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50 Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Turns 40

Consider this your life's library.<p>This list celebrates female writers who wrote coming-of-age classics as well as modern page-turners. They've won awards, provoked discussion, and ultimately their work has become cherished favorites on the bookshelves of many.

30 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer

For these small towns, summer is the best (and prettiest) time to visit.<p>You should add these to your travel plans ASAP.

23 BIG bucket list adventures

The rarest travel experiences. The toughest. The dearest. The ones that won’t be around for much longer. These are the real do-before-you-die …

27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

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Free Things to Do in New York City

Finding free activities to fill your day in the City That Never Sleeps is easier than you might think. With countless cultural attractions and a large city parks system, there's plenty to do that won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Art/Music</b><p>Skip the $25 ticket price when the <b>Museum of Modern Art</b> opens its doors, …

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Roast Chicken Recipes For The Easiest Dinner Ever

How Sweet It Is, Cafe Johnsonia, Feasting at Home, Adventures in Cooking, Foodie Crush<p>Nigella Lawson said it best: "You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?"<p>If you don't wholeheartedly agree with Lawson's sentiment, we're …

Meet America’s first drug dealer: Arnold Rothstein’s wild, real-life 1920s “Sopranos” story

The modern drug war started with Arnold Rothstein, a criminal master so feared he managed to rig the World Series<p>As I dug deeper, I realized there was a hole in the story of the start of the drug war—a large and cavernous one. It is possible to piece together how this all began through the eyes of …

Free Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., is full of memorials and museums to visit, many of which are free to explore. But dig a little deeper, and you'll find even more activities and sites that don't cost a thing. Here are some ideas to get you started.<p><b>Attractions</b><p>The <b>National Building Museum,</b> acclaimed for its …

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Reader Recs: Life-Changing Childhood Trips

Traveling at a young age can be a transformative experience that leads to a lifetime of wanderlust. To celebrate the power of travel (and perhaps inspire a few parents out there), we asked our <b>@NatGeoTravel Facebook fans</b> to tell us about trips that made a lasting impression on them during their …

Top 10 Food Cities

What makes an urban legend? A dish so unforgettable it becomes just as famous as its birthplace.<p><i>This list was first published in the National Geographic book</i> The World's Best Cities<i>.</i><p><b>Louisville, Kentucky</b><br>Invented as a midnight snack for revelers at the Brown Hotel (335 W. Broadway), Hot Brown, an …

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2015 Notable Books announced: Year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry

CHICAGO — The Notable Books Council has announced the 2015 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of 26 titles …

7 Explorers Name The Most Beautiful Place They've Ever Seen

Looking for travel inspiration? We've been asking fascinating people -- Pulitzer Prize-winners, world champion athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and more -- to share the greatest travel journeys of their lives.<p><b>New Guinea</b><p>Scientist and author Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, …

11 Cities You Must Backpack At Least Once

There are almost too many must-see cities in the world -- and the most seamless way to hit them all is by backpacking. With little luggage and a huge sense of adventure, a backpacking trip allows you to experience new places with freedom and ease (all while teaching you more than college ever …

He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here's What They Told Him.

Karl Pillemer has spent the last several years systematically interviewing hundreds of older Americans to collect their lessons for living.<p>Pillemer admits he's an advice junkie. He's also a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University.<p>Some years ago, after turning 50, he wondered whether there is …

The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts In The World

There's nothing we love more than an all-inclusive resort. The boundless beverages, the boundless beaches, the boundless beauty... and the boundless food (because let's be honest, that's the whole reason we're on vacation in the first place).<p>And thanks to TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice …

First time Rocky Mountain National Park: discover the best of the Colorado wilderness

With over 300 miles of trails, jagged, snow-encrusted granite peaks and a remarkable array of wild creatures, Rocky Mountain National Park is a perfect introduction to the Colorado wilderness. For the first-time visitor, wildlife is one of the major draws to the park, which is home to a massive …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

10 Stories That Prove Study Abroad Changes You In The Best Possible Way

"What's the place that changed you?"<p>We're eternally nostalgic for college -- the things we learned in class and out (okay let's face it, mostly out) shaped us into the humans we are, quite probably more than any other chapter of our educational lives.<p>But for those of us who were lucky enough to …

@NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Best Islands

On the lookout for a great escape? There’s nothing quite like an island to transport you to an alternate reality—one where days seem to stretch on forever and troubles fall away like an ebbing tide.<p><b>Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite islands to get you in that dreaming mood:</b><p><b>Malta</b><p>“As …

Here Are The Top Places You Need To Visit In The US, According To Pinterest Users

Since then, users have created 4 million Place Boards and uploaded over 1 billion Place pins into the system.<p>Thanks to that data, Pinterest was able to put together a list of the top 20 most popular places in the US that everyone should try to visit.

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Rock Climbing in Turkey: James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini

Photo: Francisco Taranto Jr.<p>Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson—The North Face’s premiere rock climbing couple—met on a rock face in Antalya, Turkey, but Antalya gave them more than a climbing partner for life. Ciavaldini and Pearson fell in love with Turkey—its rock and its food, the underpin of …

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The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Top 10 Extreme Hotels in the World

As the world grows smaller and the luxury hotel scene expands, it's becoming more and more difficult to find a corner of this planet to call your own -- not to mention finding a hotel that doesn't look like a thousand others. That said, it's not impossible, as GAYOT's list of extreme hotels proves. …

How to do Broadway on a Budget

<i>Photo Courtesy Susan/Flickr. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>It's been a few years since we've written anything about Broadway. We've already sung the praises of saving money on Broadway shows with <b>TKTS</b> and talked about how to take advantage of standing room only, general rush and student …