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"I have seen alligators and turtles together in ponds before, but never like this," says photographer Mary Ellen Urbanski. See more stunning submissions to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest:

Top 21 under-the-radar destinations

From Canada’s Yukon wilderness to the mountaintops of India, these unconventional holiday destinations will lead you off the beaten path and onto an adventure all your own.

National Parks

Space Pictures This Week: Atlantis, Geyser Moon

Philippines Volcano Deaths Raise Climbing Questions

Climbing an active volcano is all about preparation, Mark Jenkins says.<p><b>Five climbers died Tuesday climbing an active volcano in the Philippines, following an unexpected eruption that spewed out massive rocks.</b><p><b>We talked to seasoned adventurer and National Geographic contributor Mark Jenkins about the</b> …

Are These 4 Excuses Keeping You From Realizing Your Travel Dreams? - Vagabondish

There are so many people out there who <i>might</i> become travelers, if only they could find someone to travel with, or if they had more money, or if they …

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

Reflections from a blind traveler

A warm rush of elation washed over me as I arrived at LaGuardia. I’d been away from New York for a while, and I was looking forward to reconnecting …

5 Stealthily Green Hotels

(Photo Courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort)<p>Just because Earth Month is officially over doesn't mean you should run right out and fuel up your private jet without a care in the world. But if you must, you can take solace in knowing that your luxury hotel of choice may have already adopted some …

Tornado, Saskatchewan

Exploring southern Sumatra

When a destination is as big and sprawling as Sumatra – the planet’s sixth largest island – there’s a wealth of exotic and challenging experiences for intrepid travellers. And while the orangutans of Bukit Lawang and the chilled lakeside vibe of Danau Toba draw a regular flow of visitors to …

Watch the Solar Eclipse Live

Northern Hemisphere observers can watch the event via live feed.<p><b>Sky-watchers took to Twitter today to share their experiences watching the solar eclipse, which was visible from Australia and parts of the Pacific.</b><p>Tweeted @xoxoalbertxoxo: "Instead of studying for my AP tomorrow, I'm just gonna watch …

A new dawn rises over Luxor’s Valley of the Queens

Queen Nefertari, known as one of the most beautiful women in history, still inspires after 3,000 years, with her tomb giving wondrous insight into the art and beliefs of Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

Our favourite images of the week

The most stunning travel photos from the past seven days – capturing Canada’s Yukon wilderness, the pubs of England’s Lake District and the man-made caves in northern Nepal.

6 Dream Travel Jobs that Actually Exist

Since graduating from college in 2007, Turner Barr has been traveling the world. Not convinced that a desk job was for him, he headed to South …

Lost Lands Found by Scientists

Atlantis was a myth, but real-life lost lands do exist.<p><b>A lost continent off the coast of Brazil may have been found, scientists announced this week.</b><p><b>Granite boulders dredged from the seafloor off the coast of South America two years ago could be remnants of a long-vanished continent, according to</b> …