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Tanzania
6 of Tanzania’s Coolest (if lesser known) Exotic Animals
Michele Harvey | Sep 3, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Move over, lions and leopards. Tanzania's bestial bounty includes a slew of lesser-known (but equally spectacular!) animals. more...

Austria
In Deep: A Brief History on Durnstein, the “Pearl of the Wachau”
Lewis Evans | Aug 25, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Situated among Austria's most famous vines, Dürnstein, known as the “Pearl of the Wachau,” is not only one of the countr more...

Puglia
In Deep: A Brief History of Ostuni, “The White Pearl”
Nathan Lane | Aug 20, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Featuring a walled acropolis and whitewashed buildings that stand as a testament to its Eastern influences, Ostuni is known a more...

India
A (very, very, very) Brief Introduction to Hinduism in India
Karen MacRae | Aug 19, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Let's start with the obvious caveat: Hinduism is so vast that it's virtually impossible to explain in a few paragraphs. more...

Dresden
In Deep: 7 Must-See Places To Visit in Dresden
Lewis Evans | Aug 19, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

The former capital of Saxony, Dresden truly came into its own during the Baroque period—and as a result, remains one of Eur more...

Around the World
Know Before You Go: E-Bikes 101
Dave Bowden | Aug 10, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Learn everything you need to know about electric assist bikes, or e-bikes, in Butterfield & Robinson's Know Before You Go. more...

Japan
In Deep: The Isolation of Japan
Orsolya Kako | Aug 5, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Though Japan’s long period of isolation kept it closed off from much of the world, one upshot was the rise of cultural touc more...

Bali
Cultural Considerations: What You Need to Know about The Culture of Bali
Karen MacRae | Aug 5, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

First inhabited around 2000 BC, Bali's cultural roots run deep. We've rounded up a few key things to know about the culture o more...

Patagonia
In Deep: What You Need to Know About Patagonia
John Lansdell | Aug 4, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

The end of the Earth is really just the beginning. A rocky chunk of southern Argentina shaped by glaciers and conquered by a more...

Puglia
In Deep: A Brief History of Lecce, “The Florence of the South”
Nathan Lane | Jul 23, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

With stunning baroque architecture, gorgeous views and an abundance of Puglia's famous wine and olive oil, Lecce is a work of more...

Vietnam
Buddhism in Vietnam: An Education in Enlightenment
Nathan Lane | Jul 23, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

The Vietnamese people are among the warmest, friendliest and most gracious we've ever encountered. It's likely not a coincide more...

Burgundy
The Côtes d’Or and Champagne Granted UNESCO Status
Olivier Maillard | Jul 7, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Having made Burgundy its second for decades, B&R has long extolled its virtues to anyone who would listen. And as it turns ou more...

Beijing
In Deep: What You Need to Know About Beijing
Tyler Dillon | Jun 25, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Named by emperor Yongle and expanded by the Manchu emperors, today Beijing is the capital city and cultural hub of a country more...

Dolomites
In Deep: The Dolomites
Georgia Yuill | Jun 12, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

A unique mineral that makes up breathtaking mountains, the Dolomites have long been a source of both fascination and awe. more...

Provence
Boules: A Provençal Tradition
Kathy Stewart | May 14, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

With a languid pace perfectly representative of life in Provence, the game of boules, also known as pétanque, has become a q more...

Galapagos Islands
A Boat Cruise Around the Galapagos Islands
Veronika Macas | Apr 28, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

"My time sailing the Galapagos Islands was just that—an exploration. Everyday was a new island, bay or cove, an adventure a more...

Galapagos Islands
An Escape to Eden: My Week in the Galápagos Islands
Veronika Macas | Apr 24, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

When I first arrived in the Galápagos Islands, my initial thought was, “Have I landed on Mars…?” more...

Vietnam
In Deep: Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon)
Nathan Lane | Mar 31, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Beginning as a small fishing village, Ho Chi Minh city, formerly (and still occasionally) known as Saigon, has grown into the more...

India
Staying Healthy in India
Karen MacRae | Mar 24, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

India is one of the world's most interesting countries, but also one of the most unsanitary. Avoid sickness with these tips f more...

Ireland
St. Patrick and County Mayo
Tyler Dillon | Mar 10, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Known as Naomh Pádraig in Gaelic, St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland, credited with bringing Christianity to the Eme more...

Peru
An Introduction to the Incas
Orsolya Kako | Mar 4, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

That we know anything at all about the Incas is utterly ironic. Because they had an oral tradition, little is known about the more...

Around the World
In Deep and Unplugged
Karen Dockrill | Jan 21, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

“It’s nice to have a travel partner that feels like family, who can unplug me from a world of intense demands and activit more...

