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6 Reasons to See Sicily

6 Reasons to See Sicily

It's the largest island in the Mediterranean, with 14,000 years of history.Sicily is in the center of the Mediterranean Sea and has been central to several world-changing civilizations including the Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans. It is rich in artistic, musical, literary, culinary, and architectural heritage, and has some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery in the Med. Yet many travelers never go beyond mainland Italy.  Don't let this be you! Even if you've already done the 'big three' Italian destinations of...


The World's Largest, Most Spacious Luxury Expedition Yacht Unveiled

The World's Largest, Most Spacious Luxury Expedition Yacht Unveiled

It's an ice-class ship with the latest technology, able to navigate spring and fall in the world's polar regions. It's also one of the most luxurious vessels the globe's remote regions – from sub-zero to tropical climes - will have ever seen. The Crystal Endeavor sets sail in August 2020, with bookings now open to reserve a suite in her inaugural season. Already this latest addition to the Crystal Expedition Yacht fleet is making waves as the largest and most...

The World's Largest, Most Spacious Luxury Expedition Yacht Unveiled

Video: Get Shot Out of This World-First Bungy Catapult in New Zealand

Video: Get Shot Out of This World-First Bungy Catapult in New Zealand

Maybe it's been too long since you've been shot out of a cannon. Or dangled and bounced hundreds of feet above a ravine. Or had your head snapped back with 3 G's of force in only 1.5 seconds of acceleration. There's a new experience in New Zealand that will give you all those thrills and more. The Nevis Catapult has launched – literally – on New Zealand's South Island outside Queenstown. Even the walk on the arm leading to the experience tests your head...


Video: This Hotel Has the Top Views of Edinburgh

Video: This Hotel Has the Top Views of Edinburgh

There are a few important things on our check list of a great hotel: alluring architecture and design, lifestyle, dining and sipping... and if possible, an amazing view.The Balmoral Edinburgh has it all. This storied hotel in Scotland's capital is located at 1 Prince's Street. It's an unrivaled position overlooking some of the best views of the city: Edinburgh Castle, Prince's Street, New Town, even Arthur's Seat, the park on the remnants of an ancient volcano rising out of the...

Video: This Hotel Has the Top Views of Edinburgh

Yes he did! 'Luke Skywalker' Opens New Skywalk at One of the World's Most Symbolic Lookouts

Yes he did! 'Luke Skywalker' Opens New Skywalk at One of the World's Most Symbolic Lookouts

And he even used a light saber. The actor famous for his role as one of space's greatest heroes didn't need to use the Force to launch the new Skywalk at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. The best part may be the Stormtroopers chilling in the background.Mark Hamill's appearance at the Rock of Gibraltar Skywalk was a dramatic opening for the state-of-the-art glass platform and viewpoint 340 meters (over 1100 feet) above the narrow channel where the Mediterranean meets...


Amtrak's Only Great Dome Car Returns to the East in Time for Panoramic Autumn Colors New York to Montreal

Amtrak's Only Great Dome Car Returns to the East in Time for Panoramic Autumn Colors New York to Montreal

It's a vintage train car whose windowed dome makes the fall foliage seem even more brilliant on one of the most scenic train routes in the world.For about six weeks late September to early November during the height of autumn colors, Amtrak's only remaining dome car in service travels the renowned Adirondack route. Northbound from New York City, you make your way by rail through Upstate New York including the Hudson Valley wine country and the famous Adirondacks, across the border...

Amtrak's Only Great Dome Car Returns to the East in Time for Panoramic Autumn Colors New York to Montreal

10 Things Before You Travel to Turks and Caicos

10 Things Before You Travel to Turks and Caicos

The British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos has 8 main islands, 300 smaller islands, almost all virtually unpopulated. There may be fewer than 50,000 residents, but it punches above its weight as an offshore financial center and a favored Caribbean island destination for travelers by land or sea.Most people live on Providenciales (nickname: 'Provo'), in the Caicos Islands. Grand Turk is a popular port of call for cruise ships big and small. It may be a British Overseas Territory, but the...


You Can Dive into Cousteau Legacy at this Luxury Eco-Resort in Fiji

You Can Dive into Cousteau Legacy at this Luxury Eco-Resort in Fiji

Pristine Fijian ecosystem at land and sea, romantic and evocative South Pacific vistas and lifestyle… no wonder a trip to one of the world's top exotic tropical destinations is on nearly every travel bucket list.For diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, it should be at the top. 'Cousteau' is possibly the most renowned name in diving, oceanography and advocacy for our planet's oceans. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji continues the fabled marine and conservation Cousteau legacy. Located on 17 pristine acres on the second-largest...

You Can Dive into Cousteau Legacy at this Luxury Eco-Resort in Fiji

5 Places to Go Island Hopping in Tahiti

5 Places to Go Island Hopping in Tahiti

The very word 'Tahiti' evokes the mystique of one of the most remote and romantic island destinations in the world. An island hopping escape to even a few of the 118 islands and atolls in this South Pacific paradise is not only the ultimate escape from northern winters, Tahiti is the trip of a lifetime.  (Top image credit: Chris McLennan/Tahiti Tourism). Picture your arrival, welcomed by Tahitian music and fragrant Tiare flowers…  and use these highlights of some of the...


Video: Where to Travel to Find the World's 2nd Largest Oktoberfest

Video: Where to Travel to Find the World's 2nd Largest Oktoberfest

Munich's annual extravaganza of beer halls, buxom girls in dirndls, pretzels and the best of the 'wurst' (pun intended!) actually gets underway in September. Its origins in Germany involve a wedding and a harvest festival, but now, Munich's Oktoberfest is one of the most famous multi-day parties in the world.If you're missing Bavaria's biggest party this year, you're not out of luck yet: Germans have taken the festival's spirit of beer hall fellowship ('gemutlichkeit') and love of great German food...

Video: Where to Travel to Find the World's 2nd Largest Oktoberfest