An Insider's Guide to Travel: News, Tips, Information & Inspiration

Europe

Voluntourism: Work With Local Communities in France
Voluntourism / France & Belgium

Voluntourism: Work With Local Communities in France

If you’re planning a trip to France, consider going beyond the big tourist destinations and exploring local communities. The non-profit organization Volunteers for Peace has multiple opportunities for volunteers, which… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Dance to Help Alzheimer’s Patients in Berlin
Voluntourism / Germany & the Netherlands

Voluntourism Spotlight: Dance to Help Alzheimer’s Patients in Berlin

It’s no secret that Berlin is one of Europe’s hottest cities, and certainly most eccentric. An affordable cost of living attracts creative types from all corners of the globe, so… Read More…

The Insider’s Travel Guide to Malta
Europe

The Insider’s Travel Guide to Malta

The Mediterranean Sea is known for islands such as Corsica, Santorini, and Cyprus. But are you familiar with Malta? This former naval base has a lot of history, and Peter… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Archaeological Digs in Lyon
Voluntourism / Europe / France & Belgium

Voluntourism Spotlight: Archaeological Digs in Lyon

 This week’s Voluntourism Spotlight focuses on archaeological digs and restoration programs in the city of Lyon, France. Check out the program below and remember to tune in to Peter Greenberg… Read More…

Catacombs & Ghosts: The Dark Side of Paris
Fall / France & Belgium / Halloween

Catacombs & Ghosts: The Dark Side of Paris

You can make the claim that supernatural activity is everywhere, but what makes a place truly haunted? It’s about the belief, the mystery, and the culture around the myth. But… Read More…

Best Places to See Blooming Spring Flowers in The Netherlands
Germany & the Netherlands

Best Places to See Blooming Spring Flowers in The Netherlands

About 800,000 visitors make the annual pilgrimage to the Netherlands’ most famous display of tulips and other bulb flowers at Keukenhof Gardens, where 7 million bulbs explode with color over… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Cultural Immersion in Paris
Voluntourism / France & Belgium

Voluntourism Spotlight: Cultural Immersion in Paris

Language barriers can make any traveler feel out of place in a foreign country. Volunteering is one way to get the most out of learning the language of any country…. Read More…

A Global Editor’s Top Paris Restaurants
Culinary Travel / France & Belgium / Restaurants

A Global Editor’s Top Paris Restaurants

Paris is a city known for its history, artistic icons and, of course, its food. But finding the perfect Parisian restaurant can be a challenge. With so much to do in… Read More…

Sleeping with the Enemy: Dictators’ Homes Turned Hotels
Hotels & Accommodations / CBS News / Europe

Sleeping with the Enemy: Dictators’ Homes Turned Hotels

Ever thought about sleeping in the same room as a former dictator? Some of the world’s most fearsome leaders resided in grand properties that have since been converted into hotels…. Read More…

Danger in Sochi? Putting the US State Department Alert in Context
Travel News / Europe

Danger in Sochi? Putting the US State Department Alert in Context

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Games is stirring worldwide controversy–both officially and unofficially–due to threats of terrorism over the Games, overspending, and a recently enacted Russian law banning public displays of… Read More…

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Fall / Festivals / Germany & the Netherlands

What Americans Don’t Get About Oktoberfest

German ex-pat Cathrine Schermann shares what most Americans don’t understand about Oktoberfest and how you can party a bit more like the locals.

A Local’s Guide to Milan
Europe / Italy & Greece

A Local’s Guide to Milan

New York Fashion Week is drawing to a close just as Milan Fashion Week is gearing up. But you don’t have to be fashionista to get the most out of… Read More…

How Berlin Has Changed Since 1961
Culture / Germany & the Netherlands / Personal Travel Journals

How Berlin Has Changed Since 1961

When you travel back to a city you call home, often see it with fresh eyes. This happened to Alexandra (Sandy) Gleysteen, the senior producer for CBS This Morning. The… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Give Back, Go Local, Go London
Eco Travel / Voluntourism / British Isles

Voluntourism Spotlight: Give Back, Go Local, Go London

Peter’s antidote to the Prince George fever that’s hit London this summer is to go local. And we don’t just mean hitting the pub. One great option is to volunteer…. Read More…

Photo Credit: Peter Gray
Travel News / Travel Safety / Eastern Europe / LGBT Travel

How Dangerous is LGBT Travel in Russia Today?

Russia has been making headlines due to its so-called “anti-gay law” and increased incidents of violence towards openly gay Russians and travelers. As a result, there is a growing concern for LGBT… Read More…

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Destinations / British Isles / Culture / Europe

What to Do on Your Second (or Third!) Trip to London

The Royal baby watch is reaching a fever pitch, so it’s time to take a second look at everything that’s great about traveling to London. There’s more to get excited… Read More…

Is Turkey Dangerous? Global Alerts Warn against Turkey Travel
Travel News / Travel Safety / Europe / Middle East

Is Turkey Dangerous? Global Alerts Warn against Turkey Travel

As the instability in Turkey continues, governments across the world have started to take notice. Originally planned as a protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in Istanbul, the last… Read More…

Discovering Iceland: Myth vs. Reality
Culture / Scandinavia & the Baltics

Discovering Iceland: Myth vs. Reality

If you watch Game of Thrones, you’re probably familiar with Iceland as the dramatic landscape for the scenes shot behind the wall. Iceland has long been surrounded by myth. Is… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Culture / Italy & Greece / Museums

Travel Tip: How to See the Pope

Pope Francis has announced that he is not traveling for most of the year. So if the Pope isn’t coming to you, well, you’ll just have to go see him… Read More…