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Win a $25,000 Dream Trip to Anywhere in the World!

Win a $25,000 Dream Trip

Condé Nast Traveler is offering you a chance to win a $25,000 Dream Trip to anywhere in the world!

All you need to do is upload a photo from a trip and tell us what made it a great travel moment.  If the editors like your submission, start packing your bags.  Not only will we pay for your trip, but consumer news editor (and sister blogger) Wendy Perrin, will work with you to craft a truly unforgettable and flawless journey.

So start rummaging through your travel collection today!  Need a little inspiration?  Check out our Dream Trip 2007 and 2008 winners.

Further reading:
* The full list of Dream Trip 2009 prizes
* Our 2007 winner blogged his Dream Trip through Antarctica and South America

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2009 Readers' Choice Survey

Readers Choice on Conde Nast Traveler

Every November, Condé Nast Traveler publishes its Top 100, where we list the world's best hotels, cruise lines, airlines, destinations, and car rental agencies. No sooner than the the White Pages-sized book hits the stoops with a thunk! the emails flood in from readers asking us how we come up with the winners.

The fact is that we don't. The Readers' Choice Survey results are courtesy of you. And it is our honor to announce that the 2009 Readers' Choice Survey is now open. This is your chance to determine the winners. If you have a recent travel experience, log on to the 2009 Readers' Choice Survey right now and cast your votes! 

Here's the kicker: Participate by May 29, 2009 and you become eligible to win one of four trips for two to a top destination of your choice.

Make your voice heard and win a trip.  Sounds like a win-win.

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Google Earth Explained

Condé Nast Traveler's April issue is on stands, and in it, writer Mike DiPaola realizes that in the post-Google world our entire conception of geography has changed. Read "Google Earth: Move Over, Magellan" as DiPaola recounts his Google Earth experience. Don't forget to check out our interactive primer on the topic. If you are one of the 10 people worldwide still scratching your head on the whole Google Earth/Maps thing, it should help. 

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The Great South American Beach Finder

April

A beach is so much more than a sunny stretch of sand, although there are plenty of those, too, in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, where Condé Nast Traveler surveyed more than 9,000 miles of coast to come up with 13 of the continent's best strands. Check out the April issue, on stands now, for tropical heat (and the hardbodies who come with it), pebbled shores populated with penguins, unpeopled stretches where palm trees are your only company, and waves without end. If you can't wait to see it in print, catch a sneak peak of our April cover story here.

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Europe's New Riviera: Turkey, Croatia, and Montenegro

Kotur Bay
The Bay of Kotor, in Montenegro.

Forget St-Tropez. For Condé Nast Traveler's March issue, Julia Chaplin headed further east to the coasts of Turkey, Croatia, and Montenegro and found glamour, barefoot chic, and bargains

Take Montenegro. A few luxury properties have already opened in the medieval town of Kotor.

* The 13-suite Villa Duomo is in an old baronial villa with exposed stone walls and hand-carved antiques (82-323-111; suites, $155-$340).

* Farther down the coast in Budva, the Hotel Splendid is an over-the-top Russian-owned resort that resembles a massive cruise ship (86-773-777; doubles, $236-$272).

* For a more local experience, Cesarica is a friendly, family-run konoba (restaurant) in Kotor. The black cuttlefish risotto is sumptuous (375 Stari Grad; 82-336-093; entrées, $7-$20).

To read about the hotspots Julia found in Turkey and Croatia, pick up a copy of the March issue or find "Europe's New Riviera" on cntraveler.com.

Further reading:
* Montenegro: The Sweet Spot (Conde Nast Traveler, June 2008)
* Places and prices in Montenegro

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More Sun for the Money

If you missed Condé Nast Traveler's own Kevin Doyle touting unbelievable deals in the Caribbean and Latin America on the NBC Today show this morning, watch the video above.  Better yet, skip the video and pick up our March issue for 28 easy-to-reach warm-weather getaways. Not near a magazine stand?  OK, fine.  Here's the link to More Sun for the Money. Read it.  Use it.  And once you're back from traveling--all tan and rested--you can thank us by subscribing to CNT.

