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19 beautiful off-the-grid destinations that are actually worth the trek

We've put together a collection of 19 travel destinations that are harder to reach, but provide you with one-of-a-kind experiences and some of the world's most dramatic scenery.<p>From a hidden beach in Mexico to lakes nestled in the Sahara Desert, here are 19 off-the-grid destinations to add to your …


Beyond the Beach in Anguilla

Most visitors to <b>Anguilla</b> are looking to log serious shore time. To be sure, the tiny Caribbean island’s 33 beaches, with their pure-white swaths of crushed coral sand, are hard to resist. But there is far more to this tropical paradise in the Lesser Antilles than surf and sun.<p>Here are eight ways to …


Adventure holidays in Romania: readers' tips

From hiking to bear watching to braving Dracula’s castle alone, Romania’s wide open spaces are an adventure playground<p>• Send us a tip and you could win a £200 hotel voucher<p><b>Winning tip: the Piatra Craiului mountains</b><p>This range in the southern Carpathians forms a narrow, saw-like ridge, which is about …

European Travel

23 Must-Do Hikes in the National Parks

Photo: Michael Matti<p>You can't see all the beauty of the National Parks from your car or the visitor center. You need to hit the trail and get into the wild to really capture all that the parks have to offer. Take a look at this list, lace up your hiking boots, and start planning your next hiking …

National Parks

12 Once-in-a-Lifetime Camping Sites

More than 700 miles of trails wind through Montana’s crystalline lakes, jagged mountain peaks, and ancient glaciers. Go now, before they vanish …


7 Spectacular Budget Beach Spots You've Likely Never Heard Of

The notion of soaking up sunshine in a far-away land often comes with the dread of large crowds of tourists, and even larger costs. The truth is, it …

The 12 countries you must visit - by the man who's seen them all

European Travel