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In Mexico City, a Modernist Hotel and Temple to High Design 

In the lively (and lesser-known to tourists) Colonia Juárez neighborhood, the Hotel Carlota, which opened in June 2015, is a temple to high design. Built by the prestigious local firm JSa Arquitectura and “art-directed” by Cadena …

– New York Times

New Carnival route: Los Angeles to Alaska and back 

Cruise giant Carnival has announced plans for a voyage from the Los Angeles area to Alaska and back -- a first for the line. The Miami-based cruise operator says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle will depart Long Beach, Calif. on Sept. 2, 2017 on a 14-night, roundtrip sailing that features stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Sitka in Alaska as well as Vancouver, British Columbia …

– USA Today

Snowdonia's 5 best luxury hotels 

Opening this week, Grade II-listed Palé Hall has had a substatial refurb since it was a private home that once hosted the likes of Queen Victoria and, later, Winston Churchill …

– The Independent

England's 15 least popular attractions 

These are the least visited attractions in England, according to last year's figures. Drop by this Bank Holiday weekend - they'd love to have you …

– Telegraph (London)

New Itineraries, Inclusions and a Ship Coming to Uniworld in 2017 

The luxury river cruise line Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is changing things up for 2017, adding new itineraries, a brand-new "super ship" and more inclusions to its sailings …

– CruiseCritic.com

What To Do (And Eat) With 10 Days In Taiwan 

This past April I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Taiwan to visit my husband’s relatives. His family members were the best tour guides during the 10 days we visited and there is no way I would have seen and experienced the things we did if we didn’t have local guides to our adventures. So hopefully this can be your guide to your tour of Taiwan …

– The Huffington Post

The world’s secret hideaways  

A 19th-century wartime bunker on the Dutch waterways might not sound like the most obvious holiday rental, but two years ago it was turned into exactly that. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s holiday home in the south of France, architects B-ILD came up with inventive ways to make the most of the small space, from custom-made wooden furniture that could be stowed away when it’s not in use to beds that fold up against the wall …

– The Guardian

Beautiful photos of deserted metro stations  

The daily commute is the most mundane and often the most frustrating part of city living -- but photographer Chris Forsyth wants us to appreciate the beauty hidden in our transit systems …

– CNN

We Just Made the Ultimate Travel Dopp Kit 

Finding TSA-approved sizes of the best-of-the-best beauty products isn't always easy, and having full-size favorites taken at security puts a real damper on the start of a trip. (Been there, lost too many lotions.) But, this month, Traveler and Allure editors have hand-picked travel-sized essentials and packed them into the ultimate dopp kit. With more than $150 worth of product, the limited-edition beauty box—which just went on sale yesterday —includes everything a traveler needs on long-haul flights to keep skin moisturized and avoid that "just endured a six-hour layover" look …

– Condé Nast Traveler

Why Airlines Love Baggage Fees (and Maybe You Should, Too) 

Ever since the airline industry introduced baggage fees in 2008, passengers have been grumbling about the fee-less golden years of yore. But according to a new study out of the University of Kansas, baggage fees are not entirely bad for passengers: They have contributed to fewer departure delays for U.S. airlines …

– Travel Leisure

Ovation of the Seas a quantum leap in cruising 

Most simply jump in feet first as soon as they cross the gangway and get lost in a schedule of there not being a schedule. For others, it may take a day or two to put down their phones, disconnect (or get their sea legs*) but eventually the smell of fresh sea air, a blue horizon in every direction, the lure of rattling ice cubes in the bottom of glasses, dozens of sun beds, banana lounges and the prospect of burying yourself in a good book, is overwhelming and overpowering …

– Escape

The party atmosphere of Havana, without the hassle 

In a crowded bar everyone's sitting listening rapt with attention to a guitarist strumming a passionate folk song when a woman suddenly rises to her feet. Her back is as straight as a rod, her head is held high and her arms move up in a graceful arc, with her wrists bent and her hands rotating outwards …

– Traveller

These travel hacks just don't work 

Philip Pragados thought he'd discovered a perfect travel hack: sharing his TSA PreCheck number, also called a "Known Traveler Number," with a friend. "She used it and was sent to the PreCheck line," says Pragados, an IT consultant who lives in Washington …

