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11 WWF & Nat Hab Travel Destinations Top the New York Times 2014 Bucket List | Good Nature The New York Times published an exclusive list 52 places to visit in 2014. Here are 11 of the destinations WWF and Nat Hab can take you to in 2014. #1 Cape Town, South Africa (c) Wilderness Safaris Cape Town, South Africa tops the New York Times’ list – but don’t travel all the way to South Africa without getting a closer look at its incredible wildlife population. If you want to soak in some of the sites of the city, we recommend booking a 4-day Cape Town extension. #2 Christchurch, New Zealand © Nada Wiley Christchurch is the highlight for the New York Times #2 spot – our itinerary takes you there and beyond. #6 Namibia Rhino on the move © Dana Allen/Wilderness Safaris The list hits a sweet spot with Namibia. #7 Ecuador © James Frankham/WWF-Canon The Galápagos Islands is an invaluable living laboratory for scientists and one of the best natural classrooms in the world. #16 Scotland © Natural Habitat Adventures #19 Laikipia Plateau, Kenya © Ken Carl #35 Mekong River #38 Northern Lights #50 Belize

10 Most Beautiful Villages in Europe | Earth Traveling From the Alps to the Mediterranean, these frozen-in-time European villages will make you appreciate the beauty of taking it slow. Reaching some of these European beauties requires extra effort, yet the rewards are dazzling. Your eyes will thank you. Hallstatt, Austria The storybook town of Hallstatt in central Austria enjoys a gorgeous setting on the bank of the Hallstätter See, between the pristine lake and a lush mountain that rises dramatically from the water’s edge. Manarola, Italy Manarola is a small town, a frazione of the comune (municipality) of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy. Image Source Bibury, England The hilly Cotswold region is a designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” in southwestern England, and one of its loveliest villages is Bibury, where verdant meadows abut ancient stone cottages with steep pitched roofs. Image Source Colmar, France Image Source Reine, Norway Image Source Pučiśća, Croatia Image Source Telč, Czech Republic Image Source

Natural Habitat Adventures | Africa | The Great Migration The migration of nearly two million wildebeest and zebra across the plains of Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Maasai Mara is one of the oldest and last great land migrations on the planet. The movements are dictated solely by the rains and food sources (grasses), with zebras eating the long grasses, while wildebeests follow to feast on fresh shoots. While often unpredictable and not a perfect science, the typical movements of the herds are illustrated in the interactive map below, which also shows the locations of camps in each area. January In January, wildebeest and zebra herds continue to move south, mostly along the eastern edge of the Serengeti, toward the fresh short grasses of the Ndutu plains, while much of the migration has already arrived in the southern Serengeti near Lake Ndutu where the animals will graze and prepare to drop their young.

37 Reasons Why You Should Visit Northeast India Before You Die “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu This becomes automatically true when you visit The Land of Seven Sisters – the mesmerizing North East India. You simply can’t arrive and claim, “That’s it, I’ve seen it all”. A few steps away, an unseen beautiful waterfall might be waiting for you. While the interest of visiting North East is on the rise among travelers these days, very few finally visit. So we decided to roll out a comprehensive guide on the main attractions of each state. As Mark Twain rightly said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. 1. The largest monastery in India. 2. The Sela Pass is the high-altitude mountain pass located in Tawang District. 3. Close to Sela Pass is the beautiful paradise lake, Sela which remains frozen for most parts of the winter. 4. Beautiful landscapes. 5. 6. Other Attractions: 7. 8. 9. It is a Hindu temple of Goddess Shakti. 10. 11.

3 Magical Places In India That Are Peacefully Hidden From The Outside World. We’ve all read about Shangri-La, the mystical but fictional valley that is synonymous with an earthly paradise – a Himalayan Utopia. So we decided to find out magical places in India where you can live the ‘Shanri-La’ experience; places that are isolated from the outside world; places that are divinely beautiful. 1. Phugtal Monastery Phugtal Monastery or Phugtal Gompa, is a beautiful Buddhist monastery overlooking a narrow valley and a rope-bridged river in south-eastern Zanskar, Ladakh in northern India. Though it was constructed in the early 12th century, it was hidden treasure for many until Hungarian Alexander Cosmo de Koros visited the place and stayed between the periods of 1826-27. 2. The Rumtek monastery, also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on the top of the hill facing the city of Gangtok in Sikkim. It is the biggest monastery in Sikkim and undoubtedly, one of the most colorful in India. 3. So when are you planning to visit these places?

