Wandering Chicken: Travel

By Todd Merriman | And I, I took the road less traveled by, and that has been the crux of the problem.

Open road adventures: six epic drives of the world

From cruising sun-kissed coastal routes or motoring through dramatic mountain passes to hanging on to the dashboard around super-tight hairpin bends, one thing is for certain: the allure of the open road is irresistible!<p>Nothing beats the freedom road-tripping affords, nor its versatility. …

Road Trips

It's Illegal to Visit These 11 Places in the World, and Here's Why

3. Surtsey (Icelandic island)<p>4. Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Norway)<p>5. North Sentinel Island (Andaman Islands)…<p>6. Area 51 (Nevada, USA)…<p>7. Chapel of …

Culture

The Most Beautiful Places in Chile

Tucked between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is a long, narrow country known for its pristine landscapes. Its unusual shape means you can find startlingly diverse climates and topographies as you travel its length: the world's driest desert in the north; the massive glaciers of Patagonia …

South America

Indonesia: island-hopping through Nusa Tenggara

With 17,000-plus isles to choose from, planning an Indonesian island-hopping adventure can feel overwhelming. If you’re beginning – but not wanting to end – your adventure on Bali, the Nusa Tenggara archipelago to the east is an excellent place to start. Bouncing between ferries and buses, you’ll …

Indonesia

Three of the World’s Coolest Hut Systems

The United States’ relative youth makes it a good place to recreate. We’ve faced true development (roads, permanent structures, and the like) for …

Colorado

10 Underrated East Coast Getaways

Forget the biggies like Boston, NYC, and Washington D.C. for a second. Pristine Atlantic coasts, small but <i>fierce</i> culinary scenes, and quaint boutique …

Travel

Epic Road Trips to Experience in Australia

I love road trips. To be honest, it’s my favorite way of travel. First, you can pack what you want and not worry too much about weight. Second, you …

Australia

Strolling the ancient hillforts of southern England

Our writer gets a vivid picture of prehistoric times on a walk in the Wiltshire Downs: one of 4,000 iron age sites across Britain and Ireland mapped on a new website<p>They stand in a clear line along the Wiltshire Downs facing north: perhaps facing an enemy whose identity we do not know. In the …

Archaeology

This Off-the-Grid Getaway Will Steal Your Heart

This year, photographer Jessie Brinkman Evans has practically lived at the airport. She’s traveled throughout Canada, California, Iceland, and …

The Arctic

Most Beautiful Black Sand Beaches in the World

You can find beaches in almost every color of the rainbow, from pristine white sands to chic pink shores. But there's something particularly breathtaking about black sand beaches. Typically formed by volcanic minerals and lava fragments, you're most likely to find these jet-black sites on volcanic …

Beaches

Experience the Magic of Hana

Travel<p>How to Plan a Family Trip to Hawaii<p>Travel<p>Essential Guide to Hawaii’s Big Island<p>Travel<p>10 All-to-Yourself Islands<p>Travel<p>Top 32 Island …

Travel

Thailand’s lesser-known islands: A definitive guide

<b>In 2016, Thailand saw a whopping 32 million tourists flock to its island-studded shores. But Australian travel writer and Thailand aficionado John</b> …

Travel

Cousteau country: scuba diving in Papua New Guinea

With a new film about Jacques Cousteau to be released, the Walindi Plantation Resort, the dive centre and institute he inspired, is still the first word in marine conservation. Plus: 5 more Cousteau divespots<p>The moments before a dive are often awkward. I waddle across the stern of the boat, laden …

Scuba Diving

Madagascar: an island unlike any other

Amanda CanningLonely Planet Writer<p>Lying in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, the island of Madagascar has evolved in splendid isolation for more than 80 million years; the result is a unique and startling world full of upside-down trees, stone forests and, of course, lemurs.<p>Join …

Nature

26 stunning natural wonders everyone should see in their lifetime

There may only be seven official natural wonders of the world, but there are plenty more breathtaking natural sights all over the globe worth …

List-Worthy

10 great ghost towns, from Old West to modern Michigan

If you really want to escape traffic and crowds this year, why not vacation in a place where the population has disappeared? Ghost towns have long attracted visitors, fascinated by a chance to touch a piece of the past, says Philip Varney, co-author of <i>Ghost Towns of the West</i> (Quarto, $24.99), his …

Colorado

Off the tourist trail in Bali: the best less-visited spots

Given it’s one of the world’s most famous resort islands, Bali seems an unlikely choice for those wanting to escape the crowds. And while it’s true that this is a very touristy destination – attracting nearly 10 million visitors per year – most people only head to the south of the island, leaving …

Indonesia

8 Underrated Cliffside Villages in Europe

When you think of cliffside villages, there's probably a good chance you picture Santorini, Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi Coast. And they're …

Europe

10 Places That Deserve More Travelers

Willing to take a bit of risk and go the extra mile? Then turn your attention here.<p>With tragedy and violence dominating the news, the world may seem like a more dangerous place than ever. But media narratives can be deceiving.<p>In many ways, the world is a safer place than ever to explore today–with …

This Spanish Island Has Picture-Perfect Beaches, Sun-Bleached Villages, and a Lobster Stew You'll Never Forget

Our family trip to Menorca should have been remembered as any number of things: the summer vacation when my daughter learned to snorkel, that time my …

Canadian Literature

14 Best European Cities for Solo Travelers

1 of 14<p>14. Copenhagen<p>2 of 14<p>13. Paris<p>Advertisement<p>3 of 14<p>12. Stockholm<p>4 of 14<p>11. Bruges<p>5 of 14<p>10. Dublin<p>6 of 14<p>9. Edinburgh<p>Advertisement<p>7 of 14<p>8. …

Travel

11 Secluded Beach Resorts Around the World You Need to Know About

Sick of the overcrowded beaches and perennially packed restaurants? From Florida to Fiji, these 11 secluded beach hideaways are the …

Travel

The Most Underrated Islands in the U.S.

Whether it’s colorful locals, or just that special element of nature that one finds on slices of isolated land, being on an island—even one close by—can often feel like a completely different world. America has some truly world-class islands to visit—Mackinac, Catalina, and everything in Hawaii—but …

U.S. Virgin Islands

The Most Beautiful Place in Every U.S. State

The Unites States is one of the world's most beautiful countries, and much of that beauty comes from how varied its landscapes are from state to state. Be it Alaska's glaciers, Colorado's mountains, or Florida's beaches, the geography of America is as diverse as it is stunning. Picking just 50 …

National Parks

Assam: an unchanged land

The remote, untrammelled state of Assam is India in slow-mo. There are tea plantations, elephants and tigers, but also vast river plains, startling …

India

The most majestic destinations on the planet

April 21st, 2015<p>Do you celebrate Earth Day? It’s one of those special “holidays” where it’s not at all obvious how you should celebrate. Should you …

List-Worthy

The World's Most Amazing Places

How many places in the world have you visited so far? We hope you can knock off at least 5 on this list. If not, it's time to put in those vacation …

Travel

Mastering the Hana Highway: How to do it Right

“The Road To Hana.” It’s a four-word phrase that, for many people, elicits four-letter responses. Driving this serpentine, rainforest road is one of …

Hawaii