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MY FAVORITE LUXURY HOTELS FEATURED ON BUSINESS INSIDER

This article was originally published on Business Insider. Click here to read the original Note: Business Insider asked me to round up my favorite luxury hotels that I’ve personally stayed in or visited. Needless to say, it was a fun assignment reminiscing on all of the amazing places I’ve been lucky enough to experience — places that would certainly rank among the world’s best luxury hotels. They asked that I exclude

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5 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO MOUNTAIN BIKE AROUND THE WORLD

This is a guest post written by Amanda Wilks, a writer, editor, veteran mountain biker.  Is there anything quite as thrilling as cresting a hilly expanse of a beautiful stretch of country totally untouched by man, sprawling off into the horizon as far as the eyes can see? You’d be hard-pressed to name a more beautiful natural sight that can be enjoyed at your own pace and just keeps on

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THE BEST GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS: GIFT GUIDE FOR TRAVELERS AND EXPLORERS

Gifts For Travelers

Every year around this time, it’s my goal to make holiday shopping for the travel enthusiasts in your life as easy as possible (and these gifts are great to give all year round — from birthdays, to graduations to anniversaries and beyond — so bookmark this page for your future gift giving ne ). This effort takes the form of my annual gift guide for travelers, where I curate the

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE 4-DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

How To Hike The Inca Trail

This is guest post. I have not personally hiked the Inca Trail — but it’s certainly on my adventure list!  —- The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the planet’s most iconic treks. The 26-mile (42-kilometer), 4-day long journey, which starts in Cusco (near the heart of the former Incan Empire), traverses a cloud forest, stunning mountain landscapes, ancient Incan ruins, and a subtropical jungle before finally arriving

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MY FAVORITE SoCAL FALL ESCAPE: HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY WEEKEND IN THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

I love finding places that make me want to visit over and over again. I’ve visited plenty of destinations around the world that I’ve felt this way about, but it’s especially nice to find these special places closer to home (so visiting over and over again is actully possible). For me, the San Bernardino Mountains are one of these easy-to-visit-again-and-again places. At about 2.5 hours from LA (give or take

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WHERE TO STAY, EAT & DRINK IN CALIFORNIA’S SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

Never heard of the Santa Ynez Valley? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. As far as California wine regions go, most people only know Napa and Sonoma. Heck, lots of Californians still say “What? “Where?” at the mention of the Santa Ynez Valley (making you all the cooler when you get to be the first person to tell your friends about it). From Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley is an easy 45-minute

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ASPEN, COLORADO SUMMER GUIDE (WHAT TO DO + WHERE TO EAT, DRINK & STAY)

Whether you live in Kansas or Kyrgyzstan, you’ve probably heard of Aspen, Colorado. It is, after all, America’s most famous ski town — a place where hardcore ski bums coexist with billionaires; where one can both spend thousands of dollars shopping for designer clothes and $3 on happy hour beers. It is a place of coexisting extremes in many respects — but especially when it comes to the weather. While

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10 HOTELS THAT’LL HELP YOU BECOME A BETTER SURFER (MY NEW ARTICLE FOR MEN’S HEALTH)

Vacations don’t have to mean sitting by a pool and drinking frozen cocktails until the sun goes down (although they can). Vacations can be the perfect time to be active, to learn something new, or to improve a skill — like surfing. Surfing is a great travel activity as you can do it in many places around the world — so gaining some basic skills is a good idea. To

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