The World’s Most Tourist-friendly Countries (From travelandleisure)

G. S. MCCLURE JUNE 13, 2017 Tourist service infrastructure doesn’t sound very exciting, but a country’s readiness to greet visitors can make or break a vacation. In the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report, 136 countries are ranked on 14 pillars, giving an all-around picture of the best destinations for tourists, globally. One […]

13 Places Where You Can See the Bluest Water in the World (From travelandleisure)

Getty Images/iStockphoto Don’t forget your camera! MELISSA LOCKER JANUARY 02, 2017 Sometimes all it takes to re-center and refresh your mind and body is a good day (or week—who are we to limit you) staring off into a tranquil blue sea.   To help you find your inner peace, and catch a few waves and […]

The Best New Hotels in the World (From travelandleisure)

Courtesy of Soho House Barcelona Travel + Leisure’s favorite new and radically redone hotels of the year. TRAVEL + LEISURE STAFF At the end of every year, we at Travel + Leisure are busy taking stock of the past 12 months and putting together the It List, our annual collection of the best new hotels around the […]

The World’s Most Scenic Train Rides (From travelandleisure)

Travel the old-fashioned way for a front-row seat to the world’s most beautiful landscapes. All aboard! CLAIRE BERLINSKI Technicolor greens, brilliant saris, ancient temples: these are my clearest memories of riding India’s South Eastern Railway many years ago. I still recall the rickshaws and rivers full of locals bathing, as the tropical landscape passed in a […]

The Happiest States in the U.S. (From travelandleisure)

10 states, ranked from happiest to unhappiest. CAILEY RIZZO     For the sixth time, Hawaii was named the happiest state in the country, according to a Gallup poll. Alaska was ranked the second-happiest state in the country for the third consecutive year, and Colorado was ranked in the top 10 happiest states for the ninth […]

The Best Winter Break Destinations (From travelandleisure)

When you are choosing between cabin fever and a cabana, it’s not really a choice at all. MOLLY MCARDLE Whether planning around a break from school, or downtime from the office, winter is the perfect time (and the perfect excuse) to get out of the house and out into the world. For some, winter means […]

The World’s Most Visited Castle (travelandleisure)

From Paris to Beijing, these historic castles and palaces draw millions of visitors for a glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. CASEY HATFIELD-CHIOTTI Imagine a castle: it probably looks a lot like Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, the turreted inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Each year, more than 1.5 million travelers are inspired to […]

Book One of These Overwater Bungalows for Your Next Tropical Getaway (From travelandleisure)

 Out of bed and into the water — the way life should be. BY ROSEMARY DONAHUE      Imagine falling asleep to a fresh, salty breeze while listening to the waves rolling right outside—or underneath—your bedroom. With the ocean just steps from where you’ll sleep, these overwater bungalow resorts are as close to the water as you […]

20 One-week Vacations to Take Between Jobs (From travelandleisure)

The best way to get ready for a new job? Take a vacation! ERIKA OWEN Getting a new full-time gig is thrilling, and the very best way to start a new position is by taking enough time to reset. Our recommendation? Take a vacation. Planning a trip in between jobs can get a bit tricky—you don’t want […]

The Best Places to See the Southern Lights(travelandleisure)

You’ve heard all about the Northern Lights, but their southern counterpart is an entirely different viewing experience. ERIKA OWEN The Northern Lights are high on many traveler’s bucket lists (and for good reason!) but they aren’t the only light phenomena on the scene. The Southern Lights can only be seen from a few places in the world—far fewer than the […]