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Natalia Lusinski in Portugal.

I traveled around Portugal with 35 people around 70 years old, and left with several valuable life lessons

An unexpected trip can be a source of valuable life lessons. I learned that when I visited Portugal with nearly three dozen people my mother's age.
Hotel TwentySeven in Amsterdam was deemed the hotel with the world's most inspired design.

The top 14 boutique hotels in the world that should be on every luxury traveler’s list

A hotel in Bali was named the best overall boutique hotel, while hotels in Portugal, South Africa, Greece, and New Zealand also won top honors.
Lisbon is a beautiful city to visit in Portugal.

12 tips to make the most of your trip to Portugal

From walking the streets to tasting authentic local cuisine, here are some tips for experiencing Portugal like a local.
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa drools while shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Portugal’s president heavily drooled upon meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had to wipe his mouth after meeting Xi Jinping during a visit to Lisbon on Tuesday.
Mieido Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, photographed in April 2016. Japan is the 10th safest country in the world.

These are the 20 safest and most crime-free countries

These countries have the lowest rates of homicide, terrorism, and organized crime as well as a reliable police force, according to a new report.
Pena National Palace outside Lisbon in Sintra, Portugal, is about as real as fairy-tale castles get.

I visited the Portuguese castle called ‘Disneyland for adults,’ and it’s a magical, real-life fairy-tale setting you can’t mis...

Sintra, Portugal, a picturesque city outside of Lisbon, is home to numerous palaces, villas, mansions, castles, and churches. The most stunning of the sights is the Pena National Palace, which looks like a fairy-tale castle.
Prepare to step into Hogwarts at Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal.

I visited one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, which is over 100 years old and a rumored inspiration behind Harry Potter — and de...

The Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto is one of the world's oldest bookstores, frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, and a top place to visit in Portugal. Many say it was a direct inspiration for J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books.
The best places to visit in October 2018

The 13 best places to visit in October for every type of traveler

October is shoulder season for many top tourism destinations. The best places to visit in October include the haunted city of Savannah, Georgia, the world's biggest Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany, and the vibrant cultural hub of Marrakesh, Morocco.
What the Livraria Lello bookstore in Portugal looks like empty.

2 photos show how different it is visiting Portugal in the high season vs. the low season

Tourism is booming in Portugal with the country receiving a record 12.7 million tourists last year, a number that is sure to increase this year. But it's overrunning places like the Livraria Lello bookstore with tourists.
Many travelers believe the most beautiful McDonald's in the world is in Porto, an age-old coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its gorgeous cobblestone streets and historic medieval city center.

I ate at the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world, with crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, and outrageously delicious pastries

Many travelers believe the most beautiful McDonald's in the world is in Porto, an age-old coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its gorgeous cobblestone streets and historic medieval city center.