– USA Today

How to Eat Like a Local on the Road 

Enjoying good food is an essential part of any vacation — at least according to David McInerney, the co-founder of the New York City-based grocery delivery service FreshDirect, who spends most of his time traveling the world sourcing food for the company …

– New York Times

The best beachcombing beaches around the USA 

Is there a simpler summertime pleasure than strolling a beach to collect the shelled treasures that wash ashore? Well, only eating ice cream in bare feet, perhaps, though those can go hand in hand. Follow our lead for the best beaches for beachcombing across the USA and get ready to fill your buckets with sand dollars, shark’s teeth, sea glass and more …

– USA Today

From North Korea to Iran: these are the 5 most unusual surfing destinations 

Surfers in search of the next big wave are now turning to more remote locations, from under-visited coastlines to extreme cold spots …

– The Independent

Dress code advice for Muslim travellers visiting France 

As France’s highest administrative court deliberates an appeal to overturn the burkini ban in certain resorts - while former French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls for country-wide prohibition - we examine the dress codes that Muslim travellers should be aware of …

– Telegraph (London)

Emerald Destiny to Replace Fire-Damaged Cruise Ship 

Evergreen Tours, also known as Emerald Waterways, has revealed another new ship to be launched in Europe next year. Emerald Destiny will replace Emerald Belle, which was destroyed by a fire in February, a few weeks before it was due to debut. Rather than repairing the “significantly damaged” vessel, the Australian company decided to start fresh with a new one …

– CruiseCritic.com

NYC Travel: The Hotel Elys 

When staying in New York City, there is no better experience than rooming in a piece of history. The Hotel Elysée, a long standing landmark hotel designed in the 1920’s, and once a playground for the rich and famous, offers an extraordinary oasis of European charm in demanding city of cement and steel …

– The Huffington Post

'Like nowhere else': Madagascar casts a spell over Simon Reeve 

I was completely gobsmacked by Madagascar when I first arrived in 2006, as part of a televised tour around the Tropic of Capricorn. It’s like nowhere else on Earth. The only place I can compare it to is the Galápagos Islands, but on a much bigger scale; it’s the fourth biggest island in the world …

– The Guardian

Don't just drive-by: Get close to nature at these national parks 

Take off your flip flops and lace up some sturdy walking shoes. You’ll need them to get the most out of a visit to a National Park this Centennial year -- if you don’t want to be a “windshield tourist." The Parks Service turned 100 Thursday and sites all across are celebrating with larger than life experiences …

– Fox Travel News

So far, it seems no one caught Zika at the Olympics 

No one appears to have caught Zika at the Olympics, the World Health Organization said Thursday. WHO and other experts predicted the Olympics would not be a big source of Zika spread to the rest of the world. August is winter in Rio de Janeiro, and the Zika-bearing mosquitoes are less active then …

– NBC

Lost baggage, cancelled flights: What are your rights when you fly? 

If your airline loses your baggage, delays your flight or chucks you off due to an overbooked flight: would you know your rights?…

– Sydney Morning Herald

10 of the world’s best islands to explore by bike 

We all love an island escape, but you don’t have to spend the entire time on the beach or by the resort pool. From favourite holiday haunts to remote destinations you’ve probably never heard of, here are 10 places that are paradise on two wheels, as featured in Lonely Planet’s new book, Epic Bike Rides of the World …

– Escape

All the U.S. Airlines That Are Flying to Cuba 

Looking for a flight schedule to Cuba? We’ve got you covered. When JetBlue’s inaugural commercial flight to Santa Clara lands next week, it will become the first U.S. airline to begin regular commercial flights to Cuba in more than 50 years …

– Travel Leisure

Aloft Hotels Now Has Voice-Activated Rooms 

Ever wished there was an easier way to turn on the TV or open the blinds than by pressing a button? Good news: two Aloft hotels now have "voice-activated hotel rooms," where you can ask Siri (aka, the voice of the iPhone, who is sort of like the telephone operator for a new generation) for a nearby restaurant recommendation without even having to lift—or tap—a finger. Dubbed "Project Jetson," the program just rolled out at Aloft's hotels in Boston and Santa Clara, California …

– Condé Nast Traveler

Norwegian Cruise Line to close private island for renovations 

Earlier this year Norwegian Cruise Line revealed extensive plans to refurbish its private island, Great Stirrup Cay, as part of its larger $400 million Norwegian Edge investment program …

