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Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

Italy

Ultimate Guide to European Rail Passes

Whether you're a twenty-something backpacker or retirees who've finally made the time to see the world, traveling across Europe by rail is a right of …

Trains

Milos, Greece in the Raw

It might be true that Greece is famous abroad for their islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes, and Skiathos, but there are over 500 hundred more which are truly unexplored by travelers. Having lived in Greece for over 10 years, and still traveling back annually, I myself haven't seen …

European Travel

24 Hours in Athens, Greece

"You really don't need more than a day in Athens."<p>Everyone says it. Whether it is true or not, Athens is the red headed stepchild of the Greek Islands. I personally believe that any city can be exciting and fun if you know the right places to visit and where to eat, but with my flight schedule …

European Travel

Eat like a local in the Algarve

Alongside sun-drenched beaches and historical villages, the Algarve region of Portugal is packed with choices for anyone with a passion for simple, lovingly prepared local food. The Algarve's busy hotels and resorts offer an abundance of dining options, and the destination is dotted with …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

17 Reasons Yorkshire Is The Wonderland You Never Thought To Visit

While London and Paris are still bickering about who gets to be "Europe's best city", another contender is silently swooping in.<p>The World Travel Awards named Yorkshire, England Europe's leading destination for the <i>second year in a row</i>. Yorkshire beat out cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris and …

Tips for travelling in 21st-century China

The Middle Kingdom is one of the fastest changing countries in the world. Its economy is robust and its population increasingly more modern and tech savvy. Yet, China is still a country of paradoxes.<p>You’ll get 3G connection in remote farmland in Inner Mongolia, though there mightn't be running …

Bank of China

Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The 'Wild Atlantic Way' driving route neatly packages the abundant attractions of Ireland's west coast, from West Cork to Donegal. The well-signed, easy-to-navigate route includes 157 'Discovery Points', where drivers can stop and learn more about the must-sees and lesser-known diversions of this …

Ireland

At Home in Rome: Where to Stay

The Roman Empire may have fallen off the map centuries ago, but to a modern traveler, the center of Italy’s capital city may feel just as vast.<p>While walkable, distances between monuments within Rome’s historic core can be a haul—made worse if the tiny, twisty streets turn your sense of direction to …

5 Quick Tips If Your Trip Is Lost in Translation

<i>(Photo Credit: Greg Kunstler)</i><p>As I jumped into the back of a cab in Athens on my recent trip, I realized my predicament. I wanted to go to my hotel on Michalakopoulou Street but had no idea how to pronounce it properly. So I just let the vowels cascade out of my mouth, with all the intelligibility …

Language Learning

Travel 365: The southernmost of Italy's famed Cinque Terre villages, Riomaggiore hangs from the precipitous coast in a riot of color. http://on.natgeo.com/1pfU0Rq Photograph by Matt Propert, National Geographic

Rome, behind the lens

After four years living in the Eternal City, a writer and photographer learns to capture the views that visitors rarely see.

Italy

Get To Know Comporta, Where The Richest Europeans Go Off The Grid

For most drivers, the ride from Lisbon to the seaside village of Comporta clocks in at just over an hour, but Isabel de Carvalho can do it in about 45 minutes. "My father raced cars," explains the restaurateur as she expertly pilots her Peugeot station wagon down the highway and chats on her …

Roads

I Heart My City: Luke’s Macau

Michigander <b>Luke Lienau’s</b> relationship with <b>Macau</b> began in 2002 with a visit to see his girlfriend, a native of the Chinese Special Administrative Region. In the course of traveling back and forth for nearly a decade, he became fascinated with the city and its changes. When Luke finally decided to …

Car-free getaways from some of the world's greatest cities

Travelling like a local in a foreign place means going off the beaten path in and out of town. On your next big city trip, put a day or so aside for an adventure within an adventure, forget the hassles of driving, and discover what lies beyond the metro maps.<p>1. Athens to Hydra<p>Santorini’s stark blue …

Rio De Janeiro

National Geographic Travel

5 Key Tips for Southeast Asia Travel

From Myanmar to Vietnam, Southeast Asia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for experienced travelers and those looking for a more adventurous experience. No matter your reason for wanting to explore these culturally significant destinations, here are a few key tips worth keeping in …

Asia Travel

Mandu's Abandoned Ruins Are India's Secret 'Treasure Trove'

As far as abandoned places go, this one beats every old bus station and decrepit amusement park on the map.<p>This is Mandu, an abandoned city of ruins from India's Mughal era. Perched on a forested hilltop that soars above the river below, Mandu is a "treasure trove" brimming with "palaces, tombs, …

London Sights: A Travel Guide to the Top 60 Attractions in London, England, UK

• <b>Author:</b> MobileReference<p>This illustrated Travel Guide is a part of the Mobi Sights series, our concise guides that only feature the most essential information on city attractions. This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. Inside you …

Reinvented Riga: a traveller’s guide to Latvia’s capital city

With over two decades of freedom (and a renewed status as Latvia’s capital) under its belt, Rīga is reclaiming its rightful title as the cosmopolitan cornerstone of the Baltic.<p>Sitting at the crossroads of the great empires that wrote the pages of Europe’s elaborate history, Rīga was – for centuries …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

South of France Travel Guide: Provence, French Riviera and Languedoc-Roussillon: Avignon, Marseille, Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Montpellier, Nimes, Perpignan, Cannes, Arles. Illustrated Guide, Phrasebook and Maps (Mobi Travel)

• <b>Author:</b> MobileReference<p>This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. It is indexed alphabetically and by category, making it easier to access individual articles. Articles feature information about attractions, landmarks, districts, …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

France

15 Essential Tech Gadgets for Travelers

On vacation, your first inclination may be to unplug. But some tech accessories can make your travels even more enjoyable. We’ve selected the top 15 …

Gear & Gadgets

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Asia Travel