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6 Spontaneous Trips To Take With Your Friends This Memorial Day Weekend

6 Spontaneous Trips To Take With Your Friends This Memorial Day Weekend

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If youre craving an escape to recharge and get boozy on the beach with your girlfriends, Memorial Day Weekend is the prime time to peace out of town. Break out your red, white, and blue apparel and lets get packing, ladies! Some of us are already booked up to the max with barbecues, pool parties, beach ragers, and lots of day drinking. Bring on the Jell-O shots, and keep them coming. As for everyone else, the holiday weekend crept up so damn fast, we havent even begun to set a game plan into action. With only a few days left to plan, where does a busy gal even start? If your squad loves to live in the moment, here are six trips to take this Memorial Day Weekend. 1. White water rafting in Lake George, New York Bring the party to the Adirondack Mountains near Lake George for a fun rafting...
He Started With A Plain Trailer Hitch And Transformed It Into An Epic Camper

He Started With A Plain Trailer Hitch And Transformed It Into An Epic Camper

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googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('VN_PG_DTAT_ATF'); }); My idea of roughing it is surviving a power outage without Netflix. I can count the number of times I've been camping on one hand. I just don't find the great outdoors to be all that appealing. With that said, camping is perhaps one of the most inexpensive ways to travel the country. You can quickly cut down on hotel costs by becoming one with nature and getting your Tarzan on. Reddit user hartk1213 was able to create his own traveling hotel, virtually from scratch. If all campers looked like the teardrop one he designed, I might just reconsider my whole stance on the hobby. Hartk1213 started his design with a new trailer hitch. ...
9 Types Of People You’ll Inevitably Get Stuck On Planes With

9 Types Of People You’ll Inevitably Get Stuck On Planes With

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There is always one of them on each flight. Chances are you’ve already met. 1. The Supermom View this image › Disney / Via topknotsandpolkadots.wordpress.com They have coloring books, crayons, crackers, kids on leashes, prizes for who is the quietest, flashing toys, portable dvd player, etc etc. They often say: “You are being so good; someone is ready for their reward for when we land.” 2. The Not-so-Supermom View this image › giphy.com They often have their child leashes tangled, they are yelling louder than their child is crying, or are on their phones completely oblivious of their child’s actions. They can be heard saying: “Now where did he go?! That kid…” 3. The Fearful-flyer View this image &rsaqu...
11 Ways To Have A Summer Break, Even Though You Work A 9-To-5

11 Ways To Have A Summer Break, Even Though You Work A 9-To-5

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Schools out doesnt exactly have the same ring it did when you were a non-bill paying grade schooler. Working a 9-to-5 is also a far cry from the summer jobs in undergrad and even farther from the three-month hiatus from bells, teachers and homework in high school. Sigh. Were grown now, folks. Giphy But that doesnt mean you cant still have a super turned up summer. In fact, youve got something you didnt have during your school days: actual, factual money. Giphy OK, maybe student loans mean you dont have much more. But adulting has a fewperks so take advantage of them with these ideas for having a blast this summer. 1. Have the water fight of the ages. Giphy Call your friends over one sunny weekend this summer,fill up a few balloons, grab that Super Soaker and channel your inner 90s ...
Hotels are making record profits from extra fees on stuff you don’t use

Hotels are making record profits from extra fees on stuff you don’t use

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The Andaz hotel chain, owned by Hyatt, bucks the trend of expensive minibars by offering free local snacks to guests.Image: Flickr, Simon QForget traffic jams, the Are we there yet?! whines, and bad weather. The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don't need the in-room safe? You're likely still paying. And the overpriced can of soda may be the least of your issues with the hotel minibar. Vacationers are finding it harder to anticipate the true cost of their stay, especially because many of these charges vary from hotel to hotel, even within the same chain. Coming out of the recession, the travel industry gre...
6 National Parks You Should Visit If You Can’t Afford To Travel Abroad

6 National Parks You Should Visit If You Can’t Afford To Travel Abroad

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It is officially summertime, the time of the year to travel and spend time outside. However, vacations can be expensive, especially when you travel abroad. Visiting national parks tend to be cheaper and just as if not more exciting. So, here is alist of six national parks to visit if you can’t afford to go abroad: 1. Great Sand Dunes National Park And Preserve Thisnational park is located in the south of Colorado, and it’s unbelievable. There are 30 square miles of sand dunes that can reach up to 750-feet high. There, visitors are able to be active in the sand and also hike and camp on the grounds. Companies sell sand boards and sleds as a fun way to go down the towering dunes.At night, the altitude of 8,200 feet create a clear view of the stars. The stars shine extremelybri...
11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need To Visit

