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Surreal Beauty and Strong Rum on St. John

The ferry chugs out of Red Hook harbor on St. Thomas, and I settle into a bench on the top deck as the sun sinks below the jagged outline of Thatch Cay in the distance. As far as I’m concerned, a boat is the only way to arrive on an island, which is why I’m so intrigued by my destination. St. John …

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

Seven of the Best Exclusive Lodges in Africa

<b>Each of these private lodges, which are solely for exclusive use, are the perfect location for families and friends who want a home away from home within a magnificent setting.</b><p><b>Leobo Private Reserve</b><p><b>LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA</b><p>Amidst the scenic Waterberg Mountains, 20,000-acre Leobo Private Reserve is the …

Road Trip: Hudson Valley, New York

Follow the trails of Indians, adventurers, George Washington, and Gilded Age millionaires.<p>If you look north as you cross the Tappan Zee Bridge (I-287) over the Hudson River, you take in what Dutch explorers saw almost 400 years ago. The river here runs nearly three miles wide, carving between …

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10 Incredible Horseback Riding Adventures

<b>Lush green coffee plantations, snow-capped volcanoes, game-rich safari plains and the rainforest wilderness are just some of the extraordinary destinations just waiting to be traversed on horseback. Finding the opportunity in these incredible destinations isn't always easy though, so we've come up</b> …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Road Trip: The Southwest's Four Corners

Witness the sculpted horizons of the southwest, where man-made boundaries mean nothing to the rugged lands.<p>The Four Corners is far too prosaic of a name for the strikingly beautiful territory that respects no man-made boundaries in the southwestern United States.<p><b>Overview</b><p>Long before some surveyor …

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How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

11 Adventure Destinations Loaded With Luxury

To everything there is a season, and every once and awhile it's time to turn on the adventure -- without sacrificing any luxury, of course. When the bod is begging for an adrenaline kick, be it shark cage diving or horseback riding, chart a course to one of these 11 posh, action-packed getaways …

The 51 Most Iconic Motorcycles of All Time

They are equal parts simple and complex, a mechanical interpretation of form meeting function with attitude to spare. Whether it’s chrome glimmering …

A Texas Couple Quit Their Jobs, Sold Their Home, And Traveled To 10 Countries In 6 Months

"One night we were talking about how great it would be to just take some time off and travel, so we took out a piece of paper and wrote down our dream destinations," Seth Hanson told Business Insider. "Our lists turned out almost identical."<p>Wasting no time, they decided to start actually planning …

Ten of the world's best destinations for drinkers

Instead of cracking a can at home, why not search out one of these boozy hotspots? Whether you fancy guzzling a pint, sipping a cocktail or knocking back a dram or two, we can help you quench your thirst in style.<p>Pivni Lazne Bernard, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Sure, a pint of pilsner wouldn’t go amiss - …

Sa Pa's Sweeping Views And Stunning Rice Terraces Will Enchant You

With distinctive rice terraces, sweeping views and a unique culture, Sa Pa has a lot going for it.<p>Located 4,921 feet above sea level in the Lào Cai Province of Vietnam, Sa Pa has become a hot spot for tourists seeking stunning natural landscapes. The town overlooks a valley of stair-like rice …

Southern India’s stunning secret

In the south Indian state of Karnataka, pristine backwaters lie untouched, dotted with sleepy hamlets, and the seaside beaches and fertile hill country remain equally undiscovered.<p>While Goa and Kerala have the most well known beaches and backwaters in India, today these palm-fringed lagoons teem …

19 Places That Make Southeast Asia The Perfect Spot To Digital Detox

If the flocks of postgrad travelers in elephant print pants haven't told you already, Southeast Asia is having what we like to call "a moment."<p>And just because it definitely has its share of over-touristed sites, don't let the region fool you: there are some seriously stunning spots that are …

The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014

Chautauqua, on a long, skinny lake in the southwestern corner of New York State, is the sort of bucolic place where folks like to go for slow-lane …

Top 10 Outdoor Flower Markets

Flood the senses with irresistible blooms by the bucketload, exotic and everyday.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Four Seasons of Travel</i><p><b>Cuenca Flower Market, Ecuador</b> <br>www.cuenca.com <br>One of the world’s great historic cities, Cuenca boasts more than 50 churches from the Spanish colonial era. But its …

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Best Places To Go Barefoot

Over winter and ready to hit the beach? Us too.<p>As a coping mechanism, we've compiled a list of the best places to beat the heat. Here are a few spots where shirts and shoes are definitely not required:<p><b>Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles, Africa</b><p>With its ideal snorkling conditions and shallow waters, …

Oasis in Botswana

Without thinking twice about it, if I had to name five of my absolute favorite places on Earth, I'd include the <b>Okavango Delta in Botswana</b> on that list. It's surreal, in so many ways!<p>This video piece is the result of my most recent visit to the Delta, and if I can convince you of only one thing, it …

100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime

And if you're stuck in front of a computer all day, then yours probably is, too.<p>We've updated our bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and 2014's travel hotspots.<p>From eating pizza in Naples to skiing in Japan, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their …

Exploring Sudan: a desert journey in pictures

To the wider world the North African nation of Sudan is often seen as a place of untold horror. A burning and featureless desert where war, genocide and misery are the norm. And although some aspects of this image are grounded in truth, for the most part the popular impression couldn’t be more off …

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Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

The 'Naked City' Of Cap D'Agde, France's Naturist Resort Heaven

The beautiful French Mediterranean resort town of Cap d'Agde isn't just any other Med resort. Au contraire. Oui, you can frolic in the sea, eat fresh food and enjoy a bumpin' nightlife. <i>Or</i>, you can head on over the nudist area of the town and strip on down with your fellow naturists and enjoy a life …

Desolated Decadence: The Planet's Top Desert Retreats

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Tired of overcrowded beach holidays and of the hustle and bustle of urban escapes? To really get away from it all, it might be time to journey into the earth's most formidable deserts. Wastelands no more, many of the globe's most inhospitable terrains have now …

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

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Top 10 Watery Wonders

Top 10 Lakes, Canals & Watery Wonders from National Geographic<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe-Zambia</b><br>When the calm flowing water of the Zambezi River encounters the 5,578-foot-wide (1,700-meter-wide) edge of the Victoria Falls gorge, it abruptly …