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By Stephen Garrett | “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

7 Secrets to Celebrating Mardi Gras Like an Insider

In New Orleans, the Carnival season is about so much more than Fat Tuesday.<p>Beads, beers, and Bourbon Street are the stock images that come to mind when conjuring the frivolity and merrymaking that explodes in New Orleans's antiquarian streets during the Carnival season. But if you make the trip to …

New Orleans

Striking Photos of Cultural Fashions You Have to See

These vibrant cultures were slaying their fashion game long before the runway was invented.<p>Most global fashions aren’t fads. They arise from centuries of tradition and don’t go out of vogue when the seasons change: the bold beadwork of the Maasai in the Serengeti, the endless folds of a bright blue …

Fashion

'A photographer's dream come true': Frank Gardner explores Papau New Guinea

A kaleidoscope of colour, a wild, unrestrained display of tribal identity in one of the last great wildernesses of the world: Papua New Guinea is a photographer’s dream come true.<p>I had always wanted to visit this country, part of the largest tropical island on Earth, and search for the elusive …

Off The Tracks – Whistler’s Train Wreck Trail

Graffiti artists took to painting huge pictures on the old boxcars, using them as giant canvases for their artwork. When mountain bikers began riding …

North America

35 beautiful cities you must see before you die

11 Gorgeous Walled Cities to Add to Your Bucket List

For many centuries, towns and cities built walls around their perimeters to defend their citizens. Today such fortifications are not necessary, but …

Ancient History

7 Offbeat Adventures Around the World

Itching for an adventure, but want to set your sights on something a little out of the ordinary? Look no further.<p>Treat yourself to a wholly unique experience with any one of these offbeat adventures:<p>Live Like a Bedouin in Egypt<p>If commonplace adventures sound too tame for you, consider immersing …

Adventure Travel

10 ways to see Iceland

The land of fire and ice is awash with glaciers, towering volcanoes and geothermal pools. Add to that Reykjavik, its hip capital, and you have a destination that provides not just otherworldly sights but also plenty of culture.<p>Whether you’re in search of the Northern Lights or the sights featured …

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

Last year, former National Geographic travel photographer, Jonathan Irish, and NASA employee, Stephanie Payne, embarked on a journey to see all of …

National Parks

23 ancient cities that have survived more than just time

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ancient sites that have survived centuries, or even millennia, haven't fared so well in the 21st century.<p>The destruction at Palmyra in Syria, the Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, and Nimrud's ruins outside Mosul in Iraq show how precarious the future can be.<p>Here are 23 places that offer …

Ancient History

Living in… the world’s most welcoming countries

In these five spots, expats will likely be greeted with a warm welcome, a helping hand and a friendly smile.<p>For many expats, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new life abroad. But with huge variances in local culture and language capabilities, some places …

Costa Rica

10 of the world's epic train journeys

Whether gliding through the Rockies or labouring up the Andes, our pick of spectacular railway trips gets a green light for all budgets<p>Jungfraubahn, Switzerland<p>Somewhat greedily, the Swiss boast three world-class rail journeys: the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express and, most spectacular of all, …

Travel

Condor moments: trekking in Patagonia

There’s no better way to enjoy the drama of Patagonia than striking out on the W Trek – one of the most remote walks in one of the most beautiful places on Earth<p>As dusk fell, there on the skyline, at the top of a cliff nearly 100ft above us, was a female puma. Calm and elegant, she looked down on …

South America

Barranquilla carnival celebrates Colombian folklore

Barranquilla carnival is said to be the second largest in the world and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage event.<p>A spectacular carnival on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is under way with 1.5 million visitors expected over four days.<p>The Barranquilla celebration is claimed to be the second …

South America

African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

Safari

Ten great cycling routes: from day-trips to long-distance adventures

Wind in your hair, landscapes whipping by, cruising through peaceful forests: embracing the outdoors on two wheels is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable ways to get around. Here’s our round-up of great cycling routes which offer something for everyone, from multi-day adventures to relaxing …

Adventure Travel

Canada's wild side: the Great Bear Rainforest

For wildlife spotters, it's the score of a lifetime: a creamy white kermode bear roaming its home in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Not a polar bear, but an offshoot of the black bear, there are only about 400 kermodes (which can stand up to six feet tall) in the wild; and only one …

National Parks

Top 10 Ghost Towns

With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities.<p><i>Here’s a look at our top ten from around the world:</i><p><b>1. St. Elmo, Colorado</b><p>Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad …

Five epic Halloween celebrations

Finding spooky fun and ghoulishly good times in five American cities<p>Hotel Deals for New Orleans<p>Royal Sonesta New Orleans<p>Seasonal deal: save 20%<p>LA, USA<p>…

Holidays

Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica

Renting a car in Costa Rica is costly and can even be dangerous if you're not prepared for what's to come. It’s also ridiculously good fun.<p>There are plenty of reasons <i>not</i> to rent a car in Costa Rica. First and foremost, it costs more than in the USA or Europe, mainly because of an all-but-mandatory …

Costa Rica

Slow travel in Malta

Malta’s reputation as a package-holiday beach destination tells only a fraction of the story. While the warm climate and endless seas surrounding this tiny trio of Mediterranean islands make hanging out by the water an obvious choice, there’s so much more to uncover.<p>Venturing beyond the resorts …

Travel

How we quit our jobs to travel: The civil servants

Would you give up your house to travel? How about your full retirement pension? After a health scare, one couple decided to do both – and today, spend life aboard a motorhome and boat.<p>When Julie and Steven Hando bought a boat in June 2010, they didn’t intend to use it on vacation. Instead, it would …

Travel

Mongolia's lost secrets in pictures: the golden eagle hunters

The Altai Mountains run from Siberia in Russia all the way down to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. An enormous mountain range, it covers a vast area of over 16,000 kilometres and is studded with huge glacial lakes and permanently snow-covered peaks that rise above 4,500m. One of the world’s last true …

Eastern Europe

Adventurous Mountaineers Scale the Alps for Incredible Photos

Although these stunning images might look like the work of Photoshop magic, photographer Robert Bsch (or Robert Boesch) captured these campaign photos for the Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut by carefully coordinating an entire team of mountaineers on the snowy Alps. Racing against time and …

Photography

His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

<i>They're silvery and stunning — and their beauty bears a message.</i><p>"Genesis" <i>is a new exhibit of more than 200 black-and-white images from the noted Brazilian photographer</i> Sebastiao Salgado. <i>He wants to show us what the world and its peoples look like now, how climate change has already had an impact —</i> …

Via Ferrata Crossing, Austria

Travel

China's “Supercave” Takes Title as World's Most Enormous Cavern

China's immense Miao Room cavern is announced as the world's largest cave chamber.<p>China's immense Miao Room cavern, hidden beneath rolling hills and reachable only by an underground stream, is the world's biggest cave chamber, an international mapping team reported on Sunday. (Related: "China's …

So, two guys named Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov visited Hong Kong, and took a few pictures