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12 business books you will need to read in 2014

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>One of the highlights of becoming an author is getting to read some exciting books in advance, and hearing early buzz about others. It’s the book nerd’s version of seeing sneak previews of movies before they hit the silver …

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

Chicago's 100 Best Restaurants: #25-1

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In Sydney, Christmas in July

Australians often celebrate mid-year to take advantage of the wintery feel down under – and this July it is all about food, fun and fantasy.<p>Australians don’t get the chance to have a white Christmas. Down under, a December Christmas is hot and steamy, and often celebrated with beers and barbequed …

Utah’s astonishing wild side

From a salt lake island roamed by buffalo to a majestic canyon named Zion, the state’s national and state parks harbour some of the most extraordinary landforms on Earth.<p>Utah’s national parks and state parks harbour some of the most extraordinary landforms on Earth, and embody the spirit of the …

Business trip: Copenhagen

Ranked as the easiest place in Europe to do business, this compact, walkable and easy-to-navigate Danish city might be the best city in the world for a work trip.<p>Copenhagen may be the best city in the world for a business trip.<p>It is compact, walkable and easy to navigate. The travel time between …

Bangalore’s booming nightlife, all before 11:30pm

Despite a nightly curfew, South India's IT epicentre is seeing an increase in craft beer bars and rooftop lounges, with wine country burgeoning nearby.<p>Bangalore has worked hard to earn its nickname, Pub City. For years, the IT epicentre has been South India’s unofficial bar capital, a bustling city …

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High-altitude dining in London

Three new restaurants have opened in The Shard, providing impressive new ways to experience the city's latest trend.<p>Thanks to London's rising skyline, high-altitude dining is the city's latest trend. In the last few months three new restaurants – Oblix, Aqua Shard and Hutong – have opened in The …

Zimbabwe, a side you've never seen

Slowly leaving behind its days of violence and corruption, the southern African nation is back in the business of offering travellers thrilling, up-close animal adventures.<p>We were eating lunch in the central tent, washing down slices of tasty wood-fired pizza with glasses of gin and tonic, when a …

Hot springs and hummingbirds in Ecuador

A far cry from its origin as a potato-growing centre, Papallacta, Ecuador's highest town, has become famous for its wondrous natural treasures.<p>In the Ecuadorian town of Papallacta, water is everything. Trout farms supply local restaurants with the steamed fish that headlines almost every menu, and …

Which country is best seen by rail?

Aeroplanes are faster and cars are more convenient, but in many parts of the world trains still reach unexpected and beautiful places that would be inaccessible any other way.<p>Once the only way to easily cross long distances, today train travel has been mostly replaced by the speed of aeroplanes and …

Walking through Australia’s pure desert heart

With 223km of mountain trails, dusty tracks and narrow canyons, the Larapinta Trail offers deep desert absorption on one of Australia’s best long-distance walks.<p>Think of Australia’s Red Centre and you may picture emblematic attractions such as the soaring ochre monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) or the …

Chicago: Summer on a shoestring

The Illinois city is known for world trade, popular culture and a rich history, but it is the gratis activities that make the Windy City a summer destination.<p>The Illinois city is known for world trade, popular culture and a rich history, but it is the gratis activities that make the Windy City a …

The perfect trip: Norway

This country does not do nature on a small scale. It is a land of earth-shattering glaciers, fjords of epic proportions and countless coastal islands scarcely touched by civilisation.<p>Traverse Norway'­s dramatic landscape in this ideal excursion, taking in one of the world's great rail journeys from …

Business trip: Helsinki

Finland’s capital is one of Northern Europe’s most important economic centres, combining a key geographic position with a taste of Finnish culture.<p>One of Northern Europe’s most important commercial and political centres, business-centric Helsinki is the largest city in an otherwise fairly rural …

Living in: Brussels

Drawing a diverse international population, the often-called Capital of Europe is a multinational gem where bureaucracy and culture live side by side.<p>Brussels is many cities in one. It is the bilingual capital of Belgium, where the official languages are French and Dutch; it calls itself the …

The perfect trip: Cambodia

From ancient temples to an elegant capital and all the rich village life in between, Cambodia is a small country with a big soul where family and religion reign supreme.<p>Marvel at the palaces, markets and bars of the capital, Phnom Penh, before heading north to Siem Reap for excursions to a floating …

Macau beyond the roulette wheel

More than a decade after the Portuguese left Macau, their 450-year-old legacy lives on in fusion with the Chinese, creating a culture that is distinctly Macanese.<p>Peer across the smoky gambling tables and the lines of slot machines in Macau’s crowded casino halls, and there is little doubt as to …

Reclaiming the streets in Bogota

Every Sunday, the Colombian capital closes more than 100km of roads to motor vehicles, and a wildebeest-worthy migration of bikes takes over the city.<p>Colombia embraced a new national hero in July when 23-year-old Nairo Quintana finished second in the Tour de France, the highest-ever finish by a …

London’s stairway to heaven

Head to the Tate Modern in Southwark and you could find yourself lost in a gravity-defying maze of 15 interlocking wooden stairways.<p>Head to the Tate Modern in Southwark and you could find yourself lost in a dizzying maze of 15 interlocking wooden stairways. The gravity-defying stairs, located on …

Six beautiful and bizarre bridges

Many bridges are the archetype of urban blight, essential yet uninspired. But informed Quora.com users know better. They identified fantastic structures that double as art.

Business trip: Montreal

The second largest French-speaking city on the planet stands out from the pack with its mix of Euro-chic, urban ambiance and small town neighbourhoods.<p>As one of Canada's largest cities, Montreal stands out from the pack for its combination of big city ambiance and small-town neighbourhoods, …

Mini guide to excursions from Reykjavik

Iceland’s capital is the perfect base for a wide range of activities, be it bobbing in a geothermal pool, spotting puffins or taking in one of the world’s best dive sites.<p>Famed for its Viking history and high-energy nightlife, Iceland’s capital is also the perfect pitstop for a range of activities: …

Business trip: Atlanta

Despite being the commercial capital of the fast growing southeastern US, the city’s genteel Southern charms have survived amid rapid economic and social changes.<p>Like its official symbol, the phoenix, Atlanta is rising from the ashes of the recent recession, maintaining its position as the …

An underwater hotel opens in Africa

The underwater room at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island immerses guests 4m below the surface, 250m from shore in the Indian Ocean.<p>Joining a list of other experimental under-the-sea hotel rooms in Florida, Sweden and the Maldives, the underwater room at Manta Resort on remote Pemba Island in …

Canada’s greatest cycling trail

A mix of dedicated bike trails and cycle paths, the 5,000km La Route Verte is North America’s longest cycling network, taking in Quebec’s cities, rivers, lakes and fjords.<p>Struggling up a steep hill in the blazing afternoon heat, I heard a noise. An old man was effortlessly cycling past me, laughing …

Seven incredible places you may have never heard of

As globalisation leaves no stone unturned, we took to Quora.com to find a few secret locales well worth the trip.

BBC Travel's 2013 gift guides

These tried and tested must-haves are sure to make every traveller’s wish list. Happy holidays, adventurers!<p>The festive season is upon us – and with it the time for gift-giving. Short on ideas for what to buy the travel enthusiasts in your life? You’ll find something for even the fussiest explorer …