45 Places To Go in 2012 (New York Times)

Read the full list of Editors picks of this year’s hot travel destinations. Read Full Article

Family Friendly Florence (Conde Nast Traveler)

Where to stay, eat and play in Florence, with kids. Read Full Article

Great Dates in Rome (Conde Nast Traveler)

Sip an Aperitivo Romans take their aperitivo time deadly seriously, and Freni e Frizioni has all the ingredients for a perfect pre-dinner drink: a great setting alongside the Tiber in the heart of Trastevere, and an ample buffet of bar snacks that are included in the price of your drink, which, by the way, should be an …

Great Dates in Venice (Conde Nast Traveler)

Dine on an Island in the Venetian Lagoon Venissa, the destination restaurant on the little-known island of Mazzorbo in the Venetian lagoon, has its own nineteenth-century walled vineyard, sustainable fruit and vegetable orchards, and a star female chef, Paola Budel, at the helm. The menu changes every three or four days, but highlights include the …

Niseko, Japan’s Own St Mortiz (New York Times)

I AM barefoot and naked padding along a stone path in the depths of Japanese winter, surrounded by snow-laden pine trees. I slip into a hot pool fed by natural underground springs. Huge, slow-moving snowflakes gently settle on my hair. In the dusk I can see just a few vague figures across the pond-size area …

Cambodia’s Sweet Spot (New York Times)

ON a sunny weekday in Kep, a seaside village about halfway alongCambodia’s coast, the crab market was heaving. Women in straw hats and rubber boots stood knee deep in the surf shouting out prices, periodically darting into the sea to pull writhing specimens out of wicker baskets. Children of all ages ran through the stalls; it seemed …

36 Hours in Mendoza, Argentina (New York Times)

ARGENTINA’S financial crash in 2002 was actually a boon for the local wine industry. The devaluation of the peso meant that winemakers in this northern region of the country could deliver high-quality vintages to the export market at very low prices, even while the cost of making wine was dropping. Real estate prices also fell, …

THE POETRY OF HANGZHOU, NY TIMES

ON a misty afternoon in February, Lingyin Temple, a fourth-century Buddhist site that is one of China’s most important sanctuaries, felt more like a carnival than a place of worship. In large multigenerational packs, festive families were gathered for the Lunar New Year holiday, tossing fistfuls of ceremonial paper money into huge open fire pits …

36 HOURS, BOLOGNA, NY TIMES

VIBRANT, independent and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Bologna is a dynamic counterpoint to more popular, touristy cities like Rome and Florence. About 50 miles north of Florence, the city is as famous for its cuisine as it is for its fiery left-leaning politics. Market stalls brimming with asparagus and fava beans, specialty …

36 HOURS, SINGAPORE, NY TIMES

JUDGING from the number of cranes that dot the city’s skyline, Singapore is booming. In the last few years, casinos and hotels have sprung up; museums and galleries in former colonial landmarks have flung open their doors; and international designers have staked out prime real estate alongside up-and-comers just starting to make their fashion mark. …