11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need To Visit

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Florida’s a big state, and possibly the best one to road trip through! View this image › fcit.usf.edu 1. For secluded and untouched beauty, visit Sanibel Island. View this image › planet5D / Via Shutterstock Flickr: rossthornley Flickr: 11379367@N02   You won’t find many buildings that are taller than a palm tree on Sanibel Island, and that’s because the city has taken careful measures to preserve the natural beauty of the area. The town is markedly devoid of fast food restaurants, which were banned, and even stoplights. So get ready to step into a world that feels totally removed from the norm. Where to stay: For an all-inclusive resort, stay at Casa Ybel, which is right on the Gulf Of Mexico and features a spa and...
10 Necessary Things You’ll Probably Forget To Bring On Your Backpacking Trip

10 Necessary Things You’ll Probably Forget To Bring On Your Backpacking Trip

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Before each one of my backpacking endeavors, I would always think I had everything packed. Id double-check my list and look around the room to see if there was anything I forgot. Yet still, on every trip, I somehow got into trouble for not having some necessary item with me. So, I decided to create a list for every wanderlusting youngster who is ready to hit the road and experience life abroad. These small, easy to carry items can save you from food poisoning, keep your valuables protected and help you avoid any other stressful situation: 1. Padlock In many cheap hostels, they have lockers, but you need your own padlock. Bringing one with you can secure your luggage while youre on the road, and it can keep your stuff safe in lockers at a hostel. You can also clip a small padlock on both...
12 Places To Stay In Costa Rica You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

12 Places To Stay In Costa Rica You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

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Costa Rica has sloths, waterfalls, volcanos, and absolutely incredible resorts. BRB, going to an airport! View this image › commons.wikimedia.org 1. Stay on a working farm and hike through the hillsides at Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn. View this image › fincarosablanca.com fincarosablanca.com fincarosablanca.com   Location: 20 minutes outside San JoséWhy you need to stay here: The inn is located on a hillside with over 300 fruit trees, and a 30 acre coffee bean plantation — the inn provides guided hiking tours of the farm. There’s an infinity pool and hot tub that overlook the farm, as well as a spa, and concierge service to set you up on whitewater rafting, zipline, or volcano exploration adventures. 2. If you...
These Top Honeymoon Spots Let You Leave Your Passport At Home

These Top Honeymoon Spots Let You Leave Your Passport At Home

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Like honeymoons, islands come in all shapes and sizes. There are large ones with vibrant cities,jewel-like hideaways with just one hotel, tropical havens lined with sandy beachesand ones better known for their history, cuisine andadventure activities. Another handy point of difference? Not all of them require a passport to visit. Right in the United States, there are islands boasting everything from classic New England charm to laid-back surfer chic. Find the right one for you and leave the passport at home. Puerto Rico Call it the ideal combination: In Puerto Rico, youll enjoy the excitement of exploring anew culture, cuisine and dreamy destination, all while saving some dollars and ditching your passport. Connected to the mainland US by over 1,300 direct flights a week, Puerto Rico i...
Travel in the time of Ebola: What it’s like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak

Travel in the time of Ebola: What it’s like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak

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A woman walks past an Ebola health care center, rear, to be used for screening for Ebola virus patients at the border village of Kouremale, Mali, between Mali and Guinea, Nov. 17, 2014.Image: Baba Ahmed/Associated PressThe threat of the Ebola virus in Mali was evident before I even entered the airport after landing in the capital city. As I exited the bus carrying us from the tarmac to the terminal at Bamako, the passengers in front of me swiftly headed toward makeshift hand washing stations with signs warning of Ebola and instructing everyone to wash their hands for at least 20-30 seconds. Most obvious sign of Ebola threat in Mali: hand washing stations set up outside almost every building in Bamako and Bougouni. — Katie Aune (@katieaune) November 25, 2014 Next up — still before even en
These Two Divers Got Up Close And Personal With These Amazing Sea Turtles.

These Two Divers Got Up Close And Personal With These Amazing Sea Turtles.