– Fox Travel News

The 9 Most Scenic Hot-Air Balloon Rides in the World 

Revel in 360-degree views of Earth's most scenic landscapes, hovering high and low on a thrilling hot-air balloon ride. Only the adventurous need apply …

– Condé Nast Traveler

The World’s Most Remote Hotel Gets a Luxury Makeover 

White Desert’s Whichaway Camp, a boutique hotel with six specialized pods in the Dronning Maud Land region in Antarctica, sits tucked away in a remote terrain hosting a stunning scenery of ice waves and frozen lakes …

– Travel Leisure

'Frozen' musical on Disney Wonder will embrace puppets, lasers 

We know the songs that will be in the new "Frozen" musical coming to the Disney Wonder cruise ship this fall, but it's the technology Disney Cruise Line hopes will set it apart. While remarkable puppetry isn't new to the cruise line's on-board productions, "Frozen: A Musical Spectacular" will have much more than any other including major characters Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer …

– Sun Sentinel

Notel is the latest urban glamping to set up on a Melbourne rooftop 

It’s a caravan park, but not as you know it. Six shiny Airstream trailers, perched on a Melbourne rooftop, have been refitted as designer urban accommodation to add some serious glam to the growing urban camping trend …

– Escape

Is everyone really naked? 10 common misconceptions about Burning Man festival 

Burning Man kicks off this weekend in Nevada. You know the one. It's that festival where all the stoned hippies run around naked in the desert setting bonfires. Or wait, is it the one where P. Diddy and Mark Zuckerberg wear costumes and pop champagne bottles while dancing to EDM? Whatever you think you know about Burning Man, here are some common myths dispelled …

– Sydney Morning Herald

This man is on a mission to run 26 miles through all 59 national parks 

Bill Sycalik recently ran a little over 26 miles through the jagged peaks, flat grasslands and gently sloping valleys of South Dakota's Badlands National Park. The week before, he successfully avoided two bison herds at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota …

– NBC

Derelict luxury hotels around the world  

When it comes to ruined buildings, it's hard to match the poignancy of an abandoned luxury hotel. Once they were places where the wealthy came to play or the less fortunate came to experience a glamor beyond their usual means …

– CNN

Where luxury meets danger: Inside the first Northwest Passage cruise 

Cruise captains usually don’t celebrate icy waters. But thanks in large part to climate change, Captain Birger J. Vorland is confident he’s about to make history sailing through Northwest Passage. Like his predecessor, Roald Amundsen, Vorland is Norwegian. But unlike Amundsen, who took three years to complete the first successful all-water crossing in 1906, Vorland will do it in 32 days …

– Fox Travel News

Woman survives month in New Zealand mountains after partner died on hike 

A Czech woman found alive in a remote mountain cabin in New Zealand has told police she spent a month there alone after her partner fell and died on a hiking trail. The woman was found on Wednesday at a warden’s hut on the famous Routeburn track, which winds through a spectacular gorge in the mountains of Fiordland national park in the South Island …

– The Guardian

Can Girls Travel To India Alone? 

“You absolutely can’t go to India alone.” I heard this sentence nearly every day for months before ignoring multiple people’s opinions and boarding a plane to Bangalore. Two weeks ago I returned to England. Feeling safe, happy and more independent than ever before …

– The Huffington Post

Carnival Adds 14-Night Alaska Cruise to Carnival Journeys Sailings 

As part of its series of Carnival Journeys enrichment voyages, Carnival Cruise Line will offer a 14-night Alaska sailing on Carnival Miracle, traveling roundtrip from Los Angeles' Long Beach on September 2, 2017 …

– CruiseCritic.com

Booze, bison and babushkas – 25 things you didn’t know about Belarus 

To mark 25 years since an independent Belarus was formally recognised, here are some remarkable facts about it …

– Telegraph (London)

36 Hours in Belgrade 

Epic night life, thriving cafe culture, hearty meals and emerging, design-conscious industrial districts: Belgrade has a gritty, distinctive appeal …

– New York Times

Report: 'Blame the airlines for flight delays, not the weather' 

“Blame the airlines for flight delays, not the weather.” At least that’s the take from Bloomberg News, which crunched federal data and came to the conclusion that “airline miscues” such as mechanical issues and crew scheduling are now the leading cause of U.S. flight delays …

– USA Today

When will the airport liquids ban end? 