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More Sun for the Money

Pico
The lush entrance to Pico Bonito.
Photo: Michael Calderwood

From a Jamaican beachfront bungalow to a jungle lodge in Honduras, Condé Nast Traveler's March issue has got 28 easy-to-reach warm-weather getaways that won't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite green escapes from the story that will get you up close and personal with the great outdoors:

Lodge at Pico Bonito, La Ceiba, Honduras
Price: Doubles, $240-$325
This luxury lodge on 200 acres at the edge of Pico Bonito National Park has 22 elegantly furnished cabins with verandas and hammocks. Each cabin is hidden behind verdant coffee and cacao trees, affording guests complete privacy. For those who require more diversion, there's also an inviting pool, a small spa, and an arm's-length list of outdoor activities. Drop by the on-site butterfly farm or serpentarium, or arrange for guided excursions farther afield, including everything from bird-watching from high up on an observation tower and hiking the rain forest with a naturalist to horseback riding and white-water rafting.
Book: A Superior Plus cabin for air-conditioning (888-428-0221; picobonito.com).
Best for: Adventurous types who want to experience the rain forest at its finest. A must for avid bird-watchers.
Rental car: Required. You'll want a four-by-four to take on the backcountry road into the resort.

For more from this feature, pick up a copy of the March issue, which also features big bargains along Europe's new Riviera.

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New Zealand: Beauty in the Bottle

New Zealand
The pickers of Rippon
ready for the new crop.

Photo: Julien Capmeil
for Condé Nast Traveler

New Zealand is an adventurer's fantasy, of course, but a sybarite will find equal pleasure in its diverse and dramatic landscapes. Here, some of writer Chang-Rae Lee's favorite wineries from Central Otago and Queenstown, one of the four regions he visited for Condé Nast Traveler's February feature, "Veni, Vidi, Vino."

* Rippon Vineyards produces a beautifully supple pinot noir. A charming cottage serves as its "cellar door" for wine sales, and you can get a cheese platter to picnic on the stunning lakeside grounds.

* Van Asch's winemaker, Theo Coles, has worked all over the wine world, including stints at Chateau Leoville Las-Cases and at the Tenute Silvio Nardi in Montalcino; his pinots are rich and alive with black cherry notes.

Continue reading "New Zealand: Beauty in the Bottle" »

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Minimizing Risk Begins When You Book

Hotel security worldwide is bring scrutinized as never before. In Condé Nast Traveler's February issue, our editors report on what you need to know before you book your next room and the smart strategies for sleeping easy wherever you travel. Here are some things to consider before you arrive:

* Confirm that the hotel has sprinklers in every room. Check out safeplace.com for other crucial fire-safety tips.
* Reserve a room located between the third and seventh floors--away from prowlers who can gain access from the street and within reach of most fire-department ladders.
* Don't stay next to government offices, embassies, landmarks, or religious centers, especially in destinations where there's been recent unrest or that have been the subject of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert.
* Only stay at hotels with electronic key-card access. In high-crime cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, make sure the property's elevators also require key cards.

For more from our Staying Safe feature--including what the U.S. government can and cannot do to help its citizens overseas and tech tools no traveler should be without--pick up a copy of the February issue.

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2009 Cruise Poll

Cruise Poll
Crystal Symphony, one of
the poll's top medium ships.

After nine years of surveying the cruise industry, Wendy Perrin and her team have discovered that change is its only constant. Given the bounty of new ships, destinations, and amenities, it's tough to keep up, but Perrin can rely on the savvy of Condé Nast Traveler readers, 11,242 of whom rated more than 400 ships according to the highest seafaring standards. Here's a preview of some new ships offering passengers everything they never knew they needed--or wanted:

Carnival Dream (September; 3,646 passengers): Parents can relax in the Cloud 9 spa and adjacent suites, while the kids tackle the four-deck high slide in the water park.

Celebrity Equinox (August; 2,850 passengers): Adjacent to the glassblowing studio, the top deck has a manicured lawn for croquet, putting, and feeling the grass between your toes.

Oasis of the Seas (December; 5,400 passengers): The largest vessel ever built houses Royal Caribbean's first seafaring baby nursery within its 29,000-square-foot Youth Zone.

Click here for more from this year's poll.

Further reading:
* Perrin Report: Snagging cruise deals
* More you must know before scooping up a cruise deal
* Cruise Finder: Choose the right cruise
* Cruising 2.0

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Visit Obama's Oahu

With President Barack Obama now snug inside a security blanket of Secret Service agents and assorted military hardware, it's doubtful that he will be saddling up for a burger at the Kua 'Aina Sandwich Shop anytime soon. But his misfortune could be your benefit the next time you are in Oahu.  The February 2009 issue Condé Nast Traveler pays its respects to the 44th president with a guide to Obama's Hawaiian haunts--a sampling of eateries, beaches, and hang-outs blessed with a local vibe.

