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10 of the best safaris for 2015 | CNN Travel

The Cocos Islands Are Our Top Destination For 2015

There are many places we're itching to visit in 2015, but just a warning: when we stop by this one, we may never leave.<p>The Cocos Keeling Islands are total paradise -- the oasis of 27 coral islands (not to be confused with Costa Rica's Cocos Island) floats between Australia and Sri Lanka in the …

Why You Should Travel Solo At Least Once

<b>"Don't be scared to walk alone. Don't be scared to like it." John Mayer</b><p>Three years ago, you couldn't pay me to travel <i>anywhere</i> by myself, and getting on a plane to go abroad solo was definitely out of the question.<p>It's funny how time changes things and us, and the things you never saw yourself doing …

Japan by Bullet Train

I wanted to cross the country in one day. You can do that now, thanks to the incredibly fast bullet trains that connect Japan’s major cities.<p>The bullet, or Shinkansen, train looks futuristic but celebrates its 50th birthday this year.<p>Since 2011, it has linked the northernmost city of Aomori, on the …

To Sua Ocean Trench Is Your New Happy Place In Samoa

We've seen some amazing secret beaches in our day, but nothing quite blows the mind like a giant aquamarine swimming hole on a Samoan volcanic island.<p>... Right?<p>To Sua Ocean Trench -- whose name literally means "big hole" -- is a 98-foot-deep hole on the Samoan island of Upolu. Intrepid adventurers …