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Travel Photo Tips From the Masters

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.<p>I was lucky enough to sit in on one of <i>Traveler</i>‘s photo seminars, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and <i></i>the magazine’s director of …

What Every Country in the European Union Is Best At

By: Kate Peregrina<p><i>Credit: All images by Thrillist/Jennifer Bui</i><p>The European Union has 28 member countries, and much like snowflakes, they're all special in their own way. You already know what each country is worst at. Well, every country excels at something, too -- and to that end, we found one …

7 Jaw-Dropping Hawaii Spots Where Time Stands Still

Ever wonder what's behind that famous "aloha spirit?" Why are people in Hawaii so darn healthy and happy all the time?<p>The local culture is a big part of it, of course, as is the natural beauty of the islands. But science has something to say about it, too. According to three different 2012 …

Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories.<p>That’s why we asked folks on the Nat Geo Travel …

Nothing beats a bit of travel planning - except travelling, of course! @Struckbysunshine__ is busy planning her trip to #Japan and #SouthKorea, where she'll be visiting #Tokyo, #Kyoto, #Osaka and #Seoul. Have a great trip Joanne! Share photos of your #lonelyplanet guides using #mylpguide and we'll share the best each week.

Reader Recs: World’s Best Markets

I’m a sucker for a good market. The noise, the food, the smells, and best of all, the shopping. There’s nothing quite like it.<p>To celebrate these dynamic cultural hubs, we asked our <b>Nat Geo Travel Facebook</b> fans to share with us their picks for the best markets to visit all over the world.<p><b>Their</b> …

Free Things to Do in Tokyo

With a population that simultaneously embraces unapologetic trendiness and centuries-old traditions, Tokyo presents travelers with paradoxical experiences at every turn. Kimono-clad women amble past contemporary architectural masterpieces. Well-dressed young professionals enjoy a tea ceremony …

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Beyond Halong Bay: lesser-known highlights of northeast Vietnam

Stunning<p>Halong Bay continues to dominate the itineraries of most travellers in Vietnam, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the country's northeast.<p>If you’ve got some time up your sleeve and want to delve a little deeper, you’ll find there is more to this region than cruising around Halong’s …

Seeking the yeti, mythical monster of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan

Everyone has heard the stories. The grizzled mountaineer who stumbles from his tent high in the Himalaya to find enormous footprints in the snow. The lone trekker who spots a strange figure, standing upright on two legs, silhouetted against the mist on a remote mountain pass. Welcome to the …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

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Travel Well

Travel Intelligence<p><b>Ask the Nurse</b><p>traveler ventures into a snake cave on the Indonesian island of Flores and is bitten by an angry python while standing waist-deep in bat guano. An old <i>Indiana Jones</i> plot? Nah, it’s just one true-life challenge deftly handled by <b>Karen Barry</b>, the unflappable nurse for …

Papua New Guinea

Top 10 Ancient Highways

Travel to the Past Down These Countries’ Ancient Roads<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>The Old North Trail, North America</b> <br>The Blackfeet Indians traveled along the Old North Trail, which originally stretched nearly 2,000 miles (3,220 kilometers) from Canada to Mexico, running …

Hong Kong

Planes, trains and automobiles: how to survive a big trip

You're exhausted, disoriented and in need of exercise. Your throat is dry. You smell like a gymnasium changing room and you oscillate between feeling bloated and starving. You're even a touch on the low side. Welcome to the after-effects of the big trip.<p>Be it on a plane, train or automobile, big …

Europe’s top 10 scenic rail journeys

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across Europe's most difficult terrain, their hard work has translated into some of the world's most picturesque journeys – in Scandinavia along icy rivers to fjords, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy through carved valleys in the Alps, along the …

The Dragon's Back and beyond: the best hikes in Hong Kong

You’d be forgiven for thinking that hiking isn’t among the must-try activities in Hong Kong – that the only place you’ll cop an eyeful of green is in Yau Ma Tei’s Jade Market. But a quick look at a map tells a different story: the territory is mostly painted in swathes of emerald and azure, fringed …

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

Best adventure travel for 2014

For those who like their trips to thrill, here’s our pick of the best places to feel pumped in 2014.<p>Mountain biking, Avoriaz, France<p>Avoriaz is one of 12 interconnected resorts in the Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps, where man-made bike trails and alpine tracks create a spectacular …

How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

Tips for a Stress-Free Safari

Last year, my new husband and I ventured to <b>Zimbabwe</b> for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience to celebrate our milestone together. Neither of us had ever traveled anywhere in Africa before, so planning our adventure was both exciting and exhausting.<p>Here are a few things we learned—both before and …

Mick Jagger Through the Years

34<p>Mick Jagger has his hair styled before an appearance on the BBC with the Rolling Stones in 1963.<p>Next Slide<p>Trending<p>Ranked on a scale from 1 to 10, …

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A traveller's guide to India's festivals

Earlier this year the Maha Kumbh Mela, held in the north Indian city of Allahabad, was touted as the biggest religious gathering on Earth. More than 100 million pilgrims are estimated to have washed away a lifetime of sins by taking a dip at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical …

The Durable Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin's bassist and keyboard player, was quietly playing backgammon and half listening to a phone-in radio talk show on New …

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20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …