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How to make the most of a short stopover in Iceland

Dips in the Blue Lagoon & fish feasts to make you swoon<p>These days, Iceland seems to be on every traveler's radar – and for great reason. Here you'll …

Iceland

6 awesome places to hike in the Alps

SEEING THE PEAKS of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland while strolling along cobblestone streets in an Alpine city is one thing. But when you hike in …

Adventure Travel

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge becomes first in U.S. to offer heli-biking tours

Adventurous mountain bikers and adrenaline junkies are going to want to add the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge to their bucket list of must-visit places in …

United States

Top 7 Highlights from The "Trip Of Wonders"

If there one word that perfectly describes Indonesia…it’s WONDERFUL<p>So it makes perfect sense that the website for the Ministry of Tourism of …

Asia Travel

Falling in Love with Japan Again

When people ask us the difficult question of what’s our favourite country we usually answer Italy and Japan. But our trip to Japan was six years …

Japan

In Spice-Laden Kerala, a Break From Urban India

The skinny, 80-year-old Indian yogi was doing his best to suggest ways I might adjust my ample 55-year-old American body into a passable downward dog.<p>I admired his ambition. I’m an enthusiastic but generally bad practitioner of yoga. But here in the darkened yoga hut at Spice Village, a botanically …

India

The Best Japanese Gardens, Temples and Shrines

You could easily spend your entire time in Japan roaming between gardens, temples, and shrines—and it would be time well spent. Meander through …

Japan

A Photographic Journey Around the World

Take a virtual voyage to some of the most amazing places around the globe, seen through the lens of travel photographer Trey Ratcliff on his “80 Stays Around the World” journey with The Ritz-Carlton. The destinations seen here are as diverse in their landscape as they are in their culture.<p>The …

Photography

Lost Creek Wilderness Loop, Colorado

I have been looking forward to writing this entry for months! (picture me dramatically coming in like Risky Business). I knew I needed a longer …

Appalachian Trail

Fall colors peak in Yosemite, Eastern Sierra this week

California's fall foliage season is spreading its color throughout the Sierra. Peak conditions are currently at elevations of 7,500 and 8,000 feet, according to California Fall Color site manager John Poimiroo.<p>In his weekly report, Poimiroo said the Golden State's most impressive displays of fall …

Road Trips

How to hike the Awa’awapuhi Trail in Hawaii

The Awa’awapuhi Trail on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, is a single track hike not for those with a fear of heights. Starting at 4,120 feet you’ll …

Adventure Travel

Top Tips for your First Visit to China

China can be a pretty overwhelming country. Where else can claim nearly 4,000 years of civilisation, the world’s largest population and soon to be …

Asia Travel

7 Must Visit Attractions in Sapporo

<b>Sapporo Maruyama Zoo</b><p>The Maruyama Zoo in eastern Sapporo is the oldest zoo in Hokkaido. The main attraction is the polar bear enclosure. As the polar …

6 must-visit markets in Saigon

For first time visitors, the Ben Thanh market is one of the most iconic bazaars in all of Vietnam. There are plenty of other impressive Saigon …

Vietnam

Welcome to My Place . . . Hong Kong

For Jessie Gogan, the best thing about living in Hong Kong is the mix of city and nature<p>Jessie Gogan, a director in a PR agency, has lived in Hong …

Hong Kong

Planning The Perfect Central America Trip. Everything You Need to Know.

<b>Central America has somehow made its way onto everyone’s bucket lists, and from the looks of the hill-ringed lakes in Guatemala to the tropical</b> …

Central America

A One-Week Travel Itinerary for First-Time Visitors to Tokyo

Day One<p>For a dose of Japanese culture and history, head to Meiji Shrine. Thanks to its long, atmospheric walk through centuries-old trees and its …

Japan

This Man Quit His Job at Morgan Stanley to Embrace His Obsession With Air Miles — And He Now Flies First Class for a Living

How he manages to fly in some of the fanciest first class cabins for virtually no pay.<p>No one likes a bargain like Brian Kelly, a prolific air-mile …

Airlines

A Beginner's Guide to Island Hopping in Finland

Where to go<p>There is a lot of choice for island hopping in Finland. The Turku Archipelago on the south west coast is one of the most obvious, as it is …

Europe

Video: Rafting and Mountain Biking in the Remote Backcountry of British Columbia

Here is one of the coolest adventure video's I've seen in some time. It tells the tale of a team of mountain bikers who traveled deep into the …

Mountain Biking

Incredible Palace Hotels in India: Stay Like a Maharaja in These Heritage Hotels @romancingplanet

<b>Authored by Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala</b><p>India is a magical destination, known for its grand architecture and rich cultural heritage. And one of the best …

Hotels

Discovering Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Discovering Cat OngIsland and Cat Ba Island in Lan Ha Bay With Ocean Tours<p>For two days we would be discovering Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay with Ocean …

Asia Travel

‘Kathmandu is still a place of magic’: Sir Chris Bonington

Despite much change, the Nepalese capital’s staggering views and warm memories are as vivid as ever for the veteran mountaineer and leader of 19 Himalayan expeditions<p><b>My first sight of Kathmandu and the Himalayas was in 1960</b> as part of Lt Col Jimmy Roberts’s expedition – we made the first successful …

Outdoors

It's Official: These are the Happiest Cities in America

We know Minnesota is the happiest state in America, but what is the happiest <i>city</i>, we wonder? Dan Buettner. author of the new National Geographic …

California

10 great stops along the Great Lakes

Although the Great Lakes make up the world’s largest body of freshwater, the inland seas are often overlooked. “They’ve got unbelievable history and they’re not overly touristed,” says Thomas Shevory, who recounts his bicycle journey circling the five interconnected lakes — Superior, Michigan, …

Road Trips

Wander through Japan’s Historic Capital with our Travel Guide to Kyoto

In Kyoto, you’re surrounded by history at every turn. The city served as the nation’s capital and Imperial residence from 794 to 1868 and is now …

Japan

The Ring of Beara Is Ireland's Best Kept Secret

Tourists have yet to discover Ireland's other ring.<p>The tourist-heavy Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland may be considered to be one of the world’s …

Ireland

Responsible trekking: tips for minimising your footprint in Nepal

Ever since Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s, this mystical mountain nation has proved irresistible to travellers, adventurers and mountaineers. Today, legions of trekkers are drawn to the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking, following ancient caravan routes and the …

Outdoors

How to hike Machu Picchu: Everything you need to know

You may only hike Machu Picchu once in your life so you should try to plan for the best experience. Here is everything you need to know before hiking …

Machu Picchu

4 thermal baths that will convince you to book a flight to Budapest ASAP

The end of summer always initially feels like a bummer, but once you’ve gotten over your summer scaries, it’s basically nothing but blue skies, …

Budapest