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India
India

India

Increase your backpacker cred by touring this equally colorful and chaotic country. For all its frustrations, India provides far more soul-stirring moments, like seeing the peaceful birthplace of yoga, in Rishikesh; the spiritually cleansing Ganges River and the grandest monument to love, the Taj Mahal. 960 1280

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Chile

Chile

While Chile is more expensive than other countries in South America, it is full of dramatic and vastly different landscapes to explore. In northern Chile lies the otherworldly salt flats and driest desert in the world, the Atacama. In southern Chile the massive glacier peaks tower over Patagonia. And for a trip of a lifetime, fly to remote Easter Island from the lively capital Santiago in just 6 hours. 960 1280

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Australia

Australia

Australians are known for their “walkabouts,” the rite of passage for young Aussies to travel the world after they finish school. While young Aussies roam the world, they’re leaving an amazing country behind for tourists to enjoy their own “walkabout.” Down Under lures backpackers with the Great Barrier Reef, the rugged Outback and the youthful cities of Sydney and Melbourne. 960 1280

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Peru

Peru

Seeing the breathtaking Machu Picchu should be on everyone’s bucket list. Trekking the Inca Trail is the ultimate way to see the famous ruins, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This incredible 30-mile hike takes 4 days to complete as you trek high up into the Andes in search of the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Share your stories from the trail with other travelers in the nearby town of Cusco, a backpacker’s favorite pit stop filled with fun hostels. 960 1280

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Every tour of Asia should include Vietnam, a dynamic country changing by the minute. If you’re after stunning views, the jade green waters and limestone islands and caves of Halong Bay will dazzle you. For a taste of bustling city life, tour Ho Chi Minh City, with its mouthwatering street food and fascinating museums. 960 1280

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Cambodia

Cambodia

One of the most awe-inspiring sights on earth, Angkor Wat alone is worth a visit to Cambodia. The largest religious architectural site in the world, this complex of over 100 stone temples was known as “Heaven on Earth” by the Khmer kings who built it over the course of 6 centuries. Ancient temples aren’t all Cambodia has to offer, either; don’t miss seeing Phnom Penh, now one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, with its bustling outdoor markets, exotic street food and lively nightlife. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Getting around the Emerald Isle is cheap and easy -- a perfect combination for budget travelers. Travel by bus or rent a car to discover all the natural beauty -- from the Cliffs of Moher to Giant's Causeway -- that’s packed into this little island country. Travel to the remote Aran Islands to see traditional Gaelic language and culture still thrive. Or hit youthful and lively Galway to hear live Irish music in friendly pubs. 960 1280

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Thailand

Thailand

This backpacker’s paradise rose tremendously in popularity after The Beach was filmed in Thailand’s Maya Bay in 1999. In the film, young backpackers search for a hidden paradise, inaccessible to tourists. Even though it’s hard to escape the tourists in Thailand, there’s still plenty here for the intrepid traveler to discover. From island hopping to elephant riding and jungle trekking, there’s no shortage of adventures to have here. And Thai food alone is worth a visit. Spicy and cheap, it’s perfect for the adventurous foodie. 960 1280

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Greece

Greece

A budget traveler’s dream, this Mediterranean hot spot offers ancient ruins and affordable islands to explore. Tour ancient wonders like the Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Then soak up Greek culture with a tour of the islands, from party-beach Mykonos to sparsely populated Gavdos. 960 1280

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New Zealand

New Zealand

If you’re an adventure junkie or simply an outdoors lover, this country is sure to wow you. Cross off a bucket list challenge in South Island’s Queenstown, the mecca for nearly all adventure activities and the birthplace of bungee jumping. If you want to see the spectacular scenery with both feet on the ground, trek through New Zealand's Fiordland National Park on the 33-mile Milford Track. 960 1280

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Turkey

Turkey

If you want to backpack in a less tourist-trodden country, this Middle Eastern gem is a great option. Spend a few days marveling at the mosques in Istanbul (which happens to be a major flight hub for scoring cheap airfare). Once you get outside of Istanbul, prices drop tremendously. So you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck as you crisscross the country, touring the underground caves and rock houses of otherworldly Cappadocia and the ancient ruins of Ephesus. 960 1280