A sample below:

Kua 'Aina Sandwich Shop This perpetually packed North Shore burger joint is an Obama favorite; he visited in 2006, shortly before he announced his candidacy, and again last summer. It was on the 2006 trip that Condé Nast Traveler contributor Pico Iyer first encountered Obama, an experience he recalls fondly: "To meet the future president in a little shack over celestial avocado burgers is something you couldn't hope for at the Four Seasons or La Tour d'Argent" (66-160 Kamehameha Hwy.; 808-637-6067; burgers, $7-$9).

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World's Best Places to Stay

Mombo Camp
Photo: Condé Nast Traveler

No one knows travel like the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. In the January issue, find out how 32,000 of said readers rated 710 of the very best hotels, resorts, and cruise lines on the planet.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Gold List covers everything from clifftop retreats on the Amalfi Coast to South Pacific resorts, contemporary urban hotels and more with reader ratings on rooms, service, food, location, and other criteria. 

Here's another sneak peek:

Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Overall score: 97.6
Raised tents with wood beams, canopied beds, outdoor showers, and private verandas are the accommodations at this Okavango Delta camp, the top-scoring property in Africa and the Middle East. "The views all around are truly of pristine nature," with vistas of floodplains and bush from rooms or from the plunge pools at Little Mombo. Game drives at both properties scour Chief's Island in all-terrain vehicles, and guests view wildebeests, lions, leopards, and a dense population of birds. Meals are served anywhere on the property, and the menu, customized to guests' preferences, consistently excels: "You don't expect food that good in the bush." $$$$; 12 tents; 27 11 807 1800; wilderness-safaris.com.

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World's Best Places to Stay

Enchanted Resort in Sedona
Sedona's Enchantment Resort
Photo: Craig Lovell

No one knows travel like the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.  In the January issue find out how  32,000 of said readers rated 710 very best hotels, resorts, and cruise lines on the planet.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Gold List covers everything from clifftop retreats on the Amalfi Coast, South Pacific resorts, contemporary urban hotels and more with reader ratings on rooms, service, food, location, and more. 

Here's a sneak peak:

Enchantment Resort, Sedona
Overall Score: 90.2
The 71 casitas sit among pine trees in "a truly breathtaking, almost magical setting." Rooms with Southwestern furnishings "make outstanding use of natural light"--"we loved the skylights in the bathroom."  Yavapai allows diners 180-degree views of teh surroundings and has a menu that includes buffalo tenderloin with quail sausage. $$$$; 220 rooms; spa; 800-272-6777; lauberge.com.

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25 Smart Ways to Stretch Your Travel Dollar

Travel deals

The global economic slump means trouble for the travel industry with predictions that 2009 will see the lowest occupancy of U.S. hotels since 1971.  But out of this mess comes a golden opportunity.  There are travel bargains to be had, people!  Provided, of course, you approach your 2009 travel plans with some smarts.  To help you, the January issue of Condé Nast Traveler lists "25 Surefire Strategies for Saving Money and Traveling Smarter in 2009."  Written by CNT's very own Wendy Perrin the report covers everything from how to avoid currency exchange fees to how to find introductory hotel rates. 

Curious? Here's an example:

Strategy #14:  Turn the glut of new hotel rooms to your advantage by looking for low introductory rates.
The hotel construction boom (planned three to five years ago, when the economy was better) has unleashed an abundance of inaugural deals.  Read the fine print, though: Last fall, one brand-new property in Miami Beach was charging $129 for the first night and $279 for each night thereafter.  For the lowest price at any high-end chain hotel, use its Web site (as opposed to a third-party site such as Expedia or Travelocity). Remember that many chain-hotel sites now sell low nonrefundable rates the same way airlines do: they often require a 14-or 21-day advance purchase.  For the lowest rate at an independent city hotel, try Quikbook.com

Snag a copy today and then be sure to log on to Wendy's blog, the PerrinPost, for daily travel deals. 

