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Earlier this year, National Geographic launched their collection of Unique Lodges of the World, a network of properties that brings the brand's mission to life. Now, they have added another 14 new retreats to the prestigious list. Here's a look at some of the extraordinary properties that have been included in the group.

This one’s for the adventure junkies; we’ve put our heads together and short-listed the best holidays to take your GoPro. Load up on your selfie sticks, helmet mounts and chest straps and make yourself an Insta-edit that will rival that of the world’s most intrepid adventurers.

A melting pot where the East meets West, Penang is a small Malaysian island with big impact. George Town, it’s UNESCO Heritage Listed capital, is a gorgeous city renowned for its impressive street art, street food, and street appeal. Here’s a look at some of its most popular street murals - see how many you recognise.

More than 10,000 images were submitted for the Environmental Photographer Of The Year competition, this was whittled down to a shortlist of 111 which will be on display at the Royal Geographical Society this London summer. Now the winning entries of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015 have been announced.This competition provides an opportunity for photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

Waterfall-visiting season runs from May to October in the Top End so now is the perfect time to explore the beauty of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Northern Territory. Photographer and Instagram influencer Chris Nobs (@Chriznobs) recently travelled through Darwin, Katherine, Litchfield and Kakadu, exploring and documenting some of the most picturesque natural waterfall wonders that Australia has to offer.

The winning images from the 2015 BigPicture nature photography competition have been announced. The competition welcomes submissions that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. Chaired by award-winning conservation photographer Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes high-quality nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers around the world.

Winter has well and truly come to the southern states but kick off your ugg boots because there are still places here in Australia where you can enjoy a refreshing dip outdoors. These sun-soaked destinations are welcoming you will open arms.

Airbnb can be an awesome way to make extra money or save a little cash when travelling — just look at the guy in Canada who made $200,000 off his house. But unfortunately, sometimes it can also turn out to be a nightmare for everyone involved... It wouldn't hurt to do a little extra research before letting people into your home.

Seemingly abstract and random, the raw power of nature is never more apparent than when you see lava pushing through to the surface of the Earth. Here you can see the intense heat causes the fiery lava to glow spectacularly against the night sky – forming hundreds of unique shapes as it flows across the Hawaiian landscape.

In August Six Flags New Orleans will have been closed for a decade, ever since Hurrican Katrina struck. The theme park corporation has deemed it beyond repair and now a place that was once alive with the sound of happy voices and thrill seekers screaming with delight is slipping into a state of decay. The abandoned site is now home to broken glass, rusty rides and even a few alligators in the park's waterways.