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Your Perfect Indian Ocean Summer in Mauritius and the Seychelles

Bathed in sunlight and surrounded by aquamarine ocean, the idyllic isles of the Seychelles and Mauritius make for the ideal summer escape. Here you can sink your toes into the whitest of sands, snorkel above…
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7 Awe-Inspiring Alternative African Safaris

Safari simply means “journey” in Swahili — and although the word probably conjures images of 4x4s trundling through game reserves on the trail of giraffes, lions and elephants, there are many alternative ways to go…
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6 of Europe’s Must-See Natural Wonders That Deliver on the ‘Wow’ Factor

Europe has natural wonders galore. From France’s own ‘grand canyon’ to Italy’s ‘Caribbean’ beaches, here are six European destinations with major wow factor. As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip….
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6 Ways Travelers Can Respect Local Wildlife

From the backcountry of Zion National Park to the pristine forests of Banff and Sequoia national parks, visitors have the privilege of spotting all manner of wildlife. While this is true year-round, in the spring…
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Outdoor Bliss and Hidden Gems Await at 4 Luxe Lakeside Escapes

Lakeside vacations have always been popular, especially for families, but they’ve taken on a luxury twist as travelers seek immersive connections with nature during the day and deluxe accommodations at night. This “lakecation” trend is…
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10 Remote Hotels Nestled in Nature

If you’re craving a holistic getaway where you can quiet your mind and heighten your senses, a remote hotel in the thick of nature is just the ticket. You’ll find awe-inspiring hotels around the world…
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8 Cities with Spectacular, and Sustainable, Green Spaces

Historically, urban green spaces have provided relaxation and calm amid chaotic city living. But as the world evolves and climate issues take center stage, the important role trees and plants play in lowering carbon emissions…
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Outdoor Thrills Abound Less Than a 3-Hour Drive from These Caribbean and Latin American Cities

Enthralling outdoor adventures await throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Verdant jungle, towering sand dunes and extensive trails all appeal for the adrenaline-pumping ways to explore them, from horseback riding to trekking, cycling to skiing….
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5 Outdoor Escapes Less Than a 3-Hour Drive from These Cities in the Middle East and Africa

City adventures are exhilarating and fun. But sometimes snarling traffic and noise can have you itching for the great outdoors. Many cities around the Middle East and Africa have entertaining activities to explore both inside…
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Natural Wonders Await Within a 3-Hour Drive of These European Cities

The relative compactness of Europe means that even in sprawling metropolises, you’re never far from the great outdoors, making it easy to combine the best of both worlds. In some cases, take a mere 20-minute…
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Destination Desert: The Ultimate Guide to Oman’s Wadis

The dramatic deserts and mountains of Oman are not only cinematic in scale, but also hide a stunning secret known as “wadis.” From stargazing to hiking, picnics to swimming, and rappelling to kayaking, a world…
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Incredible Outdoor Experiences Less Than 3 Hours from These Canadian Cities

As the world’s second-largest country, Canada abounds with remote natural wonders. But what if viewing the aurora borealis in the Northwest Territories or visiting the Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan isn’t feasible for you? Happily,…
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5 Reasons Why Oman Is an Adventure Hot Spot

Oman is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best places in the world to visit for outdoor pursuits. Unspoiled and undiscovered nature makes this a spectacular adventure hot spot. To the north of…
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Catch a Thrill on Jordan’s Most Incredible Outdoor Adventures

In Jordan, where the culture places so much focus on hospitality, visitors will feel welcome in peoples’ homes as well as in partaking of the many outdoor adventures that entice travelers. Alfresco adventure is a…
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Seeking Adventure? Try these 4 Outdoors Itineraries in Southern Utah

A land of red-rock canyons, towering sandstone cliffs and majestic mesas, southern Utah is an adventurer’s playground. The otherworldly scenery is ideal for outdoor experiences not only because it’s strikingly gorgeous, but also because it…
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Find Your Ideal Hiker’s Paradise on 6 Top Trails Around the Globe

With varied landscapes, well-marked trails and some of the most stunning scenery on the planet, Europe, the Middle East and Africa are home to some of the most epic hikes in the world. Regardless of…
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Feel the Rush on 7 Thrilling Outdoor Adventures in Qatar

Qatar is quickly gaining momentum as one of the Middle East’s top adventure hot spots, and it is easy to see why. Seemingly endless swaths of desert, serene mangroves and wildlife-rich seas give the destination…
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Take a Walk on Qatar’s Wild Side with 7 Extraordinary Wildlife Experiences

Qatar may be synonymous around the world for its glitzy capital, Doha, and award-winning architecture, but just minutes from the city lie endless deserts, protected biospheres and wildlife-rich mangroves. Take a stroll on the wild…
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From Italy and Turkey to Tanzania, Lakefront Wonders Await at 8 Gorgeous Vacation Spots

If warm weather, waterfront views and outdoor recreation are what you seek, get creative your vacation to a coast. Switch up your version of a beach escape with a visit one of these eight incredible…
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Take an Underwater Day Trip to Malaysian Borneo’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

White sand beaches ringed by blue waters and backed by thick green tropical vegetation may seem like an impossible find in any bustling Asian city. But Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo,…
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Find Nature’s Most Exquisite Backdrops in These 9 National Parks Around the Globe

Out-of-this-world landscapes, breathtaking natural landmarks, daredevil peaks, fairy-tale giants and incredible concerts of flora and fauna: There is so much beauty to discover across the world in real time. These nine national parks in Europe…
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Find Fewer Crowds and a Lot of Wonder at 10 Under-the-Radar U.S. National Parks

The National Park Service recently recorded a significant increase in recreation visits to U.S. national parks. And while the majority of visits were to the most popular parks, like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains and…
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London (Nature) Calling: Where to Experience the Best of the Outdoors in the Heart of the City

London is one of the world’s most nature-packed major cities. With more than 3,000 parks (including many Royal Parks, comprising lands originally owned by the monarchy), eight million trees, 14,000 species of wildlife and much…
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Head For a Different Kind of Coast on 8 Lake Vacations Around the Globe

Travelers looking for a low-key, chill and serene destination will find lakeside spots have all of the trappings of vacations on the water without all of the fuss. To be sure, the beach vacation in…
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How Cycling Spain’s Andalusia Region Made Me Rethink My Approach to Travel

Moments after cresting the challenging Los Blancares mountain just outside of Granada, Spain, I heard the unmistakable whirl of expensive bicycles coming up fast behind me. Romain Bardet and the French professional AG2R cycling team…
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From Seattle’s Mountain Peaks to Stunning Stadiums, Opt Outside in the Emerald City

Step off a plane, train or boat into Seattle and breathe in the woodsy pine scent or salty ocean air. Even in the heart of the city, thick evergreens shade parks, the foghorns echo from…
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Reigniting a Sense of Earth Stewardship — and Discovering Soliphilia — Hiking Australia’s Granite Belt

The higher I climb up the ancient granite outcrop in Girraween National Park on Queensland’s Granite Belt — with thousands of hectares of bushland sprawling beneath me and precariously balanced boulders dotted all around —…