Big's Bucket List

By Stephen Garrett | “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The 5 Quito Day Trips You Need to Plan

Ecuador is a small South American country. But, don’t be fooled! It packs a lot of punch. With its range of eco-diversity, it’s possible to go from …

South America

Five Places to Go in Diani Beach, Kenya

Until recently, Kenya’s Diani Beach was a well-kept secret for a cultured international crowd that has been vacationing on the coast since the 1970s, fueled by a passion for the sparkling white-gold beaches, rare sea safaris and luxury hotel scene that characterizes this strip of coastline on the …

Africa

Off the beaten track: Iran's best kept secrets

Despite its rich history stretching back thousands of years, Iran still lies off the beaten track for most travellers. The joy of travelling in one of the friendliest nations on the planet is the feeling of its yet-to-be-discovered uniqueness.<p>Although tourism here is slowly building, for now you …

Europe

Hiking the Jordan Trail, the Middle East's newest trek

There is no surer way of getting to know a country than by slowly walking its byways and letting its landscapes unfold in front of you. Pilgrims have known for centuries that the longer you walk, the closer your relationship to the land, but it's only in recent years that the vogue for hikes of …

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Where to get a drink with a view in Beirut

It’s almost as though Beirut was designed in a lab as an ideal urban setting for drinking <i>en plein air</i>. The weather is nice nearly year-round, Beirutis are a jolly lot who mix a great cocktail, and the high mountains outside the city turn gold, pink and purple at dusk. Sure, it might be smoggy, but …

Travel

10 of the best winter sports resorts in Europe for skiing and more

Not everyone is thrilled by the idea of a week’s skiing and little else; here are ski bases with the full St Moritz array of winter fun but without the Swiss original’s steep prices<p>The winter sports holiday was famously born in Switzerland in September 1864, when a canny hotelier in St Moritz …

Skiing

From white deer to loved-up puffins: 10 of the UK’s most stunning wildlife sights

Images of salmon hurling themselves upriver, or a sea eagle diving for fish may be commonplace on TV documentaries, but it is possible to see such incredible sights for yourself, and in the UK<p><b>Puffin courtship</b><p>Puffin love lasts a lifetime, and when mating couples arrive at their nesting site each …

Nature

Water worlds: top 10 marine adventure holidays worldwide

Ahead of the BBC’s new David Attenborough series Blue Planet II, we pick 10 trips that explore the oceans, from diving the Pacific’s ‘underwater Serengeti’ to reef conservation in Belize and kayaking in Komodo<p>Diving, the Azores<p>For world-class diving sites you can reach on a budget airline, try the …

Scuba Diving

‘Magical Towns’: Authentic Mexico off the beaten path

The great majority of first-time visitors to Mexico gravitate toward the country’s well-known resort destinations, such as Cancun and Los Cabos, or perhaps to cosmopolitan Mexico City. A country as huge as Mexico has lots of treasures tucked away in off-the-beaten-path locations. In 2001, in a bid …

Mexico

Why the world’s least visited country is the perfect place for a restorative trip

We’ve all been there—you book a vacation meant to be serene and rejuvenating only to get to your sunny locale and realize that, well, everyone else …

Travel

The World's Most Epic Day Hikes

These tremendous treks don't require an overnight bag.<p>Every trail offers a fresh adventure, whether you meander along a river, through a forest, or into a valley. With these 10 treks from around the globe, you'll take in views of gorgeous landscapes, challenge your abilities, and see a new part of …

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Five Destinations Where You Can Stay In Luxury For Less Than $100 Per Night...

