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A suspension bridge across the Baliem River near Kurima.

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Frugal Traveler
In Indonesia, Many Islands and Many Faces
From Papua to Bali, this sprawling country offers beauty, intimacy and great deals for travelers.

On a giga coaster, altitude, rather than speed, has become the defining characteristic. We tested four of them.

Lisa Haney
There’s often an empty seat on each flight, and with a little planning and a little bit of luck, that seat could be next to yours.



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36 Hours
36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont
The state’s largest city is a great place to walk – or bike or hike or sail. And then sample the locovore fare.

Assisi Journal
New Age retreats like the Ananda Center attract visitors with yoga classes and spa treatments.

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In St. Francis’ Hometown, a New Kind of Pilgrim

New Age retreats that offer yoga, meditation and spa treatments are cropping up in Assisi, Italy, a spot popular with Catholic pilgrims for centuries.

Road Trip
Rail bridge in Frankfort Kentucky.

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Exploring Kentucky Bourbon at Its Source

In the center of horse country, distilleries have made a comeback and tourism is on the rise.

Heads Up
Kosovo's capital, Pristina, has a lively night life and a young population eager to try international styles of beer.

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In Kosovo, a Thirst for Progress, and Beer, Too

Though Islam prohibits the drinking of alcohol, a beer culture is emerging in Pristina.

The staircase leading to Cala Macarella, one of Menorca's most popular beaches.

Txema Salvans

Menorca, the Ibiza Antidote

Imagine the white-sand beaches of Spain’s most famous island – but without the thudding electronica and all-night dance parties – and you’ll get rustic, low-key Menorca, now coming into its own.


In the News
Cirque de Mafate, Reunion Island.

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Playing any part in one of modern aviation’s most enduring mysteries may not make the best tourism advertisement. But Réunion Island sees it differently.

On the waterfront in Sevastopol, Crimea. The number of visitors to the peninsula so far this year is still well below the six million who came in 2013.

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A tourist tidal wave has not materialized after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine last year, prompting Western sanctions.

Brian Chesky, the chief executive of Airbnb, which has begun a push to expand its operations in China and increase its use by Chinese travelers.

Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

Airbnb Seeks to Expand in China With Local Help

The start-up is working with local venture capital firms to expand in China, its fast-growing market, mimicking LinkedIn’s strategy for doing business there.

Hotels and Dining
The first Tommie hotel is to open next year in Hudson Square in New York. Rooms, as depicted, will be

Getting Creative With Small Hotel Rooms

Niki Leondakis, the chief executive of Commune Hotels and Resorts, is preparing to launch Tommie, a chain of affordable hotels for those in search of creative accommodations.

Check In
The Croydon features has a rooftop deck.

Courtesy of Hotel Croydon

Hotel Review: Hotel Croydon in Miami

Among its high-priced neighbors, the Croydon is a reasonably priced, convenient and comfortable option with perks that make choosing it worthwhile.

Criadillas al pil pil at Las Cabras, which gets its pork from Patagonia.

At Las Cabras in Santiago, Pedigree Is All

While reminiscent of a diner, the food produced with first-rate ingredients in the hands of a well-regarded chef.

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