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Free Things to Do in Rio

TravelFree Things to Do<p>Explore Brazil's bustling city on a budget.<p>Between its jaw-dropping topography—miles of sandy beaches, granite peaks—rich biodiversity, and a cultural renaissance, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) offers frugal travelers plenty to do.<p><b>Attractions</b><p>The 125-foot <b>Christ the</b> …

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The essential guide to backpacking China's Silk Road

The section of the ancient Silk Road that runs through China is an epic journey through desert dunes to the end of the Great Wall, a length of pink mud that ends abruptly in the magnificent beige towers of the Jiayuguan Fort.<p>This is not a voyage that many travellers experience; it's often and …

China's Airbnb Is Teaching a Booming Ruling Class What 'Sharing' Is All About

Wu Junhua had been allowing her investment, a furnished one-bedroom apartment in the lake city of Hangzhou, to sit empty for a year until she found a …

The Lost Jewels of Angkor

I am in search of the world's largest preindustrial city, Angkor, which began in 8th century and suddenly ended in the 15th century. Angkor was not built in a day. It was assembled piece by piece with sandstone brought from Mt. Kulen.<p>Life in Siem Reap runs at a slow pace. The streets have less …


Insider’s Guide to Yunnan, China

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Land of peaks, valleys, and monasteries, <b>Yunnan</b> is home to the largest number of ethnic groups in China. The gateway towns of <b>Shangri-La</b> (much of which, sadly, burned in January 2014) <b></b>and <b>Lijiang</b> showcase area traditions and cultures, but many interesting sites lie in the …

7 Things Not to Miss in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the world's most vertical city, with two hundred and ninety-three buildings higher than five hundred feet -- sixty more than second-place New York City.<p>Hong Kong is the world's most vertical city, with two hundred and ninety-three buildings higher than five hundred feet -- sixty more …

Hong Kong

Bokor Hill Station Is An Eerie Abandoned Resort You Have To See (PHOTOS)

Bokor Hill Station is the trifecta of awesome: it's abandoned, historic and open to the public.<p>The abandoned Cambodian resort town has a dark past that matches its eerie current state. Commissioned by French colonists, it was built by indentured servants and completed in 1925. During construction …

Indie Filmmakers Make Magnificent Tourist Campaign for the Canary Islands

The Spanish Canary Islands are one of the first destinations to tap into the talented pool of filmmakers on Vimeo to produce a video campaign more …

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Star-Studded Timelapse Video From Chile’s High-Desert

<b>When stargazers dream of the ultimate destination for looking up at the heavens, the high-altitude Atacama Desert in northern Chile likely stands at the top of the list.</b><p>Nature videographer Nicholas Buer recently shot this stunning film, taken over 12 days while he camped out in the San Pedro de …

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Filmmaker Creatively Documents Incredible Journey Around World

Filmmaker Nicolᅢᄇ Balini, aka Human Safari, has just finished a whirlwind trip to almost all parts of the globe in 2013... and he brought his camera along for the ride.<p>So what does a creative filmmaker do when they have an incredible amount of great footage? Create the epic travel video above …

Stephen Wilkes' Incredible Cityscapes Span Day to Night

In each caption, Stephen Wilkes shares his thoughts on each of his iconic cityscapes. Wrigley Field, Chicago, 2013 This<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Stephen Wilkes<p>1 …

The 100 Years Old Dubai!

Needless to say, all of these, including the time at the mosque and the coffee time, are great chances to have a candid conversation on the Emirati lifestyle and the SMCCU guide and host will most probably ensure that you don't return unanswered.<p>Here we go again. This is the second time I've lost …

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What's on Flores? Komodo Dragons and Active Volcanoes!

If you're expecting Bali-quality accommodation and food, you'll be disappointed, but if you're looking for a slice of Indonesia that's away from the crowds, this may be just the place.<p>The Indonesian island of Flores offers visitors stunning scenery both below and above water, but traveling here can …


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VisaMapper Is A Magical Map Where You Can See Which Countries Require Visas To Visit

This might be the most brilliant thing a Reddit user has done in a while.<p>To curb the pain of the "do I need a visa?!" research headache, udit99 made a no-frills website called VisaMapper. Visitors select their nationality from a drop-down menu and instantly see, on a color-coded world map, which …

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One of History's Greatest Armies is Built Entirely of Clay

TravelWorld Heritage<p>Each of China's famed terra-cotta warriors is unique and features a realistic human face, likely based on some living person of the time.<p>TravelWorld Heritage<p>The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor is home to one of history’s greatest armies—though it’s one built entirely of …

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72 Hours in Dubai

Dubai may be known for skyscrapers, shopping and fine dining, but there is a little something for everyone.<p>Soaring above the golden desert dunes, Dubai's skyline shines as a beacon of the modern age. A city known for luxurious accommodation, over-the-top extravagance and an architectural vision …

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Vietnam Photos

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>See photos of Vietnam (including Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Ho Chi Minh City

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