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Arctic Adventure In The Svalbard Islands

<i>I would like to welcome Lauri Novak as a guest blogger on the site. In this article, Lauri will tell us about her expedition to the Svalbard</i> …

Mark Twain

World’s most bizarre natural phenomena

From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights.<p>Majestic mountains and sparkling seas always attract travellers – but sometimes nature has a bigger trick up her sleeve. To track down some of the world’s …

Nature

Top 25 Free Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

Few U.S. cities reward the frugal traveler as much as the nation’s capital. While it's true that hotels and restaurants don’t offer much respite from …

The 12 best things to do in Rome

This is where <i>la dolce vita</i> originated, after all.<p>Of course, after more than 2,000 years in existence, there's enough to explore to keep you busy for years, with decadent pasta and gelato to indulge in, places to shop for everything from handicrafts to haute couture, archeological sites, Baroque …

Just A Few Important Words About The Declaration Of Independence

<i>"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."</i><p>It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics …

Thomas Jefferson

A Primer on Reading and Using Histograms

Image histograms are useful tools that can be used to help properly gauge the exposure and contrast within a scene during shooting or to balance the …

Amazon Echo Is The First Artificial Intelligence You’ll Want At Home

Alexa could be your next personal assistant<p>Your home is about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday, Amazon announced its artificially intelligent bluetooth speaker—the Amazon Echo—is being made publicly available for purchase. The Echo was first unveiled in November 2014, but it was sold on an …

Artificial Intelligence

The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested

Right now, mindfulness is a hot topic in psychology and beyond. In 2012, 40 new papers on mindfulness were published every month, a number that has …

Mindfulness

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

At that point, I was doing my PhD in molecular biology. So I just switched and started doing this research as a post-doc.<p><b>Q: How did you do the</b> …

Perpetually Positive People

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3 Behaviors That Drive Successful Salespeople

Most people consider selling to be an art rather than a science: some people have it and some people don’t. But this leaves a lot of uncertainty in what is often a company’s most profitable department, and it makes managing a high-functioning sales force notoriously difficult. The prevailing …

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

The appeal of a treehouse is obvious to any kid, but it can seem like a daunting idea for adults. Nevertheless, cultural interest has erupted in recent years. You can vacation at a "treesort," or watch a reality show about treetop architecture, or even rent a room in a treehouse on Airbnb.<p>In this …

10 Most Beautiful Hikes in the US

Expansive views, towering trees, and dramatic geology are just some of the astounding features of America’s most beautiful hiking trails. From routes …

A Must-Stay-and-Experience: La Mamounia Hotel and Spa, Marrakech, Morocco

I must admit, <b>La Mamounia</b> is truly one of the most exquisite hotels I have ever been to and experienced. With its alluring Hispano-Moresque architecture, the setting is intimate, and yet it’s a very grand hotel. The environment is regal—every detail, small to large—and the interior design is so …

How to Photograph Sunsets: 10 Tips for the Perfect Shot

We all love capturing sunsets. Not surprisingly, photographs of sunsets (including sunrise, for that matter) constitute a big portion of the …

Northern Ireland 2

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauß’s 241st birthday! #GoogleDoodle

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

10 Ancient Archaeological Sites for Your World Travel Bucket List

Shares 7K<p>Typically, when ancient archaeological sites get some form of development, it’s a benefit.<p>With development comes better controlled access …

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Get Out There: Retracing History on U.S. 15

Abraham Lincoln slept there. Thomas Jefferson built a big house down the road. Thousands died along its hills and creeks. However you choose to travel, U.S. Route 15 is a trip back in time.<p><b>Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee looked across Seminary Ridge</b> on July 3, 1863, and watched as his bedraggled and …

Insider’s Guide to Reykjavik

Every experience you’ll have in Iceland will be synonymous with nature, but if hiking up a volcano or camping in lava fields doesn’t float your boat, …

6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership

Want loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees? Be a loyal, dedicated, and passionate boss. Here are some tools to develop well-being in your workplace through better communication.<p>When you use compassionate communication in your conversations, something quite surprising occurs: both your brain …

Mindfulness

A Definitive Guide To Making Better (And Better Informed) Decisions

Eggs or fruit for breakfast? Sell or stay independent? Pants or no pants? Decisions, decisions: They’re everywhere. Worry not, this guide’s here to help.<p>All day, every day, we are faced with an onslaught of decisions both small and large. It’s hard work. Naturally, we often seek help to quell the …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Long Exposure Captures a Lot of Lightning in Utah

Mount Timpanogos, or “Timp” as some would call it, is the second highest mountain in Utah’s Wasatch Range. It towers over the Orem, Pleasant Grove …

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How to Make Texas-Style Smoked Brisket in a Gas Grill

Making a real Texas-style smoked brisket will take all day, but it's eminently doable (even in a gas grill), and you can demand everyone call you "pitmaster"<p>In Texas, barbecue is about beef: specifically brisket, the cut by which any joint is judged. Brisket has become a favorite of restaurant …

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The Art of Honest Fried Chicken (A Lifestyle Choice)

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: The slow art of fried chicken -- with 12 tips and a master recipe.</i><p>Frying chicken, at its best, is a state of mind formed …

Cooking

OMG, I Want This House: Venezuela

Need a vacation off the grid? Spend some time at this stunning Venezuelan compound accessible only by helicopter.<p>Simon Upton/The Interior Archive

How To Organize Your Day For Success

The most successful people are immersed minute-to-minute in the way they become successful. With small scheduling tweaks, could we all do the same?<p>Author-entrepreneur David Kidder gave <i>Inc.</i> a definition of success that we can all act upon:<p>(Success is) when you have discovered your innate gift or …