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The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years

UPDATE: A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, 2016. Click here to read it »<p>Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live …

Switzerland 'capitulates' on franc as global currency wars take next victim

The franc soared 30pc in one of the wildest days in Swiss history after the central bank abandoned its currency cap to avert mounting losses<p>Switzerland’s currency defences have been smashed by safe-haven flows from across Europe, setting off a day of historic mayhem on Swiss financial markets and …

Central Banks

3 Signs Your Relationships Are Making You Anxious & Unhappy

It's finally 2015, which means that New Year's Resolutions are now in full swing. People are focused on putting their plans into action. They're …

A Century Of Switzerland’s Stunning Countryside, Seen From The Air

Photography was integral to the business of Switzerland’s national airline, Swissair. Here, a peek inside the defunct airline’s archives.<p>In Switzerland, flying and photography have long been partners in crime. Commercial photography was integral to the business of the country’s national airline, …

How the New Aluminum Ford F-150 Gets Built

Ford reinvented the bestselling vehicle in America by making the F-150 out of aluminum to cut weight. This is how you make a revolutionary truck.<p>Ford reinvented the bestselling vehicle in America by making the F-150 out of aluminum to cut weight. This is how you make a revolutionary truck.

Alcoa

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.<p>After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn’t just the …

Free Things to Do in San Francisco

Ever since Levi Strauss opened for business here during the gold rush, San Francisco—with its cable cars, coffeehouses, and counterculture—has been on the cutting edge of cool. From bustling Chinatown to bohemian Haight-Ashbury, the City by the Bay has long been known for its openness and …

San Francisco

Nicole Kidman Still Laughing Over Botched Date Story with Jimmy Fallon

Nicole Kidman is still giggling over how she embarrassed Jimmy Fallon on <i>The Tonight Show</i> earlier this week as they discussed their long-ago failed …

The Exceptional Traveler: Saanenland -- Idyllic Pleasures in the Swiss Alps

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard<p><b>How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively</b><p>View from our chalet<p>My sister Kim telephoned out of the blue to say she wouldn't be using the chalet apartment she'd rented in …

Artist 'too shy to network' is flooded with offers after paintings go viral on Facebook

An introverted artist has been "discovered" on social media after his story was published on the popular blog, Humans of New York.<p>Thousands of people offered positive feedback and networking opportunities, and promised to attend future shows after art graduate Chris Shaw's email address and …

Boston is now the US candidate to host the 2024 Olympics

The US Olympic Committee board picked Boston as America’s official bid city for the 2024 summer Olympics and Paralympics, hoping to bring the games back to the US for the first time since 2002 in Salt Lake City.<p>Boston beat out two-time Olympic host Los Angeles, international capital Washington, DC, …

Is this the world's shortest international flight?

An Austrian low-cost airline has announced plans for what it claims is the world’s shortest international flight – a 30-mile hop from Vienna to Bratislava.<p>FlyNiki will launch the 10-minute service in April linking the Austrian and Slovakian capitals – a journey that can take as little as an hour by …

2015’s Most Anticipated Movies: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘The Hateful Eight,’ and More

WATCH THIS!<p>Yes, 2015 promises to be one of the best years ever for movies, featuring everything from a new Star Wars flick to films by Spielberg, …

Star Wars

Working Out With Supermodel Karlie Kloss: The Toned Legs GIF

If you are one of the 9.3 million viewers who tuned into the Victoria’s Secret Show last month, chances are you couldn’t help wondering <i>exactly</i> how <b>Karlie Kloss</b>—whose 6’1” frame has never looked longer, leaner, or stronger—prepped for the runway.<p>According to the model, fitness has been a way of life …

10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …

Trains

National Geographic Travel

Your South Africa Photos

Travel Photography

National Geographic Travel

Venice Carnevale Ball

Free Things to Do in London

From David Bowie and Beckham to Charles Darwin and Dickens, London has captured the world with legendary figures since its founding in the first century A.D. But it's not only the city's celebrities rising to the top—the British pound is rising, too. Don't get knackered looking for cheap deals …

England

Growing Up Trump: Why Donald Trump's Eldest Children Know They're 'Spoiled'

It would be an understatement to say that the host of <i>Celebrity Apprentice</i> is the head of one unusual household.<p>And yes, Donald Trump‘s children know …

Buenos Aires: A City of Style—and Sizzle

From the March 2010 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p><b>Welcome to Argentina’s capital, where European sophistication meets Latin passion—and the streets are a-tango 24/7.</b><p>Perhaps you've heard the clichés declaring Buenos Aires the "Paris of the South" and "the birthplace of tango." After 29 years …

From Game of Thrones to Star Wars: 10 best places to visit in 2015 for sci-fi and fantasy fans

Today is National Science Fiction Day in the US and is a celebration of all things SF.<p>The date was chosen to coincide with science fiction writer …

Science Fiction

Free Things to Do in Berlin

More than a quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German capital is experiencing a cultural renaissance. But the new energy hasn’t eclipsed the city’s tumultuous past, and monuments to both are accessible to visitors on a budget.<p>More than a quarter century after the fall of the …

Germany

5 Castles Around The World To Stay In

From Spanish fortresses to Devonshire follies, which fairy-tale castle will you stay in?<p><b>1)</b> <b>Cap Rocat, Spain</b> <br>Cut into the cliffs of a private peninsula on Majorca's Bay of Palma, a golden castle-cum-hotel welcomes guests. The sandstone walls and crenellations of this former fortress teeter above more …

Swimming Pools

Best of 2014

Emily Blunt Talked Captain Marvel And The Two Marvel Roles She Had To Turn Down

So far we don’t know who’s going to be playing Carol Danvers in the much-anticipated <i>Captain Marvel</i> movie, but the fans sure know who they’d like to squeeze into the blue, red and yellow – Emily Blunt. The fan casting has gotten so rampant, some people think Blunt has officially been cast, but as …

Top 10: Things to Do in Canada’s National Parks

Canada is chock-full of national parks, marine reserves, and other protected places. Here are our picks for the top ten don't-miss spots.<p>Spot Polar Bears in Wapusk<p>This Manitoba park’s name means “white bear” in the Cree language, and for good reason—the remote realm on the shores of Hudson Bay is …

Hiking