Todd Merriman

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Albanian road trip: history behind the bunkers

Having spent nearly half of the 20th century isolated from the rest of the world, Albania remains somewhat a land of mystery, only recently making its way onto European travel itineraries as an offbeat and budget-friendly destination.

While ‘the land of eagles’ may be better known for its stormy …

Road Trips

The World's Most Romantic Hotel Rooms

Looking for a hotel room you'll never want to leave? Consider these options, which set the mood for love with everything from luxurious interiors to …


This Is the Ultimate Trip to Mongolia

On the vast, remote steppe of central Mongolia, an unlikely adventure camp has been created by an equally improbable visionary. Welcome to Mongke …

Asia Travel

Twenty-One of the World’s Ultimate Luxury Vacations

Sometimes the journey really is about the destination. Secluded beach bungalows, glamorous mountain retreats, inns tucked into remote unspoiled landscapes, and romantic lodges in the heart of the bush are extraordinary experiences in and of themselves. Travel + Leisure consulted with travel …

Luxury Lifestyle

The 9 Most Terrifying Ski Slopes in the World

Strapping yourself onto two tiny pieces of wood—or one thick one—isn’t terrifying enough; that's why daredevils brave cliffs, chutes, and iced-over …

Winter Sports

Beyond Halong Bay: lesser-known highlights of northeast Vietnam

Stunning Halong Bay continues to dominate the itineraries of most travellers in Vietnam, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the country's northeast.

If you’ve got some time up your sleeve and want to delve a little deeper, you’ll find there is more to this region than cruising around Halong’s …

Asia Travel

The 10 Most Romantic Cities In America May Surprise You

Just in time for Valentine's Day.

Turns out, Paris isn't the only city with love in the air. According to OpenTable, there are a hand full of cities in the U.S. boasting romantic dining experiences and passionate atmospheres.

The online reservation service created the list of romantic cities of based …


Wish You Were Here: Maui's Remote Eastern Shore

A dispatch from a grateful guest.

Travaasa Hana, on Maui’s remote eastern shore, has just undergone a $12 million renovation, but the good news is …


There's an Underwater Sculpture Museum in the Canary Islands

The ocean has a lot of secrets—that's no surprise to anyone. Here's another one to add to the list: there's a new underwater museum just off the coast of Lanzarote (the easternmost of the Canary Islands) that's home to 35 sculptures. The catch: You can only see the Atlantic Museum's artwork if you …


Year of the Monkey: where to stay for a simian sighting

In honor of Chinese New Year 2016 and the Year of the Fire Monkey, we’ve rounded up five hideaways with top potential for primate appearances. Grab …


5 Cozy Weekend Getaways in the U.S. You Haven't Thought Of

While winter stateside fluctuates between absurdly high temperatures and drastically freezing ones, it can be hard to decide what kind of weekend (or …

Pacific Northwest

High Arctic: By sea into a frozen, fragile world

(CNN) — Day five at sea in the High Arctic and the news breaks early in the day.

At 6 a.m, we're officially the most northerly vessel on the planet, reaching 81 degrees 16 minutes latitude.

Not bad in a world of 7.3 billion people.

I'm on the deck of the MS Expedition ship as it hugs the most …


The Most Romantic Islands in the World: Readers' Choice Awards

When it comes to romantic getaways, there's something infinitely appealing about the isolation and untouched beauty of an island. Whether you want a …

Caribbean Travel

If You Think Tasmania Is Just Wilderness and Golf, You're Wrong

Tasmania has always had a mysterious end-of-the-earth allure to rugged adventure seekers and luxury travelers alike, with its diverse wildlife and …

Travel (Australia)

The 5 Best American Road Trips, Ranked

It's basically written in the Constitution that you must, at some point, hit the open road and explore this beautiful country by car. Here, the five most incredible, scenic and memorable road trips to put on your bucket list.

1. Route 66, Chicago to Santa Monica. View Panoramic & Read More.

2. Big

Road Trips

Diving in Borneo: the Derawan islands and a blissful life aquatic

The steering wheel spins frantically, the engine graunches and the tiny speedboat slews side-on to the swell, centimetres from a mess of floating timber. Luckily our captain, a Bajo “sea gypsy” from the fishing people who first settled Borneo’s Derawan archipelago, is a master of the marine …


11 Awesome Sights You Can Only See This Year

Each year we find plenty of reasons to travel -- like checking off bucket list destinations and staying at a new hotel that just opened. While many …


Secret Caribbean

Culebra, Puerto Rico

A mere 17 miles east of Puerto Rico, hugging a curving coastline is the island of Culebra. Here, it's all about the low-key vibe …


Unforgettable Places to Visit in Namibia

Located in southwest Africa, Namibia is bordered by the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s known for its diverse wildlife and grandiose …

12 Destinations That Inspired Disney’s Greatest Movies

Discover the real-life locations that influenced Disney’s fantasy worlds.

In 1991, something happened that had never occurred in the history of the Academy Awards: Walt Disney Studios’ musical romance Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best Picture. No animated film had achieved such a …

North America Travel

Spain's Death Coast Is Actually Your Dream Road Trip

When it comes to Spain, bustling cities like Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid and the sunny southern coast in Andalusia seem to soak up all the glory. …

Road Trips

12 unusual hotels you won't believe actually exist

(CNN) — When it comes to travel, most of us usually look for hotels that are conveniently located, affordable and comfortable.

But sometimes, we want something out of the ordinary.

Need inspiration?

These 12 eccentric hotels highlighted by TripAdvisor provide an unforgettable sleep.

Inntel Hotel …

U.S. Travel

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Your conclusive guide to the most compelling hotel openings of the year.

What makes a hotel rank among one of the most exciting openings in the world? This year, it came down to three factors: a killer location, impeccable design, and the ability to bring something totally new to the table. Take for …


The Most Rejuvenating Natural Hot Springs Around the World

Sometimes, in an effort to climb that mountain, see that sight, and eat at that restaurant, we end up needing a vacation from our vacation. Not so at …


Why Norway Is One of the Most Remarkable Destinations in the World

Norway is becoming a top destination on travellers bucket lists, but what gives this country its charm?

1. The nature

This magical country has some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world which is why it is at the top of my bucket list. If you visit Norway it would be a crime not to take a …

Travel (New Zealand)

Five of the scariest places on Earth

If travel broadens our horizons and horror heightens our senses, the two combined pack a powerful punch. Looking for an adventure this year? Look no further.

If travel broadens our horizons and horror heightens our senses, then the two combined pack a powerful punch.

From a temple crawling with …

Brazil Travel

Adventures in East Iceland – is this the new Golden Circle?

Accessing Iceland’s wild Eastern Fjords has always required a long drive, internal flight or long sea voyage. But this wild realm will soon be within …

The 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

To achieve “higher learning” requires a bit of inspiration—consider the looming spires and manicured quads of Oxford and Cambridge. Overseas, some of …


20 Places That Are Straight Out of Fairy Tales

Visiting these real-world places is like jumping into the pages of a story book, where castles sit on clouds and forests are carpeted with flowers.

Fairy Tales

weirdest tourist attractions

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Signs near the sides of the official pathway at the Irish Cliffs of Moher politely ask visitors "Please do not go beyond this …

Machu Picchu