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10 of the world's epic train journeys

Whether gliding through the Rockies or labouring up the Andes, our pick of spectacular railway trips gets a green light for all budgets<p>Somewhat greedily, the Swiss boast three world-class rail journeys: the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express and, most spectacular of all, the Jungfraubahn. …

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How to safari in South Africa on a budget

A South African safari needn’t cost a packet. Our money-saving tips include going out of season, looking for online deals and doing what the locals do<p>The words “budget” and “safari” are not often found in the same sentence. Safaris are a notoriously expensive holiday choice. But there are ways to …

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The best small towns in America

While there’s nothing quite like the energy of the big city, the hectic pace isn’t for everyone, and urbanites themselves often need a respite.<p>But the U.S. is home to thousands of perfectly charming small towns that are great places for weekend escapes—or to settle down in. We’ve swept the country …

The 50 best hotels in Italy for summer

It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, …

India’s temples of sex

This extremely conservative country was once home to the world’s first sex treatise and the erotic art on display is perhaps more shocking now than when it was created.<p>In December 2013, India’s LGBT community suffered a severe setback as the country’s Supreme Court ruled homosexuality to be a …

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6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

Macau Giant Spending $7.4 B on Family-Focused Development

Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd., the casino operator controlled by billionaire Lui Che Woo, plans to spend about HK$57 billion ($7.4 billion) more to …

ITA Matrix Is The Magic Cheap Flights Site You've Never Heard Of

When shopping for plane tickets, we won't settle for anything but the cheapest deal. We've got our usual lineup of fare-finding sites to check, yet a nagging feeling always leaves us wondering if we <i>really</i> found the lowest price possible. Is there any way to know for sure?<p>Yes, there is. <b>ITA Matrix is</b> …

Places I'd Like to See in Japan

There are some many beautiful places to see in Japan. Here are a few of the destinations that I'd like to see during my travels.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>What I'd Like to See in Japan<p>Follow Claudine Williams on Twitter: www.twitter.com/somewherelux

Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

<b>An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.</b><p>Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.<p>The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 …

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2014 top spots to visit in the United States | CNN Travel

Snapshots From 18 Months of Adventure in New Zealand

Wild and untamed New Zealand encompasses some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Largely uninhabited, yet bursting with unquestionable beauty, the islands offer visitors a veritable buffet of landscapes to explore, each one painted with a unique palate of color.<p>Having just completed …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

Summer Veggies for Gorgeous Skin

New York City dermatologist and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center Joshua Zeichner shares his favorite farmer's market picks to cure what ails you—and your skin.<p><b>For inflammation...</b>red and yellow peppers. "They're rich in carotenoids, which soothe redness. They …

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Greece tops Lonely Planet's 2014 Best in Europe list | CNN Travel

Physics lab for the YouTube generation

This short film looks at how digital technologies are changing the face of physics education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).<p>In …

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Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

Conference proceedings removed from subscription databases after scientist reveals that they were computer-generated.<p>The publishers Springer and IEEE …

12 of the Hardest Places to Visit on Earth

From impassable terrains to unstable political situations to strict visa regulations, there are some places on Earth that are nearly impossible to get into. Fortunately, these adventurous photographers dared to venture into these territories! Even if you can't be there yourself, you can still …

Is a 30-Minute Workout Better Than a 60-Minute One?

Kate Upton's trainer, David Kirsch, seems to think so.<p>When it comes to your body, you get what you give. Luckily, that no longer means hours on the treadmill or double spin classes. Instead, celebrity trainer David Kirsch says that quality over quantity is the missing link to reaching your get-fit …

Discovering Jordan

Jordan is home to the well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Petra and Wadi Rum. These sites have been inhabited by many cultures over thousands of years but are perhaps best known for their connection to Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Or perhaps it was the British …

10 Innovative Websites That Will Change the Way You Travel

Continuous innovation has fueled the rapid growth of online travel information and commerce. Even now--after the market has achieved a measure of maturity--would-be Internet millionaires keep searching for The Next Big Thing. Peer-to-peer interactions? Searches tailored to individual interests? …

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.</i>

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What The Future Looked Like In 1900 -- 13 Fascinating Images

1 of 14<p>Crossing the sea and getting from one country to another has never been easier thanks to this railway and boat combination. Ferry your way …

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