Wandering Chicken: Travel

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

17 of the World's Most Wild and Beautiful Places

Nature

Where to Catch the Biggest Waves in the World

Surf's up.<p>Seventy-one percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but not all tides come ashore with mammoth waves. Big wave surfers travel …

Travel

Finding Moments of Stillness

<i>The swell lifted and dropped the bottom out of my kayak. A barrage of cold, stinging droplets pelted my face, the only area of my body exposed to the</i> …

Mountaineering

8 of the World’s Most Extreme Ski Destinations

Credit: bigstock.com<p>SHARE<p>Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>For expert skiers who are looking for wild panoramic vistas …

12 of the Most Instagram-Worthy Places on Earth

SHARE<p>Colosseum, Rome, Italy (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>Rome’s most famous classical ruin, the Roman Colosseum, was the twelfth most Instagrammed spot in …

Hotels

Journey Across Canada by Train

Riding the rails from Toronto to Vancouver is a once-in-a-lifetime smorgasbord of scenery.<p>I’m an introvert. A real rather-do-anything-than-make-small-talk introvert, not just someone who prefers TV to cocktail parties. So what am I doing having breakfast with three strangers—and enjoying it?<p>Blame …

Travel

World view: Winter fair in Inner Mongolia

Women ride in traditional costume to the opening ceremony of the winter Nadam fair in West Ujimqin Banner, Inner Mongolia, China

Photography

Journey to the Spice Islands – Spice Islands, Indonesia, Asia

We recently returned from a trip to the Banda Islands, also known as the Spice Islands. These islands have both a European and a local history. They …

Travel

Seven Secrets of Angkor Wat

For both history buffs and luxury travelers, Angkor Wat is a must-see.<p>Angkor Wat can hardly be called a secret destination—more than two million …

Travel

15 hot new hotels to check out in 2017

(CNN)Whether it's an island escape or an urban retreat, the world's top hotels are tailoring their treats to suit ever more discerning travelers.<p>As the most exclusive resorts go to even greater lengths to differentiate their offerings, we pack up the designer luggage to find the best new properties …

Hotels

20 more places in France you never thought to visit (but really should)

Read the first part of our guide here.<p><b>21. Corbières</b>, Languedoc<p>"These are the country’s forgotten mountains," says Anthony Peregrine. "Full of good wine, lost villages, vertiginous Cathar castles, Dan Brown weirdos congregating at Rennes-le-Château, worries about the end of the world, and …

10 amazing landscapes in Chile – that you've probably never heard of

Chile has a wealth of beautiful landscapes beyond the iconic regions of Patagonia and Atacama. As the first direct flights from the UK launch, our local writer picks 10 wilderness areas featuring peaks, beaches, hot springs and indigenous villages<p>Elqui valley<p>Inland from Chile’s second oldest city …

Latin America

Haven and history: a refuge in the Italian Dolomites

Bleggio provided shelter for displaced people during the second world war, including Elliot Haworth’s family. He travels there to explore their place of protection<p>We had come to Bleggio by car, traversing mountain roads to reach this remote area of the Dolomites directly north of Lake Garda. …

History

Exploring Australia's Great Barrier Reef

In a marine park bigger than many countries, there’s something for everyone.<p>If you’re headed to Australia, there’s no shortage of attractions to …

Australia

7 of the most incredible places we discovered to stay in the world in 2016

With an incredibly diverse selection of unique camping spaces, glamping opportunities, AirBnBs, luxury hotels, boutique hostels and cabins being widely available in recent times, there’s no doubt that 2016 offered global travellers the chance to see the world from a unique perspective.<p>Lonely Planet …

Hotels

The Holidays: A Retro Camp Community On Southern California's Scenic Coastline

Washed in sunshine and the nostalgic glow of yesteryear, The Holidays camp community offers a throwback camping experience along Southern California’s scenic coastline.<p>Inspired by a 2012 Sunset Magazine article about vintage campers, local entrepreneurs Andrew Bryan Jones and Kellen Van Ausdal …

Southern California

25 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 …

Canada

America's Most Iconic Drives

Classic Americana combined with great scenic drives make for can’t-miss road trips across the country.<p>For most of its 469-mile route, the Blue Ridge …

Road Trips

Yunnan: 9 things to do in China's wild subtropical wonderland

<b>Yunnan, China (CNN) —</b> If there's a downside to visiting Yunnan, it's that one trip simply isn't going to be enough.<p>China's southwestern province is its most ethnically diverse.<p>It's home to 25 of the country's 56 recognized ethnic groups.<p>And each has a unique culture and cuisine.<p>Then there's …

Adventure Travel

Overland Alaska: Haines and the Haines Highway

It’s just one of the many roads overlanders drive right by, never knowing what they’re missing.<p>To most overlanders traveling through Alaska, Haines …

Storms

5 Christmas Traditions Around the World

19 Quintessential NYC Winter Experiences

One could wax poetic about all the ways New York City is perfect during the winter. There's twinkling holiday decor, seasonal markets, speciality hot …

New York City

Top European Beaches Only Accessible by Boat

Europe certainly does not lack a spectacular coastline, but with so much of it jam-packed in high season, finding an elusive corner of empty beach …

Beaches

Where Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2017 - Condé Nast Traveler

Here's what Traveler's top specialists are telling clients who ask, "What's trending for travel in 2017?"<p><b>Multi-country Asia tours are easier than ever.</b> "In Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia the borders are opening up and you can now travel overland between these countries, allowing travelers to …

Travel

Top 10 places to visit on the Ecuador coast

Air Europa’s new flights from Madrid to Guayaquil start on 16 December, making an Ecuador trip much easier. Here, we highlight a coastline of great resorts, as well as tropical forest and wonderful wildlife<p>Santa Elena and Salinas<p>Just outside provincial capital Santa Elena is Museo Los Amantes de …

Travel

Time to Travel to The World's 19 Most Beautiful Cities

People might be grossly destructive creatures that want to put parking lots over the top of the very things that clean our air so we can breathe, but …

Travel

10 Places You Should Celebrate New Year’s At Least Once

A New Year. New possibilities. New commitments. New resolutions. Celebrations and customs may vary around the world, but in most places, New Year’s …

The Top Travel Destinations for 2017

It's that time of the year again -- when the 2017 travel lists start pouring out and travel sites and experts make their bets on the top destinations …

Travel

Is Japan the Most Underrated Beach Destination in Asia?

Southeast Asia may get all the love when it comes to tropical beaches, but on Japan's southern islands of Okinawa Prefecture, picturesque white-sand beaches draw locals year-round. Here, you’ll find average annual temperatures of 74 degrees, and more than 100 islands stretched over 435 miles of …