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I spent 10 days in a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal. Here’s how it made me a better traveler.

DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF MY YEAR of traveling, I decided to go on a meditation retreat at Kopan Monastery, just outside Kathmandu, Nepal. My stay …

Breathtaking Winter Camping in Washington

<i>Photo: Scott Kranz</i><p><b>By Scott Kranz, an Explorer for The Outbound Collective</b><p>This eight-mile roundtrip trek through old-growth forests to the snowy mountaintop of Mount Dickerman rewards you with breathtaking views of the of the Cascade region. I highly recommend waking up early to see the sunrise over …

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10 Best Ramen Shops In The U.S.

Ramen was once thought of as college-student food, a cheap and filling meal that was bought in bulk--but, oh, how times have changed. These days, you can find trendy, top-notch ramen shops all over the country. No longer relegated to the world of prepackaged Styrofoam cups, this Japanese comfort …

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8 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Jordan Now

Jordan is a destination that is sometimes misunderstood. The land of lost cities and epic adventures like <i>Lawrence of Arabia,</i> it's a place that should be much more popular than it is. Safe and hospitable, Jordan suffers guilt by association due to its location in the Middle East. But visitors who …

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Adventurous couple eats way through 20 countries | CNN Travel

Drone Captures Jaw-Dropping Footage Inside Hang Son Doong, The World's Largest Cave

Hang Son Doong from Ryan Deboodt on Vimeo.<p>Hang Son Doong in Vietnam is the largest cave in the world. It's more than 5.5 miles long, comes complete with its own jungle and river and is so gargantuan that it could apparently hold an entire block of 40-story skyscrapers within its walls.<p>In this …

7 Must-See Sights in Bolivia

Because it's surrounded by some of the top destinations in South America, such as Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, the small, landlocked country of …

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

And cheaper, too!<p>Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site …

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The 10 Most Historic Restaurants and Inns in the World

Food... a fundamental element of life, one of the more enjoyable aspects of humanity and reason enough to travel the world.<p>Different smells and flavors, the heat of the kitchens, the sound of clinking glasses and people's conversations and white table cloths -- the establishment of restaurants has …

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11 Cities You Must Backpack At Least Once

There are almost too many must-see cities in the world -- and the most seamless way to hit them all is by backpacking. With little luggage and a huge sense of adventure, a backpacking trip allows you to experience new places with freedom and ease (all while teaching you more than college ever …

Great Places to Visit in Japan That Aren't Tokyo or Kyoto

Most first-time visitors to Japan shuffle along the well-trodden tourist track known as the "Golden Route" which includes Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima.<p>We're here to shake things up.<p>Yes, Tokyo and Kyoto are famous and full of amazing attractions. Yes, you should spend some …

Bangkok shopping: making the most of Chatuchak Weekend Market

Spanning an incredible 35 acres of shopping, with more than 8000 stalls tucked into dozens of tiny narrow sois (lanes) that pull some 200,000 shoppers, browsers and buskers, Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest.<p>Whether you’re looking for a customised motorcycle helmet, a …

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Top 12 must-try Bangkok dishes

For a relatively small country, Thailand's cuisine is astoundingly diverse, with dishes changing in form and flavour just about every time they cross a provincial border. Bangkok, by far Thailand’s largest city and a melting pot of people and food, is no exception to this diversity, and the city …

Top 10 things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Once just a placid fishing village at the very tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas has blossomed into one of the world's most famous spots for celeb sightings, grand scenery, sunning and snorkeling that's unparalleled, and of course, parties, parties, parties.<p>But that's not to say that you have …

Cabo San Lucas

The ultimate adventure travel bucket list | CNN Travel

Take a walk on the 'Wild' side like Reese Witherspoon: America's best hiking trails

In the upcoming film “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon straps on hiking boots to portray Cheryl Strayed, a woman who traversed over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself. It’s a break from the rom-com darling’s characteristic roles but, according to hiking experts, getting back to nature …

Myanmar Climb: Welcome to the Jungle – Dispatch #1

<i>Follow our National Geographic-The North Face team</i> <i>on a seven-week expedition in Myanmar (Burma) to attempt to determine the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The adventure will take them overland by plane, train, bus, and motorbike to begin a 300-mile round-trip jungle trek across tiger reserves,</i> …

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Insider’s Guide to Darjeeling

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Tea reigns in <b>Darjeeling</b>, where life is marked by the four harvest seasons: first flush in spring, the second flush in June, monsoon season (yes, it’s a tea season) July-August, and the autumn flush from October into November.<p>British author George Orwell<i>,</i> born in a town west …

Oregon's secret surprises

Known primarily for the quirky city of Portland, Oregon is a mostly rural state that holds a landscape diversity to rival anywhere in the US. Big hitter destinations like Mt Hood, Crater Lake, Cannon Beach and the Columbia Gorge get heavy fair-weather traffic but there are plenty of other amazing …

Your Food Photos: Asia

These are the African writers you should be reading right now

<b>(CNN) —</b> Take a moment and think of an African author. Have you got the name in mind? Keep it there for a minute.<p>In years gone by, chances are cultural icons like Nigerian literary giant Chinua Achebe or South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer might have popped straight into your head.<p>But …

Africa: A Beach Guide

If you thought Africa was only good for safaris, think again. From sublime private islands in the Indian Ocean to adrenaline-fuelled cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, the shores that rim this vast continent offer some incredible experiences. Here's our guide on …

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Jasper to Banff and the Icefields Parkway

Traverse the vast beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site from Jasper along the Icefields Parkway and beyond to Banff. Pass fleecy mountain goats licking mineral-rich silt from wide rocky riverbeds. Surmount Sunwapta Pass, where the Atlantic and Arctic watersheds divide. …

10 National Parks to See Before You Die

Originally Published on on CNTraveler.com<p>Our national parks are overwhelming in every way -- in number, in size, in their capacity to inspire wonder. And the question remains: Which one will you see next? For the following introduction to, and celebration of, our nation's greatest natural …

National Parks

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …