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10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …

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When you lose a loved one while on the road

Two weeks ago Mom messaged me on Facebook to say my grandfather had fallen ill. I didn’t think much of it; my grandfather’s been ill several times …

Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.<p>The study was conducted by three …

The 10 Most Caffeinated Places On Earth

Believe it or not, there <i>are</i> cities on this planet which do not rely solely on Starbucks venti macchiatos for survival.<p>If you're into coffee, you simply can't go on living without a trip to one of the most caffeinated places on Earth, where fellow java freaks will make your cappuccino with an extra …

Smart Travel Advice: The More You Travel, the Bigger the World Becomes

<b>Don George</b> describes himself as a "travel evangelist" but he is much more than that. Yes, he loves to talk about the life-changing possibilities of travel, which started for him when he visited Paris in college. But he is also a best-selling author and writer, regarded by many as the preeminent …

Notes from deep inside airport-land

I rush to my gate, only to realize I have an extra 45 minutes to waste. I sit down, fidgeting nervously. Children are screaming. I hear languages I …

10 Reasons Women Need to Solo Travel

You may feel like you're stuck. You may feel as if you have invisible chains around you that you can't break no matter how hard you try. Solo travel frees you from the ties that bind.<p>In August 2007, I sent myself to Edinburgh, Scotland as a graduation (I graduated with a Master of Science, …

Solo Travel

Independent Scotland's EU Membership Would Be 'Very Difficult, If Not Impossible' Says Jose Manuel Barroso

The president of the European Commission has said it would be "very difficult, if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to join the EU.<p>Talking …

Where the Nazis Hid Their Art: The Castle Behind ‘Monuments Men’

High in the Bavarian Alps, a white castle with soaring turrets overlays a scene of rolling green meadows and snow-capped mountains straight out of a …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

The Top 12 Travel Phobias You Probably Have and Don't Even Realize

Sure, you may know you have aviatophobia (fear of flying) or claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), but what about all those other angst-inducing scenarios and situations that crop up when you're living life on the road?<p>Sure, you may know you have aviatophobia (fear of flying), claustrophobia …

Heat Waves

Long-term travel: top tips for a fulfilling trip

Most of us have fantasised about ditching the daily grind of the office job and domestic duties for a one-way ticket to happiness. Now more people are taking action in striving for a more meaningful existence, and travel is at the top of the list.<p>The ease of leveraging digital technology is giving …

The 44 Worst People in Every Restaurant

The Communal Dining Thief: Did he actually just ask to try my drink? And where are my fries?<p>There's nothing better than spending a night out to dinner at one of your favorite restaurants (or bars!), reveling in the food and the service, and those quality after-dinner mints in the little wrappers. …

French Fries

30 Street Photography Images to Inspire You

30 Street Photography Images to Inspire You - street photography from around the world shared using Flickr Creative Commons license

Digital Photography

Cutting edge: pictures from the life of a former London gang leader

Adam Patterson's collaboration with London gang leader Vipoh provides a unique insight into a shadowy world

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

Live the Rainbow<p>The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)<p>No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The …

3 pieces of advice I’d give my 18-year-old self if I could

<i>Once upon a time…</i><p>At 3:45pm Friday afternoon, the corner of Fermor and St. Mary’s was a busy place. The intersection is dominated by Glenlawn …

Number Four

TravelDigital Nomad<p>Last week, I went to prison.<p>Everyone told me I had to go—that’s just what you do when you go to Johannesburg. So I took a cab to the top of the hill and paid my ticket and joined the group.<p>They were all South Africans—all young, all black, and all very fashionable. And then there …

No siblings: A side-effect of China's one-child policy

<b>What's it like to grow up in a world where no-one has brothers or sisters? Are siblings really that important? Researchers have been asking those questions for years - and China, with its famous one-child policy, has been a good place to look for an answer.</b><p>Chinese families used to have an average …

36 Questionable Tourism Slogans from Around the World

Earlier this month the Jamaican tourist board unveiled a new brand identity, ditching its previous slogan, “Jamaica – Once you go, you know”, and …

The Best Trips To Take In 2014, According To National Geographic Traveler

2013 is nearly over. Time to start planning next year's trips. Thanks to National Geographic Traveler, you can get even more ideas of places that you wouldn't necessarily think of (i.e. not Paris...<i>again</i>).<p>Comprised of 20 places, the list features everything from New Orleans to Rwanda's Nyungwe …

Should women avoid travelling alone?

Worldwide coverage of several high-profile violent incidents has pushed the controversial issue into the forefront of public dialogue.<p>Worldwide coverage of several high-profile violent incidents this year has pushed the topic of solo female travel into the forefront of public dialogue.<p>In January, …

The True Awkwardness of Posed Party Photos

So you’re scrolling through Facebook and you see one of your friends added 20 new photos from their “epic” party last Saturday. As you look through …

Around The World In ... A Lot Of Steps

Paul Salopek has discovered that the best way to take in information, to be a journalist and a storyteller, is not flying around the world with the latest technology. It's by walking.<p>"There's something about moving across the surface of the earth at 3 miles per hour that feels really good," he …

This Train Is Hiding A Full Starbucks Store Inside

What if you could sit inside a cozy Starbucks during your morning commute? Now, commuters in Switzerland can do just that.<p>Starbucks locations already seem to be everywhere you look. But starting November 21, the company will take on a new frontier: trains. Starbucks, with the help of Swiss train …