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Poll: Obamacare remains highly unpopular as implementation looms

A large number of Americans continue to adamantly oppose the nation’s new health-care law and believe it will produce damaging results, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.<p>Forty-four percent of respondents call the health-care law a bad idea, while 31 percent believe it's a good …

Getting Personal With Your Health Insurance Exchange Questions

With the launch of new health insurance exchanges just about two weeks away, many of the questions in this month's mailbag focused less on the big picture and more on exactly how the law will operate for individuals.<p>We can't answer every question we get. But here is a sampling of questions that …

Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help

Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. These are treatments that most insurance companies don't cover now.<p>The move is a response to the …

Meet the First Indian-American Miss America

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Sunday night, Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned the winner of the Miss America pageant, …

Boston Marathon Charity Funds Pose New Challenges for Victims

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Two victims of the Boston marathon bombing, J.P. and Paul Norden, were each awarded $1.2 million …

Iran's Rouhani may meet Obama at UN after American president reaches out

First meeting of US and Iranian leaders since 1979 revolution could open way to diplomatic end to Iranian nuclear standoff<p>An exchange of letters between Barack Obama and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has set the stage for a possible meeting between the two men at the UN next week in what …

UN Report on Syria to Be Released Monday

A United Nations report due for release Monday is expected to confirm chemical weapons have been used in Syria's civil war, but may not finger a …

Why You Should Incorporate This Surfer Slang Into Your Land-Locked Life

Sorry, braddah. Surfers are the coolest and you'll probably never be one. But don't let that one tiny obstacle stop you from being a major barney and adopting their oh, so cool vernacular. Check out surf slang below that you can totally incorporate into your land-locked life.<p><b>Ace:</b> To be literally …

Going for Gold in Family Friendly Brunei (PHOTOS)

It was a dark tropical night and we were drifting backwards in the Temburong River as the driver gunned the engine of the longboat. He revved it hard and we shot forward for a third attempt at clearing the rocks.<p>The water was only inches deep, so we could have always got out and walked, but that …

Forget the Med: five stunning stretches of coast in northern Europe

Travellers flock to the Mediterranean shores of Italy, France and Spain, but for deliciously different places to dip your toes, look a little further north on your map of Europe. You’ll need a sweater if you visit outside the summer, but the views, dunes and magical history are worth a slightly …

Oki Islands Geopark Is A Spectacular Sight To See

The Oki Islands, located in the Sea of Japan, mark one of Japan's six geoparks and a pretty spectacular place to visit, even if it's only virtual.<p>See?<p>The area is a grouping of islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, that has a thriving ecosystem and dedicated members of the community working to …

6 Travel Souvenir Collections You Need To Start

Picture this: You're traveling in a foreign city, enchanted by unfamiliar streets, iconic landmarks and beautiful scenery. You're struck with the desire to capture and commemorate it all. The nearest souvenir shop lures you in. Under the city's spell, you feel inclined to buy all sorts of things …

Top 5 California Festivals

California is known for many things, including gorgeous weather, breathtaking landscapes and my personal favorite, the year-round festivals. I recently went on a quest to uncover the top festivals in California and while it was a tough job, someone had to do it! California obviously likes to party …

14 Places To Visit This Fall

From cutting-edge contemporary art in Miami to epically awesome Kenyan resorts, this season's hottest destinations exceed expectations. Go beyond the biergartens in Munich, check out the other Portland, escape hurricane season in Mexico City, and discover a culinary hotspot in the heart of the …

Guide to the Off Season: An Infographic

Need to get away? Need to save money while doing it? Traveling off season is the perfect solution. The question isn't just where to go... but <i>when</i>. Check out these destination ideas and tips for timing your vacation just right.<p>By Laura Hoot<p>Follow Home Away on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HomeAway

Mini guide to coastal Côte d’Azur

Soak up the good life on the French Riviera, where seaside paths, unspoilt islands and historic towns await exploration.<p>The Riviera is all about the good life, but you don’t have to be a millionaire to hire a lounger at a beach club. For a more down-to-earth trip, you can explore coastal paths, …

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Are Those "Free" United Tickets Part of a Broken System?

When it comes to air travel, there's a growing rift between informed and uninformed passengers.<p>I see it every day. A reader contacts me asking for help with a refund on a nonrefundable airline ticket or to change the name on an unchangeable reservation or to get their expired airline miles …

5 Reasons to Go to Cappadocia, Turkey

With its mix of naturally formed rounded and jagged rock, hill, valley, and chimney formations in hues ranging from clays to pinks, Cappadocia looks …

Airplane Boneyards Look Even Cooler In Instagram Photos

Where do all good little military planes go after their time of service is up? Answer: the boneyard.<p>Out in the deserts of our great nation lie a handful of airplane boneyards, large storage grounds that house planes while they’re waiting to be repurposed or broken apart for scrap metal (or turned …

This Is What Lyons, Colorado, Looked Like Right Before The National Guard Evacuated The Whole Town

A huge multi-day rainstorm has caused such massive flooding in Colorado that the entire town of Lyons is being evacuated by the National Guard right now.<p>It's a small town, just north of Boulder, that sits on a major highway.<p>But that highway has turned into a raging river and the back roads are …

The Best Ways To Eat Lilikoi, The Tangy Fruit You've Never Heard Of

Though few fruit are actually endemic to Hawaii, exotic fruit now grows in abundance here, and you should not miss the opportunity to taste them in all their glorious variations.<p>One of Hawaii’s most popular exotic fruits is the lilikoi, or yellow passionfruit. Lilikois are extremely tart yet …

14 Favorite Fall Destinations

The world turns and seasons change—summer has passed and led us into gentler autumn with its changing leaves and more rigid schedule. The kids are back in school, and work is revving back up again, but there is no such thing as a bad time to go wandering.<p>Next month, National Geographic will release …

The Surge of Craft Bourbon Distilleries in Kentucky - Vagabondish

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is distilled in Kentucky and last year alone the industry generated 4.5 billion dollars in retail sales. …

Top 10 Travel Mistakes and How Not to Make Them

Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Jamie Beckman, contributor to Budget Travel.<p>Even the most meticulously planned trip is subject to snafus, but with a little insider know-how, you can avoid making the common mistakes that can derail a vacation. Stick to the guidelines below, and you're more …

United to Honor All of Its $5 Mistake Fares After Glitch in Loading Prices

United announced on Twitter that the airline will honor all of those $5 and $10 fares that travelers booked yesterday after United made an error in …

Through the Valleys of New Zealand in a Chopper

Daily Photo – Over the Top<p>I’ve taken a few different helicopter rides, but this one below was with Choppy from Over the Top. She’s a super-cool lady …

The McWay Bay

Secret Places right under your nose<p>Have you ever found a place that is very close to you, or very close to a place you know well — and you were …

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Each week National Geographic Traveler editors select a seasonal trip showcasing the world's best destinations to visit right now.

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What to Expect From the DOT's Next Round of Air Passenger Protection Rules

The third round of the Transportation Department’s consumer protection rules is due this fall, and it comes highly anticipated.<p>A follow-up to the two …