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A Birthday Wish for America’s National Parks

When I was 16 years old, I went to Yosemite and fell in love with America’s national parks, so much so that I now live next to one—Acadia, in Maine. In 2016, the <b>National Park Service (NPS)</b> turns 100, and planning for commemorations has already begun.<p>Yellowstone became the world’s first national …

Hiking

12 Amazing Photos Of The World's Largest Cruise Ship, Which Is More Than Five Times The Size Of The Titanic

Cruise ships are often called "floating hotels." But Oasis of the Seas, the one of the largest vessels afloat in its industry, is more like several floating hotels.<p>The boat is big.<p>Amusingly, it's not quite as big of its sister ship, Allure of Seas.<p>Allure — also operated by Royal Caribbean — is …

Cruise Ships

Just Back: Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula

Nat Geo Travel’s <b>Annie Fitzsimmons</b> spends a large part of her life scouting out the sites, restaurants, and people that reveal the distinctive soul of cities large and small.<p>But even Urban Insiders need a break from the hustle and bustle once in a while. So after attending the Adventure Travel World …

Gorgeous National Parks to Visit in the Wintertime

Generally, wintertime is associated with sitting by a crackling fireplace and watching the snowfall from the comfort of your warm home. Mix in some fast-paced winter sports like snowboarding and skiing, and it completes the package.<p>But, arguably the best part of winter is when snow falls and covers …

The best careers for travelling the world

Dreaming of a job that pays you to travel? Who doesn't? Competition is stiff and salaries aren't always something to write home about, but here's our pick of the best jobs to turn that daydream into reality.<p>Flight attendant<p>Yes, flight attendants travel the world but short haul staff rarely leave …

How To Do Disney At Christmas Time

At Florida's Walt Disney World, the holidays aren't just a celebration. They're an epic production that calls for some 8.5 million lights and 15 miles of garlands.<p>Record crowds show up to rock around Disney World's 1,300 individually decorated Christmas trees. After all, it's the holiday season, …

The 35 Most Amazing National Parks on Earth

What's the quickest way to realize how truly amazing our planet is? Simple: Visit the world's greatest national parks. We're thankful that governments around the world have set aside these amazing tracts of pristine wilderness, and with the help of the tips and photos from over 1 million travelers …

Supergirl by Cosplay Sisters at March Toronto Comic Con 2014

The Best of Romantic Ireland

With castles and legends, Old World hospitality and indulgent experiences, epic scenery and fairy trees, Ireland is a world of romantic mystique.<p>Here are some of the key highlights from around the Emerald Isle:<p><b>> Ardmore and Environs</b> (County Waterford)<p>Quiet Ardmore offers jaw-dropping sea views, …

Ireland

Porsche's first vehicle found in shed after a century

First vehicle was electric and made in 1898<p>The first Porsche ever made has been recovered from a shed in Austria where it sat for over 100 years. The vehicle is called the "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model" — nicknamed the "P1" for short — and was created by Ferdinand Porsche …

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’ …

Travel Photography

Cruise Shares Rise After Carnival Posts Modest Profit

The cruise ship sector got a lift Friday after Carnival reported a small but surprising fourth-quarter profit.<p>The Miami company is beginning to win …

Markets

The Best Places To Ski East Of The Rockies

If you're into skiing or snowboarding, you know the West is where it's at to find North America's longest runs, busiest ski towns and dizzying vertical heights. But getting to Jackson Hole, WY or Whistler, BC isn't always practical or affordable for winter athletes living east of the Rockies.<p>We've …

National Geographic Travel

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast

You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket. Here's our guide to navigating this captivating region sure to bring out the adventurer in you.<p><b>San Blas Islands,</b> …

A Tale of Two Islands in the Philippines

Linda Adriano was a shy woman. A single mother, she supported her household by selling trinkets out of her handbag on Palawan — a long island of tropical landscapes teeming with flora and fauna in the southwestern Philippines.<p>One day, she picked up a discarded soda can, thinking that if she could …

Halong Bay

7 Frightening Halloween Festivals

We've already shown you the world's scariest places and America's spookiest hotels, but if you're still looking for more Halloween-themed thrills, you won't have to search far: You can find festive celebrations in just about any town across the country. From coffin racing in Manitou Springs, Colo., …

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 …

This Tiny Concrete Speck Is Its Own Country

By Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler<p>The Principality of Sealand has its own flag, a white diagonal stripe dividing fields of red and black. It has currency, postage stamps, a national anthem ("E Mare Libertas," which is also its national motto, meaning "from the sea, freedom"), and even a soccer …

Portraits of Dogs With Human-Like Expressions

Is it just us or do most of these dogs look incredibly serious? Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Ralph Hargarten is behind this intriguing new series called <i>A Dog's Life</i> where he's shot portraits of dogs with facial expressions we often attribute to humans. Set against a simple black background, …

Pets

Testicle size may indicate men's childcare aptitude, suggests US study

Men with smaller testes more likely to take charge of parenting jobs and reacted more strongly to photos of own children<p>Men's aptitude for childcare may be reflected in the size of their testes, according to a study by US scientists.<p>Researchers found that men with smaller testes were more likely to …

Pretend It’s Still Summer at These Island Escapes (Photos)

A little depressed that summer’s winding down? Distract yourself with one of these 10 sunny islands escapes.

Are You a Bad Traveler?

Deadbeats. Gate lice. Entitleds.<p>Pull back the curtain on the service industry and you can hear them talking about us -- often in unflattering terms.<p>Being tagged as a terrible customer can be embarrassing. Consider the lousy tippers database, which outs customers who have the gall to pay the menu …

What to Expect on a Viking River Cruise

River cruising is a unique category of vacation. Different from ocean cruising, it more closely resembles a land-based trip with a quality tour …

Cruise Ships

Labor Day Dreaming: Week in Review

This week, we gave you an excuse to daydream—with Labor Day around the corner (and all the deals that come with it) there’s no reason not to. We …

Volunteering at the future Patagonia National Park

FOR THOSE INTERESTED in working directly towards large-scale conservation, consider spending time in Chilean Patagonia, at the future Patagonia …

South America

The 25 Best Hotels In The World

We've created the ultimate list of the best hotels in the world by aggregating four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites.<p>The rankings we used were Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual …

Hospitality

25 Stunning National Park Vistas

If these 25 astounding vistas tell us anything, it's that America's beauty is a fierce kind. There are the alien landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and the trickling glacial promontories of Denali and Glacier National Park.<p>Legends, too, inform these lands, from Dead Horse Point's …

National Parks