Around the World
2014 Photo Contest: See the Winners!
Dave Bowden | Jan 21, 2015
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Each year, we ask travellers to participate in our annual Traveller Photo Contest and, year in and year out, we find ourselve more...

Around the World
Aging Like a Fine Wine: Nearly Half a Century of B&R
Dave Bowden | Jan 5, 2015
50th Anniversary | Reflections

While a steady diet of good food, great wine and miles of biking has kept us feeling sprightly, we can't deny the truth: we'r more...

Around the World
Top 5 Spring Break Destinations For Your Family
Kathy Stewart | Dec 11, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Since the beaches of Fort Lauderdale tend to offer a different variety of transcendence than the kind we're after, we thought more...

Around the World
Make Next Holiday Season About You, Not Yuletide
Brad Crockett | Nov 28, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Next year, why not try just doing you, not yuletide. We've got plenty of trips designed to let you to escape the holiday grin more...

Around the World
Explorer’s Index: Top Five Hottest Family Trips
Kathy Stewart | Nov 17, 2014
Listed | Must Sees

A quick glance at the B&R Dictionary describes adventure in part as, "daring to travel to some of the world's greatest playgr more...

Around the World
7 Reasons to Fly Privately
Dan Cohen | Nov 3, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

While bad airplane food may seem like reason enough to swear off commercial flights, there are even more reasons to prefer pr more...

Vietnam
An Army Underground:
The Cu Chi Tunnels
Nathan Lane | Sep 18, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an elaborate underground network from which the Viet Cong launched a formidable offensive, safe from U more...

Around the World
An Electric Assist
Chris Mark | Aug 23, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Electric-assist bikes have reached a level of technological and design sophistication where they are now safer, quieter and s more...

Europe
B&R Gets Elite in 2015
Chris Mark | Aug 19, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

B&R has added a thoroughbred to its bike fleet for 2015, with the arrival of the Bianchi Infinito CV. more...

Galapagos Islands
5 Must-See Galapagos Animals
Tyler Dillon | Aug 15, 2014
Listed | Must Sees

With a wildlife population that attracted no less an authority than Charles Darwin, Galapagos animals are among the world's m more...

Alsace
In Deep: Alsace
Anne Zakula | Aug 8, 2014
See + Do | Must Sees

You could be forgiven for finding Alsace's history a tad hard to follow—the region has changed hands more times than a bott more...

Italian Lakes
In Deep: Lake Como
Georgia Yuill | Jun 20, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

During the last Ice Age, powerful glaciers shifted so as to create a mountainous cove that's been treasured by mankind ever s more...

Mediterranean
Explorer’s Index: Four Ways to Meander in the Mediterranean
Dave Bowden | Jun 12, 2014
Listed | Need to Know

There's something undeniably alluring about the laissez-faire attitude of the Mediterranean, making it a region ripe for mean more...

Around the World
Great Gear: Me to We Style
Dave Bowden | May 7, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

We're proud customers of Me to We, which blends the best of business and charitable practices together by offering ethically more...

Around the World
B&R Teams with World Monuments Fund
Norman Howe | Mar 18, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

I have a confession. While we at B&R firmly believe that the open road is better with company, I have to admit that we're dis more...

Around the World
#myBNR
Dave Bowden | Mar 17, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Whether you're a traveller, a guide or one of our local friends, everyone's definition of #myBNR is unique—and we want to k more...

Around the World
Holly’s (Not-So) Happy Holiday
Dave Bowden | Mar 4, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

After missing out on a December trip last year, Holly vowed not to make the same mistake in 2014. more...

Loire Valley
Five Reasons to Visit Loire Valley with Your Family
Kathy Stewart | Feb 20, 2014
Listed | 5 Reasons

Before you check out the slideshow and find out just what makes the Loire Valley such a perfect destination for families, a b more...

Around the World
Places on the Verge: An Evolution and Education
Dave Bowden | Feb 4, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

By expanding its Places on the Verge program, B&R could bring people face to face with the complex challenges facing cultures more...

Normandy
On Omaha Beach, Bravery Remembered
Marya Valli | Jan 24, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Today, Omaha Beach, which once bore so much violence, has given way to a series of beautiful, if stoic, tributes to the many more...

Tuscany
In Deep: Siena
Georgia Yuill | Jan 16, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

A perfect medieval time capsule, enlightened zoning restrictions have helped preserve the palaces and churches of Siena like more...

Around the World
An Experiential Gift Guide
Dave Bowden | Nov 27, 2013
Listed | Must Sees

If you're looking to give the special person in your life a gift as unique as they are, allow us to present a few ideas for a more...

Ireland
Reading for the Road: Books About Ireland
Tyler Dillon | Nov 5, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Building a list of books about Ireland that adequately encapsulates the isle is a tall task, but here are a few that capture more...

