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In just the last year, Wanderlust's travels have taken us across the globe. We've visited floating Peruvian villages on the highest lake in the world, trained with Muay Thai fighters in remote regions of Thailand, rode the world's fastest roller coaster in Dubai, and we've eaten rotten shark—a local delicacy—under the Northern Lights in Iceland. We've stayed the finest fine art-filled hotels in Tokyo and Zurich and discovered a modern-day Garden of Eden on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

But as our round-up of the year's most-read travel stories demonstrates below, Houstonians also enjoy reading about surprising getaways close to home:

  1. Take a Tour of Houston's 5 Best Paint Walls and Graffiti Murals
  2. 10 Things You Must See, Do and Eat Near Big Bend National Park
  3. Sarasota: The New "It" City of the Sunshine State
  4. Why the Frio River Is the Ultimate Texas Summer Destination
  5. 10 Non-Stop International Flights from Houston You Didn't Know About
  6. Get Out: Stay the Night at the Lake Houston Wilderness Park
  7. Houston’s Runway to Hobby Airport Gets a Much-Needed Facelift
  8. 5 Reasons to Take that Trip to Tucson
  9. How to Make the Most Out of Three Days in Belize
  10. 5 Fun Reasons to Head to Uvalde County This Fall