20 Ultimate Things to Do in Madrid

With its impressive roster of world-class museums, royal palaces, and scenic parks, here's everything to do and see in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

Known for its history, art scene, and incredible culinary delights, Madrid is a must for any traveler. When you’re not eating and drinking your fill (or indulging in a much-needed siesta), get inspired by visiting one of the many murals, rooftop bars, parks, and museums the city offers. Most of Madrid’s main attractions sit within walking distance from one another, so with a little determination, you can tackle them all in just a few days. Tapas bars, busy plazas, outdoor markets, and hidden hotspots, taking in all Madrid has to offer can be daunting, especially if you plan to dabble in the city’s other major claim to fame: sundown-to-sunup nightlife. From people-watching at the world-famous Plaza Mayor to prestigious art at Museo del Prado and exquisite tapas and unmissable rooftop bars, these are the 20 things you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the sunny capital. INSIDER TIPIf you’d like to get a glimpse of most of the major sites but don’t enjoy crowds or wandering around, grab your camera, purchase a ticket on the Hop-on/Hop-off double-decker bus and try to grab a seat on the top deck. It’s a great option if you’re traveling with family, older people, or children. It will also help you get your bearings before you venture out on your own. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you start to recognize places.  

Rome Is Rethinking How to Get Around the City, and We Have Questions

I wasnt out of breath as I pedaled, thanks to the electric motor that whirred softly, propelling me past the rose garden on the right and the Circus Maximus on the left. The cinnamon-colored stacks of the Palatine Hill glowed in the waning sunlight. It was May of 2020, and it was Romes first Saturday … Continued

10 of the Dreamiest Countryside Hotels in Italy

Want to stay inside a thousand-year-old castle in Italy?

Vast stretches of rural landscapes leading to centuries-old properties will greet you when checking into these idyllic hotels from Piedmont to Puglia. When not dining on the regional fare or learning local traditions, the Italian way of life, dolce far neinte, otherwise known as pleasant idleness, will become your favorite pastime.

15 Spectacular Cruises for Travelers Who Hate Cruise Ships

Not a fan of cruise ships? Sail down the Amazon River, travel Norway's Fjords, or island-hop in the Caribbean without the crowds and buffets of a major cruise liner.

If you’ve ever drawn gasps from a horrified crowd with “I don’t like cruises,” then this article is for you. The massive modern cruise ship industry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Even before COVID-19, the idea of setting sail with Norovirus nightmare stories, questionable ethics, social directors, and daunting environmental impacts turned off sustainable and slow travelers, rights activists, and introverts. Despite the drawbacks of big cruises, there is a certain magic in pulling up to port at a new destination. Those who steer clear of the big ships don’t have to miss out. These top cruising alternatives offer do-it-yourself options for classic routes, new destinations, authenticity, a reduced carbon footprint, and don’t shake down the local economies. Time to set sail!

10 Better-Than-Europe Experiences You Can Have in the U.S.

And if they're not better, they're pretty close to being just as good.

Let’s start by addressing the obvious elephant in the room: yes, it’s impossible to substitute a European vacation with anything other than, well, a European vacation. But hear me out, it is possible to come pretty darn close. There are at least 10 European-inspired activities you can participate in throughout the United States. Some pay homage to the original experience by going to great lengths to replicate it, while others sneakily manage to one-up their European counterpart. In some cases, Mother Nature has simply outdone herself in North America. In others, it’s the companies and destinations that have discovered how to outshine the overseas competition by homing in on the very best attributes of each experience while eliminating some of the frustrations. From encountering fewer crowds to increased access that gets you up-close-and-personal with some of these marvels, you’re bound to see the beauty (and convenience) of these U.S.-based alternatives to European vacations.