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The most remote train journeys

The most remote train journeys

Train travel has a fresh spotlight on the tourism stage thanks to movements in slow and sustainable travel. One of our greenest choices, trains make us nomads back on the ground level. It’s a strange, meditative speed with ample time to process and daydream. Trains also allow us to roam where roads don’t go and …

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How do hotel star ratings work

How do hotel star ratings work

In case you missed it, there’s a seven-star resort coming to an Austrian treetop near you. No word on if it’s being inspected by the Lil’ Rascals to make sure it has adequate clubhouse space and “No Girls Allowed” signage since to literally everyone in the world’s knowledge no official rating system exists for tree …

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What is the tallest building in each

What is the tallest building in each

It can be tough to get a sense of a building’s scale unless you’re comparing it first-hand, side-by-side, with a skyscraper. When many of us were growing up, the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) in Chicago, Illinois, was the tallest building in the country, but that title has since been awarded to the One …

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World’s only pink manta ray

World’s only pink manta ray

There are rare animals, and then there are those that are completely one-of-a-kind. This pink manta ray belongs to the latter, distinguished group. Inspector Clouseau is the world’s only known pink manta ray, first spotted in 2015. Named for the inspector in the Pink Panther movies, sightings of Clouseau are incredibly rare. That’s what makes …

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Beautiful images from Madagascar

Beautiful images from Madagascar

In December, my family and I took a trip across northern Madagascar, the world’s second-largest island country after Indonesia and home to diverse animal species found nowhere else on the planet. The country is made up of the main island of Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, and several smaller islands. We started on the island …

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How to plan a trip to Pakistan

How to plan a trip to Pakistan

For much of the past two decades, Pakistan was hardly thought of as a tourist destination. Though the mountain-rich South Asian nation had once been an integral part of the Hippie Trail, foreign arrivals all but ceased post-9/11. But the tourism department has been completely overhauled under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. The country saw …

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Best local ski resorts near Zurich

Best local ski resorts near Zurich

Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland, is home to world-class universities, multinational companies, and hip neighborhoods. The city has a lot going on, but during winter weekends, many Zurich residents leave town to hit the slopes. The Swiss Alps are home to many resorts, both big and not so big. Some you may have heard …

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What is the Wim Hofmethod

What is the Wim Hofmethod

I look down to see that my toes are a striking shade of vermilion. Upon closer inspection, my feet, legs, and the rest of my body, all the way to my shoulders, match the color of my toes. I’m in nothing but my soaked bathing suit and my woolen hat dancing to an upbeat tune, …

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Batman-themed restaurant in London

Batman-themed restaurant in London

You’d think that a Batman-themed restaurant would be located in Gotham, but as it turns out, London will be home to the first-ever restaurant inspired by the Dark Knight — not New York. The restaurant will be called Park Row, and it’s set to open in spring 2020 on 77 Brewer Street in London. The …

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The best food markets in Madrid

The best food markets in Madrid

On a typical afternoon in Madrid, people descend on a handful of indoor food markets to enjoy a chat over freshly prepared tapas and vino. These food markets, an essential part of the city’s culinary tradition, provide an opportunity to sample a variety of cuisines all under one roof. You can peruse stalls and sample …

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