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Not every sun-seeking family need set their sights on the beaches of California, Florida, or Texas for their spring vacations. Another, culturally-rich option lies just a short airline flight away: the Caribbean. National Geographic News recently spoke with Candyce Stapen, author of a new guidebook to the region, published by National Geographic Books.

The Galápagos Islands—where Charles Darwin's theory of evolution took root—are facing increasing pressure from tourists and commercial fishing. A Web-exclusive photo gallery by National Geographic Traveler magazine showcases the incredible diversity of the sanctuary.

H.L. Hunley Captain George Dixon's pocket watch represents a tiny time capsule sealed since the Civil War. Scientists excavating the interior of the recovered Confederate submarine have recently opened the watch and discovered yet another clue to the enduring mystery of the vessel's fate.

A growing influx of international tourists visits Cuba each year, including an estimated 40,000 Americans who flout a U.S. ban on travel to the island each year. National Geographic Books recently issued a new guidebook to the island, National Geographic Traveler: Cuba. National Geographic News spoke with guidebook author Christopher Baker about his impressions of Cuba, the U.S. ban on travel to the country, and legal avenues to visit the island.

When the space shuttle Columbia broke up on Saturday, February 1, a group of Colorado-based researchers whose firefighting experiment was on board felt the tragedy all the more deeply because they had worked closely with the astronauts during the previous few days to fix a glitch in the experiment.

The destruction of the space shuttle Columbia in the final minutes of a rare mission purely devoted to space science claimed seven lives. It also dealt a devastating blow to scientists eager to conduct research in the weightlessness of space.

Space shuttle Columbia broke up just minutes before it was scheduled to land this morning, killing all seven astronauts on board. Story and photo gallery.

Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler magazine announced today the first winners of the World Legacy Awards, recognizing operators in southern Africa, Italy, and Thailand as the "best examples in the tourism industry of the ideal balance between nature conservation, the protection of heritage sites, social responsibility, and commerce."

Airlines have long overcharged business travelers. But with more executives these days relying on smaller carriers like Southwest or ATA for cheaper rates, giants like United are slashing some business fares by 40 percent. Do business travelers really win in this competitive climate? Yes and no, says Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows. Here's why.

Recent outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness among passengers forced Disney, Holland America, and Carnival to cut a string of cruises short. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the Norwalk virus—not terrorism—is to blame. Here, Traveler Consumer News Editor Norie Quintos discusses travelers safety at sea.

Airport security tightened just in time for the busiest travel season of the year. With better training and more advanced equipment, U.S. agents are expected to screen passengers more thoroughly than ever before. But that doesn't necessarily mean longer delays, says Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows. Here, Bellows talks about what to expect, how travelers can help ease gridlock, and more.

The turmoil at many major online travel-booking sites—including revenue losses, job cuts, and other problems—could help restore the health of travel agencies, which were hard hit in the dot.com boom, says Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows.

Halloween is the perfect time for hair-raising adventures away from home. Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows offers his take on five of the world's scariest experiences.

Forty years ago this month, the Kennedy administration discovered that the Soviet Union was constructing missiles in Cuba—and the resulting U.S. government ban on U.S. tourist travel to Cuba remains today. Traveler Editor Keith Bellows recalls his visit to Cuba, predicts what could happen if the embargo were lifted, and more.

For years, Bali was a peaceful enclave in conflict-ridden Indonesia. The popular tourist destination attracted 1.5 million visitors just last year. But on October 12, the peace was shattered when a car bomb exploded outside a tourist-packed nightclub, killing over 180 people. Now, few visitors are likely to return anytime soon. Here Traveler Editor Keith Bellows talks about the future of Bali's travel industry, alternative island getaways, and more.


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