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Travel Reveals 10 Ways America Is Different From the Rest of the World

After traveling around the world for two years we've noticed many differences between America and the rest of the world. From the proper way to eat pizza to how to tell time, here are a few of our favorites:<p><b>Metric system:</b> As an eager middle-schooler in the 1970s I was told that the United States …

Mirrorless on the Job: One week with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 - MirrorLessons

The release of the new [easyazon_link asin=”B00EQ07PG2″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”easyazon-textlink-20″ …

10 Rules to Follow To Build a Body That Melts off Fat

By: Krystle Crossman<p>So you have been able to get fit, toned, and healthy. Congratulations! Now here are some things that you should know in order to …

Fitness

Top 10 Vistas

The ten best places in the world to bring a camera and enjoy the view.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Grand Canyon, Arizona</b><br>Our friend, noted photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006), gave this advice when viewing the Grand Canyon: “Leave your binoculars at home.” The biggest, …

Grand Canyon

Luxury hotels in China face a triple threat. But, psst—rooms are cheap

Just a few years ago, the luxury hotel business was booming in China—a steadily rising economy was producing droves of deep-pocketed business travelers, and government officials were quaffing top shelf Bordeaux wine and running giant tabs in hotel banquet rooms.<p>All that has changed with Chinese …

Hospitality

Jamaica's top 10 travel experiences

Jamaica’s lovely landscape – with its crystalline waters, lush banana groves, and sheer mountains – combined with its confident, yet cool reggae demeanor, makes Jamaica an ideal destination for those looking for stunning scenery and a big dose of local culture. Pack your bag and head down to this …

Top 5 Scenic Mountain Drives

Ron Schneidermann (Co-Founder and CMO of Liftopia) tells it like it is:<p>I'm a sucker for road trips. Always have been. Each summer as a kid my parents, sister, and I would pile into the Chevy Caprice and hit the National Park circuit. A little bit later in life, when I was 22 and getting ready to …

A tour of the 'Best of the Best' luxury hotels

Virtuoso luxury travel agents, who regularly advise millionaires and celebrities on where to stay, this week named their "Best of the Best" luxury properties for 2013.<p>Virtuoso gets feedback from clients on their experiences to come up with the annual list of award winners in categories such as best …

State Department to open an office of “religious engagement”

At what point does a faith-based federal agency cross the line between church and state?<p>In her 1969 essay “On Violence,” Hannah Arendt described bureaucracy as government by an intricate system in which no one person can be held responsible, the “rule by Nobody.” Atheism, then, would be the view …

A Mega Victory

Aquatic Sports

Parametric Architecture Rattles The Italian Alps

With the Paramount Alma Residence, PLASMA Studio places a contemporary and well considered wake-up call in a sleepy town of quaint chalets.<p>Tucked away in the northernmost part of Italy’s South Tyrol province is the picturesque town of Sesto. The thousand-year-old hamlet sits at the base of the …

Mesmerizing GIFs of Breathing Earth

Changing Planet<p><b>The biodiversity of Earth as we know it is made up of millions of species—from Baobab trees to narwhals to tiny anemones attached to the ocean floor. But can we think of Earth in a holistic way, as one living entity of its own, instead of the sum of its parts?</b><p>This is what John Nelson …

Five of Australia's treasured islands

Ah, Australia. Partying the night away amid the bright lights of Sydney. Exploring the undersea extravaganza of the Great Barrier Reef. Watching the sun rise over wind-sculpted Uluru. A visit Down Under is never short of do-before-you-die moments.<p>But did you know that there’s a whole lot more to Oz …

Medieval Meets Modern in Catalonia

Medieval meets modern in Alemanys 5, a project in Girona’s historical quarter by architect Anna Noguera. Noguera and her husband originally purchased …

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Amazing Photos of Places You Need To Visit

You've thought of Paris, the Great Wall of China and the Amazon rainforest. We've thought of the not-so-typical yet completely remarkable places to …

A Serengeti Safari From The Safety Of Your Desk

We don't often write about multimedia presentations — but if you haven't already seen it, you really should check out <i>National Geographic</i>'s immersive project about the Serengeti lions.<p>Photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson spent more than two years gathering footage …

Mt. Rainier from Spray Park