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Mombacho in Nicaragua
Mombacho/Flickr/Celeste

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and is renowned for its cultural islands and adjacent volcanoes. But changes could be on the horizon. The proposed cross-country canal project may pose a major environmental threat, due to the presence of large ships, changing water levels, pollution, and reduced wetlands. With... Read More

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Antarctica
Antarctica/Katie Hammel

Antarctica is a place of extremes: It’s not only the southernmost continent, but also the coldest, driest, and windiest. A trip to Antarctica isn’t a vacation so much as an expedition, an exciting journey into a wild and inhospitable land — and it can only be done via ship.... Read More

 Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley
Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley

Most folks set out to South Africa with safari, nature, and perhaps even wine country in mind, but the nation has some fascinating urban settings that are well worth diving into, too. On our recent trip, we vetted several tour operators in a trio of South African coastal cities... Read More

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu/Flickr/Nimmi Solomon

Many of the world’s most fascinating environments exist at high elevations. Santa Fe, New Mexico is 7,260 feet high; Peru’s Machu Picchu sits at 8,000 feet, while Switzerland’s Jungfraujoch soars 11,388 feet toward the sky. According to the Centers for Disease Control Yellowbook (not to be confused with the Yellow... Read More

Icelandic horses in Iceland
Icelandic horses/Flickr/Christopher Michel

Iceland is an idiosyncratic place. In the winter, darkness reigns, while in the summer, the sun barely sets. The country is roughly the size of Kentucky and 10 percent of it’s covered in glaciers, yet there’s room for 66 golf courses. It’s a place where “land of contrasts” is... Read More

Pedaling through Portland, Oregon on a beer and bike tour
Pedaling through Portland/TravelPortland.com

Beer tours and bike tours are two fantastic ways to forgo boring tourist traps and explore a new city like a local. Recently, tour guides have combined the best parts of two-wheeled travel with the craft beer craze, offering visitors an untapped look into popular destinations. Whether you’re traveling... Read More

Horseback at Groobos
Horseback at Grootbos/John Garay

Situated on the southernmost tip of the African continent, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, is the all-inclusive lodge and eco-sanctuary, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. This upscale, 39-room resort on South Africa’s Western Cape sits on 6,200 acres that you can explore by both land and sea. We checked in and here’s... Read More

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Shaker Village/Shelley Seale
Shaker Village/Shelley Seale

The Bluegrass State of Kentucky is home to sophisticated, vibrant cities such as Louisville and Lexington; incredible national and state parks; and of course, the blue-green rolling hills that are dotted with farm estates and horse pastures. Here are our picks for five great stops on an epic Kentucky... Read More

Savonet Plantation House, Curacao
Savonet Plantation/iStock

Curacao is known for its unique mix of cultures — African, Dutch, Latin American, and Caribbean — and its incredible diving. The capital, Willemstad, has a busy cruise ship port while the dry, desert-like terrain on the east coast is lined with beach and dive resorts. For the most... Read More

Piha Beach, West Auckland, New Zealand - Christine Wei
Piha Beach/Christine Wei

Auckland, the main hub in New Zealand’s North Island, is home to more than a third of the country’s population. After all, the region’s often surprising sprawl encompasses everything from a bustling downtown to lush rainforests and rugged mountains to countless beaches. And while it’s not difficult to score... Read More

Swiss Alps, as seen from the Bodensee (Lake Constance)
Swiss Alps/Connie Hum

The Bodensee, or Lake Constance in English, is a lake and mountain region that winds around the borders of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The area, with its stunning natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere, is a popular vacation spot for those in the know — yet remains relatively under the... Read More

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail outlook, Anchorage - Nilina Mason-Campbell
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail/Nilina Mason-Campbell

500 miles miles to the north of the contiguous 48 states, Alaska’s remoteness can add a pretty penny to your vacation’s price tag. But that doesn’t mean that an affordable trip isn’t possible. Our suggestion? Base yourself in Anchorage, the Last Frontier’s largest and most accessible city, which hugs... Read More

Hacienda San Lucas
Eric Mohl/Hacienda San Lucas

The seven countries that make up Central America — Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala — offer something for every traveler. From beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites, there’s tons to explore. And when it comes to accommodations, these countries are also offering... Read More

Skiing in Taos, New Mexico by Steve Larese
Skiing in Taos, New Mexico/Steve Larese

Looking for a last-minute getaway for the long weekend? We suggest hitting the slopes — now that more mountains in North America have actually gotten some snow. Liftopia, one of our favorite sources for lift tickets, has a number of deals available for the long weekend, some up to half-off... Read More

High Hampton Inn & Country Club - Cashiers, North Carolina
High Hampton Inn & Country Club

Cashiers, North Carolina is a scenic little hamlet nestled in the highest plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 62 miles from Asheville. This resort community has a rainforest-like atmosphere, offering mountain views, cool temperatures, and lots of antiquing. Charming eateries, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and golf will round... Read More