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INDONESIA - Raja Ampat Islands - Pulau Gam, Hidden Bay

Raja Ampat is an archipelago off the island of New Guinea, belonging to the Indonesian province of West Papua. North of Pulau Gam (Gam Island), lies …

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The World's Wackiest Hotel Minibars

In most hotels, the standard minibar comes stocked with overpriced chocolate bars, small bottles of liquor and cans of soft drink. Boring!<p>By Christina Pfeiffer, HotelsCombined.com<p>In most hotels, the standard minibar comes stocked with overpriced chocolate bars, small bottles of liquor and cans of …

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Travel Bucket List: Where to Go in 2014 (PHOTOS)

Bucket List<p>Travel Bucket List: Where to Go in 2014 (PHOTOS)<p>A new year, a new set of vacations to plan. What about Scotland? Cape Town? Or a cruise …

European Parks—Rivers, Lakes, and Shores

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>See photos of rivers, lakes, and shores in European parks in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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Birder’s bucket list: 10 of the world’s most elusive bird species

THERE ARE OVER 10,000 bird species in the world. A great many of them are relatively easy to find — you simply have to get to the right habitat in …

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25 Unbelievable Travel Destinations You Never Knew Existed

These are the kinds of places friends and family expect travelers to go.<p>But there are plenty of places to see that are under the radar; often known only by locals.<p>Inspired by this Quora list asking about the best travel destinations most people never knew existed, we put together our own list of …

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Ute’s Hamburg

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>After a decade of “intercontinental hopping,” German national <b>Ute Kreitz</b> returned to the “fatherland” in 2007, settling on Hamburg as her new home base. Having heard many people over the years call Hamburg Germany’s most beautiful city, she was skeptical, but when she moved …

5 Reasons to Visit Belize Now

<i>By Brian Major</i><p>With the Caribbean dominated by hyperactive all-inclusive resorts, travelers to Belize—in Central America, but touting prime …

Long Weekend in Fribourg, Switzerland

Thick fondue, rolling green hills, well-preserved medieval towns—the canton of Fribourg in eastern Switzerland has it all. Often bypassed by visitors …

A Look Back At All The Vertigo-Inducing Spots We Saw This Year

Would you stand on the edge of the mountain? How about perched atop a precariously tall building?<p>Vertigo-inducing attractions have a special appeal. They're exhilarating, terrifying and give just enough of a rush without taking too much of a risk. Here are our favorite ones we stumbled upon this …

I Was Totally Blown Away By Singapore's Skyscraper Infinity Pool

That amount paid for the massive 2,561-room hotel, a museum, casino, restaurants, bars, a swanky shopping mall, and the pièce de résistance: the SkyPark, an insane rooftop pleasure dome with a 150-meter (492 ft.) infinity pool.<p><b>Click here to see photos ></b><p>Located on the 57th floor, this pool offers …

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10 Ways to Discover Santa Claus Around the World

Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Papa Noel, Saint Nicholas -- whatever name you want to call the rotund man in the red suit, it's hard to deny the magnetic charms of everyone's favorite Christmas character.<p>Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Papa Noel, Saint Nicholas -- whatever name you want to call the …

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6 Reasons to Visit Paris this Winter

Aah, Paris in springtime. Fresh baguettes and pungent cheese perfume the air, flowers cascade from balconies, the sun returns to bathe the city in a …

Hidden Alaska

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>See photos of Alaska's hidden landscapes and wildlife by Michael Melford in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

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The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

Live the Rainbow<p>The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)<p>No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The …

Visiting the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan seem to be well-kept secrets from many Western travelers. With a fascinating history, a plethora of attractions and relatively low prices, the region shouldn't stay a secret for long.<p>Arriving in the Republic of Georgia for the first time, I was greeted warmly,</i> …

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Chicago Gets a Piece of the Disney Magic with Restoration of Walt's Home

California has Disneyland and Florida has Disney World. But Chicago has Disney Home.<p>Now a California couple who bought the house where Walt Disney …

7 Reasons to Go to Miami this Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! Blizzards are blowing. The sun checks out for the day by 5pm. You’ve got four long months of bitter chill ahead of you and …

6 Super Ski Deals for Families

What's the holy grail of family ski vacations? How to get more snow for less dough.<p>(photo: Vail Resorts)<p>What's the holy grail of family ski vacations? How to get more snow for less dough. Keeping costs down is always a challenge, so here are six ways to grab great value at family-friendly ski …

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5 Mind-Blowing Natural Sinkholes Around the World

Ancient Mayans gave cenotes their name and thought the formations worthy of praise and sacrifice. Filled with ground-filtered rain water, the naturally formed pools of cenotes are super clean and clear, but also scrotum scrunchingly cold.<p>Heff's grotto looks like a grimy bathtub compared to these …

6 Up-And-Coming Global Destinations, According To Trip Advisor

One of the thrills of traveling is the feeling -- however misguided -- that you have discovered a destination before the masses have. You were in Angkor Wat before restoration projects began, you saw Bruges before Colin Farrell publicized it as a f-ing fairytale, and Croatia? Please, you were there …

Bosnian Village's Pond Disappears Into Sinkhole — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>Superstitious people are speculating that the recently deceased landowner decided to take …