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The Best Places To Watch The Sunset (PHOTOS)

Despite their frequency, sunsets always manage to take our breath away.<p>Watching a sunset is a vacation ritual, it seems, and with the weather as hot as it is, it's nice to even take a virtual vacation. And since travelers often photograph sunsets to no end, there's no shortage of stunning images …

Europe's Hottest Summer Destinations for 2013

Well, summertime is in full swing and many are headed off on their yearly vacation (or eagerly awaiting to do so!). We wanted to find out the hottest summer destinations in Europe, so we went straight to the source and asked the community of nearly 800,000 real travelers and locals on minube to …

Afghanistan’s Two-Wheeled Revolution: First Women’s Bike Racing Team Hits the Road

From high atop the Shomali Plain north of Kabul, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin lets go of the brake levers. She aims her bike straight down the deserted road through the flatlands. Four young Afghan women—members of the country’s first female bike race team—do the same. …

Desert Hotels and Resorts Slash Rates by 70 Percent Each Summer

Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert.<p>Once the …

Remote, Chic Fogo Island Inn Opens in Canada

For a quintessential Canadian craggy-shoreline vacation, look no further than the brand-new Fogo Island Inn, which opened in May.<p>The intimate 29-room …

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Tongariro Crossing, in Photos

If you manage to only do one hike during your visit to New Zealand, make sure it is the Tongariro Crossing on the North Island. It is considered New …

New Restaurant By Ireland's Beloved Food Celebrity

Maybe you have seen her show, <i>Irish Food Trails</i>, on PBS? Or maybe you have seen her cookbook, “<i>Homemad</i>e?” If not don’t worry – Clodagh McKenna may not yet be a household name in America, but she is in Ireland, where her multiple TV shows, books, and an eatery in Dublin’s top department store have …

How to Travel the World for Free

Our list of temporary "homes" have included a brownstone in Manhattan, a villa in southern Spain, a 10th century manor in rural Ireland, and more. We've lived a quick walk from a Caribbean beach, on the edge of a lake in the midwest, and are soon off to experience the Highlands of Scotland.<p>And for …

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Living Life Outside in Sri Lanka

I left home knowing nothing about where I was going except that there would be waves, but I had a feeling it was going to be different from anywhere I’d ever been. And when I stepped off the plane 26 hours later, I knew I was right. During the time I spent in Sri Lanka, I fell in love with its …