It's 10 years this month since the “liquid bomb plot” was uncovered, leading to the current draconian rules that limit individual liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) to 100ml containers, all within a clear, resealable bag …

– The Independent

Sicily’s Mount Etna, an Island Within an Island 

In the summer, Sicily is the color of flax. The valleys, the hillsides, the horizon all bear the same overexposed quality, the burned-out yellow of haystacks. But if you fly into Palermo and head east by car, the hues slowly start to change, getting deeper and greener with altitude …

– New York Times

Five recently revamped European luxury hotels 

Looking for some refreshed luxury? These sumptuous European hotels have just undergone renovations to bring their luxe rating up a notch or two. On your next trip across the pond, why not book a stay at …

– USA Today

Elevator problem shuts Washington Monument, but National Park Service birthday event will go on 

The Washington Monument is closed and will remain shut at least until Aug. 30 while the landmark’s elevator is repaired. The closure won’t, however, stop a Thursday event planned on the grounds to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Park Service is set to gather more …

– LA Times

Powerful Earthquakes in Italy Kill Dozens and Shatter Towns 

Strong earthquakes struck a mountainous stretch of central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 38 people, trapping scores under debris and setting off tremors that awakened residents in Rome, nearly 100 miles to the southwest …

– New York Times

30 under-the-radar places everyone should visit in the UK 

Everyone knows the big-name landmarks in the UK, but there's so much more to the country than Big Ben and Stonehenge. Did you know that the UK is home to the world's longest hedge maze and a picturesque island where there's a ban on cars? Probably not …

– The Independent

Get paid to travel: the best jobs for globetrotters 

Can you spot the difference between a cloud and the Northern Lights? Then we might have found the job for you: the Arctic Snow Hotel in Finland is looking to recruit an Aurora Borealis spotter, which some commentators are describing as “the best job in travel” …

– Telegraph (London)

Tropical Storms Forming in Caribbean Spur Cruise Itinerary Changes 

Late August through early September is prime time for hurricanes and tropical storms in the Caribbean. Even as it dies down, Tropical Depression Fiona spurred Royal Caribbean to make adjustments to itineraries, and Tropical Storm Gaston is on the horizon …

– CruiseCritic.com

This Obscenely Fancy Mega-Yacht Comes With Its Own Private 'Beach' 

We’re always looking for affordable ways to take a break, even on the high seas. But hey, it never hurts to dream about life on a 590-foot mega-yacht, too. Behold the 108M mega-yacht concept from Hareide Design Norway. This massive ship is designed with its own elevated dining and viewing platforms, tranquil gardens and even a private beach of sorts …

– The Huffington Post

Leaving Ainswick behind for Sarasota 

Not long ago, I was at Medford High School to see my friend’s teenage daughter perform in a school production of Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.” She and the young actors, who delivered their lines in their best English accents, kept talking about a fictional estate named Ainswick, a family property that seemed to house all of the characters’ emotional baggage …

– The Boston Globe

Some Airlines Will Soon Charge You to Complain 

Over the years, passengers have been complaining more and more as airlines add on baggage fees and take away complimentary meals. Guess what? That complaint might soon cost you, too. On August 21, it was revealed that several U.K. airlines would start charging passengers £25 ($33) to file a grievance …

– Condé Nast Traveler

You Can Eat a Burger That Looks Like a Pokémon 

If you're into Pokémon, there's a good chance you're going to love these Pokéburgers. Hashtag Burgers—a restaurant group in Australia—has introduced a new menu item at their spot, Down-N-Out (a regional play off of the ever-popular In-N-Out, we're sure). The burgers are themed after three Pokémon characters: Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Charmander …

– Travel Leisure

Cool place of the day: The Cricket Inn, Devon 

Tucked away in the pretty little coastal village of Beesands, just seven miles from Kingsbridge and 12 miles from Dartmouth, the Cricket Inn is a beautiful seaside spot by any standards, and the sort of place we really like – a quaint old fishing inn that has been reinvented as a light and spacious gastropub with a handful of comfortable rooms upstairs to collapse into after a pleasant evening …

