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All the Light We Cannot See

• <b>Author:</b> Anthony Doerr<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE</b><br>From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the …

What Is Daily Life Like in Raqqa Under the Current Bombing Campaign?

We talked to Varyan Khan, the editorial director of the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, about what effect the airstrikes are having and if we can ever really know what's going on over there.<p>In the days since agents of the Islamic State attacked Paris, killing 129, France has retaliated …

You’re either an explorer, or you’re not. Which one are you?

Find out why you might be sitting in your office chair, instead of making your first attempt at the South Pole.<p>Antarctica is unbearable in July. It is so treacherous that in 1911, explorers Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Bill Wilson and Henry Bowers returned to base camp with shattered teeth and …

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The secret life of Beefeaters

Having guarded the Tower of London since 1485, the Yeoman Warders welcome three million visitors a year. But the Tower doesn’t shut down when tourists leave – nor does its hidden pub.<p>It was 11 am behind the crenellated walls of one of England’s best-known attractions, and I was in a room few people …

England

Bird Of Paradise Costume

Jaime Margary made this awesome costume in the image of the Superb bird-of-paradise (<i>Lophorina superba</i>). You might remember this bird’s peculiar …

Millennials pushing hard to shift status quo in business travel

It isn’t THAT long ago that the stalwarts of the corporate travel community would shrug at the suggestion that the sharing the economy would alter …

Mobile web beats apps when it comes to hotel bookings

A study of 2,000 US smartphone owners has found they are more likely to book a hotel room using the mobile web than an app.<p>Millward Brown Digital …

Seagull Skytrails: An Echo Time-Lapse Reveals the Flight Path of Birds over Cornwall | Colossal

<p>Videographer Paul Parker used the ‘echo’ effect in video editing software After Effects to show the flight paths of birds near his home in Cornwall, …

Huangshan Mountain in China looks straight out of a movie! Awesome photo by @phyllisonthemap (via #MatadorN reader @geckosadventures). Thanks for tagging #travelstoke!

Exploring Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park: where tigers still roam

Kerinci Seblat National Park sprawls from the coastal plains of West Sumatra, up the forested valleys and over the deep river gorges of the Barisan Mountains. Stretching across a swathe of land more than twice the size of Bali, Sumatra’s largest national park offers ample adventure for those …

The UN’s First Virtual Reality Documentary Puts You Inside a Syrian Refugee Camp

UN Senior Advisor Gabo Arora talks 'Clouds Over Sidra,' his virtual reality film with Chris Milk and Barry Pousman.<p>The conflict in Syria has transformed nearly 4 million men, women and children into refugees. As the civil war continues, individuals and families flee the country in droves. Many find …

The Crowds Are Skipping Thailand to See Sri Lanka

The tropical paradise, once a blighted war zone, is rapidly opening up to travelers. But is the push to boost tourism coming at too high a price?<p>At first, I couldn’t see anything to distinguish Weligama Bay. A mile-wide bite out of the Sri Lankan coast not far from the country’s southernmost tip, …

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New Luxury Rentals in South Africa

From Cape Town to the bush, villas and private estates are the latest way to splurge in South Africa.<p>Luxurious new rental properties are making it …

Interview: Qatar's Tourism Chairman Positions His Small Country for Big Growth

<i>Editor’s Note: Skift has started a new series of interviews with CEOs of destination marketing organizations where we discuss the future of their</i> …

One of WWI's bloodiest frontlines

It’s hard to imagine that Slovenia’s Soča Valley, a land of aquamarine river rapids and dense emerald forests, was once the site of WWI’s Isonzo Front, where 1.7 million soldiers died.<p>Looking at Slovenia’s Soča Valley today, with its aquamarine river rapids, waterfalls gently tumbling down steep …

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From Rock to Ice: Becoming a Beginner Again in Colorado’s Ice Capitol

Prior to venturing into the realm of ice climbing, the only thing I knew about Ouray, Colorado, was that it was the setting for Anne Rand’s book <i>Atlas Shrugged</i>. Apart from that, the small Victorian mountain town may be most known to climbers for the annual Ouray Ice Festival. This year marked the …

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What Top Travel CEOs Say About Mobile Booking Habits

Like an artist surveying a blank canvas, Kayak CEO Steve Hafner and his technophile minions just love the fact that smartphone screens are getting …

Cuba's Tourism Gain Will Be Puerto Rico's Loss Says Analyst

Puerto Rico’s economy will suffer when more U.S. travelers are allowed to visit Cuba as economic barriers are loosened, according to Belle Haven …

The Five Best Books on Cuba

It’s only 90 miles from the U.S., but to most Americans, Cuba could be on the moon. Here are five books that make the terra slightly less …

6 Gifts That Will Totally Impress The Travelers On Your List

There are plenty of items to give the travel-obsessed loved one in your life this holiday season. There are those gadgets and gizmos that can make their journeys that much more comfortable, such as the Napwrap or the Knee Defender. Then you've got those items that will streamline their travels, …

The World's Most Secluded Beaches

What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet, maybe there are even a few surfboards or kayaks waiting nearby.<p>Whatever you're ideal sandy spot, we're willing to bet it doesn't include …

24 Pictures That Will Us Want To Visit Cuba

1 of 24<p>Colorful buildings in Havana, Cuba’s capital and largest city. Source: Michael Reardon<p>2 of 24<p>The Havana Carnival is a sea of dazzling dancers, …

Dazzling 'Bay Lights' Installation Extends Its Stay in San Francisco

Leo Villareal's 25,000 LED light installation will shine on in 2016.<p><i>Bay Lights</i>, a massive light installation that has adorned San Francisco's Bay Bridge since March 2013, is on track to becoming a permanent nighttime beacon in 2016. Last year, The Creators Project documented Leo Villareal's …

The last unexplored side of the Serengeti

Off-limits for more than two decades, eastern Serengeti's remote Soit Le Motonyi region is newly accessible to visitors – and quickly gaining a reputation as a hot spot for big cats.<p>Wildlife-rich Serengeti is deservedly Tanzania's most popular park, but with that celebrity comes a catch: crowds. …

Wildlife

Why San Sebastian defines fine dining in Spain | CNN Travel

'Trivago Guy' gets a new look - CNN.com

This Jumbo Jet Was Transformed Into A Beautiful Hotel — And You Can Even Sleep In The Cockpit

Created inside of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet that used to fly for Pan Am, this cozy hotel features a redesigned interior and the opportunity to sleep in the airplane's cockpit.<p>With 27 rooms that can hold up to 76 people, this unique hotel is one worth checking out.

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Mobile growth prompts rethink of the role of online travel agencies

A new research paper from PhoCusWright reconfirms the importance of mobile in redefining not only the role but also the reach of online travel …