Mary Smichran

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Norway in a Nutshell - Scenic Train Rides to Fantastic Fjords

<b>Norway is famous for its fjords, there's no doubt about it. But when you have limited time and funding, how do you choose where to go? Our trip</b> …

European Travel

A frozen highway to an ancient kingdom

In the summer, the Zanskar River runs wild between the deep canyons of the Himalayas. In the winter, it becomes a road of ice – and the only escape.<p><b>Isolated for centuries</b> <br>Cloistered within dramatic mountains of the Great Himalayan range – averaging an altitude of 3,600m and sprinkled with peaks as …

10 Ways to Treat Your Skin Like a Derm Would

Want gorgeous skin? It’s time to start thinking like a dermatologist. While you can’t see your skin doc for every bump and blemish, you can impress …

Skin Care

10 quotes from a Sioux Chief to make you question everything

10 quotes from a Sioux Indian Chief that will make you question everything about modern culture<p>LUTHER STANDING BEAR WAS an Oglala Lakota (Sioux) …

Take an Epic Road Trip Through the Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland's Ring Road is steeped in natural wonder and mythical lore.<p>Iceland is one of the warmest cold countries you’ll find—especially so toward children. It seems everywhere you look there are pram-pushing moms and blond-haired kids swarming the capital of Reykjavik. The big hit for children (and …

5 under-the-radar destinations you should visit in 2015

Have you been to Tulum? No? You might be the only person on earth. When a place gets "discovered," it loses that magical quality that made it worth traveling to to begin with.<p>Here are alternatives to some of the world's hottest vacation spots—places that will make you think twice before sharing …

Here are the 11 cheapest Greek islands for sale right now

What we do know is that dozens of islands are up for sale, and British property agent Knight Frank is predicting a "fire sale" of Greek privately owned islands over the next few years.<p>If the Greek government does become desperate, it can also hawk off some of its island assets to help raise the €50 …

Most beautiful places to see in France | CNN Travel

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14 Places to Swim Before You Die

One of the best things about a warm-weather getaway is the thrill of throwing on a bathing suit and going for a swim. For some folks, a great swim means floating in a pool and catching some much-needed rays. Others enjoy the prospect of jumping into an ocean (or natural swimming hole) and taking in …

10 Norway Destinations for the Frozen Fan

Garnering Oscar nominations, number one hit songs and more than $1.2 billion at the U.S. box office since it was released back in November 2013, Disney's <i>Frozen</i> has fast become the most successful animated film of all time and, with a hotly anticipated sequel in the works, this is the perfect time …

Top 10 Summer Experiences in Norway

Travel<p>Explore the Arctic tundra, island-hop around scenic archipelagos, cruise majestic fjords, and hike magnificent landscapes under a never setting midnight sun. These experiences and more make up ten ways to enjoy the very best of summer in Norway.<p><b>Ride cable cars to see the midnight …

European Travel

Seeking solitude on a changing Lana’i, Hawaii’s remote central island

On a clear day in Lanaʻi, you can see five of Hawaii’s other islands, but turn inland and you might forget you're in Hawaii at all. Otherworldly Norfolk pines evoke the mood of the remote South Pacific islands from which they were imported. The vast, rolling red landscape is rippled with miniature …

The hidden Scottish Highlands

Hikers roam freely in this glacier-carved land of lonely sea cliffs, winding trails and breathtaking views.

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 …

Your Ireland Photos

Ten enchanting travel experiences in Greenland

So you think Greenland is a far-flung travel dream? Pinch yourself. This Arctic country might be huge, but a trip to western Greenland can take in a breathtaking range of sights, from Disko Bay’s iceberg studded waters to valleys so vast you’ll feel like the last hiker on Earth. Start with these 10 …

Travel

Your Adventure Bucket List

Trips to Take Before You Die<p>A bucket list without a destination is like a bucket without a handle—it just goes nowhere. Well, we've got a plan for you, and it culminates with these 30 perfect escapes.<p>Shred the Night Lights<p>We've searched the globe, and it's impossible to top Niseko, Japan, on the …

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

Ireland

Shakes on a plane: remote, unusual and downright scary airports

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring the history of aviation and its continued impact on travel. You can find out more about the Jenny’s progress around the USA, and the history of this …

Everest Base Camp

An insider's guide to Geneva

Most foreigners know Geneva as a quaint Swiss city, home to the United Nations, chocolate shops and watchmakers. But beyond the tourist haunts, in-the-know locals are slinking into underground jazz bars, exploring the city from the seats of vintage bikes and swapping luxury jewellery shops for …

European Travel

Gimmelwald Is The Swiss Town You Need To Visit This Summer

You might think the Swiss Alps are delegated to ski bunnies and winter travel, but if you don't visit during the warmer months you're <i>really</i> missing out.<p>That brings us to Gimmelwald, a gorgeous town located in the Bernese Oberland. Gimmelwald's alpine village is perched on the edge of a cliff and …

Kea, Greece's Hidden Gem

A mere breath away from Athens lies the small Cycladic island of Kea. It's often overlooked by its more prominent siblings, Mykonos and Santorini. Kea does not reveal its secrets easily. It's more an island for Greeks to visit, rather than an island that tourists seek out. But it's one of my …

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27 Reasons Iceland Is The Most Wonderful Country To Ever Exist

Legend (probably a false legend) has it Iceland was named by some sneaky Vikings who, in a quest to keep it all to themselves, tried to hide the fact that their new settlement was actually a lush, green wonderland worthy of envy from the entire Nordic world.<p>Indeed, Iceland is so striking beautiful …

In Swiss utopia, the devil dwelled

Canton Uri, the birthplace of modern Switzerland, has the fog seas, glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains of Alpine fantasies – but hardly anyone knows about it.<p>Uri is one of Switzerland’s most scenic cantons – yet it remains one of the country’s least visited. A jagged wall of 2,000m-tall Urner …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

In love with olinguito? Feast your eyes on more cute new species

The Ecuadorean olinguito may be the first new carnivorous mammal to be found in the Americas in 35 years, but if the categories are widened a bit, you can find lots of cute critters that have been added to the tree of life in recent years.<p>For example, there's the lesula — a shy, big-eyed monkey …

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …