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Our Favorite Travel Articles of 2015

It’s been an amazing year for Marriott Traveler magazine, which launched just nine months ago with three cities — New Orleans, Chicago and Orlando — and has since traversed the globe, exploring the unique personalities and places that make everywhere from Pittsburgh to Paris, Tokyo to Tampa special. We’ve compiled some of our favorite stories of the year. Continue the adventure with us in 2016. You may be surprised where we go next.

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Travel With Kids Like a Pro in Orlando

Traveling with family to Orlando’s theme parks can be exhausting for parents, but we give some expert advice on how to make the trip fun for everyone.

5 New Orleans Tourist Traps to Avoid

We’ll tell you about the hidden gems of where to go in a city, but we’ve got to be honest with our readers and point out the overhyped tourist traps too. New Orleans certainly has those. Sorry, Bourbon Street.

Why Justin Bieber’s Trip to Iceland Became a Music Video

Justin Bieber sitting on a ledge in Iceland in the music video for "I'll Show You."

Justin Bieber has traveled the world to promote and perform his music. But the one place he had never been — and always wanted to go — was Iceland. His friend and videographer, Rory Kramer, gave us the exclusive backstory on how their first visit to the island nation became a music video that has been viewed over 100 million times.

La Vida Local: Last Call in Downtown Orlando

It turns out Orlando is more than just theme parks, and has a pretty lively bar scene for locals. We check out the best places to go in this video.

9 Fun, Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Chicago

We offer up our favorite things to do with kids in Chicago, including checking out the dinosaurs at the Field Museum, like Sue, the T-rex.

Chefs You Should Know: Andrew Zimmern Talks Chicago Eats (and None of Them are Bizarre)

Andrew Zimmern in Chicago at Renaissance Downtown Chicago

Chicago may not be smug about its food scene, but in an exclusive interview, the “Bizarre Foods” star describes how the Windy City has had a chip on its shoulder for decades. “It’s never gotten its due as a culture, food leader or Midwestern locale, but over the last few years it’s become one of world’s great food cities,” Zimmern says.

How Café Dauphine is Helping Transform New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood

One of our favorite stories about New Orleans came from a partnership with Participant Media’s TakePart, which in its amazing package of stories that examined how the city has changed a decade after Hurricane Katrina, visited Cafe Dauphine, the only full-service, white-tablecloth restaurant in the once devastated Lower Ninth Ward.

Unpacked: Nigel Barker’s Lens on Life and Everyday Beauty

Nigel Barker“Luxury to me is about the things you can’t buy,” says photographer Nigel Barker in a great new series of profiles called “Unpacked,” in which notable names like architect Rem D. Koolhaas and Boat Magazine founder Erin Spens discuss their views on life and reveal the items they must pack in their bags when traveling.

Excursions: Sail, Sip and See Baltimore’s Charms Aboard a Small Tall Ship

A trip to Baltimore requires a visit to the city’s harbor. But what can make it even more memorable is going out on the water, as managing editor Robin Bennefield did with a glass of wine in hand, of course.

Chefs You Should Know: Meet Michael Gulotta of MoPho

new orleans chefs michael gulatto mopho
Chef Michael Gulotta had always loved the flavors of Thailand and Vietnam and brought them to New Orleans, combining them with Southeast Louisiana fare in an ambitious but successful restaurant, MoPho, everyone must try.

Navigating Chicago: Shannon Boland on Local Eats in the Windy City

If you ever needed an expert for where to eat in Chicago, look no further than Renaissance Navigator Shannon Boland.

La Vida Local: Chicago’s Pinball Passion

We explore the birthplace of pinball in this revealing look at a game that’s enjoying a renaissance across the world.

Tour London Without Getting on a Plane in ‘Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’

Tour a detailed version of London in "Assassin's Creed: Syndicate."

Ubisoft’s hit video game franchise “Assassin’s Creed” explores a historical time period with each installment. The latest, “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate,” took on Victorian England, and in an exclusive interview, we found out how the game’s designers brought London to life with striking detail.