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Forget White Sand Beaches

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 07.30.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

-- By Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler Sure, white sand and crystalline waters are great, but beaches can come in all shades of the rainbow. We'...

Summer Fun in the Windy City

Party Earth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago
Party Earth

It's time to start counting down the days until the equinox when you can finally shed your winter layers in exchange for a swimsuit and a beach read. ...

Catch a Dune

MiniTime | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel

Love the thrill of downhill sports? Lose your woolly socks and thermal fleece and get ready for sandboarding -- arguably the coolest new way to have fun on a beach or desert getaway.

An Ode to Florida's Summer -- And a Time to Remember

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

So it is summer again in Florida -- and all that that conjures up. I just drove through a pelting rain, signaling the beginning of Florida's late-afternoon rainy season.

PHOTOS: The World's Weirdest Beaches | Posted 05.22.2013 | Travel

Here are some alternative beach destinations....

The Mediterranean's 10 Best Hidden Beaches

minube | Posted 07.07.2013 | Travel

With it's picturesque villages, laid-back lifestyle and world-famous cuisine, it's no wonder that the Mediterranean has been a go-to destination for summertime travelers for years. Here's a list of the top hidden beaches, tucked away in secluded corners and closely guarded by locals.

I Feel Bad About My Shoes

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

"They're bad for the environment!" "They can't be recycled!" "They will cause your arches to collapse!" I began to see cruel Facebook posts about them. One particularly heartbreaking one went something like this: "Wow, that's a nice looking pair of Crocs. Said No One Ever."

10 Free Things to Do in Cagliari, Sardinia (That Won't Suck)

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.23.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

From incredible beaches to flamingo-filled parks, Cagliari, the capital of Italy's feisty little island of Sardinia, is all about its history and shares its love for food, culture and music for free.

Anna Sew Hoy: Life Is a Beach (PHOTOS)

Juri Koll | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Juri Koll


The Musical Half of the Kardashian Family Release Debut Album (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Californian music duo Brandon & Leah treat the What's Trending studio to a live performance of their song, "Showstopper," widely known as the theme song from Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

5 Awesome Los Angeles Beaches for Families

MiniTime | Posted 06.01.2013 | Travel

Miles of soft sand, swaying palm trees, and the lure of the sparkling ocean make the City of Angels a magnet for surf-and-sun devotees. Yet with over 90 beaches in Los Angeles County, it can be difficult for visiting families to know where to begin.

It's Endless Summer At These Surf Hotels

Tablet | Posted 06.01.2013 | Travel

The surf is always up somewhere. Whether it's a sandy little casita in a far-flung Mexican backwater or a high-gloss resort on the cliffs of Santa Catarina you're after, these eight surf hotels can all put you on a wave.

Spring's Top 10 Picnic Baskets and Their Designers

Nova Lorraine | Posted 05.29.2013 | Style
Nova Lorraine

As I browsed for some spring inspiration, I came across the most inventive ideas by some of New York's brightest designers. Discover the 10 most creative picnic baskets for Spring 2013.

PHOTOS: The Most Relaxing Island Resorts

Posted 01.26.2013 | Travel

Here is the bad news: You're probably never going to own a private island like Richard Branson or Johnny Depp. This is not your fault. This is just ho...

PHOTOS: The World's Most Secluded Beaches

Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel

The romance of a secluded beach has everything to do with the view. What you see: Blue water lapping against clean sand and rolling back into an expan...

Ordinary People Helping Our Oceans in Extraordinary Ways

Francesca Koe | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

With the help of people just like you and me, collectively we will know a whole lot more about the numbers and types of sea life in our waters, how best to respond to a major disturbance, and how much success we're having in protecting vulnerable habitats.

POLL: Do You Go To The Beach On Labor Day Weekend?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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PHOTOS: Italy, Naturally

Paolo Rossi | Posted 10.29.2012 | Travel
Paolo Rossi

There are plenty of very good reasons to visit Italy, but it's quite surprising that relatively few tourists recognize Italy as a true "nature holiday" destination.

PHOTOS: 7 Affordable Late Summer Getaways

Travelzoo | Posted 10.21.2012 | Travel

The same places that cost a tanned arm and a leg in the middle of summer get much cheaper once the calendar turns to mid-August.

PHOTOS: Discovering Hidden Venice

Christine Negroni | Posted 10.19.2012 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Wet, tired, happy, we boarded the vaporetto and called it a day knowing we accomplished something rare. We'd found the places in Venice where the locals go when they want to relax and had an authentic and memorable experience among them.

PHOTOS: Stayin' On The Edge

Tablet | Posted 10.04.2012 | Travel

Everyone loves a beach hotel, but for an added bit of drama -- and a much improved view -- there's nothing like a cliffside perch.

Confessions Of A Beach Hater

HelloGiggles | Posted 07.23.2012 | Women

I don’t like the beach. There. I said it. Call me crazy, but on a steamy summer afternoon, there is nothing that appeals to me less than treading ac...

Portable Beach Snacks, From Colin Cowie (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Event and lifestyle expert Colin Cowie gave a bunch of ideas for tasty, portable snacks that can be brought on a day trip to the beach when we met on ...

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Liza Donnelly | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Liza Donnelly


Keep That Swimsuit Body While on Vacation

Travelzoo | Posted 12.06.2012 | Travel

Vacation: a time to eat, sleep, drink and relax. Vacation: not a time to go to the gym or count calories. It's also a time that usually ends up forcing me to hit the treadmill for extra hours upon my return home. Here are some tips and tricks I've learned on staying healthy and active while away!