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Top 5 Expedition Cruises for 2014

Expedition cruising has soared in popularity in recent years, but it’s not all about Antarctica or the Arctic anymore. Purpose-built ships that …

This Remote Island Is Really, Really, Really Far Away From Where You Are Right Now

In the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of miles away from the nearest land, sits the really pretty Ascension Island.<p>The island is a British Overseas Territory, which means that it has its own constitution and government but the U.K. is responsible for defending it, its security and …

18 Life-Changing Adventures That'll Make You Curse Your Desk

Every day, we spend hours reading thousands of amazing experiences shared by the minube community of travelers, many of which make us curse the office walls around us!<p>But beyond mere office-fever, these exhilarating adventures also inspire us get started planning that next trip. They inspire us to …

Papua New Guinea

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

Top ten experiences in Tasmania

Tasmania is still Australia, but beguilingly and bewitchingly it’s just that little bit different. It’s compact enough to ‘do’ in a week and layered enough to keep bringing you back. The island state produces gourmet food and wine, and a flourishing arts scene and a burgeoning urban cool point to a …

Australia

27 Travel Tips to Help You Become a Master Traveler

Every industry has its own "best practices" -- proven rules and standards that guide the industry. Travel is no different. There are many rules to live by that help us navigate the unknown world with fewer costly mistakes and help quicken the pace in which we melt into the local culture. They make …

Tap Water

50 of the most thrilling, daring things you can do on vacation | CNN Travel

What You Should Know About Travel Insurance

You're going on a trip. Congratulations! Now what about all those nitty-gritty details you have to think about, like, say, travel insurance?<p>Leave it to Christopher Elliott, consumer advocate, writer and HuffPost blogger, to answer your questions. In his new book, <i>The World's Smartest Traveler</i>, …

Travel Insurance That Can Save Your Life

Dan Kundin was an independent guy, even at age 89. So, when he decided to go on a round-the-world cruise, his daughters, Liz and Susan, didn't see a big problem as long as he had travel insurance. No one really fretted about what could go wrong.<p>Until it did.<p>The cruise was only two weeks into the …

Fire and ice: adventures in Iceland

You could be forgiven for mistaking Iceland's scenery for a sci-fi movie set. Boiling water blasts out of geysers, and cracks in the earth belch steam. Arid plains and mustard-coloured rocks stretch endlessly into the distance. Volcanoes lurk menacingly under a covering of snow.<p>Iceland is …

Hiking

Still A Wonder: Angkor Wat

There’s no question that Angkor Wat lures millions of visitors to Cambodia.<p>My first glimpse of the ancient temple was in the still-dark morning. To my left, I saw the shadowy outlines of the architectural feat I’d waited my entire life to see, and to my right, an absolute madhouse–a veritable wall …

Beyond the Seven Summits

I’m not a professional mountaineer, nor do I think paying an experienced guide makes me one.<p>Nevertheless, I am an avid hiker and the allure of altitude always draws me in. So when I heard about an opportunity to join a mountaineering expedition on Mount Aconcagua–South America’s highest peak–in the …

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to do …

Ireland

National Geographic Travel

A Guide to Tipping in 10 Cities

You've enjoyed a lovely meal: The ambiance is perfect from beside the Vltava River, the River Thames or the Bosporus Strait, the food seemed to transport you further into the exciting city, and you feel a delicious sense of wonder about the world. Then the bill comes -- how does one tip for such an …

Cape Town

Dogsledding in Alaska

You don’t “drive” a dogsled. You simply hold on tight and try to not fall off.<p>My team of Alaskan huskies only have one speed—<i>forward,</i> and as a dabbling amateur musher, I only have one function—to slow us down.<p>I jump on the rubber drag pad whenever we rocket down steep slopes, or those moments when …

I'm Flying to Europe for $300 and You Can Too -- It's Pissing Some People Off

The rumors are true. You can get from North America to Europe (or vice versa) for under $600 round trip! Or for $300, one way, including taxes.<p>This isn't some travel writer/blogger exclusive. Acclaimed as a new airline, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA has been around for over 10 years, but recently …

Flying

How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Airfare and Avoid Change Fees

It now costs $200 to change or cancel a non-refundable airfare on the remaining "legacy" U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Airways), and a bit less on some other carriers. Changing or canceling an international airfare can cost much more. But there are ways of avoiding the fees, and …

Flying

DIY Travel Hacks That Will Change How You Pack Forever

Packing for a trip can be a daunting task, this we know.<p>Whether you're concerned about saving space in your bag or the size restrictions on the liquid toiletries, organizing all of your belongings into one spot seems like an impossible feat. What better way to hack your way to a more efficient …

The Other Rivieras Of Europe You Should Care About

The French Riviera is wonderful and all, but it is, by and large, pricey and too tres chic for words, which is a problem for you when you want to take your vacation on the Riviera, but you can't stomach hanging out with all those impossibly cool people.<p>Never fear! There are nine other rivieras …

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

Osprey's Legendary Talon Backpack Gets an Update, Now Even Better - Vagabondish

Osprey has pretty much defined awesome lightweight travel backpacks for decades. Their Talon series has virtually become the standard kit for …

Backpacking

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Mountaineering

Insider’s Guide to California’s Central Coast

U.S. Highway 101 stretches 300 miles between San Francisco and Santa Barbara, roughly tracing a footpath of 1760s Spanish explorers and connecting the 21 missions they founded. You’ll want at least three days to do the region justice.<p><b>Here’s some insider intel to help you navigate this fertile</b> …

The Seychelles for independent travellers

With stunning beaches and brilliant blue seas, it’s hardly surprising the Seychelles rank among the world’s most idyllic island getaways.<p>Marooned in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this archipelago of 115 islands is notoriously exclusive (and expensive), and if you simply couldn’t imagine …

Asia Travel

5 Secrets To Having a Smarter -- and Happier -- Trip

So you think you're a smart traveler?<p>Yeah, so did I -- until I took this job. Now that I'm immersed in the wacky world of forgotten passports, flat tires, missed connections and trip-ending calamities that I thought only happened in the movies, there's one thing I know: I am <i>not</i> the world's smartest …

Southwest Airlines

11 Caribbean Beaches You Should See Before You Die

The Caribbean might not be on the top of your bucket list the way that, say, the Great Wall is, but that doesn't mean there aren't some heart-stoppingly pretty places you want to see there.<p>Beaches, of course, are the name of the game, and if the idea of a beach makes you want to cry with happiness …