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8 Best Beaches in Charleston, S.C. | Condé Nast Traveler

Sun, sand, surf, trails—in this city, you’re never far from a shoreline.

By Stephanie Burt, March 15, 2021

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Sand between your toes and salt breezes are always easy to find in this part of South Carolina—and the barrier islands beyond Charleston’s city limits beckon for an afternoon jaunt where you might spot dolphins frolicking, or be tempted into savoring a double-dip ice cream.

Most are no more than an hour drive from downtown, but you’re able to find every kind of beach experience under the sun, from family days with plenty of amenities to secluded spots where it’s just you and nature, to historic lighthouses and wild beaches that look as if they’re right off the set of Cast Away.

Grab a towel and a sturdy pair of sandals, and get on the road—these are our absolute favorite beaches in Charleston.

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5 New Train Routes We’re Excited About | Condé Nast Traveler

From scenic island circuits in Japan to Rocky Mountain adventures, these new train experiences have us excited about the future of rail travel.

By Julia Eskins. February 17, 2021

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Rumblings of a railway renaissance have been swirling recently, thanks to a growing interest in sustainable transportation.

And with new tracks being laid and upgraded trains to look forward to, post-pandemic travel could involve taking the scenic route more often.

More travelers are eyeing ways to not only make their future trips stress-free, but also more eco-conscious. Countries like Scotland and Spain have announced plans to roll out zero-emission hydrogen-powered trains.

The European Commission has dubbed 2021 the European Year of Rail, which aligns with their goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Even President Joe Biden, who earned the nickname Amtrak Joe for having famously commuted by train for decades as a senator, promised a “second rail revolution” on his campaign trail.

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Family Camping Guide: Everything To Know About Camping with Kids | Condé Nast Traveler

How to Plan a Seamless Family Camping Trip

By Lauren Matison, April 15, 2021

Step-by-step guidance on finding a campsite during high season, easy and delicious meal ideas, and games that’ll turn your kids into lifelong campers.

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One of life’s guaranteed adventures, besides having kids, is a family camping trip. Because when we’re talking about that trusted recipe for fun—dirt, fire, stars, and wild places—it’s nearly impossible for kids not to have a good time. But if you’re intimidated by the idea of planning your first family camping adventure, we have good news: there’s no one right way to do it. 

“Don’t confine yourself to this picture of what you think camping is from what you’ve seen in films, TV, or magazines,” said Jahmicah Dawes, father of two young boys, and the owner of Slim Pickins Outfitters, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop, in Stephenville, Texas.

“We went about camping a different way, subscribing to more of the glamping side first. We would stay in cabins, go on group trips with other families. Our most successful “campout” with small kids was in our backyard. I’m thoroughly okay with that. I want to cultivate a love of the outdoors for our family first.”  

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5 Best Hotels in Maui

From resorts to inns, we’ve got all the spots you’ll want to try.

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By Juliana Shallcross, March 2, 2021

If resorts aren’t your thing, Maui excels at small inns where you can hide away and go about relaxing at your own pace. We found several of these gems on the island’s North Shore.

And you can always mix and match your lodging options, staying for a few days in a big resort and then doing your own thing at a smaller spot.

Or vice versa. Wondering where to start? We’ve all of collected our favorite spots here, so read on for our list of Maui’s best hotels.

Click the link to read our complete Maui guide.

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How Much Should I Tip Restaurant Workers During the Pandemic? | Condé Nast Traveler

In our Ethical Traveler advice column, we tackle the tricky moral dilemmas and questions that arise when traveling during a pandemic.

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By Ashlea Halpern, March 4, 2021

It’s a hot take I can’t get off my mind: Last July, Grub Street’s Chris Crowley argued that anyone who can afford to eat out during a pandemic can afford to tip at least 50 percent, contending “it’s the bare minimum you can do if you decide you must eat a burger al fresco or get tacos delivered.”

That percentage haunts me. Before reading it, I considered myself a generous tipper—usually leaving between 20 and 25 percent in restaurants. I tipped baristas and food trucks and have even returned to tables covertly to throw down extra money after watching stingier friends tip 10 percent to the penny.

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