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Wherever you are in the world and whatever your drink of choice may be -- wine, beer, sake, juice -- raising a glass to good health and even better company is a ubiquitous gesture. What you say while toasting, however, varies from destination to destination. We believe, much like "hello," "please," and "thank you," learning to say "cheers" in different dialects might come in handy when traveling to another country. After all, nothing solidifies a cultural bond quite like clinking your…

Wherever you are in the world and whatever your drink of choice may be -- wine, beer, sake, juice -- raising a glass to good health and even better company is a ubiquitous gesture. What you say while toasting, however, varies from destination to destination. We believe, much like "hello," "please," and "thank you," learning to say "cheers" in different dialects might come in handy when traveling to another country. After all, nothing solidifies a cultural bond quite like clinking your…

A short drive from San Francisco, Sonoma County produces some of the best wines in the country. Though this quiet Northern California farmscape is often overshadowed by its better-known neighbor, the Napa Valley, Sonoma offers excellent wine touring options -- sans crowds or pretense. Best of all, the area offers plenty of alternative ways to get from cellar to cellar without having to drive. Here are a few favorites.

A short drive from San Francisco, Sonoma County produces some of the best wines in the country. Though this quiet Northern California farmscape is often overshadowed by its better-known neighbor, the Napa Valley, Sonoma offers excellent wine touring options -- sans crowds or pretense. Best of all, the area offers plenty of alternative ways to get from cellar to cellar without having to drive. Here are a few favorites.

Ahhh, cruising. It's what white linen pants were made for. Often billed as massive, all-inclusive, floating hotels, cruises are an easy set-it-and-forget-it-type of vacation. You buy your tickets, show up, and everything -- heaping buffets, various forms of entertainment and social activities, thumping clubs, saltwater pools with slides, kids' clubs, and sunny excursions -- is conveniently on deck. While most cruises follow the same general outline, ports, and activities (and thus become a…

Ahhh, cruising. It's what white linen pants were made for. Often billed as massive, all-inclusive, floating hotels, cruises are an easy set-it-and-forget-it-type of vacation. You buy your tickets, show up, and everything -- heaping buffets, various forms of entertainment and social activities, thumping clubs, saltwater pools with slides, kids' clubs, and sunny excursions -- is conveniently on deck. While most cruises follow the same general outline, ports, and activities (and thus become a…

Black Marble - Americas  NASA image acquired April 18 - October 23, 2012  This image of North and South America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The new data was mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.

Black Marble - Americas NASA image acquired April 18 - October 23, 2012 This image of North and South America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The new data was mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.

There are the types of tchotchkes you pick up while traveling that wind up dusty and in the back of your closet and then there are the souvenirs you treasure years after you've arrived home. Speaking of the latter, whether it's an impulse buy you accidentally stumbled upon or an item you tirelessly sought out, these mementos trigger fond memories of the unforgettable places you've been, experiences you've had, and people you've met along the journey. Here, our editors share their own most…

There are the types of tchotchkes you pick up while traveling that wind up dusty and in the back of your closet and then there are the souvenirs you treasure years after you've arrived home. Speaking of the latter, whether it's an impulse buy you accidentally stumbled upon or an item you tirelessly sought out, these mementos trigger fond memories of the unforgettable places you've been, experiences you've had, and people you've met along the journey. Here, our editors share their own most…

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