Adventure Travel

When you think of taking a vacation do you dream of relaxing on a beach? Or does your mind turn to something a little wilder -- an African safari or agritoursim chores?

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Climate, disease, killer animals and poisonous plants can all make a place pretty inhospitable. But nothing can compromise an area the way human conflict can. Where's our world's scariest spot?

By Debra Ronca

On today's clogged interstates, an illicit cross-country car race is practically impossible. But back in the days of the open road, it was just another hilarious idea. Who won this race?

By Charles W. Bryant

Back in the early '90s, programming execs decided the Olympics were too staid for easily distracted youths. Enter the X Games, a high-speed collection of extreme sports that demand attention.

By Stephanie Watson

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Antarctica wasn't even formally explored until the 19th century. But today, it's becoming somewhat of a tourist destination. What's to see and do on this icy continent?

By Debra Ronca

Everybody wants to be like Mike -- Michael Jordan, that is. At his fantasy camp, average basketball fans get to play pick-up with their hero. Are you thinking, "where do I sign up"?

By Debra Ronca

Willie Nelson said mamas shouldn't let their babies grow up to be cowboys. But one week of playing cowboy at somebody else's ranch never hurt anyone, right?

By Sarah Winkler

Times are tight, and everyone's looking to save a buck on travel. Is there a way to get your vacation accommodations for free?

By Amy Hunter

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It's kind of like a graveyard up there. Only the dead aren't buried. They're frozen in time -- with climbing ropes still around their waists.

By Charles W. Bryant

For some folks, taking a vacation from ordinary life means making a difference in someone else's. Where can you travel if you'd like to help out communities in need?

By Debra Ronca

If you get angry or stressed out, you might take a jog around the block to sweat it off. In a sweat lodge, you sweat it off for several hours by just sitting still.

By Amy Hunter

There's nothing like spending your Mediterranean cruise with your face hanging into the toilet. Getting seasick can easily ruin a well-deserved vacation. How can you prevent it?

By Charles W. Bryant

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Flying and driving can burn a hole in your wallet. They can also burn a hole in the ozone. How can you take a greener trip?

By Sarah Winkler

The Love Boat isn't so lovely when you get seasick, someone swipes your jeweled watch and all you've got to wear to the formal dinner is cut-offs and a pair of flip-flops. Plan ahead, my friend.

By Charles W. Bryant

In 2008l, aerial photographs showed an undiscovered tribe in the Amazon rainforest. But this tribe isn't exactly "undiscovered." Are the photos propaganda?

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

If you had to pick one of the seven wonders of the world to visit, you might want to make it this one. The biodiversity swimming within its coral walls is awesome and accessible.

By Jennifer Horton

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Who needs land when you have ships that can feed, house and entertain thousands of people in style? But what keeps one of these oceangoing behemoths from sinking like a brick?

By Josh Briggs

Niagara Falls is impressive, but the highest waterfalls in the world are more than 10 times taller. So where are they -- and why are they so rarely seen?

By John Fuller & Matt Cunningham

Agritourism helps small farmers keep business alive by supplementing traditional farm work with tourism. But would you pay to do chores on a farm?

By Robert Lamb

Lost greens fees, plane crashes and cancelled concerts all fall under the umbrella of travel insurance, but is it a scam? Or is it something you should consider while you browse flights and check hotel prices?

By Charles W. Bryant

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When you think of taking a vacation, do you dream of relaxing on a beach? Or does your mind turn to something a little wilder -- kayaking through the Amazon, cave diving in Mexico, paragliding in the south of France? If you have a taste for the unusual, adventure travel might appeal to you.

By Charles W. Bryant

For many of us, the first word that comes to mind at the mere mention of the simple term "timeshare" is -- "Scam!" Find out how timeshares work, if they're a good investment and how to spot the scams.

By Ed Grabianowski

It's easy being green and socially responsible when going eco-lodging. See how conservation meets tourism in this overview.

By Allison Klein

There's nothing like hearing the roar of a lion in the night, especially when the only thing between you and that lion is your canvas tent wall. Are you ready to go on a safari?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Feel like going skating or SCUBA diving? Or maybe you'd like to take in a broadway show after having a gourmet meal. You can do all this and more on a cruise.