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African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

Wildlife

Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title.<p><b>Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers:</b><p><b>Cannon Beach, Oregon:</b> “At only an hour-and-a-half drive away, Cannon Beach was an easy …

Mother City markets: where to shop 'til you drop in Cape Town

The fervour for markets in South Africa's Cape Town has a long history, but the city's market scene has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with artisan foods, craft beers and designer goods drawing crowds across the 'Mother City'.<p>In the late 18th century in cobbled Greenmarket Square, the …

Cape Town

Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica

Renting a car in Costa Rica is costly and can even be dangerous if you're not prepared for what's to come. It’s also ridiculously good fun. Some of the most interesting, little-explored destinations are only accessible by car, and for the adventurous traveler, there’s simply no substitute for the …

Central America

Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast

You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket. Here's our guide to navigating this captivating region sure to bring out the adventurer in you.<p><b>San Blas Islands,</b> …

Central America

Beat jet lag: top tips for travellers

You notice the warning signs - red eyes, irritability, heart-pounding wakefulness in the dead of night. It strikes without warning, transforming travellers into dead-eyed, shuffling automata. Once you glimpse your gaunt reflection in the hotel mirror, the transformation is complete.<p>Have you joined …

Jet Lag

Latin American adventures for the whole family

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to stop travelling altogether. In fact, bringing the kids along for your next Latin American adventure can be an enriching experience for everybody involved. It’s easier than you think, and just a few simple guidelines can keep your …

South America

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

European Travel

Private Reserves Support National Parks in Big Cat Conservation

Changing Planet<p>National parks offer large core habitat that is critical for conserving large cats, but national parks alone are not sufficient to sustain a connected and genetically healthy population. Smaller adjacent private reserves improve connectivity and increase habitat extent in areas …

What Would Your Life Be Like If It Wasn't Run by Pain?

The heart is where pain comes from. And this is why you feel so many disturbances as you go through the day. You have this core of pain deep in your …

6 Body Language Signs That Will Get You What You Want

<b>Do: Hold Your Chin.</b><p>"It's something we see powerful people do—Hillary Clinton, Steve Jobs on the cover of his biography. It's a thinking pose, a …

Body Language

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing

What do happy people do? Read! But what do really, really happy people do—read the kind of books that open their minds—and lives.<p>Making Hope Happen: …

Books

SoundingBoard App Transforms Apple products into Communication Device - Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

SoundingBoard is an app transforms your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into the latest in communication technology. This piece of assistive technology …

Comoros Islands: tropical charm off the beaten path

Here’s a challenge for you: could you place the Comoros Islands on a map?<p>Named after the Arabic word for ‘moon’, <i>Qamar</i>, this poetically named but little-known archipelago is located between Madagascar and Mozambique.<p>It was an important trading post for Arab, Persian, African and European traders …

East Africa

I Heart My City: Caroline’s Atlanta

<b>Caroline Eubanks</b> has lived everywhere from Charleston to Sydney, but continually finds herself drawn back to her place of origin: Atlanta, Georgia. She shares her hometown pride on her blogs Caroline in the City and This Is My South and now she’s sharing some of her hard-won insider secrets with …

Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks in the U.S.

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks is hard to put into words.<p>From the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the breathtaking enormity of the Grand Tetons, it’s something you should experience firsthand—and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s <b>National Park Week</b>.<p>To pay homage to the …

National Geographic Travel

The Best Job Interview Questions We've Heard

<b>1. The question:</b> So you're a Yankees fan. If you were the team's owner, how would you make them better?<p><b>The expert:</b> Bonnie Zaben, chief operating …

Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

SIGN UP FOR FREE case studies—plus my BEST money-saving travel tips!<p>See how I helped real readers plan, save and <b>go on the trip of a lifetime</b>. And get</b> …

Travel

Pack Your Bags! 3 Steps to Living a Travel-filled Year - Vagabondish

Do you have a travel dream that has been shoved into a closet called “someday”? Well, today is the day to bring it back to life.<p>Here are the three …

Virgin Islands

Zambia’s Greatest Wilderness: The Lower Zambezi National Park

<b>You can travel the world, but you will never encounter the pure wild isolation of the great national parks in Zambia. One of these vast unfenced reserves is the Lower Zambezi National Park on the Zambezi River. I decided to chat to some of the heroes working to conserve this patch of paradise, to</b> …

31 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome This Summer

While you're impatiently waiting for summer to just GET HERE already, start planning your outdoor space.

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Apps

35 Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Little DIY-er

Are you in a rut trying to figure out a cute Valentine’s Day card for your little one to DIY? Well, we’ve got 35 perfect solutions for you! We scoured the web for the cutest handmade cards for your kids to hand out this Valentine’s Day. Happy making!<p><b>1. LittlebeaneBoutique Donut You Know Bags ($25):</b> …

Kids

Verbally for iPad

Show What You Know

While it is important to practice and master the skills found in the Common Core State Standards Initiative, it is also important to use iOS Apps in …

iTunes

Feel the Click

The Feeling Mouse, designed specifically for the hearing impaired, appeals to the user’s tactile senses to emphasize the all-important “click” that’s …

How to Display an iPad on a TV or Projector

The iPad can be a great classroom tool for teachers and students alike. It can be great for showing websites, presentations and more. To share your …

Favorite Assistive Technology Apps & Products of 2012

As 2012 comes to a close I decided to make a run down of my favorite assistive technology apps and products that I have been using this year. This …

Clicker Docs for iPad Updated

You can read my original review of Clicker Docs , which adds considerable writing supports for students that need word prediction, text to...