620_Bern, an underrated city in Switzerland - Megan Eileen McDonough
Bern/Megan Eileen McDonough

From snow-capped mountains to lush valleys to green-blue rivers that quietly flow through medieval towns, Switzerland has no shortage of picture-perfect places to visit. But there are a handful of cities that, for whatever reason, get all the attention. While we certainly can’t find fault with Zurich or Geneva, here are... Read More

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Kulm Hotel St. Moritz

We’ve all seen photos of the snow-capped villages and sparkling white slopes that characterize Switzerland in winter. But the powder is just part of the picture when we imagine traveling to the region’s renowned mountains — the swanky ski resorts, with legendary Swiss service and even more unbelievable views, is part... Read More

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Discover South Carolina

There are times when taking to the open road — an escape from our day-to-day life — is better suited by way of a long hike. From the cool coasts of the Great Lakes to warmer climates in Australia, here’s where you can reconnect with nature, no matter what... Read More

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Swiss Travel System

Ever wanted to step into a living postcard? Switzerland — with its sturdy mountains, lush grassy fields, and crystalline waterways — is in the business of offering just that. You can pass through a variety of seasons in just one day by hitting the rails and touring through its... Read More

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Looking to book your next European adventure right now? SWISS airlines’ current sale includes nonstop flights to Zurich and Geneva for as low as $837, round-trip. We love these fares, especially because they cost about $660 less than what we’re seeing for summer flights. Here are some of the fares... Read More

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Switzerland Tourism/Arosa

This year, majestic Switzerland is celebrating 150 years of winter tourism. The birthplace of it all is credited to the resort town of St. Moritz, where in 1864 a hotel owner promised his summer guests that they’d be able to enjoy the sun even in the winter. A year later... Read More

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Peak Walk

Some of the world’s best views come from the middle of the world’s scariest bridges. That’s not to mention the adventure you’ll get from crossing these sometimes rickety but always thrilling expanses. Here are our picks for the world’s 10 scariest bridges with amazing views, sure to get your... Read More

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Temperatures aren’t the only things dropping in fall and winter: Airlines are lowering their fares, too. If you plan on traveling in the coming months, snag one of these six deals before they’re gone. 1. Japan: 20% off plus a free stopover Take your pick of six Japanese cities and get... Read More


Switzerland’s Hotel Palafitte lays claim to an unusual distinction: it is the only hotel in Europe built on stilits — an architectural detail more commonly associated with the Indian and Pacific oceans. More than mere novelty, the stilts are an architectural design meant to enhance the surrounding views. The... Read More

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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

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No one wants to be cooped up in a bus when they’re discovering a new place. Enter VBT, which offers deluxe bicycling and walking vacations for small groups in 26 countries throughout Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and here in the States. With intimate tour sizes of... Read More

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Last month, we honored the newly-opened, 134-mile-long John Muir Way with a few suggestions for other long-distance walking routes in Scotland. If that’s whetted your appetite for more challenging hikes, here are a five trails to start prepping for, from California’s epic Pacific Crest Trail to a simple four-day... Read More

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What’s better than getting cultured with a round of opera in Europe? Doing it en plein air. Whether you prefer soaking up some sun during the day or catching the sunset in the cool evening, summertime brings a boon of theater and music festivals all over the region. Here... Read More


After a year-long absence from Eurail’s Select Pass program, France officially returned to the network last month, becoming the 27th participating European country. (Other changes: Eurail has chosen to do away with passes that allow travel between three and five pre-selected countries, in lieu of a four-country pass only.)... Read More

Skellig Michael

Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples illustrate below, epic staircases aren’t just a way to reach higher ground. They can be major attractions unto themselves. From the fabled... Read More