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The World’s 20 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Your Lifetime

Some standards and some surprises–all dazzling destinations to tempt you on your next trip.


What you need to know about Pride Cymru 2024

Thousands of people are expected to visit Cardiff this weekend for the annual Pride Cymru festival.


American Airlines plane hit by garbage truck while waiting to take off

An American Airlines plane has been struck by a garbage truck while waiting to take off in North Carolina .


The Best Solo Travel Destinations in the United States for an Unforgettable Adventure

Whether you're looking for nonstop activity or total relaxation. While traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun, going somewhere alone has its perks. You get to choose everything — the destination, the hotel, the itinerary, the restaurants, how much money you spend and beyond. Only one opinion matters...yours. It's also a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone, meet new people (if you so choose), unplug, rejuvenate and bask in moments of reflection — or even just escape reality for a few days. Whether you're planning your first adventure on your own or are a solo travel veteran, choosing a destination can be overwhelming, especially if you still have a lot of places to check off your bucket list. The good news is, you don't have to go far for the adventure or relaxation you crave, because there are plenty of options across the U.S. Weighing variables such as walkability, safety, self care opportunities, number of historic sites and museums and access to nature, we've come up with a list of the best places in the U.S. for solo travelers — ranging from mountain and beach destinations to small towns and large cities. Time to book your ticket for one, plan your itinerary (or don't, remember, it's your trip!) and answer to no one except yourself for a few days.


15 Countries Worth Visiting for an Epic Drive

Whether it's the awesome roads, incredible terrain, or lax driving laws, plan your next road trip with this guide to our international favorite driving spots.


It's Official: We Found the 40 Prettiest Flowers in the World

How many of these breathtaking beauties do you recognize? As is often the case with beautiful things, we've given flowers meaning—so much so that even looking at one can make you feel more alive. A plain red rose has become a romantic expression of love and sunny daffodils represent the rebirth of the planet every spring. Of course, because they're plants, we also use them in more practical ways: Silky flower petals have been crushed and distilled into essential oils and perfumes for centuries, and we've figured out how to eat some of them and make tea with select leaves, stalks, and blooms. But to put it simply, the joy of admiring a gorgeous, colorful flower is unmatched. (Though we should note that some are best admired from afar because of toxicity.) Not to mention, no two flowers are exactly the same. Some rise out of the water to bloom while others sprout vines that go where they want…permanently decorating the side of your house. Even low bushes can produce incredible blossoms, like giant peonies, and if you've ever sat under a cherry blossom tree with a cool breeze blowing tiny petals around you, you know how magnificent flowering trees can be. A person who loves flowers is called an "anthophile," and if this describes you, you'll probably recognize most—if not all—of the flowers below. Rare or common, bright or soft, simple or complex, these beautiful flowers from around the world are certainly sights to behold.


34 Rare Vintage Photos of The Plaza Hotel

It’s always been the place to be.


30 capital cities with the best air in the world (America’s represented)

Everyone knows bad air quality when they breathe it in, but how does it measure and compare across different capital cities? To get this information, the amount of particulate matter is measured to arrive at a number the residents are breathing in over a period of time. In 2023, IQAir released their World Air Quality Report, looking at the concentration of PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) in capital cities around the world. The report applied population-based adjustments to standardize its results and calculated an annual average of the data. If a city exceeded the World Health Organization (WHO) safety guideline of five micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m³) for annual average PM2.5 levels, it meant potential health risks for its residents. So, how did your capital city do? Click on to check out the top 30.


Healthy and hassle-free travel snacks for your next trip

Two of the biggest mistakes people make while traveling are completely abandoning their healthy habits and spending way too much money on food. But traveling doesn't have to be hard on your body or your bank account! Click through to see healthy, cheaper snack ideas that will keep you satiated, all while fitting easily in your carry-on.


Disturbing aspects of human nature

Being human is indeed an extraordinary experience, but have you ever wondered if we are inherently good or bad? Sure, there are a number of socio-cultural and circumstantial aspects to take into account that will influence the way we think and act, but, stripped of all external factors, what are we really like? Indeed, there are human behaviors that are naturally darker than others, and science has proven time and again that we're flawed by default. In this gallery, we explore the dark side of human nature. Click through to find out what the most disturbing aspects of being human are.


The 15 Best Mother-Daughter Trips to Take Together

Celebrate mom more than once a year with these curated trips!


The incredible health benefits of going to the beach

Beaches are some of the greatest and most enjoyable natural wonders our world has to offer. However, a day by the shore is more than just a good time; there are also surprising health benefits involved with going to the beach. So, what are the secret ingredients? Three words: water, sun, and air, which are all natural elements that offer some form of health benefit(s). That said, what exactly are the health benefits of hitting the beach? Click on to find out!


