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Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in December

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in December:</b><p>Ring in 2014 with thousands of your closest friends for <i>three days</i> at <b>Edinburgh</b>‘s <b>Hogmanay</b> (December 30-January 1). Scotland’s biggest New Year’s party …

23 Extreme Gravity-Defying Photos That Will Give You Vertigo

How many times have you been told that anything is possible? Do you believe it? Here are 23 extreme photos of serious risk takers that prove anything …

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Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

5 Tips for Successful HDR Photos

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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 …

50 Photos Captured at the Perfect Moment

One of the beauties of photography is that it can capture and preserve split-second moments that would normally be lost to the human eye. The …

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10 Tips for Taking More Interesting Photos

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a time for reflection, and for many people a time to make New Year’s resolutions about …

Dating And Dollars: How To Mix Love And Money In Your Twenties

The internet is brimming with money tips for newlyweds — open a joint account, talk about your money values, budget for date night. While sound advice, these articles ignore a simple truth: your money relationship doesn’t begin when you walk down the aisle. It starts on your very first date.<p>Rather …

Best Trips 2014

TravelBest Of<p>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.

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

<i>Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.</i><p>For all the time executives spend concerned about physical …

National Geographic: 2013 Photo Contest entries

Kale, quinoa and berry salad

<i>Giving a boost to your energy levels as well as you immune system is this recipe for kale, quinoa and berry salad.</i><p><b>Serves 4</b><p><b>Cooking time: 10 – 12</b> …

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

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top 10 regions

Need inspiration for your travels in 2014? These 10 regions have captivated our travel experts with their natural beauty and cultural riches.<p>1. Sikkim, India<p><b>Green is the colour</b><p>A bird's-eye view over Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, India. Image by Image Source / Getty Images.<p>Picking up national accolades …

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16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

11 Of The World's Coolest Tunnels To Add To Your Itinerary

Hidden in spots from Norway to Gaza, tunnels are spectacular finds. They're mysterious, beautiful, dangerous, and oftentimes more fascinating than the destination waiting at the other end.<p>Pass through these 11 amazing tunnels for a real travel treat.<p><b>Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park,</b> …

The Happiest Country in the World

So far, I’ve been to about ten countries that each claim to be the happiest country on Earth.<p>In Iceland, in Denmark, in Holland, even in India once, someone pulled me aside to claim that their country is the happiest. I never disagree; I just simply ask, “How do you know?”<p>I’ve taken enough Stats …

Extreme Races: 10 Mind-Blowing Marathons (Photos)

NYC Is for Amateurs<p>Running 26.2 miles is crazy to begin with. So why not do it in one of the most extreme—and spectacular—places around? Sign up for …

Ten of the best hidden foodie highlights

Savour these deliciously off-beat traditional specialties and get a true taste of the local culture to boot.<p>Hotdog, Chicago, USA<p>Classic Chicago hotdog with fries. Image by Lauri Patterson / E+ / Getty Images.<p>Throw out any misgivings you might have about the plebeian hot dog – Chicago’s version of …

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Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel Adventures

<i>Editor's note: The following guest post was written by Emily K. Wolman</i><i>, the editor at large for Lonely Planet.</i><p>What’s your definition of "ultimate …

Six weekend breaks in Europe

If you’ve ticked off Europe's big city hitters such as Paris, Rome and Madrid, then <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine has some suggestions for your next trip.<p>Jerez de la Frontera, Spain<p>Jerez distils Andalucian culture down to its most dramatic elements. It is a beguiling town of sherry bodegas, sleek …

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Pan-Fried Salmon with Radish, Avocado and Pumpkin Seed Salad

<i>Salmon can do no wrong in our eyes, and this recipe for pan-fried salmon with radish, avocado and pumpkin seed salad is no exception. Refresh, and</i> …

Celery Rosti with Coriander and Poached Egg

<i>This recipe is as delicious as it looks; celery is cut into thin strips and combined with coriander, potato, chilli and goats cheese for a rosti that</i> …

Thali

<i>If you are looking for a truly authentic Indian cuisine experience, you must head to Thali. Situated on the popular Old Brompton Road Thali</i> …

Top 10 budget hotels, hostels and apartments in Bangkok

From design hotels and slick boutique hostels to eccentric budget stalwarts and funky serviced apartments, Bangkok's eclectic accommodation offers plenty of bang for your baht<p>Hidden at the back of one of Chinatown's Buddhist temples, this one-of-a-kind B&B is a winsome example of a growing trend: …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

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