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Reader Recs: Canada’s Places of a Lifetime

We asked our readers to fill us in on what we missed in our latest and greatest online feature, “<b>Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime</b>.” We received hundreds of submissions full of natural wonders, eclectic cityscapes, and scenic retreats. Here are ten destinations that our editors agree are worthy of …

The Art of Mindful Photography

I often find myself acting out a similar pattern: As soon as I see an especially poignant scene, I reach for my iPhone to capture it.<p>Photos can be a wonderful way of sharing meaningful experiences with others, but I worry that my attempts to document the moment make being present in it a challenge. …

A Mermaid’s World: The Beauty of Snuba

I have no desire to scuba dive or snorkel. That’s always been my policy and preference as a traveler–and one I’ve managed to stick to—until a recent trip to Guánica, Puerto Rico. When the group I was with announced that we were going to <i>snuba</i> on a beautiful Caribbean coral reef I was partially …

A New Golden Age in Johannesburg

Celebrated journalist <b>Todd Pitock</b> started his family and effectively his working life in <b>Johannesburg</b>. He left in 1993, but having returned yearly since then, he now realizes that Johannesburg got really good only after it wasn’t his city anymore.<p><b>Here’s his take on the South African city’s new golden</b> …

Indiana Jones 2.0

<b>Albert Yu-min Lin</b> is always pushing—to higher mountains, bigger waves, smarter technology, deeper heritage. But there’s one barrier the archaeologist never breaks: the ground itself. The 32-year-old San Diegan uses tools such as satellite imagery and magnetometers to nonintrusively probe sacred …

Beth’s Hong Kong

Native Chicagoan <b>Beth Williams</b> caught the travel bug after spending half a year in Japan during college. After graduation, she missed Asia so much she just had to go back. A gig teaching English brought her to <b>Hong Kong</b>, where she’s lived for the past two years. Armed with her camera and …

Munira’s Mumbai

<b>Munira Chendvankar</b> has traveled across much of India, but maintains a “happy bias” toward her hometown. In keeping with the city’s status as the country’s entertainment capital (hello, Bollywood!), this self-proclaimed “film-ie” works as a senior producer for a television production house and says …

Jeremy’s Miami Beach

<b>Jeremy Albelda</b> was born and raised in Philadelphia, but when it came time to choose a college, he decided to trade in those northern winters for endless summer in Miami Beach. The city hooked him, hard, and he’s been a proud resident ever since. Though Jeremy’s gig as a travel blogger means he …

Sharada’s Hyderabad

When <b>Sharada Annamaraju</b> moved to <b>Hyderabad</b> as a teenager, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. But time and distance can change a person. Eight years (and one language learned) later, she decided to give the capital of Andhra Pradesh in southern India another chance. This time, sparks flew, and she …

Pamela’s Quebec City

Quebec City resident <b>Pamela MacNaughtan</b> left her career behind to pursue her dream of long-term travel in 2010, and hasn’t looked back. This self-proclaimed “bacon addict” isn’t only led by her taste buds; she’s also attracted to the unusual and adventurous side of travel. She’s toured working …

Reader Recs: Romantic Destinations

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way.<p><b>Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered:</b><p>Not surprisingly …

Insider’s Guide to California’s Central Coast

U.S. Highway 101 stretches 300 miles between San Francisco and Santa Barbara, roughly tracing a footpath of 1760s Spanish explorers and connecting the 21 missions they founded. You’ll want at least three days to do the region justice.<p><b>Here’s some insider intel to help you navigate this fertile</b> …

Tulsa: Tailor-Made for Music Lovers

An alternative streak fuels this oil town. A mural on downtown’s new <b>Woody Guthrie Center</b> shows the Oklahoman songwriter holding a guitar tagged “This machine kills fascists”—words he scrawled on his instrument in 1943 but not the ones his name usually conjures.<p>“‘This Land Is Your Land’ isn’t just a …

The Mystical Riches of Luang Prabang

At 4:30 a.m., the ring of my alarm clock stirred me awake. Though I had spent the previous night indulging in Laotian specialties like <i>larb gai</i> (spicy chopped chicken), I rose effortlessly, eager to participate in a time-honored tradition: the local Buddhist monks’ daily collection of food for the …

Great Read: Aloha, Honolulu

Above the freeway, beyond the suburban houses crawling up the slopes of the Koolau Mountains, through a stand of Cook pines, past a grove of pungent eucalyptus, beside leafy breadfruit and Malay apple trees, long-stemmed bird-of-paradise flowers bloom. A regal-looking rooster struts across my path, …

Insider’s Guide to Yunnan, China

Land of peaks, valleys, and monasteries, <b>Yunnan</b> is home to the largest number of ethnic groups in China. The gateway towns of <b>Shangri-La</b> (much of which, sadly, burned in January 2014) <b></b>and <b>Lijiang</b> showcase area traditions and cultures, but many interesting sites lie in the countryside.<p><b>Here’a an</b> …

England’s Ultimate Cliff-Hanger: Dorset

If these cliffs in West Bay Beach look familiar, it’s because they brood over the key crime scene in the transatlantic TV hit <i>Broadchurch.</i><p>Rising as if ripped from Earth’s crust, the formation has always seemed positioned for dramatic effect. In fact, show creator Chris Chibnall calls the murder …

Road Lessons: Around the Bend in Bali

Last fall I attended the <b>Ubud Writers & Readers Festival</b> on the Indonesian island of Bali. I had fallen in love with the artful atmosphere and fervent grace of Ubud at the same festival the year before, so I had arrived in the city full of expectations. Yet on my first day there, as I walked down …

Yellowstone

There are few people living who know Yellowstone better than <b>Jeremy Schmidt</b>. The Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based writer and photographer has spent 40 years as a ranger, “winterkeeper,” and guide in the park.<p>The author of more than a dozen books, Schmidt is a longtime contributor to <i>National Geographic</i> …

Yosemite

Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been a ranger at the …