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Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

The 10 most beautiful bicycles

Los Angeles

14 Things You Didn't Know About How the Sun Will Die

At some 4.6 billion years old, the Sun is about halfway through its life. In another 5 billion years it will be a normal "adult" star no more. Here's the skinny on the upcoming demise of the star that you owe everything to: light, warmth, energy, and life.<p>1. Stars like the Sun will shine for 10 to …

World's best islands

See the top-ranked isles that span the seas, from a well-kept secret in the Philippines to the electric blue waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Man Lives In A Boeing 727 In The Woods Because He Can

Airplane Home - Boeing 727 from Even Quach on Vimeo.<p>By Shelby Sebens<p>HILLSBORO, Ore., June 7 (Reuters) - Deep in the Oregon woods and rolling hills outside the Portland suburbs, where orchards dot the landscape, a Boeing 727 appears to have landed at the top of a steep dirt driveway encircled by …

An underwater scene on Seychelles Islands. Browse more recent entries to the Traveler Photo Contest, and submit your best shots for a chance to win: http://on.natgeo.com/1q5Tsf3 #TPC2014 Photograph by Byron Dilkes/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Light in the Afternoon

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Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

China's latest replica? Queenstown in New Zealand

Developers in the country are working with Besgate Group, an Australian company, to build a ski resort with a “Queenstown-type feel”, according to the New Zealand Herald.<p>The construction work will reportedly take place in Xi’an Province, around 850 miles from Shanghai.<p>The report also refers to a …

Best Space Pictures: Saturn's Lights, a Rocket's Arc, and Canary Nights

The graceful arc of a rocket trail etches the sky, auroras dance around Saturn's north pole, and the Milky Way graces the night sky.<p>A Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 29.<p>The ship carried a new crew bound for the International Space Station, …

Antarctica's crumbling glaciers, Argentina's guitar forest and a 621-mile dust storm over Sahara are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites

The Other Tunnel

10 First-Class Airplane Seats That Are Nicer Than Your Apartment

As some airlines gut their frequent flyer programs, increase fees and cram more seats into coach, others are pushing the boundaries of flying luxury with of over-the-top first class suites.<p>Airlines are betting that these opulent accommodations will drive up profit margins and yield greater revenues …

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …

La Roux - Let Me Down Gently (Playless Club Mix)

First travel app to North Korea offers guide to secretive country

It may be one of the world's most restrictive destinations – largely off limits to foreign journalists and impossible to visit without a government endorsed tour guide – but one startup is hoping to shed new light on North Korea with the launch of a travel app to help users plan a visit to the …

How to Photograph a Rainbow

Rainbows are rare in nature, because a number of events have to happen at the same time. First, there has to be moisture in the sky, so a rainy day …

How to Photograph Clouds

Nature often rewards us with incredible opportunities for photographing sunrises, sunsets and sun rays piercing through the clouds, creating stunning …

The Coolest Places You Can Visit On Google Street View

You could shell out the cash for a plane ticket and a hotel near any of these places, but it would be far cheaper to take a virtual tour with Google. …

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Perfect Paradise: Phuket

This December marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. But <b>Phuket</b>, Thailand’s largest island, refuses to be defined by the tragedy. On a recent visit there, I discovered what makes this beach retreat so special and why, a decade after enduring one of the …

Endangered Species Day: Top 10 Animals at Greatest Risk of Extinction

As 16 May marks the world day of endangered species, <b>IBTimesUK</b> looks at the 10 animals most at risk of extinction.<p><b>Amur leopard</b><p>Native to southeastern …

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'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered

<b>A new species of titanosaur unearthed in Argentina is the largest animal ever to walk the Earth, palaeontologists say.</b><p><b>Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say.</b><p>Based on its huge thigh bones, it …

Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

European Travel

Five Roads Less Traveled In The USA

Everyone knows a road trip is the classic way to see the grand ol' USA. But what if you've already cruised the Pacific Coast Highway, rolled along the Blue Ridge Parkway and gotten your kicks on Route 66? Take a spin on any (or all) of these scenic drives, which rightfully should be much more …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

First look inside Shangri-La London in the Shard

For first-time visitors to Shangri-La’s London hotel, which occupies floors 34 to 52 of the Renzo Piano-designed Shard skyscraper, the initial guest experience is likely to be familiar.<p>I was one of a handful of journalists to visit this morning as part of a hard-hat tour of the site – and the …