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National Geographic Travel

Train

• <b>Author:</b> Tom Zoellner<p><b>An epic and revelatory narrative of the most important transportation technology of the modern world</b><p>In his wide-ranging and entertaining new book, Tom Zoellner—coauthor of the <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling <i>An Ordinary Man</i>—travels the globe to tell the story of the sociological and …

Go Inside North Korea With New Street View-Style Photos

It's been three months since National Geographic released a set of rare North Korea photos and weeks since rap duo Pacman and Peso debuted the music video they shot secretly (and illegally) on the streets of Pyongyang.<p>But you've <i>never</i> seen North Korea like this.<p>With permission from the North Korean …

Eight Things You Should Do Before Anything Else in Your Hotel Room

All you want to do is kick off your shoes and relax when you arrive in your hotel room. But before you flop down on the bed, make time to do these eight simple things before anything else. Your health and safety may depend on it.<p><b>Check for Bedbugs</b><p>Scrutinize your mattress, bed frame, and headboard -- …

21 reasons Portland is the ultimate college town

<b>1. It has some of the cheapest rent in the country.</b> Fresh out of college, my 780 sq. ft. apartment runs me just over $600 (with utilities and …

Oregon

Cat cafe, KitTea, sets sights on San Francisco

At long last, a business need you probably didn’t even know existed is being met: San Francisco may be getting its own cat cafe.<p>Before you start fostering fantasies of Whiskers donning an adorable tweed blazer and becoming the first poet laureate of the feline world, you should know that the cat …

Pets

5 Cozy New York Cafes Serving Craft Coffee

The best time to duck into a café for a cup of coffee during a New York winter is <i>anytime</i> during the winter—if not to escape snowstorms and howling …

National Geographic Travel

How not to look like an idiot in Korea

For those who’ve never been to Northeast Asia, there’s only so much googling that can prepare you. If you’re from a Western country, you’ll be …

South Korea

25 Reasons Norway Is The Greatest Place On Earth

Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It's home to more natural wonders than we can count and it has stunning cities, fascinating history and really happy people.<p>Norway's not cheap. But it's worth it. Here are 25 reasons why.<p><b>1. It's actually one of the happiest places on</b> …

Wooded Wonderland: Yakushima

In Japan’s epic anime film <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki shrouds the real-life island of <b>Yakushima</b> with surrealism, its misty granite mountains the backdrop for a conservation message.<p>Yet this wraithlike landform, which rises from the turbulent Tanegashima Strait like a …

Hayao Miyazaki

America's Strangest Restaurants (PHOTOS)

"I am probably the only restaurateur in the entire world who is unapologetically telling you that my food is bad for you, and that you should stay away from it," Heart Attack Grill's Jon Basso recently said after one of his regulars suffered (you guessed it) a massive heart attack on his post-meal …

Brazil

Two women went on a canoe trip. The natural phenomena they captured on video will blow your mind

This video is seriously a direct result of being in the right place, at the right time. Irish filmmakers Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith were …

13 Incredible Natural Wonders That Deserve A Spot On Your Bucket List

As humans, we built a Great Wall. We built some pyramids. We also built a lighthouse and a temple and some hanging gardens.<p>...but we can't just <i>build</i> an underwater river. It's time to make way for Mother Nature's craftsmanship on your list of must-see world wonders.<p><b>1. Pink lakes</b><p>A breed of tiny algae …

Coffee Quest: Discovering the Secret to Growing the World's Best Coffee

After tasting coffees (at the source) in over two dozen nations around the world, I think I've finally discovered the secret to growing "The World's Best Coffee."<p>It's not that I'm obsessed with coffee -- I'm obsessed with experiences! Each time I've traveled through a coffee exporting country …

11 Travel Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

My assignments involve a great deal of travel -- usually every few weeks, often international. Several years into an increasingly busy travel and lifestyles writing career, I've managed to still avoid getting an international plan on my phone or paying roaming charges. I've survived with copious …

Celebrating 50 years of Japan's Shinkansen 'bullet train'

It wasn’t the world’s first high-speed train, but when the Shinkansen debuted in 1964, its sleek, futuristic design and to-the-second punctuality resulted in it being coined ‘the bullet train’, making Japan’s railways the envy of the world.<p>Half a century later, travelling Japan by rail remains a …