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The world’s most beautiful places of worship

With their awe-inspiring architecture, magnificent facades and sheer size, these spectacular buildings draw visitors from every creed and culture.<p>With their awe-inspiring architecture, magnificent facades and sheer size, places of worship are often some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. …

Asia Travel

Your Guide to Island Hopping in Fiji

There are over 300 islands that make up the South Pacific Republic of Fiji. Not all of them are populated and not all of them have the infrastructure to accommodate tourists, but what I learned in my time traveling around is that every island offers a little bit of the Fiji magic and that you can …

Beyond the Beach in Fiji

<b>Fiji</b> is so synonymous with an aquatic lifestyle that its name graces the label of bottled water. Made up of more than 300 islands, the South Pacific republic is a snorkeling and scuba diving sanctuary thanks to its surplus of kaleidoscopic reefs. But, there are still plenty of memorable onshore …

Vancouver North Shore

Just back from: Myanmar (Burma)

Bella soaking up the stunning temple vistas at Bagan © Bella Falk<p>Bella Falk, freelance director and producer, recently returned from a two-week group trip around Myanmar.<p><b>Tell us more</b>… As a photography geek I had lusted after Myanmar for ages – I’d heard the people and landscapes are a …

Asia Travel

EU and Balkan leaders hold emergency talks on refugees

European Union and Balkan leaders are holding emergency talks on Europe's refugee crisis amid threats from three front-line states to close their borders if northern EU countries stop accepting refugees.<p>The summit on Sunday, called by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, groups the …

North Africa

5 Easy Places to Feel Like a Backpacking God

Who hasn't wanted to break loose with nothing but a backpack? To one day sit with your grandchildren on your knees as you thrill them with stories of how you rode a surly Yak deep into the Himalayas, or crossed the Andes on a bus with a howling meth addict for a driver.<p>But what if you can't just …

Photo @ladzinski / Stairs to infinity, #Budapest, Hungary. While exploring the inner city with @danahrichardson we stumbled across this inner stairwell in a basilica that lead to a spectacular view of the city. @natgeocreative #Earth365

39 Stellar Supermoon Images You Need To See

Over the weekend, we challenged you to capture the phenomenal Supermoon that lit up the sky last Sunday night. And like the full moon, many of you …

The Ultimate Thai Paradise: Dusit Thani Maldives

As much as Eddie Money’s song makes me want to cringe, I can’t help but sing “Two Tickets To Paradise” because that’s all I want right now when I …

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …