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Spratly Islands: Burying Coral Reefs Alive

Michael Webster | Posted 08.27.2015 | Science
Michael Webster

If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.

Rihanna Queen of Crop Over

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Rihanna was the star of Crop Over, and she never disappoints. But it is not just Rihanna's costume or celebrity that makes her a star in my eyes. It's her love of life and her love of family and friends, her ability to live her life by her rules and no one else's that makes her a Caribbean Girl.

This Is the New Island Jewel of Southeast Asia

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.03.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

by Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler Photo by Cynthia Drescher Travelers to Southeast Asia often flock to Bali or Phuket, in search of gr...

This Is The Most Beautiful Island In The World

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

The Philippines's Palawan Island was voted the no. 1 island in the world by Condé Nast Traveler readers -- and with pictures like these, you can easily see why.

Top 10 Island Beaches For Unplugging

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 06.10.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

There are beaches for partying, beaches for swimming, and beaches for doing absolutely nothing at all. If you're after the latter, we've got you covered.

10 Crazy Expensive Hotels With Rates That Will Blow Your Mind

Oyster | Posted 06.04.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Last week, we gave you the low down on just how low hotel rates can go. And we pleasantly discovered they can get quite low; all 10 properties that made our "cheapest hotels" list cost $22/night or less!

Is This a Real-Life Hobbit Hole or a Hotel?! Maybe Both...

Oyster | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Sleeping in a Hobbit hole is a fantasy for many, and this hotel may be as close as you can get. And unlike the Hobbit holes in the Shire, this property faces the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean.

No Kids Allowed: 8 Adults-Only Hotels in Secret Spots

Oyster | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Oyster

We suggest heating things up this winter with a visit to a sexy, sandy, and secluded adults-only hotel. Whether you need a spot for the long Valentine's Day -- er, we mean Presidents' Day -- weekend, or a remote locale for a romantic rendezvous this spring, one of these eight is sure to get you in the mood.

The Seven Most Amazing, Surprisingly Affordable Beach Destinations

Oyster | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Unfortunately, a mid-winter or spring break getaway can get quite pricey, especially because so many travelers have just the same idea, thereby creating a price spike among hotels and flights. But, fortunately yet again, there are some beach locales that aren't inordinately expensive.

7 Retreats For A Low-Key Caribbean Getaway

Oyster | Posted 03.09.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Fewer crowds, intimate spaces, and unspoiled tropical vistas are the hallmarks of these hotels, and these secluded spots are the places we like to visit when we're looking for a low-key getaway.

Barbuda Sets a New Standard for Marine Protection in the Caribbean

Amber Jackson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

Earlier this week the Barbuda Council signed into law a sweeping set of new ocean-management regulations that zone the coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries.

10 Luxury Islands That Are Surprisingly Affordable

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

We've never had such a good excuse to ditch the real world. We always thought our living-on-an-island dreams would stay forever plunked on a Pinter...

The Odyssey: In My Own Words (Part 2)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Circe: Sleep with me. I'm a witch-goddess. Odysseus: Yeah. I like your singing voice. Listen-- Circe: I knew it. Odysseus: I haven't said anyt...

The Story Behind the World's Smallest Island

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

You have to disqualify all the bigger landmasses as continents, and ignore the possibility that Greenland might actually be three smaller islands connected by an ice sheet. But what about the world's smallest island? Would every single pebble in every single mud puddle theoretically be a contender? What makes a real island?

13 Reasons Why Growing Up In A Vacation Destination Isn't Always As Good As It Seems

Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Carly Ledbetter

Think life's a beach? Try growing up on an island like I did. It may make you rethink your goal to "live where other people vacation" and here are a few reasons why.

Notes from a Far Flung Isle: Feel Like a True Explorer in Chiloé

Jacada Travel | Posted 03.08.2014 | Travel
Jacada Travel

From the bartering system still used in its markets to the abundance of lichen covering the extremely fertile inland forests and vast wetlands, Chiloé offers a rewarding introduction to the region and is still distinctly off-the-the-beaten-track, guaranteed to bring out the true explorer in you.

Foodie Trip To Thailand's Koh Samet Island

Leora Novick | Posted 12.09.2013 | Travel
Leora Novick

The beach island of Koh Samet lays just a few hours drive and a short boat trip from the city of Bangkok. For an enjoyable and edible weekend, don't miss these local Thai treats and get a real taste of the island.

Lady Elliot Island: Mistress of the Great Barrier Reef

Megan Snedden | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Megan Snedden

The mainland disappears as a sliver sliding off the airplane window. Ahead: a dark blue abyss striped turquoise from the Eastern Australian Current. Lady Elliot Island appears like a freckle on the map of Oceania, 46 nautical miles offshore Australia's mainland.

How to Choose the Perfect Honeymoon Spot

U.S. News Travel | Posted 10.15.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Planning a wedding often means dealing with a seemingly endless list of over-the-top choices. Save up all that decision-making energy and channel it into the one choice that may count the most: where to go on your honeymoon.

What It's Like to Live on an Island

Global Yodel | Posted 10.01.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

Most people hear the phrase "island life" and think of beach lounging, umbrella-drink sipping, and ocean dipping. That's certainly the case on many tropical islands, but not all islands are the same.

Kauai: Much More Than a Beach Vacation

Jerry Lanson | Posted 09.10.2013 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

Waves pound the rocky shore, sending showers of frothy spray dozens of feet into the air. Sea turtles swim through shoreside seaweed to feed. And surfers, boogie boarders and snorklers share the beaches in search of the perfect wave or perfect school of colorful fish.

Keep Calm and Carry oM: Great Spa Escapes Near NYC

offMetro.com | Posted 05.08.2013 | New York
offMetro.com

Having covered the spa industry for the past decade, I've had the opportunity to visit spas throughout the world. However, I'm always excited to disco...

The World's Only Pirate Cemetery?

Kip Patrick | Posted 05.05.2013 | Travel
Kip Patrick

Cyclones and centuries have worn away many of the well-aged engravings on the stone markers.

PHOTOS: Day Trips Put Cities In Context

Global Yodel | Posted 03.24.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

All the books about the resiliency of a city's people pale compared to hiking the desolate mountains their ancestors crossed centuries before.

Heart of the Storm (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 02.05.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

Spending nine days on a 52-foot-long sail boat might seem like an exotic adventure accessible to few children but Heart of the Storm is giving teenage...