Florida Keys to Reopen to Tourists October 1

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2017, 8:30 PM

The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on October 1, government officials there have announced. The archipelago just off the southern tip of Florida was hit with extreme force by Hurricane Irma on September 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall, destroying an estimated 25% of homes on the islands.     In the immediate aftermath, officials advised travelers to postpone trips to the area w...

2018 Inca Trail Permits Will Sell Out Early Because of New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/19/2017, 9:30 PM

If you were thinking of making 2018 the year you finally realize your dream trip of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you'll need to start planning right now. Normally, Peru's limited allotment of permits for the trail goes on sale early in the calendar year—and they usually sell out quickly—but for 2018 trips, they will go on sale October 1, 2017. That means you'll need to start planning fo...

One U.S. Virgin Islands Resort Stands a Good Chance of Reopening First

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 5:15 PM

Back in July, it was announced that a new management company had taken over the unique tented community known as Cinnamon Bay on the gorgeous island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the tens of thousands of unpretentious, cost-conscious tourists who, over the years, have used large tents as their beachfront accommodations in St. John.   The new...

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This self-guided walking tour of Rome includes stops at the best things to see and do.

Introducing the Perfect One-Day Walking Tour of Rome

This one-day walking tour of Rome includes stops at the best things to see and do. If you don't have much time in Rome, here's a touring plan.
Sonoma Coast State Park in California

California State Parks That Would Be National Parks Anywhere Else

In California, even the state parks are awe-inspiring. From redwood forests to unspoiled beaches and otherworldly deserts, here are eight spots that would be national parks anywhere else.

Up-to-the-Minute Online Tool Finds Wisconsin's Best Fall Foliage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/11/2017, 10:45 PM

New England states get all the attention when it comes to fall foliage, but there are other leafy places worth peeping during Pumpkin Spice Latte season. One of the best in the Midwest is Wisconsin, where vivid displays in spots like the Kettle Moraine State Forest (pictured above) provide beautiful backdrops for scenic drives, waterfall hikes, and stops at orchards in small farm towns. Travel ...

Canada Completes World's Longest Hiking Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/07/2017, 8:45 PM

After 25 years of trying, officials in Canada have managed to stitch together a network of hiking, biking, and paddling trails that stretches across the breadth of the country from coast to coast. With a total length of 14,000 miles, the Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail, is now the longest hiking route in the world. By way of comparison, the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to ...

Snowy ski trail in New Zealand mountains

Where to Go Skiing and Snowboarding in the Southern Hemisphere

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere means ski season south of the equator. Keep the hunt for powder going at these 10 spots in South America, Australia, and New Zealand where you can combine an international adventure with a classic ski trip. 
 
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How to Pick the Right Tour Company For You

There are hundreds of tour operators vying for your business, offering up thousands upon thousands of tours of all stripes and to every corner of the globe. So how do you pick the perfect one for you? Read on.

Bringing Plastic Bags to Kenya Could Land You in Prison

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/04/2017, 12:00 AM

While some world cities have been dabbling in the reduction of plastic bags by charging customers if they want one or switching to paper, Kenya has just instituted the harshest plastic bag ban in the world. Now, importing plastic bags to Kenya could result in fines of up to $31,000 or even prison time. Plastic bags, which take as long as 1,000 years to break down, make their way into oceans, wher...

Wildflowers Now in Bloom at Chile's Atacama Desert, the Driest Place on Earth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2017, 12:00 AM

The driest place on earth is currently blanketed in purple wildflowers. Northern Chile's Atacama Desert typically gets a measly 0.6 inches of rain in an entire year. Nevertheless, every five to seven years—usually along with El Niño weather patterns—multitudes of beautiful mallow flowers fill the arid landscape with a surreal expanse of color. It's like finding a botanical garden on Mars (it so h...