The Cities in New York Where You’re Most and Least Likely To Live Paycheck to Paycheck

If you dream of living in New York but don't think the hustle of the Big Apple is for you, you have plenty of great options. While ranked No. 45 by U.S. News & World Report for affordability and...


How dangerous are Boeing airplanes?

On May 9, 2024, a Boeing 737-300 skidded off an airport runway in Senegal, Africa, as the plane was taking off. The incident marked the latest episode in a string of accidents involving Boeing aircraft. In fact, in 2024 alone, no less than seven technical failures have been recorded, further deepening the crisis faced by the manufacturer over its safety record. In this gallery, we examine the timeline of major Boeing accidents and incidents, many of them the result of pilot error but others identified due to instrument and component failure. Click through and find out about the manufacturer's dangerous track record.


How to Transform Your Outdoor Space Into a Cozy Place to Hang Out

Make it instantly more inviting.


The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

We had forgotten about so many of these.


3 Most (and Least) Popular Cities for Buying a Vacation Home

Vacation homes aren't as popular as they used to be. Overall, demand sharply declined as housing costs increased, but some cities have fared better than others. Specifically, demand for vacation-home...


20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!


22 Adults-Only Resorts for a Well-Deserved Vacation

These romantic retreats have everything you need—except children.


Footsteps of adventure: Epic hiking destinations

Did you know that Chile has a huge hiking route through its Patagonian wilderness? This is just one of the destinations that has got outdoor enthusiasts reaching for their boots and walking poles. Indeed, there are many places in the world where adventure tourists explore exciting destinations on foot. Browse the gallery and take a walk on the wild side.


Must-visit US destinations that may soon disappear

The Earth undergoes continuous change, both positive and negative. Even some of the most extraordinary and breathtaking destinations in America are not exempt from these changes and are experiencing imminent transformations. These changes range from increasing temperatures to the loss of habitats and the pressures of extensive tourism. Check out these incredible destinations in the US you need to visit before they’re gone forever! Click through the gallery to get started.


Art experts and millionaires head to a Swiss town once a year for its annual Art Basel festival. Here's what it's like to visit as a first-timer.

Business Insider's author joined members of the wealthy art community to explore the annual Art Basel festival held in Switzerland.


The Italian or French Riviera? Skip both and head to Albania

Finding a hidden gem in Europe has become increasingly difficult. Throw the word affordable in there and you're headed to impossible land. After all, it is the world’s most-visited continent. The search is even more fierce when it comes to destinations by the sea. But if you’re willing to stray off the beaten path, you should head out to the Balkans. The Albanian coast has been placed in several best-affordable beach destination lists, and for very good reasons. Curious? Then browse the following gallery and check out the best of this hidden European gem.


Top tourist destination Barcelona plans to shut all holiday apartments by 2028

By Joan Faus BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona, a top Spanish holiday destination, announced on Friday that it will bar apartment rentals to tourists by 2028, an unexpectedly drastic move as it seeks to rein in soaring housing costs and make the city liveable for residents. The city's leftist mayor, Jaume Collboni, said that by November 2028, Barcelona will scrap the licences of the 10,101


The Best Beach in Every State

Uncover the best beach in every state. From white sandy shorelines to rocky and rugged lagoons, find the best destination in your state to beat the heat this summer.


Scotland's quaintest small towns and villages

Scotland is celebrated around the world for its stark beauty and dramatic scenery. Embellishing the mountains, lochs, and coastline are numerous small towns and villages, charming places unique in character and exuding a personality all their own. Many serve as historic destinations, established centuries ago and standing as testament to the country's long history. Others are found on remote islands, little visited but always worth exploring. If Scotland is on your travel wish list, make sure to include the following small towns and villages in your itinerary. Click through for ideas of where to go and what to see.


After a Night at These Luxurious New International Hotels, You’ll Never Want to Come Home.

Wanderlust is not a deadly sin.


Mezuzahs inspired by land and sea: The work of Nadav Pollack

Each piece was like its own land-and-sea world, condensed into a 20- or 25-centimeter mezuzah.


21 Creative Ways to Use Rocks in Your Landscaping

Carve out naturally beautiful borders, stairs, and sitting areas.


Southwest Boeing 737 plunges within 500 feet of Oklahoma neighborhood

Southwest Airlines Flight 4069 was nine miles away from the runway at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport when it plummeted to between 400 and 500 feet as it flew over a high school.


Style or Function? Experts Pick the Best Luggage Brands for 2024

We travel a lot, so we wondered recently if we were getting all we could out of our usual road-trip luggage. To find out, we turned to the style and product experts at Esquire and Good Housekeeping for advice on the best luggage brands.


This might be the first nation officially erased by climate change

One of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world is also one of the least visited, but most of us may never get to visit before the nation disappears. Tuvalu is an island country in the west-central Pacific Ocean, sitting about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. It’s a coral atoll nation, which means it sits on a ring-shaped coral reef encircling a lagoon, with islands along the rim. The country is a stunning oasis, but faces the threat of disappearing completely from the face of the Earth. Click through to find out about the people, the culture, the devastation it faces, and more about this unique community.


