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Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills/Flickr/shankar s.

The island of Bohol — located south of Cebu in the Philippines — is rich in relaxed beach communities, coral reefs, and rainforest landscape. The island is, at present, mostly a backpacker’s hangout due to its limited access, requiring a series of flights and/or ferries to reach. But that... Read More

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Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo
Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo

With nearly 30,000 known species, the Orchid Family comprises the largest plant species in the world — and new kinds are still being discovered every few months, including three last fall near Machu Picchu. Though orchids are associated with the tropics, they live on nearly every continent and in every climate — from the marshes of... Read More

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FieldSpa at GoldenEye
FieldSpa at GoldenEye

If you’re still trying to detox from that holiday cookie binge, put down the green juice and pick up your passport. Many resorts and destination spas — from Lake Placid to the Philippines — offer treatment options that feature local ingredients like maple syrup and incorporate indigenous techniques to... Read More

 El Nido, Palawan, philippines
Megan McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Coined the “most beautiful island in the world,” Palawan definitely lives up to the hype. But don’t let that intimidate you — as a whole, this island in the Philippines is surprisingly affordable and won’t break the bank. Plus, many of the main attractions, like watching the famously vibrant... Read More

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thailand

Travelers were up in arms last week when Thailand announced plans to introduce a $16 entry tax for passengers arriving by air and staying more than three days – and a charge of 30 baht (97 cents) for travelers coming into the country from a neighboring state and staying... Read More

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Peninsula Hong Kong dim sum

Global travel exposes us to all sorts of cheap eats from roadside vendors, whether it’s dim sum in Hong Kong (pictured) or a hot dog with relish in New York City. New this spring, Peninsula Hotels gives a nod to this kind of street food with room service menu... Read More

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Atlantis, The Palm

We’ve seen our fair share of unique hotel design elements, but the sheer number and grandiosity of on-property hotel aquariums took us by surprise. While some are in locations where you might expect to find elaborate shrines to the local ocean flora and fauna – Hawaii, the Bahamas, the... Read More

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Atlantis, The PalmVisitors are awed by the hotel aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai

We’ve seen our fair share of unique hotel design elements, but the sheer number and grandiosity of on-property hotel aquariums took us by surprise. While some are in locations where you might expect to find elaborate shrines to the local ocean flora and fauna – Hawaii, the Bahamas, the... Read More

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Table Mountain

Though votes are still being counted and the results are provisional, the New7Wonders Foundation announced a new list of wonders on Friday. In alphabetical order, the winners are: the Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River, and Table Mountain (pictured). 440 locations were in... Read More

Shangri La Boracay Resort

Models from the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which hit stands today, have already packed up their bikinis and left the beach, but fans can still follow in their smoking hot footsteps by booking a room at the Philippines’ Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa – one of nine locations... Read More