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6 Spots in Europe That Tourists Always Miss

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6 Spots in Europe That Tourists Always Miss

London, Paris, Barcelona, Florence — these cities and all that they offer come immediately to mind when you think of traveling in Europe. Yet, if you always follow the familiar, you miss some amazing and unique experiences, and Europe is packed with cities and landscapes to suit every inclination. For fresh experiences, unfamiliar jaunts, and travel stories no one else can match, try venturing to the spots tourists often miss. They’re worth it! Braga, Portugal Photo by Lev Levin

7 Underrated U.S. Destinations Tourists Often Overlook

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7 Underrated U.S. Destinations Tourists Often Overlook

Well-known landmarks and familiar destinations inevitably draw hordes of tourists, resulting in big crowds, expensive lodging, and hard-to-get reservations. Luckily, there are still plenty of amazing places in the U.S. that remain under the radar on the tourist scene, making them less busy and more affordable. Whether you’re looking to spend a night under the stars or in search of a fun city vacay, there are benefits  to opting for a less-crowded destination. Schoodic Peninsula, Maine Photo by

7 Abandoned Towns Where You Can Step Into the Past

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7 Abandoned Towns Where You Can Step Into the Past

Thoughts of abandoned towns often conjure up images of the dusty roads and once raucous saloons of Wild West mining towns. But in all corners of the planet you can find eerie towns and cities that were once home to thriving communities. Some have been ravaged by natural disasters, some ran out of the resources that fueled their economies, and others have fallen victim to wars. Either way, today these disused buildings and overgrown landscapes present a fascinating insight into global history, an

These 10 Train Journeys Have the Most Jaw-Dropping Views

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These 10 Train Journeys Have the Most Jaw-Dropping Views

No one likes to rush a good view, so what better way to experience the world’s best scenery than from the seat of a train? Released from a driver’s responsibilities you are free to gaze out of the window as the train ambles along. Embrace slow travel and take in the jaw-dropping views on these global journeys. Scotland’s West Highland Line Photo by Foto-Jagla.de The West Highland Line links Glasgow to Oban and Mallaig in the Scottish Hi

5 of the Best Road Trips to Take in Europe

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5 of the Best Road Trips to Take in Europe

When it comes to road trips, there’s no experience quite like Europe. While road trips in the States have their charms, European sojourns offer the unique chance to drive from one country to the next, to experience a completely new culture, language, people, and food with every border crossing. One day you can be enjoying pimientos de padrón, or spicy peppers, in Galicia, Spain, and the next you’re indulging in pastel de nata in Portugal, a heavenly custard treat. Now, Europe is a vast continen

6 Real-Life Fairy Tale Castles You Can Visit

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6 Real-Life Fairy Tale Castles You Can Visit

A star glitters in the night sky. The view swoops beneath the clouds to reveal, piece by piece, a colorful castle dotted with intricate turrets and regal flags. Our eyes are drawn to a meandering moat. Fireworks go off, while a shooting star makes an arc in the background. Sound familiar? It should be — it’s the iconic Disney intro. This 30-second clip usually marks the start of a couple hours of pure fantasy, but the castle itself is based on a blend of real European landmarks. And they’re not

Why Scandinavia Is a Great Place for Outdoor Vacations

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Why Scandinavia Is a Great Place for Outdoor Vacations

While many people think of winter vacations when dreaming of holidays in Scandinavia, summer is the perfect to experience friluftsliv, or open air living. As the winter snow thaws and the days lengthen, experiencing nature becomes a possibility for travelers and locals alike. Across Scandinavia — that includes Iceland and Finland as well as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark — the lure of the countryside is too much to resist and can make an unforgettable getaway for visitors.  Here are a few reasons w

9 Real-Life Places That Inspired the Disney Parks

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9 Real-Life Places That Inspired the Disney Parks

Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, visiting a Disney theme park feels like a fairytale come to life. Part of the magic is thanks to the fact that many of Disney’s attractions are based on actual places around the globe. Disney Imagineers found creative inspiration in some of the world’s most majestic locales and went out of their way to replicate them in incredible detail within the parks. From soaring mountains to fantastical castles, here are nine real-life places that inspired these attr

The 5 Best Road Trips to Take in Italy

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The 5 Best Road Trips to Take in Italy

Although it’s tempting to take the train, nothing beats an Italian road trip. Driving yourself opens up new possibilities, like staying the night in isolated farms and hilltop villas. It affords you the freedom to take backroads and spur-of-the-moment diversions to discover a more authentic Italy than if you simply hopped from city to city. If you need to get somewhere fast, the autostradas are just the ticket, but there’s much more pleasure in cruising down country lanes at a leisurely pace. Wh