Without a Trace

Once a year tens of thousands of people descend onto the Nevada desert to build a utopian society, and then disappear Photos by Ryan Jesena Imagine a city where the only practical limitation is your own imagination. A place where you are free to invent, or reinvent, yourself on a daily, or even hourly, basis;

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Marvelous Melbourne

This city owes its culinary diversity to the influx of immigrants throughout its history In 1851, Edward Hargraves discovered a grain of gold in a waterhole in New South Wales, Australia. Wanting to capitalize on the burgeoning gold rush, the Governor of Victoria offered up a reward of GBP200 to anyone who found gold within

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The Accidental Sea

The Salton Sea, in the middle of the Californian desert, is an engineering disaster and a failed resort, but it has its own brand of attractions and art galleries. Be ready for the bizarre It’s 113°F (45°C) as I step out of the car I hired in Los Angeles. I have driven 170 miles through

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Highlights of Northern India

From camel races to hot springs and holy rats, these five hotspots will keep you entertained Text and Images by Jessica J. Hill India is not a tourist destination for the faint hearted. Its streets and restrooms can be shockingly dirty, its people can be overly inquisitive, and its spirituality can be downright overwhelming. But

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Where the Sea Meets the River

Can Gio is a family friendly escape from the city with something for everyone Text by James Pham Images by Quinn Ryan Mattingly Heading south from the Bach Dang Pier in District 1, a cruise along the Saigon River is an exercise in serenity. City life incrementally gives way to country. Bridges get less ornate,

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Capturing Cairo

Galvanic and soul-stirring, Cairo’s breakneck pace of life translates into a colorful concoction of intriguing characters and unlikely sights and sounds Text and Images by Nazley Omar “Every Friday there is a revolution!” declares Ahmed, an Egyptian taxi driver, as he takes a corner at full tilt. My introduction to the Egyptian capital immediately sends

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Swept Away in Mui Ne

Time to exchange the air and noise pollution of HCMC for the sea breeze and serenity of the beach  The ribbon of azure blue on the horizon imperceptibly draws closer as the sun brightens up the water, illuminating shades of aquamarine. We’re in Mui Ne, a small seaside retreat just four hours from Saigon. With

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In la la land

The word ‘Shangri -la ’ conjures up visions of a magical realm tucked away on some distant, exotic mountain, an idyllic place equally difficult to find as it is to leave. Shangri-la was first introduced to our imagination by James Hilton in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon, a story centered on a mythical monastery high in

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Sssh… This is Secret Bangkok

Best known for colorful weekend markets, glitzy malls and seedy after-dark activities, Nima Chandler reveals another side of Bangkok that most visitors never get to see… “I used to walk past this restaurant that was just disgusting. They had blackened rice cookers outside and dirty floors. No farang would ever go in there. But a

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The Shifting Sands

From the golden sands rises a city of epic proportions. Shiny and new, it dangles an “Under construction” sign around its neck as it rapidly expands. This is Dubai… Dubai at its peak was the global media’s darling. The shimmering city that rose rapidly from the Arabian sands could do no wrong. Working under the

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