Morocco
Explorer’s Index: Five Family Activities in Morocco
Orsolya Kako | Oct 22, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Listed

A country as stunningly diverse as Morocco makes a perfect playground for kids young and old. Check out a few of our favourit more...

Africa
Call of the Wild: Our Favourite African Animals
Michele Harvey | Oct 8, 2013
See + Do | Must Sees

From the proverbial kings of the jungle to the court's perennial jesters (we're looking at you, meerkats), Africa's national more...

Loire Valley
Reading for the Road: Books About Loire Valley
Jerome Bore | Aug 28, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Normandy
Reading for the Road: Books About Normandy
Dave Bowden | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Burgundy
Reading for the Road: Books About Burgundy
B&R Staff | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Provence
Reading for the Road: Books About Provence
Dave Bowden | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Amalfi Coast
Reading for the Road: Books About the Amalfi Coast
Dave Bowden | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Puglia
Reading for the Road: Books About Puglia
Dave Bowden | Aug 23, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

Lakes District
Reading for the Road: Books About the Italian Lakes
Georgia Yuill | Aug 22, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history more...

India
“India-Syncracies”:
Etiquette in India
Karen MacRae | Jul 29, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

If you're going to get in deep and up close, you'll need to learn how to do as the locals do. more...

Argentina
José de San Martín,
Saint of the Sword
B&R Staff | Jul 18, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

To fellow Argentineans, he is the symbol of renunciation, sacrifice, bravery, humility and selflessness. In every Argentinean more...

Thailand
The Best Bangkok Hotels
Dave Bowden | Jul 17, 2013
See + Do | Hotels

In a city that looms so large, the trick to finding excellent accommodation is narrowing down the list to find the best Bangk more...

North America
The Best San Francisco Hotels
Kristen Sokolowski | Jul 12, 2013
See + Do | Hotels

From the bay and its surrounding hills, to the colourful streets of its vibrant neighbourhoods, San Francisco boasts inspirin more...

Spain
The Best Madrid Hotels
Kristen Sokolowski | Jul 12, 2013
See + Do | Hotels

From traditional Spanish estates to ultra stylish high-rises, Madrid's hotel roster is nearly as vibrant as its night life. more...

London
The Best London Hotels
Kristen Sokolowski | Jul 12, 2013
See + Do | Hotels

With top-notch hotels on every block this city knows luxury, but what the Brits know better than most is how to treat a guest more...

France
The Tour de France Explained
Dave Bowden | Jul 5, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

How did the Tour de France start? Who was the first winner of Le Tour? How long is it? more...

Iceland
Know Before You Go: Iceland Travel Tips
Orsolya Kako | Jun 27, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Our ongoing series of frequently asked questions continues, as we fill you in on what you need to know before travelling to t more...

Croatia
Know Before You Go: Dalmatian Coast Travel Tips
Tom Abraham | Jun 27, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

As invigorating, exciting and intoxicating as it is to explore an unknown land, it can be inconvenient and even a little inti more...

Argentina
The Best Buenos Aires Hotels
Dave Bowden | Jun 19, 2013
See + Do | Hotels

With its impressive hotel line up, Buenos Aires perfectly blends an old-school European vibe with South America's new-world c more...

Argentina
Know Before You Go: Argentina Travel Tips
Dave Bowden | Jun 18, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

So, how exactly does one gain access to Argentina? And what kind of currency do you need once you're there? Get these answers more...

Japan
Japanese Etiquette
Dave Bowden | Jun 14, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Bow or shake? Shoes on or off? Smile or frown? (Just kidding—always smile.) Consider this your cheat sheet to mastering Jap more...

Vietnam
Know Before You Go: Vietnam Travel Tips
Nathan Lane | Jun 11, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

In this ongoing series, we pose some essential questions and arm you with the answers of our regional experts to help you get more...

India
Know Before You Go: India Travel Tips
Karen MacRae | Jun 11, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

In this ongoing series, we help you get in deep and up close on your holiday in India—without frying your cell phone or bri more...

Around the World
Learn to Travel,
Travel to Learn
Dave Bowden | Jun 10, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Video

We stumbled on travel writer Robin Esrock's TEDx talk and had to share. more...

Morocco
Know Before You Go: Morocco Travel Tips
Olivier Maillard | Jun 6, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

In the latest in our Know Before You Go series, Trip Planner Olivier Maillard reveals the must-knows about the country he cal more...

Peru
Know Before You Go: Peru Travel Tips
Tyler Dillon | May 31, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

In this ongoing series, we pose some essential questions and arm you with the answers of our regional experts to help you get more...

Japan
Know Before You Go: Japan Travel Tips
B&R Staff | May 29, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

In this ongoing series, we pose some essential questions and arm you with answers from our regional experts. more...

Hilarious Video
Holland. The Original Cool.
Dave Bowden | May 28, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Dear Every Country We Travel To, Please make one of these. more...