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Photographer Montse Grillo frequently dives into the waters 15 minutes from her home on the Canary Islands. On a recent photoshoot off the coast of Tenerife, Grillo, joined by her friend Sara Garcia, was granted a closer look at one of her favorite subjects: the green sea turtle. Grillo said they seemed curious about her lens which allowed her to get closer than ever before as they drifted up to her. They look like they're posing for the camera! Daily Mail Grillo said she loves spending time with the turtles, "so I thought I would take a selfie." Daily Mail Though listed as endangered, the turtles still suffer from hunting for their m...
This Is Why Traveling Has Become The Biggest Rite Of Passage For Millennials

This Is Why Traveling Has Become The Biggest Rite Of Passage For Millennials

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You got out of bed this morning and felt not excited, not even anxious. You felt nothing a cold, hard dose of absolute nothingness. It’s a chronic nothingness that’s slowly seeped its way in while you’ve been busy putting in the hours, ticking off boxes and passing through life on autopilot. Work is stale. Your friends and relationships are comfortable but understimulating. Even your favorite food doesn’t get your taste buds tingling as it once did. After a while, everything in life has a tendency to become dull. Things get old. It’s just a fact. Even the love of your life soon turns out to be just the love of this year. The problem is when things get so damn dull and you stick with them, grasping to the hope they’ll magically get better. That’s ...
Cities To Visit In The Fall: London, Boston, Prague And Rome

Cities To Visit In The Fall: London, Boston, Prague And Rome

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Summer has ended and your tan has surely faded, but some may say that the best season of the year is now upon us. Its the season of boots, scarves and sweatshirts. The season of colorful and crunchy leaves, and the season of pumpkin and apple flavored well everything. Its the season of mulled wine, hayrides and Halloween. Even your favorite TV series have started up again. Fall is here, and its a season that must be embraced to the fullest before those pretty trees are nothing but bare branches and youve lost feeling in each and every appendage while shoveling your car out of 3 feet of snow. Here are five of the best places to travel in the fall (warning: passportmay be required): 1. White Mountains, New Hampshire If you havent seen the White Mountains in the fall, you havent experience...
41 Perfect Moments You Experience Your First Time In London

41 Perfect Moments You Experience Your First Time In London

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There’s no place like London. 1. Purchasing your first oyster card and clutching it with pride. 2. Riding the tube and marveling at how sleek and CLEAN it is. instagram.com 3. Posing in an iconic red phone booth to appease all your friends and family. instagram.com 4. And snapping a necessary photo of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. instagram.com 5. Only to be topped by an ideal aerial view from the London Eye. instagram.com 6. Strolling down the Thames as the sun sets and illuminates the water. instagram.com 7. And watching in wonder as the Tower Bridge lights up as the sun descends. instagram.com 8. Questioning your eyes when you see a fox casually prance through traffic. instagram.com 9. Feeling overwhelmed from the s...
This Tiny House On A Remote Icelandic Island Is All Alone

This Tiny House On A Remote Icelandic Island Is All Alone

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There’s a beautiful archipelago off of the southern coast of Iceland called the Vestmannaeyjar. And in that archipelago, there’s a beautiful island called Elliðaey, and on that island there’s a single, solitary mysterious cabin that has generated wild speculation as to its purpose ever since photos of it first surfaced on the internet. The island was inhabited roughly three hundred years ago by five families that subsisted by fishing, hunting puffins, and raising cattle. By the 1930s, however, the last permanent inhabitants had left. Some speculated that the island had been donated to famous Icelandic singer Bjork (which it wasn’t), while others thought it was home to an eccentric billionaire (which it wasn’t). The pedestrian truth is that the cabin is a s...
12 Breathtaking Places In Wales You Need To Visit

12 Breathtaking Places In Wales You Need To Visit

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Go west. View this image › BuzzFeed via Wikipedia Commons 1. If you’re arty, visit Portmeirion. Flickr: scotbot Creative Commons Flickr: wwarby Creative Commons   View this image › Flickr: ajy Creative Commons Where to stay: The historic Hotel Portmeirion has hosted guests such as H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. What to do: Visit in September and catch Festival Number 6 - this year’s line up includes Beck and the Pet Shop Boys, or just explore the multicoloured village. 2. If the sea is calling you, visit Llandudno. Flickr: brianac37 Flickr: camperdown Creative Commons   View this image › Flickr: 23899307@N05 / Via Creative Commons Where to stay: The National Trust has this adorable...
11 Fulfilling Opportunities for Recent Grads

11 Fulfilling Opportunities for Recent Grads

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Congratulations! You graduated. You must be terrified. The job market may be a little rocky, however, that doesn't mean you can't spend your time wisely. Instead of sitting around at home and sulking or panicking all summer, be productive and do something exciting. If your itinerary is flexible after graduation, take advantage of the opportunity to pack a few interesting and offbeat experiences before selling your soul to a 9-to-5 desk job. Who says you can't be productive in your gap year(s)? Some of these options may require a college degree, like teaching English, but most of these are opportunities anyone could pursue. They will broaden your horizons, teach you valuable skills and sometimes help pay off a little debt. Many will show you a part of the world you've never before, just fo...
9 Online Resources to Plan a Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving

