Who hasn’t heard the famous Audrey Hepburn quote, ‘Paris is always a good idea’? Well, let’s go a bit further with this and say France, as a whole, is a very good idea. The country is brimming with incredible destinations to discover, from the Flemish Lille in the north to the sulfurous Marseille on the Mediterranean coast. So, if you plan on traveling to...
Connecticut offers an abundance of possibilities for freewheeling families. Wedged between New York’s Hudson Valley and the Quinebaug River, the state’s rolling orchards, forested mountains and brilliant foliage represent some of the East Coast’s loveliest scenery -- barely an hour’s drive from New York and Boston. So, whether you’re looking for a series of long weekend breaks or some quality...
Stunning views of the Hollywood Sign unfold at your own pace on hiking trails that meander through the rolling chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains.  Trails originally blazed by paws, hooves, and yucca-thatched moccasins now connect us to cultural as well as natural wonders. The western frontier of Griffith Park offers hikers amazingly close encounters with the Sign, which...
Expansive sapphire-blue skies, soaring red rocks, shifting white sand dunes that gleam in the sun — what better way to beat the cold than with a vacation to a desert? Forget the Sahara: You can find surreal and expansive landscapes to explore in the American Southwest and Pacific. From glamorous desert cities that buzz with excitement to solace-inspiring stretches...
Photo by Michael Tusk San Francisco-based Quince  chef Michael Tusk is the latest in a line of chefs searching for culinary nirvana in Japan. And while, yes, the Noma pop-up was a big reason for his recent trip, Tokyo’s ubiquitous sushi bars and trove of beautiful ceramics were almost a bigger draw, he says. Here are his top four meals. Tempura Matsu: “It’s 20 or 30 minutes...
For travelers looking to experience an exotic beach location, Brazil is a great destination. The largest country in South America is known for great soccer players, tropical rainforests, beautiful women, and beautiful beaches. Those who travel to the beaches in Brazil will also find charm in the vibrant music and dance culture, the excellent cuisine, and large festivals like Carnival. Here...
Number of passengers Ocean: Up to 6,296 (Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas). River: Up to 190 (on Viking River Cruises).   Destinations Ocean: Remote islands like Tahiti, major Mediterranean ports, far reaches of the globe (the North Pole region, for example). River: Inland cities and towns most oceangoing ships can’t get close to (like Luxor, Egypt, and Budapest).   Excursions Ocean: From ATV jungle treks to Zodiac boat trips to ice floes in Antarctica. River: Small-scale walking...
Vacation: a chance to relax, unwind… and completely fall off the “healthy living” wagon! How is it that we can go months and months in perfect routine, dutifully eating healthy, never missing a workout, and staying on target, but a single week of vacation can be enough to throw us completely off balance and send us back to square one? Sure, it’s one...
Enjoy cold and snowy days in the world's winter capital. Oslo Winter Park The largest ski resort in the Oslo area, with 18 slopes and 11 lifts, just 30 minutes from the city centre. Oslo Winter Park expects to open... Spikersuppa Skating Rink The Spikersuppa ice skating rink in the middle of Oslo city centre is open and free for everybody. ...
"Budget Travel defines a 'cool' small town as one with an energetic vibe, often blending community spirit with a vibrant arts scene, unique local history and gorgeous scenery," Editor in Chief Robert Firpo-Cappiello said in a statement. "With a population of only 1,351, Grand Marais is a great example of that something extra small towns often have -- in this case, a...

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