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10 epic long-distance walks around the world

From the Highlands to the Himalayas, these hikes take in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. They’re not for the faint-hearted, but keen trekkers will love the challenges posed by each<b><br>More great walks: Europe | UK | best kit</b><p>The trek to the base of the fifth highest mountain in the …

Hiking

Dublin city guide: what to see, plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

As the city marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, our writer finds its free-thinking spirit alive at offbeat museums, bars, restaurants and in its architecture<p>This is a big year for Ireland and its capital. The country is preparing to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion that …

Master your Mac with these tricks and shortcuts you didn't know you needed

Sometimes a mouse or touchpad just isn't fast enough when you're approaching deadline. Sometimes you want to be able to quickly switch between …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors?<p>We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it.<p>Don’t believe us? Read on:<p>We kick things off in Badlands National Park with a kid-friendly …

Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

<b>Editor's note, June 10:</b> <i>We have added an acknowledgement of several sources that Esther Gokhale used while developing her theories on back pain. These include physiotherapy methods, such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, and the work of anthropologist Noelle …

Back Pain

Instagram Spotlight: Celebrating One Billion Likes

Last week, the @NatGeo Instagram feed surpassed one billion total “likes.” To celebrate, we sought out some of the most liked pictures contributed by our photographers since the account’s debut on March 23, 2012. Some patterns emerged: You love dramatic landscapes and making eye contact with exotic …

Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …

Tropical island holidays: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning entry</b><p><b>Gili Islands, Indonesia</b><p>Walking on the pristine beaches of the Gili Islands, Indonesia, one could be forgiven for mistaking their surroundings for the set of the film “Cast Away” – but rest assured, this unspoilt paradise has much more to offer than an old volleyball.<p>Called …

Clostridium difficile Infections Are More Common In States With Fewer Hospitals Per Person

If they don't improve protocols, big hospitals could be putting thousands of lives at risk<p>Every day, one in 25 hospital patients gets an infection just because they are in a hospital. One particularly nasty kind of bacteria is called <i>Clostridium difficile</i>, or <i>C. diff</i>. In some cases, it causes nothing …

Public Health

15 Pictures That Will Change The Way You See The World

A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest.

Beyond the blarney: the best hidden gems in Ireland

Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and the Guinness brewery are on just about everyone’s list … so to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we’ve picked some of the less-obvious outdoor attractions across Ireland<p>Game of Thrones fans will relish the atmosphere of this ruined fortress on a rocky outcrop, …

Is this the world's most bizarre afternoon tea?

Taking afternoon tea, which is so quintessentially English, on a Thai island is quite interesting in itself. In pursuit of yet further novelty, I was also suspended 15ft above the ground on Koh Kood island in a giant man-made replica of a bird’s nest.<p>“Treepod dining” is a simple idea. Strapped to a …

Food & Dining

Playful Celebrity Portraits Show Off the Goofy Sides of A-List Stars

When we think of Hollywood royalty, often the picture that comes to mind is gorgeous and airbrushed to the extreme. London- and New York-based photographer Andy Gotts, however, takes a different approach with his celebrity portraits, which are often bursting with spontaneity and humor. Both playful …

George Clooney

World Laughter Day: the world's happiest places

Juzcar, Spain<p>Costa Rica<p>Andorra<p>Tuvalu<p>Vietnam<p>Happy, Texas<p>Iceland

World's Best Ecolodges

National Parks

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Art

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

Young Self-Taught Photographer Captures Wanderers Against Magnificent Landscapes

Self-taught Canadian photographer Elizabeth Gadd described her photography niche better, perhaps, than anybody else when she said, “I, uh… shoot …

2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

South America

15 Gravity-Defying Homes From Around the World

Ingenious engineering and the will of slightly crazy homeowners, brings architecture to new heights.<p>Ingenious engineering and the will of slightly crazy homeowners, brings architecture to new heights.

Check Out The Most Remote Design Destination On Earth

The Fogo Island Inn is the perfect destination for the design-minded traveler looking to get away. Like, really far away. Opened last spring on a remote northern island off the coast of Newfoundland–adjacent to a community that’s seriously called Joe Batt’s Arm–the inn is nestled onto the shores of …

13 things you didn't know about Benedict Cumberbatch (but definitely need to)

<b>1. He almost didn’t become an actor</b><br>At the urging of his parents, a young Benedict originally planned to become a lawyer. Before studying Drama at Manchester University, he also spent a gap year teaching English in a Tibetan monastary.<p><b>2. He's licensed to marry you</b><br>Movie star, Emmy-winning actor …

The UK mountain photo of the year awards – in pictures

The winner of Trail magazine’s UK mountain photo of the year … was taken on a £10 camera. We take a look at the spectacular winning shot, as well as the runners-up in the competition

Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and hostels in Scotland for walkers

Culdearn House, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire<p>This small, efficient hotel in an elegant Victorian villa feels more like a luxury guesthouse; one to wallow in if you’re tackling the Speyside Way, which runs through the town. Great beds, open fires and a 60-strong whisky selection are a hit with …

World's first peak-to-peak suspension bridge opens

Last week saw the opening of the Peak Walk in the Glacier 3000 ski area in Switzerland<p>The world's first suspension bridge connecting two mountain peaks opens today in Switzerland.<p>The 107m long bridge, christened “Peak Walk by Tissot”, is in the glacier ski area of Glacier 3000. It begins at View …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

Adventure<p>These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Top 10 hawker food stalls in Singapore

Street food, or hawker food as they call it in Singapore, is a national treasure, says <b>Ignatius Chan</b>, founder of multi-award-winning restaurant Iggy’s. Here he chooses the best, most authentic local dishes to savour<p>As you’d expect from a country where eating is the national pastime, Singapore is a …

Man Crush Monday: Fated to Love You's Lee Gun

Mature. Carefree. Adorable. Handsome. Geeky. Sexy. We all have different responses and respected qualities when asked, “What is your type?” or “What …