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Just back: how (not) to cross a volcanic crater lake in the Philippines

<b>Naomi Lane</b> <i>wins £200 for her soggy story of a Philippines fishing boat trip across a lake of sulphurous-smelling water</i><p>A mere 24 hours before, I had been bedridden in a hostel in downtown Manila, having mysteriously lost the use of my right foot in the middle of the night. Now, I found myself in an …

In pictures: 10 iconic rail journeys you must do in your lifetime

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11 Iconic Movie Moments That Were Completely Improvised

Scripts are for suckers.<p>Cinema is full of iconic moments. But sometimes these moments never appeared in the finished script.<p>With regular ad-libbing and improvisation as well as genuine mistakes being frequent occurrences on film sets, it's not surprising that some of the best-loved movie moments …

A Response to “The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies Of the 21st Century So Far”

As it says in the Good e-Book, “There is no end to the making of lists, and too much Googling will wear you out.” Yet one list, published on Wednesday, got me going at once, and the results are below. The list in question is “The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies Of the 21st Century So Far.” I found …

5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Fliers Know? Seriously?!?

I seem to have the misfortune to keep finding articles which seem to be more and more inane — but this one pertaining to the 5 smart travel hacks …

The 30 Best Summer Road Trips

Get ready to hit the road.<p>Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to pack the car and hit the road. This year, in particular, is a great time to …

Mom of Quintuplets Whose Maternity Shoot Went Viral Is Now Showing Off Her 5 Babies

She gave birth to 4 girls and a boy in January.<p>After going viral for a gorgeous maternity shoot she did with photographer Erin Elizabeth Hoskins, Kim Tucci, who runs her own blog <i>Surprised by Five</i>, gave birth to the quintuplets — four girls and a boy — on Jan. 28. Now, making headlines again for her …

Pregnancy

The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition: the best entries

Lose Yourself in These Hypnotizing Optical Illusion Rings

You know that pen-spinning thing that all the coolest characters in movies can do so flawlessly? Of course you do—there’s not a person out there that …

This couple quit their jobs and traveled 22,000 miles in a tiny house

Three years ago, Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard realized they didn't want to spend another day chasing careers they didn't love.<p>The adventure junkies' passion for travel journalism led them to quit their jobs and pursue life on the open road. They ditched their homes in Los Angeles and built a …

10 of the Craziest Places to Sleep Around the World

Whether bedding down in a wacky hotel, camping at a dizzying altitude or indulging in an unforgettable back-to-nature experience, your accommodation choice can sometimes be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Looking to add a unique twist to your trip, impress a loved one with a …

Breathtaking Photos Capture Cuba's Legendary Ballerinas Dancing In The Streets

Cuba is home to some of the world's best ballet dancers. Photographer Omar Robles gives us a glimpse into their world.<p>In Cuba, the ballet is something of a national treasure. The dancers recruited into Alicia Alonso's storied company Ballet Nacional de Cuba, for example, reportedly make more money …

15 fun things you can do with your smartphone photos to preserve memories

Creative smartphone photo products<p>1. A monthly magazine<p>2. A wooden keepsake box<p>3. A dry-erase board<p>4. A framed photo<p>5. A shower curtain<p>6. A serving …

Top 20 Notable National Parks in the USA to Add to Your Bucket List

We could wander the treasure trove of nature-laden images all across the world in our 500px community for days. But the landscape photos our team has …

The World's Most Beautiful Historic Castles

They're literally fit for kings.<p>Built to protect and entertain royalty, ancient castles naturally possess a lasting beauty. But unlike the gated compounds of yesteryear, modern travelers can now step inside their historic gates.

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