Todd Merriman

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A Photographer’s Journey Through the Heart of UFO Country

From Area 51 to Roswell, a believer’s-eye view of the desert.<p>State Route 375 is a barren stretch of Nevada highway that runs near the top-secret U.S. …

UFOs

A Local's Guide to Seychelles

Travel<p>This island nation is a destination of a lifetime with its laid-back vibe and gorgeous beaches that draw thousands to its cerulean shores each year.<p>I came to Seychelles 40 years ago on vacation, and when I returned two years later, it was for good. This allure says rather a lot about the …

Seychelles

How I Learned to Love Hiking the Alps Alone When My Best Friend Bailed

You’ll never get lonely on Le Tour du Mont Blanc, a hut-to-hut hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland.<p>Sport Hostel Chamonix was closed—its …

Mont Blanc

Top 5 off-the-beaten-track camps in Tanzania

Today, Tanzania is one of the most popular destinations for first-time safari-goers and safari aficionados alike. This is because it always delivers …

Wildlife

30 Winter Wonderlands Around the World

We tend to associate winter with bleak, gray skies and runny noses, but there's a beautiful side to the season that often gets overlooked. We're talking about Italian mountains covered with snow, pristine frozen lakes, and English cottages that put Norman Rockwell paintings to shame. And while we …

European Travel

This Town in Southern India May Be the Country’s Most Healing Retreat

The southern Indian town of Varkala may be small—but it’s mighty in the wellness world. Perched in palm-covered cliffs overlooking the Arabian Sea, …

Ayurveda

Strap yourself in: the world's most extreme road trips

Travelling these routes inspires wonder and awe in those willing to shrug off the discomforts and heart-in-mouth moments they entail.<p>Whether you're gazing through a dirt-smudged window on a clapped-out bus, its engine revving desperately to clear a narrow pass, or grinding through an endless …

Hiking

8 Underrated Islands That Simply Must Be on Your Vacation Bucket List

Saba Island<p>Saba Island, Caribbean (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>This Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles chain is one that’s rarely talked about, and …

Emerald Isle

Sweden’s Isolated State Secret

<b>This cabin in the northern Sweden archipelago is shrouded in mystery</b> – photographer Felix Odell won’t say exactly where it is, and a story he shot …

Real Estate

The Quiet Corner of Maui Where Real Relaxation Is Hiding

The secret’s long been out about Maui, site of a million honeymoons. Put in some cursory searching before your trip and you conjure the usual …

9 Top Luxury Wilderness Ranch Vacations

Credit: facebook.com<p>Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton, B.C., Canada<p>Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton, British Columbia, Canada (Prices & Photos)<p>Echo …

Hiking

From Rwanda to Uganda: Exploring East Africa’s Natural Offerings

I’ve had a love affair with the African continent for as long as I can remember, and I will forever be mesmerized by its wild and expansive …

Hiking the Jordan Trail to Petra

A new cross-country trekking route is drawing adventure-seeking visitors to Jordan once again.<p>Until now, the Middle East has been a gaping hole in my lengthy travel resume. Political and religious unrest and travel advisories have dissuaded me from seeing the pyramids in Egypt or discovering the …

8 Summer Road Trips in Canada

<i>It may be hard to fathom, but summer’s already in full swing. If you’re trying to make the most of these warm, yet fleeting months, we have something</i> …

Fjord escort: a road trip to northern Norway

Oslo has good food, design and culture, but for spectacular scenery, nothing matches the west coast and the north. A drive along the famous coastal road will provide a lifetime of memories and photographs.<p>Drive north from <b>Bergen</b> on the first morning – start early if you want to make it all the way …

European Travel

Revisiting the Heyday of California’s ‘Crazy’ Novelty Architecture

Giant hats, portly pigs, and drive-thru donuts.<p>In the 1930s, a British traveler in Southern California wondered if the local architects had gone a …

10 great island adventures: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Pellworm, Germany<p>Take a combined bus and ferry trip from Husum (€22.50 return) to Pellworm in the North Frisians. Start with a coffee and a cake at Cornilsen Café then rent a bike for about €7 and explore this flat – but windswept – island. The charm lies in exploring lanes lined with …

9 of the Best Road Trip Routes in the World

You grab your keys, jump in the driver’s seat, and start the engine. Buckle up, turn the radio on, and put the car in drive. With the windows down …

Road Trips

18 European Travel Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

For a Europhile with vacation days, it can be hard to remember that there are actually <i>seven</i> continents. Our rally cry is “Europe or bust!” …

European Travel

Travelers’ Choice Awards 2018: The Best Hotels for Every Traveler

For AFAR’s second annual Travelers’ Choice hotel awards, our readers cast close to 60,000 votes to recognize their favorite hotels, from a romantic …

Life on Some of the Most Remote Islands on Earth

Photo: Kevin Faingnaert<p>There’s a set of islands in the middle of the chilly North Atlantic, some of which are so sparsely populated that the residents wouldn’t even fill a classroom. The Faroe Islands, an archipelago comprising 18 islands halfway between Scotland and Iceland, make up in an eclectic …

America’s 9 Most Underrated Destinations

Credit: bigstock.com<p>St. Augustine, Florida (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>St. Augustine may be just a half-hour’s drive from Jacksonville, but it feels as if …

National Parks

9 Best Vacation Destinations to Avoid Tourists

Credit: K.C. Dermody<p>Icebergs at Fishing Point, St. Anthony, Newfoundland<p>Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>Few seem to be …

European Travel

A Road Trip Up Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The western Irish coast is glorious. With its music, fresh seafood, and lively landscapes, it is a place where celtic routes are heralded, where the …

18 of the world’s best rail journeys

<b>UK</b><p><b>London to Fort William</b><p><b>Duration: 419 miles/13hr<br>Price (single): From £45</b><br>The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the other is the Night Riviera to Penzance), is getting a £100m upgrade. The new trains will have double beds, en suites, Highland food and Arran toiletries. …

Trains

11 Best Road Trips in the World

Credit: facebook.com<p>Southern Scenic Route, New Zealand<p>Southern Scenic Route, New Zealand (Nearby Hotels)<p>New Zealand is one of the most beautiful …

New Zealand

5 Islands Turning Tourists Away—And Where to Go Instead

From Thailand to Bonaire, a few sandy alternatives.<p>It's a buzzword in the travel industry right now: overtourism. But while places like Amsterdam, Venice, and Barcelona may dominate the headlines, these islands and beaches around the world have lost sand, clear water, and wildlife as a side of …

7 of Cambodia's best islands

Travel

5 Epic Road Trips Across America

No mode of travel is more American than the road trip. It’s basically a national rite of passage. Dating back to Model T days, folks have been …

National Parks

6 Underrated Destinations in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s finest beaches, natural landscapes, and vibrant cities. Even better, these diverse attractions can be …