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Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

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 quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

National Geographic's Best Travel Photos 2013 - in pictures

National Geographic has picked 10 of the most stunning travel images from 2013, from their daily photo feature Travel 365

Thailand's Bubble Economy Is Heading For A 1997-Style Crash

Thailand is part of the overall emerging markets bubble that I have been warning about in recent years, along with Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.<p>The emerging markets bubble started in 2009, when China launched a bold stimulus-driven economic growth strategy to counter the …

Europe's 10 Coziest Mountain Villages

As winter approaches, the first blankets of snow are falling on the great mountains of Europe and the continent's enchanting mountain towns are gearing up for a new season of visitors eager to hit the slopes or take in the unique local culture that these mountain regions seem to inspire. While …

European Travel

Android 4.4 KitKat review: designed by Google, for Google

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big …

A Plan to Create Just Two Time Zones in the Continental United States

Daylight Saving Time is a reminder that losing another hour of evening light isn't just annoying—it's an economically harmful policy with minimal energy savings.<p>Updated: Nov. 5, 2017<p>Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Nov. 1, 2013. The original headline was, “Daylight Saving Time Is …

Logotype Collection by Chris Bernay

Outstanding Logo Design.<p>This is a creative logotype collection designed by Chris Bernay, a Buenos Aires, Argentina based freelance photographer, …

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

European Travel

Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)

There’s only one way to avoid the quickly approaching winter: plan a luxurious—and warm—island vacation. See the 25 top picks for where to soak up …

Scrooge McDucks And Uncle Sam's Trillion-Dollar Stock Buybacks

Share repurchase programs are all the rage these days, but according to PIMCO bond guru Bill Gross the biggest one of all is coming from the U.S. economy at large, funded by the coffers of the Federal Reserve.<p>Let’s back up a second. In the last few weeks Exxon Mobil said it expects to buy back $3 …

Visions of Earth 2012 - Photo Gallery

Photograph by Musadeq Sadeq, AP Images<p><b>December 2012</b><p><b>Afghanistan</b>—Overnight snowfall slows the pace of a Monday-morning commute in residential Kabul. The street is lined with flags heralding the opening of the Afghan parliament.<p>Photograph by Sergey Anisimov<p><b>December 2012</b><p><b>Russia</b>—Rosy from the bitter …

Where to Go Next in Europe

Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe – London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. …

European Travel

6 Of The World's Cheapest Destinations To Travel To On A Budget

If you want to see the world -- especially while you're young -- but don't exactly have the funds to do so, you're not alone.<p>Between flights, accommodations, food and activities traveling can be <i>really</i> expensive. But a trip doesn't have to leave you totally broke.<p>Some of the world's most beautiful …

Forget the Med: five stunning stretches of coast in northern Europe

Travellers flock to the Mediterranean shores of Italy, France and Spain, but for deliciously different places to dip your toes, look a little further north on your map of Europe. You’ll need a sweater if you visit outside the summer, but the views, dunes and magical history are worth a slightly …

European Travel

22 Epic Places You Didn't Know Existed

The world is full of wonders... wonders we know about (the Grand Canyon) and those we might not (see below). But it's important to note that this earth we all live on is an insanely beautiful place. In case you don't have the time (or funds) to visit these spectacular places, we thought we'd do you …

How to Celebrate Your Birthday Abroad

Here's the thing about birthdays: When they go as planned, they can be a day full of celebrations, fresh starts and warm and fuzzy Facebook notifications. But they can also be a crushing disappointment when expectations are too high -- not to mention, admitting another year has flown by is …

Travel

Seven Cruises for People Who Hate Cruises (Photos)

Cruises don't have to mean massive boats and potential disasters. Andrew Harper picks seven sailing trips that even cruise haters will love.

This 28-Year-Old Built A $3 Million Business In 10 Months Thanks To Instagram, He Says

"I tried it and I lost 8 pounds in two weeks. I asked him is this legal? If so let's mass produce it," Lal told Business Insider.<p>Lal had a credit card with a $5,000 limit, and Dimarco had a credit card, too, and off they went to bottle the supplement now named Shredz.<p>By the start of 2013, he was …

Social Media

Maui Voted Best Island In The World... And Has Been For The Last 20 Years

If Conde Nast Traveler readers are one thing, it's loyal. In the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards that selects the Top 25 Islands in the World, Maui has come out on top for 20 consecutive years. It also regained its top ranking in the Top 10 Islands in the United States. How could …

10 Airports With Awesome Amenities

While traveling is ultimately about getting from point A to point B, there's no harm in wanting to have an enjoyable experience along the way. Airports around the world are making the journey more fun with upscale restaurants, entertaining activities and a whole host of unique amenities. From yoga …

Flying

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here’s What It Takes

We asked the most privacy-aware people we could find what it would take to go off the radar. Hint: You’re going to need to do more than throw away your laptop.<p>Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice. Both times, she wore sunglasses to …

Privacy

This Is The Absolute Bluest Water In The World

As fall descends, we're tired of looking up at orange leaves and craving a peek down at blue waves. So we embarked on a hunt for the absolute bluest water on Earth, and this is what we found.<p>Don't jump in-- it's just a computer screen.<p><b>The Maldives</b><p><b>Five Flower Lake, China</b><p><b>Peyto Lake, Canada</b><p><b>Aragusuku</b> …

This Week in Silicon Valley Mythology: Long Reads on How the Original iPhone, Twitter and the New Nest Protect Came to Be

A handful of feature-length tech tales have hit the presses (and pixels) this week, just as I hit the halfway mark of Walter Isaacson's <i>Steve Jobs</i>, …

Silicon Valley

How to Roam Like a Roman

<i>You can walk the walk and talk the talk. But can you motor the motorino? Claire Oldman plays Italian for a day.</i><p>ROME – In the early days of summer, …

Ten Ratios To Make You Money In Stocks

Evaluating stocks to buy and sell can be a tricky business, even with all of the data available at your fingertips. Out of the dozens of ratios and metrics that give clues to the financial health of a company, a few of them are extremely useful for their simplicity and effectiveness.<p>Here are ten …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary - and changed the world<p>When I first met Steve Jobs, I …

Further Thoughts On Why BlackBerry's Failure Could Be Your Failure Too

It’s a year and a half now since I offered the view that RIM, the name we used to give to BlackBerry, was a busted flush in part because its new strategy was too narrow. Over the months that followed, the new CEO Thorsten Heins, made a really impressive attempt to make the company work. It didn’t, …