Arts and Culture


Santiago de Cuba in Cuba
Santiago de Cuba/Annika S. Hipple

Although purely touristic activities in Cuba are still prohibited for U.S. travelers, the recent easing of restrictions has led to a skyrocketing number of visitors to the island — particularly those traveling on authorized people-to-people programs. Most Americans land in Havana and spend a few days in Cuba’s lively... Read More

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RiNo Art District mascot in Denver, Colorado
RiNo Art District mascot/Facebook.com/RiNoArtDistrict

Listen up, art lovers. Denver’s newest arts-focused neighborhood — the RiNo Art District, short for River North — is poised to please with art galleries, watering holes, restaurants, and indie boutiques. There’s even a gourmet hot-dog spot, wine and spirits boutique, and an artisan-coffee roaster’s café. Head to this... Read More

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Sauna Hermanni
Sauna Hermanni

Sweating with naked strangers might not be on your usual sightseeing agenda, but if you’re visiting Finland it’s a must do — in a sauna at least. Although the concept was not invented by the Finns, the word sauna is the only Finnish word recognized in other languages, and it... Read More

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An aerial view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro/Flickr/Christian Haugen

Whether it’s dancing at a samba school, shopping at South America’s largest mall, or sipping a caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) at the beach, there’s always something more to do in Rio de Janeiro. So, what if your time in the Marvelous City is very limited? Here’s what you can do... Read More

Turkish Airlines Super Bowl 2016 ad for Batman v Superman
Ben Affleck (as Bruce Wayne)/Turkish Airlines

Some watch for the game. Some watch for the halftime show. And some watch for the ads. If you’re like us, you’re keeping a particularly keen eye out for the travel ads. Remember Carnival’s splashy Return to the Sea campaign that ran during last year’s Super Bowl, complete with a sober voiceover... Read More

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