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The top 10 places to visit in 2014

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

Lonely Planet’s “travel experts” have come up with three lists for where to visit in 2014.  The top 10 cities to visit in 2014, the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 and the top 10 regions to visit in 2014. I do feel it lacks credibility when one of the “countries” they list is [...]

Top 5 North American road trips

Top 5 North American road trips

North America is the home of the road trip. Whether you’re sitting on a Greyhound bus, riding pillion on a Harley-Davidson or behind the wheel of a classic Cadillac, your vehicle choice doesn’t matter half as much as the journey itself. Our top five choices are the stuff of movies and the best way of [...]

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve [...]

Top 10 US cities for families to visit

Top 10 US cities for families to visit

Ever wondered where to take the family on your next trip to the United States? Assessing various US cities for their family friendliness – and taking into account such things as the quality of the family attractions, weather, etc. – Parents magazine released its 2013 list of the ’10 Best U.S. Cities for Families to [...]

8 great reasons to visit the Great Lakes region this Summer

8 great reasons to visit the Great Lakes region this Summer

This year is set to be an exciting year for the Great Lakes region. From major anniversaries that will firmly put the region on the map, to some weird and wonderful attractions and exhibitions that will appeal to many an inner fandom. There really is something for everyone… here are 10 events to put in [...]

Photograph of the week: Millennium Park, Chicago

Photograph of the week: Millennium Park, Chicago

Located in the heart of Chicago, Millennium Park offers plenty to see and do whether you are by yourself or with a large group of friends and family. See the world famous Cloud Gate sculpture, better known as “The Bean”, listen to a concert in Jay Pritzker Pavilion, cool off in the Crown Fountain, or [...]

Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The results are in for the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards rank the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. A record 46,476 readers participated, rating 370 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines above a score of 90! (To put this in perspective, the first list in 1988 [...]

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

Tripadvisor has once again published its Travellers’ Choice awards – this time for 2012.   The top 25 hotels in the worldwide luxury category are as follows: 1. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo – Chiyoda, Japan 2. Hotel Imperial Vienna – Vienna, Austria 3. Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena – Soto del Barco, Spain 4. La Casa [...]

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 are in…

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 are in…

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. The awards appear in the November issue (on newsstands from 18th October 2011) and are derived from the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey. This year, a record 28,876 readers [...]

Pampered Pets Getaway Package at Swissôtel Chicago

Pampered Pets Getaway Package at Swissôtel Chicago

Guests travelling with pets may from now on offer their little friends a very important pet getaway at the Swissôtel Chicago. This memorable package, the Pampered Pets Getaway, spoils dogs in a true Swiss style with everything a dog would want to enjoy. Upon check-in, the VIP (Very Important Pet) receives a special greeting and [...]

Multiple openings for aloft in October

Multiple openings for aloft in October

aloft is gaining momentum this month with plans to open one hotel each week in North America – double the pace of previous months. The surge in aloft openings is helping move Starwood Hotels & Resorts closer to its goal of opening its 1,000th hotel or resort worldwide. Offering high style at a steal, aloft [...]

America’s tallest building to get a new ‘green’ luxury hotel

America’s tallest building – Sears Tower in Chicago – will get a $350 million facelift and a  new luxury hotel. The 110-story structure, soon to be re-named Willis Tower, will see almost half of its stories (50, to be precise) occupied by the new hotel which will be powered by the building’s new high-power wind [...]

The Terrace at Trump opens today

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will unveil The Terrace at Trump later today; it is the property’s much-anticipated outdoor venue located on the 16th Floor. This chic, outdoor oasis will showcase a dramatic vista of the Chicago skyline, including the historic Wrigley Clock Tower and Tribune Building, as well a picturesque view of Lake [...]

Tired of hidden fees? Try Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Tired of hidden fees? Try Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Now more than ever, travellers need to adhere to their budgets and prefer no surprises. They want to know that what they pay is what they see (upfront). So, in response, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers has partnered with AAA Travel  to develop a no strings attached offer. The No Hidden Fees offer bundles all [...]

Private sale from The James Chicago

Private sale from The James Chicago

The James Chicago just released a private sale you’ll receive 25% best available rates when booking at www.jameshotels.com/privatesale.   There are no minimum-stay requirements, but it’s only valid for visits booked by 25th April 2009 (for stays through until 15th September 2009). Recognized on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, The James is centrally located [...]

Don’t overlook Krakow!

The Polish city of Krakow, too often overlooked by travellers, has been recognised as one of the world’s top five cities by readers of Wanderlust magazine. The self-styled magazine “for people with a passion for travel” placed Krakow fourth place in its list of favourite cities for 2009 and described it as a “bargain destination”. [...]

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