– The Independent

A day in an ‘aging suit’ shows airport accessibility challenges 

I’m old enough to occasionally be addressed as “ma’am,” but young and healthy enough to have no trouble running, if need be, to a far-off gate at an airport and lifting my own carry-on into an overhead bin …

– USA Today

Chip Technology Keeps Checked Luggage in Check 

On a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore, Shvilla Rasheem arrived in Indianapolis, but her luggage did not. Ms. Rasheem, a 34-year-old consultant, said she always checks her bag when flying on Southwest because there is no fee. “I never thought of the possibility that I would not get my luggage,” she said …

– New York Times

Russia’s Literary Icons, Explored on a Budget 

“Chekhov,” I kept saying. “Check-off.” Natalya, my kind, maternal Airbnb hostess, finally nodded. “Ahh,” she said, understanding. “Chekhov,” she repeated, making the “e” sound like “ee” and the “kh” more guttural. “Yes, I love him,” she said, clutching her heart. “He writes about my life. He is funny; he is sad.” …

– New York Times

Tuesday is Dino-day at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport 

At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD), it is hard to miss the model of the four-story high, 72-foot-long Brachiosaurus skeleton on loan from Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History that stands guard on the upper level of Terminal 1 in Concourse B. But on Tuesday there will be a party at ORD for a real dinosaur skeleton …

– USA Today

US beaches: the top 10 coastal hotspots 

Britain’s got Blackpool, Bridlington and Bournemouth - but where do Americans go when they need a beach escape? In a new survey, The Independent can reveal the most popular resorts in the US. Using a wide range of sources, we have compiled a chart of the highest achievers and listed them in order of the number of visitors each year. Some you will have heard of, but others may surprise - they are off the map for most international travellers, but well worth exploring by anyone who wants to get closer to the soul of America …

– The Independent

Top 10: the best Bath bampbs 

An insider’s guide to Bath's top bampbs, including the best bed and breakasts for Georgian architecture, period furnishings, stylish rooms with views, four-poster beds, roll-top baths, and delicious cooked breakfasts, in areas including central Bath, near to Great Pulteney Street, the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa …

– Telegraph (London)

Norwegian Cruise Line's Great Stirrup Cay to Close for Two Months 

As part of The Norwegian Edge investment program, Norwegian Cruise Line will be closing its private island, Great Stirrup Cay, for refurbishment. The closure will take place from August 25 to October 20, mostly affecting short itineraries on Norwegian Sky, which will sail to Nassau and Grand Bahama instead …

– CruiseCritic.com

8 Truths About Long-Term Travel 

Back in August 2015, I took the plunge and left the Philippines for South America with no clear idea of when to go back home. When people asked me when I planned to go back, I would say, “In 2 years or 3 years, who knows?” Prior to my South America trip, the longest I’ve been out of the country was 70 days in Europe, and around 4 months in Asia traveling with someone …

– The Huffington Post

20 great hotels, BampBs and apartments in Germany 

Vintage caravans, log cabins, a view of the Alps or the Baltic … we choose affordable, alternative places to stay across cities, coast and countryside …

– The Guardian

'Head hammock' neck pillow promises you can finally sleep on a plane 

How many times have you been on a plane or train dozing off, only to experience that incessant head bob? We’re not meant to sleep sitting up, but nonetheless we’re forced to when we travel. That’s why a number of creative people have developed products all promising to help you catch some zzz’s on the go — and one is taking the world by storm: the NodPod …

– Today

The Italian Wine Regions You Should Visit Next 

Looking for the next Chianti, Barolo, or Brunello? Oenophiles should plan a trip to one of these wine regions in Italy, chosen by experts as the next big thing …

– Condé Nast Traveler

People Are Camping Out in Teslas and Loving It 

Teslas have built a reputation on being great for the environment, but they might also be great for camping. That's right: The electric cars' drivers are not only having a ball camping in the electric cars, there are entire communities dedicated to sharing how to make the most of spending the night in the vehicle …

– Travel Leisure

From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea 

I was so used to driving and flying, my understanding of North America had become distorted. Then I took a slow boat through four Great Lakes. I saw every mile …

– New York Times

North Korea: How can I visit the secret state, and is it morally right to go? 

