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National Geographic Travel

Behind the Traveler Photo Contest

Have you ever wondered what makes an award-winning photograph? This is your chance to find out.<p>Join the judges and winners of the 2014 <i>Traveler</i> Photo Contest for a <b>Google+ Hangout On Air,</b> and get the inside scoop on how the winning photographs were selected from more than 18,000 images.<p>The</i> …

Smoking: how it affects diet & nutrition

Q: How does smoking affect the tastebuds?<p>Smoking supplies the brain with nicotine, altering and suppressing a smoker's ability to taste flavours. The …

Wellness

Road tripping through Lonely Planet's top US destinations

Buckle up: it's time to hit the road! Our travel experts have rounded up the Top 10 US travel destinations for 2014, giving you brand new reasons to visit long-time favorites and also less-touristed places that are ripe for exploring, right now.<p>Is getting there half the fun? Find out for yourself …

National Parks

A guide to the eateries of Thailand

The first <i>ráan khâo kaeng</i> (rice & curry shop) to have been historically documented was a lean-to affair situated just outside the palace walls in 17th century Ayuthaya. It was said to have served rice and curry to palace courtiers who were too busy to prepare meals for themselves, but we know …

Curries

Top 10 state and national parks in Texas

Texas's vast and spectacular landscape is dotted with more than 100 national and state parks – and they're not all desert. Here's our pick of 10 varied parks, from the Lone Star state's own 'Grand Canyon' to historic sites, a forest and an urban oasis<p>Read more in our Austin City Guide<p>Big Bend …

Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

European Travel

Five amazing places to experience another culture

Learning about the culture and customs of other people is one of the great experiences of travel. Explore the planet's diversity with one of these locally owned and authentic tribal encounters.<p>Trekking with the H'mong around Sapa, northern Vietnam<p>Negotiate generations-old mountain tracks and …

Vietnam

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

Five roads less travelled in the USA

Everyone knows a road trip is the classic way to see the grand ol' USA. But what if you've already cruised the Pacific Coast Highway, rolled along the Blue Ridge Parkway and gotten your kicks on Route 66? Take a spin on any (or all) of these scenic drives, which rightfully should be much more …

National Parks

Cheatahs’ debut could serve as a primer on ’90s indie rock (in a good way)

Listening to the full-length debut of London quartet Cheatahs, it’s tempting to see its 12 tracks as a sort of sampler platter of the best of ’90s …

Best adventure travel for 2014

For those who like their trips to thrill, here’s our pick of the best places to feel pumped in 2014.<p>Mountain biking, Avoriaz, France<p>Avoriaz is one of 12 interconnected resorts in the Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps, where man-made bike trails and alpine tracks create a spectacular …

Adventure Travel

New Zealand's most wondrous night-time experiences

From night hikes to cave-rafts to midnight munchies, there’s lots to do in New Zealand when the lights go out...<p>1. Night-hike the Tongariro Crossing<p>The 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequently touted as the world’s best day walk, thanks to its compact combination of sulphurous lakes, huffing …

New Zealand

Caroline Shearing on Twitter: "RT Camping doesn't get any cooler than these 'tree bags' at Waldseilgarten via @PictureEuphoria & @GermanyTourism. http://t.co/Dh6hCbJDPj"

Everything you need to know about trips to see the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are one of nature's great displays, a free, multicoloured light show that is most commonly seen in the Arctic regions. Every performance is different, a beautiful, shifting dance of nocturnal rainbows that many viewers find a humbling and spiritually uplifting …

Norway's Otherworldly Coast - Photo Gallery

Photograph by Orsolya Haarberg<p>Walled in by the towering peaks of Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Kirkefjorden seems a world unto itself.<p>Photograph by Erlend Haarberg<p>Near the edge of Engabreen glacier, the contortions of time are visible in the sinuous infolding of stone.<p>Photograph by Orsolya Haarberg<p>In …

Stunning Views of the Raja Ampat Indonesian Islands

Raja Ampat is four Indonesian islands that are hardly known about. It can be found off the northwest of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New …

Thailand: 20 fascinating facts

1. Thailand is the world’s 20th most populous country, with close to 67 million people.<p>2. The full spelling of its capital, Bangkok, was clearly finalised before the days of Twitter. It is known to Thais as Krung Thep Maha Nakho, but its full ceremonial name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin …

No-frills airport hubs you shouldn't ignore - and some you should