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Bucket List Places You Need To See In The Next Decade

"Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?" What if instead of a dreaded job interview question, this was asked as a travel challenge? Suddenly the whole world opens up.<p>You had better start thinking, because the world will look very different in the next decade than it does today. For …

Why Isn't Everyone Talking About The Marshall Islands?

About halfway between Hawaii and Australia, in the Pacific Ocean's warm blue waters, lies one of the world's best kept secrets.<p>Comprised of 29 atolls and five isolated islands, the Marshall Islands are slivers of white sand beaches and lush green vegetation, serenely protected by light blue lagoons …

The Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

Our picks of the best spots for a little one-on-one time with you.<p>As great as traveling with companions can be, sometimes it's even better to get out there and discover yourself. If you're plotting your next adventure stag, here are our picks of the best spots for a little one-on-one time with you.

9 foods that you have to try in Puebla, Mexico

1. Mole poblano<p>Mole poblano is Mexico’s most famous, and tastiest mole. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! The dish is characterized by its …

A Picture Postcard From Meenakshi Amman Temple, India

"We take off our shoes because feet have many, many nerve endings," said our guide in Madurai. "Stress and sadness leave your body through the soles of your feet."<p>We were standing in the Meenakshi Amman Temple. It was dark outside. Inside, it was cool and smelled of incense. We had come for the …

20 places you should visit before they disappear

But because of climate change and human carelessness, some of them are in danger of disappearing in the next 100 years — or even sooner.<p>In honor of Earth Day, we found 20 places all travelers should see while they still exist. From ancient Mayan ruins in Guatemala to the Swiss alps, these …

National Parks

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The Most Epic Place for Spring Skiing Right Now

It was an awful year for snow. Well, at least it was in the west, and the results for some hills were pretty dramatic. Most resorts across western North America received significantly less snow than usual. Many closed early, like Sierra-at-Tahoe which was forced to close in mid-March, six weeks …

The Ultimate San Francisco Checklist

By College Tourist. Author Jenna Rice, University of Central Florida.<p><b>How to tackle a trip to one of the most iconic cities in both California and the world.</b><p>With so much to do in San Francisco, a visit to this west coast culture hub can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned traveler. From its …

Exploring the Cold Coast: The Adventure Begins

<b>So begins a 14-day adventure odyssey to drive the Pacific Northwest coast from Seattle to Vancouver Island.</b><p>The rocky shoreline was crowded with Sitka spruce trees, like slender green giants pressed up against the edge of the sea shrouded in a layer of morning fog. Sea birds stirred into flight with …

Outdoors

13 Mesmerizing Photos That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Place In The Universe

There's no picture more humbling than one that shows us how small we are in the universe.<p>On this 25th anniversary, TASCHEN has compiled the most breathtaking deep-space images that the Hubble Space Telescope has ever produced, in a remarkable full-color book, <i>Expanding Universe: Photographs from the</i> …

Cosmology

The real best souvenirs to bring home from 19 countries around the world

Travelers always want to bring home something that will remind them of their trip — but many often get stuck buying cheap knick knacks from tourist traps.<p>To avoid getting something you'll only throw away in a few months, we've rounded up a list of some authentic items you should buy when …

The 5 Most Spectacular National Park Road Trips

<i>by Valerie Conners, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Nothing gets us more excited for summer than the prospect of an epic road trip: wind whipping through open car windows, highways flanked by stunning landscapes. Luckily, this is an easy reality in the U.S., thanks to an abundance of amazing national parks. …

Spectacular Drone Photos Catch Famous Places 'The Way They Were Designed To Be Seen'

Who needs a helicopter tour when you've got a drone?<p>This stunning photo series from photographer Amos Chapple features crystal-clear images of bucket-list tourist sites -- mostly in India and Russia -- that were shot entirely from a drone. The result is a heaping plate of EarthPorn that's anything …

10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan. But instead of the usual suspects (lookin' at you, London and Paris), why not try one of these under-the-radar spots that are far less crowded but …

