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All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts.

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TV host and cookbook author Katie Lee loves to travel: St. Bart’s for surfing, shopping markets in India, and browsing bazaars in Morroco. One place she hasn’t been? Machu Picchu. Before she makes it to Peru, though, she’ll host a lot of out of town guests in her home (something she loves to do). In our one-on-one interview, Katie talks to us about her carry-on items, traveling routines, and her favorite place to visit abroad (hint: it’s in Africa)!

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Great food? Check. Incredible views? Check. Easy access? Well… you’ll have to work a bit for it. These seven back-country restaurants require patrons to board a snowcat or step into a pair of skis — but the effort will be totally worth it.

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Go Turkey

Istanbul might be snowy during the winter, but visiting in low season means more discounts, fewer crowds, and time for (warm) pleasures like historic museums and contemporary art galleries. While it’s not too cold to shop your way through Istanbul’s famous street markets during the day, it’s easy to relax in cafés like the renown Mado Café when the sun sets, snuggling up to traditional drinks like Turkish tea, Turkish coffee, and sahlep — a sweet, milky, and cinnamon-y beverage. Here’s a guide:

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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 choose from the endless options? Here’s what beer to order in each of Germany’s biggest beer cities. Bottoms up!

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New York City’s JFK Airport just received a major upgrade — for some travelers flying Air France, anyway. The airline’s new lounge, fully renovated in Terminal 1, is reserved for customers flying in first and business classes as well as for Flying Blue Elite Plus members. And it’s arguably one of the chicest ways to relax and unwind prior to takeoff these days. Here’s what we love.

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The cold winds are no match against a winter cocktail. Crafted to soothe and transport, a warm concoction can ease you into a relaxed state of bliss during the cold months. From the flaming blaze of a s’mores martini to the soothing blend of a warmed whiskey, take note of the best places to escape the low degrees and indulge in a decadent drink this winter.  Read more

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The Midwest’s newest luxury hotel is now open: The Edgewater, in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, along Lake Mendota and a few blocks to hip State Street (lined with shops selling eclectic holiday gifts), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Fresh off a $100 million renovation, practically everything at the hotel is brand-new, including a destination spa, four restaurants, and an ice rink.

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There’s a reason why Vienna is so often associated with greatness. It’s long been a playground for leaders of all kinds — at one point, Freud, Trotsky, Hitler, and Stalin would have all passed one another on the streets as young men — while a host of 150-plus-year-old institutions line the grand Ringstrasse built in the second half of the 19th century.

In the past few years, though, the city’s been modernizing with just as much glitz, and in the process has made space for a new breed of creativity to flourish. This is most notably characterized in the just-renovated Golden Quarter, an ambitious urban regeneration project that finished transforming the UNESCO-listed Innere Statdt into a vibrant hub just this year. In the backstreets here, you’ll find a network of independent boutiques, laidback hangouts, and artist studios that are bringing a new sense of hipness to Vienna. Read on for a taste of the old and new, the ostentaious and the understated, in this city of contrasts.

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With its irresistible cowboy culture, Fort Worth certainly lives up to its “Cowtown” moniker. But there’s a more sophisticated side to the city, too. This is most notably evident in the urban revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the recent addition of the Sundance Square entertainment district, and the opening up of chef-driven restaurants and chic wine bars and cafés all over town.

If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore Fort Worth, that’s just enough to get a sense of the city’s twin personalities, and without spending too much money either. Here’s how to get the best of both worlds.

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Renaissance Boston Waterfront

Despite chilly weather, Boston sparkles this time of year with holiday decorations, a dusting of snow, and trendy cocktail lounges and cafes to warm up at. Plus, plunging temps usually translate into plunging prices. We especially like the recent Renaissance Boston Waterfront promotion, which takes advantage of the city’s craft-beer scene, as an example of why travelers should head to Bean Town in the coming weeks.

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Hard cider might just be coming onto the scene in the U.S., but in the Asturias region of Spain, hard cider has been king for centuries. In Comarca de la Sidra (Cider Region), forget wine and beer. When you sidle up to a bar, you better be prepared to ask for sidra and get ready for quite a show.

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When you dream of a Hawaiian vacation, is it a quiet, remote location or a bustling city that you see in your mind? Many people may want to get away from the big city, but there are plenty of reasons to plant yourself in Honolulu, despite the crowds. Here’s our pick of Honolulu highlights that will allow you to avoid the standard tourist scene.

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Business hotels aren’t typically known for modern design, cutting-edge technology, and restaurants sporting Michelin-starred chefs — the elements that make the properties appeal to leisure travelers, too. But NH Hotel Group’s flagship hotel, NH Collection Eurobuilding in Madrid’s financial district, has combined all three after reopening in October following a much-needed facelift. And at as low as €135 ($168) a night, taxes included, it remains affordable too.

We set off to see the changes firsthand. Here are a few aspects that make this tech-savvy spot perfect for modern travelers.

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Cincinnati has been experiencing something of a revolution in the last few years, shaking off its gritty past and slowly developing into a hip cultural center. Most evident is the transformation of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, which suffered from high crime rates for decades. In 2004 the 3CDC non-profit formed and began purchasing vacant buildings and lots; developing Over-the-Rhine (OTR) and the neighboring Central Business District (CBD) block-by-block, while keeping an eye on preservation. In fact, OTR is home to the country’s largest collection of Italianate buildings.

One of the happiest results of this transformation is that Cincinnati’s food scene is heating up and new restaurants are arriving at an astonishing rate. Here’s some of the hottest spots — classic as well as new — in this emerging foodie destination. Read more

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