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Day 1 of 100: I'm in Rome, Kicking Off My Trip With Some Photos

I just landed in Rome to embark on a 100-day trip. And already, I've learned so much.<p>Join me, if you dare, on what I have a strong hunch will be an unforgettable ride. My goal: to make mistakes (painful as they may be), learn lessons (the hard way, if necessary) and share my experience on this …

Coming in 2017: Rick Steves Public Television Special About Martin Luther and the Reformation

In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, he raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught -- and kicked off what became the Protestant Reformation. This year, my crew …

11 of the Most Astounding UNESCO Sites in Africa

<b>With golden sand dunes, thundering falls and the world's largest population of giant tortoises, Africa's world heritage sites encompass staggering beauty and diversity.</b><p><b>BOTSWANA</b><p><b>1. Okavango Delta</b><p>With annual flooding between June and August, this astounding delta is formed as the Okavango River meets …

The Girl Guides of Africa: Pioneering Women on Safari

<i>It's no longer a man's world. Here are just some of the inspiring women forging a career for themselves as guides and rangers in the African bush.</i><p><i>Jennifer Denton of Mwiba Lodge</i><p>When Jennifer Denton started applying for guiding jobs after completing her Anthropology and Environmental Science degree, …

A beer-lover's guide to Seattle: the best breweries, taprooms and brewpubs

Cheers! Prost! Cin cin! Beer lovers have plenty of reasons to toast Seattle. With its long-standing flair for technological innovation and foresighted farm-to-table gastronomic ethos, the boldly experimental powerhouse of the 1980s craft beer movement is one of the best places in the US to sink a …

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Nat Geo Staff Picks: Favorite Travel Books

Travel literature. What is it? Memoirs detailing a life-changing trip to the Amazon, fiction that makes its setting a major character, nonfiction that asks its readers to consider a familiar destination in a new light—all of these fall under the travel literature umbrella. And personal preferences …

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National Geographic Travel

Traveling Tips for Families With Special Diet

<i>Healthy farm-to-door food box from Quinciple (Courtesy Quinciple)</i><p>Traveling for families with a special diet simply and easily takes three things: confidence, patience and a sense of humor. The first step is to accept that there will always be a constant stream of inappropriate food and …

The cool beyond the castle: Edinburgh's top local experiences

The glories of history – think the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia – are an undeniable part of Edinburgh's appeal. But Scotland's capital is something else too: cool. There's an array of excellent bars, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and contemporary galleries, and …

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10 Tips for the Perfect Safari Adventure

The author on Safari. Preview: Be quiet. Hop around. Treat yourself.<p><i>By Claire Eastwood for Fathom</i> | <i>A safari vacation is unlike any other trip you'll take, so professional advice is more than welcome. Kenya-raised Claire Eastwood, a luxury safari consultant for dmAfrica (an on-the-ground fixer for</i> …

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Charitable Giving Buck

It doesn't take Bill Gates's money to make a meaningful impact with your charitable giving. Here's how.<p><i>Katherina Rosqueta, 47, is executive director</i> …

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Beyond Guinness in Dublin, Part Two: A Bit of Irish History and a Little Something to Eat

Several weeks ago I wrote about Dublin as a great destination for lovers of literature, theater and art. And it was mainly for those pleasures that we'd initially planned our trip - with a side order of Irish cooking, of course. However, in e-mail conversations on the latter with our new friend …

Travel Is Sensual: Impressionism at Monet's Giverny

The Musee D'Orsay and Jeu de Paume in Paris have many masterpieces of impressionism on their walls. Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny, just outside Paris have his masterpieces growing and living year round. This is why I travel.<p>Travel is about the senses. A return to visit to the home and gardens …

British Travel Brands Highlight UK’s Undiscovered Attractions

British travel brands are joining forces to shift travelers’ perceptions of England, Scotland and Wales. British Airways and VisitBritain launched a …

Portland's best beers: seven top breweries and brewpubs

The city of Portland, Oregon, is awash in beer. With 56 breweries – more than any other city in the world – the City of Roses offers the chance to try a myriad of ales and lagers at the breweries where they were made. Because it’s unlikely you (or your liver) will be able to visit every single one, …

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London's Hidden History: Ten Great Sites You Shouldn't Miss

Millions of tourists flock to London every year to take in the culture, sample the cuisine and, most important of all, to see the sites. But as well as the more prominent places to visit in London, the UK's capital is full of hidden wonder and secret gems that can add an extra dimension to any trip.<p>…

Going Dutch in Amsterdam's Craft Breweries

Much to Amsterdamers' chagrin, the city of Rembrandt, Spinoza, and Dekker still inspires a hedonistic image of sex and drugs first and foremost in the minds of people around the world. It's undoubtedly a significant part of what draws a good portion of the roughly 10 million visitors each year, who …

Hiking to the top of Jasper National Park

Two million people visit the park each year, but only a tiny fraction trek into the breathtaking backcountry of the 44km Skyline Trail.<p>Standing on Jasper National Park’s Skyline Trail, exhausted from shouldering a 13kg backpack for two days, I looked far ahead to where the route became a faint, …

Clean-shaven Jesus found on 4th-century glass plate

The discovery of a glass plate depicting Christ that dates to the fourth century AD may lead to a new understanding of the history of Christianity in Spain.<p>“We were afraid to say what we believed at first, because it forces us to rethink the history of Christian Spain,” said Marcelo Castro, an …

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100 Miles of Wild: Madagascar's Limestone Labyrinth

<b>21st Century Exploration 100 Miles of Wild: Madagascar's Limestone Labyrinth</b><p><i>Expedition Diary 1</i><p>In an era of GPS technology, global satellite imagery and accelerated international air travel, there are a few special modern day explorers that are continually drawn to the most remote corners of the …

75 Hikes To Do Before You Die

• <b>Author:</b> Backpacker Magazine<p>There are day hikes. There are weekend trips. There’s even your annual weeklong family road trip to a national park. All well and good. But then there are the once-in-a-lifetime, jaw-dropping, soul-cleansing, tell-all-your-friends, quit-your-job, …

Gourmet nirvana: a foodie tour of South Africa's Western Cape

After a few wines, it's hard to get your tongue around 'Franschhoek' and 'Stellenbosch'. These beautiful places in South Africa's Western Cape are nestled among table-top mountains, valleys and rolling, vine-covered hills. For keen foodies and wine buffs, a visit here is a must; along with nearby …

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An American Is Documenting His 4-Year Tour Of Africa With Incredible Photos

The American adventurer is planning to spend four years traveling through all 54 countries in Africa—and he is documenting his journey with incredible photos and stories on his blog, The Unseen Africa. Tapon is on a mission to "reveal the unseen sides of Africa."<p>"Our image of Africa is wrong," …

Top Places to Stay, Eat & Explore in Turkey

Turkey is a Travel Therapy favorite destination offering so many unique, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. From the stunning scenery, the history, culture and friendly people, to the fantastic food, shopping, incredible hotels and charming seaside resorts. For more on the top places in Turkey …

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