17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Hakone National Park

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015.

The idea of creating protected wilderness areas was a popular one; more than 100 countries around the world have followed suit, with more than 1200 national parks worldwide. While you can always visit some of the newest national parks here in the United States, you might want to consider checking out some of the amazing national parks outside our borders.

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May 25, 2016 by
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10 European Road Trips to Take This Summer

Furka Pass, Switzerland

From America’s Route 66 to Australia’s Great Ocean Road to South Africa’s Garden Route, the world is full of unforgettable road trips, but don’t write off Europe for your next adventure. Whether you want to hire a campervan and get off the beaten track, cruise along the coast in a convertible or tackle one of the world’s most treacherous mountain roads, road-trippers will find plenty of great choices in Europe. To help fuel your wanderlust, here are 10 European road trips to take this summer.

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May 23, 2016 by
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Top 10 US Travel Photos You Need to Take

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Back in the day, you had to pick and choose your shots since you might have only one roll of film and 24 to 36 possible photos. You had to worry and wonder if you’d blinked, as you couldn’t tell before the film was developed (at a store, inevitably taking more than an hour). Then there was the awful time you accidentally opened the back of the camera and exposed the entire roll, rendering all of your vacation shots black. Those were dark times.

Now, taking that perfect vacation shot is much easier, and so it’s become more important to have those iconic shots in your photo gallery. You know the ones, the shots that prove you’ve traveled the length and breadth of our fair country, seeing the most important sights and sites. Here are the top 10 travel photos from the United States.

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May 16, 2016 by
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Rescuing Elephant Orphans in Nairobi, Kenya

An older orphan comforts a younger one.

Kenya is without a doubt a wildlife paradise, its wilderness unparalleled and one of the few places on earth where one can admire the Big Five. But with these unique attributes come challenges, as poachers decimate herds for the ivory trade, killing mothers and leaving behind orphans. Several conservation groups are at the forefront of animal rescue and orphan rehabilitation.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi is considered one of the most successful programs in the world. In addition to rescuing and hand-rearing rhino and elephant orphans, it’s engaged in veterinary assistance, anti-poaching measures and habitat conservation. Other initiatives include community outreach, which involves improving the living conditions of the local communities and engaging them in protecting the wildlife and environment.

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May 11, 2016 by
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Zanzibar Island Beyond Stone Town: Top 12 Things to Do

Red colobus monkeys

Zanzibar has been an important commercial stop since the ancient Assyrians, with traders coming from as far as Arabia, India and the Persian Gulf. This fusion of different African, Asian and Arab influences can be seen today in the island’s architecture. A prime example is Stone Town, a must-see while on the island. However, Unguja, or Zanzibar Island, is worth discovering outside the old town.

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May 9, 2016 by
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A Biodiverse Paradise: Outdoor Adventures in Honduras

Exploring the natural wonders of Honduras

Honduras is one of the many corners of the globe that suffers in tourism thanks in large part to international perception. Bullets! Crime! Gangs! Drugs! This all leaves the average traveler envisioning a country where foreigners (in this case, mainly gringos) are hunted mercilessly. Of course such logic fails when tested with reality.

Fact is, Honduras is a mecca of biodiversity with some of the world’s most pristine jungles and rainforests, plus a Caribbean coast that needs no photoshopping before it becomes a postcard. The country is at the heart of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor between Mexico and Panama, with seven percent of the Earth’s biodiversity. This includes vital and sensitive ecosystems, such as rainforests, mangroves, pine forests, savannas and swamplands.

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May 4, 2016 by
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10 Festivals Worth Traveling for in May

Ah, May! Spring flowers blossom, birds chirrup, serpents get thrown in the forest. That’s right – Italy’s snake festival takes place this month, as do many more of the world’s quirkiest festivals. From cheese-rolling in the heart of England to grown men climbing a tower of buns in Hong Kong, get ready for a whirlwind tour of May’s festivals around the world!

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May 2, 2016 by
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Travel With Viator: What’s Happening in May

Go to the Galapagos for less.

Find deals, discounts, new tours and more below in our monthly blog update!

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May 1, 2016 by
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Where to Go in May: 20 Great Spots for a Shoulder Season Trip

May's a great time to hit the beach in Rio.

Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season or just itching to add a new stamp to your passport, May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, the month has that desirable not-too-hot-and-not-too-cold weather, and it’s also a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.

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April 29, 2016 by
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6 Reasons You Need to Go to Detroit This Year

Detroit, Michigan

For awhile now, Detroit has made news for the wrong reasons. Bankruptcy, “ruin porn,” residents maintaining public parks because the city just wasn’t – the list goes on. In the past several years, however, the story has been changing, just like the city.

Detroit’s recovery, dubbed “America’s great comeback story,” may be a morbid curiosity to reality TV audiences waiting for failure, but that recovery is real – palpable in the city itself, particularly when you talk to people who have lived in Detroit for decades. Yes, there are still boarded-up buildings downtown, but occupancy rates in renovated apartment buildings are so high there’s a waiting list. Things are happening in Detroit, and there’s no time like the present to go and see for yourself.

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April 15, 2016 by
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