The concept of a European winter getaway is changing. Seaside towns and off-season resort areas are seeing an uptick of visitors who come for digital detoxes and crowd-free retreats that can cost a quarter as much as a ski weekend. Sagres, in Portugal, for instance, is experiencing an increase in visitors, namely golfers seeking a bit of cool January sun and surfers coming for the winter swells.
Consider going big -- take your family and friends with you, or make a break for it with a private getaway -- and skip the Black Friday shopping this year in exchange for experiences with far greater returns.
If you think Spain's mostly about tapas, bullfights and Picasso, it's probably time to take a closer look. Spain has 17 autonomous communities, meaning they have their own executive, legislative and judicial powers, as well as their own cultures, foods and, in some cases, their own languages.
From time to time we share a random video clip to fuel your travel dreams. Join us today as we visit Wenceslas Square in Prague. The main square of the Czech Republic, it is the natural assembly point when the Czech people need to raise their collective voice for change.
To get your planning started, we rounded up 6 European cities where airfares are cheap from across the country, where on-the-ground savings -- and free sights -- can be found.
We've seen a lot of superlatives in our four years as global nomads, but in Bucharest we met up with a unique one: the world's heaviest building. During the 1980s dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu decided Romania should have a massive world-class building to reflect the country's might.
Anthony Bourdain and I think a like. We both believe that there is no better education than traveling the world. The world is the greatest classroom. Travel breeds tolerance and greater knowledge of life that can be brought to any job.
A year ago, I would have never imagined going on a backpacking trip through Europe alone. But time changes everything. Time changes who we are as individuals, and things you could not imagine yourself doing, suddenly become your intended reality.
Turin has long been synonymous, for better or for worse, with Fiat -- and as the home to the car manufacturer since the early 1900s, the northern Italian city has held the ignominious rap as the Detroit of Italy. But no more. Here's why it's worth a detour.
This year, Leipzig joins the league of thousand year old German cities like Trier, Worms, Cologne and Magdeburg. The city has played an important role in the history of Germany and Europe in two noteworthy incidents, both of which culminated in bringing Germany together.
Flying to Europe is now more affordable than it was over the summer ( and more affordable than last year). The average price of a flight to Europe has dropped about 13% compared to summer and overall it's 9.6% cheaper than 2014.
Now, we are not exactly new to the whole extended family travel situation, but, nonetheless, even for us, traveling with kids for five straight weeks has the potential to become both irritating and exhausting. Don't get me wrong, this trip was pretty incredible and filled with unforgettable family memories, but we definitely experienced our fair share of frustration and chaos all while enjoying lots of family bonding time.
Preparing for my first German book tour, I took an on-line grammar test from a language school. Big mistake. I was never good at test-taking and I bombed, despite having studied some basic German for more than a year.
One of my favorite things to do for lunch in Paris is something I call urban picnicking: Grabbing a baguette, a bottle of wine, and a couple of cheese wedges at a market and finding a scenic spot to indulge al-fresco style.
I once joined a discussion on a travel forum about Bruges and apparently pissed some people off who said you could see Bruges in a day or a day and a half. I suggested close to a week was more like it, and was grossly misinterpreted.
In the past 2.5 years I have been to 47 cities across three continents. Some of these tricks apply specifically to women, but a lot are just helpful for anyone who likes to travel. Here's a massive brain-dump, so let's do this!