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Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.</i>

Street Photography

11 most luxurious train rides | CNN Travel

CNN

500px Blog

China cancels U.S. corn purchases as GMO dispute drags on | Reuters

CHICAGO, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Chinese importers canceled purchases of four cargoes of U.S. corn this week, after one cargo was diverted to Vietnam last week, U.S. government data showed on Thursday, as a dispute over an unapproved genetically modified strain remained unresolved.<p>The U.S. Department of …

Your Shot: Machu Picchu

Located high in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu was hidden from the outside world for hundreds of years. Explore the well-preserved Inca ruins in this gallery of photos submitted by National Geographic.

South America

Racing Google To Bring Driverless Cars To The Road, Mobileye Valued At $1.5B As Investors Take $400M Stake

In the world of self-driving cars and autonomous vehicle technology, Google gets most of the attention, but it’s far from being the only player in the field. Earlier this month, Mobileye, the Israeli and Dutch maker of advanced driver assistance technologies, claimed that self-driving cars “could …

Shazam lands $40M in funding from telecom boss Carlos Slim

The music identification smartphone app gets major backing as it focuses on recognition software for TV shows and ads.<p>It appears that the smartphone music app Shazam is headed toward greener pastures.<p>The company has just received $40 million in backing from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, …

TV shows

Planning your dream Himalayan trip

For mountain lovers and the vertically inclined the Himalayas represent nothing less than the crowning apex of nature's grandeur. Here dramatic forested gorges rise to skylines of snow-capped glaciated peaks through a landscape that ranges from high-altitude desert to dripping rhododendron forest. …

Expert tips for your first trek to the Indian Himalaya

Yearning to explore the forbidding peaks of the Indian Himalaya, but not sure where to start? These expert tips from a seasoned trekker will help you dodge the newbie mistakes and ensure your journey exceeds expectations.<p>Planning your trip<p>Thorough planning (or lack of it) can make or break a trip, …

How to choose a Caribbean island

The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are a remarkably diverse lot. Pulsing Jamaica has little in common with group-filled Aruba, and even islands in plain sight of each other like St Kitts and Nevis are vastly different not just in appearance but in what they offer visitors.<p>So for …

Remote South Pacific islands you can visit (without a sailboat)

Have you ever wanted to get way, way - and perhaps even one extra 'way' - off the beaten path? The vast Pacific ocean presents no shortage of opportunities for those seeking isolation. If you don't know your aft from your starboard, these five island nations are about as far as you can go - no …

How to photograph the supermoon

When the full moon coincides with the closest point between the moon and Earth in the lunar orbit, a supermoon occurs.<p>In 2014, the moon will appear …

Landscape Photography

Island hopping off Cambodia's coast

Sandy bliss awaits travellers off Cambodia’s south coast. Whether you favour being glued to a hammock upon an isolated shore, or fancy slothful days recovering from all-night raves, Cambodia has an island for you.<p>Lapped by the lapis-hued waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the scattering of islands in …

Disney to save LA's oldest airport terminal, convert it into offices

After more than a decade of research and negotiation with local authorities, Disney recently got the greenlight for its plans to renovate the Grand …

10 Best Places to See From Above

For the ultimate bird's eye view of your destination there's no more thrilling way to get your bearings than zooming over the landscape in a helicopter. Whether hovering over a kaleidoscope of corals at the Great Barrier Reef or soaring around the Statue of Liberty in New York, here are 10 of the …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Reflections for Days on the Uyuni Salt Flats

At first glance, you might think this photo was a product of a skilled Photoshopper. However, you would be wrong. This place, called the Uyuni Salt …

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Rock towers and Milky Way

Rock pile towers against a backdrop of the night sky in Rye, New Hampshire.<p>Jared Blash took this photo on the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean near …

How much do oceans add to world’s oxygen?

Most of Earth’s oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the …

Marine Biology

Flipboard for Travelers and Adventure Seekers (Even Just Armchair Ones)

Inside Flipboard / May 20, 2013<p>“Flipboard For You” is our bi-weekly series highlighting how different groups of people can make the most out of …

ANA Airways Gives Visitors a 360° Look Into Japan

Two years ago the U.S. State Department was warning Americans to take care traveling to Japan, the country still struggling from the effects of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power meltdown. But with a nearly 27 percent increase in U.S. travelers in 2012, according to the Japanese National Tourism …

Robots in the Streets of Tokyo!

Asmallworld, a MySpace for millionaires, pivots to become social travel site

ASMALLWORLD launched its invite-only social network for the rich and famous in 2004. Today it’s becoming even more exclusive and pivoting away from …

The Most Likely Places To Lose Your Phone While Traveling

Recently "misplaced" your cell phone and wondering where to start your search?<p>If you're on vacation, odds are you left it at that mesmerizing museum or at the gate while waiting for your flight. That's according to a survey conducted by the lifestyle insurance company Protect Your Bubble, which …

Seven Twitter critters chat with visitors and promote tourism online

Tourism boards can border on boring when they push out a stream of scheduled tweets that shout dates of upcoming events at followers. And it can be …

Do Your Pictures Tell a Story?

<b>Reader Question:</b> How do I tell a story with photographs?<p><b>My Answer:</b> A photo editor’s nightmare is when someone shows him a picture and then starts to explain what’s in it. In the worst cases, the photographer starts to talk about important things that aren’t even in the shot.<p>In the simplest of …

Climbing Everest: The First-Timer’s (Easy) Guide

A guilty secret shared among many of those who have trekked to the base camp of Mt. Everest is that it’s a comfortable and enjoyable excursion …

Mountaineering