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Walk this way: exploring Greece's lesser-known north

This self-guided walking itinerary takes you from remote mountain villages to cliff-top monasteries, via the world's deepest gorge. Set out on foot to explore this lesser-known region of northern Greece...<p>‘I want you to try everything,’ says Elli Papageorgiou, emerging from the kitchen of her small …

Europe's 28 best hidden seaside resorts

Why I Spent a Month’s Rent on One Night at the World’s Best Spa Hotel

The Nam Hai recently won Mr and Mrs Smith’s Best Spa Hotel award for 2015. A penny-pinching traveler decides if the price tag is worth it.<p>I was first …

Noma's Rene Redzepi: Global rise of a Danish chef | CNN Travel

(CNN) — When Spanish chef Ferran Adria closed the doors of his world-renowned elBulli restaurant in 2011, it was almost a symbolic changing of the guard.<p>Few restaurant industry professionals could have predicted a dozen years earlier, however, that a chef of Macedonian-Danish heritage, with a …

Singapore's best rooftop bars and bars with a view

Dotted with futuristic skyscrapers and iconic buildings, the Singapore skyline is truly a sight to behold. As the sun begins to set and the temperature drops, head up to one of Singapore's many rooftop bars to experience the city from its best angle – drink in hand.<p>CÉ LA VI SkyBar<p>Balancing on the …

Hong Kong's most unique dining experiences

Hong Kong’s chefs are a versatile bunch who can move with ease between different culinary traditions, bringing together not only old and new, Chinese and Western, but haute and humble, coffee and tea.<p>Their skills and creativity, and the city’s love of food, have given rise to many one-of-a-kind …

The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

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The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Haida Gwaii Is Canada's Best Kept Secret

Oh, Canada. Who knew you were hiding this gem from us?<p>Formerly known as the "The Queen Charlotte Islands," Haida Gwaii is an ancient Canadian archipelago located just off the coast of British Columbia. Its name translates to "Islands of the People," and is the perfect combination of both remote <i>and</i> …

Gimmelwald Is The Swiss Town You Need To Visit This Summer

You might think the Swiss Alps are delegated to ski bunnies and winter travel, but if you don't visit during the warmer months you're <i>really</i> missing out.<p>That brings us to Gimmelwald, a gorgeous town located in the Bernese Oberland. Gimmelwald's alpine village is perched on the edge of a cliff and …

Anthony Bourdain Ate An Insane 'Foraged' Feast At Noma, The Best Restaurant In The World

Food and travel guru Anthony Bourdain is so enamored by the restaurant that he devoted a whole episode of his CNN show, "Parts Unknown," to it.<p>In addition to enjoying an incredible meal at the restaurant, Bourdain spent time with its head chef, René Redzepi, foraging for ingredients at a local …

Parts Unknown

Beautiful Houses: House Mosi

Today we will show you the beautiful house Mosi in Johannesburg, South Africa, a project by Nico van der Meulen Architects. This is a charming and …

The essential guide to backpacking China's Silk Road

The section of the ancient Silk Road that runs through China is an epic journey through desert dunes to the end of the Great Wall, a length of pink mud that ends abruptly in the magnificent beige towers of the Jiayuguan Fort.<p>This is not a voyage that many travellers experience; it's often and …

20 Things To Remember When You Quit Your Job And Travel The World

You're gonna do it one day. You know you are. We know you are. But when Reddit user vom1tcom1t did it, he broadcasted his decision to the entire Reddit community: "I finally did it! I'm quitting my job and traveling."<p>Other users -- some who had traveled for days and others who have been gone for …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

The World's Most Unforgettable Bathroom View is in this Luxury Ecolodge

By Aimee Millwood<p>At first, the Black Sheep Inn ecolodge -- with comforts including a yoga studio; sun deck perched at a breathtaking 10,500 feet; wood stove heated sauna; and solar-powered Native American-style soaking tub -- seems out of place in a rural village of 7,000 people. I first stumbled …

International Home + Housewares Show 2014: Martin Kastner Goes Over Some Crucial Details

<i>Content sponsored by the IHA</i><p>Although he's based in Chicago, this is Martin Kastner's very first Housewares Show, and we were just as excited to see …

The Naked House in Thailand – Architecture by Marc Gerritsen

The Naked House – Architecture Project.<p>Oh my goodness, I want to live in a house like that! Photographer and architect Marc Gerritsen designed this …

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

I Can’t Believe What They Did With These Shipping Containers, Especially The Last One!

Here are 8 of the most spectacular living spaces made from recycled shipping containers. If you like this idea, there are several companies that can …

Every border is a crime against humanity

Nationality is a strange thing. To think that one’s identity would be so thoroughly determined by geography rather than self-determination may be a …

The Road to Everywhere: Why You Can't Put Off That Trip Any Longer

As the van pulled away, I stood on the porch of my Nebraska home and wondered what life would be like now that I was fatherless. After three years of watching him suffer through chemo, radiation and surgery, I came home to see a hospice van sitting in my driveway, and knew it was over. I was just …

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A guide to the eateries of Turkey

<i>A guide to the various types of eating places you'll find in Turkey.</i><p>One of the joys of eating out in Turkey is that there’s no need to order your whole meal at once. It’s perfectly acceptable to order one or two small dishes, see how you go, and order more later if you’re still hungry or tempted. …

Otherworldly Pictures Of Northern Iceland

"Summertime in Iceland has really nice light and very long days," Anhede wrote in an email to Business Insider. "Near the equator, the sunrise and sunset is over in a few minutes, but here you had several hours of golden light which is perfect for a photographer."<p>While there, Anhede photographed …

Beautiful Houses: Loft Conversion

This week we will show you the beautiful transformation loft conversion in Terrassa, Spain, a project by Egue & Seta. The details of the project on …

A Futuristic Space Shuttle-Like Mountain Shelter for 8

Back in 1938, Charlotte Perriand worked with Pierre Jeanneret to develop a futuristic mountain shelter called the Refuge Tonneau. Her love of the …

Fidelity to place: When the traveler finally settles down

Wade Davis is describing the Sacred Headwaters, his words rolling like the wave trains of the Stikine. “Fidelity to place,” he says and I feel that …