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  • The most unusual art museums in the world

    photo by meeshypants on Flickr

    The Louvre, the Metropolitan and the Tate are leading names in the world of art museums, and every traveler who has a soft spot for the arts should visit them in their lifetime, but sometimes you might not be in the mood to look at ‘serious’ art, and focus on the finer points of the brushwork or  sculpture. For times like these, you’re better off if you try to look on the quirky side of the art world, and stick to museums that are far from stuffy and somber, and are downright irreverent. Have a good laugh, stare with incredulity or shudder with disgust while visiting some of the most unusual art museums in the world.

  • The world’s best food festivals this autumn

    Foodies everywhere should rejoice that autumn is here, because as well all know autumn is the harvest season in many parts of the world and harvest equals lots of fresh ingredients for some mind-blowing dishes. There are quite a few autumn food festivals around the world, and if you love food just as much as you love traveling, then you belong among the participants. The beauty of food festivals is that they often help popularize cuisines that are not currently in vogue in the culinary arts, and finding new foods that you end up loving is always a win. So pack your favorite cutlery and some comfy clothes, and let your stomach lead the way to the world’s best food festivals this autumn.

  • Top 5 US destinations for Halloween 2011

    Halloween might not be everyone’s favorite holiday (especially if you don’t like sweets and trick-or-treaters), but if you want to get away from home on holiday for whatever reason, there is no shortage of destinations that are just perfect for the creepiest night of the year. A good scare on Halloween or at least a gloomy or creepy atmosphere are not hard to obtain if you decide to visit one of the top 5 US destinations for Halloween 2011. Whether you’re in the mood for something truly bone chilling or something fun for families, there are countless destinations for Halloween that you can choose from.

  • Travel destinations for Thanksgiving 2011

    photo by Tuchodi

    Thanksgiving is the time of the year when you are supposed to spend time with your family and your loved ones and remembering the things that you are thankful for, but that doesn’t mean that you have to do it at home. Traveling at Thanksgiving usually entails visiting relatives or family who love in a different city, but you can make this all-American holiday even more special if you are spending it in a fun and exciting place. Preparing a Thanksgiving outing is not an easy task, especially if you are aiming to make everyone involved happy, but it is possible, especially if your chosen destination is simply too good to miss. So to give you a few ideas about where you could spend the upcoming holiday, here are some great travel destinations for Thanksgiving 2011.

  • The best antique fairs in the world

    Unlike in the case of flea markets where just about anything is sold regardless of value, antiques which are both rare and valuable are not that easy to find. You can hit some antique shops and look for something of interest while you are traveling, but if you like having a wide selection and browsing through a lot of different stalls, you might enjoy it more if you went to an antique fair. Huge antique fairs are held on a regular basis in many places in the world, and you might just find one at your destination. If you are an amateur or professional antique collector, or if you simply like to look at old pretty objects, here are some of the best antique fairs in the world.

  • Top cool mountain towns for summer

    Nelson, photo by waferboard

    In many countries this is the hottest summer in a long time, so it’s no surprise that people are flocking to the mountains and any other place where the temperature is slightly lower than in the plains. While many people try to cool off at the beach or a poolside, if you want to bask in fresh and cool air, you should head to the mountains.

    There are plenty of resort towns in mountainous areas where you can breathe in the refreshing air and stop worrying all the time about sunburn and heat strokes. So if you want to spend some time in a heat-free haven, here are the top 5 cool mountain towns for summer where you can hide in the shade, hike, paddle, or bike.

  • The most interesting rural destinations in the world

    Visiting big cities is a pleasure, especially if you’re usually looking forward to wandering through an interesting museum, relaxing in a cafe or walking in historic districts.

    But when the bustle and crowds of cities is not what you want, you can always take a breather in the countryside, where everything seems to move at a slower pace, and where you can truly take the time to stop and smell the flowers. If you are planning on hiding away in the countryside for a while, here’s a list of the most interesting rural destinations in the world.

  • The best beaches for swimming in the US

    Some people go to the beach for the silky sand, for sun bathing and the prospect of a nice tan, to relax and read a book or to play volley ball, for example. Others are more interested in the water, and less on the beach, which is just a strip of sand or rocks separating them from watery bliss.

    So if for you going to the beach is an opportunity to splash around, take a dip and frolic in the water, then here are some of the best beaches for swimming in the US.

  • Where to Travel for Independence Day in 2011

    The US is a lucky case where the national day is in the middle of summer – which usually means lots of outdoor activities, picnics, fireworks and all the rest. A Fourth of November would be considerably less fun than the Fourth of July, so we propose that you make the most of this great celebration.

    How? By traveling to an amazing destination where you can enjoy Independence Day more than anywhere else! So for those who are already planning their Fourth of July, here are some suggestions on where to travel for Independence Day in 2011.

  • Top 5 Oscar nominee film locations

    The films nominated for the 2010 Oscars were a blast, but from a traveler’s perspective, these films were more than a pleasant couple of hours of media entertainment: they also have some good suggestions for travel destinations! Some you can guess easily, because they are quite well known, but others are more difficult to find.

    You don’t have to be a hardcore fan of these films in order to like these travel destinations. In fact, you don’t even need to see the movies! Here are the top 5 Oscar nominee film locations.

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