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Southwest USA

Southwest USA

There’s no reason to leave the good ole US of A in search of adventure. Southwest’s Four Corners region -- Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona -- offers incredible hiking and jaw-dropping scenery. While the Grand Canyon is a must-see, don’t miss other natural wonders, too, like Utah’s Monument Valley, Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns. 960 1280

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Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

The elegant Milestone Hotel in London has individually designed rooms that range from period design to contemporary themes, like this black-and-white space featuring Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Indigo, London

Value: Hotel Indigo, London

The Hotel Indigo in London has a futuristic lobby and colorfully decorated rooms. Plus, it’s a great value hotel near London’s many hotspots. 960 1280

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Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

The famous Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris brims with Parisian style courtesy of Art Deco decor. The hotel also offers close access to the Dior Institute and high-end shopping right beyond its doors. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Think you can’t get the classic balcony view of the Eiffel Tower without emptying your wallet? Think again. Take in the famous Parisian vista at the minimalist-styled Hotel Palm Opera. 960 1280

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Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Known for lodging the rich and famous, the Carlyle in NYC features apartment-style rooms, classic decor and ultra-comfortable pillow top beds. 960 1280

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Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

With its unconventional vintage- and music-inspired design, Ace Hotel in NYC is not only a hipster haven but a budgetista’s dream. 960 1280

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Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

The Husa Paseo del Arte has an abundance of natural light and an inviting atmosphere. The sunny terrace and light-filled fitness center make for a cheerful stay while in Madrid. 960 1280

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Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

The gorgeous Melia Madrid Princesa in Madrid gives off a distinctive artsy vibe. Each spacious room was designed with meticulous detail and red accents. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Give your wallet a break -- and escape from the city -- at Hotel J, a quaint and country-esque hotel just 10 minutes from Stockholm. 960 1280

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Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Guests are attracted to the chic and modern style of Stockholm's Lydmar Hotel, where each room is uniquely decorated, with no 2 rooms alike. 960 1280

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Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

The iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel offers all the glamour of LA, with luxurious marble flooring, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and Rodeo Drive shopping right across the street. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Hotel Angeleno is one of LA’s best bargain hotels, with an outdoor heated pool, tidy rooms and a penthouse restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city. 960 1280

  

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

The Setai in Miami is nirvana on Earth, with a prime beachside location, Asian-inspired decor and gigantic rooms complete with a tub … in the living room. 960 1280

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Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

One of Miami’s best-value hotels, the modern Albion Hotel is located just 2 blocks from the beach and just a few paces away from popular dining and shopping spots. 960 1280

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Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

The contemporary Grand City Hotel Berlin Kudamm offers everything a traveler would want: fantastic location, beautiful and clean rooms, appealing public areas, and all for a steal of a price. 960 1280

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Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Caesars Palace, part of the Harrah's hotel chain, was named as gay friendly by 365gay.com. The hotel’s Colosseum Theater, recently host to performances by Cher and Bette Midler, has been called "the gayest performance space in town," according to GayCities, a popular travel guide. 960 1280

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The Encore, Las Vegas

The Encore, Las Vegas

The Encore, one of Vegas' top luxury hotels, is also one of the most welcoming to LGBT travelers. A special "pride concierge” can provide information about Vegas' gay-friendly bars, entertainment and nightlife. Encore's sister hotel next door, the Wynn, shares the Encore's gay-friendly approach. It has hosted LGBT events in the Blush Boutique Nightclub, and same-sex ceremonies can be arranged in the hotel's wedding salons. 960 1280

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Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel, Bel Air, Los Angeles

Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel, Bel Air, Los Angeles

Popular for weddings and conventions, Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd, located in Bel Air, is a 160-room luxury boutique hotel. It may be far removed from the action of Santa Monica and Hollywood, but it offers 522-square-foot standard rooms with free Wi-Fi and extra amenities (tennis court, pool, spa, free business center) that spread over an expansive 7-acre estate. 960 1280

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Hilton Checkers, Los Angeles

