The Ultimate Family Road Trip: Visiting Colleges

By Pauline Frommer

Helping your kids find the right college will put some mileage on your car...and some wrinkles on your forehead. Here are some tips on how to make seeing colleges—and the road trips that can involve–a successful activity.

One ideal alternative hike to the classic Inca Trail is the <strong>Mountain Lodges of Peru</strong> or MLPtrek (tel. <strong>011/511-421-7777</strong>; <strong><a href="http://www.mountainlodgesofperu.com" target="_blank">www.mountainlodgesofperu.com</a></strong>), which gives hikers a feel for the Inca Trail without being quite so rough. This new hike follows a string of ancient Inca roads and mule trails for about 40-miles eastward to Machu Picchu (versus the western-bound route of the classic trail), and hikers following this route stay in four comfortable Mountain Lodges along the way. You can book directly with Mountain Lodges of Peru; a number of leading adventure travel operators also offer the trip, throwing in private tours and airfare for a bit more money. <strong>Backroads</strong> (tel. <strong>800/GO-ACTIVE</strong>; <strong><a href="http://www.backroads.com" target="_blank">www.backroads.com</a></strong>) is one highly recommended MLP operator. It's known for both its personal service and its dedication to small group sizes; this photo shows half of an average group setting off on a hike.

Hiking to Machu Picchu

When the classic Inca Trail gets booked up there are thankfully other ways to hike to Machu Picchu.

Malia Obama Brings Back the "Gap Year"—Here's Why Every Student Should Take One (and How)

By Pauline Frommer

What You and Your Teen Should Know About Planning a Successful—and Peripatetic—Gap Year

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Wine bottles stacked at the Cascina Monsignore Farm

Exploring Italy's Piedmont Region

Piedmont offers a little bit of everything: Culinary delights, outdoor activities galore, a bounty of natural beauty, and history.

How to Get Amtrak's Student Discount

By Jason Cochran

The United States' national railway service offers a student discount to people aged 17 to 25. It's not hard to get, but there are a few rules to follow. Here's how to book a student discount on Amtrak.

Las Vegas New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Celebrations Around the World

Details and photographs of New Year's Eve festivals and events in Berlin, Rio, London, Sydney, Vegas, and more cities.

How to Complain to Uber

By Margaret Daly

As revolutionary as it may be, consumer experiences with this transportation app are not always ideal. Here's how you can file a complaint to Uber.

Map of Provence

The Art Lover's Tour of Provence

Provence and the Cote de Azure helped change the art world. Here's how to plot a course through its most impressive milestones.

Long-Term Travelers Reinvent Hostels By Opening Their Own

By Roxie Pell

Hostels were once infamous for being impersonal, clincial, and excruciatingly bare-bones, but international travelers are bringing their experiences home with them to open a next breed of budget lodging.

The Forum, Rome- Italy

Frommer's Favorite Experiences in Rome

Frommer's authors share their top memories of historic sights, restaurants, artists, and more in the eternal city.
Sunset at the Italian Gardens in Hyde Park.

How to See the Best of London

With London's abundance of sights, how much can you see in just one trip? Plenty. Here's a two-day tour that won't leave you exhausted.
The Seine, Quai D'Orleans, Ile Saint Louis.

13 Favorite Paris Moments

From the Eiffel Tower to the streets of Montmartre: a baker's dozen worth of don't-miss sites for your next Paris trip.
A woman rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park located outside Eugene, Oregon

5 Ways to Hike and Climb Around the World

We've looked around the world and found five climbs and hikes that may just lead you to a destination you've never considered before.
People sitting around a water feature in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village.

Favorite New York City Experiences

8 great things to do that'll let you stretch a New York minute into a lifetime of memories.
Leather goods are plentiful, well-crafted bargains in the San Lorenzo market.

7 Ways to Shop Across the World

Where to find the best goods and how to get the best deals at seven global shopping destinations.
Elvis (okay...his wax replica) hasn't left the building at Madame Tussaud's, and there are lots of other famous people keeping him company.

Best of Las Vegas: 14 Favorite Moments

Vegas is designed to keep you entertained, satisfied, satiated, and distracted from the real world outside its glittering borders. Here's how they do it.
Yellow plate, Athens

13 Favorite Athens Experiences

From the Acropolis, to cozy cafes, to neighborhood markets -- where to see the best of an ancient city.
White carriage waiting for passengers in the old harbor of Chania, Crete

Singles Vacations in Stunning Destinations

Looking for someone who shares your passion for travel? Look no further than a singles vacation.
St. Peter's Basilica fronting St. Peter's Square

5 Literary Walks Around the World

Join one of these literary tours to discover how classic landscapes helped shape the stories we know and love.
Port on the island of Capri, Italy

Walking Tours That Put a Spring In Your Step

Strap on your most comfortable shoes, and sign up for a walking vacation this spring.
Open air art in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Open-Air Art

Philly is loaded with art in unlikely places. Here are five spots worth seeking out.
Tabacon Hot Springs near Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica.

The World's Best Hot Springs

When you really need to escape, seek out the therapeutic qualities of these hot springs for some rest and relaxation.
Hollywood may take years to create a film, but Shoot Out throws down the gauntlet with a challenge to make your own movie in 24 hours.

10 Epic Worldwide Events and Festivals

Don't miss these classic (and a bit wacky) events and festivals around the world.
12 ways to travel and make a difference

12 Ways to Travel and Make a Difference

From caring for orphans, to assisting endangered species, to organizing sporting events, you'll find an inspirational adventure that matches your interests.
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How to Save in Expensive Cities

How to get the most out of New York, Paris, London, and five more great cities while spending the least.