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China is using one of the most dangerous conflicts on the planet as a distraction

This is one of the most dangerous games in the world.<p>For over a year China has been diligently building islands on top of reefs in the South China Sea, reclaiming 2,000 acres of land. In April, satellite imagery showed that the Chinese military had built an airstrip big enough for military aircraft.<p>…


10 Expert Tips to Immediately Improve Your Photography

If you're a beginner photographer looking to step up your game, these tips are for you. What most amateurs don't know is that photography revolves …

2015 Will Be All About Iran, China And Russia

Fasten your seatbelts; 2015 will be a whirlwind pitting China, Russia and Iran against what I have described as the Empire of Chaos.<p>So yes – it will …

Coastal Destinations Rated

Travel<p>See photos of the top-rated islands, coastlines, and beaches in Traveler's annual survey of experts.

Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2015

Photograph: Luis Fidel Ayerves/Getty Images<p>Paseo Maritimo, Málaga.<p>276<p><p>460<p>Photograph: Luis Fidel Ayerves/Getty Images<p>Paseo Maritimo, …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

On the Trail of the Best Ski Country on Earth: Ep.1 - Kicking Horse

Dolphins play in the breaking waves in this image from Brodie McCabe. See more outstanding submissions from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest:

37 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Iceland Right Now

Iceland, a country rich with roaring volcanoes, monolithic glaciers, icy mountains and deep fjords, has become a mecca for photographers looking to …

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Name that national park! 52 global tourist attractions that actually live up to the hype ➤

15 Of The Most Majestic Caves In The World

These stunning caves aren’t part of some fairy-tale world or horror movie – they can be found in some of the world’s most remote places in Asia, …

Mother Nature at her best.

Thailand Photos

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>See photos of Thailand (including Bangkok, the Reclining Buddha, Phuket, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Can you dare? Trolltunga, Norway

Best Places to Stay: Northern Lights

If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is often at its most intense …