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Swimming With Sharks And Sea Lions In The Galapagos Islands

Swimming With Sharks And Sea Lions In The Galapagos Islands Jun 6th, 2012 at 11:30AM: "Don't freak out, but there are two huge hammerhead sharks right below us." My guide Jens' attempt at having me "not freak out" over the two carnivorous beasts that are 10 feet away from my juicy calves only leads me to begin shrieking and jumping on his back. Soon, though, the sharks are gone, and nobody has been eaten. "Sharks prefer sea lions and fish to people," Jens explains. "They'll...

20 Of The World's Weirdest Beaches

20 Of The World's Weirdest Beaches May 28th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Recently we told you about Expedia's Flip Flop Report and let you know the lowdown on beach behavior from around the world. We learned that the average beach vacation lasts 7.7 days, Germans are the most likely to sunbathe nude and Indians think it's important to find new locations for beach destinations. So how about those travelers looking to enjoy the beach in a truly unique beach...

Nakation Nation: Nudist Resorts And Beaches Solve Airline Baggage Fee Woes

Nakation Nation: Nudist Resorts And Beaches Solve Airline Baggage Fee Woes May 20th, 2012 at 1:00PM: And from the, "OMFG" department comes this information, via press release: The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) "encourages wholesome family nude recreation ["Nakations"] in appropriate settings such as designated nude beaches and AANR-member resorts, or around the home. Experts have attested that children raised in a social nudist environment grow up with a stronger sense of...

10 Free Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

10 Free Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Apr 16th, 2012 at 1:00PM: For travelers heading to South America, Brazil is one of the more expensive countries on the continent. The popular Rio de Janeiro can be especially difficult to navigate on a budget. To help you plan a worthwhile trip to this beautiful area, here are 10 free things to do. Hiking Although Rio de Janeiro is a city there are also a lot of natural experiences to be had. When I visited, one of...

A local point of view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A local point of view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Mar 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: "Então, você é do Rio de Janeiro?" asked the tan, freckled girl next to me on my flight from Miami, Florida, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I stared at her, unsure of what she'd said. "Inglés?" "You speak English?" she asked, her eyes widening with excitement. "My mother is an English teacher. You have to meet her! What do you have planned for your time in Rio?" I...

Weekend trip from Rio de Janeiro: Buzios, Brazil

Weekend trip from Rio de Janeiro: Buzios, Brazil Mar 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: While many travelers to Brazil choose to spend a majority of their time in the large and lively metropolitan city of Rio de Janeiro, there is a culturally rich and sophisticated village about two hours away that is well worth a visit. Búzios, with its sandy beaches, opportunities for adventure, ambient restaurants, and charming shops, was once a tiny fishing town made famous by a visit from...

Video of the Day: Guam, where America's day begins

Jan 24th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Each year, more than a million people visit the Pacific island of Guam, an unincorporated territory of the United States located in Micronesia. This video shows why: breathtaking sunsets, beautiful beaches, fantastic diving, a vibrant tourist district, tropical flora and fauna, and a unique culture influenced by Spanish colonization, Japanese occupation, and now American control. I'm also...

Exploring the diverse scenery of East Java, Indonesia

Exploring the diverse scenery of East Java, Indonesia Jan 22nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: The area of East Java in Indonesia is home to beautiful and diverse landscapes that include beaches, volcanoes, mountains, plantations, lakes, natural reserves, and a lot more. There are also many natural, cultural, and adventure activities to partake in, like scuba diving, hiking volcanoes, surfing, witnessing traditional ceremonies, hearing folklore stories, learning the cultivation process of...

Photo Gallery: Queensland, Australia

Photo Gallery: Queensland, Australia Oct 12th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Usually we're uncomfortable posting direct press pitches, but these pictures are too good to resist. Queensland, Australia, is often regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful beaches, breathtaking city skylines, a tropical climate, and wildlife that you can experience up-close, it is no wonder that 2.1 million people...

Folly Beach, South Carolina: The Country's Greatest Fourth of July

Folly Beach, South Carolina: The Country's Greatest Fourth of July Jul 20th, 2011 at 12:00PM: This most recent Fourth of July, on a beach in South Carolina, a guy named Freddie handed me a beer after I took his photo in front of his American flag. He'd just done his best Iwo Jima pose, and as I tapped his email address into my phone, promising to send him the pictures very soon, he insisted I take a turn hoisting the stars and stripes. Road trip tip: Do whatever a beer-toting,...

