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I spent 10 days in silent meditation in India. Here’s what I learned.

As of two weeks ago, I had never meditated more than 10 minutes in my entire life, and sitting still for even that long was like trying to teach …

Meditation

Upwardly Mobile: The 8 Best Hiking Shoes for Men | HiConsumption

A set of hiking boots are for guys who want to drag their clunky clodhoppers up the hill. Trail running shoes are for those speed demons who don’t …

The Most Colorful Places on Earth

Forget dreary winter landscapes—these vibrant places around the world are guaranteed to brighten your day.<p>Luoping County, China<p>Once a year, China’s Luoping County transforms into a seemingly endless sea of yellow flowers. The bright fields of canola (the plants that make the cooking oil of the same …

50 Things to Do in Europe Before You Die

Whether it's catching an opera in Vienna, having afternoon tea in London, shopping for leather in Florence, or sipping a cocktail by the Eiffel Tower—Traveler's network of editors and writers has rounded up 50 things you need to do, eat, see, shop for, and experience in Europe. Think something …

European Travel

Round the world cruises: the ultimate guide

The first round-the-world sailing did not go well. The Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan attempted a circumnavigation starting in 1519: his voyage took 1,082 days and saw the death of 51 crew, including the explorer himself. By 1922, however, when Cunard offered the first round-the-world …

Cruise Ships

National Geographic Travel

Ultimate Summer Road Trip: San Francisco to Los Angeles

Cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway<p>The 450-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of America's most iconic road trips. And for good reasons: vast beaches, towering mountains and uninterrupted views of the Pacific guide you down the California …

California

To Hike Alone

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~ Japanese Proverb<p>One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the scenery. The mountains, the skies, Puget Sound, all these things and more provide the perfect backdrop to my life. A lover of the outdoors, I always stay busy backpacking or …

Hiking

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

For great-value city breaks, look past the capitals and big names; some of Europe’s liveliest cultural scenes are in its smaller cities<p>Ghent, Belgium<p><b>Why go?</b><br>While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture …

European Travel

As close as you can get to paradise: Playa Junquillal

This film relates a story everyone can live one day: discover a place by accident and totally fall in love with it, feeling how subjectively unique …

Films to fuel your wanderlust this year

Finding oneself while traveling: it's a classic literary theme from <i>Siddhartha</i> to <i>On The Road</i>, and a somewhat overused trope in contemporary page-turners-turned-blockbusters.<p>But the process comes full circle when film adaptations inspire further adventure. Books such as <i>Into the Wild</i>, <i>Lord of the …

World Trade Center

Heading to Barcelona? These are the best apps for getting the most out of the city

Barcelona is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and the world. There are no shortage of reasons: it has a great gastronomic scene, …

Barcelona

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Packing Tips From Travel Experts

<i>By Shoko Wanger, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Whether it's a scent, a special snack, or a specific pair of shoes, everyone has something they're always sure to bring with them on a trip. Here, seven frequent travelers (and expert packers) share what they'd never leave home without.<p>Photo by Tahiti</b> …

MacBook Air

Great US road trips: living the American dream

Roads are not the problem on a United States driving holiday: it has 4,092,729 miles of them, or 6,586,610km (against around 245,400 miles, or 395,000km, in Britain); it’s knowing which ones to choose. Many US tour operators will do the job for you, with suggested fly-drive itineraries, usually …

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

20 things travelers do in their 20s

1. Form a deep, intimate connection with a person they’ll never see again<p>Maybe it’s the guy they sat next to on the train, or the girl they stumbled …

Watch A Time-Lapse Of Rio De Janeiro Shot At 10K Resolution

GIF<p>Even if you don't have an ultra-HD display, you're going to want to watch this.<p>"10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo" is a straightforwardly titled …

National Geographic Travel

4 ways that travel has ruined me

1. It has shown me that sometimes I can trust strangers more than my friends.<p>In my first trip outside Spain, I learned that I couldn’t trust my …

Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Now-Cheaper Europe

<i>Enjoy Europe for less now!</i><p>You know what's the best thing when you're a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making …

How We Traveled The World On $40 A Day, And You Can Too

When we tell people that we traveled to 302 cities in 33 countries across 6 continents for our honeymoon, they generally assume we are millionaires--far from it. We just decided that life was too short, the world was too big, and the value of travel too great to wait until retirement, so we made it …

Frequent-flyer Programs

7 Explorers Name The Most Beautiful Place They've Ever Seen

Looking for travel inspiration? We've been asking fascinating people -- Pulitzer Prize-winners, world champion athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and more -- to share the greatest travel journeys of their lives.<p><b>New Guinea</b><p>Scientist and author Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, …

Hiking

10 of the Most Impressive and Exhausting Hiking Routes

For many, synonymous with the word “crusade” is A few hours walking the Transition, Which is more like A Walk good. But These Stories – no more than …

National Geographic Travel

Top 10 food markets in Madrid

With Madrid’s two-week Gastro Festival opening on Saturday, now is a great time to sample the best jamón, tortilla and tapas with our guide to the city’s markets<p>Madrid city guide: bars, restaurants, hotels and sights Madrid’s best tapas bars<p><b>Mercado de San Migue</b><b>l</b><p>The historic wrought-iron-and-glass …

Top 10

Words of Wisdom for Photographers by Renowned Photojournalist Steve McCurry

Last month, we shared a popular video in which photojournalist Steve McCurry talked about the danger of focusing on your destination so much that you …

Photography

Travel the World With a Backpack | The Art of Manliness

All images taken by Dave Danzeiser.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Danzeiser.</i><p>I hung up the phone with the travel agent. I had just …

Stimulating hot drinks to break your coffee addiction

Forget your favourite latte. Quaff some global culture with this array of mouth-watering hot drinks from around the world.<p>1. Masala chai, India<p>Fashion-forward Mumbaikars, frazzled Delhi commuters, roadside marigold sellers – they all cock their ears at the call from a <i>chai wallah</i> (tea seller). …

Tea