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Crystal Cruises Offers Holiday Cruise to Antarctica

It’s getting tougher and tougher to visit Antarctica as environmental restrictions tighten. Fewer cruise ship and tour operators are being given …

5 Best West Coast Road Trips

There’s something about warm weather that makes us want to hop in the car and drive into the sunset (preferably in a red convertible). While …

Australia: Animal Lover’s Paradise

There’s an animal for everyone where the rainforest meets the sea in Tropical North Queensland.<p>I’ve been to Tanzania, roaming Arusha National Park in a jeep and by foot in search of zebra, giraffe, baboon, and other beautiful African creatures. But when it comes to amazing, eclectic wildlife, …

Annie on Ice

Iceland is a bit of a misnomer.<p>The country’s frigid name was a bit of a knee-jerk response by the old Norse explorer Flóki Vilgerðarson, who, after suffering a calamitous winter in the West Fjords, climbed a mountain in hope for some hopeful sight and instead encountered a bay that was filled with …

Scotland Tour: Into the Hotel after a Great Day of Touring Scotland

Actually signing up for and taking one of my own tours gives me a very important insight into the day-to-day lives of our tour members. Is every day's itinerary designed to get the absolute maximum experience for our travelers? Are the gluten-free folks being taken care of? Is the bus comfortable? …

Five heavenly country house hotels

From a 16th-century castle in the Austrian Alps to a rustic hideaway on a Tuscan hillside, escape the city heat at these secluded summer bolt holes.<p>There are few things more relaxing than escaping to the countryside. From historic mansions to rustic retreats, here are a few of the best secluded …

Dining Rooms

Pt 3: Alaska’s ultimate road trip

The first major thoroughfare to be built in the largest US state, the iconic Richardson Highway offers spectacular views in the summer and incredible danger come winter.

Loneliness

Bright Lights, Big Cities Going Green

I have a confession to make. I don’t much like cities. In fact, as a kid I hated them.<p>Growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey a few turnpike exits away from Manhattan, I gravitated to the woods, streams, and fields of the Garden State instead of the concrete jungle that was home to my immigrant …

13 Gorgeous Mountain Retreats Around the World (PHOTOS)

Forget the beach -- nature lovers know that the best way to experience the great outdoors in the summer is to spend some quality time in the mountains. If your idea of summer bliss involves hiking, biking, and swimming, these gorgeous resorts should be just the ticket. And if exotic scenery is a …

5 Ways to Avoid Airline Fees

It's summer, and this much is known: It's expensive to fly. Add the mounting surcharges of new or unexpected fees and the overall cost of a ticket becomes a punch-in-the-gut punishment for travelling by air. To this end, savvy travelers with tricks of their own, combat airline fees in myriad ways, …

Namibia, Africa’s Tourism Success Story

The Zambezi River curls by my deck at the Ntwala Island Lodge, dark river beneath a muted orange and red sun, dying to the African day. The river is laced with crocs, peppered with hippos, and surrounded by clouds of birds, cawing, screaming and cooing. There are super aggressive fish in the …

Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …

Myanmar launches its first-ever nation branding campaign

Myanmar, early in its quest to become a tourism magnet, has released its first ever nation branding campaign, as a TV commercial and branding …