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Best Places to Ski and Stay

Ski poll
Whistler Blackcomb

Photo: Kevin Arnold/Getty Images

Best ski resort according the readers of Condé Nast Traveler? Whistler Blackcomb. Best ski hotel? Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise, Alberta.  For the full list of the top 20 resorts and top 50 hotels plus a Q&A with former World Cup mogul pro Caleb Martin, pick up a copy of our December issue or view point your browser to cntraveler.com/skipoll.

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New Rules of Flying

New rules of flying

What was your breaking point?  Paying $5 for peanuts?  Seeing your local airline go the way of the dodo? Watching your bottled water get confiscated as you stumbled through security shoeless and belt-less?  "Navigating Air Travel's New Reality" in Condé Nast Traveler's December issue won't get your water back--we already asked--but it does offer seven solid survival tips (plus a report card on passenger rights groups) when dealing with the purgatory known as 21st Century air travel. 

Read it and then check out reporter Barbara Peterson's contributions here on the Daily Traveler.


Further reading
:
* Condé Nast Traveler:  The December issue is online
* On the Fly: The airline industry

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The 2008 Dream List


Venice, anyone?
In St. Mark's Square.

Go backstage at the Peking Opera. Ponder the cosmos at the Hawaiian observatory. Mush a team of huskies through Lapland. For the fourth year in a row, the editors of Condé Nast Traveler have searched for the world's rarest and most rewarding special-access tours, finding 32 gems you'll never forget. Below, challenge a champion in China.

THE EXPERIENCE: Play table tennis with Zhang Yining, the current women's team and singles Olympic champion. You'll spend 60 to 90 minutes playing a few rounds, with time for photo ops and a chat about her Olympic experience. Your visit will include a tour of the facility where Olympic badminton and martial arts hopefuls also train, and the chance to meet and speak with the center's staff and coaches.
Cost: $16,500; also available is a similar experience with Wang Tao, the '92 Barcelona Olympics doubles champion, for $9,800, and a two-hour lesson with Wang Tao's former coach for $500.
Source: Guy Rubin, Imperial Tours (888-888-1970; guy@imperialtours.net; imperialtours.net).
BEST FOR: Those who want bragging rights--how many people can claim to have played an Olympic champion?
BUT BEWARE:
Because of her rigorous training schedule, Zhang Yining has limited availability January through September.

For 31 more one-of-a-kind experiences, check out this year's Dream List.

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Etiquette 101: More From the Tipping Guide

In Condé Nast Traveler's December issue, writer Boris Kachka has done the (sometimes embarrassing, sometimes quite costly) work to find out the who, what, where, when, and how of giving gratuities in 26 countries. Below, some tipping snippets from Australia and New Zealand.

At Restaurants: Ten to 15 percent for the waiter.
At Hotels: One dollar per bag (in either Australian or New Zealand dollars, depending on where you are); $10-$20 to the concierge for a favor; $1-$5 per day to the housekeeper, depending on how messy you are.
Guides and Drivers: Ten percent for cabdrivers; $50 per person per day for a private guide; $5-$10 for a bus-tour guide; $20 per day for a private driver.
Who Else?:  Ten to 15 percent for beauty and spa treatments; tip Aboriginal and Maori guides exactly what you would others.
Dollars Accepted?:  Reluctantly.
Note: "Twenty years ago, you'd be fired if you accepted a tip," says Donna Thomas of New Zealand Travel. Since then, tipping has spread "because Americans forced it on people." Be discreet and prepared to have your tip refused, especially in New Zealand, where people are particularly reserved.

Further reading:
* Tipping Guide: Brazil and India
* Tipping Guide: Jordan
* Etiquette 101: India
* How not to embarrass yourself in China
* Quiz: Test your Mediterranean etiquette smarts

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Etiquette 101: More From the Tipping Guide

In Condé Nast Traveler's December issue, writer Boris Kachka has done the (sometimes embarrassing, sometimes quite costly) work to find out the who, what, where, when, and how of giving gratuities in 26 countries. Below, some tipping snippets from Jordan. For more, check out the December issue, on stands now.

