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Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Australia

Laura Motta

Sydney and Melbourne are known for their flashy dining and drinking scenes, but Queensland’s Gold Coast — a spectacular stretch of sand fringed by a crown of mirrored skyscrapers — offers better prices, and a laid-back sophistication that feels more like California at happy hour than New York at rush hour. Here’s a sampling of some of the hippest haunts on Australia’s east coast — great for when you’re hungry after a day of surfing, sunning, or wallaby-spotting.

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Asia Transpacific Journeys

When we imagine the perfect trip, most of us picture breathtaking vistas or vibrant cultures of places from all over. But we often overlook a destination’s scent (unless it hits us on the nose). While trite, the suggestion to stop and smell the roses still has its merits. A strong scent can have lasting effects, thanks to the placement of our olfactory bulb’s placement in an area of the brain most associated with memory. Here, five far-flung destinations with scents you’ll never forget.

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Toadstool Park, nebraska

Charu Suri

In Nebraska, a state which witnessed historic markers like the Lincoln Highway and the Union Pacific Railroad, there is a wilderness that is truly magnificent. The stretches of road give way to a landscape that subtly changes with gorgeous markers of Sandhill, bluffs, and the sun-drenched prairie that is occasionally dotted with the Conestoga wagon.

While many people wouldn’t associate this terrain with wellness getaways, a handful of bed & breakfasts and ranches surprisingly are catering to the digital detox crowd. More properties are offering yoga classes, massage therapy, and nutritious food to meet the demand of the traveler who wants a more holistic approach to traditional High Plains cuisine. Here are a few where you can chill out and get your energy back: Read more

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Leah Still

There are nearly seven more weeks until Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer — plenty of time for a Rocky Mountain getaway. While mountain resort destinations aren’t exactly known for being inexpensive, the neighboring historical towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado, feature several free and cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors. Tip: The weather changes quickly at these high altitudes, so don’t leave the house without sunscreen and a couple of layers.

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The Velvet Scoop

One of the perks of summer is cooling off with a tasty summer treat,  and there’s no better place to find one than in San Francisco. Here are our seven favorite summer treats — some sweet, some savory — to cool you off in the City by the Bay.

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Cafayate — Megan Eileen McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Latin America is home to some pretty amazing cities — Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Cusco to name a few — so we can understand if you’re having trouble picking and choosing what to see and what to skip. That said, there are so many equally impressive destinations that get overlooked. Whether you’re a history buff or an outdoor adventurer or wine lover, here are five underrated Latin American cities worth exploring, no matter your interest.

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Megan Eileen McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Hong Kong is a city of contrasts, with an endless mix of old and new. You’ll find high-rise buildings that tower over quiet parks, local food stalls crammed in between big chain brands. And it’s a major travel hub, so it’s easy to get yourself to this international hotspot even if it’s not your final destination. Whether Hong is a weekend getaway or one stop on your way someplace else, here’s the ultimate three-day itinerary for Hong Kong.

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 El Nido, Palawan, philippines

Megan McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Coined the “most beautiful island in the world,” Palawan definitely lives up to the hype. But don’t let that intimidate you — as a whole, this island in the Philippines is surprisingly affordable and won’t break the bank. Plus, many of the main attractions, like watching the famously vibrant sunset or touring downtown on foot, are completely free. Here’s a budget guide to El Nido, Palawan’s most charming beach town.

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Richmond, Virginia has been making waves recently with an impressive roster of exciting restaurant openings that’s turning the city into the next top foodie destination in America. While there’s no shortage of mouth-watering options, here is the impressive lineup of restaurants in Richmond that’s shaking up the dining scene in Virginia’s capital.

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Whether you’re exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park this summer or planning a winter ski trip to Jackson Hole, big adventures always require high energy. The good news for travelers to this Western-inspired, high-adrenaline destination is that its local eateries are more than just an afterthought. Rejoice in foodie treats that range from big steaks to vegan bowls of deliciousness. Here are six options for every palate in Jackson Hole.

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Reno Tahoe, Nevada

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Emerging as a city with a distinct culture of its own — thanks to an economic turnaround attributed in part to Tesla’s move to the area — Reno has come alive in recent years as an affordable playground for foodies and outdoor adventurers. There are now more ways than ever to get there, too, with a new direct flight on JetBlue from New York’s JFK, and the city earned a spot on our Top Budget Destinations of 2015 list. Even better, the thousands of hotel rooms throughout the area average less than $100 per night, offering remarkable value. Here, a deeper look at what’s on offer, with four more great reasons you should visit Reno now.

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San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. Read more

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Robert’s Maine Grill

There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Read more

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After a relationship has tanked to the point of no return, there’s nothing quite like getting in the car — either by yourself or with a bestie or two — and taking your mind off everything on the open road. So queue up Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” and set the GPS for one of these epic post-breakup road trips.

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Floating Market Willemstad Curacao

Christine Wei

The Caribbean is a classic destination for an affordable, short getaway during the summer. Prices have dropped, flights are aplenty, and the islands are close enough for an extended weekend trip. But as we get into July and especially August, rains get heavier and heavier — unless you’re outside the hurricane belt, of course.

Of the ABC islands — Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao — Curacao arguably has the best mix between rugged adventure and urban offerings, so you can feel like you’ve truly escaped without the risk of getting bored.  It’s the biggest of the three islands in geographic size, and sun-seeking travelers visit for the diving, hiking, and nice touch of sophistication. The Dutch influence here is strong, so you’ll rub elbows with European visitors and find colonial architecture among the humbler residences.

With JetBlue’s new twice weekly direct flights from New York’s JFK Airport, launched just this past December, there’s never been a smarter, more convenient time to plan a trip. Here’s a neighborhood overview.

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