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Canada’s summer adventure hotspot

Not just for goggle-eyed powder nuts, Whistler transforms each June into the country’s coolest outdoor activity playground.<p>It is Canada’s top ski resort, but the gable-roofed village of Whistler – 122km north of Vancouver in mountain-studded British Columbia – is not just for goggle-eyed powder …

Mountain Biking

Exploring Chile's Atacama

The driest place on Earth is a dramatic landscape of surreally fiery red canyons, grassy gorges, turquoise thermal lakes, cerulean lagoons, and steaming geysers. Chile's Atacama looks like an alien planet (but it's a whole lot easier to get to). Thankfully it's not <i>too</i> easy that it's overrun by …

South America

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Bangkok 101: What (and Where) to Eat

Food in Bangkok is what the Magic Kingdom is to Orlando. It is a symbol of pride and one of the biggest reasons to go. Thais eat 24 hours a day and …

10 National Parks You Never Knew Existed

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said, "There is nothing so American as our national parks." We emphatically agree. And while many of our national parks welcome millions of visitors each year (think Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon), others are far-flung, remote, or simply under the …

National Parks

Polar Desert Safari Offers A Unique Adventure

You've heard about African safari getaways that traverse jungles and survey wildlife. But did you know it's possible to get up-close and personal with a polar bear?<p>Polar desert safaris take travelers on icy expeditions throughout Arctic Canada -- and those looking to explore uncharted territory are …

A Scottish-style safari

Imagine the comical mating ritual of the capercaillie bird, the flash of a red squirrel sprinting by and the grunt of a reindeer -- all set against the backdrop of an ancient Caledonian forest, remnants of a landscape that once covered the British Isles.<p>Cairngorms National Park is nearly 4,500 sqkm …

Wildlife

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The allure of the open Texas road

Looking to catch up with an old friend? Set out with a windows-down playlist, a hearty appetite and a general plan for a five-day easy riding road trip from Austin to Dallas.<p>Thelma and Louise is the archetypal female road trip film. But the real appeal of their adventure lies not in the danger of …

Texas
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Europe's 10 Strangest Tourist Attractions

Does just the thought of standing in long lines for Europe's biggest attractions this summer make you sweat? Ditch the crowds and send a chill down your spine instead by visiting Europe's 10 strangest tourist attractions. You'll be grateful for sunshine and safety in numbers after checking out some …

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The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Yellowstone National Park

Jamaica's top 10 travel experiences

Jamaica’s lovely landscape – with its crystalline waters, lush banana groves, and sheer mountains – combined with its confident, yet cool reggae demeanor, makes Jamaica an ideal destination for those looking for stunning scenery and a big dose of local culture. Pack your bag and head down to this …

Caribbean

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<b>Steve Waters</b> Lonely Planet author<p>Leave the bright lights and tourist delights of Esfahan and Shiraz far behind to track down these astonishing millennia-old relics among the dusty wilds of ancient Persia. From snow-tipped northern crags to scorching southern deserts, you’ll traverse eroded volcanic …

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Americans Are Like Sheep on Vacation

I'm here in Ireland watching the sheep, and they strike me as being a lot like Americans on vacation. The Leenane Hotel does a good business serving bus loads of tour people who stop there as they are driven through Ireland. They are taken from place to place where they can shoot pictures and buy …

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How to Stretch a Budget to See (More of) the World

In a world of competing priorities, choices like wandering the globe or having a high-flying career seem pit against one-another. Can we proverbially "have it all" or does growing up mean giving up on youthful dreams of wanderlust and acquiescing to an annual trip to a forgettable beach?<p>I believe …

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