At Restaurants: Service is almost always included in the bill; add 5-10 percent for the waiter.
At Hotels: One dinar ($1.50) per bag for the porter, same per night for the housekeeper--or a bit more, as they tend to be impoverished Palestinians. Tip the concierge--in advance--only if you expect something very special to be done, like access to rare tickets.
Guides and Drivers: Ten to 15 percent for taxis; $30 per person per day for tour guides; private driver, $30 per day total.
Anyone Else? Bedouins in Petra--a tribe called Nabateans--control most tourism to the ancient city--part of a deal worked out with the king when the city was made tourist-friendly. They will sometimes keep asking for tips--even after you've already paid. It's okay to decline firmly.
Dollars Accepted? Yes, and euros, too.
Note: Ask whoever arranged your guides--local or government-sanctioned--whether the tip has been prepaid. If so, refuse to pay more.

Further reading:
* Tipping Guide: Brazil and India
* Etiquette 101: India
* A Conversation with Jordan's King Abdullah II
* Women of the World: Queen Rania at Condé Nast Traveler's 2008 World Savers Congress
* How not to embarrass yourself in China
* Quiz: Test your Mediterranean etiquette smarts

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The Dream List and Best Places to Ski & Stay

December

Condé Nast Traveler's December issue has hit stands, but if you haven't picked it up yet, here's a sneak peek at some of the hottest pieces:

* Ready to be inspired? This year's Dream List is chock-full of the world's most sought-after travel experiences
* The Secret Life of Beans: The sacred cult of cassoulet, the ultimate comfort food
* In our 2008 poll, Condé Nast Traveler readers point you to their favorite North American hotels and resorts for skiing and staying
* Insider's Venice: To visit Venice is to be steeped in centuries of illustrious tradition
* Navigating Air Travel's New Reality: Barbara S. Peterson's strategies for trouble-free flights and the future of the industry

Further reading:
* On the Fly: Barbara S. Peterson on the Daily Traveler
* Ski and Stay in Whistler Blackcomb
* Cassoulet for Thanksgiving
* Etiquette 101: The Tipping Guide. Read the full article here

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Ski and Stay in Whistler Blackcomb

Stark
Artwork by Vanessa Stark

by Alex Pasquariello

It's that sacred time of year again, a season when friends, family, and perfect strangers gather together to count their blessings and thank the snow gods for another ski season. It's also the time of year when Condé Nast Traveler's December issue hits newsstands with our "2008 Best Places to Ski & Stay" package. Here's a spoiler: For the second year in a row our readers have voted Whistler Blackcomb their favorite resort in North America. More good news: The epic, twin-peaked resort opens for the 2008-2009 ski season tomorrow (okay, well it fully opens tomorrow--the Whistler side opened today).

Of course, early conditions exist, so all that gnarly terrain you crave won't be open this turkey day. The resort says it's been blasting snow guns, though, to Mother Nature's growing pile, and the Creekside Gondola will be open for access between peaks. Log on to the resort's Web site for the latest conditions. This early season pow is all leading up to one of the biggest days in Whistler Blackcomb's history: December 12. That's when the resort opens its massive PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, linking Whistler and Blackcomb--you can read all about it in the December issue.

If you're in B.C. and making first turns, drop us a line here on the Daily Traveler, or send your opening-day photos to letters@cntraveler.com. In the meantime, get your fix with the art of Vanessa Stark, a local shredder and an artist. Her painting, "PEAK 2 PEAK - First Tracks," won a nationwide contest to design the official poster for the inaugural season of the gondola. Prints will be given away at the grand opening event on December 12 and the original artwork will be auctioned off at the 2009 TELUS Winter Classic/Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Gala on January 25, with proceeds supporting non-profit organizations in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Further reading:
* Top ski resorts
* Top ski hotels
* Ski trends

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Etiquette 101: The Tipping Guide

India Etiquette
No matter where you are in India,
don't ask for beef or pork if
they are not on the menu.

In Condé Nast Traveler's December issue, writer Boris Kachka has done the (sometimes embarrassing, sometimes quite costly) work to find out the who, what, where, when, and how of giving gratuities in 26 countries. Below, some tipping snippets from Brazil and India. For more, check out the December issue, on stands now.

BRAZIL
At restaurants: No tip required; 10 percent is routinely included in the bill for "servico."
At hotels: Two dollars per bag for the porter; no tip expected for the concierge; $2 a day for the housekeeper.
Guides and drivers: Round up for cabdrivers; for a private driver, give about $20-$50 for a full day, depending on the quality of the service; same for an all-day tour guide (they rely heavily on tips, so be generous).
Who else? At ecoresorts in the Amazon, there are often boatmen in addition to tour guides. Tip them $10-$15 per day.
Dollars accepted? Yes, and encouraged, due to a favorable exchange rate.
Note: "Brazilians are discreet and subtle when it comes to business transactions," says travel agent Jill Siegel of South American Escapes. "It's helpful when tipping someone not to make a great display. You might verbally thank them, shake their hand, and express your appreciation while handing the bills folded."

