Todd Merriman

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Experiencing Alaska’s glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park

Visiting Alaska’s glaciers is one of the state’s most iconic experiences. But oohing and aahing from a distant viewing platform or from the deck of a cruise ship aren’t the only ways you can encounter these grand natural wonders. Here’s how to get up close and personal with the glaciers of Kenai …

Outdoors

World's Best Hot-Air Balloon Rides

Since it first took flight in 1783, the hot-air balloon has been one of the most unique ways to see the world’s spectacular settings from above. …

18 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

From islands and beaches to villages and attractions, Europe still boasts incredible destinations that haven't yet been discovered by the masses.<p>Some of these places are difficult to access, while others remain local secrets.<p>We've put together a list of 18 European destinations that you can enjoy …

Africa

An impromptu guide to coastal Asturias in Spain

By onMay 5, 2016 in Destinations, Europe, Spain<p>Oh man, has it been a while since I’ve written about what has become my favorite little corner of …

Top 10 Soviet-era experiences in St Petersburg

Walk among Stalinist-era buildings<p>St Petersburg’s architecture is one of its biggest attractions. The centre’s original baroque and classicism styles have been preserved, so it’s almost as if the USSR never happened here. However, if you travel to the Moskovskiy district you’ll see the full scale …

St. Petersburg

The U.S. Road Trip That's as Beautiful as Highway 1

When it comes to West Coast road trips, California’s Highway 1 often monopolizes the spotlight. But Oregon’s own Highway 101, complete with quiet …

Road Trips

Why I Travel the World Alone

I’ll never forget the day I checked in for my flight to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was at South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and had been waiting in line forever. When I finally reached the counter, the agent took one look at my ticket and asked why I was going to …

Africa

The Most Beautiful Deserts in the World

By definition, a desert is a region that receive about 10 inches of rain or less each year—but its greatest incarnations vary wildly, from Arctic …

Deserts

An icy sail to the end of the Earth

We travelled 7,500km to the Norwegian Arctic in a no-frills sailboat that was better suited for cruising the Mediterranean than penetrating the polar ice.<p>Last June, on the longest day of the year, I sailed out of southern Norway aboard a 37ft-long fibreglass-hulled sailboat, bound for one of …

Polar Bears

See the most and least touristy destinations you can visit around the world

If you want to spend your travels far away from other tourists, Bangladesh could be a good place for your next trip, according to a report from Priceonomics.<p>Priceonomics, a website that writes data-based stories, used information from the World Bank to determine which countries see the most or …

Africa

A bridge too far? 11 spectacular new bridges that break the mold

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a world of bamboo skyscrapers and transforming apartments, it's easy to forget about the bridge, the humble structure that makes getting from point A to B all the more simple.<p>But today, world-class architects, artists, designers are collaborating with city councils to bring bridges to …

Bridges

The Trip Everyone In Their 40s Should Take

Travel is for everyone, regardless of age, but the 2014 Readers' Choice Awards revealed an amazing trend: By the numbers, there was a memorable trip …

Travel

10 of the best hostels and lodges … that you have to hike to

The Dolomites, Italy<p><b>Rifugio Lagazuoi</b><br>Rifugio Lagazuoi is like a sentinel 2,750m above the spires and green valleys of northern Italy, offering not only panoramic views from its sprawling terrace but also the highest sauna in the Dolomites. Expect hearty local cuisine – such as polenta with roe deer …

Travel

The world's best luxury dive resorts

(CNN)Super-swanky dive resorts come in all sizes.<p>But mostly in small.<p>From Chile to Australia to St. Lucia, the world's most exclusive scuba hideaways serve fewer than 100 select guests.<p>Some cater to a maximum of just 20 diving VIPs.<p>Others tempt groups to reserve their whole private island.<p>Read …

Travel

Breathtaking places to pitch your tent

<b>BY BRUCE ELDER</b><p>The views, the quiet, the sense of being at one with nature; all these elements are offered, in abundance, by South Australia’s best …

Camping

25 Great American Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels, despite an impulse to define them, hinge just as much on what they aren’t: They are not mainstream, found at every highway exit from …

Travel Writing

These are the best islands in the world

The Pacific outcrop of Maui in Hawaii has been named as the best island in the world to visit as a tourist.<p>Roughly the same size as the Shetland …

Caribbean Travel

10 epic long-distance walks around the world

Makalu Base Camp, Nepal<p>The trek to the base of the fifth highest mountain in the world leads from dense rain forests over steep passes, to high pastures below glacier-clad peaks. Although only 125 miles long, the trek is tough as it involves an ascent of more than 7,000 metres and remote and rugged …

Outdoors

Beyond Bali: Indonesia's undiscovered islands

Don't Play<p>Replay Video Icon<p>Player help icon<p>The traditional ways of Indonesia's Toraja people<p>Beyond the lofty mountains of Indonesia's central …

Travel (Australia)

Discover NZ's hidden treasures

Nine hidden treasures to discover in New Zealand<p>There plenty of beautiful coves and secret beaches to discover along the Queen Charlotte track.<p>I …

New Zealand

15 Breathtaking Campsites In Canada You Need To Visit This Summer

These spots will make you one happy camper.<p>1. Berg Lake Campground in Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia<p>Mount Robson Provincial Park is bursting with adventure and stunning views. The campground is located across from the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. Set up …

Camping

Amazing Eco Places

One Central Park, Australia<p>Sydney's One Central Park (not to be confused with New York) is a feat of engineering and environmental genius courtesy of …

Environment

The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to …

Adventure Travel

7 Beautiful Pedestrian-Friendly Destinations That Don't Allow Cars

There's nothing like gearing up for an incredible vacation full of promise -- of pampering, of relaxation, of blissful days free from stress -- only …

Travel

The Top 10 Summer Destinations, According to Pinterest

Spring is in full bloom, which means it's time for some summer dreamin'—and some serious travel planning. To get in the mood, we've rounded up the …

Top 10

Coolest Nordic Destinations

Faroe Islands<p>Owned by Denmark yet set midway between Norway and Iceland, the 18 mountainous islands that make up this archipelago are a nature lovers …

National Parks

The 2016 Hot List

For this 20th edition of the Hot List—our picks of the year’s top hotel openings—editors and reporters crisscrossed six continents and 36 countries …

Travel

A New Superhighway Could Connect London to New York via Russia

It would make the ultimate road trip.<p>The United States is filled with opportunities for incredible road trips, whether it is driving along America's Most Scenic Roads, taking a slow ride down a winding road in wintertime, or going for a springtime ramble. But even America’s best road trips pale in …

London

10 Spots With the Clearest Waters in the World

199,917<p>Laghi de Fusine<p>Rio da Prata<p>Jiuzhaigou Valley<p>Exuma<p>Zamami<p>Hvar<p>Koh Lanta<p>Lefkada<p>Blue Lake<p>Valley of the Five Lakes

Cool Stuff

Top 10 jazz festivals in Europe

Alfa Jazz Fest, Lviv, Ukraine<p><b>24-27 June</b><b><br>Highlight</b> Pat Metheny Quartet<br>Lviv is an architectural treasure, close to the Polish border, and many of its Habsburg, art nouveau and baroque buildings survived 20th-century wars relatively unscathed. This festival, established in 2011, has three stages …

Europe