This July, I visited Venice for the fifth time in seven years. Over those five trips, I have fallen in love with Venice, with her backstreets and her broad canals, with her crowded buildings tumbling against one another and her crowds.
Sure, the backpackers might think they've got the inside scoop on all of South America's hidden spots, but no matter how many recommendations are passed along on the Inca Trail or in Cuzco bars, this vast continent always has more surreal places to uncover.
Amsterdam is a vibrant, colorful city that plays host of a variety of slanted Renaissance-era residences that align the city's winding canals. Take a break from the coffee shops and famous museums and explore another side of this beautiful city.
Times Square has been rebuilt from the ground up with glittering skyscrapers, chain restaurants and megastores. These surviving gems are worth your time and money for their history, niche wares and individualized character in an area that is only becoming more homogenized.