If you're a nerd at heart with a yen for Japanese pop culture, then you should spend time in Nakano, Tokyo.
You want to retire overseas, for instance -- to that sublime stretch of beach or sun-dappled colonial village -- but your significant other says "no way, Jose." Whatever can you do?
As she arrives to the Palace, the Queen would look up at the sculpture of Atlas carrying the heavens on his shoulder for the last time and perhaps feel a sense of relief that all the weight of the Netherlands will be off her shoulders.
There were wonderful things to see (and eat) there and elsewhere on our trip, but somehow Inuyama made a particular impression as a perfect, and diverse, place to spend a couple of days.
While Dubai and Doha may both have something to say about global domination through airport supremacy, the fact remains that Istanbul has, in the past couple of years, become an ideal place for a layover.
In my opinion, there's no better way to travel through Europe than by train. Europe has a fantastic rail system, and it's a more relaxed way to travel.
And where you should go instead.
The word pretty isn't often associated with the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro. But gazing across the hills toward the notorious Santa Maria favela, yo...
As if we needed another reason to visit Hawaii.
While there are plenty of tricks for squeezing the most out of every vacation dollar, one of the simplest options is to find a place that has a lot to offer but hasn't yet been hit by the price inflation that comes with big-time popularity.
In keeping with its structure -- it is more an assembly of discrete suburbs, each with its own (often banner-held-high) reputation, than it is a metropolis with a blend of neighborhoods -- I stumbled across its treats and its treasures one trove at a time.
We've rounded up a bucket list of things to do, eat, see, shop for, and experience in the wide world of Asia.
Plus, where you should stay to be near these spots.
What really struck me was the Turks' obvious love for food in the most unobnoxious way: just a deep appreciation and respect for its colorful history. None of the Turks I met were "foodies," they just loved and understood good, local food.
In Galápagos, with fear and flight an ocean away, we are privileged to sit and ponder the eyes of the animals for a prolonged period of time. The result is profound and complex, one that left me lying on the ground for minutes in front of an iguana and trying to solve the mysteries of the universe.
The beauty of Italy is that every town -- even the tiniest village -- has its own individual identity; its own specialty products, dialects and customs, which makes roaming off the Italian tourist map even more addicting.