5-star beaches open, safe and monitored

5-star beaches open, safe and monitored Jul 15th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Summer is in full swing, all those summer travel tips are either being used or ignored and it's time to head to the beach. If that beach is open. An annual survey of water quality and public notification at U.S. beaches found that the number of beach closings and advisories in 2010 reached 24,091 the second-highest level in 21 years. Our friends at WalletPop.com reported last month on The Best...

Six Reasons to Love the Outer Banks

Six Reasons to Love the Outer Banks Jul 12th, 2011 at 8:45AM: You've seen the stickers. White ovals, with the trio of letters "OBX," an American riff on European nationality decals, they're a sign of allegiance to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I always found them annoying: How could some mid-Atlantic beach really be that wonderful? And why would you want to brag about your vacation on the back of your car? Turning onto the beach road in Kill...

Boy drifts a mile out to sea in rubber ring

Boy drifts a mile out to sea in rubber ring Apr 30th, 2011 at 3:30PM: A twelve-year-old boy was rescued a mile off the coast of Wales today when he drifted away from shore with only a child's rubber ring to keep him afloat. A lifeboat crew saved the boy as he suffered from hypothermia and was about to fall unconscious. If he had, the crew said, he would have slipped out of the floating ring and drowned. The boy had been playing by the seaside and had been...

Lesbian couple sues hotel after being denied double room

Lesbian couple sues hotel after being denied double room Apr 22nd, 2011 at 8:30AM: A lesbian couple is suing a hotel in England after being refused a double room. Rebecca Nash and Hope Stubbings say they tried to check into the Brunswick Square Hotel in Brighton but were refused a room because the hotel only gives rooms to couples. This is surprising for a number of reasons. First, it's illegal in the UK for hotels to refuse rooms to gay and lesbian couples. Second,...

Malibu Rum contest launches search for traveling radio correspondent

Malibu Rum contest launches search for traveling radio correspondent Apr 17th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Tune in, Radio Maliboom Boom. Malibu, the coconutty rum that's like summer in a bottle, is looking for one outgoing, creative, beach-bum-lifestyle-loving man or woman for their nationwide radio correspondent search. The chosen one will travel across the country attending concerts, reporting from the road, interviewing celebrities, and "celebrating the season of the sun." The...

Photo of the day - Sunset in Manhattan

Photo of the day - Sunset in Manhattan Mar 31st, 2011 at 5:00PM: Sunsets are a common staple of the travel photo album. We tend to associate them with palm-tree-lined beaches, desert landscapes, and misty mountains. Yet this photo by Flickr user jameskadamson has nary a cactus or foothill in sight. Taken in New York City, it's a beautiful perspective on the building's architecture and the photographer's favorite time of day. Want more sunsets? Check out...

Photo of the day - Barbados beach

Photo of the day - Barbados beach Mar 11th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Sometimes--perhaps especially when it's cold and gray outside, like it is today in London--all you really want is a beach. This one, snapped by Flickr user TarikB in Barbados, is particularly compelling. The sand, the setting sun, the bent palm trees, and most of all the ocean are incredibly inviting. Barbados for a late winter jaunt? Who's in? Got a favorite tropical beach image that you'd...

Travel to Sri Lanka grows, along with obstacles for tourism

Travel to Sri Lanka grows, along with obstacles for tourism Feb 1st, 2011 at 11:00AM: Since the end of the Tamil Tiger confilct in May 2009, travel to Sri Lanka has been increasing, with the country celebrating their 600,000th foreign tourist last month. This year, 700,000 are expected with tourism growing to 2.5 million a year within 5 years, reports the BBC. "The nature has blessed us with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, exotic wildlife and historic places. We as a nation have a...

North Korea goes Club Med: Visit the Majon Bathing Resort

North Korea goes Club Med: Visit the Majon Bathing Resort Nov 24th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Are you tired of the French Riviera? Bored with St. Barths? Well, if you're looking for a new sand-filled destination, you aren't stuck with the likes of Iraq. Make your next beach resort getaway Majon. Yes, that's right: the Majon Bathing Resort in North Korea. Fortunately, you'll be on the side of the DMZ that lobbed artillery shells yesterday, and if there's a retaliation, you probably won't...

Five reasons Americans should choose Panama over the Caribbean, with day trips to boot

Five reasons Americans should choose Panama over the Caribbean, with day trips to boot Nov 19th, 2010 at 4:35PM: Panama. It's a small nation of about 3.3 million inhabitants, with a land size roughly equal to South Carolina. It's the southernmost country in Central America, and if not for its mind-bogglingly thick Darien National Park, the so-called Panamerican Highway could run from Alaska to the bottom of South America. But you knew all of that, didn't you? What you may not be aware of, however, is just...

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