Carol Denise Keel

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Where and How Europeans Choose to Travel

Despite having more than a dozen top destinations with a few hours’ drive or flight, most Europeans choose to stay close to home when traveling.<p>The …

The Cheapest Time To Fly This Summer

If you're looking for ways to get the most out of your travel plans by spending the least this summer, look no further.<p>Based on data from thousands of flights, the folks at CheapAir have concluded that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly this summer. On average, you'll save $64 if …

10 Amazing Free Museums in the U.S.

<i>National Museum of Natural History (Photo: Smithsonian Institution)</i><p>Cultural discovery doesn't always come cheap. While admission fees support and sustain museums, they can add up for tourists looking for artistic experiences on a budget. To help you save a few bucks while on the road, we've rounded …


12 Must-Pack Essentials for Your Summer Carry-On

(Photo: SmarterTravel)<p>Savvy travelers know how to pack a week's worth of wardrobe changes into one carry-on year-round, but even the most packing-challenged among us can do it like a pro when summer rolls around. See ya later, bulky sweaters and jeans, make room for gauzy tops and easy dresses. …

Skin Care

Travel Tuesday: Amazing Places You Can Swim With Sharks

Nothing sends ocean swimmers fleeing for shore faster than a fin sighting. The word "shark" alone is enough to scare most people, immediately calling to mind the menacing theme song for the movie <i>Jaws</i> -- and, of course, all the gruesome attack scenes therein. But some people look past the Shark …


Expedition Photography (for Beginners!): 9 Tips for Better Travel Photos

<i>By Cristina Veresan, Grosvenor Teacher Fellow & Middle School Science Teacher at Star of the Sea School in Honolulu, Hawaii.</i><p>Whenever I open up an issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine, I immediately flip though the pages to preview the photographs. Though I later return to each article to read the …

Landscape Photography

National Geographic Travel

The Revolutionary War Told through Five Bars

We firmly believe that America's historic bars are the best place to learn her history. Sure, you can go to a museum and see relics behind glass. Go to Mount Vernon and wander the hallways and view history from behind ropes. But if you want to really experience it, and especially if you want to …

New York City

5 Amazing Experiences Every Traveler Must Try!

<i>Photo courtesy of Pics1/Dreamstime. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello of Budget Travel.</i><p>The phrase "adventure travel" has a bit of an image problem. For many, it conjures only images of climbing mountains, diving into underwater caverns, and, well, aching muscles. But when we asked ourselves what …

Budget Travel

OTP's Guide to Swagger on the Road

Make like the hippies, beatniks, rastas, and punks and pioneer your own street style.<p>Photo by: Angelo GonzÁlez<p>That popped-collar polo and pre-distressed pair of khaki shorts make you look like you were stamped out from the same douche-shaped cookie cutter as the rest of the uninspired masses. …

Street Style

Potter Heads Unite for A New Adventure at Universal Orlando

While the masses of muggles, the non-magicians among us anxiously await any word from the world of wizardry. I too countdown the hours waiting for breaking news and line up in costume for hours at bookstores upon release of anything potteresque , theaters sell out in minutes at mere mention of …

Universal Orlando

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

European Travel

Walking Through Britain: Following in the Footsteps of A Medieval Saint

Going for a long walk over several days is not a completely new concept for me. I have been backpacking in the mountains for most of my life, and there is nothing like a backcountry experience for getting completely off the grid.<p>When hiking the Rocky Mountains or even the Ozarks in Arkansas, we …