Travel

Why it’s now cheaper than ever to fly across the Atlantic

(CNN) — Gone are the days when flying across the Atlantic would routinely cost a small fortune. In fact, options for taking affordable transatlantic flights from cities across Western Europe have grown hugely with the arrival of new low-cost airlines and the introduction of stripped down fares from the traditional airlines. Thanks to the amount of competition in the airline industry over this new battle ground, there are travel opportunities

You can own Elvis Presley’s mobile home

(CNN) — He may have sang about Heartbreak Hotel, but when it came to his own vacations Elvis Presley preferred to spend time in his 60-foot mobile home at his Circle G Ranch. The iconic rock ‘n’ roll star had about eight different motor homes parked on this 163-acre property near Graceland, his main residence. Now, you could own a slice of music royalty history as one of these motor

A Vermont insider shares her secrets

Burlington, Vermont (CNN) — It’s her laugh. Almost every time Andrea Todd starts to talk, she’s usually talking about something that makes her happy. And then she laughs — and laughs and laughs. Whether she’s picking apples during the fall harvest, grabbing her bathing suit for a quick dip at Shelburne Beach or riding her bike in all four seasons — yes, when it’s snowing — Andrea Todd is always

A Taiwan village where wishes light up the night sky

Taiwan (CNN) — It’s one of Taiwan’s most breathtaking spectacles. Every year, thousands of travelers flock to the village of Pingxi for its annual Lantern Festival, where they write their wishes on paper lanterns and release them into the sky in the hopes that their ancestors will answer their prayers. “It’s a tradition you have to do it once in your life,” says local guide Wang Chaw-Jing. According to legend,

Montecito: Insider’s guide to the American Riviera

(CNN) — Just east of the Californian city of Santa Barbara is the delightful, idyllic village of Montecito. With the majesty of Butterfly Beach on the other side of the 101 freeway, this beach community’s main artery is Coast Village Road. After the devastation of the Thomas Fire and mudslides, Montecito is again welcoming visitors with its unique mix of quaint hominess and understated glamor. Of course, there’s much more

Beijing’s eerie abandoned Olympic venues

(CNN) — It’s 10 years since China hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. A decade later many of the celebrated Beijing venues and structures used for the competition are abandoned. Many were purpose-built for the Games — infamously, residents were rehoused and buildings were bulldozed to make room for the structures. Photographer Greg Baker captured the eerie relics in a series of recent photographs. In his images, weeds grow wild

This is the #1 food experience in the world

(CNN) — It’s not just the taste of the pintxos served at the bars in San Sebastián’s old town in Spain’s Basque country that makes it Lonely Planet’s #1 food experience in the world. It’s the experience of hopping from bar to bar along San Sebastián’s narrow streets to try each kitchen’s unique pintxos, some classic and others inventive, modern interpretations. Pintxos, a Basque play off of the Spanish “pinchos,”

Giada De Laurentiis’ Las Vegas hot spots

Las Vegas (CNN) — Giada De Laurentiis knows a thing or two about putting on a show. Since the Italian-born chef debuted on the Food Network in 2002, she has hosted numerous cooking and travel-themed shows, including Emmy Award-winning programs “Everyday Italian” and “Giada at Home.” So while De Laurentiis lives and grew up in Los Angeles, opening her first restaurant in Las Vegas was a natural choice. “The whole

Selfie violence and illegal bathing at Rome’s Trevi Fountain

(CNN) — The quest for the perfect Instagram is a pursuit many of us are familiar with — but hopefully you wouldn’t take it as far as these selfie-takers. Last week, two tourists in Italy both tried to snap a selfie in front of Rome‘s Trevi Fountain at the same time. They confronted one another — first verbally, but then the interaction became physical, before disintegrating into an eight-person brawl

The world’s most liveable cities in 2018

(CNN) — Melbourne has finally lost the title of world’s most liveable city after a seven-year reign. The Australian city came in second place on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2018 ranking of the world’s most liveable cities, missing out on the top spot by just 0.7%. It was pipped to the post by Vienna, which received an overall score of 99.1% on the annual list, which assesses stability, healthcare, culture