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Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

Travel Photography

Camera Captures What It’s Like to Get Eaten by a Grizzly Bear

When Brad Josephs took his GoPro camera out in beautiful Alaska, he was probably trying to get majestic footage of Grizzly bears for the BBC’s Great …

How to plan a trek along the Abraham Path

A new series of walking trails through the Middle East is opening up trekking opportunities in a region more often seen solely as a historical destination. The Abraham Path traces the journey of the Prophet Abraham (revered as the father of monotheism by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike) from his …

Asia Travel

Tukad Unda Dam, Bali

Antarctica tourism rose drastically in 2012, but will slow down this season

Alarm bells have been going off in conservation circles for a few years now as tourism to Antarctica is on the rise, and 2012 numbers will surely …

Scotland's selling an island, which is a pity for tourism

If selling an island, always advertise it for sale on a bank holiday weekend. Newsrooms are at their quietest then, and what might on a different day …

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

European Travel

Best ways to see Quito

Way up in a 30-mile long valley of the Andes, Ecuador's capital is undergoing a complete make-over. Quito's Spanish-colonial center helped it become the first city declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site 35 years ago, and 'Plan Q' has continued to help preservation and rebirth. The plan has pumped a …

South America

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 …

Western Australia

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

European Travel

Enter the #travelstoke: Queensland competition to win a free trip to Australia

The #TRAVELSTOKE: QUEENSLAND contest is about writers, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers who love to travel and produce media that shares …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Hiking

Tips from the Jet Set: How to Do Paris Right

<i>From the desk of Style Guru and Jet Setter, Pepita Diamand</i><p>They say that Paris is the world’s most visited city and judging by the amount of far-flung …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

New York City

European Set-Jetting: Lights, Camera, Travel

A blockbuster hit in this day and age can play a real role in driving tourism. Hollywood arouses a strong sense of wanderlust for the places shown onscreen and often acts as a catalyst for planning one's next vacation. Movie lovers will voyage halfway across the globe to visit the sites where their …

European Travel

Otherworldly Hawaii, for less

The Pride of America, the only cruise ship permitted to sail purely among the islands, costs less than a self-guided tour and delivers the same scenic wonders in impressive style.<p>Peering into the improbable, wind-scoured crater of Maui’s Mount Haleakala was the clinching moment for us. This was the …

Pacific Ocean
Travel

Where To Eat, Sleep, and Play During The Cannes Film Festival

For those who won't be attending the pro's-only fest, there's still plenty to do around town, along with lots of opportunities for stargazing—after all, that is what Cannes is all about.<p>Ritzy Retreats<p>For maximum celebrity exposure, head to the luxurious Hotel Martinez, Cannes' designated …

France

Gourmet nirvana: a foodie tour of South Africa's Western Cape

After a few wines, it's hard to get your tongue around 'Franschhoek' and 'Stellenbosch'. These beautiful places in South Africa's Western Cape are nestled among table-top mountains, valleys and rolling, vine-covered hills. For keen foodies and wine buffs, a visit here is a must; along with nearby …

South Africa

China's Ancient Lifeline - Photo Gallery

Barges long plied the 1,100-mile canal between Beijing and Hangzhou, its glittering southern terminus. Bankside revitalization includes replicas of ancient temples.<p>A fisherman loads cormorants onto his boat on Weishan Lake, which is part of the canal system. As their forebears have for more than a …

The 20 Most Expensive Hotels In New York City

NewYorkHotels.org compiled a list of the most expensive luxury hotels in New York City.<p>They looked at about 150 4- and 5-star luxury hotels in New York City, and calculated the average room rate for the most affordable double room in each hotel from May 2012 to April 2013.<p>Guests paid an average of …

New York City

Great waterways of the world

Traditionally, along with the sea, rivers and canals were the main means of transporting goods, so history and culture is ripe along the banks of the world's rivers. Using these ancient highways to explore a destination is a quieter and more relaxing affair than the usual transport of planes, …

Hiking

The clean tourist attraction above Rio's most talked about shantytowns

Tiana Martins stepped gingerly into the red cable-car gondola, giggling from nerves as the doors slid shut, the ground dropped precipitously beneath …