Huettenpalast (2)_Copyright Jan Brockhaus
Jan Brockhaus

For the experimental traveler, Germany seems to have quirky accommodations covered, from a wine barrel in the Black Forrest to a pay-as-you-wish drainpipe just outside of Dusseldorf. And, even better, most are under $175 per night. ... Read More

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Want to explore a city from a unique perspective? Sign up for a graffiti tour. You’ll learn the rich history of street art, view the community’s best tags and murals, and maybe meet some of the local artists. Some tours even conclude with a workshop that lets you create... Read More

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Casa Garcia

Hostels aren’t just for students and backpackers anymore — quite a few can hold their own against pricier boutique hotels, boasting hip décor and private rooms, at more affordable costs to boot. No matter what your age, these seven hostels will make all grown-ups forget that they’re on a... Read More

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Just last month, Germany was crowned the best country in the world, according to an annual index ranking Western countries by a variety of ideas (like culture, creativity, investment, national perception, and social equality). The best way to celebrate, of course, is to raise a pint — but however do you... Read More

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For Lynne and Tim Martin, retirement wasn’t about slowing down — it was about seeing the world. In 2011, the couple revealed to their family and friends that they were taking the unusual step of selling their California home, donating the furniture, and putting the rest of their belongings in... Read More

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Casa Pueblo, Punta del Este, Uruguay, architecture

Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations. Benesse House, Japan The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and... Read More

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Switzerland, Zurich

Swiss Air Lines is offering some good fares to a number of European cities for the fall and winter, but you will have to make your mind up quickly as the sale ends at midnight tonight. If you’re wondering whether you’re ready to make a spontaneous booking, take a... Read More

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At the beginning of the boutique hotel boom, luxury was defined by money; how much of it you had and what it could buy you. But that has long since changed. The emergence of creative “lifestyle” hotels have transformed the industry — as the annual LE Miami trade show in South... Read More

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hong kong light show

If you thought that light shows were reserved for children at theme parks or at techno shows for young adults, think again. Each year, each day, cities around the world ignite their skies with colorful arrangements of phosphorescent lights. From decorative cranes at an old Croatian navy yard to... Read More


In Europe, when temperatures drop, so do the prices. Traveling to Europe outside of the summer season almost always guarantees savings — but this year you can get an even earlier start by jumping on this special offer from Lufthansa. The respected airline, a member of the Star Alliance... Read More

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Tucked into the 350 miles that separate Warsaw and Berlin, the Lubuskie region is the unofficial capital of Poland’s small but growing wine production. It’s the largest of Poland’s three main wine-growing areas, just over three hours from Warsaw and two from Berlin via train. Thanks to the location’s... Read More

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Compared to most of Western Europe, Berlin is a bargain. Hotel rooms cost about half the price of rooms in Paris or London, and it’s easy to fill your belly for fewer than five bucks. The city’s affordable activities and creative spirit make it a budget traveler’s dream. And... Read More

Elvis Diner Jerusalem

Stuck forever in the era of boat-sized convertibles, Elvis memorabilia, and red-checkered tablecloths, these American-themed diners offer a nostalgic ride into ‘50s Americana while satisfying rumbling tummies. Although commonplace throughout the fifty states, you don’t tend to come across these neon-lit, chrome-plated structures anywhere else in the world. So... Read More

Visit Berlin

Get ready for another one of those anniversaries that might make you feel really old. November 9, 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Once you’ve overcome this shock, start researching cheap tickets on low-cost carrier Air Berlin because a series of special events... Read More

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As the count down to the New Year approaches, so does the party-planning pressure. Most major cities throw vast, crowded spectacles for the occasion, but if you’re not so keen on ringing in the New Year elbow-to-elbow with thousands of strangers, consider planning something a little offbeat this year… ... Read More