How to Plan a Responsible Trip to Africa Video Africa is filled with beautiful tourist destinations and has something for everyone. This video will show you the best ways to travel around Africa responsibly.See Transcript Hi, my name is Nathan Buck for About.com and today I'm going to talk about how to plan a responsible trip to Africa. This video will be referencing the excellent guide content on the About.com Africa Travel site. Africa Travel: Use a Responsible Tour Operator This is probably the number one recommendation, as your money will be filtering through to all the numerous sub-contractors that your operator will be using. Africa is always a buyer's market and the competition for your business is intense, so it is worthwhile for you to do your research into which are the most conscientious operators, and you want to make sure that you are not saving money at the expense of the service providers or the environment. Africa Travel: Stay in Locally-Owned Hotels Africa Travel: Eat Locally Africa Travel: Shop in Local Markets

Swimming with Whale Sharks | Mexico Ecotourism Swim and Snorkel with These Gentle Giants, Which Are Actually the World's Largest Fish! Just off the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a small island largely untouched by tourism, despite its proximity to Cancún. Isla Holbox might go unnoticed entirely, except for some unique visitors who come to its warm ocean waters each summer. Their presence is hard to ignore, since they average 40 feet long and weigh 15 tons. Alongside our naturalist Expedition Leaders, swim with enormous, friendly whale sharks – the world’s biggest fish! What Makes Our Whale Shark Adventure Better than the Rest? Few nature aficionados will ever have the chance to see, let alone swim with, a whale shark. A More Remote Location for Intimate Wildlife Encounters The few tour operators who visit whale sharks off the Yucatan do so mostly from mainland tourist resorts like Cancun and Playa del Carmen—not exactly Nat Hab's style! Reading List

Volunteer Southern Africa | Home Hacking Like a Travel Agent: 4 Ways to Save Big on Airfare As a twenty-something living in New York City and lacking any sort of bottomless trust fund, travel used to seem like an unattainable luxury. While visions of balmy nights in Buenos Aires or volunteering with elephants in Thailand would dance across my mind, the reality of airfare kept me grounded (literally) and stuck day-dreaming. While I would happily have swapped hotels for hostels and guided tours for serendipitous encounters to save on money, my wallet cringed when it came to the purchasing of a flight. Everything I knew about traveling changed the day I booked a trip with friends to Colombia on a whim. Perhaps I had endured one too many day dreams or had lived vicariously through one too many Facebook albums, but on this particular day I threw care to the wind and purchased a round trip flight to Cartagena on JetBlue. Often I come across the question of how does one afford to travel? Off-peak Hours at Marrakesh Airport © Thomas Leuthard #1: Learn to Fly When Other’s Don’t

Africa Safari Planner - Planning Your African Safari When you plan an African safari, there are a number of things you need to consider, from the animals you want to see, the best time to go on safari; and what kind of safari you would like to experience; luxury, tented, mobile, budget camping -- there are plenty of options. If you have questions about planning your safari, you can see all my safari articles here. If you are interested in booking a bespoke luxury safari in Africa you can also contact me to discuss your options. Mammals, Birds or Reptiles The first thing you need to do is decide which animals you want to see. Adventure Safaris Next you need to decide just how close you want to get. Page Two Safari Options and Recommendations.

When to go on Safari - Safari in Africa, When to go The best time for an African safari is when the animals are easy to find and in dense numbers. Deciding when to go on safari depends on what country you would like to visit and when you are able to plan your trip. Seasons differ in East and Southern Africa so you can really plan a great safari for almost every month of the year, if you are flexible about where you want to go to. Below you'll find a country specific guide for the absolute best time to plan a safari. On Page 2, you'll find a month by month guide for the best country to visit for a safari. If you still have questions about planning your safari, you can always e-mail me. Kenya The best time to go on safari in Kenya and experience a huge density and diversity of wildlife is when the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gnu's descend on the Mara plains with predators close behind. Tanzania If you want to see the Great Migration unfold, head to Tanzania's northern parks; the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Uganda Zambia

Central Park Parking Finder | BestParking Central Park Parking Central Park is one of the most famous landmarks in New York. It’s an urban park in the eastern part of the central-upper West side of Manhattan. Central Park first opened in 1857; it was improved and expanded the following year and was finally completed in 1873. You literally can’t miss it with its 843 acre size (2.5 miles long and is 0.5 miles wide) right in the heart of the concrete jungle. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962, Central Park is a dynamic landscape masterpiece. Central Park boasts a multitude of attractions inside its verdant acres such as: Central Park Zoo, the Dairy, Bethesda Terrace, Statues, Sheep Meadow and Great Lawn, Metropolitan Museum and Cleopatra's Needle, Strawberry Fields, Bow Bridge and Ramble, Belvedere Castle, Shakespeare Garden, Conservatory Garden, and the Charles A. This awe-inspiring park is the most visited urban park in the United States.

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