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The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel

From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordably luxurious hotels in New York City.

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Caroline Eubanks

It may seem exotic to visit Thailand and hop on the back of an elephant for the perfect Facebook profile pic. Or to hold a primate in the wild. But it’s important to practice responsible tourism as you seek new experiences. Here, three companies that allow any animal-lover to immerse themselves in wildlife, all while still supporting the beloved creatures.

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Telluride Ski Resort

Great food? Check. Incredible views? Check. Easy access? Well… you’ll have to work a bit for it. These seven backcountry restaurants require patrons to board a snowcat or step into a pair of skis — but the effort will be totally worth it.

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Each year, countless Americans make the New Year’s resolution to work on their wellness and get healthier. We’ve already told you about the ways you can stay healthy on vacation, but for those who’d like to incorporate a healthier lifestyle right down to their hotel stay, check into one of these wellness-and-fitness-focused rooms to maintain that resolution.

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Green ghent

When you think “green” cities in Europe, Ghent — the medieval Belgian city with a population only slightly bigger than it was during the Middle Ages — probably wouldn’t even be a blip on your radar. But just last month, the city approved the construction of what will become the world’s largest bio plant, just one part of the many eco-friendly initiatives the city’s enacted over the past decade. Here’s how to see the Ghent’s eco side:

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Pixabay

Getting sick while traveling is no fun. Not only can it slow you down and keep you from enjoying your destination, it can also be a costly expense. Visiting a doctor in a foreign country, after all, probably isn’t part of your health plan — and buying medicine cabinet essentials in a resort gift shop or on a cruise ship isn’t going to be budget-friendly either.

The good news is that most of what you’ll ever need will fit into your carry-on. These simple lifesavers are tiny and lightweight — and none of them are in liquid form, so they won’t take up precious room in your TSA-approved quart-sized bag of toiletries.

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Go Turkey

Istanbul might be snowy during the winter, but visiting in low season means more discounts, fewer crowds, and time for (warm) pleasures like historic museums and contemporary art galleries. While it’s not too cold to shop your way through Istanbul’s famous street markets during the day, it’s easy to relax in cafés like the renown Mado Café when the sun sets, snuggling up to traditional drinks like Turkish tea, Turkish coffee, and sahlep — a sweet, milky, and cinnamon-y beverage. Here’s a guide:

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Facebook/Hotel del Coronado

We love lacing up our skates in the winter — it’s a great way to stay active and warm up even as the temps drop below freezing. Even more, we love doing so at rinks with great views, whether it’s mountain vistas, starry skies by the beach, or historical monuments in the background. Here are some of our favorite places to try to land that triple axel. (Remember to layer up and bring some thick socks!)

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Hotel Lincoln

It’s not too late to make holiday travel plans — especially when you can score a great hotel deal. Two Chicago hotels are offering sub-$200 rates right now, encouraging visitors to enjoy the best of the Windy City’s twinkling lights and steaming cups of hot cocoa. Whether you’re looking to do some shopping or some ice skating, these themed packages will hit the spot.

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Flickr/Dan Dickinson

Just last month, Germany was crowned the best country in the world, according to an annual index ranking Western countries by a variety of ideas (like culture, creativity, investment, national perception, and social equality). The best way to celebrate, of course, is to raise a pint — but however do you choose from the endless options? Here’s what beer to order in each of Germany’s biggest beer cities. Bottoms up!

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A Grand Hyatt New York

Need a hotel room sometime in the next two weeks? Right in the middle of prime shopping season, a new deal at Grand Hyatt New York slashes room rates so you can have a little more in your budget for your purchases–and offers some gift-related extras in the spirit of the holidays. But we bet that rates won’t be around for long, so you should act fast if you’re interested.

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hotel americano - new york city - downtown

Fancy a winter holiday in New York filled with snow-dusted streets and gift-shopping? Hôtel Americano — a funky boutique hotel in the city’s hip West Chelsea neighborhood — has dropped rates to help get you there.

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Are You Enlightened or a Control Freak? What Your Airplane Seat Choice Says About You

By Leah Ginsberg for Yahoo! Travel

Are you an aisle or a window? (Thinkstock)

Choosing your seat on an airplane is a big deal. People obsessively check SeatGuru.com before picking a seat or even pay more for a certain position on the plane. Why? “It’s a rare opportunity to have some control over your environment when traveling,” explains psychologist and University of Washington professor Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D. “That’s very significant for the traveler.” Indeed – ask people whether they’re an aisle or window person, and they don’t hesitate to answer. (In case you’re wondering, based on Expedia.com customers who indicated a seat preference, 55 percent prefer a window seat and 45 percent prefer an aisle seat.) So Yahoo Travel researched, asked the experts, and picked the brains of frequent fliers to find out what your seat choice says about you.

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Want to be somewhere warm this season without giving up the holiday cheer? We introduced some surprising destinations for getting into the spirit of things earlier this week, including some sunny locales, but we wanted to give Orlando — the third most popular holiday travel destination in America — a special spotlight today. Yes, it’s a balmy 70-plus degrees here this time of the year, but you’ll still find plenty of Christmas classics here. You can still throw a snowball or pretend you’re in a snow flurry — with palm trees and a swimming pool never too far away.

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This month, Starwood’s newest brand, Element, officially opened its first non-U.S. location in Frankfurt. Here’s a peek inside the green-oriented chain. Read more

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