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7 Offbeat Adventures Around the World

Itching for an adventure, but wantto set your sights on something a littleout of the ordinary? Look no further. Treat yourself to a wholly unique experience with any one ofthese offbeat adventures: Live Like a Bedouin in Egypt If commonplaceadventures soundtoo tame for you, consider immersing yourself in the life of a desert nomadin Egypt.

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The Best Travel Books About Bali

Thinking about planning a trip to Bali or simply hoping to bone up on your knowledge about the Indonesian island province? Pick up one of these insightful books, recommended by our travel literature expert Don George.

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The Art of Sacred Placement in San Miguel de Allende

A charming Spanish colonial city with a UNESCO World Heritage designation, San Miguel de Allende, located in the central highlands of Mexico, is a mecca for all manner of creative types. In a place where scores of art galleries cluster in and around a vibrant centro histrico, you‘d hardly think it necessary to make a trek three miles out of town to see one more. But if you don‘t, you‘ll miss what is arguably the most interesting

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Grand Torino: Italy‘s Aperitivo Capital

To most of us,vermouthis the stuff you use to make a Martini. Or a Manhattan. Fair enough. But as many of us are rediscovering,vermouthis among the most versatile of cocktail ingredients. What‘s more, it‘s great straight. Vermouth‘s origins, as with most quaffs, are hazy. But evidence unearthed in China suggests it just may be the

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A Perfect Day in Washington, D.C.

I‘ve lived in Washingtonfor (gulp) 23 years-and something I‘ve learned in all that time: This is one great city to visit. I recently had the honorof writing Nat Geo‘s forthcoming bookWalking Washington, D.C., and reveled in the chance to traversethe District torediscoverold favorites through the eyes of a tourist and dig up treasures I never

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Local Flavor: Hot Chicken in Nashville

‘Hot chicken‘ is Nashville‘s most famous dish. With two equally famous establishments in the city, Prince‘s Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B‘s, residents love to argue who fries it best.

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Beyond the Beach in Curaao

Sitting 40 miles offthe Venezuelan coast, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaaostretches close to 40 miles itself, from north to south. And though most of the action happensat beachfront resorts and sandy expanses crowded with cruise ship passengers, the isle offers myriad (and less-traveled) historical, creative, and natural spaces that will satisfy gourmands, nature lovers,

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When Travel Goes Wrong

Sometimes bad things happen to good people when they‘re far away from home. That doesn‘t mean they have to ruin your trip. As Ken Budd reminds us, it‘s all about putting things in the proper perspective.

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Living Legends: The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

I‘m sitting in a cluttered workshop inNew Orleans‘ Central City neighborhood. Surrounding me are plastic containers filled with beads and rhinestones of about every hueimaginable,elaborate feather headdresses, glue guns, oversizespools of thread, and fluffy lime-green tufts that suggesta Muppet has exploded. Along the back wall hang spectacular suitsfrom Mardi Gras past, including a cobalt-blue beauty

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Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With the World

National Geographic‘s travel literature expert, Don George, shares four books guaranteed to make you fall in love with the world (and itch to start planning your next trip).

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