Hilton Checkers, Los Angeles

This clean, comfortable and historic downtown L.A. boutique caters primarily to business travelers. It has luxurious rooms and a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, with killer views. The tasteful, private atmosphere and modern decor compensate for the small rooms. 960 1280

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Nine Zero Hotel, Boston

Nine Zero Hotel, Boston

The Nine Zero's stylish and recently renovated rooms, free nightly wine hour, excellent on-site steakhouse, and central location across the street from the Boston Common, make this a solid midrange boutique option. 960 1280

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W Hotel, San Francisco

W Hotel, San Francisco

You can't ask for a closer location to the Moscone Convention Center than this W outpost in the SoMa Art District. The property offers a responsive, on-site concierge and rooms with an extensive pillow menu, plus bright work desks, minibars, iPod docks, 24-hour room service, and Wi-Fi. Add the 24-hour fitness center, heated lap pool, 5,000-square-foot Bliss Spa, and a restaurant with an award-winning wine list, and this becomes a stellar choice for the corporate crowd. 960 1280

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Hotel Madera, Washington, D.C.

Hotel Madera, Washington, D.C.

This 82-room boutique with stylish interiors sits on a tree-lined residential street in Dupont Circle, D.C.'s center of nightlife and dining. A can-do staff, up-to-date guest rooms, a jewel of a restaurant, and a vibrant location add up to a solid value. 960 1280

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Surfcomber Hotel, Miami

Surfcomber Hotel, Miami

The Doubletree Surfcomber plays host to some of the area's biggest gay events, and it’s arguably Miami's gay-friendliest hotel. It was the official host hotel for the 2009 Winter Party -- a week-long gay festival -- as well as lesbian Aqua girl party. Its heated pool with a waterfall was the setting for fun pool parties for both events. 960 1280

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60 Thompson, N.Y.C.

60 Thompson, N.Y.C.

The flagship of the boutique Thompson hotels brand, 60 Thompson has nondiscriminatory hiring policies, a domestic partner benefits program for LGBT employees, and includes LGBT sensitivity issues in its sales and hospitality training. The SoHo boutique has a hip nightlife scene, including the members-only rooftop bar, A60, is a celebrity hot spot. 960 1280

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Donovan House, Washington, D.C.

Donovan House, Washington, D.C.

Named for WWII spy and father of the CIA, "Wild Bill" Donovan, this hotel’s sensual rooms come with black leather headboards, a frosted cocoon shower, Veuve Clicquot in the minibar, and a "Pleasure Pack" with not one, but two types of personal lubricant. Throw in a sultry rooftop pool, an exotic Pan-Asian restaurant, and an ideal location surrounded by dining and nightlife, and you have all the makings of a clandestine weekend that you won’t forget. 960 1280

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Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel

The extraordinary views of -- you guessed it -- Boston Harbor are this property's unique asset. A $75 upgrade guarantees a stunning vantage point, and the luxuriously appointed rooms are so huge you'll never have to leave. 960 1280

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The Muse - Kimpton, N.Y.C.

The Muse - Kimpton, N.Y.C.

The Muse, part of the Kimpton Hotel chain, often offers special LGBT discounts, like the "Summer of Pride" deal. The company is a sponsor of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, among other LGBT-friendly groups. The Muse has a hip wine bar, a newly renovated interior, and a Times Square location so you can hit the gay bars in Hell's Kitchen or catch a play or musical at the theater. 960 1280

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Hotel Victor, Miami

Hotel Victor, Miami

Hotel Victor is right at the intersection of 12th St. and Ocean Drive -- directly across the street from the gay portion of South Beach. The hotel's sexy, clothing-optional Turkish hammam draws both gay and straight exhibitionists. The Palace, across the street to the north of the hotel, is the gay cafe and bar that hosts a weekly drag cabaret show. 960 1280

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Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows

Guests at Alpine Meadows have the option of skiing on the resort’s 2,400-acre estate with 13 different lifts and a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. Alpine Meadows is known for its quality and variety of terrain, ranging from beginner to advanced trails. And with 402 inches of annual snowfall, this resort often has the longest snow season among the Lake Tahoe ski resorts. 960 1280

