Midnight Express: Iran to Turkey by Train

All aboard the Midnight Express (Tehran to Istanbul)

Iran is again catching its share of headlines. So it seemed as good a time as any to share the story of our exit from the country at the end of last year -- hopping a train en route from Tehran across the border to Turkey, then all the way to Istanbul. One of the finest and most surprising segments of our around-the-world journey. … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day Slideshow

Today is International Women's Day. To celebrate, we share an updated version of our Women from Around the World slideshow.You probably won't see any of these women on TV or on the covers of magazines (well, maybe someday). Instead, they are the women we meet in markets, on public transport, in the shops that they run, in rural villages, on city streets. They are … [Read more...]

Berlin Food: Favorite Neighborhood Meals Under €10

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In time for the ITB Berlin travel conference this week, we share some of our favorite Berlin restaurants and dishes that fall into the category of high value. The goal isn’t just to eat well and inexpensively, but to use Berlin food exploration as a compass to get out and enjoy the city's fabulous neighborhoods along the way. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador

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4:00 A.M., alarm blaring, almost violent at an ungodly hour. I cursed it and was tempted to roll over. But I knew if I had, I'd regret it. I had a volcanic lake to visit.After a bumpy chicken bus ride, we finally arrived at the lake's edge. The sun was just coming up and we were among the very few people there.Open up the panorama to see Quilotoa Lake for … [Read more...]