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The 18 most hotly contested islands in the world

The biggest disputes range from the Arctic to Croatia to north of Samoa, and some of the competing claims were made centuries ago.

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23 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Scotland

Whatever the outcome, there's no denying that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It's home to eerie castles, ancient ruins, and rolling green hills. Here are 23 photos that will make you want to book your next trip to Scotland.

Lesotho's deputy premier in charge after PM flees 'coup' | Reuters

MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane accused Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing of helping to plan a coup by the army that forced the prime minister to flee the country.<p>Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane attends a European Union-Africa summit in Brussels April 2, 2014. …

Summering in Scandinavia: Heat Things Up in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Sweden and Norway typically conjure images a la <i>Frozen</i>: stunning icescapes punctuated by the rogue reindeer or a flash of brilliance from the Northern Lights. But there is more to these Northern European countries than meets the eye -- and it's not all winter and chill. When hockey season ends and …

A Day Trip To Oia, Santorini, Greece: What Not To Miss

While I thoroughly recommend spending as much time as possible in Santorini, sometimes all you have is the option of one day. If you find yourself island hopping throughout Greece, here is your itinerary for exploring Oia, on the island of Santorini.<p><b>1. Swimming in Amoudi Bay</b><p>Start your day with a …

Best of Aruba: 7 Can't-Miss Adventures

While it's tempting to spend all of your time sipping Aruba Aribas at your beachfront resort, the unprocessed beauty of this Dutch Caribbean isle demands you do more.<p>In Aruba, you'll find cacti mingling with coconut trees as the island's arid clime accounts for its uncommon coastline, discover the …

Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots

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Tips From the Travel Pros: Best Apps for Your Instagram Photos

I had framed it as a "rookie wanting to pitch with the All-Stars" when I first explored professional travel bloggers.<p>You mean people actually make a career out of traveling? Wait, what? How?<p>I was serious about learning more. I interviewed 10 very popular and respected travel bloggers for "How to …

Best Old World Day Trip From Vienna: Bratislava

<i>Bratislava has that distinct feel of an Austro-Hungarian empire-era city.</i><p>Bratislava is fast (just one hour) and cheap ($20 dollars) to get to from Vienna. It's easy to navigate, full of old world charm, colorful buildings, and great inexpensive restaurants and cafes serving regional specialities at …

13 Hyperlapse videos that capture the beauty of transit around the world

Yesterday Instagram released Hyperlapse, a new app for creating time-lapse videos. Many users responded by making ho-hum videos of their offices—understandable, given how much time we spend at work. But another daily routine proved a far better test for the new app: the daily commute.<p>Here are a …

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Colosseum in Rome, Italy

The emperor Vespasian (r AD 69–79) originally commissioned the amphitheatre in AD 72 in the grounds of Nero's vast Domus Aurea complex. But he never lived to see it finished and it was completed by his son and successor Titus (r 79–81) a year after his death. To mark its inauguration, Titus held …

Forbidden Love in Salzburg, Austria

Do you have to choose between love and career? It's not so hard to talk yourself out of climbing the career ladder to focus on your relationship or to postpone even looking for love until you reach certain career milestones. People convince themselves that they can't have it all, at least not all …

Having a case of the Mondays? Just picture yourself here, in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. http://on.natgeo.com/1paEKqN Photograph by Dick Pitini

Cathedrals, Palaces, Towers: A Full Day in Paris

Joe--as he's done well over a hundred times before with our groups--drove masterfully from Amsterdam to Rome and up to Paris and was adored by all. After getting us to Paris, Joe had a five-hour drive back to his home in Belgium, where he enjoys a few days off before meeting his next Rick Steves …

Where to Eat and Drink in Salt Lake City

Bar hopping in Utah? If you're raising an eyebrow, read on. Salt Lake City is blossoming with new bars and edgy eateries that are pushing the …

The Top 5 of Florence

As many people around the world know, Florence, Italy is the European capital of renaissance history and art. It's incredible to think back to the early 1400s when architecture, literature, science and fine art began a whole new movement of change. Before you go across the pond, make sure these …

Sardinia In Summer Is The Ultimate Place To Be

With vibrant towns, sandy beaches, gorgeous scenery, Sardinia is <b>the</b> place you must go in summer.<p>If you've yet to visit Italy's dreamiest island, it definitely should be added to your bucket list. Here's why...<p><b>1. Because "Costa Paradiso" truly deserves its name.</b><p>This spot on the northern coast of the …

The World's 10 Best Castles

Formidable stone bulwarks and soaring medieval keeps, romantic palaces and regal mansion homes that ooze with opulence from every nook and cranny; the castles of the world are so varied in their appearance and character that finding the best ones can be a daunting task for any traveler. Amidst the …

Lonely Planet’s Destination Italy

• <b>Author:</b> Lonely Planet<p><i>Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher*</i><p>Get inspired with <b>Lonely Planet’s Destination Italy</b>, an introductory guide for those beginning to plan their dream voyage. Whether you’ve just bought your plane tickets or are still daydreaming about gliding past …

The Norwegian Town Whose Name Is One Letter Long

By Ken Jennings, CNTraveler.com<p>Manufacturing the world's longest town name sure put the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales on the map -- if there are any maps that actually have room for a 58-letter town. But what about the world's shortest place name? It's …

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

11 of the World's Most Fantastic Opera Houses That Are Worth a Visit (PHOTOS)

Whether you're an opera fan, an avid admirer of historical architecture, or just someone who appreciates beauty, there are few buildings more lovely than the opera houses found all over the world. Sure, many are incredibly well-known (like the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Sydney Opera House …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Florence, Tuscany, and Umbria, Italy Travel Guide: Pisa, Siena, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca. Illustrated Guide, Phrasebook, 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, …

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 …