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How to choose a South Pacific island

The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world's biggest ocean. What you can't tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast. While the postcards might look similar, …

Ecotourism

13 Gorgeous Mountain Retreats Around the World

Mountains aren’t just for wintertime skiing. This summer, check out these high-altitude resorts instead.<p>Oyster

Bosch offers $3,000 wireless chargers to Leaf and Volt owners

Bosch recently released an $450 charging solution for EVs, but if you want to go wireless, it's going to cost you a lot more. The company has formed an exclusive partnership with Evatran for the distribution and installation of its wireless chargers for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. Each Plugless …

Need Some Dinner Table Inspiration On Turkey Day? Try “The Thanksgiver”

Which came first: sitcoms depicting families going around the Thanksgiving table to declare what they’re thankful for, or actual families doing the same because they’re so moved by the spirit? However we’ve arrived here, it’s sort of expected by now that each person sitting around the turkey will …

The 15 Hardest Countries To Visit

I am using the following three criteria to determine which countries are the most inaccessible, as well as my own overall experience of getting to the countries. (I have been to all 198 countries.)<p><b>Click here to jump right to the hardest countries to visit >></b><p><b>1) Visa availability</b><p>The most important …

Human Rights

World's Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

Scotland holds 10 percent of Europe’s wave power potential, and the nation just announced plans to tap into that resource by building the world’s …

The 13 Best Hiking Trails in the World (Photos)

Summer is finally here! Take advantage of the beautiful weather and hike one of the world’s best trails.

Cool Green Cities: Smart Projects in Copenhagen, Portland, Paris & More

From a Day Without Cars and gardens atop shopping malls to a cloud forest in a major city, a look at smart projects from around the world.<p>Corbis (2), …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Vietnam War

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

Hiking

Places to Visit in Bali - Top Destinations

01 of 05<p>South Bali Beaches<p>Perhaps the primary reason that people come to the island, the beaches in South Bali are wide with great sand and famous …

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Asia Travel

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

Trekking the Planet: Teaching geography from a traveler’s perspective

SANDY AND DARREN VAN SOYE began their campaign to improve geo-literacy years ago, when they took their daughters abroad to Europe. Now, they reach …

Human Geography

10 Italian Villages for a Perfect Summer Escape

For years, Italy has ranked among the top summer destinations for American travelers, an unsurprising feat given the country's historical legacy, renowned cuisine, breathtaking heartland, and award-winning wines. To get a true taste of the essence of Italy, many travelers take to the countryside to …

Italy

Mexico's Top 4 Wildlife Adventures

When you think of Mexico travel, what comes to mind? Commercialized beach resorts with ginormous margaritas and mariachi players? One of the world's largest, most populous and most polluted cities? How about wildlife?<p>Chances are, most people think of Mexican "wildlife" as what goes on in …

Nature

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Hiking