Wendy Liu

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Is This Nordic City the Next Capital of Cool?

Finland celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence this year (from Russia, after being part of Sweden for about 500 years before that, in case you skipped that history lesson). The country—ever more on travel and social science radars thanks to its crazy-good education system, …

Designers Pick Their Most Inspiring Travel Destinations (Photos)

Creative Vacation<p>Creative block is impossible at these destinations, ranging from Baroque imperial palaces to magical gardens, where top designers …

2014 Hot 100 Excerpt

For almost 25 years SURFER’s Hot 100 has ranked, and predicted the fortunes of surfing’s next generation. Many of the Hot 100 alumni have gone on to …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Product Reviews

Seven unmissable dive sites in the Cayman Islands

Locals will tell you the Cayman Islands offer the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Given the triumvirate of islands boasts a unique dive site for every single day of the year – and this isn’t just marketing speak – it’s easy to believe them.<p>Already a go-to destination for stingray spotting and …

Scuba Diving

Watch Timelapse Photographers Capture Northern Lights Over Sweden

The northern lights are well known for their beauty and spectacular colors as they light up the night sky. It’s no wonder that they grab the …

Northern Lights

Articles about 10 spectacular dream homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

The vacation location of choice of the Obama family, you really can't go wrong choosing to spend some downtime on the Hawaiian...<p>From gabled homes to forest dwellings, here's what to catch up on from the week.<p>First impressions are lasting.<p>It's a dream for many to own a beach home, but an …

Cape Cod

How to Blend Exposures to Enhance Your Composition

Exposure blending is a popular technique often used to create high dynamic range photography. This article is about using the same technique but for …

Landscape Photography

This Zoomable Composite Aerial Photo of San Francisco is Like a 1938 Google Earth

What you see above is an ultra-high resolution aerial photograph of San Francisco as it looked in 1938. The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection …

Five Chinese expressions you should know

If you're only starting to explore China, these phrases will help to reveal a lot about the Chinese mindset.<p>1. <i>Guanxi</i>, ‘connections’<p>In a nation of more than a billion people, who you know is paramount. To the Chinese, strangers are nobody, but even a friend of a friend of a friend is valuable. If …

What to do in San Francisco: tips for every taste

If you’re going to San Francisco, you don’t actually need to wear flowers in your hair – that’s so 1967 ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENrmULWKbeM) – just come as you are, do your thing, and bliss out. Whether you’re a freak, geek, diva, or dandy, there’s a niche here with your name on it. At the local …

Heat seeking: where it's hot right now

We highlight five destinations where the sun is shining. This week: Marrakech, Las Vegas, Milan, Lisbon and Orlando.<p>Las Vegas<p><b>Forecast</b><br>Monday, 33C, mostly sunny; Tuesday, 35C, mostly sunny.<p>"Risque nightlife and glamorous casino resorts draw crowds from around the world but not just to gamble and …

Expert guide to Lisbon

Essential information<p><b>British Embassy</b>: 00 351 21 392 4000; Rua de São Bernardo 33. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm and 2.30pm-5.30pm<p><b>Emergency services</b>: dial 112<p><b>Lisbon Tourist Office</b>: 00 351 21 031 2819; visitlisboa.com, Praça do Comércio<p>Local laws and etiquette<p>If driving, you must have a fluorescent bib in …

Emergency Medicine

Best-value destinations in Europe for 2013

Offering some of the world’s most iconic sights, best museums and superb cuisines, Europe is always an attractive and exciting destination, though overpriced hotels, extortionate entry fees and eye-wateringly priced restaurants in many parts of the continent can make travel here feel less than a …

How to eat like a local on Italy's Amalfi Coast

Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast are a culinary Valhalla, where produce and well-trained taste buds have created one of the world’s most envied culinary landscapes. Whet your appetite with the following Italian food essentials, straight from the pages of Lonely Planet’s latest <i>Naples, Pompeii &</i> …

New HDR Tutorial – Free Web Version with New Videos

Fully re-vamped HDR Tutorial!<p>I removed and rebuilt the HDR Tutorial from the ground up! Now it is tighter, more focused, and has all my latest …

The China Experiment – Dumping Nikon for Sony

Update – the Transitions is Complete<p>In July of 2013, I decided to switch and stop using DSLRs as my main weapon. To see more, come read “Hello Sony. …

Quiet escapes in Croatia

<b>Jo O’Riordan, north London, writes</b><p>I’m 22 and my aunt is a young 50. We want to go Croatia in June – somewhere with a sandy beach, culture and amazing food. We don’t like crowds. We aren’t getting a car, and we want to stay in one place.<p><b>Jane Foster, Croatia expert, replies</b><p>I suggest you stay in the …

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Bali

Luxury hotels opening around the world, May 2013

Photo of the Day: Best of April 2013

Gorgeous New Dreamlapse From Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa Lakebed

Wildlife<p>In January, we posted a “dreamlapse” video made in Death Valley by Sunchaser Pictures. Some 9,600 Facebook users clicked the “like” button. Today, I received notice from Sunchaser’s Gavin Heffernan that part 2 has just been released (view above).<p>In an email, Heffernan wrote: “This time our …