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 Dylan Thomas boathouse , Swansea, Wales
Dylan Thomas boathouse , Swansea, Wales

For centuries, writers have used literature to transport people to places far and wide — their words a vehicle into the larger world. While cities like Paris and New York have inspired and played host to countless writers, there are many less-trodden landscapes where you can retrace the lives and work of famous poets, playwrights, and novelists. Here are... Read More

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With its white sand and turquoise sea, you would be forgiven for thinking that the above photograph was taken on a Caribbean island. In fact, this is Luskentyre Beach on the Scottish island of Isle of Harris, one of 16 beautiful islands in the United Kingdom collected in our... Read More

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Flickr/Reuben Hills Ice Cream Sandwich

New York City flipped over the cronut – a sweet cross between a croissant and a donut created by pastry chef Dominique Ansel.  But the Big Apple isn’t the only city that that has a signature sweet. (Or a series of signature sweets ; we remember when people in... Read More

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Best Places to See the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice holds significance to many cultures, both old and new. For us, it simply marks the beginning of summer. But many religions have worshipped the solstice and even built monuments around it. So, instead of just buckling down for a barbecue and a beer, consider traveling to... Read More

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Faro Punta DelgadaArgentina’s Faro Punta Delgada operates as an historic lighthouse hotel

Guiding ships into port was just the beginning for these landmark lighthouse hotels. In their current incarnation as unusual – and in some cases quite plush – hotel rooms, they’re helping travelers steer clear of a rough night’s sleep. Our top 10 lighthouse hotels span perilous harbors across the... Read More

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Portmeirion in Wales

England has Shakespeare, Big Ben, and the Royals. Scotland’s got Nessie, bagpipes, and single-malt whiskey. What about Wales, you ask? Well, as I found out during a recent visit, Wales has got hundreds of delightfully quirky undiscovered pleasures (such as Portmeirion, shown at left). Tucked into the southwest corner of... Read More

Three Cliffs Bay Gower Peninsula

This year Wales becomes the only country in the world where you can walk along the entire coastline, a hike that stretches from Chepstow in the south to a spot near Queensferry in the north. Though officially completed in May, the Wales Coast Path will see improvements throughout the... Read More


Traveling to Britain this winter? Grab a BritRail Low Season Pass and save 20% on regular rates. A three-day consecutive pass (you indicate the three days of travel) is just $159. Or for $239, travel in first class. The BritRail pass services all of the national rail networks of... Read More

Long before various members of the British monarchy began building grand estates across Wales, it was inhabited by Celts, whose ruins populate the country, including Castell Dinas Bran. It’s the perfect hilltop ramble for anyone who wants to see the sights without breaking much of a sweat. You’ll weave... Read More

Now that all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Royal Wedding has passed, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can finally settle into a quieter life – well, sort of – dividing their time between two British pads. The first being the prime London digs known as Kensington Palace... Read More

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Bergen Railway/Rolf SorensenNorway’s Bergen Line easily makes the list of the top train trips in Europe

By: Molly Fergus Train travel in the Old World maintains a certain mystique for many travelers – and it’s little wonder: With scads of culture, 47 countries packed into a region slightly larger than the U.S., and exhaustive tracks that go everywhere from the plains of Spain to the eastern... Read More

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Lorentz GullachsenThe town of Abergavenny, which is known as the “Gateway to Wales”

By: Owen Sheers Wherever I’ve lived, there’s only one place I’ve ever thought of as home: Wales, where I was raised and where my parents still live. The Massachusetts-size country occupies a western bulge of the island of Great Britain, its ragged coastline harried by the Irish Sea. ... Read More