The idyllic countryside of Montalcino, Tuscany.

Great Italian Escapes

Veer off the tourist track with the help of one of these intimate tours, and you'll discover quaint villages and rugged coastlines. What are you waiting for?
Cantuccini, a type of almond biscotti that's said to originate from the Tuscan town of Prato.

Eat, Pray and Love Across Italy

Where to eat and drink your way around Italy, as inspired by the book and film Eat, Pray, Love.
Go Sojourn Bike Tours has multiple leaf-peeping routes through Vermont. Courtesy Go Sojourn Bike Tours

The World's 10 Best Bike Tours

Biking tours in Italy, Spain, Tasmania, Vermont, and six other great cycling destinations around the world.
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Each winter surfers are chewed up by 60-foot swells at

Twenty Words Every Hawaii Visitor Should Know

You can get by with an "aloha" and a mumbled "mahalo," but to understand what's really going on, you need to know a few basic words.
Fremont Street is best toured at night, when it's lit up in all of its neon and laserenhanced glory.

5 Great Casino Destinations of the World

Gambling only makes up a fraction of a casino's allure. Whatever your style, these casinos may tempt you to up the ante.
Astra Private Villa in Santorini, Greece

Luxury Hotels: 17 Resorts Worth the Splurge

For the special occasions when life is just too short to save, we've rounded up a list of 17 luxurious spa, beach, and city hotels that treat you right.
Lava entering the Pacific Ocean, Kilauea volcano, Hawaii. Courtesy Tom Pfeiffer/www.volcanodiscovery.com

Hawaii, Costa Rica and More Volcano Vacations

Volcanoes aren't always bad news -- sometimes they can be the highlight, not the curse, of your trip. Join one of these hiking trips for incomparable views.
A close-up at the famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall in Munich.

The World's Best Cities for Beer

You can learn a lot about a place by how the locals pour pints and drain bottles, and there's no shortage of great beer in these 14 top beer-drinking cities.
a bike sits on a bridge overlooking the Amsterdam canals

Europe's 10 Best Cities for Cycling

Planners have pushed hard to make Paris, Amsterdam, London, and other cities more bicycle-friendly for both residents and visitors.
West Bay Beach in Roatan, Honduras.

Undiscovered Caribbean Islands: Insider's Guide

If you love the tropics but prefer a low-key, affordable holiday, these spots are sure to win you over.
Jivamukti's space is a combination vegan cafe, boutique, and yoga school. Courtesy Jivamukti Yoga Center

New York City's Best Yoga Studios

To get a closer look at some NYC neighborhoods, skip the bus tour and sign up for a yoga class instead. Try one of these classes for a small fee -- or better yet, for free.
Dingo at Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Queensland. Courtesy Tourism Australia © Photographer: Lincoln Fowler

5 Best Outdoor Adventures in Australia

From kayaking to driving cattle, you're sure to find an outdoor vacation in Australia that fits your style.
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.
Bazaruto Island, Mozambique.

10 Remote Island Vacations

Ten perfect remote island vacations from Polynesia to the Caribbean and beyond.
Ruins of the original Orval Abbey in Belgium

Eat and Drink at Monasteries Around the World

From the French Alps to Kentucky bourbon country, here's an unfiltered taste of heaven.
Safari Land Farm and Guesthouse is near the towns of Ooty and Masinagudi, in the Nilgiris Biosphere. It is 150 miles, or a five-hour drive from Bangalore. Courtesy Safari Land Farm and Guesthouse

Strangest Places to Stay: 5 Tree Houses, Caves and More

From tree houses and caves to converted planes and trains, these creative lodging options can turn any ordinary stay into a memorable experience.
Exterior of Ayasofya in early evening.

What to See in Istanbul: 5 Byzantine Beauties

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia usually gets all the attention. Here are a few other architectural wonders that deserve a second look.
Huge, hard shelled tortoises waddle across the mud near a pond at Butterfly Ranch, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.

11 Endangered Places to See

Eleven picks that make up a carefully chosen list of spots for eco-conscious travelers and the culturally curious.
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.
Home of Anne Hathaway in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

Best Literary Sites Near London

Five escapes that will bring you closer to Shakespeare, Austen, and three more legends.
Yarra river in the city of Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne's Hot New Neighborhoods

Melbourne seems to constantly reinvent itself. Here's a mini-guide to its latest incarnation.
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.
Piazza San Marco at night, Venice.

Best Italian Sights: 7 Favorite Piazzas

A look at how piazzas in six different cities embody the best of the distinctive Italian way of life.
Vernazza and the other Cinque Terre towns can be reached on foot, by train, or by sea.

The Very Best of Italy: Where to Go

Tour the fabulous scenery of the Amalfi Coast, hike the Cinque Terre, drive through Tuscany's vineyards, and see more of Italy