Ali Akbar

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What Are the Best Cities For Runners?

<i>A:</i><p>First, let's get one thing straight: casual travelers won't have time to drive to a gorgeous but far-off trailhead for a workout, so convenience is almost as important as quality. The cities on this list all have long, wide running paths that are close to downtown, offer plenty of scenery, and …

Sequester Summer Travel

How the Sequester Will Impact Your Summer Travel Plans<p>This summer, travelers will face a new nuisance: sequestration, a slew of Congressionally-mandated federal budget reductions. Agencies have until September 30th to make the cuts, which means we should start feeling them any second now. Here are …

Into the Arctic

Holmiabukta Bay, Northwestern Svalbard, Norway<p>A large male polar bear returns to the carcass of a fin whale picked clean by many polar bear mouths. On land, where bears cannot hunt for seals, food is scarce and a whale carcass can mean the difference between starvation and survival.<p>National …

New Zealand's Southern Alps are the peak of solace

Whether it's the loping blue hills of Appalachia rising from a morning mist or the majesty of Alaska's Mt. McKinley piercing the clouds, mountains bring me peace. The clichés come to life: The steely rock seems solid and safe, the sheer size of each pinnacle a reminder of personal insignificance. …

New Zealand

Wild and Rugged Mauritius: Canyoning Tamarin Falls – Wild Junket Adventure Travel Blog

14<p>1<p>Peering over the edge of the 45-meter high waterfall, my knees begin to shake and my head spins slightly. I’m about to abseil down the steep and …

The Best Hike In Hawaii Might Be The Awaawapuhi Trail on Kauai

"This is the most unreal view I've seen on a hike," according to David Chatsuthiphan, which is saying a lot considering Chatsuthiphan runs the popular blog Unreal Hawaii, which is devoted entirely to unreal views and hikes.<p>The Awaawapuhi Trail on Kauai is, at the outset, an unassuming hike. After …

Top Treks: Milford Track

Escape into the New Zealand wild on the four-day Milford Track exploring lush prehistoric scenery.<p><b>STRETCHING 53.5KM, AND WENDING</b> its way through the …