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Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers (PHOTOS)

When it comes to travel, bigger isn't always better. The most ingenious gifts often come in the lightest packages, making it easier to meet TSA liquid restrictions and new carry-on-bag limits while also freeing travelers to be spontaneous.<p>In that spirit, we've put together a shopping list of …

23 Places You Should Visit In 2015

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2015.<p>From the Philippines to Peru, here are the best places to travel next year.

Destinations to Watch in 2015

With nearly 200 countries in the world, choosing your next destination is no small task. Luckily, some cities and countries are setting themselves apart in 2015 with brand-new service and developments, big birthdays, yearlong festivities and global events.<p>Ready for a vacation that makes the most of …

Must Do Adventures in Iceland

Iceland has so many breathtaking sights, sounds, and adventures packed into it that one could create a list of the top 1000 things to do on the island country and just scratch the surface. But during the four weeks of production for our first Humanity for iPad issue in Iceland, we made sure find …

This startup wants to pay you to fly with strangers’ stuff in your luggage

Fast-growing startups Uber and Airbnb have turned idle drivers and apartment owners into on-demand chauffeurs and hoteliers. Now a new company wants to apply the peer-to-peer “sharing economy” formula to the age-old courier industry.<p>Indianapolis-based Carry, which launched yesterday, is a new take …

Startups

15 Side Effects Of Getting Back From Study Abroad

Studying abroad changes us in the best possible way. As our souls (and our stomachs, and our alcohol tolerances) grow during this experience, we become different people than before.<p>So different, in fact, that home just doesn't feel the same anymore. Watch out for these common side effects of study …

Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots

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Reader Recs: Best Winter Destinations

Don’t let the cold temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere take the pep out of your travel step. The winter months can offer up some of the best travel opportunities, often at a lower price point—and you can always head south if you’re in need of some Vitamin D.<p>To get you inspired, we asked our Nat …

The Best Cruise Ship Suites

<i>By: Andrea M. Rotondo, Cruise Critic Contributor</i><p>Cabins in two categories are the first to go whenever a cruise itinerary goes on sale: the most inexpensive stateroom -- be it an inside cabin or porthole view -- and the top-of-the-line suite. It may surprise you that the priciest accommodations are …

Want Some Serious Bling? Forget Diamonds and Head to Myanmar's Jade Market Instead

I've never really thought much about jade. Perhaps it's because in New York (where I currently reside) there are thousands of jade bracelets for sale on almost every street corner for around $5. That, and I'm not really a bracelet girl.<p>But I was schooled hard in Mandalay, Myanmar, where I hit the …

The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …

Tiny, Ultraportable ESCAPE Cabin Can be Moved Anywhere Just Like an RV

ESCAPE is an adorable RV in Canoe Bay that looks just like a tiny cabin! Clad in sustainably harvested timber inside and out, the cute cabin can be …

Repurposed Tin Pool Ball Candle Holder Set • Recyclart

++Sold here From family game room to chic bachelor pad, this cheeky accessory is sure to have people grinning.

Effective habits of great travel writers

When I was writing the first edition of <i>Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing</i>, we decided to incorporate interviews with a wide range of travel writers, editors and agents into the book, thinking that readers would profit from hearing a spectrum of experiences and opinions.<p>We’ve continued this …

The essential guide to backpacking China's Silk Road

The section of the ancient Silk Road that runs through China is an epic journey through desert dunes to the end of the Great Wall, a length of pink mud that ends abruptly in the magnificent beige towers of the Jiayuguan Fort.<p>This is not a voyage that many travellers experience; it's often and …

100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime

And if you're stuck in front of a computer all day, then yours probably is, too.<p>We've updated our bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and 2014's travel hotspots.<p>From eating pizza in Naples to skiing in Japan, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their …

Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

Writer’s block? 5 easy jumpstarts to get you flowing

I’ll never forget the woman. She was impeccably groomed, everything about her pulled together. She slumped back against the wall of the writing …

Creative Writing

Every Twenty-Something Should Experience At Least Once

Three words should describe your travels as a twenty-something: beautiful, rough, messes. Dancing until the sun comes up, paying the least amount of money for the least fanciest experiences out there -- that's what this is about. Wandering as a "millennial" means taking in as much as your senses …

National Geographic Traveler Director of...

National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography, Dan Westergren, recently was <i>On Assignment</i> in Montana, photographing the local culture and …

50+ Modern Bunk Bed Ideas for Small Bedrooms

<b>Bunk beds</b> are all about combining a fun, playful vibe with space-saving solutions that help maximize available room. With space becoming such an …