Marissa Pensirikul

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The 10 Rules of Packing

When you’ve spent more than a decade on the road, you get asked some pretty interesting questions. The one query I get most, though, is about packing: what to take, what to leave, where to put it. I’ve taken scads of trips, but every time I get back, I know I could have gone even lighter. Let’s …

Our Favorite Off-Beat Beaches For Escaping The (Major) Crowds

No summer is complete without a trip to the beach. But instead of the typical best-of roundup, we decided to do something a little different: We had the ShermansTravel staff share their favorite off-beat alternatives to the hotspots that everyone flocks to in drove. We won't go as far as to call …

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A Ranger’s Worst and Best Sighting Ever: Amazing Fight Between Lion and Wild Dog

Human Journey<p><b>This was an emotional moment for game ranger Jaques-Pierre Joubert, who captured a remarkable set of photos along with colleague Roan Ravenhill in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa</b>.<p>“As guides we are often asked about our best sighting ever,” says JP. “This was comprehensively …

Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary | CNN Travel

This Is How To Make Iced Coffee Taste Like The Pros

It's summer, the time of year when we as a collective body of caffeine addicts all switch from hot cups to the refreshing crispness of coffee on ice. But it's so dang expensive (due to the fact that it actually takes more coffee, labor, and time to make it, but whatever).<p>This is why we should make …

These Are Some Of The Past Year's Most Spectacular Wildlife Photographs. Could You Pick A Favorite?

For the first time ever, nature lovers and photography buffs everywhere are being given a chance to choose a winner in the esteemed "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" competition.<p>To mark the prestigious contest's 50th anniversary this year, a new publicly-decided category -- the "People's Choice …

Secrets For A Perfectly Problem-Free EuroTrip, Courtesy Of Reddit

Nobody wants a travel disaster -- especially when maneuvering Europe, that mystical continent full of over-hyped attractions and over-priced water bottles.<p>Reddit user Gspence314 recently asked fellow travelers for their pro tips on making it through Europe without a hiccup.<p>Their answers cover …

Arapaima Conservation—It’s Happening at the Local Level in Guyana

Changing Planet<p>The largest arapaima caught on record for many years in Guyana at 8 feet long. It has become increasingly rare to find arapaima reaching 8 feet or greater in the wild.<i><br>Guest post by Lesley de Souza, postdoctoral research associate, Shedd Aquarium</i><p>The blazing sun of the tropics beats …

This Is Why Friends Traveling Together Is So Much Fun

Targeting friends traveling together has not been a huge focus for the travel industry, since most of the brands lump it as low end student travel. …

Great White Sharks Thriving in U.S. Waters

Two new reports find that great white shark populations are recovering after years of fishing pressure on the East and West Coasts.<p>It's a bad time to be a seal. That's because great white sharks are on the rebound.<p><b>In fact, two new studies say that these iconic fish are doing better than expected</b> …

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I Heart My National Park: Yosemite

Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been a ranger at the …

The Blackfish Controversy Makes Waves at National Aquarium

The big question facing Baltimore’s National Aquarium — whether to keep Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the amphitheater pool or release them to an …

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Disney's New Roller Coaster Revealed In POV Video Of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

Walt Disney World's newest roller coaster is opening in the Magic Kingdom later this spring, but you can ride it right now in this first-person POV video released by the company on Wednesday.<p>The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features new audio animatronic characters that use computer graphics to give …

Powerful Floods Tear Through Florida

Why are sloths slow? And six other sloth facts

Sloths—the adorable and lethargic animals living in treetops—depend on the health and survival of Central and South American tropical forests. They …

Go Dark for Earth Hour, Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 p.m. Local Time

On Saturday March 29th at 8:30 p.m., millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour to celebrate their commitment to the …

Refuge officials say discovery of baby ocelot ‘hugely important’

As Sihil, an ocelot from the Cincinnati Zoo, was traveling through South Texas last week, rangers at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge made …

World Wildlife Day Marked by Good News for Rhinos and Tigers

As poaching escalates around the world, the Himalayan country of Nepal succeeded in turning the dial all the way back down to zero—just in time for …

Depending on Clean Water: Five Freshwater Animals

While about 70% of the Earth is covered in water, only 3% of that is freshwater. Found in glaciers, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, ponds streams, …

Battle to End Rhino Poaching Boosted by Record Donation

<b>In response to today's announcement by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation that it will donate $23.7 million to South Africa National Parks (SANParks)</b> …

EPA Launches the Process to Protect Bristol Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is beginning a process to find ways to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in …