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Rick Steves

Easter Finale: Duck!

Rick Steves | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Just before midnight on Easter Saturday, Nafplio's main square fills with people. The bishop gives a blessing and declares that Christ is risen. Then the candlelight (which came to Nafplio from Jerusalem via Athens, as it does each Easter) is brought out and sparks a sea of flickering flames, as it spreads from candle to candle. At midnight, huge firecrackers make the square feel like some Middle East disaster before fireworks light up the sky. (Church facades in villages all over Greece are literally pockmarked with these celebratory Easter explosions.) Finally, everyone shares the traditional Easter kiss of love before heading home for a huge after-midnight feast. For weeks after Easter, Greeks will still be greeting each other with "Christ is risen!" (Christos...
Natalie Compagno

Five Perfect Places to Bike, Hike, Sail, Horseback Ride, and Paddle Board

Natalie Compagno | April 20, 2015 | Travel
The boat captain hears something on the radio and immediately speeds off in the opposite direction. I brace myself for the obligatory sea spray and hold on for dear life.

The Favorite Hotels of the British Royal Family

Oyster | April 20, 2015 | Travel
In honor of the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, we've rounded up up the favorite hotels of the British royal family -- from the spot where Kate spent her wedding eve, to the Queen's go-to Caribbean getaway.
Peter Mandel

A Tour of 'Mini-Beantowns' Shows the Sprouts From Boston's Seeds

Peter Mandel | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Did the towns have any links to New England -- maybe a special sense of history, a general store or central green? Could I find New Bostonians with a soft spot for the Celtics, or a taste for scrod? It would take a road trip to find out.

Money Saving Tips On Maui

Viator | April 20, 2015 | Travel
While this should come as little surprise, one of the best ways to save money in Maui is simply to hang at the beach. Though some people might argue the beach is expensive (after parking, cabana, and drinks), the key to making it a cheap trip is to match the beach with your budget.
Rita Cook

Redesigned for 2015 Meet the New Nissan Murano

Rita Cook | April 20, 2015 | Travel
There was nowhere better to test out the all new 2015 Nissan Murano than in northern California where the Nissan folks introduced a sexy redesigned model that includes not only a new interior, but an overall sleeker styling and better gas mileage too.

7 Castles That Will Help You Live Out Your Game of Thrones Dreams

JustLuxe | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Since Americans have a never-ending fascination with British kings and queens, it got us wondering what it'd be like to rent out a palace on our next vacation.

Rocky Mountain Highs

See.Place | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Cattle ranchers, failed farmers, an area for scrawny sheep during the Great Depression... this part of the Rockies had seen its share of hardships, things going from bad to worse until one fine day there was simply no one left.
Shermans Travel

Taking a River Cruise With Disney? You Can in 2016

Shermans Travel | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Disney is setting sail once again -- but not on the seas via its own beloved cruise line. Adventures by Disney, the company's family touring arm, is partnering with river cruise company AmaWaterways for four sailings on the Danube River in 2016.
Sidonie Sawyer

A Père-Lachaise Story With Sexual Innuendo

Sidonie Sawyer | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Jim Morrison. "Here, here, it's here! I found it, watch me waving my arms!" as I finally walked upon the most visited stone head in the world, after erring for 30 minutes. We have been looking for the tomb of Jim Morrison (singer of the Doors, who...
Christopher Elliott

Travelers Go Beyond Voluntourism

Christopher Elliott | April 20, 2015 | Travel
After hundreds of business trips and a vacation or two, Clement Quintyne's Briggs & Riley Rollaboard was ready for the recycler. The wheels were worn and the outside was frayed. His wife, Debra, figured it was time for new luggage. But what to do with the old bag?

5 Best Green Hotels in America | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Built using recycled materials and boasting everything from low-energy lighting to a regenerative drive elevator, these forward-thinking accommodations use cutting-edge technology to ensure that eco-friendly guests get a good night's rest.
Anne Z. Cooke

This Summer's Best, Last-Minute European Vacation

Anne Z. Cooke | April 20, 2015 | Travel
It's not too late to see Europe this summer, sailing with Viking River Cruises. And if you're lucky, you might get a bargain rate, maybe even airline tickets.
Stephen Mariani

Travel To-Do List: Pack Your Most Present Self

Stephen Mariani | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Think about it: When was the last time you visited a foreign place and simply took it all in? Too often, we don't truly experience the never-before-seen places we visit.
John Mariani

Lexington, Kentucky: Blossoms in Springtime

John Mariani | April 20, 2015 | Taste
If it's springtime in America, there are few places lovelier to be than Lexington, Kentucky. The city by that name is well worth visiting, but it is in the surrounding hillsides that you find the soul of the place, especially between April and October. Kentucky's native spirit, bourbon, is proudly boosted around the region.
Paige Smith

8 Simple Ways to Be More in the Moment When You Travel

Paige Smith | April 20, 2015 | Travel
Be fully present by creating space for spontaneity in your travels. You can't remain in the moment if you always adhere to a strict schedule or plan. Say yes to the voice within you that urges you to step off a marked trail, even if just for a brief minute.
Tayo Rockson

The DBCs of Making a Global Impact in Today's World

Tayo Rockson | April 20, 2015 | Travel
We need to use our innate curiosity to educate and dispel stereotypes. Let's build bridge cultural gaps, foster empathy and truly show the world how to communicate across boundaries. Let's connect.

The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities in America | April 18, 2015 | Healthy Living
To find the best places to get in shape we collected data on over 360 of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Specifically, we looked at three separate categories of data that affect fitness.
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Ten Offbeat Reasons To Make Scranton, PA Your Next Mini-Escape

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | April 20, 2015 | Travel
You'd be forgiven if Scranton PA doesn't spring to mind as a vacation destination. But let's take a second look, ok?

Creative Escapes: 3 B&B's Where Your Art Can Take Shape | April 17, 2015 | Travel
Fancy yourself a painter? Still dreaming of college art seminars? You may not be able to commit to taking ongoing classes in your day-to-day life, but a weekend getaway at an inn could double as a time for some serious artistic indulgence.
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