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England’s two southernmost counties are known for their picturesque villages, expansive moors, and pristine beaches, though both Devon and Cornwall also boast a distinct cultural heritage that not only sets them apart from the rest of the country, but also from each other. From local cuisine to stand-alone attractions, here are five things that’ll make a visit to Devon and Cornwall even more worthwhile:
Portuguese wines offer some of the best value in the world. The country may be small, but its geography – with coast on one side, mountains in the center, and an arid region to the east – has created a number of diverse wine-growing regions. While most people know Port and many have come to love Vinho Verde, other Portuguese wines and the regions that produce them are just starting to burgeon. The country itself is low-key and scenic – and currently, a bargain, even factoring in euro-to-dollar exchange rates. Read on for five great Portuguese wine regions to explore.
Samantha Brown has one of the best jobs in the world. She’s been tasked with traveling around the country to find the best hotels and she’s explored Europe and Asia (to start) to learn about their unique cultures, foods, and sights. From South America to Southeast Asia, we’ve been following her ever since she started hosting shows on the Travel Channel, 13 years ago.
Fact: Food tastes better during the summer. (Okay, maybe that’s just our opinion.) Whether it’s a hot dog piled high with chili, a cold scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream, or a juicy lobster roll, there’s something so delicious about summer food. The key, though, is knowing where to get the best of the best. That’s where we come in. For Our Ultimate Summer Food Series, we’re showing you exactly where to go AND what to get there. We know you’re already hungry, so let’s get started.
I often find myself traveling like I picture Robert Frost would: choosing the road less traveled. So when I began considering a recent trip to Montréal, I knew one of the biggest draws of the “most European city in North America” was Old Montréal, the historic, French-influenced neighborhood on this Canadian city-island, but I wanted to go beyond its cobblestoned streets. From cute boutiques to urban kayaking, and even an eco fashion museum, it turns out (unsurprisingly, of course) that there’s a lot to see and do in Montréal that doesn’t involve getting sucked into the tourist traps near the city’s port. Here’s what you should check out:
Ever craved a unique vacation? One that would have your friends drooling over your fascinating, off-the-beaten-path exploits? We decided to take a page from Robert Frost and go down the road less traveled – way less traveled. The best way to do that is by taking a look at the five least-visited countries in the world…
After a day spent navigating the keys and cays of the Exuma Island chain, our boat stops abruptly in front of a nearby island. The captain points to the shore, where a cluster of pigs runs along the coast, their little feet flying through the sand. Soon they’re in the water, cutting through the surf towards our boat, snorting, grunting, and splashing. But the sound is not mean or threatening – it’s actually kind of cute.
Labor Day weekend signals the last hurrah of summer, one last chance to get away before recommitting to the rigors of work or school. With less than a month before the holiday, the clock is ticking, but if you think you missed the boat on planning your own close-to-home escape, think again. We’ve rounded up 12 Labor Day weekend travel ideas, all paired with great deals, to help you get out and enjoy the great outdoors while the days are still warm. With most destinations easily accessible from many major U.S. cities, these trips are tailor-made for a perfect long weekend.
Walking on a glacier in Alaska. Swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean. Joining a lobster bake in Maine. Pondering Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence.
When it comes to dream destinations, Southeast Asia is high on many American’s travel wish lists. Whether it’s the beautiful beaches, exclusive overwater bungalows, exotic wildlife, or just the food, Southeast Asia has a lot to offer any traveler. So why does the destination remain so out of reach for many? Well, there’s the issue of getting there, paying for your stay, communicating in a foreign tongue, and ultimately, somehow managing to stay out of debt from a single trip.
Hotels often rely on inflated descriptions of their rooms. Got a single room with a tiny balcony? That’s a deluxe. Or throw a couch in there and it turns into a suite, with the extravagant price tag to match. In response to travelers wanting better options, a new crop of vacation rental websites has sprouted up offering everything from sprawling mansions to air mattresses, often with significantly more space than your average hotel room. Combine that with lower prices and locations in less touristy neighborhoods, and you could be experiencing your destination just like the locals do. Here are some vacation rental sites to look into for your next holiday.
Anthony Bourdain is a giant of the travel world. From scouting out local-only restaurants in unexplored locations (the Republic of the Congo, Libya, Burma), to delving deeper into the sub-cultures of well-known cities (K-town in Los Angeles, Tangier in Morocco), we’ve followed his every move on Travel Channel’s recently wrapped No Reservations and CNN’s new Parts Unknown. I got the opportunity to ask him for some travel advice, as well as his favorite restaurants, and more. Here’s what what he had to say…
In life, being in the right place at the right time is often due to serendipity, but in travel, it almost always is a result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, venture out between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, destinations are still welcoming travelers, and you can explore a locale at your own pace. We call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot and make it a point to round up the best of them for you each season. We’ve covered the 40 best places to travel for spring value and grouped them by region – follow the links to the right to discover this season’s Sweet Spots, then search our travel deals to start planning your trip.
When winter gets underway, many of us start dreaming of a Caribbean vacation. The region’s appeal is undeniable: Swaying palm trees, swaths of beach, turquoise waters, and great nightlife are just some of the islands’ draws. But knowing you want to hit the beach and choosing which island to visit are two different matters. Considering the region is home to hundreds of islands, many with incredibly different personalities and offerings, first-timers are easily confounded by the array of choices, and even return visitors can make mistakes. Our Caribbean 101 Spotlight is meant to help you decide which island suits you best – whether you’re heading south for the first time, or the hundredth.
By: Thayer Walker
The Sierra Nevada mountain range runs through California like a 250-mile snowcapped spine, with the area around 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe, straddling California and Nevada, as its winter sports epicenter. Other ski areas dot the Sierras, but the Tahoe region is the shining star of the range, with the most varied and quality runs per square mile. Adventure seekers have trekked to the area for centuries; prospectors settled here in the late 1840s during California’s gold rush. But today the mountains draw ski and snowboard enthusiasts seeking a different kind of payoff.
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