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12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

Apps

Elena Lappin: ‘You can’t write when you lose your language’

All émigré writers have a story to tell about finding a home in a new, foreign language<p>I began to write almost as soon as I could read: stories in my head, mini novels in my notebooks, tales invented and told daily to my little brother. I started school magazines just so I could write in them. I …

Literature

23 photographs that prove America is already great

How to Get Thousands of Visitors to Your Blog

So you’ve written yourself a blogging masterpiece.<p>A piece of content so brilliant it belongs in the Louvre. An article so great, you’re about to go …

Google Trends

The 12 most innovative countries in the world

But for that to happen, a country must create an environment conducive to creative activity that is supported by both the public and private sectors.<p>More concretely, we're talking about having high-quality scientific research institutions, sufficient investment in research and development, and …

Innovation
Self-improvement

10 Ways to Treat Your Skin Like a Derm Would

Want gorgeous skin? It’s time to start thinking like a dermatologist. While you can’t see your skin doc for every bump and blemish, you can impress …

Skin Care

15 extraordinary places you've never heard of (but really should visit)

10 fascinatingly untranslatable Norwegian words

1. Uting<p>Directly translated, it means «unthing.» Figuratively translated, it usually describes a bad habit or tradition — of which, of course, there …

6 More Ways to Save Money when Traveling to Europe

More by Leah<p>View from the tower at Cathedral La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.<p>Last week I wrote about five ways to save money when traveling abroad. I …

Personal Finance

Visiting Iceland: 14 dos and don'ts

The number of visitors to small, ravishingly beautiful Iceland is soaring – and Iceland’s news has been busy with stories of tourists getting into difficulties. When travellers get things wrong, it can be a matter of etiquette, or the destruction of the pristine environment. But it can also be …

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Visiting Iceland: 14 dos and don'ts

The number of visitors to small, ravishingly beautiful Iceland is soaring – and Iceland’s news has been busy with stories of tourists getting into difficulties. When travellers get things wrong, it can be a matter of etiquette, or the destruction of the pristine environment. But it can also be …

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The cool beyond the castle: Edinburgh's top local experiences

The glories of history – think the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia – are an undeniable part of Edinburgh's appeal. But Scotland's capital is something else too: cool. There's an array of excellent bars, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and contemporary galleries, and …

Scotland

7 essential apps for your vacation in London

LONDON — If London's leafy parks, palaces, museums and craft beer-serving pubs have enticed you to take a vacation in the city this summer, you'll …

Apps

Traveling in Europe? A New Search Engine Wants to Show You Every Transportation Option.

This story appears in the June 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>The airline industry has changed dramatically in the past 15 years, with most reservations now being processed online. But for other modes of transit—rail, bus and ferry—booking and purchasing are still brick-and-mortar …

South-east Asia

16 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent thread on Quora discussed some of the best destinations in Europe that remain unknown.<p>The answers hit on a number of hidden gems, which we included in this list, along with some others that came from our own research.<p>From Denmark's Faroe Islands to one of Armenia's oldest monasteries, here …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

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

Name Your Own Price for a Plane Seat With This Brilliant New App

<i>by Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Around 30 international airlines, ranging from Austrian to Virgin Atlantic, have signed on with Plusgrade.<p>How much would you pay to upgrade your next flight? Online auction system Plusgrade lets you bid against other passengers for a better seat. But it's not …

Flying

World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the …

6 Mind-Blowing Underwater Cities You'll Definitely Want to Visit on Your Next Scuba Dive!

Eventually, even great cities fall. This can either happen due to natural disasters or war.<p>Hidden beneath the waves lies ancient cities yet to be …

I Heart My National Park: Olympic

Encompassing 1,441 square miles of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, <b>Olympic National Park</b> invites visitors to explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; temperate forest; and the rugged Pacific shore. Because of the park’s relatively unspoiled condition and outstanding …

National Geographic Travel

16 Of The Most Photogenic Hikes On The West Coast

Best coast?

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Revealing Photos of Skylines and Apartment Windows Capture Solitude of City Life

Living among millions of other people and bumping shoulders on overflowing sidewalks doesn't always equate to a sense of community. Ironically, the most thriving metropolis can create the strongest feelings of isolation. French photographer and graphic artist Floriane de Lassee offers an …

Skyscrapers

National Geographic Travel

8 Perfect Getaways with Outdoor Showers

On the scale of hotel room awesomeness, outdoor showers rank up there with killer views and private Jacuzzis (and, okay, free minibars). We don’t need to spell out why, especially after a day of ripping up waves, pounding mountain trails, zip-lining, safari-ing, or just nursing margs on the beach. …

Costa Rica

National Geographic Travel