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Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

Travel Photography

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …


How to bike the Mekong in northern Cambodia

THE MEKONG RIVER defines Cambodia as much as the temples at Angkor. With ferries every few miles, it’s possible to hop from bank-to-bank, crossing …

Phnom Penh

America's Best Doughnuts

Nothing beats a doughnut, whether they're glazed, jelly-filled or dressed up in crushed Oreos or a crunchy strip of bacon. These beloved fried pastries took a humble back seat while perfectly crafted cupcakes have satisfied sweet savants across the country for the past several years. But as …


Europe’s cheapest cities, 2013

From Bucharest to Budapest, the third annual European Backpacker index found that travelling to the previously pricey continent is actually less expensive than you would think.

European Travel

Chipping away at the history of fish and chips

Although often associated with the seaside, the first chippie opened its doors in London, where the working class propelled the iconic dish into popular culinary culture.<p>Walk London’s cobblestoned streets, cross centuries-old bridges and amble through celebrated covered markets – before the morning …


10 Best European Cities for Layovers

Long flights with even longer layovers may seem less than ideal when you are eager to kick-start your vacation, but your stopover doesn't have to be boring. Whether your layover is a quick break or an entire 24 hours, venturing outside the airport in one of these ten European multi-faceted cities …

European Travel

Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple

Thailand's Tiger Temple is a Buddhist organization that allows visitors to pet and feed the massive cats, but critics argue that the cats should not be so docile.<p>Thailand's Tiger Temple is a Buddhist organization that allows visitors to pet and feed the massive cats, but critics argue that the cats …


Castells: The coolest sport you’ve never heard of

At the dawn of my year abroad in Barcelona, I started poking around for an extracurricular activity. I wanted something that would let me practice …

10 of the world's best hamburgers, according to burger-loving chefs

Chefs know a good burger and that’s why on this very last day of Burger Week, Eater has reached out to chefs across the country — and abroad — for …

Best of TEXAS

After burning my tires across 5,000 miles of Texas roads, I can say with confidence that I know Texas slightly better than I did a month ago. My travels in the Lone Star State became a month-long search for self-discovery and digging deep to find out what it really means to be Texan. I learned much.<p>…

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Top 10 Must-See Travel Destinations

There's an entire awe-inspiring world out there to see and experience. Rather than stay home and dream of what might have been, unearth that passport and get going. To get you started in the right direction, we've whittled down a "bucket list" of ten of the world's most magnificent wonders.<p><b>Great</b> …

South America

4 Principles To Packing Smart

When I started consulting I found having to pack my suitcase every week to be a chore. It was a boring process that required packing my shirts and ties so they stayed wrinkle free while being jammed like sardines in a can. When I started going to the gym on a more regular basis, it also required …