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The World's Strangest Beaches

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they're far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences …

10 Quirky Places You Need to See in 2016

Whether it's unexpected architecture, an abundance of charm, or just a proclivity towards unusual customs, the things that make a destination quirky are almost always what makes them so memorable. With that in mind, we asked the members of travel website, Trippy.com to share the quirky places …

The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make Traveling In Europe

<i>By: Erin Snell</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock (edited)</i><p>Aside from the typical advice not to drape yourself in an American flag (or the equivalent Team America uniform of stonewashed jeans, North Face fleece, running shoes, and a baseball cap), here are a few real-life tips to help you avoid making regrettable …

Where 7 Travel Pros Want to Go in 2016

The hardest part of planning a trip (other than finding the time) is deciding where in this wide, wonderful world to go. So I called on a few of my travel writer and photographer friends to inspire me for 2016. Herein, their personal destination picks for the new year.<p><b>Syl Tang, @hipguide</b><p>"I'd go to</b> …

The 10 Most Beautiful Snow Castles In the World

With stunning scenery and majestic fortresses, these are the cold-weather climes we actually wouldn't mind visiting.

European Travel

Why You Should Sail the Croatian Coast

By College Tourist; Author: Veronica White, University of East Anglia<p><b>Sunshine, sea and sand. Relaxing, exploring and partying. Culture, sunsets and starry skies. There's no better way to experience all of these than by taking a cruise along the Croatian coast for a week.</b><p>By far, one of my all-time …

The 119 Most Underrated Attractions Around the World

The lesser-known gems worth exploring in 25 cities worldwide.<p>Everybody has those iconic vacation photos posing by major attractions the world …

European Travel

14ers to climb before you die

1. Mount Elbert — 14,433’<p>It’s the highest. You sort of have to do it.<p>2. Mount of the Holy Cross (Halo Ridge Route) — 14,005’<p>Holy Cross is arguably …

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20 Places That Look Like They're On Another Planet

We can't help but fantasize about traveling to far and distant worlds. Luckily, our planet is full of surreal and otherworldly places that are just a plane ride away, from lunar valleys to underwater caves. This gallery was originally published in 2015. It has been updated with new …

10 incredible hotels you can only reach by boat

It seems like the new trend in hotels these days is putting them in weird places. Like, in an airplane. Or in a treehouse.<p>Or in railroad cars, train stations, helicopters, or any of the other cool places they've popped up.<p>But what if you want to stay in a hotel so secluded from humanity that the …

This Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

The concept of a road trip is as American as apple pie, and yet, devising the “best” U.S. driving route is a bit of a head scratcher. Much depends on …

National Parks

The 5 Most Beautiful Places In The World

<i>by Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Getty<p>Pinpointing every breathtaking place on the planet could take a lifetime, but we think that these 5 otherworldly landscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders need to move to the very top of your travel bucket list.<p><b>1. Cappadocia, Turkey</b><p>Cappadocia, an area …

The World's 5 Most Inspiring Destinations Will Give You a Whole New Outlook On Life

The benefits of traveling are extensive -- and often surprising. Traveling has been accredited with the ability to heal, educate, and expand our horizons. The feeling of inspiration many of us get after traveling is undoubtedly one of the best consequences of a trip away. Plus, after taking on …

5 Common Mistakes When Roasting Huge Cuts of Meat

Don't be intimidated by big cuts of meat, like pork shoulder or crown roasts. Just avoid these common mistakes and learn to cook them to perfection.<p>When it comes to show-stopping centerpieces, nothing gets jaws on the floor quite like a massive hunk of roasted meat. However, cuts like pork …

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50 places you should travel to in 2016

It may be hard to believe, but 2015 is coming to a close, and it's time to start planning for 2016. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a novice, it's never too early to start thinking ahead to the places you want to check off your travel bucket list in the new year. From Iceland's otherworldly …

Best Trips 2016

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. Whether it’s Botswana's Okavango Delta or Brazil's beaches, these 20 go-now destinations will get you packing.

Drone footage will make you want to book a trip to the Scottish Highlands

Yes, that's Scotland you're looking at right now. The UK's northernmost country has it all.<p>The footage, shot mainly with a drone by John Duncan, takes you on a tour through the sparsely populated yet striking Scottish Highlands up to the rocky coast. The only real evidence of human life here are …

16 experiences you must have in the French Alps before you die

1. Ski in La Clusaz and hit L’ourson restaurant for the best après-ski tartiflette you’ll ever have.<p>La Clusaz Ski Resort will make any skier happy — …

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An Insider's Look at Germany

<i>By College Tourist; Author: Samantha McIsaac, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth</i><p><b>With Oktoberfest, the Berlin Wall, and beautiful cathedrals in every city, Germany is the perfect spot for any college traveler.</b><p>Filled with culture and treasures found off the beaten path, Germany has plenty to …

20 Places That Are Straight Out of Fairy Tales

Visiting these real-world places is like jumping into the pages of a story book, where castles sit on clouds and forests are carpeted with flowers. This gallery was originally published in 2015. It has been updated with new information.<p>City Palace: Jaipur, India<p>Ashikaga Flower Park: Ashikaga, …

Top 10 Oceanfront Cities

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5 Amazing Adventures For Your Southeast Asia Bucket List

Southeast Asia is an adventure traveler's dream destination. You can eat like a king for a few bucks, explore unbelievable landscapes, and see remnants of some of the planet's most ancient civilizations. Check out our list of 5 Must-Do Adventures in Southeast Asia and book your flight today!<p>1. Hike …

The 10 Least Visited Countries in Europe, and Why You Should Visit Them All

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some dwarf in comparison to their gargantuan neighbors, others are still branded with a scarlet letter thanks to past global conflicts and none can compete with France's food scene, England's charms or Italy's gorgeous coastline, but nevertheless you …

5 Incredible Adventures in the United Kingdom

Photo: Andrew Slaton<p>When you think of a vacation to the United Kingdom, you're probably envisioning Big Ben, castles, museums, and cathedrals. That side of the UK is well worth a visit, no doubt, but we've got some adventures for you to see the countryside of the United Kingdom like you never have. …

10 Stunning Photos From @USInterior

10 Surreal Destinations you Have to See to Believe

There are certain destinations in the world that are so surreal, and so unbelievable, that they’re impossible to comprehend until you witness their …

9 absurd situations you can only experience in Vietnam

1. A man carrying 200 goldfish is trying to run you over.<p>You’re in a tiny gray alleyway covered in 10-digit phone numbers stenciled all over in red, …

5 Unbelievable Adventures In Norway

Photo: Ben Ashmole<p>Norway is home to some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet with its massive fjords, fairytale-like villages, and snow-capped mountains. Cruise around in the rental car and take it all in or test your grit and climb one of those snow-capped mountains. Whether you have …

21 Ways to Save Money On Your Next Trip

By Alix Farr, Editor<p>Every cent counts for budget travelers, and the internet is full of helpful tips for saving money. There are so many, in fact, that it's easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Here we've pulled some of the most helpful suggestions for strategies and tech to use while you are out on …

8 Things You Need to Experience in Lisbon, Portugal

Traveling to Portugal?!? If so, I’m sure Lisbon is on your list! With so much to do in this classic European city we were able to narrow it down to …