While the ancient wonders of the world are indeed spectacular, this most recent millennium also has its fair share of jaw-dropping testaments to political, religious or simple human greatness. Here's our list of the most staggering structures hatched from the human imagination.
Europe is home to some of the world's most enchanting villages; small, rustic towns where time seems to slow down and travelers can explore narrow streets, ancient buildings, and farm-fresh country taverns to really soak up the local flavor.
Imagine... traveling to Europe when the crowds are thin, the weather is pleasant, and the costs are slashed. Don't think it exists? It does. Europe's shoulder seasons are ideal times to plan international travel.
Go ahead and become a castaway for a day or two. Here are 10 secret places -- from the mysterious North Atlantic to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean -- where you can completely surrender to island time.
Featuring everything from idyllic Mediterranean getaways to the breathtaking landscapes of Scandinavia, here's the list of Europe Hottest Summer Destinations for 2013, straight from thousands of real travelers.
My favorite town in Algarve (southern Portugal) remains Salema. In June it's lively, warm and a great place to relax. While economic hard times seem to be hitting both Spain and Portugal very hard, Salema remains a delightful stop on any Iberian itinerary.
The recession and rising unemployment may be grabbing the headlines in Portugal but, for visitors, there is much to lift the spirits. A wave of recent openings around the country present a great set of reason to visit Portugal now.
With an unemployment rate hovering around 15% and with an ever-growing debt-to-GDP ratio, Portugal is in dire need of financial assistance to resuscitate its economy. Could tourism be the silver bullet?
One of the favorites of the Portuguese is "bacalhau a bras," scrambled eggs with shreds of salted codfish and topped with black olives, served with matchstick-sliced fried potatoes, onions and parsley.