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10 tips to add more value to bargain train travel in Europe

Train travel in Europe is a bargain and, best of all, it’s easy — No need to adjust to driving a reverse standard on the opposite side of the road. No hassles about parking. No reason to stop for bathroom or fuel breaks. No need to break the bank with a rental car and petrol.


Five affordable British 5-star hotels — sample the good life without spending a mint

Not everyone can splurge on UK£300 or more for a night’s rest at a five-star historic hotel, but anyone willing to ante up 15 quid can immerse in Great Britain’s rich heritage. While gadding about Great Britain by train, I experienced each of these properties, sipping tea, savoring a spa treatment, teeing off, dining well, and touring gardens. You can, too.


10 air-travel lessons learned the hard way

Expert traveler, Hilary Nangel, tells the story of an was easy and trouble-free trip to the UK, until the journey home. While some of these woes were her own fault, others made her realize that a bit of advance preparation goes a long way.


A chance to tour the real Downton Abbey

If you’re one of the millions of Americans completely smitten by the PBS Emmy award-winning series Downton Abbey, and you’re as wealthy as the Earl of Grantham, you can immerse yourself in the show’s Edwardian setting.


An Olympian’s surprising Top 12 Alpine ski and snowboard resorts

Named to the U.S. Ski Team at 18, Bahrke, a native Californian, spent 11 years globetrotting for World Cup competitions and competing in three Olympics (Salt Lake City, Torino, and Vancouver). These days, she is squiring those with gobs of disposable income around one of America’s top luxury ski resorts. Though situated in the resplendent […]


Can’t get to Rome? Visit Quebec City, instead

More than 30 Italian museums, including the Capitoline and Vatican Museums, as well as private collections, all loaned artifacts and masterpieces to “ROME. From the Origins to Italy’s Capital,” organized by and on view at the Museum of Civilization, in Quebec City, through Jan. 29, 2012.


Eight ways to experience winter

This winter, experience the chills, thrills, snow, and ice from a different perspective. Savor the possibilities of a culinary snowsports tour in Italy. Conquer any fear of steep and deep with a specialty ski or snowboard program. View the frozen winterscape from the warmth of an excursion train.