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19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

Asia Travel

National Geographic Travel

9 Unexpected Ways Travel Makes You a Better Person - Vagabondish

I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then. <br>– Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland<p>What is travel? Travel is a new bed every …

Beaches

How to Pursue a Career That Makes You Proud

Regardless of industry, most of us enter the workforce with a few basic goals and aspirations: career satisfaction, financial independence and a …

Rescuers search for Japanese divers missing off Bali

Indonesian rescuers have been searching for seven Japanese divers missing off the island of Bali since Friday.<p>The search for the group was halted on Saturday evening and will resume on Sunday morning.<p>David Campanale reports.

Natural Disasters

U.S. to ban most commercial trade of elephant ivory

WASHINGTON— TheObamaadministration said it would ban commercial trade of elephant ivory by prohibiting its import, export and resale within the United States, with a few exceptions.<p>The steps are part of a broad effort announced Tuesday by the<p>White Houseto stem a global boom in wildlife trafficking …

10 New Books You Need to Read This Year

From biographies to technical studies and step-by-step guides, here are 10 books that you should look for in the next few months.<p>Of course, we think you can learn a lot online. But, if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, there is often no substitute for the kind of thoughtful analysis you can get …

Body Language

Indonesia Wants to Turn Life-Threatening Live Volcano Into a Tourist Hot Spot

Indonesia is hoping to turn a disaster into a money-spinner. It wants to promote Mount Sinabung — the volcano that has been erupting since September …

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, Part II

Time is running out to enter this year's National Geographic photo contest, the deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall …

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

Indonesian volcano eruption claims lives after villagers allowed to return

At least 16 die as Mount Sinabung erupts after authorities gave the go-ahead for evacuated residents to return to their houses<p>The death toll from an Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months rose to 16 on Sunday after rescuers found another charred corpse and a critically injured college …

This stunning underwater shot made our list of the best travel photos for January. Check out the full gallery here: http://on.natgeo.com/1iV9Sqb Photograph by Patrik Gustafsson, National Geographic Your Shot

The Best #TripLit This Winter

Winter may be the perfect time for hibernating with a page-turning read. But the seven new books listed below all convey a deep sense of place that just might inspire you to break out of your warm cocoon and explore somewhere new.<p><b>Here are my picks for the best new #TripLit stocking the shelves:</b><p><b>The</b> …

The ultimate in space-saving travel tech

Trying to keep it to carry-on? This list of essential and compact travel gadgets and tips will make your trip easier – and your luggage lighter – without skimping on fun and convenience.<p>'Travel Gear' by Eric Ritchey. Creative Commons Sharealike Attribution licence<p><b>Ebook reader</b><p>Books are beautiful, …

Gear & Gadgets

Arresting Photos of Indonesia's Erupting Mount Sinabung

My Bucket List

Every other year, I update my bucket list to cross off items that I’ve done and add in new items that have appeared on my travel radar. Some people …

Top 10 Favorite Films of 2013

Indonesian police kill six suspected militants in shoot-out

Indonesia's counter-terrorism unit involved in gun battle with suspected militants on New Year's Eve, killing six and arresting another<p>Indonesian police shot dead six suspected terrorists and arrested another in a New Year's Eve raid near the capital that broke out into an hours-long gun battle, …

7 Keys to Traveling Alone -- and Loving It

Traveling alone doesn't have to be lonely. In fact, it can be a wonderful, freeing experience, and a journey toward self-discovery. So, if you are alone this season, perhaps the best thing you can do is go on a solo adventure. I believe that solo travel can be better than therapy because it forces …

Solo Travel

The Most Extreme Explorers of 2013

From a seven-year journey tracing the history of humans to a man attempting to be the first to walk the entire length of the Nile, meet some of the …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Apps