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July 29, 2015
Barefoot, my pants legs rolled up to my knees, I survey the horizon of mud, sea, birds and crystal-blue skies before focusing on biologist Heike Niemann as she scoops tiny snails into a screened colander. “Living in these sand grains are more than 800 species,” she says.
June 14, 2015
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The Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, rank among the world’s most distinctive and abundant wildlife destinations. Roughly 9,000 species live here and in surrounding waters. The mostly uninhabited isles are like a natural-history museum, except the animals aren’t stuffed—they’re wild. Exploring the Galapagos, I often felt as if I was walking in an exotic zoo without cages.
May 12, 2015
Barren beach landscape. (Photo: Fotolia)
You may find yourself planning a second visit to Iceland before the first one even ends.
March 10, 2015
The House of Masks and Puppets, a permanent exhibition with 1,300 masks and 5,700 Southeast Asian puppets, some more than nine feet tall. (Photo: Margie Goldsmith)
Residents of the tropical Indonesian islands Bali and Sumba tend to live in the moment. For visitors to their five-star resorts, the moment can be just about perfect.
February 3, 2015
Tourists often overlook Chennai, but it’s India’s fourth-largest city, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and a great jumping-off point for exploring the area’s impressive Hindu temples. (Photo: Fotolia)
‘‘Incredible India” is a phrase originally developed as a tagline to advertise the country’s magnificent hotels, tourist sites and natural beauty—the phrase caught on because it is so apt.
October 20, 2014
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
A high-altitude trek in a remote African bamboo forest puts our correspondent face-to-face with humanity’s closest relatives.
March 12, 2014
At the heart of the 500,000-square-mile Gobi Desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest Wi-Fi, is Three Camel Lodge.
Bored with "ordinary" getaways? Try these seemingly inhospitable destinations. They can be hospitable indeed—and anything but ordinary.
January 22, 2014
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru.
These resorts offer high-end accommodations and a bonus: first-class menus of health and wellness offerings.
August 5, 2013
The guide advises everyone not to wear white clothing, the color of some local flowers. The bats that come out at night might try to pollinate us. (Photo: Amazon Clipper)
“Look, the dolphins are following us!” yells one ­passenger onboard the Amazon Clipper Premium, as we sail down Brazil’s Rio Negro back to the port city of Manaus. Diving in and out of the water, Pink River dolphins play their version of hide and seek. Are these the same dolphins we petted at the riverside feeding station a few miles back?
March 19, 2013
Vietnam’s Central Coast
Historically, Vietnam’s scenic central coast has been the seat of kings, emperors, exalted colonial administrators and heroes from both sides of the country’s long war.




“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy