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Dubai to Create Marsa Al Arab Luxury Islands and Resorts for World Fair 2020

In preparation for hosting the World Expo 2020, Dubai plans to develop a $1.7 billion tourist resort on either side of luxury hotel Bur Al Arab. The resort will incude two man-made islands (one for entertainment and families, the other for luxury amenities) with a combined 140 villas. Show More Summary

What Lies Beneath: 8 Treasures in Hotel Basements

Rooftop bars, breath-taking views, penthouse accommodations—we hear a lot about what guests can experience from the top of a hotel. But what about below ground where there is no view? What makes it worth descending into the subterranean? From Incan ruins to a 21st century bowling alley, you’ll want to discover what lies beneath these properties.—Jan Schroder

Curious Cargo: 20 Strange Things You Didn't Know Were Flying With You

Imagine this: While snacking on peanuts at 35,000 feet, suddenly you smell the faint whiff of hay. It’s not your imagination; chances are that just beneath your feet is a surprising array of cargo that you would never expect to share a commercial flight with. Show More Summary

9 Exquisite Places to Luxuriate in Provence, France

Provence is the jewel in France’s many-splendored crown, a wildly diverse region featuring splendid mountains, azure bays, rolling vineyards, and scrubby herb-scented garrigue. The region’s abundant sunshine, sublime wines, and fresh Mediterranean-inflected food have inspired a legendary culture of leisure. Show More Summary

Travel Back in Time This Fourth of July with a Colonial-Themed Cocktail

This Fourth of July, revisit what made America great—ingenuity and resourcefulness, especially when it comes to drinking. Enter Colonial Spirits: A Toast our Drunken History. Steven Grasse, owner of Art in the Age in Philadelphia’s Old...Show More Summary

Studio Ghibli to Open Theme Park in Japan

Aichi Prefecture’s EXPO Park already attracts fans of Studio Ghibli with a replica of Mei and Satsuki Kusakabe's home from My Neighbor Totoro, and it is detailed to perfection from the sliding doors to the traditional bath. Now, with...Show More Summary

Not Your Classical Greece: 8 Spots to Experience Modern Athens

Athens is a must for archaeology aficionados, but there’s so much more to the Greek capital than just ancient sites. This is a modern, vibrant metropolis whose labyrinthine streets teem with trendy offerings, from craft cocktail bars to hipster coffee shops to chic boutiques. Here are eight places to explore the modern side of this historic city.—Jennifer Ceaser

A Dirtbag's Guide to Beijing

When it comes to cities, Beijing is a beast unlike any other. With over 21 million residents, China’s capital city moves fast and never stops, pumping millions through its vast transportation arteries every day. Unlike their counterparts...Show More Summary

Plaster Noses Scattered Across London's Notable Buildings Highlight Government Surveillance

Artist Rick Buckley wanted to use his talents to protest the increasing use of closed-circuit television cameras in his hometown of London. In 1997, the sculpter took a cast of his own nose, mixed plaster and a polymer compound to match...Show More Summary

Incredible Sculpture Garden in India Has Taken 50 Years to Build (and It's Still Not Finished)

In Chandigarh, India, there’s a rock garden like nothing you’ve seen before. Started in secret in 1957 by sculptor Nek Chand, the garden began as a mosaic of river rocks and scavenged mosaic tiles from broken bathroom fixtures. Eventually,...Show More Summary

7 Days on the Mekong: How the Saddest River in Asia Made Me Smile

The Mekong River, for those of a certain generation, flows with melancholy. The mental images it conjures are as clear today as when they were broadcast over Walter Cronkite’s shoulder on the Evening News 50 years ago. But I was curious about Vietnam and Cambodia. Show More Summary

10 Prague Cafes That Coffee Aficionados Will Love

Once upon a time, ordering coffee in Prague was a matter of asking for preso—a pungently bitter take on espresso—and praying the beverage would be palatable. Thankfully now a new generation of cafes are percolating their way through the Czech capital in which single-origin beans are pulled by world champion baristas. Show More Summary

This Mexico City Ice Cream Shop Specializes in Canine Clientele

The main drawback to going out and indulging in an ice cream cone is that you can’t share your confectionery treat with your dog (which is really hard cause they look at you with those big, trusting eyes and the betrayal in their face when you don’t end up sharing that ice cream cone with them is just too gut-wrenching to bear). Show More Summary

Spend the Night Where Some of History's Most Interesting People Once Lived

Who knew you could spend a night in Picasso’s first studio in Paris or Roald Dahl’s favorite childhood holiday home in Wales? But there they are, these and more, the very places where historic figures through the ages have retreatedShow More Summary

Go to Singapore and Buy a Whole Fancy Car out of an Actual Gigantic Vending Machine

Singapore is now home to one of the world’s largest vending machines—and it dispenses luxury cars. We’re talking Bentleys, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. It is being called the "world's largest luxury car vending machine.” Autobahn Motors opened this 15-story showroom in December, where customers choose a car to look at from a touchscreen on the ground. Show More Summary

Go Glamping in These Mongolian Yurts Outside of London

Londoners looking for an escape from city life should look no further than Barefoot Yurts, luxury Mongolian yurts in East Sussex, just two hours outside the city. Overlooking Brede Valley, the two Barefoot Yurts are rented together for...Show More Summary

Dark Places: The World's Most Morbidly Fascinating Destinations

Here’s a bucket list of a different sort. Historical places where men and women suffered in the most horrific of ways in the far distant past—often at the hand of another. Because of our innate curiosity, these places have become modern-day destinations in their own right. Show More Summary

6 Lessons Learned From the Trip Where Everything That Could Go Wrong Did Go Wrong

My mother’s planned visit to New York a few months ago began with a broken down bus and ended with a missing spleen. What should have been a straightforward trip to New York from Perth via Dubai instead involved a dramatic side trip to Russia and a forced return to Perth (via a three-day delay in Dubai). Show More Summary

Adorable Monkey Cabal Takes Over Indonesian Temple

Pickpocketing is perhaps the most common crime that befalls tourists. What is decidedly less common, however, is having one’s wallet or pack of Marlboros snatched by macaque monkeys. But organized monkey crime is currently on the rise...Show More Summary

8 Restaurants Where You Can Discover Australian Cuisine (and Even Eat Kangaroo)

When I boarded the plane for Australia, I had two goals in mind for my trip: Figure out what Australian cuisine is all about, and eat a kangaroo. Like bison, kangaroo seems to evoke a place, and it was this vision that I packed with me on my two-week trip to Australia. Show More Summary

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