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Ireland's Castles

Castles dot the countryside of the Irish Isles. Some remain private homes, some are open to the public, and some are mere ruins of what they once were.

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Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

How we quit our jobs to travel: The married couple

Quitting your job to travel is not only an option for those who go solo. Here is how one couple did it – and how they have stayed on the road, and together, ever since.<p>When people ask us, “What’s the most frightening thing you’ve done while travelling the world?”, they often expect a story from …

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Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in August

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in August:</b><p>Take a deep dive into Australasia’s contemporary art scene at the 25th annual <b>Melbourne Art Fair</b> (August 13-17) in suburban <b>Carlton</b>. Held in the Royal Exhibition Building, a World …

Are You Tough Enough to Trek?

<i>(Photo Credit: Kelsey Rexroat; Nepal's Annapurna Route)</i><p>On a 10-day trek along <b>Nepal</b>'s spectacular <b>Annapurna route</b>, our group of mostly athletic young adults struggled through seven-hour hikes up and down steep Himalayan terrain in both pounding heat and, as the elevation increased, near-freezing …

Road Trip: Cornwall, England

A hybrid of historical attractions and natural beauty, this is England at its most unique.<p>With its whitewashed seaside villages and greener-than-green countryside dotted with Celtic ruins, the Cornish peninsula is a hybrid of historical attractions and natural beauty. From its subtropical gardens …

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The Top 50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime

Buena Vista Images via Getty Images<p>With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. From the great ancient capitals to the modern …

11 Ways Maya Angelou Taught Us To Be Better Women

"I'm a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me."<p>Maya Angelou, the beloved author, poet and activist who passed away on Wednesday May 28, was even more "phenomenal" than the words of one of her most famous poems can express.<p>During her 86 years, she wrote seven autobiographies, was active in …

Ten Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years

Here are ten choices that ultimately lead to this phrase of regret, and how to elude them:<p><b>1. Wearing a mask to impress others.</b><p>If the face you always …

The story behind Lisbon’s beauty

Elaborately-painted Portuguese tiles, called azulejos, fell out of favour in the early 20th Century. But Lisbon today is embracing the art in its murals, museums and metro stations.<p>The blue-and-white tiles that line the church of Lisbon’s Madre de Deus convent complex tell stories in engrossing …

The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …

5 Amazing Lesser-Known African Wonders You Have to See [PHOTOS]

(<i>Thousands of Southern Carmine bee-eaters congregate during their migration through Zambia. Photo: Andrew Schoeman/National News and Pictures</i>)<p>Africa is one of the most captivating continents on the planet with thousands of things to see and do.<p>There's Namibia's famed Namib Desert with its sensually …

How I quit my job to travel: The social entrepreneur

Travel blogger and global volunteer Urooj Qureshi explains why he left his stable job to serve the world community.<p>My decision to travel came as a surprise to many people. In 2012, after eight years as a social entrepreneur, I was headhunted for an important non-profit organisation in Ottawa, …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

20 Places To See Abroad Before You Die

It's a big world out there -- so big that it can be daunting to decide what international destinations to visit in the course of a lifetime. From natural wonders to man-made masterpieces, from wildlife to cityscapes, the choices are seemingly endless. Don't let indecision get you down, or worse, …

Top 10 Croatian Islands

From craggy Krk in the north to luscious Mljet in the south, the Croatian Adriatic is teeming with islands, around 1200 in all. The sheer variety of island landscapes is stunning. The terrain can shift abruptly even on the same island as wind-whipped hills give way to rolling vineyards and tranquil …

I Heart My City: Sharada’s Hyderabad

When <b>Sharada Annamaraju</b> moved to <b>Hyderabad</b> as a teenager, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. But time and distance can change a person. Eight years (and one language learned) later, she decided to give the capital of Andhra Pradesh in southern India another chance. This time, sparks flew, and she …

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

Our Top 14 Ultimate Luxury Hotels in South East Asia

It's a mistake to think that South East Asia is a low-budget destination, especially when it comes to the glittering levels of consummate luxury to be found in this region. In fact, some of the world's best hotels, properties and sailing boats reside in these lands and on its iridescent waters, …

Morocco: Climbing and Cultural Preservation in the High Atlas

<i>Sam Elias is a professional climber for The North Face. He has traveled all over the world for climbing. Currently, he is living in Morocco in a remote mountain village, developing new climbing and working with a humanitarian aid organization called the Atlas Cultural Foundation.</i><p>The Atlas Mountains …

Iran’s province of surprises

Iran’s East Azerbaijan is full of secrets, including 800-year-old rock-cut villages, ancient Armenian monasteries and the world’s largest covered market.

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 …

A stunning view of Mount Everest--the highest peak on Earth at 29,029 feet--is one of our 50 best travel photos of 2013. See the entire gallery here: http://on.natgeo.com/1dGNieO Photograph by Cory Richards, National Geographic