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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

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 soft drink. Boring!<p>Fortunately, a few hotels are going above and beyond to fill their minibar with items that range from wonderfully …

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

A new year, a new set of vacations to plan. What about Scotland? Cape Town? Or a cruise down the rivers of Europe? We’ve rounded up the best places …

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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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I Heart My City: Ute’s Hamburg

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 there she agreed …

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 …

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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 …

Tour The Sky-High Infinity Pool Perched 57 Floors Above Singapore

Click the photo above to see more photos of Singapore's famous infinity pool. erandamx / Shutterstock.com The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore opened its doors in 2010, to the tune of a whopping $5.7 billion.<p>That amount paid for the massive 2,561-room hotel, a museum, casino, restaurants, bars, …

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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. With daily meet-and-greets in his many workshops and grottoes around the world, Santa Claus is …

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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 …

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The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop in jewel tones …

Visiting the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Arriving in the Republic of Georgia for the first time, I was greeted warmly, "<i>America! Welcome! You are always welcome in Georgia!</i>" One night later, I was on an overnight train from Batumi to the capital, Tbilisi, drinking cognac with three Georgians and toasting to International Women's Day. …

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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

(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 resorts.<p><b>Vail Mountain Resort</b><p><b>Where:</b> Vail, Colorado <b>Why:</b> Because tony Vail has an offer …

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5 Mind-Blowing Natural Sinkholes Around the World

Heff's grotto looks like a grimy bathtub compared to these mindfucking natural wonders.<p>Photo by: jabbusch<p>Cenotes are natural sinkholes with waterfalls, caves and all kinds of crazy underworld type shit. They are formed when water wears away the limestone (weak ass rock) of an underground cave and …

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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 …

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<b>Steve Waters</b> Lonely Planet author<p>Leave the bright lights and tourist delights of Esfahan and Shiraz far behind to track down these astonishing millennia-old relics among the dusty wilds of ancient Persia. From snow-tipped northern crags to scorching southern deserts, you’ll traverse eroded volcanic …

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Bosnian Village's Pond Disappears Into Sinkhole - Vagabondish

Superstitious people are speculating that the recently deceased landowner decided to take the pond with him to the afterlife following a bizarre …

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