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Guests can cozy up to the 55-foot-tall granite fireplace in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. This resort has large rooms (some with views of the sweeping mountain vistas), comfy beds and rustic furnishings. Enjoy decadent dining options, including French-Californian fusion restaurant Manzanita, headed by chef Traci Des Jardins. 960 1280

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers an array of condo and townhouse-style lodging. Guests have the choice of making reservations at 6 different lodges, including Timber Ridge, Lost Cabin, Meadowstone Lodge and Snow Crest Lodge. Keep the kids busy! The Ski & Ride program, available at the resort, includes Mini Rippers and Mini Gnome introductory programs to teach children how ski and snowboard. 960 1280

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Village at Squaw Valley

Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley isn’t just a place to stay, it’s also the center of a European-style village with an array of shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Guests can stay in a standard room or a 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom suite with amenities, including full-service Trilogy Day Spa, children’s game room, whirlpool spas and dry saunas. 960 1280

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, nestled within the Sierra Mountain range, is a AAA Four Diamond hotel that offers guests a relaxing stay. Take a cruise on one of their private boats, get a deep-tissue massage in the world-class Stillwater Spa, tempt Lady Luck at the Grand Lodge Casino and sip on hot-buttered rum or hot chocolate near a warm pit fire after day of skiing. 960 1280

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Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Stay in a luxurious suite at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel. Guests have easy access to the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Cliché Lounge, Reflections the Spa, Lulu Hair Design Salon, Peek Nightclub, the hotel’s domed indoor pool, casino, 7 restaurants and a lot more. The 18-story hotel tower offers ski packages to area resorts, including Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl and Boreal. 960 1280

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Go skiing and snowboarding at the Heavenly Mountain Resort. Overlooking Lake Tahoe, this resort offers skiing and snowboarding lessons at 3 different levels -- beginners, intermediate and expert -- for sports enthusiasts of all ages. In the spring or summer, we recommend taking a short walk to South Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Marina, the beach, Heavenly ski gondola and the Village Shopping Center. 960 1280

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Squaw Valley Lodge

Squaw Valley Lodge

Squaw Valley Lodge is a 4-season condominium resort located on the slopes of the Sierra Mountains. Visitors vacationing in this winter playground can go skiing, ice skating, tubing, hiking or biking. Guests can easily walk or ski to Squaw’s village to shop or dine. 960 1280

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Resort at Squaw Valley

Resort at Squaw Valley

Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranked the Resort at Squaw Valley in the top 50 ski hotels in North America because of its hospitality and full-service amenities. One of the perks for families with kids is the Mountain Buddies, a comprehensive children’s program that offers everything from nature hikes and sliding down the resort’s 120-foot waterslide to playing broom ball and cross-country skiing on private trails. 960 1280

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Rise to new heights and experience snowboarding and tree skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Local pro athletes, like Robby Franco, Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman -- have graced the slopes, parks and pipes at this ski resort. Guests can also stay active with multiple weekly and monthly events hosted by the resort, including themed ski weeks (e.g. College Week), ski camps, wine tastings and live concerts. 960 1280

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Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

This 1,200-acre resort is located about 30 miles south of Reno, NV. Despite the name, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is actually on the slopes of Slide Mountain rather than Mt. Rose, which is on the other side of Nevada State Route 431. In addition to ski and snowboarding lessons, Mt. Rose also offers a freestyle ski training program for skiers, ages 9 to 12, to learn the correct techniques in terrain park pipes, upright aerial jumping and how to ski on the mountain in all conditions. 960 1280

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Cedar House Sport Hotel

Cedar House Sport Hotel

Guests will enjoy staying at this cozy-yet-chic hotel, which also happens to be pet-friendly. The hotel staff at Cedar House Sport Hotel welcomes your 4-legged friend with treats, beds, bowls and other perks for your pooch. In addition to these unique amenities, the hotel showcases rooms with an eclectic mix of contemporary design; the hotel was built using unrefined and recyclable materials. 960 1280

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