Rock Bar/Ayana Resort Bali
Rock Bar/Ayana Resort Bali

Whether it’s Champagne and caviar on a Parisian terrace, or a bag of marshmallows around a campfire in the Berkshires, there’s something intensely satisfying about eating outside. But these six outdoor restaurants take dining al fresco to the next level. A meadow in the Swiss Alps Day-trippers from Pontresina and St. Moritz often fuel up for (or... Read More

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Koh Samui/Flickr/Jin-in-Uk
Koh Samui/Flickr/Jin-in-Uk

The perennially popular Thai island of Koh Samui has been a mainstay on the backpacker circuit for quite some time now. Over the past decade or so, a broader swathe of accommodation options have opened up on the Central Gulf Coast island, leading to an influx of more discerning... Read More

Wat Pho/Flickr/Justin C
Wat Pho/Flickr/Justin C

No one’s judging if you want to spend your entire Thailand vacation sunbathing, shopping, and drinking Singha. But if you’re the type of traveler who likes to return from a trip with a deeper understanding of the places you’ve been, Thailand offers that in the form of (affordable) classes in various Thai disciplines.... Read More

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Anantara Golden Triangle/Karen Gardiner
Anantara Golden Triangle/Karen Gardiner

Given the elephant’s association with royalty and Buddhism, and its historical role in battle and industry, anyone who has visited Thailand will be familiar with the Kingdom’s reverence for these gentle giants. Yet despite the strong bond between Thai people and their national animal, the situation of elephants in Thailand is... Read More

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Taroko Gorge in Taiwan
Taroko Gorge/Connie Hum

Monsoon season has just begun, turning the months between June and September into low season for travel throughout Asia. While no one wants Mother Nature to put a damper on their hard-earned vacation days, the rain shouldn’t scare travelers away. Despite reports of heavy rainfall, a majority of the... Read More

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 Manang / Chabad of Nepal /
Manang/Chabad of Nepal/

Holidays tend to feel a little less holiday-like when you’re on the road and far from home. But those traveling this weekend at the start of Passover — which begins on Friday, April 22 — can celebrate at one of the thousands of seders hosted by, which brings Jewish traditions to people... Read More

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Beach villa at Anantara Phuket Layan in Thailand
Beach villa/Anantara Phuket Layan

Thailand’s Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, just 10 minutes from the bustling area of Laguna, affords incredible luxury with the utmost privacy. It’s the kind of place you’d expect to see (or hear whispers about) a visiting Beyoncé and Jay Z or the Brangelina squad — likely holed up in the ultra-posh Residences... Read More

Anantara Golden Triangle
Walking with Giants/Anantara Golden Triangle

Perched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers the chicest of accommodations at reasonable rates: about $850 per night for all-inclusive amenities. (Hint: The next-door Four Seasons is often double the price tag.) The hotel boasts nature-chic guest... Read More

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Dorado Bedroom at Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas
Dorado bedroom at Kamalame Cay/Michael Paniccia

Thanks to the seclusion, privacy, and white-glove service they offer — think: private chefs, butlers, and other yours-only amenities — villas are among the most romantic types of accommodation out there. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better time to check out a few of the... Read More

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Caroline Eubanks

It may seem exotic to visit Thailand and hop on the back of an elephant for the perfect Facebook profile pic. Or to hold a primate in the wild. But it’s important to practice responsible tourism as you seek new experiences. Here, three companies that allow any animal-lover to immerse themselves... Read More

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What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert... Read More

watching travel shows online

Summer’s winding down, and as we approach the “hunker-down” days of autumn and winter, what better activity to amuse the armchair traveler than binge-watching Netflix shows? Rather than re-watching Breaking Bad for a fourth time, satisfy your travel cravings with our list of some of the best travel programs... Read More

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Doi Inthanon National Park

If you’re hungry for variety in your travels, Thailand is your country. Visitors in search of big-city bustle, colorful produce and flower markets, and street food galore go to Bangkok. Partiers, backpackers, and sun worshippers head south to the islands. And outdoorsy types, and those simply in search of... Read More

Central World, Bangkok

Bangkok is a renowned shopping destination, and for good reason. With everything from rambling night bazaars to high-rise shopping centers, nearly any kind of shopper can find a good way to unload their baht. But travelers who go outside their home country in search of a true bargain on... Read More

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“Cheap” and “private island.” There’s no way those two words go together, right? Only billionaire investors and Brad Pitt vacation on their own exotic paradise. To be the bearer of great news, we’re happy to share that, actually, you can possibly afford a wee vacation on your very own island... Read More