with extensive traveling abroad. While shopping, dining, and clubbing often put a strain on the budget, …

Europe's Hottest Summer Destinations for 2013

Well, summertime is in full swing and many are headed off on their yearly vacation (or eagerly awaiting to do so!). We wanted to find out the hottest summer destinations in Europe, so we went straight to the source and asked the community of nearly 800,000 real travelers and locals on minube to …

New Restaurant By Ireland's Beloved Food Celebrity

Maybe you have seen her show, <i>Irish Food Trails</i>, on PBS? Or maybe you have seen her cookbook, “<i>Homemad</i>e?” If not don’t worry – Clodagh McKenna may not yet be a household name in America, but she is in Ireland, where her multiple TV shows, books, and an eatery in Dublin’s top department store have …

6 Tips That Will Get You the Best Food in Greece

So it is officially summer in Greece and that means tourist season. Athens, the islands and Greece in general are filled with visitors, and if you are one of them, here are six tips to help you get the best food experience.<p><b>1. Order the right things at touristy places.</b><p>Yes we all like to visit and …

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Names 100 Best Wine Restaurants

You don’t have to be a sommelier to enjoy wine. But if you’re looking to up your imbibing IQ when it comes to vino, Wine Enthusiast magazine’s …