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7 Bioluminescent Beaches and Bays That Glow at Night

You might have seen it in the Academy Award–winning film “Life of Pi”—a blue glow that grows as main character Pi swirls the water. While this might be the work of CGI in the movie, it’s actually a real phenomenon. In bodies of water around the world, bioluminescent creatures, typically plankton, light up like a…

Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in the Fall

National parks in the United States largely see the most amount of travelers during the summer months — when temperatures are warm enough for camping, kids are on vacation, and roads are free of snow. But, when the air is cooler, leaves are changing, and school is back in session, several parks are arguably at…

The 9 Most Incredible Wildlife Adventures You Have to Take (When It’s Safe)

We love sunbathing on beautiful beaches and exploring busy metropolises, but there’s nothing quite like a trip centered around wildlife, where you get to see animals in their natural habitat. From adrenaline-inducing excursions to peaceful drives near animals, there are tons of wildlife-focused (and eco-conscious) adventures to choose from. To help with your travel bucket…

The Best Gear for Day Hikes to Help You Stay Healthy Right Now

Patagonia view at the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Golf-Spa/Oyster As we continue to spend more time indoors and practice social distancing, many of us have turned to home workouts to stay sane and healthy. However, you can still enjoy the great outdoors during the coronavirus outbreak (so long as you are always six feet…

How to Spend Three Perfect Days in Chiang Mai

Temple in Chiang Mai/Oyster The second-largest city in Thailand after Bangkok, Chiang Mai is an alluring place with serene ancient temples, bohemian cafes, and buzzing night markets. Beyond its moated historic city and bordering metropolitan area, Chiang Mai is surrounded by a rolling, rural rainforest that’s home to waterfalls and elephant sanctuaries. Some of the…

10 of the Best Small Towns in Maine

It’s unavoidable, really. Anyone who visits Maine becomes crazy about the state. Famous for whale-watching, lighthouses, and blueberry whoopie pies, the state draws tourists and seasonal residents in droves during the summer and early fall. The appropriately nicknamed “Vacationland” offers ample opportunities to hike, bike, boat, swim, leaf-peep, and, of course, eat lobster rolls. Cities…

The 13 Most Beautiful Lakeside Hotels in the World

When hot weather hits, travelers tend to have beaches on their brain. And while taking a refreshing dip in the ocean is a blissful way to beat the heat, there’s something special about the often-forgotten lake vacation. With opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and lounging, lakes also make for great playgrounds in the summertime. So before…

10 of the World’s Newest Hiking Trails to Discover

Dingoa/Wikimedia Commons In an increasingly connected world, where speed is at a premium, walking is probably the ultimate slow travel experience. What better way to get in touch with nature, soak in breathtaking scenery, and create a memorable experience than by embarking on a long-distance hike? In the past three years, a number of long-distance…

8 Adorable Animal Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

The Sistine Chapel. The Taj Mahal. These are typical line items on a bucket list. And while we’re all for seeing the wonders of the world, as animal lovers, we have to confess that nothing makes us as giddy as a good nose-to-nose experience with an adorable creature. If otters holding hands warms your heart…

The Most Romantic Mountain Escapes in the Northeast

If you and that special someone need a vacation — preferably one that’s relaxing, laid-back, and peaceful — a mountain retreat in the northeast might be a winning choice. The six regions we list below offer a mix of outdoor activity, beautiful scenery, and friendly villages to explore. Plus, they all make for a great…