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 The Viking Sea christening on the Thames/Courtesy Viking Cruises
The Viking Sea christening on the Thames/Viking Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… In London, Gammel Opland aquavit and a Viking battle-axe were used to christen the second ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet, the Viking Sea. The 930-passenger ship became the largest ever... Read More

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 Sirena / Courtesy of Oceania Cruises
Sirena/Oceania Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. The MV Adonia, operated by Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand, sailed from Miami to Havana this week making history as the first ship to travel the route in decades. The 704 passengers... Read More

Lobby at Almodovar Hotel, Berlin
Almodovar Hotel lobby/Christine Wei

Berlin has long been home to some of the most affordable accommodations you’ll find in Europe, but even more deals are likely to abound this year. According to a Gogobot study, the city received fewer visitors in 2015 compared to recent years, and savvy travelers know that more availability often translates... Read More

Aerial view of Berlin, Germany
Berlin/Flickr/Steve Collis

Germans are proud of their sausage, and with good reason; it’s delicious. For carnivores, no trip to Berlin is complete without a taste. But why stop at just one? If you’re a meat lover, go ahead and go wild — it’s not every day you’re in the world’s wurst... Read More

Michelberger Hotel, Berlin - Kreuzberg - Christine Wei
Michelberger Hotel in Kreuzberg/Christine Wei

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has more or less become synonymous with the alternative lifestyle. It’s one of the original poster destinations for hipster appeal — there are approximately 464,000,000 Google hits for “the next Berlin.” And while uber-trendy travelers might think that the city’s beyond its... Read More

Bach House in Eisenach, Germany
Bach House in Eisenach

Thuringia is both the birthplace and the stomping ground of some of Germany’s most brilliant minds. Johann Sebastian Bach, Martin Luther, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have all called a town or city in this central German state home at one point or another in their lives. And —... Read More

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Flickr.com/Barbara Müller-Walter

Frankfurt’s often more known for business over pleasure, but we don’t think it should be. What most travelers don’t realize is that this city houses a collection of internationally prestigious museums, an eclectic Hessian foodie culture, and an insanely trendy red-light district (how often do you hear that?). Here’s... Read More

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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Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany
Flickr/Maëlick/Neuschwanstein Castle

We all know that Cinderella Castle is the icon of Walt Disney World Resort and the symbol of fairytales. But did you know that artist Herbert Ryman, who Walt Disney commissioned to design both the castles in Orlando and Anaheim, drew inspiration from existing chateaux and palaces around the... Read More

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Adventures by Disney Gets into the River Cruise Business
Adventures by Disney

Disney is setting sail once again — but not on the seas via its own beloved cruise line. Adventures by Disney, the company’s family touring arm, is partnering with river cruise company AmaWaterways for four sailings on the Danube River in 2016. ... Read More

sunset in kauai, a romantic destination that's great for solo travelers
Flickr/Nicki Dugan Pogue

Traveling by yourself? One great thing to note about some romantic travel destinations is that they can also be fantastic places for solo travelers. And just think — nobody will be harping on you about whether you got him or her something for Valentine’s Day. Here are some sweet... 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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Flickr/Dan Dickinson

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

Hotel-Element-Frankfurt---Hotel-Frankfurt-Airport--Superior-Studio

This month, Starwood’s newest brand, Element, officially opened its first non-U.S. location in Frankfurt. Here’s a peek inside the green-oriented chain. ... Read More

what to buy - germany christmas markets - regensburg

If you’re pining for an old-fashioned Christmas, get yourself to Germany’s Christmas markets. In the country that gave us so many of our Christmas traditions, the festive markets range in size from dozen to hundreds of booths. They’re sprinkled through tiny towns and metropolitan cities alike, all serving up gluhwein... Read More