If you’re not using points to stay for free– or nabbing incredible Airbnb’s, staying in hotels as ritzy as possible, for as little as possible- is …

Asia Travel

Amazing Green Route in Thailand

Explore Thailand's historic regions and witness its commitment to environmental preservation.<p>The Amazing Green Route, one of Thailand’s 7 Greens activities, takes travelers on a journey through Thailand’s carefully preserved natural beauty and culture. The sample itineraries featured in this route …

Thailand

Trekking safely in Nepal

Before 14 October 2014, the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal was more associated with carefree young backpackers snapping selfies and eating apple pie than with danger, but the tragic blizzards that closed in on the Thorung La left more than 40 people dead, buried under snows that swept in suddenly …

Outdoors

Best of the Rockies: how to choose a national park

If you're like most, you probably already have an image in your mind of what the Rocky Mountain region is like – a string of jagged, snow-capped peaks, a wide-open meadow or a sheer-walled river canyon. But it’s a big territory. Where do you even begin?<p>Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall. …

National Parks

Italy's seven best hikes: majestic mountains, dramatic coastlines and smouldering volcanoes

While Italy's natural wonders are well documented, it isn't until you strike out into the wild mountains and trek along its vertiginous coastlines that you realise how <i>bella</i> this country really is.<p>From the cliff-hanging trails of Amalfi to the colossal granite spires of the Dolomites, volcano climbs …

Europe

Top 10 detours off the Everest trek

As Nepal cleans up the damage from the devastating earthquakes in April and May, trekkers are slowly returning to the trails that cut a spectacular path through the Nepal Himalaya. As before the disaster, many are setting their sights on the Everest region – and particularly the route to Base Camp …

Outdoors

On the trail in Utah: best hikes of the Southwest’s rock star

Utah is made for hikers. Strike out into its big wilderness and you’ll be floored by red-rock mesas thrusting above mighty rivers, vertiginous treks teetering along knife-edge ridges, and tracks leading ever deeper into skinny slot canyons that have been carved out by elemental forces since …

National Parks

Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains

Ethiopia is a land of legends and mystery – the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant to name but two. The landscape is also mesmerising. In the far north are the Simien Mountains – a mystical world of primeval forests, misty peaks, bizarre plants and exotic creatures. Trekking these stunning …

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Sicily’s best coastal hikes

With its volcanic islands, rugged shorelines and brilliant blue-green waters, Sicily offers some of the most dramatic coastal landscapes on earth, along with a slew of gorgeous trails.<p>Whether you’re looking for a single day hike or a whole vacation’s worth of walking, you’ll find it here. To avoid …

Beaches

The 25 places in Eastern Europe you must see in your lifetime

The world's 10 most beautiful waterfalls (and how to see them)

How to tackle America's biggest National Parks

For all the joys of its cities, America is at its most magnificent when you step away from the busy streets and wander amid the calm of its national parks – whether you choose the snap-jawed creatures of the Everglades or the incomparable vistas of the Grand Canyon. Here's how bets to tackle the …

16 Of The Most Beautiful Villages Across The World To Add To Your Travel List

Heading to the mountains to escape the city life? Wait till you see the breathtaking scenic beauty of these villages across the world. Unscathed from …

Europe

The Most Scenic Train Trips in the Alps

The speed with which planes allow us to traverse the world is pretty impressive, but when it comes to taking the scenic route, trains have it down. …

Trains

Don’t overlook Auckland, embrace it

Can you think of another city built on dormant volcanoes, with pristine beaches close to the city centre and neighbourhoods rich with restaurants and art? New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland is more than a stopover city for the Pacific, it offers travellers the perfect intersection of urbanity and …

New Zealand

7 Healthy Travel Destinations You Should Add to Your Bucket List

Chemicals are out and all-natural everything is in. There's a surging urge to eat, live, and play better these days. However chaotic the world may seem, there's a rising number of us who are yearning for inner peace in favor of healthier physical and spiritual living.<p>A wellness revolution is in …

National Parks

California's Most Spectacular Waterfalls

01 of 07<p>Yosemite Falls isn't the only waterfall in the national park, but it's by far the most spectacular. Viewed from a distance, it looks like two …

National Parks

The Best Islands in the World

<i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers ranked the 30 best islands in the world outside the U.S. in the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey, from far-flung gems in Southeast Asia to volcanic outcrops in the Mediterranean.

Beaches