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The Hijab -- The Meaning of a Scarf

To show modern Palestine both in its people and its institutions, we popped into Birzeit University. Its campus, at the edge of Ramallah, has an enrollment of about 10,000. With beautiful landscaping connecting modern buildings and a student body that seemed like the future leaders of this young …

Hijab

What's Your Occupation?

While the Holy Land's troubles are no joking matter, sometimes a little humor can help defuse the tension. I couldn't help but chuckle at this joke: An Israeli diplomat, when filling out the customs form upon entry in the USA, misunderstood one of the questions, Where it said "Occupation?", he …

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Possible Unexploded Bomb Found At Maui Beach

And you thought sharks were the scariest things you could find at the beach.<p>A tourist in Kapalua, Maui was snorkeling on Tuesday when he came across a partially buried, unmarked canister in the water. He brought it to the county lifeguard stand where Ocean Safety officers then called police.<p>Roughly …

Pinterest Officially Announces Its Foray Into Travel, With Place Pins

Pinterest has officially announced its entry into the travel industry, with the formal announcement this evening of its new trip planning tools for …

The Beauty of Beaujolais

In France’s Beaujolais, you’ll find an intoxicating blend of warmth and welcome, but, as writer Bruce Schoenfeld warns, “Don’t expect hospitality directors or gift shops at the wineries you visit.” Advance appointments by phone or e-mail are necessary, since nobody is waiting around to receive …

David Copperfield’s Magical—and Utterly Bizarre—Caribbean Island

From the fountain of youth to a real treasure hunt, the famous illusionist has created a magical paradise at his 11-island property, which you can …

The 25 Most Overrated Places On Earth

We wish these places were all that the travel blogs crack them up to be… but they’re not.<p>1. Milan<p>You know Milan as the capital of high-end fashion, so it sounds like there'd be lots to see. But if you can’t afford the Prada flagship, you’re outta luck.<p>2. The Golden Gate Bridge<p>It’s foggy up there. …

Norway In All Its Insanely Beautiful Glory

"Remote rural areas are photographically as interesting as the lifestyle and architecture of urban melting pots. Both worlds fascinate me and so I try to capture my individual view of these changing and challenging environments," says Kilian Schoenberger on his website.<p>If his goal is to unveil the …

Europe's 10 Best Adventure Destinations

Attention thrill-seekers and adrenaline-junkies! We all know Europe as one of the world's best destinations for history, culture, and cuisine, but it's also where you can live some of the world's most unforgettable adventures, provided of course that you're willing to strap on your boots and leave …

European Travel

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Asia Travel

National Geographic Travel

Incredible Private Pools at 7 Worldwide Hotels

While an infinity-edge pool that glints under the sun is fabulous, nothing beats a private pool you need not share with other hotel guests. At …

Seattle Newspaper Mistakenly Uses Airbus Plane in Boeing Ad

There was one thing wrong in a full-page ad in The Seattle Times urging state lawmakers to pass a transportation package aimed at persuading Boeing …

36 Questionable Tourism Slogans from Around the World

Earlier this month the Jamaican tourist board unveiled a new brand identity, ditching its previous slogan, “Jamaica – Once you go, you know”, and …

The Best Trips To Take In 2014, According To National Geographic Traveler

2013 is nearly over. Time to start planning next year's trips. Thanks to National Geographic Traveler, you can get even more ideas of places that you wouldn't necessarily think of (i.e. not Paris...<i>again</i>).<p>Comprised of 20 places, the list features everything from New Orleans to Rwanda's Nyungwe …