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50 African proverbs to get you thinking

As 6-year-olds in Zimbabwe, we were taught proverbs before we were taught how to navigate the nuts and bolts of Shona (the most common language in …

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Santa Claus: The Many Faces Behind the Beard

In our <i>Rick Steves' European Christmas</i> book (a companion book to the public television show), we outlined the history and many European variations on Santa Claus. Here's an excerpt:<p>Our American Santa Claus -- a plump, jolly old fellow dressed in red -- is just one of many gift-giving characters who …

Anjelica Huston’s 5 Favorite Things About L.A.

Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston is no stranger to traveling. The actress has spent plenty of years living in Ireland, England, and New York, …

Airlines Top the List of the 13 Most Watched Video Travel Ads of 2013

A creative, heartfelt, or hilarious video is one of the quickest ways that travel brands can reach travelers far beyond their usual market reach. And …

Four Travel Resolutions You Can Keep

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I get it. We see New Year’s as a fresh start and all that. But, really, are those life-changing resolutions such a good idea? Many people say no, and point to the failure rate of such promises–particularly the more pie-in-the-sky ones (say, a resolution to cut out greasy …

The 10 Commandments for Girls with Long-term Travel Plans — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>Packing for a two-week beach holiday is easy as pie. Packing for a six- or twelve-month …

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13 Big Questions on the Future of Travel

Nowadays, there are more travelers on the road than ever before, visiting places that were once off-limits and sharing their experiences in ways the Baby Boomer generation could have never imagined.<p>In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s important to ask big questions about the future of travel …

A Pacific paradise few have seen

The Marshall Islands was recently listed as one of the world's five least visited countries. But tourism could help fade the scars of a troubled past for the 29 stunning coral atolls.<p>Sylvester Clement had been swinging his machete to clear the dense bamboo blocking our trail when he turned his …

An underwater hotel opens in Africa

The underwater room at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island immerses guests 4m below the surface, 250m from shore in the Indian Ocean.<p>Joining a list of other experimental under-the-sea hotel rooms in Florida, Sweden and the Maldives, the underwater room at Manta Resort on remote Pemba Island in …

How the Galápagos inspired Darwin

Witness an array of wildlife like no other on Earth, and explore the Pacific islands’ breathtaking, untraversed landscapes.

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BBC Travel's 2013 gift guides

These tried and tested must-haves are sure to make every traveller’s wish list. Happy holidays, adventurers!<p>The festive season is upon us – and with it the time for gift-giving. Short on ideas for what to buy the travel enthusiasts in your life? You’ll find something for even the fussiest explorer …

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Where streets are paved with sand

Brazil’s northern coast serves up alien landscapes of vibrant beauty, nightly capoeira shows silhouetted by sunset and a paradise that forces visitors to embrace letting go.<p>It’s hard to say exactly how I settled on Jericoacoara, but in retrospect I often credit my innate compass, a sort of gut …

Living in: The world’s healthiest cities

Five destinations across the globe that have excellent mass transit, ample green spaces and readily available healthcare.<p>What makes a city healthy? A combination of factors, ranging from readily available healthcare to excellent mass transit to a commitment to improving access to green spaces. …