Rich Polanco

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There Is Not Enough TIME!

Time is like the currency for life. It’s our most important resource, so naturally we complain that we don’t have enough of it. Ever.<p>Truth be told, …

7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Passport

Your passport is, quite literally, a ticket to the world.<p>Turns out most of us are naturally pretty passport-savvy -- research suggests we're just as good at spotting fake ones as real passport officers (which is also somewhat troubling).<p>That being said, it's time we all got to know our favorite …

Hiker Discovers an Abandoned Town Inside Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park

By Greg Newkirk<p>Sometimes it's easy to take for granted how much land there is in America. Sure, it's harder and harder to find places that haven't been explored, but it's also become easier to forget places that we've already been. Kind of like the entire friggin' town in the middle of Tennessee's …

5 Ways to Never Pay for Travel Again

<i>By: Jason Steele</i><p>Traveling for free doesn't have to involve couch surfing, dumpster diving, or stowing away in the wheel well of a 747. It doesn't even have to involve credit card fraud.<p>No, there's a kind of free travel where you enjoy business-class flights, luxury hotel suites, and champagne …

5 Reasons to Get Out There

Summer has "officially" ended (although we have all heard that before) and it was a blast. It seems to me like this was the fastest one yet due to the vast amount of traveling that occurred. As I take some time to reflect on the happenings of the summer of 2014, a weekend sticks out that I wish …

Marriott fined $600,000 by FCC for blocking guests' Wi-Fi

Think hotels are deliberately blocking your personal Wi-Fi networks so you'll buy theirs?<p>No, it's not just a conspiracy theory. It turns out the federal government is concerned about it, too.<p>Marriott has agreed to pay a $600,000 fine after the Federal Communications Commission found the company …

Top 10 Spooky Places to See in Ireland This October

Leap Castle, County Offaly<p>Count Dracula may stalk the Transylvanian countryside; but his origins are much closer to Bram Stoker's homeland of Ireland. As a frail child, Bram's mother whetted his appetite for the blood thirsty character by fuelling the author's imagination with supernatural tales.<p>In …

A Mountain Town with a Surfing Problem

Photo: Paolo Marchesi<p>America's best kept surfing secret? Missoula, Montana. While the town's Strongwater surf shop doesn't have any beachfront access, the store has cultivated a loyal following of dedicated wave junkies. Photographer Paolo Marchesi caught up with the crew this summer for an …

Should You Be Planning a Trip to the Caribbean #OneHappyIsland?

<b>By Nicolle Monico</b><p>If you would have told me a year ago that I would be traveling to Aruba in 2014, I wouldn't have believed you. Don't get me wrong, I travel frequently and have plans to explore every part of the world; but the small Caribbean island of Aruba? It was nowhere near the top of my list …

Ten enchanting travel experiences in Greenland

So you think Greenland is a far-flung travel dream? Pinch yourself. This Arctic country might be huge, but a trip to western Greenland can take in a breathtaking range of sights, from Disko Bay’s iceberg studded waters to valleys so vast you’ll feel like the last hiker on Earth. Start with these 10 …

75 Hikes To Do Before You Die

• <b>Author:</b> Backpacker Magazine<p>There are day hikes. There are weekend trips. There’s even your annual weeklong family road trip to a national park. All well and good. But then there are the once-in-a-lifetime, jaw-dropping, soul-cleansing, tell-all-your-friends, quit-your-job, …

4 Tourism Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

Wild at heart: best animal adventures

Set your pulse racing with the wildest animal adventures around the world. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Get close to giant pandas near Xi'an, China<p>Pandas by Chi King. CC BY 2.0.<p>These black-and-white beauties are battling extinction but you can help them out – …

50 Fictional Places You Can Visit In Real Life

Just because a place isn't "real" doesn't mean you can't go there in real life.<p>Some of our favorite destinations look <i>just</i> like Disney movies, and some were the actual sets of top-rated films.<p>And thanks to the experts at air travel site Just the Flight, we've now got 50 more fictional destinations …

Finding A Sense of Home Abroad

The taxi driver hoisted my suitcase on his shoulder, stepped gingerly around the puddles and slopped through the mud on the earthen path to my homestay family’s stilt house. He had just driven me three and a half hours north of Siem Reap, into the bucolic rice-fields-and-palm-trees wilds of …

Travel Like a Pro Without Bankrupting Your Savings

Travel is the doorway to learning about other cultures and yourself. It can even change your point-of-view on certain topics, from politics to social issues. You could even discover places in your own city, state, province, or country that you never knew existed. However, you may not travel because …

Here's A Great Way To Find A Cheap Flight If You Don't Care Where

Sometimes, when you are planning a vacation, where to go isn't the most important part of the equation.<p>For me, any number of factors can determine the destination: Is it relaxing? Is it interesting? Is it exotic? Have I been there before? If a destination hits any of those factors, I could be …

Incredible Natural Infinity Pools Around the World

<i>By Lauren Kilberg, CNTraveler.com</i><p>These natural infinity pools make swimming pools look tame.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Natural Infinity Pools<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel Mistakes We All Think We're Too Smart to Make -- but Do Anyway<p>How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Paris<p>Follow Conde Nast …

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>

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50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

The world's 20 most visited museums are mostly free and in US or UK

There are hundreds of thousands museums around the world that welcome fewer than 1 million visitors a year, but there are also mega-museums. These …

A Local's Guide To Shanghai

Shanghai has transformed so much in the past two decades, that some of its prior visitors might not recognize it anymore. To clearly appreciate Shanghai's unbelievable boom, start no further than <b>The Bund</b>. Considered to be the face of Shanghai, it's where the city gets divided by the Huangpu River …

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 …

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 …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …