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Finland, fireworks
Fireworks in Finland/iStock

File under “seriously cool New Year’s Eve ideas:” ringing in 2018 twice in one night — once in Finland and again in Swedish Lapland — on this three-night Scandinavia trip. Priced at approximately $1,588 per person, the trip spans Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 and includes a three-night stay in... Read More

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Previous Restival Lodgings in Arizona/Restival
Previous Restival Lodgings in Arizona/Restival

So long, Burning Man. The newest craze to hit the festival circuit is Restival: the so-called “love child” of a wellness retreat and a festival. Just make sure you pack your most stylish hat, Ikat-print scarf, and yoga gear. The event debuted in Morocco in 2015 and then moved... Read More

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Smørrebrød/flickr/cyclonebill

Scandinavian cuisine isn’t likely to win a popularity contest anytime soon. Characterized by stinky fish and mushy pâtés, it’s certainly not the most photogenic food out there. But, boy, is it delicious. Here are seven foods you must try on your next trip.  1. Herring This little fish is about as Scandinavian... Read More

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 Geneva/Switzerland Tourism
Geneva/Switzerland Tourism

When planning a European vacation, sometimes the hardest part is deciding where to go. All those countries, so little time. France or Spain? Germany or Austria? Switzerland or Italy? But why settle for one when you can have two? All across Europe, border towns give travelers the flexibility to... Read More

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Beer
Beer/Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski

While Americans regard prohibition as a romanticized thing of the past, alcohol bans still exist in countries like Brunei, Libya, and Saudi Arabia — and if Indonesia’s Parliament has its way, you can soon add tourist destinations like Bali to the list, too. But if you think a countrywide outlaw of liquor is outrageous... Read More

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Music and dancing after Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm City Hall's Golden Hall
Stockholm City Hall’s Golden Hall/Fredrika Berghult for NobelMediaAB (imagebank.sweden.se)

Every year on December 10, the Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway. Although most people’s chances of ever winning a Nobel are slim to non-existent, the history and traditions of the prizes offer plenty of scope for exploration. Here’s where to go to experience Alfred... Read More

Fjäderholmarnas
Shelley Seale

We’ve all heard about cosmopolitan Stockholm, arguably Sweden’s top destination. But if you choose to visit, don’t forget that there are a whopping 30,000 islands surrounding the city — some thriving, inhabited communities, and others that are little more than a skiff of rock and grass — spread along an archipelago that... Read More

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Eurail/Martin Kers

Train travel is a great way to get around on vacation, especially if you want to slowly immerse yourself into a destination. Sure, flights are often quicker if you’re traveling to multiple cities, but the train offers better views and allows you to forgo the hassle of airports and security lines. That’s... Read More

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Gothenburg Harbor, Sweden
Göran Assner for sweden.se/Gothenburg Harbor

Stockholm gets all the attention from travelers, thanks to its chic cafes and trendy restaurant scene. But those in the know are heading out west to Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, that’s equal parts university town and seaside retreat. Known as the Gateway to the West Coast, it’s the perfect starting... Read More

judits second hand, stockholm vintage store
Judits Second Hand

Famous for clean Scandinavian style — as well as high prices — Stockholm rarely tops bargain shopping lists. But this sophisticated city boasts a number of discount shops and design rooms that locals head to for bargains. Check out these five Swedish shopping favorites and you’ll discover that it’s... Read More

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Jumbo Stay

It’s not often that you sleep soundly on a Boeing 747. Even less common is stretching out, relaxing, and enjoying a few beers, fresh cookies, and a satisfying shower while you’re at it. But such homely comforts are exactly what you’ll find at Jumbo Stay hostel, a converted 747 aircraft... Read More

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Flickr Steve Montgomery National Gallery London 2

As tourism destinations, many major cities across the globe — New York and Paris, Stockholm and Sydney — are certainly monumental or historical or beautiful or all of the above. What they often aren’t, however, is cheap. The good news is that if you’ve got your mind set on... Read More

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BaseCamp Young Hostel Bonn - 620

Why sleep in a concrete-and-glass building when you can stay in a vintage trailer, a Boeing 747, or even in a wine barrel? These quirky hotel concepts are totally refreshing — and they give obsolete spaces a sustainable second life. ... Read More

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Our roundup of underwater hotels from last spring was such a crowd-pleaser that we’d treat you to round two, with a twist. Here, six overwater, floating hotels for a pretty wacky but totally luxurious escape. ... Read More

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Switzerland, Zurich

Swiss Air Lines is offering some good fares to a number of European cities for the fall and winter, but you will have to make your mind up quickly as the sale ends at midnight tonight. If you’re wondering whether you’re ready to make a spontaneous booking, take a... Read More