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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

National Geographic Travel

From skulls to sewers: the darker side of Paris

Paris basks in its reputation as a glittering capital of fashion, art and culture – but it also has the power to bewitch visitors with more macabre sights.<p>Peer behind the glamour of the French capital to discover the best of its underground wonders and grisly history.<p>Les Catacombes<p>Beneath Paris’ …

France

15 Maui Adventures That Will Keep You Active, Happy ... And Shark-Bite Free

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Maui in 2013. On the one hand, the valley isle was voted the best island in the world by <i>Conde Nast Traveler</i> readers for the 20th consecutive year.<p>On the other hand, it has experienced an unprecedented eight shark attacks so far this year, two …

Maui Voted Best Island In The World... And Has Been For The Last 20 Years

If Conde Nast Traveler readers are one thing, it's loyal. In the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards that selects the Top 25 Islands in the World, Maui has come out on top for 20 consecutive years. It also regained its top ranking in the Top 10 Islands in the United States. How could …

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

Ireland

10 of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Ireland

Outdoors lovers will find lots to be excited about in Ireland, with acres of wild and windswept countryside, cute-as-a-button villages and hair-raising coastal cliffs making up the country's surprisingly varied scenery. From mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage sites to unique vistas that beg to be …

Ireland

Non-Beach Hawaii Activities: Yep, They Exist And They Are Awesome

With 75 degree water temperatures, year-round surf and some of the most vibrant sea life in the world, it would be easy to never leave the ocean on a trip to Hawaii. But that would be a grave mistake, as some of the most beautiful and adventurous activities on the islands are inland. Here are six …

The Best Hike In Hawaii Might Be The Awaawapuhi Trail on Kauai

"This is the most unreal view I've seen on a hike," according to David Chatsuthiphan, which is saying a lot considering Chatsuthiphan runs the popular blog Unreal Hawaii, which is devoted entirely to unreal views and hikes.<p>The Awaawapuhi Trail on Kauai is, at the outset, an unassuming hike. After …

Hunting In Hawaii Offers Beautiful Vistas, Challenging Terrain And Ethical Game

Most avid sportsmen plan trips to the south or the midwest for their hunting trips. But there's a new destination to add to the mix, and it doesn't require cold weather gear.<p>Hawaii, it turns out, is a hunter's paradise. Obviously, fishermen in Hawaii have no difficulty filling their days, but the …

10 Adventures You Can Only Experience in South Africa

All of us who love to travel and believe in bucket lists probably have listed South Africa among the most desired of all destinations. In survey after survey, people who love exploring the world mention South Africa as a must-see place.<p>There are literally hundreds of unique and exciting things to …

South Africa

Hidden Hawaii: Exploring Mana Creek

On October 20th 2012, at approximately 9:35 a.m., history in the realm of human exploration was made. There was no victory parade nor a welcoming party, no medals or badges awarded. You didn’t read about it in a magazine or see it on the interwebs, for this is a tale that has gone almost entirely …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Central America

4 London Tours You Don't Already Know About

In a city as diverse and expansive as London, there's no shortage of things to do when visiting. But if you want to explore the city beyond Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, there are any number of tours that delve a bit deeper into London's unique and interesting history. Whether it's a food tour …

England

London Is A Better Place To Visit Than Paris [INFOGRAPHIC]

London is known for its beautiful and historic architecture. Paris is famous for its exquisite cuisine. Each city is unique in different ways, but when put head to head, which comes out on top?<p>It's a close call, but London clearly has the advantage, according to a new infographic by Csaba Gyulai, …

France

(Royal) Day Tripping Around London

Asking Brits whether or not they’re royalists always leads to an entertaining debate. Royalists support the monarchy and its place in modern times, while the opposite camp, republicans, believe it to be an outmoded, borderline-ridiculous institution that diverts funding away from vital public …

Top 20 free things to do in Dublin

Dublin may not be the cheapest destination in Europe but don’t let that stop you; some of the best stuff to see and do here is completely free.<p>From walking tours to tranquil gardens and Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett, here's our guide to enjoying Ireland's capital without reaching for your bank card.<p>…

Ireland

Where to Eat on Maui Now

The flavors that dominate Hawaii’s foodscape are incredibly varied—from Polynesian favorites like kalua pork to farm to table Molokai sweet potatoes …

New York City

9 Things to Do With Kids on Maui

You already know that the big resorts offer <i>keiki</i> (kids) activities, but there’s a lot for kids to enjoy on Maui beyond the resorts, too.<p>Maui Ocean …

Maui

The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

By Internet standards, a <i>perfectly timed</i> photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met:<p>1. Perfect Place<br>2. Perfect Time<br>3. Perfect …