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Rooftop at Coca-Cola Store Orlando in Florida
Rooftop at Coca-Cola Store Orlando/The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company has gained a loyal following in its 130-year history. With more than 500 brands sold in 200-plus countries, it has become one of the world’s most recognizable corporations. For those who can’t get enough of the world’s most iconic soft-drink, here are five places to go to geek out on all-things... Read More

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Crete/flickr/Emmanuel Eragne

It’s easy to fall in love with Crete: From the Venetian architecture of Chania to the Minoan ruins at Knossos, and the beauty of its secluded white sand beaches, Greece’s largest island is brimming with breathtaking vistas, rich culture, and some of the best food in the country. And the best part — you don’t have to spend a... Read More

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Princess Cruises/Facebook

From Australia and New Zealand to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, cruise ships large and small are hosting big-time holiday celebrations.  We’re talking traditional meals, elaborate decorations, and extravagant Christmas trees. And, depending on the cruise line, there may be visits from Santa, carolers strolling, religious services, giant gingerbread houses... Read More

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Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals
Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals

Between the tropical rainforest and scenic hiking trails, the hidden beaches and dramatic coastline, Kauai’s landscape offers endless opportunities for adventure. Here are our top ten picks to experience the best of Hawaii’s Garden Island. 1. Sunbathe at Polihale State Park While most folks flock to Kauai’s North Shore for the beach, Polihale State Park on the west side... Read More

 Taormina/flickr/gnuckx
Taormina/flickr/gnuckx

The romance of Taormina, a Sicilian town perched between mountain and sea, has been seducing visitors for millennia. Its popularity exploded at the start of the 20th century, and literati from Goethe and DH Lawrence to Oscar Wilde and Truman Capote have all sojourned amidst the town’s medieval buildings and bougainvillea. Cruise ships... Read More

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Cinderella Castle in holiday lights at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle’s holiday lights/Christine Dayao

A trip to Walt Disney World is magical any time of the year, but a visit during the holidays is especially charming thanks to special events and decorations across the resort. One of the most beloved events, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, pulls out all the stops during its annual November and... Read More

Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta
Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta

This year, the 100th anniversary of America’s national parks inspired millions to get outside and explore some of the country’s most astonishing beauty. But the centennial programming was almost too successful: National parks across the country saw a surge of visitors, leading to long wait times and large crowds. The good... Read More

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Lisbon Tram/Flickr: We Love Lisbon

Even if you prefer to avoid mass transit in your day-to-day life, there are a few places where riding a bus, tram, or ferry can be the highlight of your vacation. The following public transportation services offer views as good as or better than you would get on a... Read More

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Niagara Falls aerial/Hillary Richard
Niagara Falls aerial/Hillary Richard

Niagara County, which straddles the U.S. and Canada, is best known for one of the world’s most famous and most recognizable natural wonders. But while Niagara Falls has delighted visitors for decades — earning it the title of “honeymoon capital of the world” — there’s plenty to see beyond the falls... Read More

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 Black Forest/flickr/Roman Boed
Black Forest/flickr/Roman Boed

We’ve already made the case for why traveling through Europe by rail often beats booking with the budget airlines. But if that wasn’t enough to convince you, we think that images of some of the most beautiful train routes, all bookable with a Eurail pass, will seal the deal. The... Read More

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Pearl Harbor/flickr/Laurens Doesborgh

On December 7, 1941 — about eighteen years before Hawaii became a U.S. state — the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the United States military stationed at Pearl Harbor. It began at 7:55 a.m. and took only one hour and fifteen minutes. Nearly half of the 2,403 causalities occurred when... Read More

Flickr/Shawn Harquail
Flickr/Shawn Harquail

A rite of passage for carefree teenagers and recent college graduates, the gap year is increasingly attractive to even those of more advanced ages. In 2013, The Independent reported that between 2012 and 2013 the percentage of career gappers in their mid-thirties and over jumped from eight percent to more than... Read More

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 AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott/Facebook
AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott/Facebook

When was the last time you actually used the clock radio in your hotel room? Or needed help getting the bag you carried on to the plane into your room? That’s what we thought. Which is exactly why you wont find a clock radio or a bell desk in... Read More

 Stykkisholmur/Katie Hammel
Stykkisholmur/Katie Hammel

The land of fire and ice is hot right now — so hot that tourists outnumber locals by more than four to one — and it’s becoming more and more difficult to find the solitude this wild and sparsely populated country once offered in abundance. But away from the capital city... Read More

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 Dylan Thomas boathouse , Swansea, Wales
Dylan Thomas boathouse , Swansea, Wales

For centuries, writers have used literature to transport people to places far and wide — their words a vehicle into the larger world. While cities like Paris and New York have inspired and played host to countless writers, there are many less-trodden landscapes where you can retrace the lives and work of famous poets, playwrights, and novelists. Here are... Read More