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Ten beach-free things to do in Rio de Janeiro

One of the world’s most captivating cities, Rio de Janeiro has indisputably beautiful beaches and fantastic nightlife. But after taking in the comely sands of Ipanema, ticking off key attractions like Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer and dancing the night away in Lapa, what else does Rio have to …

Our favourite images of the week

Breathtaking travel photos from the past seven days – capturing the Tuscan countryside, Kauai’s Na Pali Coast and Borneo’s scenic jungle.

Hawaii

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

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Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

National Geographic Travel

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Top 10 City Beaches Around the World

Summer is finally in full swing, and many find themselves facing the tough decision of a city break or a beach escape as they start planning a vacation. But for visitors looking for the best of both worlds, check out Cheapflights.com's top 10 city beaches where travelers are guaranteed some summer …

World's Safest Airlines (PHOTOS)

Travelers can find plenty of reasons to complain about airlines -- except when it comes to safety.<p>"Air travel has become very safe in recent years," says Ariel Beresniak of the Air Transport Rating Agency in Geneva. "The most important airlines have very high safety profiles."<p>U.S. carriers with …

How to choose a South Pacific island

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, …

13 Gorgeous Mountain Retreats Around the World

Mountains aren’t just for wintertime skiing. This summer, check out these high-altitude resorts instead.<p>Oyster

Follow Favorite: Places to Go Before You Die

More than 1,400 pinners around the world contribute to this insanely inspirational board. The classic idea of a travel bucket list is at work, …

No Matter How You Climb, We All Stand on the Same Peak

Last weekend I decided to punish myself. By punish, I mean undertake some sort of brutally long hike to prepare myself for climbing Mont Blanc. I settled on tackling a 14er, since Colorado has quite a few—53, in fact, more than any other state in the nation. I guess you could say Colorado has …

Mountaineering

23 photos that will make you want to travel

<i>All images and photographer notes below come courtesy of our friends at Global Yodel, an online travel community spreading the message that “one’s</i> …

Feng Shui

9 Reasons You Must Visit Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park comprises over 631 square miles of mountainous peaks, old-growth forests, and breathtaking meadows. It's also home to five of the 10 largest trees on the planet!<p>The Giant Forest connects Sequoia to Kings Canyon National Park via the Generals Highway. But, the vast majority of …

11 Insanely Beautiful Bodies Of Water (PHOTOS)

It's pretty hard to beat sitting lakefront or on the beach, enjoying the serene setting and beautiful views.<p>But how about swimming in rainbow-colored, crystal-clear or geothermal waters?<p><b>Click through the slideshow below to check out some of the world's most unbelievable bodies of water</b>

How to Enjoy Being Rich … Without Having Any Money

This year, my boyfriend and I took the dog, the cat, and walked away from our home and our jobs. We moved into a tiny Rialta RV, relinquished our …

1000 Photos, 36 keepers

This is a 30 min preview of the 4+ hour post-processing landscape tutorial from New Zealand. We recently had people came from all over the world to …

Sevilla: The Home of Flamenco Can Terrorize a Child

Updating the flamenco scene in Sevilla for my Spain guidebook, I had the occasion to pop into concerts in five different venues in town. Sevilla is the best city in which to experience flamenco. While the concerts are designed for tourists, they are real and riveting, and a great value. Here's my …

National Geographic Travel

Best places to have a cathartic breakdown

My flight to Romania was suddenly cancelled, leaving me stranded in New York’s JFK airport at midnight, without access to my luggage and 24 hours before the next flight. After an unproductive call with an unhelpful customer service agent, I hung up the phone with the kind of force used to drive a …

The Best Hotels Under $250 In The US

When you're traveling for work, you may not have tons of free time to explore the city so you'll want to splurge on a nice hotel room on the company dime. But sometimes you're limited to a budget.<p>We found the best hotel rooms in America that cost under $250 per night. Whether they're small boutique …

Hospitality

FIFA has no plans to pull out Brazil despite massive protests

FIFA has not discussed the possibility of cancelling the Confederations Cup, which has been overshadowed by protests sweeping Brazil, soccer’s …

Announcing the 2013 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

With a country as large and diverse as the United States selecting a list of just 11 endangered historic places annually is a daunting task -- which is why this year, as our endangered list enters its second quarter-century, we opened up the process to the general public for the first time.The …

Brazil

14 Pictures That Show The World Is Too Crowded

By 2100, the world's population is expected to reach 11 billion people.<p>As of today, we're at 7.09 billion and counting, according to the U.S. Census World Clock.<p>Whether you agree or disagree, overpopulation has become a major challenge and concern for countries around the world.<p>This collection of …

China

Tanzania Voted Best Country for African Safaris

<b>Over 1,000 safari travelers and industry experts participated in the largest survey of its kind to reveal the best safari country of Africa. The results are in and Tanzania came out the clear winner.</b><p>SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safari tours, conducted a two-year-long study, …