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Get Away Without Getting On An Airplane

Last weekend, I took a few days off from the real world and went on vacation. And like any good web-addicted millenial, photos of my getaway quickly made their way to the Internet.<p>First, I tweeted and instagrammed this obligatory feet and pool pic:<p>The next thing I knew, friends were texting me with …

An Astrophysicist Reveals the Science of Airline Boarding

Getting people on and off an airplane quickly is so complicated that even an astrophysicist couldn’t figure it out.<p>The astrophysicist, Jason Steffen …

Tourists May Be Segregated in Greece - Vagabondish

Greek authorities are considering confining tourists to special zones after locals have become fed up with drunken carousing and violence by foreign …

Europe

Delta Passenger Abandons Bags To Avoid Huge Fee

Well, this is one way to avoid unwanted baggage fees.<p>A passenger traveling Delta Air Lines Flight 1452 was questioned upon arrival at New York's JFK Airport Tuesday after abandoning luggage in Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport to evade $1400 in baggage fees, NBC News reports.<p>The area surrounding the Delta …

4 US Road Trips to Take Before You Die

There’s no better way to discover America than by criss-crossing the country via its most iconic highways. Whether you have fast wheels or an RV, …

Los Angeles

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.<p><b>You can play, too</b>. Follow us on Twitter <b>@NatGeoTravel</b> and tag your favorite travel stories <b>#NGTRadar</b> to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.<p><b>Here’s this week’s:</b><p>Zoos have their place, …

8 Classic Tourist Photos You Just Have To Take

Whether you're camera shy or a shutter bug, photographs are likely a big part of your travel routine. You can't forget to pack your camera (or, these days, your camera phone) and you'll probably be sick of posing by the end of your trip.<p>What kind of photos do you want to take? Do you stick to the …

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

Tea

"Island Life" From Bali to Quebec

Most people hear the phrase "island life" and think of beach lounging, umbrella-drink sipping, and ocean dipping. That's certainly the case on many tropical islands, but not all islands share the same atmosphere. Some islands feature volcanoes, frozen lakes, or apple orchards. It seems there is one …

American Starts Flying Large Regional Jets with Plenty of Overhead Bin Space

Have you ever had to leave your carry-on on the ramp to the plane and check it in because the flight attendants informed you it won’t fit in the tiny …

Attorneys Suspected of Breaking U.S. Law to Contact Asiana Survivors

Officials are looking into whether some attorneys may have violated a U.S. law barring uninvited solicitation of air disaster victims in the first 45 …

5 Reasons to Spend an Extra Day in Athens

Wait—before you hop on that catamaran to one of Greece’s enchanting isles, there are more reasons than ever to spend more than just a one night, …

These Are The Books That Changed Our Lives

The editors and reporters at Business Insider selected the books that changed our lives in some way, whether it made us re-evaluate something, think deeply about something of importance, or it left a lasting impact — even if that was just to make us laugh or cry.<p>From nonfiction books that taught us …

Books

Glamping With the Family

“Let’s go camping!”<p>For some, this could be the most dreaded vacation request to come out of a child’s mouth. For others, it’s music to the ears.<p>If you’re intrigued by the idea of reconnecting with nature, but cringe at the thought of sleeping on the ground with nothing but a thin tent between you …

5 more words we never want to see in travel writing again

THE ORIGINAL PIECE, 10 words and phrases we never want to see in travel writing again, got a big response.<p>Some readers argued that travel writing …

Pt 1: A lesson in travel photography

Lonely Planet photographer Dominic Bonuccelli heads to Colombia’s Caribbean coast for a tutorial on what makes a good picture.

Photography

Letting Go in India

India isn’t for everyone. Control freaks and those lacking a sense of humor may want to sit this country out.<p>In order to have a good go of it, you need to embrace the madness as soon as you arrive. If you can find a way to laugh at every frustration, annoyance, and stomach churn you will soon …

Cruise Lines Start Self-Reporting Report Crime Allegations, Amidst Skepticism

For the first time, the three largest U.S.-based cruise lines on Thursday began posting on their websites more comprehensive data about allegations …

Pay Your Way Through TSA

A friend of mine forwarded me a very short article about the TSA's expanded plan to allow fliers to skip the 'shoes off, coats off, belt off, computer out' nonsense and head straight for the metal detectors (or the hand wanding/touchy-feely grope). But this privilege comes with a price, …

A Journey to the Rice Terraces of Batad

Touching down in the tumultuous and balmy city of Manila you would not envision the Philippines to be home to over 7,000 islands with picturesque beaches and turquoise seas, which is why the rice terraces of Batad -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- are often forgotten. The terraces are a stunning …

Asia Travel

U.S. Closing Embassies For a Day in Muslim Countries, Citing Security

The U.S. will close a number of embassies and consulates on Aug. 4 as a “precautionary” step because of unspecified security concerns, a State …

The World's First 5-Star Yacht Hotel Will Never Set Sail

The Sunborn Gibraltar is one of the largest yachts in the world at an astounding 465.8 feet long and seven stories high, and it's being marketed as a high-end hotel. In land-scarce cities like Gibraltar, ships like these may be the future of hospitality.<p>The yacht will be moored at the Gibraltar …

Sailing