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The 'Devil’s Swimming Pool' on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

Victoria Falls, without question, should be on every serious traveler’s bucket list — especially adrenaline junkies who are willing to risk it all for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.<p>The 354-foot-high falls, which are one of the seven natural wonders of the world, are a truly stunning sight to see. …

What You Don't Get To See When Your Plane Is Landing

It's pretty spectacular.<p>There’s no better window seat than the one in the cockpit.<p>A Qatar Airways pilot, Sandeep Varma, posted a mesmerizing video to Twitter last week documenting a plane landing at Queenstown Airport in New Zealand, one of the world’s most scenic airports.<p>The tweet, which has been …

25 Books Every Book Lover Should Read

Books have the power to inspire our imagination, transport us to faraway worlds, and make us think and feel deeply. Luckily, bibliophiles of all ages …

European banks struggle to solve toxic shipping debt problem

© Reuters. A bird's-eye view of ships along the coast in Singapore<p>By Jonathan Saul<p>LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch shipowner Vroon is finding talks with …

28 of the best books for your summer holiday

The great explorer Thor Heyerdahl, when asked to consider the question of borders, answered: “I have never seen one. But I have heard that they exist in the minds of some people.”<p>Heyerdahl, I think, would nonetheless have enjoyed two of the timeliest travel books to have appeared in the past six …

Rising From the Ruins: Homes Built on Architectural Remains

While the English word ruin comes from the Latin "ruina"—meaning “destruction” or “downfall”—ruins can be the literal and figurative foundations for stunning new contemporary additions, insertions, and renovations.<p>Ruins have long been romanticized, praised, and studied; they attest to what once …

How to Fall Asleep So You're Not a Wreck

Counting sheep isn't cutting it.<p>In the future, we might be able to program a good night’s sleep, thanks to cutting edge technology. Maybe everyone …

Sleep

Everything You Need To See & Do In Marrakesh

Overwhelming in every sense of the word, Marrakesh is a city of sensory indulgence. The city's sights, sounds, and smells are alluring — vibrant …

The 20 Best Mountain Towns in America

Explore America’s mountain towns, with trails, microbrews, lakes, and scenic views.<p>For a real recharge, spend some time at altitude.

Mountains

BMW’s new bike produces zero emissions, and is absolutely gorgeous

BMW has been showing off its vision for the future of mobility for a while now, revealing numerous concept vehicles that are both extremely …

The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked by Our National Burger Critic

<i>We sent our National Burger Critic Kevin Alexander on a year-long Burger Quest, which took him to 30 cities and saw him consuming 330 burgers. Read</i> …

Burgers

Seriously, You Have to Do This U.S. Road Trip at Least Once in Your Lifetime

When you really want (need) an escape, you go to the ever-charming Mackinac Island, Michigan. Once on this island between the northernmost part of …

Caving

How to See The Best of South Africa in 12 Days

In the past few years, South Africa has raced to the top of many travelers' must-visit lists. Filled with stunning vistas, cool cities, and...The …

7 Natural Wonders You Need to Explore in Italy

We all know Italy to be a haven for hardcore foodies and history buffs, home to amazing man-made wonders such as the marinara pizza and the Leaning …

National Parks

6 Underrated Places in Italy

It’s hard to go wrong on a trip to Italy, period -- pasta in Rome, the romantic canals of Venice, the Easter egg-tinged coast of Cinque Terre. But …

Take a Look at the Most Difficult Places to Travel to in the World

Modern travel has made life so convenient that it’s easy to imagine pretty much anywhere on Earth should be accessible within 24 hours. That’s not …

Travel

The global shipping meltdown is crushing German banks

At one point, Commerzbank had €18 billion in shipping loans. Over the years, as the shipping crisis worsened, it has whittled down its shipping loan portfolio to €5 billion.<p>But Commerzbank is neither alone nor the biggest player among German lenders. Before the Financial Crisis, German lenders went …

Loans

10 Swim Spots So Stunning You Should Plan Your Entire Trip Around Them

Dive on in at these natural wonders! 💦<p>When the weather outside is frightful, a body of perfect blue water starts to sound especially enticing. And there’s no reason NOT to plan an entire trip around the perfect swimming spot, just like you’d set your sights on an incredible hike or dreamy …

Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

Universe

Is this the world's most dramatic cruise destination?

A huge roar erupted as I entered the dining room. Passengers were rushing to the starboard windows to see whales – lots of them. To scenes of mild hysteria on board the animals arced gracefully out of the water. Fine blowhole sprays peppered the water’s surface. Finally, a huge tail was flourished …

The 50 greatest train journeys on Earth

Unless you are one of the poor souls condemned to the purgatory of Southern Rail, train travel as a rule is something that, almost two centuries after Robert Stephenson’s invention of the Rocket, remains one of the most civilised ways of getting from A to B.<p>It offers the opportunity to admire …

A Drunken Astronomer, a 2,500 Year Old Brew, and a Lost City Older than Machu Picchu

This week we’re looking into whether polygraph (aka lie detector) tests actually work, checking out a Bronze Age brew that really should be made …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Island for One, Please: Why I Love Traveling Solo

For TueNight.com by Courtney Colwell<p>(Photo: Courtesy Courtney Colwell)<p>Are you one of those people who say they could never work virtually because they'd miss being around other people?<p>Not me. When I tell friends that, they look at me in bewilderment. "But if you were stranded on a deserted …

Travel

15 Under-the-Radar Vacation Destinations

The world is full of destinations on the well-trodden path, where the number of visitors seems to go up every year and the crowds can sometimes feel endless. Don't you want to go somewhere different for a change? No matter what corner of the globe you look at, there are plenty of overlooked …

Finding Gratitude in Boxer Briefs

When you think of the most grateful times in your life, images of holidays, birthday parties and weddings likely flash before your eyes. It's times like these that help us pause and appreciate being alive. While I've been fortunate to have many of these conventional celebrations during my 28 years, …

World's Best Hot Chocolate

There's something about wintertime that makes us yearn for a mug of something hot and sweet. Well, hot chocolate -- especially when it comes topped with marshmallows -- seems to be a worthy antidote.<p><i>Courtesy Recchiuti Confections / Tom Seawell Photography</i><p>You can always stir a packet of Swiss Miss …

Chile's Stargazing Hotel Marvels at 300 Nights of Clear Skies

Elqui Domos is a hotel strategically located in the heart of the Elqui Valley in central Chile. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, the unique destination provides visitors with a spectacular stargazing experience in an area best known for its 300 nights of incredibly clear skies per year.<p>The hotel …

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

Beaches

'Europe's Best Island' Is An All-Natural Playground Called Madeira

Madeira is probably not the number-one island on your bucket list -- either because you don't consider Europe an "island" destination, or simply because you haven't seen Madeira yet. The Madeira Archipelago was recently crowned Europe's Best Island Destination for the SECOND year in a row by the …

15 Dreamy Photographs Reveal Norway’s Best-Kept Secret

<b>Sean Ensch</b> <i>is a Norway-based landscape photographer. Originally from Southern California, he spent the last year traveling through the Eastern</i> …