Serena Murphy

272 Flips | 7 Magazines | 2 Likes | 3 Following | 7 Followers | @SerenaMurph2015 | Psychologist with a passion for all things blue, the sea, space and travel

Ten Beaches to Visit Now

Some of the hottest destinations to visit right now come with a bonus: a beach nearby that’s every bit a must-see in its own right. Here you’ll find ten of the best.

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The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

2016 February 8 - Light Pillars over Alaska

<b>Light Pillars over Alaska</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Allisha Libby<p><b>Explanation:</b> What's happening behind those houses? Pictured here are not auroras but …

23 Behind-The-Scenes Moments From Puppy Bowl XII

Where the REAL magic happens.

I'm outside of Australia. Why can't I watch 9Now?

9Now is only able to show live and on demand content in Australia and does not have international streaming right. If you’re outside of Australia, …

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See Rare Drone Footage of Blue Whale Mom and Calf

A new video offers a fresh look at an endangered species that is slowly recovering.<p>It's not often that people get a glimpse of the largest animal that has ever lived. But rare drone footage of a blue whale mother and her calf gliding through the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has gone viral this …

Sickly sea lion pup found sleeping in booth inside La Jolla restaurant

Employees at the Marine Room in La Jolla had an unexpected guest Thursday morning.<p>A sickly sea lion pup was found sleeping in one of the restaurant's booths.<p>Restaurant employees found the pup, which is about the size of a small dog, on the seat near a window overlooking the ocean about 8 a.m., said …

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 …

@NatGeoTravel Staff Bucket List: 2016

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p>Here’s where we want to go in 2016 and why:<p><b>Iceland:</b> “It’s winter, so I’m dreaming of Iceland’s frozen ice-scapes, …

Travel Photography

The Luxe List: 8 Places to Indulge Yourself in 2016

The word “luxury” has been overused to the point of becoming a terrible cliché in the travel world.<p>To my mind, a true luxury experience is much more about human connection, personalization, and authentic expression of place than it is about thread count, hand-holding, or high-end shampoos.<p>While …

Sri Lanka

Miles from Nowhere in Patagonia

After hours of steep bushwhacking through spiny Calafate bushes in Chilean Patagonia, I cursed as another thorn impaled my leg. I was tired and hungry, my heavy wet feet squishing in boots that were soggy from crossing multiple bogs. My guide, Fernando, was 30 feet ahead—too far for me to follow …

South America

Hiking Peaks on an Island Paradise

Cobalt, cerulean, azure, ultramarine . . . When viewed from above, the Indian Ocean is so much more than just blue.<p>I was standing near the top of Le Morne Mountain, a basaltic monolith on the west coast of Mauritius. From my perch, I could see a smattering of small islands, a fleet of local …

Hiking

This Snorkeling Spot Is Australia's Best-Kept Secret

When it comes to Australia's top-notch snorkeling, everyone knows about the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. But there's a sweet secret in Queensland that's not only home to some of the best shipwreck snorkeling and marine animal spotting in the world, but within an easy ferry ride of …

Scuba Diving

Ten must-see places to see before they change forever

The world is changing before our eyes. From the Arctic sea ice melting to the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest, the threat to planet Earth's …

10 Places to See Before They Disappear

The world is a beautiful place and it’s packed with a string of incredible natural attractions. Sadly, climate change and human activities are …

5 wildlife adventures everyone should have before they die

There are few experiences that compare to witnessing animals in their natural environment.<p>In a world where landscapes are continually altered, it is often calming, and quite breathtaking, to view animals completely in harmony with their habitats.<p>Though they often require some significant travel, …

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7 Smart Habits of Leaders Who Always Get Successful Results | Inc.com

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining the conversation on social media with the hashtag #Inc90Days.​</i><p>The most successful leaders have learned the mastery of …

Self-improvement

9 Realistic Ways To Stop Procrastinating And Stress Less

People procrastinate for different reasons, but the result is the same: stress. Here’s how to tackle all of the reasons you put things off.<p>Those expense reports you’ve been putting off for months? That power yoga class you never seem to make? Chances are, there are at least one or two projects on …

Stunning Images Show the Impact of Man on Nature

The winners of the first Por el Planeta conservation photography competition have been announced.<p>Some of the world’s top photographers competed in a new international competition to raise awareness of conservation issues. The Mexico City-based Por el Planeta competition awarded $300,000 across 22 …

Wildlife

Monster Star Explosion Breaks All Records

Scientists have spotted a supernova as bright as 570 billion suns. Here's how to glimpse one of these rare events from your own backyard.<p>Stunned astronomers have spotted a record-shattering blast from across the universe. The explosion, called a supernova, is so bright that it outshines our sun by …

Universe

Travel Photography

How Jaguars Survived the Ice Age

The mastodons, ground sloths, and sabercats are all gone. They all slipped into extinction around 10,000 or so years ago, along with an even wider variety of fantastic beasts and birds that fall under the category “megafauna.” But not all the Ice Age megamammals died out. We spend so much time …

Wildlife

Glow-in-the-dark sharks and other stunning sea creatures

Just a few meters below the waves, marine biologist and explorer-photographer David Gruber discovered something amazing -- a surprising new range of …

Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul

Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending …