Michelle Jana Chan

Travel: Beaches of Latin America

Some of the world's best beaches are on the islands of Latin America. THE GOOD LIFE would have gladly spent the rest of the winter checking them out. Brazil: Sanchos, on Fernando de Noronha, is the island's most perfect beach: languorous, sensual and golden.Venezuela: Los Roques, an idyllic cluster of coral islands, is ideal for lazing, snorkeling and fishing for the elusive bonefish.Nicaragua: San Juan del Sur is a laid-back beach town with rustic seafood restaurants and watering...

Capturing the Travel Niche

Claire Hurren is not interested in spending her vacation lying on a beach, shopping or museum hopping. She doesn't even want to go on safari. The 32-year-old doctor from Nottinghamshire, England, hopes to do something more focused and meaningful with her time off.

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If you can't stand the heat or the crowds of Greece, Italy or Spain, consider heading "up north" to the beach this year. Tourism to Canada, northern Europe and America's "northern woods" states has been steadily on the rise. "We have stunning outdoor beauty coupled with cool places to stay and eat," says George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan.

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The golden age of yachting was not during the 1930s, it's now, says William Smith, co-owner of U.S.-based Trinity Yachts. "Because of developments in technology, you can have all the comforts of the finest hotels in the world," says Smith. "And it's mobile." The construction of these luxury "superyachts"--as cruisers over 24 meters are known--has become the fastest-growing sector of the boat-building industry, according to Carl Richardson, technical editor of Motor Boats Monthly.The Italians...

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Back when kids were kids, summer camp meant toasting marshmallows and singing around the campfire. Now sleep-away camp--originally an American invention--provides ambitious youngsters all over the world another opportunity to stand out in the sea of college applicants. "The days of bows and arrows are gone," says Missy Cook of Broadreach, which runs high-end adventure trips for teens. "Summer camps have got a lot more exotic."Teens can dive off Australia's Great Barrier Reef with marine...

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Travel: The Play's the ThingAll the world may be a stage, but many of this year's best productions will be mounted in Stratford on Avon this spring. England's Royal Shakespeare Company is launching the "Complete Works" festival in the Bard's hometown.

Travel: Get Thee To A Play

All the world may be a stage, but many of this year's best productions will be mounted in Stratford on Avon this spring. England's Royal Shakespeare Company is launching The "Complete Works" festival in the Bard's hometown.

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By Stefan TheilIt's the biggest comeback in the world of wine. A decade or two ago, German Riesling seemed to appeal mainly to school matrons and aging British eccentrics.

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By Ginanne BrownellCashmere... just the sound of it is enough to send shoppers swooning with visions of luxurious warmth, cozy softness and coveted style.

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Spending lazy country-house afternoons discussing the latest books isn't just for the landed gentry of eras past. This summer's literary festivals take place in more diverse locales--mansions, palaces, marquees and theaters across the world--but their relaxed surroundings still spark stimulating debate.

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Walking along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Peter and Angela Howard didn't look like ordinary tourists. For one thing, they kept punching numbers into a GPS unit as they made their way from Edinburgh Castle to the Queen's Palace.

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Health: The Miscarriage MazeBy Karen SpringenJon Cohen and his wife, Shannon, never thought much about fertility. Their first child, Erin, was conceived easily, and Shannon's pregnancy progressed without a hitch.

TRAVEL: A BOAT AWAY FROM HOME

Tired of wearing yourself out resting up? There's one vacation that will force you to throttle back and relax: a houseboat holiday. Try meandering along beautiful waterways or exploring a scenic lake--then dropping anchor and bunking down.

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Knitting needles, brooches and swing skirts aren't the only vintage accessories making a comeback. At May's International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York--an annual showcase of high-end design for the home--a crop of start-up companies showed off a fresh take on something long associated with Grandma's house: wallpaper.

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Summer GuideThe weather's finally warming up. Now what do you need to really enjoy your holidays this year? Tip Sheet took a quick look and found a number of things we can't live without.

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HOTELSLabel Over LocationFor the truly status-conscious, it's not where you go that matters; it's where you stay. A handful of luxury hotel chains offer a pampered paradise to the wealthy--complete with in-room shiatsu massage and fresh-squeezed mango juice. "[People] don't call up and tell me where they want to go," says Alice Daunt of the exclusive U.K.