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Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Color Portraiture with Retouch and Enhancement in Lightroom 4 and 5

The Following is an excerpt from the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System v5, a preset system designed to take you from Ordinary to Extraordinary …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

San Francisco On The Cheap: Do This, Skip That In Hipsterland

Despite its low-key vibe, San Francisco is notoriously not cheap. It's been called the most unaffordable city for homeowners, and last year, it was named America's fourth most expensive big city to visit [fun fact: Hawaii placed first].<p>But San Fran <i>can</i> be cheap! Behold these low-cost (and way …

How to Use a Neutral Density Filter for Dynamic Landscape Photography

Neutral density filters are used to block some of the light coming into the lens so that we can have longer exposure times than the available light …

Packing Light: Two Months With 24 Pounds in a Carry-On Bag

I will say there are two kinds of people you meet on the road in Europe: those who pack light, and those who wish they'd packed light. I've got it down and I love it. What's your best tip for packing light?<p>When I'm packing for a trip, I review the itinerary to see how mobile I'll need to be. If I'm …

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9 Reasons You Must Visit Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park comprises over 631 square miles of mountainous peaks, old-growth forests, and breathtaking meadows. It's also home to five of the 10 largest trees on the planet! Here are nine reasons why you simply must visit Sequoia National Park this summer.<p>Sequoia National Park comprises …

National Parks

When is the best time to visit US and Canada's National Parks?

When is the best time to visit the National Parks of the US and Canada? You might think the answer would be one of the summer months. But when we looked at the 'best time to go' picks by Lonely Planet guidebook authors for the most visited and best-known parks in the US and Canada and stacked them …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

Tokyo Skytree Panorama Rig Powered by 12 Nikon D3S DSLRs

The Tokyo Skytree is a massive broadcasting tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan that currently holds the title of world’s tallest tower and second tallest …

Quick Astrophotography Primer for First Time Photographers of the Night Sky

If you’ve never attempted to photograph the night sky, be it a constellation or a planet, the idea may seem daunting. You may think that you need a …

Impressive Time-Lapse Tour of Shanghai

Time-lapse photographer Rob Whitworth (we’ve featured his work a number of times in the past) has released a beautiful new time-lapse video that …

Rapid-Fire Video Highlights the Beauty of Western Australia in 1001 Photos

Tourism Western Australia recently embarked on a $1.6 million ad campaign called <i>1001 Extraordinary Experiences</i>. The campaign wanted to show just how …

Dispatch from the Solomon Islands, post-tsunami

“Where was the kitchen again?” I’m confused. I remember the palm-leaf building being somewhere around here, but I can’t pinpoint its location …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

Reader Q&A: Weekend excursions from Shanghai

Charlotte Evans, a BBC Travel reader, is moving to China in July and is looking for some fun outdoor activities near Shanghai. Our Facebook followers offered their suggestions.<p>Last week, we called upon our Facebook community to help Charlotte Evans with her upcoming move to China. She said, “I'm …

China

A no-sushi guide to food in Japan

You're in Japan. You've eaten more sushi in two days than you have in your whole life and you feel like you consist entirely of raw fish. It's time to try out these spectacular Japanese culinary classics, without a shred of sashimi in sight.<p><b>Tempura</b><p>If your only experience of tempura is …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

The perfect trip: Borneo

From unique wildlife and tropical islands to untouched jungle and isolated hill tribes, few destinations match Malaysian Borneo’s natural drama.<p>From unique wildlife to untouched jungle, few destinations can match the natural drama of Malaysian Borneo. Visit hill tribes, explore tropical islands and …

The Radar: Travel Lately

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.<p><b>Here’s this week’s:</b><p>You may have never have heard of <b>Tra Que</b> (a short bicycle ride from Hoi An in Vietnam), but you might want to visit after reading this description: …

Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Liz’s Bilbao

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Liz P.</b> recently moved back to the Midwest after spending two years teaching English in Bilbao, Spain. What was a random placement in the Basque Country turned her into a Bilbao enthusiast (see Liz en España for proof) and, now that she’s stateside, she spends most of her …

Insider's guide to Madrid: the lesser-known art of Spain’s crowning capital

When it comes to art, Madrid knows few rivals. The Museo Del Prado justifiably attracts more visitors than any other museum in Spain, while the extensive private collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza and the contemporary masterpieces of Museo Reina Sofía have their own generous share of followers. Yet …

Forget White Sand Beaches, These Shores Are Pink, Black, Even Green.

<i>-- By Laura Ratliff, Condᅢᄅ Nast Traveler</i><p>Sure, white sand and crystalline waters are great, but beaches can come in all shades of the rainbow. We've added these 12 waterfronts to our travel bucket lists...<p><i>More from Condᅢᄅ Nast Traveler:</i><p>The Best New Hotels in the World<p>Hot New Hotels Under $300<p>Best …

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Routehappy launches flight comparisons of seat size and power plugs

Routehappy has taken flight metasearch beyond airfares and schedules, and now is enabling side-by-side comparisons of flights and their features, …

Travel photography tip: Cleaning your gear on the road

You’d be amazed how fast a few grains of sand can take down an entire lens. Caring for gear on the road is vital, then, but often done poorly, which …

15 Incredible Beachfront Hotels In The US And Caribbean

The sun, the sand, and the ocean all come together to make for a relaxing getaway that, when complete, will send you home rested and relaxed - and hopefully with a tan!<p>Where you stay, however, can make a big difference on just how fabulous your beach trip is.<p>That's why we've found the 15 most …