“The situation on the Korean Peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war may break out any moment” – so said the North Korean state media organisation this morning, as South Korean and US troops began their annual exercise simulating conflict across the divided nation. This latest declaration is likely to be yet more rhetoric from the last bastion of oppressive state communism, though Seoul and Washington are well aware of the nuclear threat posed by Kim Jong-un’s regime …

– The Independent

10 Europe road trips that should be on your bucket list 

The next time you head to Europe, consider applying the classic American road trip formula to your vacation abroad. Hitting the road in Europe is a great way to get off the beaten tourist path and spontaneously discover small villages, regional cuisine and friendly locals. And you’ll surely find plenty of roadside attractions (just maybe not a giant ball of twine). Here are 10 of the best road trip routes to try in Europe …

– USA Today

Remarkable things you didn't know about the Queen Mary ocean liner 

Built in Clydebank at a cost of £3.5m (around £223m today; by comparison, the bill for the record-breaking Harmony of the Seas, one of the world’s newest cruise ships, was just over £1bn), Queen Mary sailed from 1936 until 1967 …

– Telegraph (London)

With the Olympics Over, Six Former Host Cities Worth Visiting 

Now that the Rio Olympics are over, inevitable questions about the city’s post-Games legacy have surfaced. Rio de Janeiro, like every host city, hopes to continue reaping Olympics-related benefits long past the closing ceremony, such as increased tourism and a bolstered world reputation. But things don’t always go as planned …

– New York Times

Million-mile birthday gift for baby born on plane 

When a baby named Haven grows up and is asked “Where were you born?” she’ll have a great story to tell. And, given that one of her first birthday presents is one million frequent-flier points, she’ll likely be telling that story to her seatmates on an airplane …

– USA Today

Cruising through the melting icebergs that could flood the world 

I didn’t think the scene could get any more captivating. As I wandered along the Arctic shore of Svalbard, a remote archipelago stranded between Norway and the North Pole, a majestic blue iceberg was making a terrific racket – the air bubbles trapped within popping furiously, the sound of immense pressure escaping in a noisy rush as the ice melted. But then the call came: “Polar bear” …

– The Independent

10 things I've learned working as a VIP air stewardess 

During her time as a VIP air stewardess for the rich and famous, Emilia George has learned to expect the unexpected. Here she shares her most memorable stories and what they taught her …

– Telegraph (London)

Carnival Cruise Line to Make First Visits to Thailand and Vietnam 

Carnival Cruise Line is planning a voyage from Sydney to Singapore, which will include the company's first calls to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Ko Samui in Thailand, as well as several cruises from China. On sale now, the 19-night cruise aboard Carnival Spirit departs 3 May 2018 and also calls at Bali in Indonesia and Airlie Beach and Darwin in Australia …

– CruiseCritic.com

This Company Literally Forces Its Employees To Go On Vacation 

Americans wasted a record-setting 658 million vacation days last year. Notorious for letting precious vacation days go unused, many folks stay plugged-in even when they manage manage to make it out of town. But this brilliant company is putting an end to the vacation problem, in the most amazing way possible …

– The Huffington Post

European city tours with locals: five of the best websites and apps 

Who better to explore a city with than an enthusiastic, knowledgeable local? Smartphone-based digital wizardry means finding the right guide or tour is now only a tap away …

– The Guardian

Are travelers losing the hotel booking wars? 

In an ongoing war between big hotel chains and online travel agencies, value-minded consumers are emerging as the winners. Three out of four travelers believe they’ll get a better deal by booking rooms through an online travel site such as Expedia or Priceline, according to a study commissioned by Triptease, a start-up company that helps hotels increase revenue through direct booking …

– Fox Travel News

8 special ways to blow the vacation budget 

You name it, it can almost certainly be arranged. Breakfast with a giant octopus? A private dinner from Wolfgang Puck's team, served in your 6,000 square-foot compound? A chopper to give you a head start on a hike -- or a better view of a volcano? When money is no object, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to unique experiences, accommodations and frankly ridiculous levels of luxury …

– CNN

Urban Escape: Ride a subway to this national park 

National Park Ranger Erin Schoppmeyer wants people to know there's nature in New York City. "There is solitude," she said. "You just have to know where to look for it." When people think of national parks, they're likely to think of rugged locales like Yosemite and Yellowstone, but Schoppmeyer is a ranger at the Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, part of New York City's Gateway National Recreation Area, the country's first urban national park …