Why Latin American Countries Are The Happiest

The 2014 Gallup Positive Experience Index is in, and we're still trying to wrap our heads around the results.<p>To measure happiness levels around the world, Gallup interviewed about 1,000 people in each country on the planet (except Syria, where results weren't compiled by the time the index was …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from India

What did Indian gardens look like before the invaders arrived? The Mughals imposed their 16th century Persian constraints–they were all for walls and …

Landscaping

Get a Little Bang for Your Baht: 10 Nearly Free Things to Do in Chiang Mai

College Tourist - Author: Sam Corio, Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.<p>Studying abroad is an amazing experience but we all know it can be hard on your wallet. Living in Chiang Mai, we found many ways to keep busy and get to know the town without spending too much baht. So here's what I came …

Secret power-savers: Extend your iPhone battery life now!

The iPhones 6s already get good battery life, but here's how to take them to the next level!Apple has done a lot to make everything from their …

Photo // @jimmy_chin @realwillgadd climbing through a rarely formed ice tunnel in the Ghost River Wilderness outside Calgary, Alberta. A typical day w Will is rarely a typical day. You never know where you'll end up. #explorealberta @thephotosociety

3 things NOT to do if there's an emergency on your plane

Last month an Air Canada jet on its approach to Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia struck an antenna array that sheared off its landing gear. Fortunately, all 138 people made it off the plane after it skidded off the runway.<p>A few weeks earlier, a Turkish airliner skidded off a …

The Worst Place to Sit on a Plane

<b>More from MensHealth.com:</b> The Safest Seat On a Plane<p>“When you sit still for long periods of time, gravity causes your blood to pool in your legs, making it easier for clots to form. When you walk around, each step causes contractions in your calf returning blood to the heart,” says Susan Kahn, …

The 'Man Who Flies For Free' says these are the 3 best websites for airline deals

Keyes has become so gifted at landing supercheap tickets and getting the most out of his frequent-flier miles that he has booked an epic world trip that spans 13 countries, 20,000 miles, and 21 flights — all free.<p>He told Business Insider his process was a "labor of love" and that he enjoyed finding …

6 Flight-Booking Hacks to Save You a Ton of Money on Airfare

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p>It's tough to say what's worse when buying a plane ticket: knowing that fares may drop and that you're probably getting screwed, or never knowing how much extra cash the airlines actually got off you. Either way, there's only one thing to do to put your mind at ease. And …

11 of the Most Stunning Aerial Safaris in Africa

<b>Take a helicopter, hot air balloon or scenic flight over Africa's desert, plains and thundering falls for unforgettable views of the iconic destinations.</b><p><b>BOTSWANA</b><p><b>1. A Scenic Helicopter Ride over the Okavango Delta</b><p>Believed to be the world's largest inland delta, this region is flooded by the Okavango …

15 of the World's Most Epic Places to Run

<i>Suffering from itchy feet? For adventurous runners, there are dozens of epic races and routes around the world to simultaneously treat the running bug and satisfy wanderlust...</i><p><b>1. Atacama Crossing, Chile</b><p>The Atacama Crossing, held in October, is one of the races that make up the 4Deserts challenge: …

10 Secrets to Ultra-Cheap Travel

<i>(Photo: Woman with Elbows on Overflowing Suitcase via Shutterstock)</i><p>Seasoned budget travelers aren't "cheap" in the traditional sense of the word -- they're just good at stretching every dollar. Here are 10 secrets every budget traveler should know about seeing the world on the cheap without …

Read these hilariously negative reactions to the original iPhone announcement

While we’re all likely familiar with wave of negative reactions that sprouted up following Apple’s iPod introduction, you might be surprised that not …

Touchscreens

6 Life-Saving Travel Accessories Under $10

<i>By: Gianni Jaccoma</i><p><i>Credit: Sarah Anderson/Thrillist</i><p>You know that feeling you get when, just as you get to the airport, you realize you forgot your phone charger? Well, while it's a heart-sinking feeling, it's not a matter of life and death. Except for your cell phone battery, anyway. But when it …