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A Tech-Free Vacation Can Change Your Life, Really

A digital detox can change your life, especially when executed in an especially life-changing place.<p>Indeed, avoiding technology during vacation can have massive health benefits, according to this infographic from information technology company Modis.<p>Turning off your phone, stowing your laptop and …

The Broads, England

<b>Name:</b> The Broads <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established</b>: 1989 <b><br>Size:</b> 117 square miles (303 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Largest Wetland</b> The Broads includes Great Britain’s largest protected wetland and a sprawling inland waterway where six free-flowing rivers wander 125 miles (200 kilometers) through a …

Travel Clothes You Can Wear Anywhere

(Photo: Tetra Images/Getty Images)<p>Travel-supply stores seem to support the notion that we should keep an entirely separate wardrobe for travel -- one that's plain and purely functional. We disagree. There are lots of travel-friendly apparel and accessory options sold by mainstream retailers that …

America's Best State Fairs

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)<p>Nothing says America like deep-fried food, butter sculptures, and dubious carnival rides. Whether you like livestock, musical shows, or food on a stick, there's a state fair out there for you. Here are 10 favorites across the country.<p><b>Iowa State Fair</b><p>More than a million …

10 Places To Go This Fall

Summer may not be over yet, but now is the time to start planning your fall getaways. Airfares and hotel prices are starting to drop for the autumn months, even though that's when the weather is at its best in many areas. Fall is a radiant time of year, and this year will be no exception: There's a …

Ultimate Guide to European Rail Passes

Whether you're a twenty-something backpacker or retirees who've finally made the time to see the world, traveling across Europe by rail is a right of passage. The major cities are home to romantic, grand stations while the countryside is dotted with charming little depots. Train travel has been a …

TripAdvisor Finds Cramped Seats, Crying Kids Among Flyers' Big Complaints

Uncomfortable seats and limited legroom are the main complaints among air travellers in Southeast Asia, according to a survey by TripAdvisor.<p>The …

Supersized natural wonders of US National Parks

Superlative natural wonders appear wherever you turn in the USA's national parks. Whether you're working on your bucket list - 'Climb North America's highest mountain!' - or just wanting to hug the world's largest living tree, you can explore nature's extreme outer limits at these record-setting US …

At Home in Rome: Where to Stay

The Roman Empire may have fallen off the map centuries ago, but to a modern traveler, the center of Italy’s capital city may feel just as vast.<p>While walkable, distances between monuments within Rome’s historic core can be a haul—made worse if the tiny, twisty streets turn your sense of direction to …

5 Quick Tips If Your Trip Is Lost in Translation

<i>(Photo Credit: Greg Kunstler)</i><p>As I jumped into the back of a cab in Athens on my recent trip, I realized my predicament. I wanted to go to my hotel on Michalakopoulou Street but had no idea how to pronounce it properly. So I just let the vowels cascade out of my mouth, with all the intelligibility …

How to pack for travel with kids

As a travel writer, I've raised my kids on the road. After dozens of family trips by planes, trains and automobiles, months spent living out of a duffel with newborns and teenagers, and plenty of mistakes and mishaps, I've learned a thing or two about packing for a family. Here’s everything you …

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar—the latest and best from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday.<p><b>You can play, too</b>. Follow us on Twitter <b>@NatGeoTravel</b> and tag your favorite travel stories <b>#NGTRadar</b> to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.<p><b>Here are our newest picks:</b><p>If …

Top 10: Menu Items to Enjoy in Ireland

The Emerald Isle has long had the raw ingredients for world-class cuisine and top-notch drinks.<p>Good food starts with good ingredients, so it was only natural for an artisan food movement to launch in Ireland. The island has always been home to excellent raw ingredients and communities with …

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Top 10 Museums and Galleries

Experience fine art at one of the top ten museums and galleries in the world.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.</b> <br>The Smithsonian is the world’s largest research and museum complex, with 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological …

Flyers Beginning to Prefer BYO Entertainment to Seat-Back Screens

Airline passengers generally like the idea of ditching seat-back onboard video screens and instead wirelessly streaming movies and TV shows to their …

54 Cities That Beat New York City and London for Business Travel

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest “liveability” ranking is out, and it won’t make for happy reading in the world’s biggest business …

How Can I Make the Most of Summer's Last Weeks?

<i>A:</i><p>Summer's winding down, but there’s still time for a few more fair-weather hiking trips. Even better: pick one that lets you give back to the forest.<p>Take the volunteer vacations set up through the American Hiking Society that get you outside and donate your time and muscle power to trail …

3 Reasons Travelers Should Be Excited About Airline Merchandising Trends

Whether you are a boutique travel agency specializing in niche travel or a global airline serving passengers around the world, harnessing the power …

The Bay Of Fires Is The Most Stunning Beach Destination You've Yet To Explore

White sand, turquoise waters and Australian accents... what more could you ask for?<p>Beautiful beaches are a dime a dozen, but the Bay of Fires is truly special. This remote area along the east coast of Tasmania is lesser-known but highly-lauded by visitors and locals alike.<p>The Bay of Fires is known …

Australian Tourism Board Creates 4-Minute Vacation With New Timelapse Video

Take a 4-minute trip to Australia during your lunch break today.<p>For viewers, it’s as easy as pressing play on the embedded video below. For …

Hey, Travelers, Don't Change Your Mind (Or This Could Happen)

Change your mind when you're traveling, and the consequences can be costly.<p>Most airline tickets are nonrefundable and require a hefty change fee plus any fare differential. And many hotel rooms are totally nonrefundable and nonchangeable, so you could lose the entire value of your room. So, why …