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Manchester and Liverpool/Christine Wei and VisitLiverpool.com

As far as Northern England goes, Manchester United and the Beatles are probably the strongest characterizations that many of us have for that large expanse above London. But there’s more than football and ‘60s music in Manchester and Liverpool, the homes of these pop culture legends. While both cities were... Read More

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Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town/Nicole Smith/Flytographer

The urge to capture our travels is often irresistible. And we don’t just want scenes we can find in postcards — we want to be part of the photos; just count the selfie sticks the next time you’re at the Eiffel Tower. But wielding the increasingly scorned (and often... Read More

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Megabus/Flickr/Jonathan Riley

Think you don’t have the budget for a multi-destination vacation? Think again. Several discount bus services — Megabus, BoltBus, and Greyhound Express — are making travel from one city to another very affordable, as in $20 round-trip for reserved seating, reclining seats, and onboard restrooms. We took a look at nine... Read More

 Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley
Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley

Most folks set out to South Africa with safari, nature, and perhaps even wine country in mind, but the nation has some fascinating urban settings that are well worth diving into, too. On our recent trip, we vetted several tour operators in a trio of South African coastal cities... Read More

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A mural in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia mural/Connie Hum

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things — cheesesteak, Rocky Balboa, and the Declaration of Independence, to name a few — but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The City of Brotherly Love is making quite a name for itself in the art and design world. It is home to... Read More

 Ririe Dam/flickr/Sam Beebe
Ririe Dam/flickr/Sam Beebe

We know you love to travel, but sometimes it’s nice to see the world from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking for vacation inspiration or just need to quell a severe case of wanderlust, these five shows are sure to educate and entertain. 1. Aerial America These spectacular... Read More

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Timebased

Every August when the world’s largest arts festival hits Edinburgh, the population of the Scottish capital more than doubles. For visitors, that inevitably means that hotels — if not already booked up months in advance — raise their rates accordingly. Take the limited-service budget brand Tunes Hotels. Their Edinburgh... Read More

Ferris Bueller Art Institue / FerrisFest.com
Ferris Fest

To quote the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.” Our advice? Take a few days off and head to the Windy City. The classic ’80s movie turns 30 this summer... Read More

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Peekskill New York train station
Peekskill New York train station/Flickr/Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Fifty miles north of New York City, in the picturesque Hudson Valley, the small city of Peekskill is waiting to charm your socks off. The town’s population of 24,000 is growing quickly, as it continues to woo recovering workaholics looking to leave the Big Apple. But, lucky for city... Read More

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Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Canyon Road/Christine Wei

Part 1 of this series covers the best way to kick off a New Mexico trip with outdoor adventure, native American culture, and noshing in Albuquerque. Continue reading for Part II — a deep dive into the arts, more culinary delights, and a little bit of spa-ing in Santa Fe. If Albuquerque is... Read More

Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia
Lake Toba/Flickr/Marc Veraart

Travelers bound for Indonesia usually set their sights on Bali or Java, but Sumatra — Indonesia’s largest island — has just as much, if not more, to offer. Sumatra is easy to reach; hour-long flights operate several times a day from both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and a three-hour ferry... Read More

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Tuileries Garden Paris, France
Tuileries Garden/Atout France

In the 1954 film Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn famously said: “Paris is always a good idea.” But anyone who’s experienced the holiday crowds or summer heatwaves can attest that springtime in Paris has a certain appeal (no offense, Audrey). A bike ride past the budding tulips in Luxembourg Garden and... Read More

Light City Baltimore from ShermansTravel on Vimeo. Whether it’s an illuminated parade at Disneyland or holiday fireworks, a nighttime light display never fails to please. The city of Baltimore is betting as much with its newest festival, Light City, which is taking over the Inner Harbor in the evenings through April... Read More

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Redwoods in Rotorua/Tourism New Zealand
Redwoods in Rotorua/Tourism New Zealand

Forget about The Shire for a second and think dragons instead. New Zealand is gearing up to be back in the tourism spotlight thanks to the upcoming Disney movie Pete’s Dragon, which was filmed there. Slated for an August 12 release, the film — which is a redo of the... Read More

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Shaker Village/Shelley Seale
Shaker Village/Shelley Seale

The Bluegrass State of Kentucky is home to sophisticated, vibrant cities such as Louisville and Lexington; incredible national and state parks; and of course, the blue-green rolling hills that are dotted with farm estates and horse pastures. Here are our picks for five great stops on an epic Kentucky... Read More