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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 a whole other side to the Spanish island. The Old Town is teeming with tucked-away tapas bars; rock climbers scale the sides of 16th century fort-like towers; and untouched beaches draw snorkelers to their crystal clear water. Sure, you could spend your entire trip soaking up the party scene, but Ibiza also boasts incredible food and beachside resorts perfect for more low-key island retreats.

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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 point for sailing trips past thousands of islands and fishing villages along the coastline leading up to the Norwegian border. While Scandinavians make their way here during the summer holidays — renting homes along the coast — the city itself is a mecca of culture for travelers from all over. Most times of the year, you can spend a few days roaming in the city before heading to one of the nearby destinations. We set off exploring the city center by foot and tram to find out where the locals eat, play, and party — while still living on a budget.

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Bay St. Louis Beach

Melanie Warner Spencer/Bay St. Louis Beach

After two or three days in the picturesque seaside town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, don’t be surprised to find yourself sorting through condo and beach house listings. One of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Katrina, this sleepy Gulf Coast treasure is back 10 years later better than ever. The colorful clapboard houses and Craftsman bungalows overlook the Bay, and there are shops, eateries, and nearby casinos. Here, your guide to a long weekend in the Bay — chock-full of laid-back, beach-y fun.

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Willows Lodge

Willows Lodge

Willows Lodge, situated just a half-hour outside of Seattle, is one of those properties that just nails, well, everything. The rustically chic lodge has been built on five beautifully landscaped acres that borders the Sammamish River, right in the middle of Washington’s wine country. Here’s our review.

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Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

Shelley Seale/Chapultepec Castle

Mexico City may have its share of crime, litter, and traffic — as every large city in the world does. But anyone who has visited recently will tell you that many of the travel concerns here, from safety to health, are largely unfounded. In fact, there are plenty of pleasant surprises that you’ll find in Mexico City, as we did on a recent trip. Here, top five reasons why you should visit.

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Huntington Beach, a great affordable Orange County spot

Visit Huntington Beach

Even if you aren’t planning to visit Disneyland, a trip to Orange County can be unbelievably expensive. But it doesn’t have to be — with a little planning, you can enjoy the beaches, attractions, and culture without spending a small fortune.

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Commander's Palace

New Orleans CVB/Commander’s Palace

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. To celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans, here are eight awesome things to do in the Crescent City right now.

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Valle dell’Acate, Sicily

Valle dell’Acate

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, has something for everyone. With sandy beaches, ancient ruins, a still-active volcano, and ultra-fresh cuisine, it’s no wonder people flock to this most southern part of Italy. And lately there’s a new reason: Sicily’s becoming a wine lover’s paradise.

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Taco Maria at OC Mix, Orange County, California

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Orange County has a thriving food scene that gives its neighbor to the north, Los Angeles, a run for its money. Tourists who flock to the restaurants along the coast or in or around the area’s two theme parks (Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm) are rarely disappointed — but where do the locals go to eat? The list could go on and on, but we’ve narrowed it down to the five we think you should absolutely know about. In no particular order:

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ordinary, a great place to eat and drink in new haven

Connie Hum/Ordinary

Ever since the first settlers arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1637, the city’s immigrant history has shaped its dining landscape. For culturally minded travelers, New Haven is both the home of delicious local fare that’s stood the test of time and of brilliant chef minds that have conceived some of the States’ most popular dishes today. Here, our favorite (and unpretentious) places to get a taste of history and cultural innovation.

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Taste of the Beach

Visit Pensacola

The (truly) white sand beaches of Pensacola are one of the best kept secrets in Florida. And, this September, there’s one more reason to visit this stretch along the Gulf of Mexico: a two-day food festival headed up by celebrity chef John Besh.

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Z Garage, Detroit

Z Garage

Detroit is no stranger to economic downturns, but in true Motor City spirit, Detroit never took it lying down — and it has no plan to start now. If anything, these challenges have only provided a fertile landscape for artists and other creatives to make a splash in Michigan’s most populous city. The end result is something inspiringly inventive, truly unique, and disarmingly unorthodox. Here’s where to go for a quirky dose of art, history, and — of course — food and drink in Detroit.

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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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Sri Laka Spices1 - Photo Credit Asia Transpacific Journeys

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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