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Three lesser-known websites that will save you a ton of money on flights

These days, you can travel the world for a lot less than you may think. After all, it’s easier than ever to find great deals on everything from …

Pakistan's Most Wild and Beautiful Places

Journey from the Arabian Sea to the ivory cones of the Himalayas.<p>From the precipitous peaks of the Karakoram range to the fertile Indus River plain, Pakistan is home to a diversity of stunning landscapes. While its rich cultural heritage, ancient Silk Road, and ruins of Mohenjo-daro continue to …

Monkeys, ruins and cave houses in Morocco’s Middle Atlas

Arriving in the Middle Atlas after the maelstrom of Fez, or even Meknès, is like waking up in the morning to find the sun has reared its head after days of fog. The air is fresh, and the sky is always blue. Shepherds lead unhurried lives in the hills, and old-timers sit peacefully in town squares …

The Rubaiyat: History’s most luxurious book of poetry?

In 1909, two London bookbinders were commissioned to create a book that would become one of the most bedazzling the world had beheld. Joobin Bekhrad reveals how it ended up at the bottom of the Atlantic – and how it still influences today.<p>“When the Titanic went down on the night of April 14 1912 in …

Literature

Oslo’s standout coffee shops

When it comes to coffee, Norway is a nation that knows its joe. According to a recent poll by Euromonitor, every Norwegian person consumes an average of 7.2kg of coffee per year, placing it second in terms of per capita coffee consumption (only the caffeine-crazy Finns drink more). In a country …

Early Days on the 747: Power, Style and Size

The 747, one of history’s most iconic airplanes, is heading toward retirement. Mark Vanhoenacker, a pilot and the author of “Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot,” writes that for “those who grew up under 747-crossed skies, it can be hard to appreciate how revolutionary the jet’s dimensions were when …

FAA

The 25 greatest comedies of all time

Charlie Chaplin

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

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Greece’s disappearing whistled language

For some 2,500 years, residents of this mountainous village have used an astonishing language that only they understand. But there are only six people left who can ‘speak’ it.<p>Hidden deep in the south-east corner of the Greek island of Evia, above a twisting maze of ravines that tumbles toward the …

Linguistics

19 phenomenal pictures of Canada | Travel Feature

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The 10 best scenic train rides in Europe | Travel Feature

5. Trenino Verde della Sardegna, Italy<p>Sardinia’s Little Green Train comes out for the summer only, but it takes you into the wild heart of the island …

The 20 Best Mountain Towns in America

Explore America’s mountain towns, with trails, microbrews, lakes, and scenic views.<p>For a real recharge, spend some time at altitude.

In pictures: 15 of the world’s most extreme drives | Photo Gallery

Roads. They can be long and winding, yes. But they’re often a whole lot else: teetering on the edge of an abyss; carved through mountain terrain so …

Top experiences in Montenegro’s northern highlands

The secret of Montenegro’s gorgeous coastline is well and truly out; meanwhile, those in the know have been turning their compasses towards its epic northern highlands. The spirit of adventure steers travellers off the trodden path in this corner of the Balkans, where boundless hospitality and …

BBC Travel author brief

What is BBC Travel?<p>BBC Travel is a feature section within BBC.com that offers high-quality content on destinations around the world that aim to <i>amaze</i>, <i>immerse</i>, <i>inspire</i> and <i>connect</i>. It is fuelled by new, unexpected and emotionally engaging stories from a global community of editors, writers, …

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Speechless with the one you love? Try these beautiful, untranslatable words

Love is complicated and putting it into words is sometimes impossible. Now Expedia has created infographics of some of the most beautiful, untranslatable words in non-English languages that lovers never knew they needed. Sometimes ‘I love you’ just isn’t enough.<p>You don’t have to be in Chile to …

The Vanishing Stepwells of India: A New Book by Victoria Lautman Documents the Fading Relics of Subterranean Wells | Colossal

