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15 of the most spectacular places to swim in the world

15 of the most spectacular places to swim in the world

Summer is right around the corner, so dust off your bathing suit and get ready to jump into the deep end. Swimming season is almost upon us, although your optimism may vary depending on your chlorine tolerance. With that in mind, ditch the pools and wade into the best places to swim in the world – a collection of rivers, lakes, idyllic pools, mysterious caves and sinkholes. Yes, sinkholes. Wild swimming has made a comeback in recent years, as more and more people go in search of unique swimming experiences across the globe. There are also plenty of awesome beaches included, for those looking for something a little more traditional. Happy paddling! RECOMMENDED: The 31 best beaches in the world

13 of the best treks in the world

13 of the best treks in the world

The dictionary definition of ‘trek’ is ‘a long arduous journey, especially one made on foot’, but the use of the word ‘arduous’ isn’t always entirely fair, especially here. Sure, these walks traverse multiple days, but our list of incredible treks around the world is all about stunning views, thrilling experiences and a sense of accomplishment that is difficult to match. Every drop of sweat is both earned and worth it. In the name of fairness, we’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible with our selection. If you want to take that as a long walk pun, have at it. Featuring all of the continents (except Antarctica, although walking across it is possible), these treks traverse mountains, nations, coastlines and more. Are you ready for the walk of a lifetime? Be sure to wear the right shoes... RECOMMENDED: The 20 most romantic places in the world

The 12 best restaurants in Copenhagen

The 12 best restaurants in Copenhagen

Foodies, get your buns to Copenhagen pronto, tonto. The Danish capital is a hotbed of culinary innovation with a blossoming gastronomy scene that ranks high among the best things to do here. This is the birthplace of New Nordic cuisine, where seasonal ingredients are king and proximity is key. The best restaurants in Copenhagen cover a whole lot of ground, from salt of the earth home cooking to blowout Michelin star magic. Dinnertime in the Danish capital is an absolute treat, no matter what neighbourhood you find yourself in. 

12 of the most breathtakingly beautiful road trips in Europe

12 of the most breathtakingly beautiful road trips in Europe

You can’t beat a good road trip. Fill the car, load up the tunes (or the podcasts) and hit the road, stopping wherever the mood takes and feeling the unbeatable freedom that travel is supposed to provide. Our pick of the best road trips in Europe covers every corner, the only limitation being how long you are willing to spend behind the wheel. The continent's extensive network of roads offers up some of the best road trips on the planet, so get ready for mountains, lakes, rivers and more. RECOMMENDED: 11 of the most breathtaking beautiful road trips around the world

11 of the most breathtakingly beautiful road trips around the world

11 of the most breathtakingly beautiful road trips around the world

You could say that life is one big road trip, but that is bordering a little too close to poetry. Why not just go on a big ol’ IRL car journey instead? The world is filled with incredible roads that stretch on and on, traversing stunning sights and memorable spots that have dominated travel bucket lists for years. You’ll need plenty of fuel in the tank and a carefully curated list of road trip podcasts lined up, but the rewards are seemingly endless. Our selection of the best road trips in the world will take you through a whole load of incredible scenery, not to mention a healthy portion of the weirdest things on the planet. There’s a lot to love out there. RECOMMENDED: 11 of the most incredible train journeys around the world

The 23 weirdest natural wonders of the world

The 23 weirdest natural wonders of the world

What a beautiful world we live in. Every corner of the planet shimmers with wonder, from the cerulean shades of the oceans to the mountains stretching high into the sky. It is easy to forget, but Earth is blessed with nature that not only gives us life but also looks pretty darn good in the process. But, that said, it’s also pretty weird. These natural wonders exist almost beyond comprehension. Lakes aren’t supposed to be pink, beaches aren’t supposed to be black, mountains aren’t supposed to be rainbow-coloured and caves aren’t supposed to glow, but you’ll find all this and more in our collection of the weirdest places in the world. RECOMMENDED: 27 most brilliantly colourful places around the world

