The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the World

Where to go, where to stay and all the fabulous things to do when you get there


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New York City, NY

Here's how to explore NYC like a celebrity. Because a day spent devouring waffles like Beyoncé is much more fun (and civilized) than pushy, smelly Times Square.

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California

The very best of the Golden State

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Miami, FL

The most amazing (and Instagrammable) spots

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Charleston, SC

Food-focused and infinitely stylish 

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Laguna Beach, CA

Artsy, upscale and awaiting your arrival

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Nashville, TN

The music capital of the world

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Breckenridge, CO

The best Spring ski town

Palm Springs, CA

With desert sunsets, stunning mountain views and year-round temperatures that hover between “perfect” and “ideal,” it’s no wonder that Palm Springs was once the hideaway for Hollywood’s Old Glamour elite. Here's why you should book your winter escape, stat.

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Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Where laid-back meets luxury

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Napa, CA

What to do, eat and, of course, drink

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The Bahamas

700 islands are calling your name

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Kauai, Hawaii

Covered in tropical rainforest, cut with canyons and craters and surrounded by a jagged cliff perimeter, Kauai is quite possibly the most beautiful Hawaiian island. Here, the best way to explore it, whether your mode of transit is a chopper, a pool chair or a hand-carved kayak.

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Seattle, WA

Feel that Pacific Northwest breeze 

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San Miguel de Allende

The city of artists

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St. Barts

The island of luxury

Havana, Cuba

Gloria Estefan, modern hip-hop, jazz duo Obsesión… The sounds of Havana are just as mesmerizing as the candy-colored colonials. From weekly rumba dance parties to hip concerts to bohemian cafés rich with the murmurings of old Cuban tunes, here’s everything you must do when you make the trip. Just mark our words: The rhythm is gonna get you.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Golden beaches and lush mountains galore

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Paris of South America

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Quito, Ecuador

The center of the World

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Paris, France

The whiff of croissant from an early-morning patisserie, the floral gardens of the Tuileries, the luxe perfumeries that dot the Champs-Élysées…the scents of Paris are as heady as its style and culture. And while guidebooks may lead you to the Louvre and Notre Dame, we recommend starting with the stuff that’s right under your nose.

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Dublin, Ireland

Grab a pint and gather round

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Burgundy, France

The best of wine country

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Lisbon, Portugal

A city for explorers

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Cappadocia, Turkey

Fairy chimneys, mushroom towers, cave castles...You’d think George Lucas made this place up, but the soft volcanic rock of Central Anatolia has actually been shaped by millions of years of erosion and 5,000 years of savvy civilization. Here’s everything you must do there, from hot air balloon rides to lessons in grape leaves.

Madrid, Spain

When it comes to experiencing Madrid, a day in the Museo Prado is just as important as dancing until the churro stands open at dawn. After all, Madrileños are creatures of the night, and to fall asleep early is to miss what makes this vibrant city so alive. So grab a double café cortado and follow this guide to the city’s most fabulous nightlife

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Bangkok, Thailand

A food lover's paradise

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Shanghai, China

Old world meets modern marvel

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The Maldives

Gorgeous beaches and underwater photography

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The Seychelles

Honeymoon in paradise

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Cape Town, South Africa

The design capital of the world

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Zanzibar

The spice island

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Sydney, Australia

The hell with cabs and subways. In Sydney--which boasts the world’s largest natural harbor--public ferries are the absolute best way to travel. You’ll find culture and beauty in every direction, with the wind in your hair and lapping waters at your Sperry-clad heels.