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Mandy Moore Introduces the World Savers Congress

On Monday, September 21, Condé Nast Traveler will host its third annual World Savers Congress. It will be a day of conversation about how we all can limit environmental impact as well as a celebration of the travel industry leaders who are making a difference in the areas of poverty alleviation, health, education, wildlife conservation, and environmental or cultural preservation. (And some who are doing it all).

Special guests will include Ken Burns, Wyclef Jean, Timberland president and CEO Jeffrey Swartz, and Mandy Moore, above, who is an ambassador of the Five & Alive Fund. Watch the video for more on the event. Then, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time next Monday, you can follow live coverage of the World Savers Congress both on Twitter and on a brand-new Condé Nast Traveler blog. We'll be back later this week to tell you where.


The Bahamas: Cat Island

Condé Nast Traveler's Kate Maxwell kicks off her heels to explore Cat Island's natural beauty. You don't need to pack much--this island is all about unplugging.


The Bahamas: Exuma

This 120-mile-long Bahamian archipelago is a sailor's paradise. Condé Nast Traveler's Kate Maxwell goes by boat to hit Exuma's blue waters, pristine sands, and weekend-long beach parties.


The Bahamas: Harbour Island

The Bahamas have been a glamorous destination for decades, and none has a glitzier vibe than Harbour Island, with its fabulous list of residents. Condé Nast Traveler's Kate Maxwell eats, drinks, and shops her way through the island.


Road Trips: How to Save

Looking to get away this weekend but don't want to spend an arm and a leg? Make it a road trip and you can squeeze in one more affordable vacation this summer. Condé Nast Traveler senior editor Kate Maxwell stopped by the Today Show yesterday to share her tips for how to save money on the road. There's even good news for gas prices.

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The Tipping Guide: Canada

Edmonton: It has one of the world's largest malls, a hotel called Fantasyland, and a restaurant that serves bacon-wrapped elk. Condé Nast Traveler's Mark Schatzker lives the dream.

Tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario. In Condé Nast Traveler's August issue, Tim Murphy spells out guidelines for the most common tipping situations in more than 25 countries, from Switzerland to Syria to Singapore.

Going to Canada and want to express appreciation for the service you received? Here's how:
At Restaurants: As in the United States, the gratuity isn't included, so tip the standard 15 to 20 percent, depending on the service.
At Hotels: Concierges who go out of their way for you should get $10 to $20 per favor; porters get $1 or $2 per bag; housekeepers $2 a day, or $5 in a luxury hotel. "Leave something for them daily," advises Mary Pyle Peters of Distinctive Journeys in Blaisden, California, which organizes Canada trips. The person who cleaned your room all week may not be the same one who comes in the day you check out.
Guides and Drivers: Tip them collectively 15 percent of the cost of the excursion. Taxi drivers get 10 to 15 percent.
Dollars Accepted? Yes. "As long as you use paper money, not U.S. coins," says Peters.

For more on whom to tip, how much to give, and how to give it, check out the tipping guide in Condé Nast Traveler's August issue.


Vancouver: The Most Livable City?

Vancouver has been called one of North America's most livable cities. What is it? The food? The views? The fact that everyone owns expensive bikes? Condé Nast Traveler investigates.


Toronto: The Starchitecture Scene

Condé Nast Traveler's Kate Maxwell bops from the Four Seasons Centre to the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Royal Ontario Museum to get a feel for the city's big-name architecture. What next? A peek into Toronto's up-and-coming neighborhoods.


Calgary: Cowboy Up!

Home to the world famous Calgary Stampede, this city brings out the cowboy (or cowgirl) in all visitors. Condé Nast Traveler's Mark Schatzker climbs the Canadian Rockies, takes on a mechanical bull, and indulges in a dish called prairie oysters.


Quebec City: The Ancien Régime

Condé Nast Traveler's Kate Maxwell channels Quebec's past at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the Place Royale, and the Musée de la Civilisation before catching more modern fare at Théâtre Petit Champlain.


