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The Spa Heritage of Europe

Spa towns have made important contributions to European culture and history.<p>If it is true that "the past is a foreign country" where they "do things differently", this is clearly truer for some of those "things" than for others. It is less true, certainly, for the most fundamental activities in our …

Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2014

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks.<p>While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s …

European Travel

5 Interesting Ways People Stay Fit Around the World

America loves Soul Cycle, Spinning, CrossFit, and gluten-free foods--just to name a few of the health and fitness trends that are popular parts of the country's health and fitness culture at the moment.<p>But what if what's popular in American culture isn't quite up your alley? After all, maintaining …

Fitness

A storm passes over the Tower of Belém in Lisbon, Portugal. See more stunning shots of Portugal from our photo community: http://on.natgeo.com/1hWb8dD

10 Secret European Spots You'll Want To Visit Stat

Everyone loves a good secret spot, especially one that's in Europe. What about 50 of them?<p>The kind folks over at Lonely Planet have just released their new ebook entitled "Secret Europe" and have culled through the massive amounts of experiences one can have on the continent and brought you their …

Two Thirds of Americans Plan to Take a Vacation Within the Next 6 Months

Leisure travel is back on the rise and Americans are less worried about the financial consequences of a vacation.<p>This is according to MMGY Global’s …

Thailand Visitation Fell 20 Percent as Military Finally Lifts Bangkok Curfew

Thailand’s junta said it may impose spot curfews if needed, after lifting restrictions June 13 in Bangkok as the army chief who seized power May 22 …

In Meteora—"rocks in the air"—sandstone spires rise from the plain of Thessaly. Seeing the area as a religious retreat, monasteries sprung up here, beginning in 1336. http://on.natgeo.com/1hYxsmO