<p>Scattered across India’s vast landscape of ancient architecture including temples, mosques, and palaces are an often overlooked relic of historic …

Okinawa: secrets for a long and happy life

Japan’s sunny southern islands see a remarkable number of 100th birthdays – the scientists have their theories as to why, but we’ve travelled to research our own list of top Okinawan lifestyle tips.<p>Mrs Kajigu used to get up at 5am. Now that she is 104, she allows herself a lie-in, except for the …

This year's Nebula Award nominees are incredibly diverse — read some online

The best of 2016’s science fiction and fantasy stories<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released their list of nominees for the 2016 Nebula Awards, and it’s an impressive, diverse list of the best science fiction and fantasy stories of the year.<p>Awarded annually since 1966, the …

A surreal synchronised wave of light

Although there are about 2,000 species of fireflies in the world, synchronous fireflies – ones that can coordinate their flash patterns – exist in just a handful of places on Earth.<p>Although there are about 2,000 species of fireflies in the world, synchronous fireflies ­– ones that can coordinate …

Nature

Amsterdam is leading the way with the newest food craze - the avocado bun

We’ve had sushi donuts from Australia, chocolate kebabs from England and Doughritos from California, and now The Netherlands has given us a new unusual food creation – the avocado bun. Food stylist Colette Dike of Amsterdam is behind the healthy version of the bun burger, having created a classic …

Is this Britain’s most bizarre village?

The lifelong project of an eccentric architect, the Welsh village of Portmeirion is eclectic, irreverent, impish – and constantly reinventing itself.<p>Constructed in the 1920s on the sandy Dwyryd estuary of north Wales, beneath Snowdonia’s majestic peaks, Portmeirion’s buildings run the stylistic …

The Wild Side of Tuscany

Over a decade ago, the film <i>Under the Tuscan Sun</i> tossed the heart of central Italy into the global tourism spotlight, sending busloads of camera-wielding tourists to historic hamlets and pack-them-in, pack-them-out wine tasting pit stops.<p>For today’s thoughtful travelers, Tuscany’s Maremma region …

China’s Atlantis of the East

The Chinese city of Shicheng was flooded in 1959, then forgotten. With its recent rediscovery, divers can explore a 600-year-old city that is both underwater – and unseen for decades.<p>Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious …

Seas that glow like stars

A bizarre natural phenomenon lights up the water off these three beaches, making the sea shine with a surreal blue light.<p>As night falls on certain beaches around the world, the waves glow with an eerie blue light: tiny, neon dots that make it look as though stars are washing up on shore.<p>The surreal …

San Diego

Get lost in Japan’s ancient samurai town

Kanazawa’s narrow, winding streets confound visitors, just as they confused intruders centuries ago.<p>It was early morning in Kanazawa’s historical Higashi Chaya district, a row of old latticed teahouses in a town that’s convoluted in both its layout and history. Steam wafted up from the stone road. …

Japan

The haunting Sichuan-Tibet Highway

A bus ride along one of the world’s riskiest roads leads to altitude headaches, near-death experiences and one of the last chances to see Tibet as it once was.<p>“Double rainbow!” a passenger on the bus yelled. “Look to the left!” We were somewhere in the Hengduan Mountains that stretch across the …

China

A land of legend far Faroe away

The North Atlantic archipelago is a mystical place where Viking history mingles with Faroe folklore, sheep outnumber humans, and magical elves hide where birds come to roost.<p>These are interesting times for the Faroe Islands. The rugged North Atlantic archipelago is currently rewriting its history …

Faroe Islands

In Fiji, diving with big, hungry sharks

Scuba Diving

Chasing shadows and light in Iran

Marian Reid explores the country’s desert towns, where 3,000 years of generations have adapted to the harsh environment to create a beautiful and timeless world.<p>In the garden courtyard of Esfahan’s famous Abbasi Hotel, surrounded by 300-year-old caravanserai-style rooms, I was in the company of an …

Tea House