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Cappadocia from the ground and from the sky

From above, the curvaceous landscape of Cappadocia spools out to the horizon in rippling waves of rock tinged shades of blushing pink. Hot air ballooning may be big business in this geological wonderland, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is the only way to view it.<p>Ballooning companies …

Top 10 things to do in Trinidad, Cuba

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, Cuba, was built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade. At its zenith, in 1827, one of the 56 sugar mills in the region harvested the biggest cane haul in the world — just under a million kilos of white pressed crystals. This enormous, …

A Scottish-style safari

Reindeer being fed in Aviemore. Photograph by David Tipling<p>Imagine the comical mating ritual of the capercaillie bird, the flash of a red squirrel sprinting by and the grunt of a reindeer -- all set against the backdrop of an ancient Caledonian forest, remnants of a landscape that once covered the …

A traveller's guide to India's festivals

Earlier this year the Maha Kumbh Mela, held in the north Indian city of Allahabad, was touted as the biggest religious gathering on Earth. More than 100 million pilgrims are estimated to have washed away a lifetime of sins by taking a dip at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical …

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Asia Travel

Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

Siti Khadijah Market, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

I'm generally more of a details guy, but now and again there's a place for a high-level, 30,000 foot view of a place (and cheesy sociology …

Asia

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop in jewel tones …

National Geographic Travel

Top 10 Cities in Africa & the Middle East: Readers' Choice Awards 2013

Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Cape Town, South Africa, and Beirut, Lebanon, the number one cities in Africa and the Middle East. Read about all of the best hotels, resorts, airlines, and cruise lines in the world in our Readers' Choice Awards 2013.

10 Best Off-Season Adventures (Photos)

Avoid the crowds and bag a bargain by travelling to the world’s best bits when everyone else isn’t.<p>Getty

Insider’s Guide to Reykjavik

Every experience you’ll have in Iceland will be synonymous with nature, but if hiking up a volcano or camping in lava fields doesn’t float your boat, …

Europe's Most Beautifully Precarious Villages

Europe is home to some of the world's most enchanting villages; small, rustic towns where time seems to slow down and travelers can explore narrow streets, ancient buildings, and farm-fresh country taverns to really soak up the local flavor. Europe is also home to some of the most unusual villages …

Italy

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 …

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 …

10 Of The Most Unique Buildings In China

Architecture

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

Ultimate Road Trip: Vietnam’s Northern Loop

Anyone who has been to this country (and even some of those who haven’t) will no doubt be skeptical about the words "Vietnam" and "road trip" in the …

Lumbini, Nepal - birthplace of Buddha: travel guide

<b>Guide to Lumbini in Nepal</b><p>My Rating:<p>highlights - getting there - map - itineraries - accommodation<p><b>Lumbini is located in the Rupandehi district of</b> …

Asia Travel

6 Island Experiences Almost Too Good to Share

What's not to love about an island escape? Pristine waters, beautiful wildlife, salt in your hair and sand between your toes? Here is where to find …

Salt

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …