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Caribbean Adventures Worth Leaving Your All-Inclusive For

Sometimes you need an adventure that gets your heart thumping, a thrill to remind you that deep down inside you're still as fun and gutsy as you were when you were 20. These Caribbean adventures are the adrenaline-awakening experience you're looking for. They'll have you sweating through your …

Scuba Diving

10 Sublime Escapes to the Winter Sun of Latin America

<b>Make the most of Latin America's summer months - from January to March - by retreating to its sun-soaked beaches, mountains and vibrant cities.</b><p><b>ARGENTINA</b><p><b>1. The Lake District</b><p><b>WHY</b> At just the right time for the region's best climate year-round, make the most of the plethora of outdoor pursuits on …

Central America

Daily Travel Startup Watch: Homelike, WunderWalk and More

Every day we alert our readers of new startups in the travel industry being listed on AngelList, as an early information service for those who keep …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Street Food

In a nod to the Society’s yearlong focus on food, we asked our National Geographic Travel Facebook fans to share the best lip-smacking street eats they’ve sampled around the globe. Their answers left us hungry for more (and wanting to book a ticket to Southeast Asia).<p><b>So grab a snack and join us on</b> …

Tripoto Raises $400,000 to Create a Digital Travel Community

Tripoto, a platform where users can share or search for complete travel itineraries with text, photos, maps, and reviews, today announced a $400,000 …

Rocked by the rails: Canada’s amazing train trips

Canada’s railway links the east and west coasts of this massive country, so it’s not surprising that its national rail treasure – the <i>Canadian</i> – is featured, along with the Rockies, on Canada’s $10 bill. The <i>Canadian</i>’s route, from Vancouver to Toronto, is considered by many as one of the world’s best …

Trains

6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

My husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I'm pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I've been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and …

Mobile Technology

Insider Knowledge on The Best Panamanian Crafts.. And Where to Find Them

By Jessica Ramesch, InternationalLiving.com<p>This article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world's leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel and retire better overseas.<p>Panama's artisans are perhaps the best-kept secret in the world of handicrafts. In every region …

Central America

National Geographic Travel

Costa Rica's 'connection to nature' - CNN Video

American Samoa Is The Empty Slice Of Bliss You've Been Craving

Would you believe there's a virtually empty, incomparably lush, incredibly quiet and awesomely unplugged tropical escape that's technically a part of the United States?<p>No, it's not Hawaii. This is American Samoa, and you've kind of been ignoring it.<p>American Samoa is an unincorporated U.S. territory …

A Photographer’s Quest for People Who Eat Like Their Ancestors

Matthieu Paley traveled to remote communities around the world in search of the origins of what we eat.<p>This article has been updated since its original publication on September 4, 2014.<p>These days, documenting our dinners for the Internet is a universal pastime: sharing your food means that you …

The Truth About Iran: 5 Things That May Surprise Westerners

Given this history, it's not surprising that many Westerners fail to appreciate ways in which Iran is a relatively advanced and even liberal state.<p>It certainly took me by surprise when I traveled there last year.<p>If you've heard former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad describe the U.S. as the …

Middle East

Why Botswana Is the Most Eco-Friendly Country in Africa

If there's one African country that stands out as eco-friendly, it's Botswana. Hunting has been temporarily banned throughout the country, there are no fences, with wildlife free to roam at will, and the lodges of Botswana are all designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible. …

Wildlife

National Geographic Travel

Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods.<p>At these hidden locations, you …

Mexico

Maracas Bay Is As Close To Perfect As A Beach Can Get

Crescent-curved bay. Swaying palms. White sand and gentle waves. If there were such thing as a perfect beach, Maracas Bay would be it.<p>The natural bay is nestled about 30 minutes from the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation off the coast of Venezuela. The beach's tall, towering palm …

These 12 Places Are Reason Enough To Head To Florida

There's a lot you probably don't know about America's 27th state. Sure, there are the usual stomping grounds of Disney World, St. Augustine, Miami and Daytona, but there are, surprisingly, still some spots that are relatively under-the-radar in the Sunshine State.<p>So if you're looking to add a …

Swipe and Travel the World

A friend of mine collects airline credit cards. Most of them come with big frequent-flier bonuses—or even a free flight for signing up—and have no annual fee for the first year. So my friend cancels them right before the 12-month mark. He uses them for everything: groceries, car repairs, the broken …

Credit Cards

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 …

Vietnam War

Booking.com's New Vacation Rental Site is HomeAway's Worst Nightmare

Hotel behemoth Booking.com launched a dedicated site for vacation rentals, villas and apartments, and in some ways it is HomeAway’s worst …

Snow Safari: Seeing Polar Bears in the Wild

Polar bears are everywhere these days -- peering at you from cans of Coke, eating ice cream in ads, and padding around in cartoon arctics with penguins (who belong at the other pole).<p>Polar bears are everywhere. Everywhere, that is, but where they should be: on ice floes in the far, far North.<p>The …

Bears

7 Caribbean Islands You've Never Heard Of But Should Visit

Ah the Caribbean. So exquisite, so pristine, so...overrun? True, there are many, many islands in the Caribbean that are worth a visit and many of them happen to have--shall we say--a healthy tourism market. But what if you still want to jet off to those insanely blue waters and don't want to deal …

National Geographic Travel

The Friendliest Caribbean Islands

Originally posted on CNTraveler.com<p>As if the incredible beaches, luxurious pools, and delectable cocktails weren't enough draw to visit the Caribbean, the region is also home to some of the world's warmest and nicest human beings. These are the top 10 friendliest islands in the Caribbean, according …

Caribbean

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Caribbean Islands

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Lauren De Niro Pipher (@LDPgalactic). Her photo exemplifies the natural serenity of the Caribbean Islands. Of her photo she says:<p>"The photo was taken on Necker Island in the BVIs while on holiday there in Nov 2013. Necker is Sir Richard Branson's …