These Dog-Friendly Hotels Will Pamper Your Pup in Luxury

Save this for your next road trip.


10 of the Most Unique Museums In the United States

Add these one-of-a-kind destinations to your travel bucket list.


An expert’s guide to hiking safety

More Britons are donning walking boots and taking to the trail than ever before – and little wonder considering the many health benefits walking offers for both body and mind. When coupled with the sights and sounds of nature, hiking decreases stress and boosts both mental and physical health. And, once you’ve invested in a pair of decent walking b...


China displayed its flag on the dark side of the moon for the first time


Jerusalem highlights June 21-27

What's new to do in Israel's capital?


Creepy and fascinating ghost towns you can actually visit

Desolate landscapes, abandoned houses, and dilapidated buildings aren't just the settings of horror movies—they're also somewhat commonly found all over the world. Once bustling locations can become ghost towns for various reasons. Curious to discover some of them? Then click through and take a look at the world's eeriest ghost towns that were left to rot.


30 Rare Photographs Taken at Chateau Marmont

The iconic Hollywood hotel has been a favorite among celebrities for nearly 100 years.


China tourists abandoned at sea on diving trip forced to make 2-hour swim to shore

Diving test participants fear for safety as sea turns cold, weather turns and waves grow higher An investigation into how three tourists in southern China were abandoned at sea along with their diving instructor - forcing them to swim for two hours to the nearest shore - has shocked social media. One of the tourists, surnamed Jin, said the trio wer...


Spain and its timeless appeal to tourists

Spain, one of Europe's great nations, has faced and overcome significant challenges throughout its history. Proud and resilient, its people have navigated civil conflicts and financial instability, drawing strength from their unique culture and identity. Despite current struggles, Spain's ingenuity, creativity, and stubborn determination have always prevailed. Intrigued? Click through the following gallery to discover what makes Spain an incredible country.


The 28 Best Westerns of All Time

Saddle up for a trip to Hollywood's version of the Wild West.


Glamping: Top tips for a comfortable and fun experience

If you've never heard of glamping, then you're in for a treat. Glamour camping is the perfect solution for those who love to be outdoors but miss the comfort of home, as it combines nature and luxury. Whether you're looking to rent out a glamping property, or you want to learn about DIY glamping, these tips will help to get you started. Click through this gallery to see the best tips for a successful outdoor trip.


13 Amusement Parks in the U.S. That Are Completely Free to Enter

A few even charge you nothing for parking and entertainment. Amusement parks are synonymous with so many wonderful things: fun in the sun, rollercoasters and carousels, games galore and delicious food. And all in a colorful, jubilant, family-friendly setting. The only issue? Joy like that does not typically come cheap. Or can it? Well, at these 13 amusement parks across the U.S., from the Golden to the Garden States, you can save on one very important front: entry. While the vast majority of amusement parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens — require tickets just to walk through the gates, these resorts and parks do not. Of course, if you want to ride the rides or snack on the snacks, you'll still have to open your wallet. (A good thing can only go so far!) But if you're someone who's more about the vibes than the rides, this is the list for you. Make sure you scroll to the bottom: There's one very famous park that's about to go "open gate" with its water parks for guests staying on property. (Hint: It's home to a special mouse!)


Beautiful portraits of children from around the world

June 1 is International Children's Day. In honor of all the kids around the world, browse through the following images to see stunning portraits of how children live and play around the globe. (Photo by Robert Collins)


Follow the most popular wine routes in the world

Wine routes allow connoisseurs and enthusiasts of this most civilized of drinks to visit wineries and vineyards in some of the most prestigious wine regions in the world. So, where would you like to uncork your favorite red or white? Browse the gallery, raise your glass, and start following these fabulous wine routes.


Have you heard of these great explorers?

The folks over at Britain Explorer compiled a list of the Top 20 British Explorers. Ranked by achievements, difficulty, persistence, and public recognition, the list is a handy guide to who explored where. Take a look!


Historical disasters that could have been avoided

No matter the time period and where you look in the world, history is filled with the consequences of people’s collective mistakes and misunderstandings. And these have unfortunately led to some of history's biggest preventable disasters. Even the consequences of many natural disasters could have been diminished if people had just been attentive and listened to the warnings. Intrigued? Click on to discover some of the biggest avoidable disasters recorded in human history.


Secrets behind famous monuments

Many historical monuments and landmarks around the world still hide many mysteries, but we are lucky enough to have discovered amazing facts about many of them. Click through and get to know surprising facts about some of the world's most iconic landmarks.


I went glamping in the Sahara Desert. I thought I'd hate it, but even the freezing temperatures didn't get me down.

I went glamping for the first time in the Sahara Desert with my two kids. The trip was filled with surprises and cold temperatures but worth it.