11 of the most bike-friendly cities in the world

11 of the most bike-friendly cities in the world

More people should be riding bikes – because they’re awesome. The age of the motorcar is spluttering to a noisy end, and the old-fashioned stylings of the humble bicycle are ready to take centre stage once again. As the incorrectly-remembered quote famously goes: ‘Four wheels bad, two wheels good.’ There is a little bit of wishful thinking about this, of course. Most of the world’s cities are still defined by traffic jams and private cars, but some forward-thinking places are falling in love with the bicycle all over again. The most bike-friendly cities in the world are mostly in Europe, but there are spots in the USA and Australia that are slowly catching up. Here are our faves. RECOMMENDED: 21 amazing things cities are doing to fight the climate crisis

10 of the best caves in the world

10 of the best caves in the world

Caves have intrigued and amazed ever since humans were capable of being intrigued and amazed, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Caves are the dictionary definition of mysterious beauty, curious subterranean worlds that exist outside of the mucky meddling of human whims, and no continent is free. Not that any of the continents would want to be, of course. From the tourist-friendly caverns of Slovenia and Italy to religious pilgrimage spots in Laos, these are the best caves in the world, perfect for professionals and amateurs alike.  RECOMMENDED: The 27 most brilliantly colourful places in the world

11 of the best luxury train rides around the world

11 of the best luxury train rides around the world

Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time commuting in the UK will know that trains sometimes can hardly be considered travelling in style. But it hasn’t always been a case of incessant delays and sardine-tight scrums. There was once a time when travelling by rail meant travelling in luxurious style. Luxury? Train travel? Never! Well, that was very much the case, and there remain several opportunities around the globe to ride the rails in the opulence of yesteryear. Many of these tourist trains are built around complete packages, with day trips and stop-offs around every corner. Not literally, obviously, but it is undeniably delightful that the most luxurious train rides in the world also happen to follow some of the most beautiful routes on the planet, not to mention some of the longest. Train travel as it once was? Start saving, because this is well worth it. RECOMMENDED: 11 of the most incredible railway journeys around the world

The 13 most romantic hotels in the world

The 13 most romantic hotels in the world

Being romantic is a 365-day way of life. That isn’t up for debate, but there is something about taking a trip away with your person(s) to make things a little more exciting. We’re lucky enough to live on a planet that is packed with romantic places, waiting for lovers of all shapes and sizes. Finding a place to stay is an integral part of the experience; scratch that, finding one is the most important part. There are some seriously romantic hotels around the world, but we’ve done our best to narrow down our selection to the best of the best. From Finland to Brazil via Bosnia, Kenya and more, our pick of the most romantic hotels in the world will make your getaway that bit more extraordinary. Expect giraffes, incredible light shows and royal palaces, but most of all, expect a whole lotta love. RECOMMENDED: The 20 most romantic places in the world

11 of the prettiest islands in the world

11 of the prettiest islands in the world

Close those eyes nice and tight, because it is time to transport yourself away to a little slice of heaven. There are some seriously stunning islands in this world, from Caribbean charmers to northern nooks that could be from another planet entirely, with plenty of range in between. They’re one great testament to the magic of nature. Nobody wants to be shipwrecked, obviously, but you’d do worse than coming ashore on one of these stunners. If you’re visiting these, though, don’t forget the sunglasses, suncream and a good book. Here are the best islands in the world according to us. RECOMMENDED: The 31 best beaches in the world

The 15 best happy hours in Chicago

The 15 best happy hours in Chicago

Society may have revised what post-pandemic work looks like, but post-work drinks? That’s a staple that won’t go away anytime soon. Leave it to Chicago’s best cocktail bars and restaurants to offer enticing happy hour drinks and food pairings, from yuquita fries and lavender-infused vodka cocktails to oysters and martinis. Whether you’ve been hard-pressed to get a reservation at a popular restaurant, want to kick back with coworkers and a few pitchers of sangria, or impress a date with your board game skills, the best happy hours in Chicago offer plenty of entertainment—4pm karaoke, anyone?—and atmosphere to spice up any day of the week.