As the world increasingly retreats into an echo chamber of car horns and email alerts, it’s nice to know that somewhere in the middle of the Pacific there’s a whole nation of smiling, slightly salt-frosted people deftly navigating speedboats around idyllic islands, pausing to lop the tops off of coconuts or admire a well-formed brain coral.
Shanghai is a 21st-century boomtown, a glittering, nonstop celebration of economic success. Yet there are hidden pockets of the city’s former life here, made all the more precious by the neon glare around them.
This German auto hub offers gearhead thrills alongside lush green spaces, hearty food and cultural surprises
To discover the heady charms of the sultry Philippine capital, you’ll need to navigate the chaos of mototaxi rides and a relentless nightlife scene—and eat a lot of garlic rice
This charming lake town in Canada’s Okanagan Valley is that rare outdoor-sports haven that doesn’t skimp on more sedentary pleasures
A paradise for snorkelers and beach bums, this tiny Central American country has even more to offer those who venture off the beaten path
Putting both wealth and vision to work, the capital of Qatar has risen from desert backwater to sophisticated hot spot for global tourism
This Caribbean nation proudly celebrated 50 years of independence in 2012—but with its sublime landscapes, sensational food, riotously fun nightlife and vibrant culture drawing a new generation of appreciative visitors, the best is yet to come
Jerusalem may have the gravitas, but Tel Aviv—home to progressive art, ambitious cuisine and a rip-roaring nightlife scene—has the fun
Japan’s capital is a place of unfathomable size, endless variety and constant movement, but just below the surface of this futuristic megalopolis is a surprising and delightful sense of calm
Follow in the footsteps of sultans in Turkey’s vibrant port city
With its seamless blend of shrewd commerce, uncompromising luxury and countercultural abandon, all set against a dramatic mountain backdrop, Washington’s capital of cool is a study in complementary contrasts
It is one of the biggest, most interesting and most happening cities on earth. And with the Olympic Games returning, now’s the ideal time to rediscover London in all its polish, pomp, grit and glory.
A place of deep history and staggering views, one of UNESCO’s first World Heritage cities has been flying under travelers’ radar for a long time. But thanks to a growing economy and a renewed focus on preservation and development, that’s about to change.
Once the center of a mighty empire, the Portuguese capital was nearly wiped out in the 18th century, only to rise again and establish itself as one of Europe’s most beguiling cities, rich in beauty, grace and melancholy
The largest city in the Lone Star State imbues its flourishing fine-arts institutions, adventurous restaurants, lush parks and friendly bars and cafés with the same independent Texas spirit that first put it on the map.
With the legendary Taj Mahal practically at its doorstep, India’s capital has established itself as a true 21st-century metropolis — all without neglecting the vibrant history, culture and cuisine that have long made it one of the world’s most enthralling destinations.
Sparkling turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches have long drawn travelers to these islands, but it’s the friendly locals and unexpected adventures that keep so many coming back.
Having broken free from decades of political upheaval, Argentina’s capital is today a thriving metropolis marked by a confident, eclectic mix of influences, extending to everything from food and nightlife to art and design. The result is a city that is both wholly South American and absolutely unlike any other.
With its imposing volcanoes and impossibly lush scenery, the Hawaiian Islands’ headliner has appropriately outsize appeal. (Just don’t call it the Big Island.)