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Rome, Italy/flickr/Bert Kaufmann
Rome, Italy/flickr/Bert Kaufmann

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. The ancient Romans believed that no matter how many empires rose and fell, Rome would live forever. And they were right: La Città Eterna remains one of the world’s most visited capitals... Read More

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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

If you’re looking to splurge beyond candy or roses this Mother’s Day, (quickly approaching on May 14), snag one of these last-minute getaways. Ranging from a spa day to an Italian countryside getaway, we’ve compiled a list to fit various budgets and timeframes, but all of these offer good... Read More

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istock, San Francisco Headlands

We asked the ShermansTravel staff — an avid and experienced group of travelers: Where would they go for spring break. Here’s what they had to say: “I would love to go to San Francisco! Not many people know that it’s home to the Walt Disney Family Museum, so instead of... Read More

Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. There seems to be no slowing down when it comes to Cuba cruises. Carnival Cruise Line is the latest mainstream line to be approved to sail to this hot new destination... Read More

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Rethymno, Crete/iStock
Rethymno, Crete/iStock

When it comes to European-style romance, Venice and Paris often hog the spotlight. And while no one disagrees that those cities are made for love and lovers, small-town Europe offers some of the best places to stroll, watch a sunset, or canoodle with your better half. Just don’t get... Read More

 Prima Torre Guaita/Ufficio del Turismo RSM
Prima Torre Guaita/Ufficio del Turismo RSM

San Marino dates back to the third century AD, making it the world’s oldest republic. Although it sits in the middle of Italy, San Marino is independent and worthy of a visit on its own, if for a passport stamp alone. The oldest parts of San Marino are located atop... Read More

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Verona/flickr/Kevin Poh

Venice is likely the first place that comes to mind when considering a Northern Italian holiday. It’s hard to resist the gondola rides down the Grand Canal, endless bridges, Gothic palaces, and bustling central square Piazza San Marco. But with Venice’s beauty comes hordes of tourists, disappointing food, and a... Read More

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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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 Jetty Pavilion/Huka Lodge
Jetty Pavilion/Huka Lodge

What does “affordable” mean when you’re Richard Branson? We sifted through some of the world’s priciest properties and looked at a resort’s or hotel’s lowest rates (not necessarily the penthouse or presidential suite, of course, which are always more expensive than standard rooms) to see what the most “basic” overnight stay in one of these... Read More

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Avital Pinnick/Tourismo Toscana

Sometimes it feels like if you’ve seen one cathedral, you’ve seen them all. But these stunners from around the world might just cure your religious building fatigue. Glass Galore: Sainte-Chapelle (Paris, France) If you love colors, there’s nothing like the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which is wrapped in stained glass on all... Read More

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Guestroom/Nu Hotel Brooklyn in New York
Guestroom/Nu Hotel Brooklyn

Looking to fill that wedge of time between Halloween and the holidays with a getaway? You’re in luck: It happens to be a great time to nab travel deals. Here’s where you can find some for under $175 per night.  From $105: Maya Beach Hotel (Belize) While many parts of the country are... Read More

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Bologna, Italy/iStock
Bologna, Italy/iStock

When you dream of an Italian getaway, perhaps you imagine drinking wine in Tuscany, lazing on the Amalfi Coast, or carbo-loading in Rome. But there’s an often overlooked, lesser-known part of Italy that also deserves some consideration. Emilia Romagna, in the country’s north between the Po River, the Adriatic Sea... Read More

Piazza, Bagno Vignoni
Piazza, Bagno Vignoni/iStock

Tuscan destinations like Florence and Siena are well-trodden by tourists, but if you’re looking to get slightly off the beaten path, try the tiny town of Bagno Vignoni. Located on the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route to Rome in antiquity, this hot springs town continues to embody the ideas of... Read More

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Rome Cavalieri
Rome Cavalieri

From its debut in 1963 as Europe’s first Hilton (it’s now part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection), the Rome Cavalieri has brandished a certain label of distinction — one of an old-world sophistication. Far from the tourists and the tangled lanes of the historic center, the boxy and functional... Read More

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Sextantio Le Grotte

We all have our favorite places to visit when we go vacation; but for those looking to experience something magical and truly unique, here are seven hotels and resorts that even photos don’t do justice. Sextantio Le Grotte: Matera, Italy Located in the hilltop village of Matera in the southern Italian region... Read More