Excursions from Seoul

Seoul can be a captivating place, but it’s always a good idea to set aside some time for a trip outside the capital if possible. South Korea’s hyper-efficient transport network makes venturing farther afield easy, and there are a number of destinations within a day’s reach of the city that would warrant far longer journeys.

Discover Costa Rica

Despite its diminutive size, Costa Rica is a kind of microcontinent unto itself—one sculpted to show off the full potential of the tropics. The diversity of terrain is remarkable. You can journey from the Amazon to a Swiss alpine forest simply by starting on the coastal plains and walking uphill.

The Best Places to Travel in the U.S. in 2011

Whether you’re a budget-conscious family or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, you’re sure to find an ideal vacation spot in the U.S. this year. To help point you in the right direction, here are Laura Martone’s picks for the top U.S. travel destinations in 2011.