Morocco
The Art of Haggling
Orsolya Kako | May 27, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Be warned: even the fiercest sharks at the bargaining tables of Europe and North America will need to master Morocco's cultur more...

Loire Valley
A (Brief) Look at
Loire Valley History
Jerome Bore | Apr 24, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Dotted with châteaux (castles) and besought by war, the history of the Loire Valley is long and involved. more...

Around the World
Young & Restless
Dave Bowden | Apr 11, 2013
Listed | Family Travel

While a break from school can provide a teen with some much-needed relief come June, a change of scenery can provide parents more...

Myanmar
Know Before You Go: Myanmar Travel Tips
Tyler Dillon | Mar 30, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Trip Designer Tyler Dillon answers some essential questions on a magical place close to his heart: Myanmar. more...

Piemonte
Immersion Kit: Piemonte
Marya Valli | Mar 27, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Immersion Kit

From the heights of the Alps to the plains of the Po Valley, Piemonte is a wealth of contrasts. We shed some light on the reg more...

Around the World
No corkscrew? No Problem!
Dave Bowden | Mar 25, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

We stumbled upon this online and just had to share. No corkscrew? No problem! more...

Burgundy
Immersion Kit: Burgundy
Olivier Maillard | Mar 15, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Immersion Kit

Allow us to shed some light on a few of our favourite places and give you a head start for getting in deep. more...

China
The Zen of Guiding, Part II
Tyler Dillon | Mar 14, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Here, I continue the explanation I started in my post The Zen of Guiding, Part I. more...

China
The Zen of Guiding, Part I
Tyler Dillon | Mar 7, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

There are a few simple skills it took a number of years for me to realize as a guide, which can create a wonderful trip out o more...

Puglia
Immersion Kit: Puglia
Nathan Lane | Feb 28, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Immersion Kit

During its early history, Puglia, in Italy’s southeast (if Italy is a boot, Puglia is the heel) was highly sought-after. more...

Biking Tips
Safety on The Slow Road
B&R Staff | Feb 28, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

While it's true that anything can happen on the road, following a few simple guidelines will keep you prepared for whatever y more...

Tuscany
A Few Lessons in
Family Travel
Norman Howe | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

The first thing I learned about family travel to Europe is that matching the destination with the configuration of your famil more...

Italy
Parla Italiano?
B&R Staff | Feb 1, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

A couple hints on pronouncing the Italian language and a few key phrases which, once mastered, will help you sound like a tru more...

Myanmar
Housing from the Heart
Tyler Dillon | Jan 30, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Trip Designer Tyler Dillon recounts the project that brought him to tears. more...

Tuscany
Immersion Kit: Tuscany
B&R Staff | Jan 18, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Immersion Kit

Few other regions have contributed as much to our modern-day conception of Italy as Tuscany. more...

Around the World
The Wish List for Wanderlust
Katie Marshall | Nov 30, 2012
Listed |

We thought we’d ask some of our longest-serving (and best-travelled) staff members what dream trips remain on their bucket more...

Around the World
Top 10 Tasting Menu
B&R Staff | Sep 5, 2012
Listed |

Consider some of the enticements that our many winter destinations are ready to dish up when you’re prepared to visit. more...

Around the World
How to Taste Wine
B&R Staff | May 2, 2012
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

We know firsthand that when you're sipping some of the world's best vintages, you want to look the part. That's why we've com more...

E-Bikes in Europe!
Chris Mark | Jan 4, 2012
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Argentina
A Patagonian’s Perspective
B&R Staff | Nov 14, 2011
Experts + Insiders | Guides

The mark of any good guide is their ability to take you into the very soul of a place—to help you discover, experience and more...

New Zealand
Top 5 Reasons to Visit New Zealand
Rob Grieve | Sep 15, 2011
Experts + Advice | Listed

Off the top of my head I could rattle off about 793 reasons to visit. For the sake of brevity, and to keep some surprises in more...

Amalfi Coast
Explorer’s Index: Nine to Know About the Amalfi Coast
B&R Staff | Jun 27, 2011
Listed | Must Sees

As rich in cuisine as it is in breathtaking views, the Amalfi Coast has more to offer than amazing hiking trails (though thos more...

Iceland
Iceland Heats Up
B&R Staff | Apr 18, 2011
Listed |

Take the familiar adage that “geography is character”. Now magnify it multiple times. Squeeze it into a modestly sized is more...

Around the World
Best Hotel Spas Around the World
B&R Staff | Mar 21, 2011
Listed | Hotels

We suggest you consider these extraordinary hotel spa facilities, all of which provide their own resident techniques to help more...

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Laos

In Deep: Luang Prabang – What You Need to Know

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Encircled by hills and jungle, Luang Prabang served as the religious and royal centre of Laos for roughly 600 years. more ...


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