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14 Festivals and Events Worth Traveling for in 2013

There's nothing quite like visiting a place when it's in the middle of a party -- especially if it's the kind of celebration that doesn't happen every year. In addition to the many festivals and events that occur annually around the world, there are some that are on a far less frequent schedule -- …

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Alaska’s Katmai National Park is famous for bears and volcanoes. In the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, pictured here, a stream carves a canyon through rock formed during an eruption of nearby Novarupta Volcano. http://on.natgeo.com/XqNuLS Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

World Food Tour: 7 Specialties Not to Miss (PHOTOS)

If you're a foodie, cuisine plays an important role in your vacation. We can relate. Luckily, we've gotten to sample a lot of great food while off investigating hotels across the globe, and we've particularly enjoyed discovering various destination's specialties, from smoked salmon in Norway to …

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Singapore's New Public Housing Project Looks A Lot Like A Luxury Condo

That's because the cost of housing is astronomically expensive in the dense city-state. Generally, only millionaires live in private condos, while the rest of the population — anyone who makes under about US$97,000 per year — resides in public housing complexes.<p><b>Click here to go straight to the</b> …

A female Eurasian otter searches for prey in a river in western England in one of our most popular Photo of the Day images from March. (Photo by Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic) Which photo is your favorite? http://on.natgeo.com/17de0tS

8 Countries Where It's Dangerous For Women To Travel

We've seen an alarming number of stories about sex attacks on female travelers in recent weeks, from a Swiss tourist who was gang-raped in India to an American student who was raped in a van in Rio de Janeiro.<p>It doesn't mean that women shouldn't visit foreign places or that no parts of those …

Human Rights

The countries with the most travel warnings from the US and Canada

So, which countries should foreign travelers avoid, or at least be especially careful in?<p>Statistics for attacks on tourists are hard to come by, but …

How To Be A Travel Writer In 2013

<i>Same terrain, new tools. Behold the new school. Photo by Chris Burkard.</i><p>Possibly no other occupation is as ill-defined as "travel writer." Tell somebody you're a teacher, a chef, a painter, an engineer, a mechanic, maybe even an "IT person," and chances are they'll have at least a general idea what …