A male tiger rests on the leaf-strewn ground, his head turned towards the camera.

The Call of the Wild in Northern India

The Golden Triangle is home to some of India’s most spectacular national parks, some of which are also home to wild tigers. If you’re more interested in Mother Nature than in monuments, Northern India won’t disappoint.

Author Tom Vater at the Angkor Archaeological Park at dusk.

Encountering the Khmer Smile in Angkor Wat

Tom Vater believes a “trip of a lifetime” need not be a trip to the end of the world, but it does perhaps need to be a trip that will linger in the memory long after one has returned home. For him, the very first time he visited Angkor Wat was such a trip, and he shares the moment that made him fall in love with Cambodia.

At a market, a woman carries a large basket balanced on her head.

Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur: Like Nowhere Else on Earth

The North Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) are collectively known as India’s Golden Triangle. Even a brief visit to this region will give you a good feel for the country’s regal past, not to mention plenty of amazing memories of your own.

Underwater photo of two divers and a bus-sized whale shark with schools of fish.

The Five Best Sites to Snorkel or Dive in the Galápagos

The Galápagos may be the best destination worldwide for watching wildlife on land, but the marine marvels underwater are beyond belief. From snorkeling with playful sea lion pups and nonchalant sea turtles to diving with hammerheads and whale sharks, the Caribbean and Red Sea simply pale in comparison.

A stone carved into the stepped pattern of the upper half of an incan cross combines with its shadow to create a full cross.

The Sacred Steps of the Inca

Step designs are found everywhere in important Inca ruins and are versions of the chacana, a sacred Andean symbol similar to the Christian crucifix. Learn more about the chacana—the key to understanding the spiritual beliefs of the Inca—and where to spot it.