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15+ crucial spots to see in Arizona

If when you think of Arizona, you imagine a desert, you’re only getting half of the picture. Yes, Arizona’s southern portion is dry and hot, the …

Hiking

28 songs that capture the spirit of travel (with videos)

THERE’S A GOOD reason many of us take music with us when we travel; it can transport us — back home, away from an overcrowded bus, or through a …

Music

What To Pack For A Trip To Peru

As it turns out, packing for Peru is such a different kettle of fish! Given the amount of travelling we do, I kinda pride myself on being very good …

7 Gorgeous Airbnbs in Kauai, Hawaii

And what to do when you get there.<p>You look like you need a tropical escape, preferably one that doesn't require a passport. Ideally, one without doe-eyed honeymooners. It's your lucky day. Kauai, Hawaii's oldest island, offers the ideal balance between adventure and relaxation, sans love-sick …

A guide to Budapest’s thermal baths

Budapest sits on a patchwork of almost 125 thermal springs, and ‘taking the waters’ has been a part of everyday life here since people walked in togas. No baths still operating date back to Roman times but some are a legacy of the Turkish occupation, others are Art Nouveau marvels and there are …

Swimwear

Nonverbal Space: Conceptual Japanese Street Photography - Photographs and text by Shin Noguchi | LensCulture

<i>Ma</i> is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as “gap”, “space”, “pause” or “the space between two structural parts.” The spatial concept is experienced progressively through intervals of spatial designation. In Japanese, <i>ma</i>, the word for space, suggests interval. It is best described as a …

Street Photography

The 10 most surreal landscapes in the world

While some may believe the perfect travel destination consists only of sun, sea and sand, for those with a more adventurous streak, here is a …

8 Simple Ways to Be More in the Moment When You Travel

<b>1. Don't make comparisons.</b><p>Whether you travel often or only occasionally, it's far too easy to compare your current situation to one from the past. The pebbly shore off the Promenade des Anglais in Nice instantly makes you long for the black sand beaches you frolicked on in Santorini. The Pad Thai …

10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan. But instead of the usual suspects (lookin' at you, London and Paris), why not try one of these under-the-radar spots that are far less crowded but …

Interview: How Instagram Photographer Lauren Bath Has Made a Job Out of Traveling the World

If traveling the world and photographing incredible destinations sounds too good to be true, then you haven't met Lauren Bath. We introduced you to her a few days ago when we showed you her spectacular photos of camel trains on Australia's Cable Beach. In the short three and a half years since …

The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

Scuba Diving

Diving Sipadan: strong currents, steep walls and sea life in abundance

The name Sipadan is uttered with reverence by divers, and with good reason. The underwater topography of this tiny 40-acre island, 36km south of the Malaysian port of Semporna in the Celebes Sea, is immense. There are a dozen or so excellent dives off Sipadan and on any given day you can expect to …

Scuba Diving

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 …

Loneliness

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 …

Hot Springs

Diving in the Solomon Islands

World-class diving awaits you in the underwater realms of the Solomon Islands. The marine biodiversity is exceptional, incredibly healthy reefs look like a Garden of Eden and the absence of crowds is a prime draw. Another clincher is the mindboggling array of WWII wrecks – ships, aircraft and even …

Tahiti and French Polynesia on a budget

No, there's no need to remortgage the house to visit Tahiti & French Polynesia. Despite a reputation for opulence and exclusivity, it's perfectly possible to visit these dreamy islands on a limited budget – if you make the right decisions.<p>Affordable accommodation<p>Glossy brochures focus on …

French Polynesia

Galápagos wildlife spotting: why you should go underwater

This Pacific archipelago, 1000km adrift of the Ecuadorian mainland, has been called many things: evolution in action, a living museum, a 'little world within itself'. And they’re all true.<p>Visitors come to coo at the wildlife – the giant tortoises that lumber across the highlands, the comical …

Nature

Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island

Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island-hopping?<p>Wherever you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, fantastic beaches, friendly faces and <i>ono grinds</i> (good eats) are practically guaranteed, but every island has a …

National Parks

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Scuba Diving

Essential Bali travel tips: what to know before you go

From navigating the crowds to being monkey-savvy, there are a few tricks to getting the best out of a trip to Bali. We’ve rounded up 15 top tips to bank for your next visit to the Island of the Gods.<p>Expect crowds<p>One of the most touristed islands on earth, Bali isn’t exactly an untouched paradise. …

Bali

Four days in Ubud: Beyond Eat, Pray, Love

It’s impossible these days to think about Ubud - Bali's cultural heart - without also considering the enormous success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i>. While you’ll find no shortage of local travel companies promoting EPL ‘experiences’, there’s more to Ubud than spirituality, rice paddies and …

Fair Trade

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, …

Papua New Guinea

10 Travel Photography Tips to Help Avoid Regrets When You Get Home

By Hélio Dias. I have lost count of how many times I’ve came home and regretted not having done something to get better pictures when I was …

Photography Tips

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Product Reviews

Water Landscapes Around the World Showcase Nature's Beauty

<b>This post is brought to you by Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water.</b><p>When you first hear the word landscape, what comes to mind? Do you think of mountains, hills or the general countryside? In fact, landscape is more broadly defined as “all the visible features of an area of land” which …

7 Tips for a Galapagos Trip

Any traveler with an interest in nature should move the Galapagos Islands to the top of his or her bucket list. From the giant tortoise to the Galapagos penguin, the endemic wildlife is abundant and fascinating. It's also one of the most protected places on earth, allowing visitors to take part in …

World's Top Landmarks, According To TripAdvisor (PHOTOS)

TripAdvisor has been doing its "Travelers' Choice" lists for quite some time now--including the best tippers, most popular destinations, the most and least expenses cities to visit this summer, and the best beaches, among others --but world's largest travel site just announced the winners of its …

The 10 most unusual new tours: Celebrity scandals to global warming

In the race to woo tourists and and grab a share of their spending, tour guides and companies have been getting creative. These ten new offers, based …