Montreal: Canada's Very Own Paris

Boutique hotels, cool cafés, open-air farmers' markets, and plenty of young musicians. Oh yeah, and eight different foie gras plates in one restaurant. Condé Nast Traveler's Kate Maxwell bikes, dances, and eats her way through Montreal.

Bonus: Airfare Watchdog just informed us of a great flight deal this weekend, $216 roundtrip from New York (JFK) to Montreal. Act fast and you could be munching on a croissant by Saturday.


The Houseboats of Kerala, India


Condé Nast Traveler's Jocelyn Miller plys the waters of Kerala, India, in a rice barge turned kitted-out houseboat.


Las Vegas Nightlife

Today, our third of four Las Vegas videos: Nightlife. Condé Nast Traveler's evening starts off at Caesar's Palace to see the likes of Cher, Bette, and Elton, but it's Revolution at the Mirage and Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas that bring us into the early hours.

For your convenience, here is a list of the properties mentioned:
* Caesar's Palace
* CatHouse at the Luxor
* eyecandy sound lounge & bar at Mandalay Bay
* Blush at Wynn Las Vegas
* Revolution at the Mirage
* Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas


Las Vegas Spas and Speed

Today, our second of four Las Vegas videos: Spas and Speed. After thrills at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a Lake Mead tour with Stars and Stripes Air Tours, Condé Nast Traveler indulges in some pampering.

For your convenience, here are the properties covered:
* Stars and Stripes Air Tours
* The Richard Petty Driving Experience
* Canyon Ranch SpaClub
* Spa Bellagio
* Villa Soleil at Mandalay Bay Beach


Video: Great Dining in Las Vegas

Devoted Daily Travelers may have noted a decline in posts back in early August. Contrary to rumor, we were not making like the Romans for a little late-summer beach holiday. If only. No, we were in the Mojave Desert--the Las Vegas part--humping camera gear in 105-degree heat. 

Today, our first of four Las Vegas videos. We had the pleasure of sampling from a number of Las Vegas eateries and we were impressed with the settings, the service, and the food. Don't believe us? You may have to visit to discover for yourself. For your convenience, here are the properties covered:

* Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace
* Simon at Palms Place
* Koi Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood
* Michael Mina at Bellagio
* Restaurant Charlie at the Palazzo
* Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas

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Video: More from the Great Wall

Editor's Note:  More scenes from Mark's journey last week to the Great Wall.

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Video: Buffets, birds, and shadow puppets

Editor's Note: When not attending lectures on gas turbines or pestering the captain with silly questions, Mark used his camera to capture some scenes from his two-week cruise across the Pacific.  Shadow puppets, anyone?


Video: Mark's Family

Editor's Note:  For his two week cruise across the Pacific, writer Mark Schatzker had the good fortune of enjoying the company of his wife, Laura, and baby daughter, Greta.  Today it was time to say goodbye.  Laura and Greta left this morning for Toronto.  Mark, meanwhile, hopped on a Beijing-bound train to kick off the next phase of his "80 Days or Bust" challenge; two months of travel--solo this time--through Asia and Europe. 

Here's a short video Mark created of his family back home in Toronto before the adventure began.

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Driving California

Editor's Note:  We interrupt Mark's cruise across the Pacific for more scenes from the California leg of his 80-day trip around the world.

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Week One Roundup

Editor's Note:  As Mark and family steam across to the Pacific Ocean to points to be revealed in later posts, it's now time for a look back at his whirlwind dash across the United States; a trek that apparently involved driving and eating steak in equal proportions.

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The Gear

Editor's Note:  Before Mark set off on his trip around the world, he provided Conde Nast Traveler with a shopping list of items that he would need to stay blogging.  The list included: a MacBook Pro and an Internet card for connectivity, a digital camera, a Palm Treo 680, an 80-gig iPod (pre-loaded with Shakira*), and enough batteries and adaptors to power a small village.  We gladly obliged with the caveat that Mark blog as often as possible.  So far, so good.

Below, Mark offers a tour of his gear bag.

*We're kidding about Shakira. 

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