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Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>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><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for …

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Starter Kit to Vietnam

Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing countries. Its vibrant cities are booming, UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay is expanding its …

The Dark Side of Traveling You Don't Write About in Postcards

Deep inside travelers lies a dark secret. It presents itself innocently enough, just a twinge as you're walking a foreign street, a slight ache that's probably just a little fatigue or hunger or maybe sun poisoning? Could you be -- no, you won't even let the word slip into your frontal lobe.<p>Deep …

My Favorite On-the-Road Apps

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>On recent trips, I’ve zipped around Belgium, Israel, and Ireland on foot and behind the wheel of a rented car without getting lost (okay, it happened once in awhile), all because of my phone, or what I like to call my third hand.<p>When I think back to traveling ten years ago, …

Safest countries for female travelers: Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan

The safety of female travelers became a mainstream issue earlier this year amidst rape concerns in India, the disappearance of a solo female tourist …

A Local's Guide To Shanghai

Shanghai has transformed so much in the past two decades, that some of its prior visitors might not recognize it anymore. To clearly appreciate Shanghai's unbelievable boom, start no further than <b>The Bund</b>. Considered to be the face of Shanghai, it's where the city gets divided by the Huangpu River …

24 Travel Apps to Download Now

The best travel apps that help us pack our bags and see the world.<p>At Fathom, we're all about mixing the practical with the inspirational. And when it comes to travel planning, we get equally as excited using high-tech maps as we do handwriting (analog!) postcards.<p>With that in mind, we present the <b>24</b> …


Pt 3: Monkeying around in China

The Baoxiang Temple, near the old caravan town of Shaxi, has been welcoming visitors for more than 100 years. The catch? Visitors are expected to help feed the clan of golden monkeys.

Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

Walking with elephants in the wilds of Botswana made us feel more closely connected than ever before to these majestic creatures.<p><b>Walking with elephants in the wilds of Botswana made us feel more closely connected than ever before to these majestic creatures.</b><p>Deep in the heart of the Botswana bush, …


Pt 2: Female reverence at a Buddhist temple in China

Blurring the line between sacred and profane, Shaxi locals prostrate before a one-of-a-kind replica of the female reproductive organ, praying for a smooth childbirth.

Pt 1: Tribal horse racing in Shangri-La

Lonely Planet writer Shawn Low heads to the remote region of Yunnan, China, to observe an electric summer tradition that is part skill and part colourful showmanship.

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Life on the Tibetan border [pics]

Inaccessibility, both geographical and political, keeps many travelers from visiting Tibet. Those who do manage to make it to the “roof of the …

Chinese invest in vineyards along with bottles of bordeaux

As a reflection of shifting economic fortunes, it takes some beating. Christie’s auction house is opening the world’s first estate agency for wealthy …

Elephants Communicate While at Play

Elephants Communicate in Sophisticated Sign Language, Researchers Say

Wildlife<p>Photo courtesy of ElephantVoices<p>Elephants may use a variety of subtle movements and gestures to communicate with one another, according to researchers who have studied the big mammals in the wild for decades. To the casual human observer, a curl of the trunk, a step backward, or a fold of …

The Painted Landscapes of China Danxia

China Danxia is a UNSECO World Heritage Site and the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds …

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