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Gear for the Trail on Flipboard

By CloudLine | Gear and tech for outdoor adventures!<p>Why Your Sleeping Pad Is Your Most Important Piece of Gear<p>We all love spending time outside. Some …

Photos & video: Garden Grove’s Great Wolf Lodge, water park banking on guests paying resort prices

A child enjoys Bigfoot Pass at Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove on Friday.<p>Great Wolf Lodge guest anticipates the sudden drop that initiates the Great …

How to Get Two Passports

The State Department typically limits citizens to one valid U.S. passport at a time. Yet there are exceptions.<p>Wanting to see the world is a wonderful sentiment, but having a passport in order to do so is something of a necessity. But passports (and the rules, restrictions, and exceptions …

In Phuket, Thailand, a Buddhist temple can be more relaxing than the beach

A funny thing happened on my way to a beach in Phuket (poo-KET). I came upon the annual Vegetarian Festival, a nine-day Chinese celebration thought to bestow good fortune.<p>I like kale and sprouts as well as the next person, but Phuket's October festival is over the top. Devotees, most dressed in …

Asia Travel

Take A Visual Tour Of The World’s 10 ‘Highest Quality of Life’ Cities

For the last 18 years, global human resources consulting firm Mercer has released a Quality of Living Survey. The purpose of the survey is to help large companies fairly evaluate employee compensation while on international assignments.<p>The list provides anyone whose company missed the whole “fair …

Travel

5 Things to Know Before Flying Asia's Low-Cost Carriers

<i>Asia’s budget carriers provide an affordable way to access far-flung places like Bali or the Maldives, especially if you’re already visiting another</i> …

Frequent-flyer Programs

8 Common Tech Mistakes You’re DEFinitely Making When You Travel

When planning a trip to an exotic locale for, say, Spring Break (yes, even if you’re a full-time working adult), you often spend a lot of time planning the sights, what you’re going to wear and where you’re going to dine — the fun stuff. What’s <i>less</i> fun to think about is all the tedious steps you …

Airplanes

On the Andaman Sea in Thailand, a putt-putting boat will carry you to travel-poster fantasies

Fantastic shapes dotted the horizon — craggy limestone spikes that soared hundreds of feet into the cloudless blue sky — as our long-tail boat skimmed across the Andaman Sea off southwestern Thailand.<p>The afternoon seemed idyllic, and I congratulated myself on becoming part of a living travel poster …

Asia Travel

The world's most enchanting ruins

Archaeology

The 30 most beautiful cities in Europe (how many have you seen?)

From Iceland to Istanbul, from Scandinavia to Sicily, the European continent spans a mind-boggling multitude of cultures, languages, and styles. What …

European Travel

6 Adventurous Hikes to Add to Your Bucket List

These hikes in Utah, Africa, France, Chile, Bhutan and China aren't just a walk in the park.<p>Hiking is often thought of as a mere walk in the woods, …

Hiking

Truth Eventually Rises

Patagonia’s ice-carved waterways

Explore the convoluted coastline of the western fjordlands on a three-day cargo ship journey through some of the world’s most remote land and seascapes.<p>It was a grey, windblown afternoon in the western fjords of Chilean Patagonia. As the ship plied the leaden waters between steep, green valleys, …

South America

National Geographic Travel

Voices of Bangkok, Thailand

The Thai capital is an exciting mix of ancient and modern, where glistening skyscrapers and marble-fronted mega-malls sit alongside centuries-old Buddhist temples and royal palaces.

Asia Travel

Mallorca holiday guide: the best sights, bars, restaurants and hotels

Tucked away in the Balearic jewel’s lush interior are a host of beautiful places to stay, eat and drink in – and don’t miss the stunning capital or beaches either<p>Readers’ tips on the best things to do in Mallorca<p>Hammering the hills on a road bike, spending a lazy afternoon eating and drinking on a …

What Are the Best Inexpensive Lightweight Hiking Boots?

<i>A:</i><p><i>Summer Buyer's Guide</i> tester Billy Brown currently has an office, a closet, and a garage overflowing with next year's light hikers. The founder of Trek Tech blog and his testers have run about 120 boots through the ringer over the past year. In other words, he knows this category about as well as …

Shoes

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Benedict Cumberbatch is just what was ordered for Doctor Strange

Of all the big names in the hat, only Cumberbatch has both the scene-chewing intensity and the capacity for weird this operatic Marvel character demands<p>Take a quick gander at the web and you won’t be surprised to discover that Twitter loves the idea of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, …

Logo Design Guidelines

Design a logo and a visual identity goes way beyond the free form and artistic side of what most people think. There is all the rational part …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

The Fly Geyser in Nevada was sealed after being drilled through by an energy company in 1964. Not sealed well enough it would seem, as it’s been spraying ever since. One of man’s prettier mistakes?

10 off-the-beaten-track US national parks

Ancient cliff dwellings, protected sea forts and the world's fourth-longest cave system - the USA's got some incredible parks beyond the big hitters. In this excerpt from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, we look at 10 of the parks that are flying fabulously under the radar.<p>1. Sequoia, …

Pt 2: The secret powers of Sufi sounds

Arabic folk music has evolved over the centuries, but Moroccan mystics still use it to chase away evil spirits and heal the sick.

Spirituality

A traveller's guide to India's festivals

Earlier this year the Maha Kumbh Mela, held in the north Indian city of Allahabad, was touted as the biggest religious gathering on Earth. More than 100 million pilgrims are estimated to have washed away a lifetime of sins by taking a dip at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical …

Everything You Need To Know About Traveling To Croatia, The Newest Member Of The EU

<i>What's the attraction?</i><p>The Croatian coastline stretches for more than 1,000 miles covering some 1,100 islands and islets which with their pine-tree scents, striking backdrops, beautifully-framed beaches (albeit mainly pebbly) and the swirling deep blue waters of the Adriatic (among the cleanest in …

European Travel

Behind the Shot: Photographing Night Surfing at the Oakley Pro Bali

<b>See more photos in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery >></b><p>As head photographer for the Oakley Pro Bali in Keramas, Indonesia this June, Russ Hennings juggled the typical challenges of covering a large, pro surf event. Joel Parkinson won the entire event, but earlier in the week, the pros hit the …

Aquatic Sports