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I Heart My National Park: Grand Canyon

The road to the Grand Canyon from the south crosses a gently rising plateau that gives no hint at what is about to unfold. You wonder if you have made a wrong turn. All at once an immense gorge a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide opens up.<p><b>Jill Staurowsky</b> has worked as an interpretive ranger in the …

15 reasons why everyone should visit Ireland

Ireland is home to incredibly peaceful cemeteries, gorgeous castles, an awesome landscape of bogs, beaches, and cliffs, and of course, Guinness.<p>As I learned in a nine-day trip around Ireland and its sibling Northern Ireland, this island is one of the most magically friendly places on Earth.<p>Here are …

Ireland

My Top 5 Things to Check Off Your Bucket List in Capetown, South Africa

<b>Chilling at the top of Table Mountain</b><p>There are moments in life when even a photo can't seem to replace the words to describe what you are actually witnessing. In my career as a photojournalist, m¬y work has taken me to six of the world's seven continents, and I am awestruck on a regular basis. I …

Germany, Off the Beaten Path

Germany is full of beautiful cities, such as Berlin, with its cosmopolitan flair and bustling art scene; Leipzig with its architectural diversity and inspiring revolutionary spirit; and Frankfurt, otherwise known as Mainhattan, for its incredible museums and breathtaking parks.<p>Crossing the Helbeing …

European Travel

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler's life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding …

Swimming Pools

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

The best free things to do in Athens

Soaking up Athens life doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s a reasonably priced city to begin with, and you’ll find that if you pick a basic hotel, most cash ends up going toward dining in trendier restaurants or sipping high-end cocktails, if that’s what you’re into. Need to economise? There are …

European Travel

The 10 Cheapest Places To Stay In Europe

Right now, the euro's value is low, and airfare is primed to fall -- aka we fully intend to make the most of this excellent time for a European vacation.<p>And once we get there, the <i>other</i> great part is that hotel prices are dropping, too. Average room rates in Europe fell nine percent during the last …

Europe

24 things you should do when visiting Hong Kong

Though it's technically part of China, Hong Kong has its own culture and personality. The cosmopolitan city is spread out over several small islands, many of which are very densely populated and full of incredible attractions, restaurants, and shops.<p>We asked locals to send us their suggestions for …

Hong Kong

14 Ways To Experience Exotic Bali

Did you read Elizabeth Gilbert's <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> (or watch the movie with Julia Roberts), and did you suddenly feel inspired to go to Bali to find yourself, do yoga, bicycle in between the rice fields, and flirt with dangerously gorgeous men at beach parties? So did I, and I've already been ! The …

Asia Travel

10 Amazing Ice Castles Around the World

Winter may be cold, but that doesn't mean it's not pretty. Every year, talented artists and craftsmen add to the season's natural beauty by building incredible ice castles, seasonal structures that last only as long as the thermostat stays low. Whether created using complex sprinkler systems or …

What to see in Alaska: 8 must-see destinations by cruise ship

Cruise passenger Steve Trabun has sailed through Alaska's Inside Passage three times. And he can't wait to go again.<p>"The scenery is spectacular, and the wildlife is amazing," said Trabun, who lives in Spokane, Wash., and enjoys sailing with Princess Cruises. "Alaska is absolutely incredible. This …

10 Most Beautiful Fountains in the World

Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages. Until the late 19th century most fountains operated by gravity, and needed a source of water higher …

Italy

5 can't-miss Tanzania experiences | CNN Travel

What's New in Russia? St. Petersburg 2014

I had the privilege of visiting Russia three times in 2014. Yes, in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, I was exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg as a tourist.<p>If you have visited Russia, or the USSR before, it was probably for a 2- or 3-day stop in St. Petersburg on a Baltic Sea cruise. The city of …

Australia for All Types of Travelers

When departing from North America, the land down under can feel like it's a world away, and well, it almost is. By birth, I'm Canadian, and by choice I'm living in <b>Australia</b>, having moved to Sydney several years ago. I'm often fielding questions from friends and family back home on what part of my …

Australia

Don't Get Burned on Your Next Vacation

When I was a junior in high school, I had the best summer job ever. I was a lifeguard.<p>And even though I looked nothing like the cast members of <i>Baywatch</i>, I still managed to make the cover of my high school newspaper.<p>I'd like to think it was because of my classic female shape, sunny, happy, …

Skin Care

Getting the best out of Boracay

So you've heard about Boracay. You’re not alone. In the past few years this small island in the Philippines has ridden a global wave of media attention to become one of the world's top<p>island<p>destinations. But that notoriety presents a new challenge for the visitor: sorting through the endless …

Asia Travel

12 Bests of Continental Europe

When we spent two weeks recently motoring across Continental Europe with our kids, we were tourists. No sense pretending otherwise. We were sight-seers...holiday-makers. Like Chevy Chase and his kin, we're an American family on a European Vacation.<p>Biggest, oldest, tallest, grandest...you don't …

Beyond Halong Bay: lesser-known highlights of northeast Vietnam

Stunning<p>Halong Bay continues to dominate the itineraries of most travellers in Vietnam, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the country's northeast.<p>If you’ve got some time up your sleeve and want to delve a little deeper, you’ll find there is more to this region than cruising around Halong’s …

Vietnam

Top 10 day trips in Malta

Malta may only measure a compact 27km by 14km, but the tiny island nation is crammed with splendid sights, from 5000-year-old temples to spine-tinglingly beautiful lagoons and rock formations.<p>Malta’s size makes it a breeze to get around, so it’s possible to base yourself in one place and visit all …

European Travel

Paris in One Day? On a Budget? Oui, Oui!

<b>Paris -- it has been said* -- is always a good idea. Even when you only have one day to bask in its charms.</b><p><i>Carrie Seim on her one-day jaunt to Paris.</i><p>This summer I hopped aboard an early morning Eurostar train from London, with only my handbag and the <i>joie de vive</i> necessary for a single, delicious …

France

National Geographic Travel

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

European Travel

13 Reasons Banff National Park Is The BEST Place To Be This Fall

As the world's third-oldest national park, Banff is a well-protected, well-loved zone of wonder in the Canadian Rockies. The sprawling wilderness offers glacial lakes, towering mountain crags, a quaint town and nearly 1,000 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails.<p>There seems to be something …

Glimpsing the future in Singapore

The future has arrived early in Singapore with more ultra-modern infrastructure - skyscrapers, parks, metro lines - being built every day. Many of the projects showcase technologies that we may soon see in other countries - and that could someday help all of us deal with global challenges such as …

Loneliness

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

10 Ways to Survive a Long Flight

No matter what you do, being stuck inside a metal tube in coach class for hours is going to suck. You're not going to sleep well, unless you're one of those bizarre people who can sleep anywhere, in which case, I'm incredibly jealous. Your skin will be dried out. Your muscles will ache. You'll feel …

Long Haul

So You Want to Quit Your Job and Travel the World?

I quit the cubicle life to travel the world. You can too, but is that the life you really want?<p>My post-college life started off just the way my advisor told me it was supposed to -- working an awesome job in the coolest city in the world. Right?<p><b>Wrong.</b> The truth is, three years later, I'm sitting in …

Employment