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Ice tsunamis at the world's edge

Eqi, Greenland (CNN) — All before us is ice. Stretching out for miles there’s nothing but a vast barrier of white. A frozen sea, more than 30 stories tall, as menacing as it is beautiful. The engine falls silent and the boat comes to a standstill. Its passengers do likewise, freezing in awe at the […]

Why this city is the Versailles of Germany

(CNN) — Situated sublimely on the banks of the Havel River, Potsdam is Germany at its most regal. Sparkling with Baroque palaces, manicured gardens, and splashing fountains from its proud Prussian past, the “German Versailles” is the most popular day trip from nearby Berlin and a fairytale escape from the capital’s heavy history. Most visitors […]

The Italian town paying people to move there

(CNN) — The mayor of Italian town Candela has come up with a practical solution to its dwindling population number — paying people to become residents. Nicola Gatta wants the small medieval town in Puglia to shine like it did in the 1990s, when more than 8,000 people lived here. Today, there are just 2,700 […]

World's best airport swimming pools

(CNN) — Forget on-site cinemas and private bars, it seems spectacular swimming pools have become the hottest airport amenity. The Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport are each getting their own outdoor pool — complete with scenic runway views. As of December, travelers passing through Punta Cana […]

Lava and luxury: A wallet-scorching tour

Kona, Hawaii (CNN) — There’s a reason why Hawaii is synonymous with paradise. Its otherworldly perfection causes even the most well-traveled person to be overwhelmed with its majesty. The Island of Hawaii, the largest in the United States archipelago, is known for its multiple forms of natural beauty: five volcanoes, lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, Kona […]

How tourists can save lives on their travels

(CNN) — Vacationing in developing countries can sometimes leave travelers feeling uneasy, particularly if they’re concerned that tourism may be doing more harm than good. But giving back doesn’t necessarily have to mean months of volunteer work. In fact, tourists can help to make a difference in the country they’re visiting by simply bringing along […]

Passports for sale: How to buy citizenship

(CNN) — Turns out money doesn’t just buy a glamorous vacation in the Caribbean or a killer suite in Quebec — it can buy residency too. While British citizens are rushing to claim Irish passports post-Brexit vote, the world’s most elite travelers don’t bother standing in line at immigration counters. Instead, they enlist in citizenship […]

5 spectacular Loire Valley castles

(CNN) — Who doesn’t love a good castle? But you can have too much of a good thing … With more than 3.3 million visitors per year, the group of 42 chateaux that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Loire Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France outside […]

Aboard the 1938 fight from London to Australia

(CNN) — Flying to the other side of the world used to be such a romantic adventure, but the 10-day upper-class epics of yesteryear will soon be reduced to a 15-hour nonstop dash. Instead of a multi-stage marathon on a luxury flying boat, the first direct flights from the UK to Perth, Australia will take […]

$20,000 a night: Luxurious new penthouse suites

(CNN) — Your own private oasis, high above the fray. That’s what luxury hotel penthouses offer guests who are willing to pay a premium for some height and a lot of high design. Naturally, New York City is chock full of them. But there are also luxurious new penthouses in other, less expected corners of […]