The World's 13 Best Airports for De-Stressing

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Airports are not places that are generally associated with wellness. Between long security lines, hard-backed chairs, and incessant announcements, many of the world's busiest airports seem like they were actually designed with traveler discomfort in mind. These transit hubs don’t have to be so anxiety-inducing, though.

Netflights, a website that finds travelers the best airfare deals, has gathered up some data to rank the best airports for wellness in the world, and a few of them are in U.S. cities. The travel company started out with 25 of the world’s busiest airports, then ranked them by the number and quality of wellness facilities they offer, including everything from running tracks to spas to meditation rooms.

Wellness is a rising trend in travel, and many airports around the world have been revamped to meet this consumer demand. “Along with incredible shopping and a wide choice of places to eat and drink, it’s natural that more of them should now also reflect the general impetus toward people maintaining a healthy lifestyle wherever they are, with an increasingly broad range of gyms, studios, or places of worship and reflection,” Andrew Shelton, Netflights's managing director, said in a statement.

Number one on the list is Germany’s Frankfurt Airport, which is the eighth busiest airport in the world—but also one of the most comfortable. Netflights gave the airport an overall score of 21 out of 23 possible points, thanks in part to its designated “Quiet Room” and its “silent chairs” (which have integrated speakers and jacks so you can play your own music and are located throughout the facility). The airport also offers massage services and has two yoga rooms with instruction videos, which can be used free of charge.

Since Netflights ranked 25 of the busiest airports, some of the ones at the bottom of the list are not ideal places for rest and relaxation (especially LAX, which received a score of zero). Below, we’ve listed a ranking of the airports with above-average wellness facilities that received a score of at least 12 from Netflights.

  1. Frankfurt Airport, Germany
  1. Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
  1. Dubai International Airport, UAE
  1. Changi Airport, Singapore
  1. Hong Kong International Airport, China
  1. (tied) Vancouver International Airport, Canada
  1. (tied) John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York
  1. Haneda Airport, Tokyo
  1. (tied) San Francisco International Airport, California
  1. (tied) Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada
  1. (tied) Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
  1. (tied) O'Hare International Airport, Chicago
  1. (tied) Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, India

You can find Netflights's full rankings here.

The World’s 50 Most Beautiful Cities

A peek at Bruges, Belgium.
A peek at Bruges, Belgium.
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The multitude of blogs, websites, and social media accounts dedicated expressly to travel means that we now have a seemingly infinite number of resources to help us decide where to book our next vacation. Having the world at our fingertips is undoubtedly a great thing, but it can also make the final choice seem pretty far out of reach.

To help you decide what’s worth using that precious PTO for, Canada-based travel agency FlightNetwork asked more than 1000 travel experts—professional writers, recreational bloggers, travel agencies, and more—to share their insights on which cities around the globe are quite simply the best.

Though the resulting list is called the world's 50 "most beautiful" cities, it’s “beauty” in a much broader sense than just visual appeal. If you delve into some of the individual entries in FlightNetwork’s guide, you’ll come to find that history, culture, food, entertainment, and other elements have significantly factored into the experts’ assessments of each city.

And, according to these experts (and probably everyone else in the world), Paris really does have it all, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, and wine so fine it might ruin you for all other beverages.

New York was the runner-up, because apparently not even the grimy subway rats can dull the sparkle of the City That Never Sleeps. While it might not boast the same snow-capped mountain peaks of Vancouver or the radiant beaches of Barcelona, the sheer quantity and variety of activities The Big Apple has to offer make it a must-visit—maybe more than once.

“You could visit hundreds of times and still discover new things on every trip. It has it all,” David Jagger, reporter for Bradford, England's Telegraph & Argus, told FlightNetwork.

The rest of the top 10 was mostly filled up by other cities that you probably expected to see on this list, like London, Venice, and Rome. Having said that, if you’re a “road less traveled” type of person, there are plenty of offbeat options for you, too. Colombia’s Cartagena, number 44, is a beachgoer’s paradise—complete with a breathtaking cathedral and castle—and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more charming waterfront town than Bruges, Belgium, number 26 on the list.

Scroll on to see the full top 50, and read more about each city in FlightNetwork’s guide here.

      1. Paris, France
      2. New York, New York
      3. London, England
      4. Venice, Italy
      5. Vancouver, Canada
      6. Barcelona, Spain
      7. Cape Town, South Africa
      8. San Francisco, California
      9. Sydney, Australia
      10. Rome, Italy
      11. Singapore, Singapore
      12. Lisbon, Portugal
      13. Amsterdam, Netherlands
      14. Prague, Czech Republic
      15. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      16. Budapest, Hungary
      17. Istanbul, Turkey
      18. Tokyo, Japan
      19. Vienna, Austria
      20. Buenos Aires, Argentina
      21. Toronto, Canada
      22. San Diego, California
      23. Quebec City, Canada
      24. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
      25. Chicago, Illinois
      26. Bruges, Belgium
      27. Madrid, Spain
      28. Havana, Cuba
      29. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      30. Jerusalem, Israel
      31. Edinburgh, Scotland
      32. Quito, Ecuador
      33. Zurich, Switzerland
      34. Cusco, Peru
      35. St. Petersburg, Russia
      36. Berlin, Germany
      37. Hanoi, Vietnam
      38. Queenstown, New Zealand
      39. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
      40. Seoul, South Korea
      41. Dubrovnik, Croatia
      42. San Sebastian, Spain
      43. Bangkok, Thailand
      44. Cartagena, Colombia
      45. Dublin, Ireland
      46. Marrakesh, Morocco
      47. Bergen, Norway
      48. Jaipur, India
      49. Beijing, China
      50. Athens, Greece

There Are 13 Winter Road Hazards in This Image—Can You Spot Them All?

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If you've already found the hidden stocking and the sheep among the Santas in these brainteasers, see if you can solve another seasonal puzzle that's both fun and educational. The hidden image challenge below, which is a collaboration between Specialised Covers and IAM RoadSmart, is filled with winter road hazards experienced drivers will recognize.

This puzzle fits 13 hazards into a scene of cars driving down a snowy road. According to the makers of the image, it takes the average person 32 seconds to find them all. See if you can beat that time, and then check out the picture below for the answers.

Puzzle of winter road hazards.
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Winter weather like snow and freezing rain make for dangerous conditions when traveling by car. Some driving risks—like large snow drifts—are obvious, while others are harder to spot.

Factors like freezing temperatures, darker days, and nasty weather make winter a treacherous time to hit the road in many parts of the country. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, an average of 800 fatalities a year occurred as a result of weather-related accidents between 2011 and 2015. Here are some tips for staying safe while driving this winter.

Solutions to winter road hazards puzzle.
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