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Hospitalized King Bhumibol of Thailand improves

<b>(CNN) —</b> The health of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has improved as doctors treat him for a "severe infection," his Facebook page said Monday.<p>The monarch is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bangkok.<p>King Bhumibol, the world's longest-serving monarch, late last week suffered breathing …

How Google's new input tool will finally help me digitally communicate with my mother

I moved to America from Thailand when I was 9 years old – old enough to have learned how to read, speak, and write basic Thai words but not advanced enough to write a professional cover letter or blog post.<p>It’s somewhat of a difficult language – Thai has 44 consonants, 15 vowel characters, …

African adventures you must have in your lifetime – including the paradise islands tourism forgot

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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A perfect weekend in Barcelona

Two days in Barcelona can only ever be a teaser of what it has to offer, so bear in mind that this a subjective grab-bag of highlights, spanning ancient and modern and packaged into a geographically convenient, eminently walkable, weekend tour. It is also all-weather, but in high summer you might …

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Charming Architecture, Fantastic Museums, an Iconic Hotel and Great Antiquing Make Amsterdam a Treat

As someone who isn't interested in soliciting drugs or prostitutes, I was warned Amsterdam might not be for me. The famed "Red Light District" with its seedy reputation and the "hash" cafe hype admittedly gave me a moment of concern. But that moment quickly abated when I thought about images I'd …

The best places to eat tapas in Barcelona

Not quite a snack, not quite a meal, the tapa is all about sociability, whether that involves ordering a parade of little dishes to share over a bottle of wine and a long chat or whether your objective is a much more civilised version of the bar crawl.<p>Catalans have never really embraced the …

Vamo Algorithmically Books You The Cheapest Multi-Stop Vacation

Want to visit London, Paris, and Berlin, then blow off steam in Amsterdam? Expect a logistical nightmare trying to find the optimal route with the cheapest fights, trains, and hotels. Unless you use Vamo, a new multi-stop travel booking service from long-time Facebook engineer Ari Steinberg that …

I Spent 3 Days In A 'Tiny House' With My Mom To See What Micro-Living Is All About

In a consumption-based society where "more is more," there's a surprising movement gathering steam. An increasing number of Americans are downsizing their homes and moving into "tiny houses," which range from 65 to 400 square feet, according to the blog Tiny House Talk.<p>The benefits of living in a …

So You Want to Quit Your Job and Travel the World?

I quit the cubicle life to travel the world. You can too, but is that the life you really want?<p>My post-college life started off just the way my advisor told me it was supposed to -- working an awesome job in the coolest city in the world. Right?<p><b>Wrong.</b> The truth is, three years later, I'm sitting in …

27 Musicians And Their Hits Reimagined As Buildings

What if you could live inside your favorite songs, from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Space Oddity?”<p>A beloved album can turn into a sonic home of sorts, and provide a measure of comfort that trumps an actual living space. Now we have a mash-up of both: In his new illustration series, “Archimusic,” …

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New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders

4 Proven Ways to Cram a Language Before an International Trip

In many foreign countries, Americans have helped generate a stereotypical image, and it's usually not very pretty -- especially when we get called out on our loudness or hefty appearance. Adding insult to injury, Americans are also known for their limited language skills. According to U.S. …

20 Things To Remember When You Quit Your Job And Travel The World

You're gonna do it one day. You know you are. We know you are. But when Reddit user vom1tcom1t did it, he broadcasted his decision to the entire Reddit community: "I finally did it! I'm quitting my job and traveling."<p>Other users -- some who had traveled for days and others who have been gone for …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

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Long-term travel: top tips for a fulfilling trip

Most of us have fantasised about ditching the daily grind of the office job and domestic duties for a one-way ticket to happiness. Now more people are taking action in striving for a more meaningful existence, and travel is at the top of the list.<p>The ease of leveraging digital technology is giving …

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Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.</i>

10 Reasons Why Jordan Is So Much More Than Petra

Jordan -- it's a country we've all heard of. Maybe you've seen <i>Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade</i> as he travels on horse to reveal Petra's Treasury carved out of its rock surroundings. In some ways this was Petra's unveiling to the world, and perhaps Jordan's unveiling as a tourist destination. But …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

6 Of The World's Cheapest Destinations To Travel To On A Budget

If you want to see the world -- especially while you're young -- but don't exactly have the funds to do so, you're not alone.<p>Between flights, accommodations, food and activities traveling can be <i>really</i> expensive. But a trip doesn't have to leave you totally broke.<p>Some of the world's most beautiful …

The Different Cancún: Another Side of Paradise

The pearls of praise for the place called Cancún often sheen to dizzying effect. There is no refuting that this stretch of soft sand caressing the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean is the acreage of paradise, a dazzling tropical necklace that evokes powerful, even passionate imagery. The acclaim …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

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What Not to Do in Chicago

Ask someone for tips on traveling to Chicago and they will probably list off tons of different things to do and places to see. But what they likely will not say is what you should not do while visiting the Windy City.<p>Do not put ketchup on your hot dog.<p>Photo courtesy of Arnold Gatilao on Flickr.<p>Just …

Mexico: It’s More Than Just Beaches

Despite negative reports in the media, Mexico is not a dangerous place to visit. Yes, there is crime, but Mexico’s crime rate is actually lower than …

Providence, RI - A River Renaissance

Once called the "Beehive of Industry" Providence, RI fell hard during the Great Depression only to be hit even harder by a devastating 1938 Hurricane. Deep in decline by the 1970s, city officials decided to take action, uncovering downtown rivers that were buried beneath roads and embracing a …

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