The Baroque exterior of Venice’s San Moisè Church, near Piazza San Marco, was originally built in the eighth century; San Moisè’s ornate stonework was added in the late 1600’s by t... More
The newly launched Trippy app (free; iPhone) uses your existing social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare, so your friends and family can help you chart your trave... More
The site localguiding.com connects users looking to spend a day shopping, eating, or learning about history with guides across the globe. For example, we found tours of London that... More
Located on Florida’s northwestern Gulf Coast, the town of Seaside is a modern-day throwback to bygone America. Seeing its whitewashed cottages, powdery beaches, and congenial resid... More
May is a smart time of year to explore Peru. Rainy weather has subsided by then, and costs are still considerably lower than in the summer months (June officially marks the beginni... More
Austria’s capital comes alive in November, readying for the holiday season with its first snowfall and increasingly brisk temperatures. Bundle up and experience this historical mec... More
Livemocha combines online lessons (flash cards, videos, multiple-choice questions) with live conversation and lessons with native speakers. The entire process takes place online—ma... More
Best for: Business backgrounders.
The Countries section is a boon to anyone doing business overseas, with details about a nation's finances, current news and events, and an economi... More
Best for: Local news.
A compilation of news reports from two award-winning adventure-travel journalists who became frustrated by overly general travel warnings and at seeing entire... More
Best for: Local news.
Get the skinny on current events from online English-language newspapers in your destination. More
Best for: Travelers' insights.
Travel forums are full of lively opinions (which must be taken with a grain of salt because of occasional exaggerations) and can give you a no-holds-... More
Best for: Local news.
For those travelers who are conversant in the local language, onlinenewspapers.com offers even more resources-thousands of newspapers in nearly every nation. More
Looking to avoid the midsummer crowds in Florence and Pisa? Hit off-the-radar places like Siena, Maremma, and Lucca in July for music shows and festivals on local piazzas. More
Don’t miss a meal at one of the traditional gostilnas, or pubs, scattered across the Slovenian countryside. Near the Alpine town of Bled, the family-run Lectar (386-4/537-4800; lec... More
This tiny, still off-the-beaten track nation nestled between Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Croatia has the best characteristics of its neighbors (vineyards, lakeside villages, histo... More
The best Web site is www.yucatantoday.com, a trove of cultural insights, destination profiles, current events, hotel and restaurant listings, printable maps, detailed transportatio... More
Tourism Vancouver operates an excellent information center at 200 Burrard Street, near Canada Place-as well as a comprehensive Web site (www.tourismvancouver.com). The alt-weekly n... More
The official tourist office website is www.firenzeturismo.it. Check out the "Things to Do" listings for courses (art, cookery, language schools) and "Itineraries" for such delights... More
Cape Town's official tourism website is www.tourismcapetown.co.za. Also good to check out are www.eatout.co.za (a national restaurant directory with crits submitted by browsers) a... More
There are few English language sites for Madrid that are very helpful. For those that like to know the political and social situation of a country, Typically Spanish is a gem - ww... More
The main website for Dublin’s tourism board iswww.visitdublin.com; it lists lots of popular sights, attractions, and cultural happenings. For restaurant reviews and current local n... More
If you’re after fine weather and blooming gardens, your best bet is to come in late spring and summer (May and June are best of all). If it’s a party you want, come in early Octobe... More
Istanbul Magazine and Istanbul.com offer comprehensive tourist basics: hotel and shopping information, restaurant reviews, and introductions to the major landmarks. Istanbul’s expa... More
The amplified call to prayer, at the crack of dawn, is meant to be heard by everyone, everywhere, and it is. More
Every Friday evening, the population of Gros Islet village spills onto
the streets for a rowdy dance party, complete with jerk chicken and
plenty of rum. A similar fête, called the... More
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