The Expat Experiment

By Rob Tullis | The best of travel photographs and stories from across the internet

The pyramids few tourists have seen

With more than 250 tombs, Sudan’s pyramids far outnumber their Egyptian cousins – and you can wander among the untouched ruins without another tourist in sight.

Egypt

Watch What Happens When a Lion Startles a Hippo

Hippos are one of the world's most dangerous land mammals—and they don't like to be startled.<p><i>Updated on August 8 at 5 pm ET: Will Brookes, the person who shot this video, has since reached out to National Geographic to explain the interaction he captured on camera during his honeymoon. Brookes</i> …

Wildlife

A rare sighting of the Milky Way

Due to increased amounts of light pollution, Iceland is one of the few countries left in Europe where it can still easily be seen.<p>In the late 1800s, an Icelandic poet and entrepreneur is fabled to have tried to sell the Northern Lights to a group of businessmen from Switzerland.<p>Although Einar …

Astronomy

The Ghost Villages of Newfoundland

A controversial government resettlement program has left centuries-old fishing villages abandoned.<p>The small village near Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, …

Newfoundland and Labrador

This is Why Airplane Interiors are Blue

There’s a lot the average passenger doesn’t know about airplanes. And there’s a lot that goes into the design of each aircraft that even frequent …

What travel is not and what it is

I woke up this morning to read a post from another travel blogger that lit a fire in my belly.<p>I usually don’t get upset by what other people write, …

The Truth Behind New Mexico’s Mysterious 'Bottomless Lakes'

When cowboys were exploring the Wild West, they came across nine lakes in New Mexico. In an attempt to get to know the land, they cut giant pieces of …

New Mexico

The Chinese village concealed in an ancient fortress

For hundreds of years, China’s fortified tulous have protected entire villages from the outside world. Now the families living here open their doors to strangers.<p><i>Join over three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on</i> <i>Facebook</i><i>, or follow us on</i> <i>Twitter</i> <i>and</i> <i>Instagram</i><i>.</i><p><i>If you liked this story,</i> <i>sign up for</i> …

China

13 reasons we should all move to Budapest

Budapest calls itself the heart of Central Europe. It has influences from both the East and the West, yet stays true to its own character. With so …

The largest waterfall that ever existed

It was twice as high and three times as wide as Niagara Falls, making it the largest confirmed waterfall in the planet’s history.

National Parks

Two countries as close as brothers

In a world of global tension and conflict, it’s both endearing and unusual that two countries that don’t even share a border have set aside a day solely to appreciate their friendship.<p>When I was growing up, my father used to tell me stories of his travels to Poland.<p>“It was a rite of passage for …

19th Century

Antarctica

Frozen Continent at the Bottom of the WorldFor those who think there is nothing left to seek or nothing left untrammeled, the White Continent at the …

Falkland Islands

Asia's Luxury Hotels Are a Feast for the Senses

From the frenetic streets of Seoul to the azure waters of the Maldives, these stunning hotels are sure to deliver a room with a view.<p>Asia is seeing a hotel boom, especially for those catering to affluent travelers. At the regional edition of the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) held each …

Hotels

Alaska Airlines Is Selling Flights to Mexico, California, and Costa Rica for Only $99

Score a deal on a tropical getaway.<p>Alaska Airlines wants to ensure you take a vacation this fall with their “MexiCaliRica” sale that launched …

Airlines

10 Best Historical Destinations in Europe You Must See in Your Lifetime

1. The Old City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia<p>Walk the entire circuit around the old city from the 25m high city walls. They were built and fortified …

5 Must-Have Travel Items That Save You Money in the Long Run

Travel<p>20 Stylish Laptop Bags for Business Travel<p>Travel<p>Smart Luggage that Makes Travel a Breeze<p>Travel<p>2017 Travel Awards: 50 Reasons to Explore the …

Travel

The luxury guide to Mallorca

Because there's more to this Balearic beauty than the 'Love Island' villa<p>Since <i>Love Island</i> hit our screens on 5 June, flight searches to Mallorca have …

Thailand tourist visa: Country cracks down on begpackers as visitors asked to show 20,000 baht before entering country

Reports have emerged that tourists are being asked to show they have 20,000 baht (£455) in cash before they’re allowed entry into …

Top 5 Places in Croatia (Beyond Dubrovnik)

With breathtaking nature, charming architecture, and a long Adriatic coastline, there's plenty to see in this spectacular country.<p>Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of the …

Europe

We may have cracked the mystery of Stonehenge

The more archaeologists study Stonehenge, the more mysteries unfold. But a coherent story is beginning to emerge.<p>Stonehenge is one the UK’s most visited tourist attractions – and one of the world’s most enigmatic ancient monuments. People come from all over the world to stare at the iconic stone …

Prehistory

The ultimate Australia travel bucket list [INFOGRAPHIC]

THERE IS SO much one can do while traveling around Australia that a travel bucket list for checking out all the great things about Down Under can …

Seven of the world’s riskiest roads

In many cases, these routes are less travelled for a reason: they feature terrifying drop-offs, unpredictable mudslides and a complete lack of concrete paving. Yet people still go.<p>As Robert Frost knew well, the road less travelled is often the more interesting choice – at least when it comes to …

Road Trips

Here’s how women of different cultures react to a compliment

Photographer Mehmet Genç takes photos of women around the world before and after they receive a compliment. What happens next is priceless.<p>Two years ago, Turkish photographer Mehmet Genç embarked on his latest project visiting indigenous communities in Latin America. As his Instagram alias, …

Photography

This photo essay will put Chiapas, Mexico at the top of your bucket list

CHIAPAS IS ONE of Mexico’s most rewarding treasures. The southernmost state bordering Guatemala, it’s home to a rich diversity of fiercely …

The 5 best honeymoon destinations for surfers

For many, packing the surfboard for a honeymoon might be the quickest possible way to divorce. Yet here are five honeymoon destinations so perfect …

Hotels

15 Stunning Destinations to Take your Travel Photography to the Next level

Looking to take your travel photography to the next level? A photographer is only as good as the subject matter they photograph, and we’ve got the 15 …

Petra

The "Lost City" still has secrets to reveal: Thousands of years ago, the now-abandoned city of Petra was thriving.<p>Carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was "lost" to the Western world for hundreds of years.<p>Located amid …

Archaeology

A city with too much history to handle

A group of vigilantes has stepped in to restore forgotten historical sites in Naples’ Vergini neighbourhood.<p>Naples has a history problem: there’s just too much of it.<p>Greek cemeteries, Roman ruins, medieval castles, Renaissance churches… it’s more than one city can maintain, and some sites will …

Archaeology

Watch Floating Lanterns Light Up the Sky in Thailand Festival

Thailand