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Whether it's taking the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul or roasting marshmallows over flowing lava in Hawaii, Travel Channel fans want to see the world before they "kick the bucket."
skiiers dressed in costumeParticipants ski in the 30th edition of the Belalp Witches Ski Race on Jan. 14 in Belalp, Switzerland. The race is inspired by a legend dating back to the Middle Ages, of a witch who tormented villagers in the area until she was burnt to death. 960 1280
Cruise ship is pulled up riverOnlookers watch as the Disney Fantasy cruise ship is hauled backwards by tugboats down Ems River after the ship departed from a shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The newly-completed 130,000-ton ship can accommodate 5,450 passengers, cast and crew. 960 1280
devotee has his body piercedA devotee has his body pierced with hooks before taking part in the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Feb. 7 in Singapore. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. Devotees pray and make vows. When the prayers are answered, they fulfill the vows by piercing body parts, such as their cheeks, tongues and backs, before carrying a "Kavadi" along a 2.5-mile route. 960 1280
Chris De Aboitiz rides a wave in QueenslandIn this handout provided by Friends Furever, Chris De Aboitiz rides a wave with his surf dog during the Surfing Dog Spectacular on March 12 at Noosa beach in Queensland, Australia. The VetShopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Spectacular was the first official dog surfing event held in Australia, and opened the Noosa Festival of Surfing. 960 1280
EnterpriseThe space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies over New York City. Originally housed at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Enterprise will be demounted from the carrier plane and placed on a barge that will be moved by tugboat to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum. 960 1280
Fireworks over Buckingham PalaceFireworks over Buckingham Palace mark the end of The Diamond Jubilee Concert from The Mall on June 4th in London. This year -- for only the second time in history -- the UK is celebrating the 60th anniversary of a monarch’s reign, and thousands of well-wishers from around the world flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. 960 1280
Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the USASerena Williams and Venus Williams of the USA celebrate with their winner's trophies after their Ladies' Doubles match against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London. 960 1280
Salisbury International Arts Festival, Amesbury, EnglandFires light the ancient megalithic monument of Stonehenge as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival near Amesbury, England. The Fire Garden, which will run for 3 consecutive nights at the UNESCO World Heritage site, has been created by French arts group Compagnie Carabosse. 960 1280
navratri festivalA woman wears a metal structure comprising of 1,151 oil lamps for a prayer ritual at the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad, India. The vibrant festival is held every year for 9 nights to celebrate the Hindu goddess, Durga, who symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil. 960 1280
thanksgiving turkeyPresident Obama shares a moment with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House. The turkey named Cobbler and its companion, Gobbler, will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia. 960 1280
2012: The Year in Photos 67 Photos
Washington Square ParkIn her web series, You Get the Picture, photographer Lizzy Sullivan traverses New York City while demonstrating how to take great travel photos. In Washington Square Park, Lizzy Snaps photographs street performer Wyndham Baird under the Washington Square Arch.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/16, Shutter Speed: 1/125th s, ISO: 100 960 1280
Sushi at Izakaya MewAt NYC’s Izakaya Mew restaurant, Lizzy Snaps demonstrates how to photograph a delicious plated sushi dish.
Settings: Lens: 50mm, Aperture: 1.4, Shutter Speed 1/60th s, ISO: 400 960 1280
You Get the Picture 17 Photos
Beach Huts at Sunset"The sun sets over the beach in Cromer, England. The landscape's beauty and vibrant colors of the sky, grass, and huts helped make every night in Cromer a memorable one. Cromer had gorgeous sunsets, private huts, a beach, and a beautiful English village that keep the family busy and happy for our entire stay!" -- Skywall 960 1280
Winner: A Europe RoundaboutA small little lighthouse, shining out over the Edinburgh coast line. A beautiful sunset for a beautiful night. After saving for 2 years, my wife and I are traveling Europe for the summer. It's a crazy adventure for a young couple in love. We are trying to hit 17 countries before we leave Europe. Can we do it?" -- Shem702 960 1280
Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland"These are some sheep that had already posed for me as I was on a morning run in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Back in 2010, I saw a cousin of mine that I have only seen once since 1976. We knew that our family originated in Switzerland, so we decided to plan a trip to the home of our ancestors, Merishausen, in 2013." -- Switzerland 2013 960 1280
Winner: Floating in Paradise"My husband and I went to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!" -- Tiffaney 960 1280
2013 Photo Contest Winners 25 Photos