All posts by Laura Powell

Laura Powell has the singular distinction of being the first person to report on travel for CNN. During her lengthy career as a travel journalist, her coverage has appeared in The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, and other major national outlets. She's traveled to more than 60 countries and six continents. To discover where she's off to next, visit www.dailysuitcase.com or follow Laura on Twitter: @dailysuitcase
 Prima Torre Guaita/Ufficio del Turismo RSM
Prima Torre Guaita/Ufficio del Turismo RSM

San Marino dates back to the third century AD, making it the world’s oldest republic. Although it sits in the middle of Italy, San Marino is independent and worthy of a visit on its own, if for a passport stamp alone. The oldest parts of San Marino are located atop... Read More

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 Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal
Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal

At 70 degrees and sunny nearly every day of the year, Santa Barbara is known as California’s playground for the rich and famous. Oprah, Ellen, and Brangelina all have weekend homes here (although the status of the latter may be in question) to get away from the bustle and smog of... Read More

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 Spa/The American Club Resort
Spa/The American Club Resort

The spa tradition dates to Roman days, back when powerful men dropped toga to go for a spritz. In recent centuries, though, spa-going has been seen as more of a female affair, particularly around North America. But now, in Century XXI, the boys are back. Spas around the world... Read More

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 Courtesy The Watergate Hotel
Courtesy The Watergate Hotel

When a new leader enters the White House this fall many Americans will flock to Washington, D.C. to check out the vibe under President number forty-five. Let a little presidential pizzazz rub off by staying at one of these hotels with political pasts and presents. Stand on the roof of the Hay-Adams Hotel, which overlooks... Read More

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 Findlay Market, Cincinnati/Facebook
Findlay Market, Cincinnati/Facebook

Dozens of America’s smaller cities are staging a comeback, as the countrywide re-urbanization that started in the biggest metropolitan areas trickles down. Thanks to low rents, cool eateries, and boho boutiques, it’s no coincidence that many of these revitalized neighborhoods are drawing new residents and tourists alike. Here are... Read More

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Backstage Hotel Amsterdam
Backstage Hotel Amsterdam/Facebook

Music is striking a chord in the lodging industry — from the open mic nights at Hotel RL to in-room record players at The Redbury in Miami. But that’s only the beginning. For the music-obsessed, these seven hotels will make you feel like you’re with the band. Jaz in the City Jaz in the City, which opened in late... Read More

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 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum Hotels

Hotel trends come and go, but the good ones set new industry standards. Here are some we hope stand the test of time. Cool Hotels for the B-List New hotel brands with a unique beat are focusing their attention on the country’s medium-tier cities. Graduate Hotels’ college-themed properties are popping up... Read More

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Georgie Pauwels
Georgie Pauwels

Even if you were brought up by nuns or were captain in the U.S. Army, maintaining good posture while traveling is nearly impossible. Heavy carry-ons and over-stuffed shoulder bags, combined with long stretches of sitting in ergonomically unfit airline seats, wreak havoc on the spine. If you don’t want... Read More

 flickr/Paulius Malinovskis

flickr/Paulius Malinovskis

For most people, summer vacation is synonymous with catching some rays. But when it comes to the sun, the old saying holds especially true — you can definitely have too much of a good thing. Extended time in hot weather can lead to dehydration and salt depletion, ultimately resulting in heat exhaustion.... Read More

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu/Flickr/Nimmi Solomon

Many of the world’s most fascinating environments exist at high elevations. Santa Fe, New Mexico is 7,260 feet high; Peru’s Machu Picchu sits at 8,000 feet, while Switzerland’s Jungfraujoch soars 11,388 feet toward the sky. According to the Centers for Disease Control Yellowbook (not to be confused with the Yellow... Read More

 flickr/Cory W. Watts
flickr/Cory W. Watts

Given the number of people sleeping, eating, and breathing on flights every day, it’s not surprising that airplane cabins are a cesspool of germs. Add the short-staffed flight crew, who is under pressure to offload and reload passengers quickly, and there is little time for the kind of proper clean-up needed to remove those germs before... Read More