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What it takes to serve in the Navy's elite warfare boat crew

SWCCs are the Navy's high-risk water mission experts and therefore, must be physically fit, mentally tough, focused, and responsive in high stress situations — and getting to that point requires brutal mental and physical training.<p>The Discovery Channel's "Surviving the Cut" shows what SWCCs undergo …

Shipping containers offer welcome homes in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.<p>The …

Housing

10 of the Craziest Places to Sleep Around the World

Whether bedding down in a wacky hotel, camping at a dizzying altitude or indulging in an unforgettable back-to-nature experience, your accommodation choice can sometimes be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Looking to add a unique twist to your trip, impress a loved one with a …

The world's 30 greatest trips right now

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Share via Email<br>• Pin to Pinterest<br>• Share on Google Plus<p>Discovery is what travel is all about. And nothing …

Humphrey Bogart

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

Did Native Americans Bend These Trees to Mark Trails?

Downes with a tree in Texas indicating a stream (Photo: Courtesy of Dennis Downes)<p>As a kid, Dennis Downes was the type who played in the woods. The …

Forests

"My Worst Fear Is Returning From a Trip and Learning About an Amazing Experience We Missed"

<i>Welcome to the next installment of our</i> <i>interview series</i> <i>where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!</i><p>Miles & Points Interview:</b> …

Top 10 Adventure Trips

Travel Photography

21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination

The results were based on increases in positive traveler feedback as well as increased interest in accommodations, restaurants, and attractions.<p>This year, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was ranked as the top US destination travelers should have on their radar. It also came in fourth place on TripAdvisor's …

Spanish Travellers ... AUTHI in Spain began building these attractive cars in 1968, first as the Morris 1100 (later 1300) Traveller. This was in contrast to some other overseas operations of BMC/BL (eg Italy, Australia) who never built these wagon variants of the 1100/1300 ...

America’s Best Vintage RV Hotels

Book a night in an old-school trailer<p>You could tow a clunky trailer on your next camping trip. Or you could save yourself the hassle and book a night in an Airstream or vintage trailer at one of these unique hotels. You’ll get the feel of camping—outdoor grilling, stargazing, remote locations—but …

RVs

Beyond the Beach in Fiji

<b>Fiji</b> is so synonymous with an aquatic lifestyle that its name graces the label of bottled water. Made up of more than 300 islands, the South Pacific republic is a snorkeling and scuba diving sanctuary thanks to its surplus of kaleidoscopic reefs. But, there are still plenty of memorable onshore …

Sea Level

A Climbing Phenom’s Life in (Mostly) His Own Words

In the fall of 2010 I spent most of a week with Alex Honnold at Smith Rock in Oregon, watching him climb and interviewing him for a profile for <i>Outside</i>. I was puzzled and amused by the apparent contradictions in Alex’s character: a raw brashness undercut by self-effacing modesty, his deadpan putdown …

Top 10 Adventure Trips

Travel Photography

Who Owns Southern Food?

When it comes to food and cooking, the American South is hot. Yet the stories and experiences of African Americans have been largely left out of the conversation. Is it a type of cultural appropriation, or just a sign of the times?<p>When I talk to a friend who is a white lifestyle doyenne about the …

Grand Canyon National Park Photos

Grand Canyon National Park photos and pictures of culture, history, and travel from National Geographic.

National Parks

12 photos that capture the magic of Snowdonia National Park's night sky

LONDON — Wales' sprawling Snowdonia National Park with its miles of peaks, lakes and waterfalls is known by photographers as one of the best places …

Why change?

A proposed luxury resort where eagles soar stirs anger

WARSAW, Va. — Twice a year, bald eagles from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the …

Wildlife watching in December: the best animal encounters to have this month

Want to travel where flamingos flock, rhinos roam and manatees mingle? Here's where to venture this month<p>Kaziranga, India<p><b>Best for: Thriving …

Montana Road Trip: From Flathead to Philipsburg

More of a road map to adventure than a simple scenic drive, this approximately 380-mile route offers limitless opportunities to get out and play. Make your home base Missoula, where you can river surf, bike, and learn to fly-fish downtown. From here, head north to see wild buffalo roam on the …

Travel Photography

My City: Mickey Rapkin’s L.A.

I came to think of <b>Los Angeles</b> as the magic place—a city where beautiful people from our movie screens and television sets ran wild. Or at least ran errands.<p>There was Marisa Tomei at the <b>Echo Park Craft Fair</b> on a Saturday morning. There was “Sulu” from the new <i>Star Trek</i> films weightlifting at my …

Star Trek

Cruise holidays to book in December

The most common question asked by those who have never cruised is when to book their holiday to secure a good cabin at the best price. There is no easy answer to this. Unless you are tied to a specific date or have your heart set on a specific ship, there is enough capacity for you to be able to …

Top 10 Extreme Environments

Nature