Travel & Outdoors

By Jay Jayasuriya | All things Travel and more!

In case a shark attacks, here's how you can fight back

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ah, the joys of summer. Getting lost on road trips. Firework injuries. Shark attacks.<p>Yes, we know there are a ton of terrible things more likely to befall you than a shark taking a liking to you. But it does happen (last year, there were about 155 attacks worldwide). So, as you head to the …

Fish

Whale Of A Plane: Airbus BelugaXL Makes Maiden Flight

It's built for oversize cargo, but it also sports a smile: The Airbus BelugaXL took off on its maiden flight on Thursday, creating a unique sight as the jet with the bulbous upper half rolled down the runway.<p>The BelugaXL's paint job "features beluga whale-inspired eyes and an enthusiastic grin," …

Aviation

The 8 Best Places to Travel This September

September is a phenomenally underrated month for travel. People seem to disqualify it because they associate it with childhood anxiety about summer …

Travel

10 Foraging Tips for the new Plant Enthusiast.

When I found out about a weekend foraging excursion only an hour from where I lived, I signed up immediately and bought a tent.<p>My husband was …

Botany

How I saved $500 on my vacation ... and how you can, too

Going on an epic vacation is great. But going on an epic vacation knowing you paid less than everyone else? That’s pure gold.<p>Here’s exactly how I saved more than $500 on a recent vacation, with tried and true travel tips that can help you save on your next great adventure.<p>You know that whole early …

Personal Finance

The 9 Coolest Corners Of The World You Never Knew About, But Should

So many places to travel, so little time. One of the most difficult travel choices you'll have to make is deciding where to go. There are so many …

Extreme Sports

The 10 Best Island Getaways in National Parks

Travel<p>When you need to cross the water to get away from it all, head off to these beautiful retreats across America.<p>Solitude, romance, adventure, excitement—all these words and more come to mind when travelers think of island getaways. The National Park System encompasses hundreds of islands, some …

National Parks

The most beautiful vacation spot in every state

1/<p>ALABAMA: Little River Canyon<p>Rob Hainer/Shutterstock<p>The Little River Canyon provides gorgeous views as well as recreational activities for visitors, …

National Parks

How Anthony Bourdain Left His Frequent Flier Miles in His Will

Anthony Bourdain encouraged people to travel. Even after death, he continued to empower others to explore the world.<p>According to <i>Page Six</i>, he …

frequentflier

These 6 Caribbean destinations are cheap (but amazing) for summer travel

With white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is a dreamy destination — so it's no surprise it has an $18 billion tourism industry. …

vacation

The Rise of the Stressed-Out Urban Camper

It was opening weekend for glamping on Governors Island, and things were a bit rocky. First, there were the rocks. Thanks to weeks of alternating torrential rain and baking sun, the grass hadn’t come in, creating a lunar landscape around the tents. Then the liquor license hadn’t come through, …

Camping

How to Apply for the Most Difficult Tourist Visas

As useful as a U.S. passport is for seeing most of the world, it doesn’t grant you easy access everywhere. Some countries have strict policies about …

Tourism

Huangguoshu, China: Experience the world's largest waterfall cluster

<b>(CNN) —</b> Compared with its neighbors -- Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan -- China's Huangguoshu National Park is relatively off-the-radar for international travelers.<p>Especially when you take into account it's home to the world's largest waterfall …

National Parks

Volkswagen makes van life bigger with production California XXL camper van

Even before VW's official announcement today, all stars seemed to be aligning for a production version of the 2017 California XXL concept. After …

Campervans

12 Pretty Cool Things to Do in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Here are Some Pretty Cool Things to Do in Mostar! Let us guess – you’re looking for reasons why you should visit Mostar? Well, we’ve got a few of …

European Travel

Ready for Vacation? Here’s the Best Tech for Trip Planning

Smartphone? Check. Spare battery? Check. Power cables? Check. After deciding which gadgets to pack for your summer vacation, you can move on to the harder — and more fun — part: planning what you are going to do.<p>Flipping through printed travel guides and paper maps is passé. Tech tools are far more …

Google Maps

TSA Agents Are Going After Snacks More Than Ever and Travelers Are Not Happy

Your checklist of things to remove and put in separate plastic bins in the airport security line just keeps getting longer.<p>A few months ago, you …

Snacks

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21 Essential Coffee Shops in Philadelphia

As the country’s coffee culture evolves and expands, so do the number of spots to enjoy great java in Philadelphia. The city has seen an explosion of third wave coffee — where sustainable ethos, single origin sourcing, and attention to detail in the cup translates to a whole new world of …

Coffee

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Take Separate Flights When Traveling With Your Kids

It started out of necessity—our son didn’t want to miss a baseball banquet, so he and I flew out a day later than my husband and daughter for a …

San Francisco

If you're trying to come to the US, this is how the travel ban could affect you

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court just handed a huge victory to the Trump administration by upholding its controversial travel ban -- which restricts nationals from seven countries from entering the US.<p>But there have been several versions of the travel ban, along with plenty of confusion. Here's what the …

Immigration

If You Love the Outdoors, You Should Try Backpacking. Here's Why.

The thought of backpacking in the outdoors can be scary for some people. The idea of carrying everything you need from water to toilet paper on your …

Snow Peak updates Mini Solo cookset for better backcountry meals

Japanese camping gear manufacturer Snow Peak is known for creating some of the most unique, innovative, and interesting products in the outdoor …

Friday Nights are for Backpacking

If you’ve got a car, good company, and some time to kill, camping in the Bay Area is just a stone’s throw away. Saturday night campsites are …

The World’s Most Scenic Road Trip Routes

Canada’s Cabot Trail<p>If you’ve got the strength and time to explore across Canada, it’s certain worth the drive. Take a flight into Vancouver, British …

Hiking

The best states for a summer road trip

Road tripping through the United States is a summertime tradition as old as cars themselves.<p>Continue Reading Below<p>Americans adore taking road trips through the desert landscapes of the American Southwest, the pine tree lined roads of New England, and stopping at landmarks like Mount Rushmore in the …

RVs

Think small: 8 tiny house hotels with big personalities

<b>(CNN) —</b> High up on a bluff in Appalachia, guests soak in a hot tub while watching the sun dip into the green valley below. Hang gliders soar through the surrounding skies, while trees rustle their way into evening.<p>Guests, however, don't only come to this tranquil resort for the views. They also …

Jackson Hole

Pakistan: Adventure travel's best-kept secret?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When the British Backpacker Society released its list of 20 adventure travel destinations for 2018 , the top spot was taken by a somewhat surprising entry: Pakistan.<p>Citing "mountain scenery that is beyond anyone's wildest imagination" and the friendliness of the locals, the society says the …

Gilgit-Baltistan