11 best places to visit in Slovakia

A land of magnificent cities and majestic castles, Slovakia is one of European’s most spectacular countries, even though many people outside the region might struggle to place it on a map.

Often overlooked by tourists, this modest-sized destination is more sedate than the neighboring Czech Republic, but equally rich in architectural grandeur.

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A Best-Kept Luxury Travel Secret on the Mediterranean: Alaçati, Turkey

“The next [fill in the blank]” and “like [hotspot of choice] 20 years ago” are two of the bigger clichés in travel writing. And yet, sometimes clichés are clichés for very good reason: In this case, it’s an evocative way of explaining how Alaçati still has the innocence, charm and incredible beauty of a Turkish fishing village (although one that local tourists have been embracing for a while), while the better-known Bodrum, further down the Aegean coast, has large resorts, a Nikki Beach and Irish pubs.

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‘Transformative travel’ is the industry’s latest twist on making vacations more meaningful

As the senior director of strategy and impact for the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Christina Beckmann was well aware of the growing demand for ever-deeper travel experiences — what some in the industry call transformational or transformative travel.

After all, she had experienced it herself — not once, but twice.

“I had my first transformation on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon,” Beckmann said. “I quit my job, and here I am today.”

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5 Tips to Save Money Booking Your Next Hotel Room

Why did you end up paying $100 more per night for that hotel stay than your friend, who was a guest at the same property just a few days earlier? It’s not uncommon, according to Mike Heflin, the senior vice president of the hotels division at Travel Leaders Group, a network of 50,000 travel agents.

“Hotel prices and the perks you get can vary wildly depending on how you book,” he said. There are, however, ways to hone in on a deal and save some money. Here are some of Mr. Heflin’s best tips to do just that.

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Selina, the Hotel for Digital Nomads, Is Coming to the US

Think back to your last scroll through Instagram. You probably saw at least one perfectly curated green smoothie breakfast, an epic #magichour sunset, and some version of digital nomads living their best lives.

That last one is a zeitgeist moment Rafael Museri and his business partner Daniel Rudasevski are banking on. In 2014, the Israeli businessmen co-founded Selina, an international hospitality brand that caters to the increasingly popular digital nomad lifestyle—when people work remotely in the location of their choice—by incorporating everything a nomad may want and need into a space to stay. You could check into a boutique hotel room or hostel and find co-working spaces, yoga and meditation rooms, and plenty of like-minded travelers.

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These 6 Caribbean destinations are cheap (but amazing) for summer travel

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is a dreamy destination — so it’s no surprise it has an $18 billion tourism industry. According to Caribbean Tourism Organization, 30 million visitors traveled here in 2017, the highest number on record.

Many parts of the Caribbean are cheaper to travel in summer when several islands go “off peak,” compared to fall and winter high-season prices. (Though hurricane season in the area is June to late November, most storms hit during its peak, between late August and October. Last year, hurricanes Irma and Maria both occurred in September.)

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Former Home Of King To Become Luxury Hotel And Residences In New Jersey

Natirar

Natirar, the former home of the late King of Morocco located in Somerset County, New Jersey, will be expanded to feature a luxury boutique hotel called Pendry Natirar that will be managed by Pendry Hotels, one of the most bespoke hotel management companies in the country. Pendry Hotels is a division of Montage International, the luxury hotel management company.

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