– NBC

Queen Mary is getting a bow to stern makeover and a club in the boiler room 

When Joshua Schwandt stayed at the Queen Mary several years ago, he loved the Art Deco woodwork and the way the Observation Bar oozed an old-timey feel …

– Miami Herald

Six of the best: British spas 

Situated on more than 15 hectares of landscaped gardens in a striking clifftop location with views out over Durham's coast line; Seaham Hall has attracted the famous and fashionable since the 18th century. Case in point, Lord Byron, who chose the hall as the venue for his wedding back in 1815 …

– Sydney Morning Herald

Three of the best places to stay in Mumbai 

Mumbai is India’s largest and wealthiest city. As the centre of the country’s finance, business and entertainment activity, it is also one of India’s most-visited cities. But for first-time visitors, the huge city can be a minefield when looking for the best place to stay …

– Escape

Utah adventure: the Louvre of natural landscapes 

Our Hummer juddered to a halt, teetering at the edge of a precipice that, while on the one hand a little alarming, also overlooked a breath-taking, orange-hued view of both Utah’s Canyonlands and Arches National Parks …

– The Independent

6 Things Newbies Should Know About International Travel 

Haven't traveled abroad yet? Here are six things to know before you take your first step into international travel…

– IndependentTraveler.com

Reports of Zika transmission in Miami Beach may threaten $24B tourism industry 

Florida health officials reportedly have found evidence of local Zika virus transmission in Miami Beach, a popular tourist haven that saw 15.4 million holiday revelers flock to its beaches in 2015 alone…

– Fox Travel News

Baby girl born mid-flight gets a million airline mile birthday gift 

Her mother started going into labor halfway between Dubai and Manila…

– Fox Travel News

How Technology Can Help You Travel and Save 

Technology has changed the way we travel, from lodging to flight information. But it can also save us money on planning and beyond…

– New York Times

From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea 

I was so used to driving and flying, my understanding of North America had become distorted. Then I took a slow boat through four Great Lakes. I saw every mile, and…

– New York Times

Coming to Delta business class: Suites with doors 

The Delta One suite will debut on Delta Air Lines…

– USA Today

Hotel review: The Envoy, Boston 

If you looked across the water from downtown Boston to the Seaport District, you'd be forgiven for thinking there was no reason to cross the bridge. At least, not yet. Bland office buildings, cranes and half-finished construction projects dot the skyline, and rusty old infrastructure lurks off shore…

– The Independent

Celebrity to Offer Short Caribbean Cruises in 2018 and Other Cruise News 

Following its move to offer year-round cruises in the Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises will have shorter four and five day sailings in the region, starting in early 2018…

– CruiseCritic.com

Granada: through the eyes of Spain's murdered poet 

It’s 80 years since Spain’s favourite poet was executed by firing squad. We set out to discover his hometown of Granada through his eyes…

– The Independent

Night tube: top 10 London clubs - chosen by the experts 

London's long-awaited night tube is a gift to the capital's clubbers. As the Victoria and Central lines start a non-stop weekend service - with other lines to follow in the autumn - we asked the cream of London's club scene to point us to the party…

– The Guardian

North America's most unlikely culinary capital - which you can visit in a weekend 

It’s summer in Newfoundland, time to discover my inner hunter-gatherer – well, the gatherer bit anyway…

– Telegraph (London)

What's so grand about Grand Canyon National Park? 

If you haven't seen it in person, it's truly difficult to take in exactly how spectacular it is…

– USA Today

Top Lake Vacations in the World 

Whether in Asia or in Europe, different parts of the world offer great lakes for you to dive into, in order to beat the heat…

– Journey Etc

9 Hotels Around the World You Need to Know About Right Now 

The hotel industry is constantly expanding. And therefore, our hotel coverage is always growing to include new hotels that have just opened, iconic hotels that have been renovated to their original grandeur, and hotels in exotic, far-off destinations that we’ve just touched down in…

– The Huffington Post

36 Hours in Boulder, Colo. 

Who even needs the legal marijuana? Boulder is an exceptionally easygoing place to hang out…

– New York Times

Paris (and Beyond) by App 

Tech-savvy entrepreneurs in France are offering apps to help visitors get the most out of Paris and many other cities…

– New York Times

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