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Michelberger Hotel, Berlin - Kreuzberg - Christine Wei
Michelberger Hotel in Kreuzberg/Christine Wei

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has more or less become synonymous with the alternative lifestyle. It’s one of the original poster destinations for hipster appeal — there are approximately 464,000,000 Google hits for “the next Berlin.” And while uber-trendy travelers might think that the city’s beyond its... Read More

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Stargazing at Sea, part of Princess Cruises' Discovery at Sea program
Stargazing at Sea/Princess Cruises

These days, cruisers are getting more to share on social media than selfies from the pool deck. In a delightful mix of intellectual stimulation and plain old fun, more cruise lines are developing programs on and off the ship that are part-enrichment and part-entertainment, geared toward passengers who want... Read More

Bach House in Eisenach, Germany
Bach House in Eisenach

Thuringia is both the birthplace and the stomping ground of some of Germany’s most brilliant minds. Johann Sebastian Bach, Martin Luther, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have all called a town or city in this central German state home at one point or another in their lives. And —... Read More

Edinburgh, Scotland, in winter
Flickr/John McSporran

Burns Night, which honors famed native poet Robert Burns with a three-course dinner (including the famed haggis dish), is a great reason to head to Scotland and enjoy its crisp winter. To tempt you further, British Airways has a themed vacation package for January, from $899 per person. The package... Read More

Omnia Restaurant Dubai
Omnia Dubai

It’s easier than ever to get to Dubai. With flights on Emirates carrying passengers there from every part of the U.S., and in style, it’s no wonder that American curiosity about this destination is growing. But now, Visit Dubai CEO Issam Kazim is looking to show travelers a different... Read More

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paraty, brazil - Keith Flanagan
Keith Flanagan

What waned centuries ago as a port after Brazil’s gold rush is now arguably one of country’s most charming seaside towns. Paraty, wedged between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, enamors small in-the-know crowds with its cobblestone streets, pristine beaches, brightly painted inns, and laid-back coastal vibe. Here’s your guide. A Brief History Paraty... Read More

A view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Paris/Flickr/Omarukai

What’s on your travel to-do list in 2016? Wherever you’re planning — whether it’s a far-flung island jaunt, or a weekend getaway to seek out a new brewery or restaurant — we’re all looking to stretch our budgets, find the best quality for our dollars, and follow exactly the itinerary we want. The list... Read More

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A hidden plaza in Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town Albuquerque/Christine Wei

Beautiful red rocks and outdoor adventure, mountain cuisine and handmade crafts, Native American heritage and organic Adobe architecture — these are the classics that attract countless travelers to the Southwestern U.S. year after year. New Mexico in particular has all of this in spades, with a not-so-subtle offbeat lifestyle... Read More

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Flickr Mike Appel
Flickr Mike Appel

Minneapolis-St. Paul may not top many must-visit travel lists, but there’s a lot going on in the Twin Cities right now. Here are three reasons to visit in 2016. Mall of America’s Recent Expansion Add an extra day to your shopping vacation. The largest mall in America just got bigger thanks... Read More

Atrium II Jade Pavilion
Hilton Anatole/Atrium II Jade Pavilion

It’s true: Everything really is bigger in Texas. The sprawling Hilton Anatole has more than 600,000 square feet of event space (indoors and out), a jogging track, 11 ballrooms, eight restaurants and bars, 79 meeting rooms, and a seven-acre sculpture garden. The real standout, though, is arguably its unbelievable art... Read More

The outdoor pool at Hearst Castle in California
Neptune Pool/Nilina Mason-Campbell

One of California’s grandest landmarks is Hearst Castle, a gilded and stately property that sits atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Recently, the U.S. National Historic Landmark finished nearly two years of construction, finally taking down a large expanse of unsightly scaffolding and returning the roof of the... Read More

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Music and dancing after Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm City Hall's Golden Hall
Stockholm City Hall’s Golden Hall/Fredrika Berghult for NobelMediaAB (imagebank.sweden.se)

Every year on December 10, the Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway. Although most people’s chances of ever winning a Nobel are slim to non-existent, the history and traditions of the prizes offer plenty of scope for exploration. Here’s where to go to experience Alfred... Read More

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Boerne, Texas
Boerne, Texas/visitboerne.org

The Texas Hill Country is a favorite getaway for good reason: gorgeous outdoors, great food, elegant B&Bs, and local charm. But there’s far more to see and do than the same frequently mentioned cities. Consider this your primer to the Texas Hill Country that tourists haven’t yet discovered. Getting There The... Read More

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St. Thomas
St. Thomas/VisitUSVI.com

The three islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands — St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix — all have lush tropical foliage, pristine beaches, and Caribbean flair. But each has its own distinct personality. Here’s how to choose. St. Thomas Best for: Shopping, upscale dining, and nightlife. Popular with cruise ships, St. Thomas... Read More

Port of Busan, South Korea
Dynamic Busan

In the world’s eyes, Seoul is practically synonymous with South Korea — but it’s not the sole city (pardon our pun) worth visiting. On the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, five hours southeast of Seoul, Busan is a hidden gem that boasts picturesque beaches, Buddhist temples, natural hot springs... Read More