3 Extraordinary Adventures for Small Groups of Travelers

Soaking in the surreal lights of the aurora borealis, savoring mouth-watering chocolates in Switzerland, preparing a meal with local women in India — opportunities to dig deep into the wonders, cuisine and culture of our world are limitless. That’s what these AAA Member Choice Vacations Explorations are all about. You’ll share the trip, a few […]

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More Than a Place to Sleep

If you’re planning a Walt Disney World vacation and think an offsite budget accommodation is the way to go, you may want to reconsider. A recent survey conducted by Touringplans.com indicates that vacationers who did, weren’t all that happy with the results. “We’ve been doing research in this particular area for about six years,” says […]

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Cities We Love: Manchester, England

By Alice Lawlor There’s a particular kind of buzz in Manchester — the U.K.’s third most-visited city, after London and Edinburgh — that comes from a unique mix of grit and glamor. Diversity is the thread that runs through the entire place, from food to culture and everything in between. There’s a Chinatown, a Curry […]

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Coolest Coffee Shops

5 of the World’s Coolest Coffee Shops

Why settle for an ordinary cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa when you can have an extraordinary one? Read on for our five global picks for cool coffee shops. Coolest Coffee Shops Around the World Chillout Ice Lounge (Times Square Center, Dubai) Why it’s cool: It’s in an ice cave kept at 21.2˚ F […]

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Because Someday I’ll Explore Nature by Train

by Eleanor Spicer Rice Rocky Mountaineer is a nature walk, from the luxury of a railcar. If a walk in the woods feeds the soul, a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer is a soul’s all-you-can-eat buffet. With four routes from which to choose, glide through western Canada’s rugged terrain, hugging snow-capped mountains as you gently […]

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No Limits

By Laura Del Rosso Joe and Sandra Ward have sailed to Antarctica, around the South Pacific and climbed the ruins of Machu Picchu high in the Andes at sunrise. They were in Russia when the Soviet Union collapsed and visited China as the terra cotta warriors were being unearthed in Xian. They’ve saluted the D-Day […]

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Syri i Kalter aka the Blue Eye in Albania

See the Beauty of the Blue Eye in Albania

Closed to outsiders for much of the 20th century, the ancient region of Albania is popping up on more travelers’ must-visit lists than ever. If you’re in the country and looking for an off-the-beaten path adventure, head for the famous Blue Eye (Syri i Kalter). About a 30-minute drive from Saranda, a vibrant coastal Mediterranean […]

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Road Trippin’ Down Under

Written by Eric Plante  |  Illustrated by Steve Stankiewicz Perhaps no other scenic drive brings the ‘road warrior’ spirit to life like Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Renowned for its natural wonders, this coastal route is home to beloved creatures like koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas. Just as magnificent are primeval rainforests and towering limestone sea […]

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