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The increasing popularity of nature travel is making it possible for curious explorers to discover the world's most beautiful — and off the beaten path — sights and sounds. For adventurers making their way to the recently “opened” nation of Laos – the country has only been opened to tourism for about a decade, the ideal destination for natural beauty is undoubtedly the Bolaven Plateau.

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It’s a highlight of any Galapagos Islands cruise experience — standing just steps from comical male blue-footed boobies as the honk, sway, whistle and dance their way to a mate. But it turns out that dancing ability may not be all it tales to impress a female.

According to a group of Spanish and Mexican researchers, the intense blue hue of the male bird’s feet is actually an external indicator of age and fitness for breeding.

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While many adventurers book nature travel to experience the world, a large number of travelers are interested in expanding their birding “life list.” While birders spend much of their time researching the behavior patterns and physical characteristics of their avian infatuation, many remain clueless when it comes time to take a photo of their feathered friends. Fortunately, there are a few ways to ensure that your photos of the majestic icterine warbler or a resplendent quetzal (pictured) come out perfectly.

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Few locations in the world allow as many opportunities to be wowed by the power and majesty of the natural world as the East Africa's Uganda. The “Pearl of Africa” is home to a vast array of natural treasures and an impressive biodiversity, much of which can be seen in Murchison Falls National Park.

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While many factors motivate nature travel, you can typically separate adventurers into two groups: those hoping to glimpse a unique foreign culture and those seeking to spot rare and exotic wildlife. Fortunately for travelers heading to Borneo, the state of Sarawak has plenty of both.

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While travelers love to explore exotic lands, there are certain aspects of foreign cultures that largely remain mysterious to outside visitors. Egypt, for example, is a land rich in history and culture that features a wealth of offerings that must be seen to be properly described. Yet while individuals have written long-winded explanations of proper Egyptian decorum, many travelers remain ignorant on the appropriate tipping etiquette.

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The New 7 Wonders of the World began as a global campaign to recognize human achievement and protect the planet's man-made wonders. After more than 100 million people around the world cast their vote, the rose-red city of Petra, Jordan has been recognized as one of man’s greatest accomplishments.

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Vacationers from across the globe book Galapagos Islands cruises to see the archipelago's famed wildlife, which includes some of the most fascinating and approachable creatures on the planet. That distinction extends to the seas surrounding the South American island chain, and some of the region's most interesting marine life can be found in the waters of Black Turtle Cove.

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While there are certainly a number of modern attractions to take in when in Egypt, most of vacationers making their way across the North African deserts or on a Nile cruise are interested in its historical sites. Those hoping to explore the mysteries of the ancient capital of Memphis will definitely want to drop in on its famed necropolis, Sakkara.

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Our friends at MedjetAssist have put together these handy tips for ensuring your trip through airport security goes fast. Don’t forget, transportation security officers have to identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. If the metal detector alarms when you pass through, you’ll be required to undergo additional screening -- including hand-wand and pat-down inspections.

Items that might set off the metal detector include:

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