All posts by Lane Nieset

Only YOU Madrid from Only YOU
Only YOU Madrid from Only YOU

Writer Ernest Hemingway once called Madrid the “most Spanish of all cities,” and made the capital a frequent character in everything from classics like “The Sun Also Rises” to short stories like “The Capital of the World.” It’s easy to see why Madrid’s Baroque palaces, bullfighting fiestas, and tavern-like... Read More

Paris boulangerie
Atout France Cédric Helsly

In Paris, you’ll find more than 71 Michelin star restaurants, each more creative than the next, and with price tags to match. But if you’re looking to indulge in French cuisine like a local, don’t feel like you have to go haute or go home. Here’s a few ways... Read More

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 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza_
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza

With more than a dozen theme parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld — Orlando has plenty to keep anyone busy for a weekend down south. But if you’re looking for a post-Disney, amusement-park cleanse, Gainesville — two hours north by bus or car — is the... 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

Ermita de la Virgen de Basardilla. DO Ribera de Duero. Olmedillo de Roa, Burgos
Valdubon Winery/Ferrer Family Wines

Picking a Spanish wine region to visit is just as tough as picking out a bottle at the shop. Each has its own flavor and style. Whether you’re a sparkling fan, or would rather have something that pairs with seafood (to sip while sitting seaside), here are three ways to... Read More

Nightlife in Old San Juan
Old San Juan/Puerto Rico Tourism Company

When it comes to island getaways, Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. Almost the same size as the state of Connecticut, you could cross the island in just six hours. Yet despite its size, each part of Puerto Rico has its own personality. The north sports... Read More

Paris Accommodation from Oasis Collection
Oasis Collection

Searching Airbnb listings in big cities can be daunting. Whether you’ve been to Paris one or 10 times, it’s still the case. You can spend hours scouring apartment descriptions trying to find just the right price point and quartier for your ideal vacation. Enter Oasis Collections. Founded in 2009 in... Read More

Ibiza1 courtesy of Consell Insular d'Eivissa
Consell Insular d’Eivissa

The jetset island got its rep for a reason — this is the spot where the rich and famous flock once June rolls around. With a club scene that’s turned global, Ibiza attracts world renowned DJs and celebrities to its shores. But beyond the house music and electro there’s... Read More

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Gothenburg Harbor, Sweden
Göran Assner for sweden.se/Gothenburg Harbor

Stockholm gets all the attention from travelers, thanks to its chic cafes and trendy restaurant scene. But those in the know are heading out west to Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, that’s equal parts university town and seaside retreat. Known as the Gateway to the West Coast, it’s the perfect starting... Read More

Viceroy Miami
Viceroy Miami

As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it’s one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What’s more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in... Read More

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Viking Freya Longship
Viking Cruises/Viking Freya Longship

River cruises are all the rage these days, with dozens of new ships hitting the market each spring in time for the season. While most people know the major players like Viking (or have at least seen the commercials while watching Downton Abbey), the concept of barge cruising is... Read More

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Cable Car to Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town Tourism

Summer in Cape Town may mean beach weather and festival season, but winter — spanning the end of May through August — is when you’ll find the city at its greenest. While this means prime weather for adventuring through the Cape’s natural wonders, travelers can also indulge in the city’s thriving food and... Read More

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game drive in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa, near Johannesburg
Lane Nieset/Pilanesberg game drive

Tented safari lodges sure are a sight to see, but not everyone is ready to cut 100 percent loose from civilization and roam free with the African wildlife. Still, anyone can explore Africa’s safari scene — and return to their hotel room come nightfall for a night of R&R before the next... Read More

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Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monaco Press Centre Photos/Oceanographic Museum

The principality of Monaco gets quite a rep for flashy cars and luxe landmarks like the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the backdrop for many Bond films. But the three-mile-long country (which ranks second-smallest in the world after Vatican City) is more affordable than events like the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix make... Read More

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generator hostels paris
Generator Hostels/Paris

Just when you thought hostels were already one of the cheapest stays in Europe, one of the top haute hostel chains, Generator, is offering 20 percent off rates at its Paris and London locations. Now through August 31, all you need to do to snag the discount is to book your... Read More