Fodors - Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe – London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes at a cost, whether in inflated prices or jostling crowds of tourists.
Go Nomad - We’re sitting on the train, traveling from Prague to Chodova Plana. The train ride is about three hours; Nataliya and I are chatting and enjoying the scenery outside the window as the Soviet-era train chugs heavily along the old railroad tracks. We are on our way to soak ourselves in beer. Literally.
Fodors - Culinary travelers in the northeastern United States do not want for options. Consider Philadelphia's recent rise to gastronomic gold, or the incredible, incomparable restaurant scene of a little town called Gotham.
USA Today - Tennessee moonshiners once scurried the hills, the thickets and streams to hide copper pot stills and moonshine jugs from the Revenue agents and sheriffs. Skirmishes between the law and illegal Tennessee whiskey makers regularly occurred after the Civil War, when the government increased tax collection efforts, but became an everyday event during Prohibition.
NBC News - A medal podium at the site of the ski jump from the 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Saravejo, Bosnia, on Sept. 19, 2013. Most of the venues from the 1984 Games have been abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion.
USA Today - In Paris, shopping the outdoor markets for fresh produce isn't the bourgeois bohemian sport that many of us play. Parisians shop for convenience, quickly, at the market closest to them of the 76 (give or take) in central Paris.
Hotel Chatter - Our "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World" contest was a hit with the battle for the ultimate golden spoon fierce between eventual final winner Antonio Minichiello and runner up (by eight votes!) Executive Chef Chad Minton of the Shop at Andaz 5th Avenue.
Matador Network - NEW ZEALAND IS synonymous with geographic diversity of fairytale proportions. You can ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon; find yourself in a sprawling metropolis one minute and speeding down a forested hillside the next.
EuroCheapo - Planning to come to New York for the holidays? You might want to push back your dates a week or two, as more than a dozen central Manhattan hotels will offer rooms for $100 a night as part of “Hotel Week 2014.” The promotion covers rooms booked for stays between January 3-12, 2014.
USA Today - True chocoholics rejoice! There may be a new way to indulge in the sheer delightfulness that is chocolate. All around the world, there are boutique chocolate factories and large-scale companies that provide factory tours and tastings. From Switzerland to Las Vegas to Australia, chocolate lovers can not only get a treat, but also an education.
Consumer Traveler - I was mesmerized by the beauty and tranquility of the Ming Dynasty Chinese garden through which I was strolling. Images of intricately sculpted roofs and covered walkways were reflected in jade-green pools. Growths of willow, bamboo and other delicate plant life were set against a backdrop of graceful pavilions and gazebos.
USA Today - Don't limit yourself to ghosts or goblins this Halloween. The world's full of mysterious beasts. "These kinds of creatures aren't too far-fetched," says Richard Egan, creator of London-based MythicalCreaturesList.com, a website that lists more than 3,000 unexplained beings.
USA Today - All Hallow's Eve is just days away and the ghouls and goblins of Sin City are coming out to play. With so much mischief and mayhem to be had, we've compiled the best places to get your freak on. Check out our recommendations for a wicked weekend.