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What makes Belize unlike anywhere else? Is it the lush rainforest and unspoiled nature? The stunning dive and snorkeling sites and pristine beaches? The atmospheric and majestic Maya sites? It’s hard to identify what makes Belize the magical destination that it is, so we asked some Belizeans for their opinions. “Belize is a melting pot of different cultures. Like the Garifuna, Maya and Creole...Read more >

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Cheers, it’s oyster season! And we’ve partnered with Refinery29 and Food52 to send a lucky winner and a guest to the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine, plus delicious meals on the house. Enter now for a chance to win a 3-night stay, $1000 towards airfare, 2 nights of dinners, and $250 to spend at Food52′s Provisions shop. ENTER NOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN Read more >

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New York City; July 29, 2014. AFAR Conversations is an opportunity to bring leaders in various fields together for a discussion on ideas and topics that can have a positive impact on our world. We’ve experienced that when curious, intelligent, and passionate people gather for an evening of conversation interesting things happen. On July 29, I was excited to moderate our fifth  AFAR...Read more >

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Los Angeles–based architect Barbara Bestor may have been dubbed queen of her neighborhood after publishing the book Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake, but her love of art and culture goes beyond any zip code. A nonstop traveler, Bestor works what she’s seen—bright tile in Istanbul, mud mosques in Mali—into bold designs that are changing the face of L.A. Check out where (and how) she...Read more >

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Photo by Alastair Philip Wiper THE FIND: COFFEE AND A DANISH “We found the perfect plot of land on this little island,” says fashion designer Henrik Vibskov of the real estate he acquired recently for his new design studio in Copenhagen. His dream space on the historically industrial Paper Island came with one catch, though: He had to build a public play space in the adjacent shack. The newly...Read more >

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Wherever you are on the road this month, keep your eyes peeled for the little (and not-so-little) locals. PICTURED ABOVE: Bighorn sheep first set hoof in America 100,000 years ago via the Bering Strait. Many made their way to California’s Mount Whitney, shown here. Thailand Norway || Image by © STAFF/Reuters/Corbis Americans walk an average of 934 miles a year. Norwegian polar...Read more >

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Nearly 1,600 years ago, bright, checked fabrics arrived in Scotland by way of migratory irishmen. You could have called these woolen creations tartan plaids, though they were much simpler in design. Over time, clans in the Highlands wove in more colors and turned the patterns into ceremonial kilts as a sign of individuality. The Scottish-patterned goods on the next page are just as unique and...Read more >

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When chef Jose Garces decided to open Rural Society, a new steakhouse in the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., he knew he had to head to the source: Buenos Aires, the world’s grilling capital. What did he bring back? Plenty of clever new techniques and memories of the most tender steak he’d ever tasted. CHEESE PLEASE Park Hyatt Buenos Aires. Photo by Graciela Cattarossi “I stayed at...Read more >

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Ham Yard, a splashy new hotel cutting through London’s Soho fog, is the latest from hotelier Kit Kemp, who is known for her bright colors and flea market finds. Our favorite space? The drawing room off the bar, which, Kemp says, “feels like your glamorous, well-traveled aunt’s home.” NO, THIS ISN’T PAINT The walls are actually covered in terra-cotta-colored linen from British upholstery...Read more >

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