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Iceland's Most Famous Waterfall Is Big Enough To Stand Inside, Which Is Pretty Incredible

This is Seljalandsfoss, arguably Iceland's most famous waterfall. In a boundless green field, the cascade drops a whopping 200 feet from rocks above into a serene little pool below.<p>The most insane part of Seljalandsfoss, though, is that you can hike through the back of the falls and view them from …

National Geographic Travel

Which Countries Are All 295 Victoria's Secret Models From?

Credit: Shutterstock<p>If you've ever flipped through the Victoria's Secret catalog and wondered "Where are all of these beautiful models from, and how can I meet them?" we've got the answers.<p>There have been 295 Victoria's Secret models over the years (including Geena Davis!?), and they hail from 53 …

Geena Davis

Shark Diving in Sydney: I Was Bit!

Living in Australia, shark diving was a bucket list MUST. However, I was unaware of what I'd signed up for when a shark caught its teeth on my wetsuit, and the guide had to wiggle it free. Too astonished to react, standing still (or rather floating still) was the best thing I could have done.<p>This …

Scuba Diving

Why you should never date a girl who travels

SHE’S THE ONE WITH the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun-kissed. It’s burnt with …

College & University

6 Budget Destinations Where You Can Stretch Your Travel Dollar

When the going gets tough, the tough are of tempted to stop going -- or going on vacation, that is! But the exact opposite should be true: travel inspires and relaxes us. It takes us to new creative heights. It is refreshing. It's exactly what we need when we're in a rut, or going through a rough …

Dominican Republic

Getting Naked With Strangers: The Baths of Baden-Baden

It's tough for many women to go naked in our 60s. The once perky parts slope downwards. There are stretch marks and cesarean scars, droopy tummies and thighs that move at their own pace. In U.S. society, while the young and firm can parade in thongs, there is no place for real bodies. Maybe it's …

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Scientists Track a Great White Shark Across the Atlantic for the First Time

Tagged off Florida, the mature female is now closing in on the U.K.'s Cornish coast.<p>Ever since researchers tagged a great white shark nicknamed Lydia off Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2013, they've been keeping a close eye on her. Their vigilance was rewarded this past weekend when the 14-foot …

A Landlubber's Galápagos Island Travel Journal

Here's the first and maybe most important thing you need to know as you're deciding how to travel to the Galápagos Islands: They are wayyyy bigger than they look on a satellite map. Those 20 random dots, floating 600 miles out in the Pacific off the coast of Ecuador, actually have a total land area …

Darth Vader

The Magic of Seaside Resorts in the Off Season

I was laying on the beach after a nice swim and was reading a book trying to get some tan. But I wasn't relaxed like the rest. I was wishing for a little less people, more refreshing sea and a few degrees less, so I could actually finish a sentence in my book without having to search for shade. I …

Coastlines

Great Wall Of China To Allow Graffiti

Have you always wanted to leave your mark on a monument that's more than 2,000 years old? Well, now you can.<p>The Great Wall of China will create a designated graffiti area where visitors can carve their names or messages into the Wall.<p>Scribbling and scratching into Great Wall stones isn't something …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

New Zealand