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Gravitational waves will unlock these 'revolutionary' secrets of the universe

Ripples in the fabric of space, called gravitational waves, are careening across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment have detected some of the waves— a feat Einstein thought impossible 100 …

This Hotel in Bolivia is Made Entirely Out of Salt

Even the tables and chairs.<p>If your travel plans need a little flavor, just add salt.<p>Bolivia’s Hotel Palacio Del Sal—the Salt Palace—lives up to its …

This couple quit their advertising jobs to travel the world — and now they scrub toilets for food

Dropping everything to travel the world may sound like a far-off dream to some, but not for Stevo Dirnberger and Chanel Cartell.<p>The couple run the blog How Far From Home, where they hold up signs that read how far they are in kilometers from their home in Cape Town, South Africa. They quit their …

Cape Town

9 free — or very, very cheap — things to do when you visit Berlin

Once deemed "poor but sexy" by its own mayor, the German capital possesses a carefree spirit that has made it a natural magnet for artists, entrepreneurs, and creative industries alike.<p>As one of the most exciting and rapidly growing destinations in Europe, we've picked out some of the best …

A rare look inside Budapest’s Yellow Star Houses

Exploring the buildings that housed Jews for a brief time during the Holocaust offers a window on a tumultuous period.

History

Top 10 ethical travel destinations for 2015 | CNN Travel

How 'Slow Travel' Transformed This Couple's Life

When Mark and Betsy Blondin emerged from the 2008 economic crisis with huge financial losses, they did what some would consider the unthinkable. They packed their lives into a couple of suitcases, left behind their hometown of Carlsbad, California, and set out for a roaming adventure.<p>The timing was …

Keanu Reeves' latest production: line of $78,000 motorcycles

Sporting a beard and wearing brown leather boots and jacket,<p>Keanu Reevessummed up the new motorcycle he's selling in a single word: "Awesome."<p>The $78,000 KRGT-1, years in the making, is a "custom motorcycle you can really ride," the actor said.<p>Reeves conceived and designed the bike in partnership …

Motorcycles

Where To Go Next in Europe

<i>By: Jordan Simon</i><p>Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe - London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history and culture, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes at a cost, whether in inflated prices or jostling crowds of fellow tourists. Yet …

Romantic Getaway: Long Weekend in Annecy, France

Paris may have dibs on big city romance, but when it comes to the ultimate romantic French weekend getaway, few towns can surpass Annecy. This …

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 …

European Travel

23 Latin American Destinations That Prove There's A Lot More To See Than Rio And Buenos Aires

It's no secret that Latin America houses many of this planet's most jaw-dropping destinations. Spotlight countries such as Brazil continue to be among our favorites due to the beautiful beaches, cities and colonial sights that easily captivate those who find themselves in constant wanderlust.<p>You …

10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We've got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. …

National Geographic Travel

Travel

Tips for travelling in 21st-century China

The Middle Kingdom is one of the fastest changing countries in the world. Its economy is robust and its population increasingly more modern and tech savvy. Yet, China is still a country of paradoxes.<p>You’ll get 3G connection in remote farmland in Inner Mongolia, though there mightn't be running …

Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The 'Wild Atlantic Way' driving route neatly packages the abundant attractions of Ireland's west coast, from West Cork to Donegal. The well-signed, easy-to-navigate route includes 157 'Discovery Points', where drivers can stop and learn more about the must-sees and lesser-known diversions of this …

Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain, is arguably England's greatest archaeological treasure. See more photos of England here: http://on.natgeo.com/1pZ8Jz1 Photograph by Ken Geiger, National Geographic

The Zen of Rock Photography

One of the best things about being a photo editor at <i>National Geographic</i> magazine is working with world-class talent. But even better is partnering with the best of the best—the Zen masters of long-form storytelling, the photographers who transcend picture taking, the photographers who are problem …

Travel Photo of the Day

Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image.<p>Have a gorgeous travel photo of your own to share? Submit it for the gallery at …

Borneo Wildlife Adventure

The third largest island in the world, Borneo is stunning for its verdant jungles, dramatic coastlines, and incredible biodiversity. Land and sea …

Beautiful Budapest

European Travel

15 Gorgeous Spots That Take Us Back In Time...Without The Crowds

Sure, you could hop over to Paris or London or Rome for a bit of vacation and a history lesson. But wouldn't it be fun to go some place that isn't your typical tourist destination?<p>These 15 spots -- towns with charming medieval squares or even gorgeous old castles -- will provide all the history you …

10 Places That Are In Danger Of Disappearing Forever

After more than 400,000 people marched in NYC's People's Climate March last weekend, we're paying extra attention to how climate change can affect some of our favorite places in the world.<p>Certain exquisite tourist destinations --like Australia, Africa, Italy and India-- have one unfortunate thing …

13 Reasons Why You're Winning At Life If You're In Croatia

Any country that has Blue Ivy as an honorary citizen is automatically awesomer than other places. But Croatia's also totally winning thanks to its stunning landscape, chic port towns, awe-inspiring national parks and party isles.<p>Here are some places you'd be remiss not to hit up this summer.<p><i>Vis</i><p>It's …

Hunting possums – and ecological balance – in New Zealand

New Zealand is a naturalist’s dream – but its one-of-a-kind flora and fauna are threatened by invasive species. Can travellers help… by hunting?<p>I’d just finished a delicious four-course dinner at Kauri Cliffs, a windblown New Zealand lodge surrounded by 6,000 acres of forest and rolling coastal …

New Zealand

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

Ireland

Ten of the world's best destinations for drinkers

Instead of cracking a can at home, why not search out one of these boozy hotspots? Whether you fancy guzzling a pint, sipping a cocktail or knocking back a dram or two, we can help you quench your thirst in style.<p>Pivni Lazne Bernard, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Sure, a pint of pilsner wouldn’t go amiss - …

Jamaica's rare wildlife – in pictures

The Portland Bight protected area is home to the iconic Jamaican iguana and 20 other endangered species. Its fragile coastal ecosystem and wildlife faces the risk of being lost for ever as Jamaica approves a Chinese company to build a port. Photographs by Robin Moore