Bahamas beach

Which Bahamas Island Is Right for You? Use Our Paradise Picker

There are 700 islands in the Bahamas, and while nearly each one is a looker, they're not all the same. We'll help you find the right speck of paradise for you, based on what you're into—seclusion, adventure, history, or swimming pigs.
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20 Beautiful Instagram Accounts By Beautiful Travelers

Call them your travel Instababes. We’ve chosen 20 hot Instagram users who go beyond the usual vacation images—and who do it in a language that sociual media rewards: by being as gorgeous as their adventures.
Sledding on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Why Washington, D.C. Is America's Best City for a Vacation with Kids

Kid-friendly adventure is easy in the city that lets you step into the lives of astronauts, spies, and architects. Between D.C.'s vast interactive museums, exciting outdoor destinations, and quality restaurants, it's not hard to see why this is one of America's top destinations for families.

The World's Most and Least Expensive Campsites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/18/2017, 12:15 PM

Camping is one of the most affordable options for spending a night on the road, and, thanks to glamping, it can be a budget-busting splurge as well.  Highlighting what has to be one of the biggest price ranges in travel is a new report from Campsy, an online campsite booking service based in Berlin. The company has named the world's most and least expensive campsites, using data from 30 countries...

Toppled Rock Formation in Malta Now a Popular Scuba Diving Site

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/16/2017, 12:00 AM

The Mediterranean nation of Malta lost one of its most recognizable—and most Instagrammable—landmarks in March, when the Azure Window, a 92-foot limestone arch(pictured above) on the island of Gozo went tumbling into the sea after heavy storms. But the natural icon didn't just vanish into thin air. It now lies in enormous boulders under the surf at depths ranging from 16 to more than 100 feet. T...

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Rooted in History: America's 10 Most Astonishing Trees

Older than the Egyptian pyramids, taller than the Statue of Liberty, larger than 30 blue whales: These must-see trees are American historical destinations no traveler should miss.
Pirate flag

Adventure Ahoy! Tracking the Caribbean's Real-Life Pirates

Hoist the Jolly Roger and get out those treasure maps: We're setting sail in search of the sites once haunted by the cutthroats and swashbucklers who terrorized the Caribbean during the golden age of piracy. Don't be surprised if we shiver your timbers.
Sunset in Guam

All About Guam: Where It Is, What to Do, and the Strange Way They Eat Mangoes

Guam, an American territory in the western Pacific, is a lot closer to Asia than it is to the mainland. That's why it's off the radar for most American tourists, despite its distinct island appeal.
A lane bedecked in autumn leaves in the Berkshires

The Top 10 Things to Do in the Berkshires

There's much to see and do in the Berkshires, so take advantage of the variety. Pair a museum visit with a mountain hike, followed by a concert. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you a good starting point for a stay in this delightful corner of the globe.

New Reservations Website for California State Parks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2017, 12:00 AM

A new website for making reservations for campsites and activities at California's state parks debuts this week. From now on, you'll need to go to ReserveCalifornia to book tent space in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, a beach cottage at Crystal Cove in Orange County, a tour of Hearst Castle (pictured above) in San Simeon, or facilities at more than 100 additional sites across the state, with aroun...

8-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Female to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/31/2017, 12:00 AM

AUGUST 1, 2017 FLORIDA GIRL SETS KILIMANJARO RECORD (Travel + Leisure) An 8-year-old Florida girl has made history as the youngest female ever to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. After a weeklong ascent, Roxy Getter reached the summit of the 19,341-foot Tanzanian peak alongside her 10-year-old brother, Ben, and their parents, Sarah and Bobby. The family trained by trudging up and down stairs at parki...

8-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Female to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

By Zac Thompson

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For Seniors, August 28 Is the Deadline for Enjoying One of the Great Travel Bargains

By Arthur Frommer

The price of a lifetime national parks pass for U.S. seniors is about to go WAY up.

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Crossing the Alps via the New Gotthard Panorama Express

Have a look at some highlights of one of the world’s most striking train journeys. And in Switzerland, that’s saying a lot.