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31 Stunning Pictures Of American National Parks

The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>You don't have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country's national parks.<p>We …

Crowd Sourcing The Future of Travel

In the past, I've written about brands that rock social media, but we're in a time where Tweeting, Facebooking and Pinning isn't enough. That's become the baseline of simply existing in the modern age. So what's the next step in customer engagement?<p>I recently had the opportunity to participate in …

6 Ways to Save on a Trip to Europe

Ask anyone and they will tell you that traveling to Europe this summer will not be cheap, unless of course you want to go very early June or late …

Florence and Venice Sites in Inferno by Dan Brown

01 of 12<p>Boboli Gardens<p>Robert Langdon and his new partner, Sienna Brooks, start their quest in the Boboli Gardens, a huge park behind the <i>Pitti Palace</i>, …

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Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

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California's Catalina Island learns to balance tourism and environment

Balancing the environment and the economy is difficult, especially on a sparsely populated island such as Santa Catalina Island. Located …

Quick Steps to Being Mosquito Free This Summer

In a couple of days I'll be kicking off 60-plus days of trekking through Central and South America. Unlike my trips through less tropical climates, I've placed more focus on decreasing the probability of coming back looking like a pin cushion for mosquitoes.<p>Aside from the uncomfortable itchy and …

4 Great Canadian Road Trips

Summer is the best and brightest season to explore Canada’s vast expanses by car. Slush has melted off the highways and byways (well, most of them), …

Keep on truckin': a guide to overlanding

So you fancy an epic adventure, but don't want to go it alone...<p>Overland trips can offer a good balance of offbeat exploration and independence, guaranteeing transport but leaving you free to decide what to do once you've rolled into town.<p>A typical day<p>Life on a truck requires plenty of community …

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Out in the Woods

From the Photomatix Presets<p>You may remember this shot from the sample on Trey’s Photomatix Presets. It turned out to be a perfect candidate because …

How to escape yourself

Maybe I’m a weird travel writing teacher, because I’m always assigning my students texts that are not traditionally thought of as travel literature. …

4 Reasons You're Missing Out on the Best Travel Savings, Secrets, and Inspiration (... and How Bing Can Help) — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>You’re all about The Google. I get it. For years, Google’s been my boy, my homie. Not …

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Make Volunteering Part of Summer Vacation Plans

Looking for a way to add a little fun to your summer vacation?<p>Take a few hours and volunteer.<p>Before you stop reading, know that this article isn't advocating you give up your entire trip to build a house in a rural village with no electricity or running water. For most people, that's not their idea …

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Ten Perfect Small Hideaways

My favorite hotels are relatively small, possess strong individual personalities, offer relaxing atmospheres and demonstrate a consistent devotion to personal service. Here are 10 consummate hideaways, all with fewer than 10 rooms each.<p><i>For more summer travel recommendations, feel free to download a</i> …

Customized Family Expedition Travel for All Ages

Cramming into a station wagon and heading across the country on a family adventure is surely something many of us remember. Alternatively, heading to a destination resort -- mountains or beach or wherever each individual can do their own thing during the day and the group reconvenes for dinner each …

Guides Are Portals to the Outdoor World—Let’s Give Them the Support They Need

Think back to how you started on your path to adventure. Do you remember someone who took you under his or her wing and showed you the way? The seeds of your most treasured outdoor experiences probably germinated with the help of some sort of mentor—perhaps an outfitter or guide.<p>I’m fresh on the …

15 Incredible Beachfront Hotels In The US And Caribbean

The sun, the sand, and the ocean all come together to make for a relaxing getaway that, when complete, will send you home rested and relaxed - and hopefully with a tan!<p>Where you stay, however, can make a big difference on just how fabulous your beach trip is.<p>That's why we've found the 15 most …

Nepal to introduce new safety measures for Everest aspirants

The Nepal government on Wednesday said it would adopt strict measures while issuing Mt Everest climbing permits to ensure mountaineers’ …

America's Top Free Attractions (PHOTOS)

Imagine seeing masterpieces by van Gogh, entertaining your kids with activities, and strolling a hilltop garden with waterfalls and beautiful views at sunset.<p>Now imagine doing it all for free. That's how your day could play out at the Getty Museum in L.A., where admission doesn't cost a …

Best travel ads this week: Expedia, Thomas Cook, New Jersey, Virginia

Summer tourism promotion is full swing and with it comes generic images of boat, beaches, and family travels.<p>These cities and travel tools have …

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Voluntourism: 5 Relaxing Vacations That Give Back (PHOTOS)

Your idea of a relaxing vacation may not involve volunteer work or sustainability initiatives, but there are ways to give back during your travels that can still be fun and stress-free. If a enjoying a traditional family vacation is more your speed than heading overseas to build houses, you can …

An island-hopper's guide to the Azores

Until recently, even seasoned travellers would have been hard pushed to pinpoint the Azores on a map. But finally the world is waking up to the allure of these nine volcanic islands, scattered like stepping stones in the mid-Atlantic. Whether you're watching the sunrise creep up Pico's perfect …

Airstream 2 Go Launches in the US

Is there any road trip more iconic than one in a classic silver Airstream? Well, get ready for an epic American adventure. A new company, called …

Plan your great American road trip

Roadtrippers, a new trip-planning website and app, can pinpoint the country’s most majestic bypasses, plus tell you where to eat and stay along the way.<p>Somewhere in the United States, there are places waiting to be discovered this summer -- jagged mountain peaks, roadside diners with heaps of …

How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

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