The 20 destinations that will be especially hot this year

Portugal’s position in the pantheon of European tourism has shot from “obscure” to “over-the-top,” and Lisbon, the charm-packed capital, is poised to keep climbing. This year will see added airlift from Delta and United, along with tons of additional beds for discerning travelers to sleep in. (Keep an eye out for Verride Palace, opening in February, where almost all the rooms are suites and the outdoor pool is heated year-round.) The...

The 10 best cities for first-time international travelers

The Iberian Peninsula is packed with traveler-friendly cities, including Madrid, Porto, Sevilla, Valencia, and — of course — Barcelona. However, Lisbon is currently one of the most popular cities for travelers to Europe, and with good reason. The city has an infectiously laid-back way of life that leaves most travelers green with envy when they have to return home. Packed tightly over seven steep hills, nearly all of the streets...