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Former Costa Cruises CEO Officially Retires Two Years After Concordia Disaster

Carnival Corp. said Tuesday that the former CEO of Costa Cruises, the company behind the <i>Concordia</i> disaster, is retiring.<p>Costa owns the <i>Concordia</i> …

How does nationality influence how people have sex?

I think I was 21 when I first noticed that sexual interactions all seemed to follow a pattern; it was definitely my early 20s because I wrote about …

Amsterdam vs. Denver: All Weed Aside, Which City Is Better?

Ever since it became legal to purchase recreational weed in Colorado last week, we've imagined caravans of pot-hungry tourists hitting the road for a visit to Denver and a smoke in the mountain air.<p>Could Denver, Colorado's capital and a total marijuana mecca as of seven days ago, ever replace …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

European Travel

Danger, Danger: The ABC's of How Your Budget Breaks Down Before You Board the Plane and Sneaky Ways to Save Money

Ah, the friendly skies. I long to be able to travel like they did in the 1950s where it seemed fun and exciting. Those were the days of happy passengers who dressed up for their special trip. The pilots wore happy smiles and it was actually a thrilling career to be a stewardess. There were no long …

Personal Finance

Paris, Believe the Hype

I'm a hater of all things hyped. New York, the Rolling Stones, croughnuts -- overrated! It is a surprise then, even to me, that I am so besotted with Paris. Could there be a metropolis more absurdly romanticized? Even New York doesn't hold the mantle of the most defied plot of land on planet earth. …

France

Profile of the most interesting man in the world

This is the story of a man named David who may or may not be alive today. He took as granted that he would die at 63, the year death found his …

10 Things We Wish All Airlines Did

To say there's room for improvement in the airline industry is a clear understatement. Between baggage fees, customer-service fails, and hellish flight delays, most carriers consistently keep our expectations at tarmac level. It's about time for the airlines to do a better job, and we know just …

Flying

Best Places to Travel in 2014 (PHOTOS)

On Nicaragua's Little Corn Island, the fresh lobster is cheap; the hammocks plentiful; and the pace slow. Factor in a new hotel and spa with 16 oceanfront cabanas, and vacationing here is more blissful than ever.<p>It's just one of the places that will appeal to travelers seeking what's new and …

Travel

Top 5 Things to Do in Philly With Kids

As the mother of two boys, it was only fitting to plan a trip to the City of Brotherly Love. Although enthusiastic renditions of "Yo, Adrian" would elicit blank stares ('Rocky who?') and they're too young to appreciate a gooey Philly cheese steak, Philadelphia is ideal for a weekend getaway and …

Travel

Hop On, Hop Off: The Perks of Busing It

<i>Traveler</i> Editor at Large <b>Christopher Elliott</b> is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips.<p><b>Here’s his latest advice:</b><p><b>Reader Question:</b> Airfares are expensive, so I’m thinking of taking the bus. Am I going to regret it?<p><b>My</b> …

The World's Most Inspiring Vacation Spots

Find a little inspiration on your next vacation by visiting the places where Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Frost, Pablo Picasso, and other famous artists did their best work.<p>By Lianna Trubowitz, CNTraveler.com<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Inspiring Vacations<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>Stop Visiting These Places! …

Pablo Picasso

New Orleans Sets Its Sights on Chinese and Brazilian Visitors in 2014

An executive with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has some advice for leaders in the city’s tourism business: “Start learning Chinese.”<p>…

Shipwrecked Costa Concordia Ship to Be Removed from Italian Coast by June

The Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck will be removed in June from its watery graveyard off Tuscany and taken to a port to be dismantled, the final …

Our favourite images of the week

From an arts festival on the shores of Sydney to a wild safari in the heart of Africa, extraordinary images from across the globe.

Cat Cafe

The Best Dirty Rice in New Orleans

Looks can be deceiving.<p>Take the case of dirty rice, the lumpy, scruffy one-pot dish eaten throughout Cajun country–and beyond–as a side or, occasionally, a main course.<p>“The dirty part comes from the livers, hearts, and gizzards that are ground up, seared into the pan, and then baked with white …

LivingSocial CEO Steps Down as Weekend Getaways, Daily Deals Slow

LivingSocial Inc., a daily deal coupon site that’s partially owned by Amazon.com Inc., said co- founder and Chief Executive Officer Tim O’Shaughnessy …

Delta Introduces $2 In-Flight Wi-Fi Passes for Smartphones

Delta Air Lines introduced a new in-flight Wi-Fi product Wednesday. The new in-flight Wi-Fi Mobile Pass is available for as low as $1.95 on flights …

Top 10 Remote Hotels Worldwide

Ever want to get away from it all? GAYOT.com's list of Top 10 Remote Hotels features fantastic places to stay around the world that are far, far away. Enjoy Greenland's arctic landscapes, Namibia's sand dunes, or Chile's mysterious Easter Island. So rack up the frequent flyer miles and check into …

Top 10

Dreaming of the Devil: The Joy of Going Back

It’s not true that travelers have a “list” of places to see and, once they’ve checked off every box, hang up their knapsacks. When you’re traveling, you’re constantly adding to your list. Every casual conversation with fellow wayfarers introduces a world of possibility when your life is strapped to …

National Geographic Travel

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

France

Here’s a look at Mumbai’s swanky new airport terminal, inspired by a dancing peacock

After countless delays and cost overruns, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport finally opened its new terminal. The four-story “T2” was scheduled to open in 2010. It was inaugurated on Jan. 10 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.<p>Unimpressed with initial renderings for the expansion in …

Airports

The Majority of Americans Drive to Work Alone Every Day

The majority of Americans drive to work alone every day. Only 10 percent carpool. And less than 5 percent walk or bike to work.<p>Millennials are …

America's Best Main Streets

Friendly neighbors, family-run businesses, and quaint restaurants serving comforting diner fare--these are the images conjured up by the phrase "Main Street USA." Even in this fast-paced era, many small towns have held onto their historic roots and preserved their central thoroughfares. From a …

New England

PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2014

• <b>Author:</b> Jennifer Marx and Others<p>With four major theme parks and 22 hotels, Disney World can be daunting — this indispensable travel planner simplifies the process. The authors have been honing their advice, expanding their coverage, upgrading the book's features, and delighting readers for over 15 …

North America’s top amusement parks

Nowhere can you find more family-friendly daredevil thrills (and gentler rides) than in the USA and Canada. Here are our 10 favorite amusement and water parks in North America (diplomatically listed in alphabetical order):<p>Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario<p>The first major park in Canada (25 miles …

Walt Disney Company