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A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

Vietnam

16 Perfect Pieces Of Travel Wisdom You Never Knew You Needed

Sometimes, the best travel tips don't come from a massive traveler's encyclopedia or a lengthy travel article or from sifting through piles and piles of photographically fabulous blogs.<p>The best tips are simple tidbits, summed up succinctly by the master travelers who have refined them over years of …

Budget travel guide to Oslo, Norway

“Oh, you’re going to Oslo? You know it’s expensive, right?”<p>I can’t tell you how many people told me that on learning I’d booked a week-long trip to …

European Travel

How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money, and Hassle)

• <b>Author:</b> Christopher Elliott<p>Leading travel expert and <i>USA Today</i> columnist Christopher Elliott shares the smartest ways to travel in this tip-filled guide from National Geographic. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a consumer travel advocate, Elliott gives you the inside scoop on how to …

Escape to the Costa Brava: A Traveler's Rite of Passage

LLAFRANC, Spain- I happened to be looking up when they flew overhead, a flock of white storks heading south along the Costa Brava, on the northeast coast of Spain. Navigating by the rising sun they flew in shifting groups, black-tipped wings pumping air and red beaks pushing forward. I was still …

Hookahs and Hamams in Istanbul

There are Turkish stories, I'm told, that start and end like this: "Maybe it happened, maybe it didn't."<p>So maybe I was in Istanbul.<p>I remember rain turning the city's alleys into wild rivers. That must have been real. Why would you make it up? And I remember this: my wife and I saw all the big …

Nothing Quite Like Paris In The Springtime, Especially In Black & White

It's hard to find an angle or season that doesn't suit Paris. And while the city is spectacular in color, it seems like the sort of place that's just <i>meant</i> to be photographed in black and white.<p>In a series called "Enjoy the Silence: Paris," photographer Vittorio Zunino Celotto gives us photographs …

10 Truly Unique City Tours Around the World

See a completely different side of a city when you break away from the mob of tourists following the guide with the red umbrella. On these 10 unique city tours, you'll venture into the Bronx with an old-school rapper, see abandoned buildings in Portugal's second city, and go longboarding through …

Santa Barbara: An AKA Beverly Hills suite in an Airstream trailer? Yes

Finally, someone has designed a luxury hotel suite with wheels. Long-stay AKA Beverly Hills hotel has created a suite inside an Airstream trailer with leather interiors, full kitchen and bathroom, a bed with comfy linens, and even its trademark Bulgari bath amenities.<p>Price-tag for a five-day trip …

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …