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November 11, 2010

Hawaii for the Holidays? Announcing Our Next Travel Q&A Flight-Voucher Winner!

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Hanauma Bay on Oahu, Hawaii (Robert Coello/Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau)

"Taking two boys (4 and 2) to Oahu along with my wife. Where's the best town in Oahu for being close to the attractions (zoo, snorkeling, aquarium, etc.) but far enough away from the madness of Honolulu? I am thinking North Shore."

We're excited to announce the second winner in our year-long flight voucher giveaway for the best travel advice submitted by the readers of In response to the above question from reader 'sdjase' of San Diego, Cristina W. of Washington, D.C., offered the following spot-on advice:

"The attractions you mention, plus renowned and not-to-be-missed protected snorkeling spot Hanauma Bay, are located in or near Waikiki on the southeastern end of Oahu. Depending on where you stay on the North Shore, which is northwest of Waikiki, you'd be about an hour or more drive from Waikiki and its attractions. A better bet would be Kailua, which is about 30 minutes drive north of Waikiki (if you avoid rush hour), on the other side of the Ko'olau mountain range that cuts through the island. Additionally, Kailua Beach is a great family-friendly beach with activities/gear such as kayaking and windsurfing as well as snorkeling. From Kailua you could also readily access the North Shore and its surroundings, within 30-40 minutes."

To thank her for sharing her Hawaii expertise, Christina is the recipient of a free Delta Airlines voucher for round-trip travel anywhere in the contiguous U.S. and Canada! For your chance to win our next airfare giveaway, share your best travel advice with your fellow travelers today! For more information about this giveaway, check out our contest-detail page here.

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August 20, 2009

Guide to the World's Best Resorts & Lodges

Cayo Espanto, a private luxury all-inclusive in Belize (courtesy, Cayo Espanto)

For the past 12 months, I have been neck-deep in one of the toughest assignments a travel editor can expect: Scouring the globe for the world's best destination resorts and lodges. I know, it's a hard job gazing at images of unspoiled, faraway places (like the one above), but I wasn't alone for my journey. We assigned a crack squad of travel writers with clips in publications including National Geographic Adventure, Travel+Leisure, and Lonely Planet to track down the cream of the crop, including their selections for the best family resorts, beach resorts, national park lodges, all-inclusive resorts, and six other distinct travel categories. One year later, with my list of must-visit places in a state of morbid obesity, we're excited to announce the launch of's new Resorts & Lodges Guide, featuring 200 of the world's ultimate destination-resort experiences. If you're looking for inspiration about where to stay next, this is the place to start.

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May 26, 2009

Top 10 U.S. Beaches: Dr. Beach's 2009 Picks

POT OF GOLD: Hanalei Bay on Kauai, Hawaii (Thinkstock/Getty)

Florida International University's Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, has released his 2009 list of top beaches (note that past winners are ineligible for inclusion). Here are his top ten beaches:

1. Hanalei Bay (Kauai, Hawaii)
2. Siesta Beach (Sarasota, Florida)
3. Coopers Beach (Southampton, New York)
4. Coronado Beach (San Diego, California)
5. Hamoa Beach (Maui, Hawaii)
6. Main Beach (East Hampton, New York)
7. Cape Hatteras (Outer Banks, North Carolina)
8. Cape Florida State Park (Key Biscayne, Florida)
9. Coast Guard Beach (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
10. Beachwalker Park (Kiawah Island, South Carolina)

Tell us about your favorites in the comments section. My fave U.S. beach is probably the pristine stretch of sand at the bottom of the road in Carmel (amazing sunsets); outside the U.S.—and this one's way off the beaten track—it's Mogushi Beach in southwestern Japan. (For more of staffers' far-flung beach favorites, check out our interactive Google Map here.)

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March 31, 2009

New on the Network: Travel Photos

By Kate Chandler

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Sea anemone in the waters off of Bonaire (Nathan Borchelt) just posted lots of awesome new travel photos on the site. We beefed up our Caribbean inventory (because we know you're all dreaming of sun and sand) with photo galleries of Bonaire Above Ground and Bonaire Under Water. Plus, you can now download screensavers of Bonaire, Grand Cayman, and Grenada.

Also in the spirit of warm, sunny places, we have new photo galleries featuring Kauai, Hawaii; Big Island, Hawaii; and smoking hot lava on Hawaii's Big Island

Our own Nathan Borchelt put together a great photo essay on the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest last fall in New York. This gallery is just one more piece of our blown-out guide to New York, where you'll find great trip ideas for the city and upstate.

We also captured the essence of Bangkok, Thailand, in both a photo gallery and a screensaver. If you're looking for something a little more serene, our new Temples of Cambodia screensaver will do the trick.

Like what you see? View more photo galleries and screensavers now!

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March 16, 2009

Hawaii Tourism Upset Over SNL Skit

By Ben Sumner

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The Associated Press reports that Hawaii's lieutenant governor and some in the state's tourism industry are upset over a Saturday Night Live skit that aired March 7, 2009, claiming that it portrays Hawaii in a negative light. The skit (video below), with professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who once lived in Hawaii, and SNL regular Fred Armisen, is about two poorly paid stereotypical entertainers in grass skirts making the rounds at a restaurant full of tourists. Hawaii's tourism liaison told the Honolulu Advertiser that the skit is "offensive," and with the economy and tourism industry in such bad shape, anything that portrays the state negatively could affect the industry even further. You be the judge. Would you think twice about taking a trip to Hawaii, one of the most beautiful and exotic places in the United States, because of a sketch that makes fun of the divide between Hawaiian natives and tourists?

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February 02, 2009

"Gathering of the Kings" Luau on Hawaii's Big Island

By Ben Sumner

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PLAYING WITH FIRE: A performer at the "Gathering of the Kings" luau (courtesy, The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii)

Sure, the travel-writing gig undoubtedly has its perks, but there is a simple irony to being in Hawaii, one of the most romantic places on Earth, with only a notebook for company. On a recent weeklong trip to Hawaii, I toured around Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island, checking out romance-ready properties like The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii on the Big Island and Grand Hyatt in Kauai. At The Fairmont’s "Gathering of the Kings" luau, which shows Saturdays, the director of banquets got word I was a journalist on assignment for I was seated first, front row center, ahead of couples celebrating their anniversary or honeymoons. No mad dash for the buffet... my table got to go first. There wasn’t a better view of the show than the one I had. And while you can put this VIP treatment down to the PR people playing their game well, I’m happy to report that this is one show that’s worth the price of admission if you want a multisensory taste of what it is to be Hawaiian.

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