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Best Places To See WildFlowers In Riverside & San Bernardino

Recent winter rains to hit California has a produced a plethora of spring wildflowers across the state. From Redding all the way to San Diego, flower …

Sustainable Borneo Travel: Cruising on the Kinabatangan River

I <i>loved</i> the National Geographic movies about the ecosystems of the world as a child, so I always dreamed of visiting Borneo. However, Borneo is a huge …

Central America

The Most Exhilarating Drives in California

It’s easy to think of driving in California as a series of directions from one freeway to the other. Yes, taking the 405 to the 101 to the 5 to the …

On board the Trans-Siberian Railway for a centenary ride

Vladivostok railway station, far eastern Russia. The seven-day train journey from Moscow was over and we disembarked slowly into the black night, crunching through the snow and swaying slightly, as if we’d spent too long at sea.<p>To Russians, the Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching 5,772 miles from …

Trains

10 of the world's epic train journeys

Whether gliding through the Rockies or labouring up the Andes, our pick of spectacular railway trips gets a green light for all budgets<p>Jungfraubahn, Switzerland<p>Somewhat greedily, the Swiss boast three world-class rail journeys: the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express and, most spectacular of all, …

Trains

The greatest train journey on Earth

Photo: Alamy<p>The Trans-Siberian is more than just a railway. It’s a journey into the psyche of modern Russia; a triumph of engineering; a movable feast through the largest – and, perhaps, most mysterious – nation on Earth<p><i>By Gavin Haines, Wednesday 5 October 2016</i><p>Crossing seven time zones, between …

Trains

Get Through Airport Customs Faster With This Free App

Skip paper forms and kiosks with Mobile Passport—and get on the fastest border-control line at large U.S. airports. It’s a model for how government and the tech industry can team up to join the mobile revolution, writes Geoffrey A. Fowler.<p>Stumbling off a 13-hour flight from Hong Kong a few weeks …

Mobile

5 Google Trip-Planning Tricks That Beat Any Travel Agent

Click, click, BOOM. 👍🏼<p>When planning a trip, your laptop screen usually looks like a tangled mess: Dozens of open tabs, hours upon hours of research and more flight-searching sites than you could ever keep track of.<p>But of course, Google is trying to change that. The tech giant launched a new …

Google Flights

10 of the best long-haul adventure holidays

Get out of your comfort zone with these trips to less-visited parts of the world, from driving down Jordan’s desert highway to tackling high peaks in Mongolia<p>Paddle from inn to inn, Belize<p>The island-rich coast of Belize is home to one of the first guided lodge-to-lodge stand-up paddleboarding trips …

Long Haul

30 Ways to Use Your Smartphone When You Travel

One of the best gadgets for travelers may already be in your pocket. From first researching a trip to remembering where you went once you get back, here are 30 ways to put your smartphone to use when you travel.<p><b>1. As a travel agent:</b> If you know your destination but not your dates, use the Fly.com …

25 incredible hikes to take in your lifetime

We've put together a collection of some of the world's most breathtaking hikes.<p>From the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii to trekking the volcanic Tongariro Northern Circuit of New Zealand, here are 25 hikes everyone should take in their lifetime.

The 30 Best Trips of 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

Adventure Travel

7 Best Places To Visit in Papua New Guinea Before You Die

We have noticed that you are using <b>an ad blocker software</b>.<p>Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly …

How to find the cheapest possible flights

Here’s a travel tip: It’s not just Google Flights that’s revolutionizing the cheap-airfare game.<p>I was supposed to have been at a friend’s house for …

Faraway in the Faroes: island hiking and wildlife watching in the north Atlantic

The Faroes are like nowhere else on earth. Adrift in the north Atlantic, these 18 forgotten islands are thrashed by furious swells and subject to some of the most fickle weather on the planet; all of which is forgiven the moment you clap eyes on their primordial beauty. They may be little but …

Next stop North Pole: exploring the icescapes and fjords of Svalbard

Defined by the coming and going of the sun, shaped by mighty glaciers and pointed peaks, and sprinkled with more polar bears than people, Svalbard is the end of the world as we know it.<p>Svalbard? Where? It's the question that pops up most when mentioning the name of the archipelago that dangles off …

Planning your dream Antarctic vacation

An increasingly wide range of tours accommodate different travel styles and offer varying experiences.<p>Antarctica has become a top destination during the past couple of decades for several reasons. Many people come just for the wildlife: the penguins, seals, whales and seabirds are beautiful and …

Antarctica

This Girl’s Solo Road Trip In Iceland Will Make You Wanna Book A Ticket Now

<i>As featured in print in Live FAST Issue 1</i><p>It was a crisp August morning. I had taken the red-eye from Montreal, and other than the liberating effect …

Road Trip for $10 a Day and 4 More Travel Deals

<b>Car Rentals for $10 a Day? Road Trip!</b><br>One-way car rentals from Florida to cities up the East Coast cost as little as $10 per day between April and June, thanks to several new promotions aimed at moving a surplus of vehicles. Hertz, Budget, National, and Avis are all running similar deals—and they’re …

Travel Deals

Four days in Australia’s open ocean

A live-aboard boat affords travellers a much closer look at the country’s psychedelically beautiful Great Barrier Reef – without any of the day-tripper crowds.<p>Standing on the sun deck of the Spirit of Freedom, a live-aboard tour boat on the Great Barrier Reef, I noticed something was missing: land. …

Great Barrier Reef

Great treks around the world: readers’ travel tips

There’s no better way to get to know a landscape than by hiking through it for days. From the Scottish Highlands to the Peruvian Andes, readers share their best trekking experiences<p><b>Winning tip: Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria</b><p>A friend and I completed a 55km, three-day hike across the Pirin mountains. We …

Hiking

Hitting a peak at Pinnacles National Park with spires, condor sightings

I wasn't thinking about condors as I drove through the dusty foothills of Central California approaching Pinnacles National Park. The surreal scenery within Pinnacles, America's newest national park, was too distracting. Rocky spires and craggy buttresses soared above softly rounded foothills. The …

National Parks

24 of Our Readers’ Best Camper Vans

We asked and you delivered. Searching for the best outdoor rigs and a little inspiration to hit the road, we asked our followers to share their adventure vehicles on Instagram using #OutsideMobile. Here are 24 of our favorite setups.<p><i>Photo</i>: Our winning shot! Courtesy of …

Tiny House Movement

Swim between two tectonic plates

Iceland’s Silfra fissure is one of the only places where you can dive between two continents. In some cases the space is so narrow, you can touch North America and Europe at once.<p>Iceland’s Silfra fissure – a crack between continents formed by the constant pulling apart of two tectonic plates – is a …

Scuba Diving

The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Frugal Travel Guy

In this article, I’ll give you a rundown of the best routing to Russia for the World Cup. Do note that award availability may be limited during the …

10 Innovative Websites That Will Change the Way You Travel

Continuous innovation has fueled the rapid growth of online travel information and commerce. Even now--after the market has achieved a measure of maturity--would-be Internet millionaires keep searching for The Next Big Thing. Peer-to-peer interactions? Searches tailored to individual interests? …

National Geographic Travel

8 Must-Try Food Trucks in SF