The Greatest Vehicle For Off-Road Adventure Camping

As amazing as RV’s can be for camping, they aren’t the most agile vehicles in rough terrain or steep hills. Enter the Jeep® ActionCamper©! With all of the off-roading capabilities of a Jeep and the luxurious camping of an RV, this bad boy combines the best of both worlds. The pop-up roof allows 6’8″ of clearance in the dining area. The camper itself is made of fiberglass and fits a queen size bed in the full kitchen, as well as a shower and toilet. The windows are fitted with bug screens and blinds and the entire shell is removable when you want to take the vehicle for a joyride.

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Dive In! Photos of Swimming Pools From Around the World

Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian.

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Bizarre Yugoslavian Monuments From a Bygone Era

There was a period in the 1960s and 70s when large sculptures were created all over the Republic of Yugoslavia to commemorate the battles of WWII. Now, with the fall of the U.S.S.R and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the monuments have lost some significance and seem from another planet.

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This Cycling Jacket Transforms You Into A Human Firefly

Cycling has become an increasingly-popular way to travel, but sharing the road safely is not always easy. From narrow streets to hazardous intersections, city infrastructure can present some challenging situations for bikers commuting to work or those simply desiring a leisurely ride.

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Surprised Kayakers Get Lifted From the Sea on the Back of a Whale

“I’m on a Whale!” Well, at least that’s what I’m imagining these two kayakers said when they got an unexpected ride from a whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Reported to be a father and daughter out for a scenic paddle, the two spotted a pod of southern right whales. To their surprise one of the whales came closer, swam under their tiny boat and lifted them gently out of the water on its back. They captured the entire playful encounter in a GoPro video that has now gone solidly viral… but not without controversy.

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The Village in Japan Where There are More Dolls than People

On the island of Shikoku, Japan lies the village of Nagoru – a place where life-size dolls outnumber people. It used to be an active community, but over the years many Nagoru locals moved to Osaka or Tokyo for jobs, and the village shrank to just a few dozen people. One of the locals that left was Ayano Tsukimi, but after years away she came back to the quaint place. In memory of her friends and family that lived there before, she began to make dolls based on their lives.

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A Selection From the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Every year travelers around the world take stunning photographs documenting their journey, capturing many beautiful locations, both urban and natural. National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest is for anyone who wants to submit their favorite photos in four different categories: Spontaneous Moments, Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes and Sense of Place. This year, thousands of entries were submitted, and later this month finalists and winners will be announced. Here are 12 of our favorite images to get a taste of the incredible assortment of moments being captured.

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There’s Something In The Water At This Abandoned Shopping Mall…

Years ago, this Bangkok shopping mall tanked – and now, it’s playing koi. With help from an open-air roof, torrential rain, and an anonymous fish breeder,  the abandoned New World shopping mall has slowly been transforming into the most unexpected aquarium since the early 2000s. 

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This Underground Trampoline is Totally Nuts (and 180 Feet High)

There aren’t many activities that can combine the fear of being underground with staggering heights… but this new attraction in Wales has done it. The new Bounce Below arena (near tongue twisting Blaenau Ffestiniog) will soon be giving visitors the chance to bounce and slide on an immense underground trampoline suspended 180 feet up in an underground cavern that’s twice the size of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion.

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