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From party capital to eco-adventure paradise

From party capital to eco-adventure paradise

(CNN) — Like the spine of a sleeping dragon, dramatic limestone mountains rise above the luscious paddy fields of central Laos. In the middle of it all, you’ll find Vang Vieng. “Vang Vieng lies in a perfect location, halfway between Vientiane and Luang Prabang,” Inthy Deuansavan, president of Vientiane-based travel agency Green Discovery, tells CNN […]

World's cutest railway is run by kids

World's cutest railway is run by kids

(CNN) — In the green hills above Budapest, a train line runs between stations buried deep in the woodland. It’s not the rail fastest service in the world, but it’s one of the cutest. Like any other railway it has ticket offices, diesel locomotives, signals, guards and a timetable. Unlike any other, this one is […]

How planes fly: Invisible highways in the sky

How planes fly: Invisible highways in the sky

(CNN) — Captain James Basnett is at the controls of a British Airways Airbus A380 mega-jet, serenely cruising far above the stormy North Atlantic. More than 450 passengers are enjoying the inflight service, watching a movie or just sleeping away the overnight flight from Boston to London. Comfortably cocooned in the technological marvel that is […]

Madrid takes on Airbnb

Madrid takes on Airbnb

(CNN) — Madrid has become the latest city to confront overtourism, as the Spanish metropolis moves to drastically curb the Airbnb and homeshare listings available in the destination. The new regulations are in response to locals fearful of being priced out of their own neighborhoods. Officials in other destinations in Spain including Valencia and Mallorca […]

Harry, Meghan to stay in separate hotels

Harry, Meghan to stay in separate hotels

(CNN) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend the night before their wedding at separate luxury hotels near Windsor Castle. Prince Harry will spend his final night as a bachelor with his brother and best man, Prince William, at Coworth Park Hotel, which is part of the Dorchester Collection. Set on several acres of […]

Surviving 11 days in Australia's outback

Surviving 11 days in Australia's outback

(CNN) — Kayla Milaudi will never forget the daunting feeling of looking out across the expansive, ancient Northern Territory landscape at sunrise from the peak of Mount Sonder, west of Alice Springs. The 28-year-old from Melbourne was about to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge of her life. The business banker had been […]

Vietnam's coolest modes of transport

Vietnam's coolest modes of transport

(CNN) — If a Harley Davidson is said to throb to the rhythm of the human heartbeat, then the guttural barking of a classic Russian Ural motorbike is probably what a coronary feels like. The analogy came to mind as I rattled through the clogged arteries of Hanoi’s Old Quarter in the sidecar of a […]

Vintage posters celebrate 100 years of aviation

Vintage posters celebrate 100 years of aviation

(CNN) — Sure, aviation can still be a lavish affair — but it’ll never be the same as when you could slide your window open and throw your French cigarette out the window. Vintage travel posters evoke this golden age of air travel, an era when aviation meant glamor, escapism and luxury. In celebration of […]

The world's most exclusive hotels

The world's most exclusive hotels

(CNN) — There’s a special breed of hotels that cater to the most discerning and tasteful of luxury travelers, so profoundly unforgettable and special you want to keep them all to yourself. Set apart by their location, sheer luxury, history or venerability — and in many cases, all of the above — we’ve handpicked 25 […]

The perfect islands where horses play in the surf

The perfect islands where horses play in the surf

(CNN) — Mozambique’s coastline stretches about 2,470 kilometers along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and most of its beaches remain in pristine condition without hordes of tourists or tacky boardwalks. But even in a country blessed with immense natural beauty, the Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of six islands off the coast of Vilankulo, […]

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