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15 Festivals To Attend Before You Die

Throwing tomatoes and watching balloon races aren't your standard, everyday activities. But every year, visitors gather in different locations around the world to participate in festivals ranging from spiritual to lighthearted. From samba dancing to bathing in a sacred river, each festival offers …

6 Volunteer Vacations to Experience

Yes, staying in a luxury hotel and parking your bum on the beach makes for an enjoyable getaway, but what if you're looking for a trip that's more meaningful? Innovative companies are unveiling enticing voluntourism (volunteer tourism) opportunities in a variety of locations, giving travelers the …

12 of the Hardest Places to Visit on Earth

From impassable terrains to unstable political situations to strict visa regulations, there are some places on Earth that are nearly impossible to get into. Fortunately, these adventurous photographers dared to venture into these territories! Even if you can't be there yourself, you can still …

The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

Scuba Diving

PHOTOS: 10 Best Budget Destinations for 2014

With amazing food, glorious public spaces, and unparalleled museums, theme parks, and beaches, the only thing “budget” about these world-class …

Amusement Parks