INDIA
At restaurants: Fifteen percent to the waiter (or a few rupees at more modest establishments), though many posh spots now include a 10 percent service charge.
At hotels: Fifty rupees (about $1) per bag for the porter; 250 rupees a night for the (low-paid) housekeeper.
Guides and drivers: Fifty to 100 rupees a day for the car and driver. They usually expect lunch money for the day--about 40 rupees. Taxi and rickshaw drivers aren't accustomed to tips, but you can tell them to keep the change--up to 10 percent.
Who else? Don't be surprised if people ask for a tip for no apparent reason. The novelist and frequent India visitor Daphne Beal has even had people knock on her hotel room and ask, apropos of nothing, if "everything is all right." She doesn't tip them.
Dollars accepted? Yes, but not usually preferred.
Note: Beal finds tipping, or "baksheesh" as it's known, "kind of agonizing in India." One problem is the difficulty of getting small bills. "I tend to hoard them for tipping purposes," she says.

For more from this tipping guide--from Japan to Jordan--check out the December issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

Further reading:
* Etiquette 101: India
* How not to embarrass yourself in China
* Quiz: Test your Mediterranean etiquette smarts

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Readers' Choice Answers

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If you are a subscriber of Condé Nast Traveler* you may have noticed a small quiz relating to our Top 100 on the November cover.  Below, the answers.

Question:
What U.S. city has had the country's top-rated hotel for three years running?
Answer: Chicago with The Peninsula (in 2008 and 2006) and the Ritz Carlton (2007)

Question: What two Mexican resorts tie for the top rating in all of Latin America?
Answer: The One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos and The Tides in Rivera Maya.  Both resorts scored 94.7

Question: Which Caribbean island is home to a Top 100 hotel?
Answer: St. Barts is home to the Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Question: Which two African nations have all eight of the continent's Top 100 resorts?
Answer: Botswana and South Africa

Question: Which country has the most Top 100 hotels in Europe?
Answer: With nine hotels, France edges out Italy's eight hotels

Question: Which tented camp in Asia is the world's best resort this year?
Answer: The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai not only beat out the other resorts, but it's 98.5 score was enough to merit its place as the highest rated property in the Top 100

Question: What is the only cruise line among the Top 100?
Answer: Crystal Cruises

* Shameless plug: And if you are not a subscriber, why not take the chance?  $12 gets you a full year of the best in travel plus the 2008 Cruise Guide.  Subscribe today.

Further reading:
* The 2008 Readers' Choice Awards
* The Top 100 properties on Google Maps

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Matt Damon and the Power of Travel

Condé Nast Traveler's September issue hit stands Tuesday, but if you haven't picked it up yet, here's a sneak peek at some of the hottest Power Issue pieces:

* "Matt Damon's Good Work Hunting"
* Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska's week of (not) living dangerously in Rwanda
* Travel's trail blazers: from Anderson Cooper to Chinese tourists
* A conversation with Queen Rania
* "Only in Tuscany": What is it about this piece of Italy that mesmerizes the world?

Also, check out the video above to see how the cover shoot went down.

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Don't Throw Yourself Overboard: Use Our Cruise Ship Finder

Cruise Ship finder

Imagine spending thousands on your first cruise only to discover that what you thought would be a romantic celebration of your wedding anniversary, was, in actuality, a Motley Cruise. Or for that matter, visualize, if you will, boarding your ship ready to party only to discover that your fellow passengers prefer lectures on Byzantine metalwork and a 9 p.m. bedtime. Finding the right ship matters. As a special service, we've put together a Cruise Ship Finder application. Tell us what kind of "cruiser" you are--Foodie, Sybarite, Night Owl, etc.--and we'll try to match you up with the right ship. You'll find the application on our newly launched Facebook page. You need to be a Facebook member to use it. Signing up is free, but if you really can't be bothered with all this new-fangled online social blather you can read all our ship descriptions in Conde Nast Traveler's newly launched Cruise special report. Happy cruising!

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