9 Online Resources to Plan a Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving may only occur once a year, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank to host the festivities. Whether it's your first time impressing new friends and family or you're a seasoned veteran, a few simple steps can help you save a boatload of cash (just in time for Christmas, of course). But, before you start basting that turkey and demolishing that pumpkin pie, listen up. Always Start With a List Write it, type it, put it in your phone or chances are you will forget what you need. Free apps like List Bliss can help you when you are in a hurry. It will even sync to friends' devices, in real time, so they can help add or cross off items as well — effectively cutting down on time spent in the store. For the budget-conscious, the app also includes budget tracking that monit
Stranded Hiker Survived for Days by Eating Bugs and Drinking Melting Ice

Stranded Hiker Survived for Days by Eating Bugs and Drinking Melting Ice

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Sunset on Kearsarge Pinnacles in Kings Canyon National Park. Image: Flickr, Steve DunleavyFRESNO, California — A hiker who was stranded for six days in California's Sierra Nevada with a badly broken leg says survival mode kicked in when he treated his own injury and sought sustenance by eating crickets and moths, and drinking melting ice. Recovering at a Fresno hospital, Gregg Hein, 33, said Wednesday that he was a couple days into a solo hike high in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks northeast of Fresno when a large rock crushed his right leg above the ankle. After letting out a yelp, the Clovis man said his first thought was treating his dangling leg and protruding bone to boost his chances of making it out alive. "I have to get these next moments right," said Hein, an avid ou
3 Small Businesses You’ll Love to Shop Online

3 Small Businesses You’ll Love to Shop Online

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Although small businesses can’t always compete with the blowout deals of the larger retailers, shoppers appreciate the lasting connection they afford. Whether it’s swapping entrepreneurial horror stories with the owners of a favorite boutique, or getting a handwritten thank-you note from an Etsy store owner, personal touch can’t be manufactured. So, if you missed Small Business Saturday—the third-annual event strategically sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday—you’ve got a few more weeks to make up for it: Take time to shop at a few small businesses this holiday season. Often, that means shopping local. But with a little research, you can shop small online, too. Here are a few (mostly) lady-owned small businesses that offer great customer service and gifts for your loved ones.
How Many Items Have You Checked Off Your Bucket List?

How Many Items Have You Checked Off Your Bucket List?

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Life’s too short to sit on your butt! View this image › Flickr: tombricker / Creative Commons Check off any of these you have done in your life. Ever! 1 ✓ You’ve gone skydiving. 2 ✓ You’ve kissed someone. 3 ✓ You’ve gone on a road trip. 4 ✓ You’ve gone streaking. 5 ✓ You’ve stayed up all night to watch the sun rise. 6 ✓ You’ve been on a roller coaster. 7 ✓ You’ve been snorkeling. 8 ✓ You’ve been scuba diving. 9 ✓ You’ve learned to play an instrument. 10 ✓ You’ve learned to speak another language. 11 ✓ You’ve fallen in love. 12 ✓ You’ve done so...
How To Travel To Cuba Without Being An Obnoxious American

How To Travel To Cuba Without Being An Obnoxious American

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If youre a normal human being who enjoys warmth and beautiful beaches and experiencing new cultures, youre probably pretty intrigued by the idea of visiting Cuba. Theres been a record number of American visitors to Cuba in the last couple years ever since the US eased travel restrictions (although youll still need to prove youre visiting for one of 12 pre-approved reasons, and get a tourist visa beforehand). So, its easy to understand the appeal of Cuba. For many of us, its been uncharted territory our whole lives. Shutterstock We see the Instagrams our fellow travelers post, posing by slightly crumbling but quaint buildings and smiling enthusiastically in front of the old-timey cars, and at first, it looks pretty damn charming. But then, the unease slowly sinks in those adorable old-t...
He Bought A Trailer Hitch And Turned It Into An Awesome Teardrop Camper

He Bought A Trailer Hitch And Turned It Into An Awesome Teardrop Camper

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I'm not a big fan of camping out in the wilderness or sleeping on the ground, but I do love to see new places. One of the best ways to do that in the U.S. is by car. But if you don't want to spend a ton on overnight stays at hotels, camping is the next best bet.That is unless you're as handy as Redditor YouLoseTheGameTony. Bound and determined, he started out with nothing but a metal trailer kit and his own imagination and turned it into his very own teardrop camper. First, he sketched out the design on his computer. It doesn't look like much, but just you wait. Reddit / YouLoseTheGameTony He bought a simple trailer hitch online -- when it came in the mail, he got started! ...
Best Cities To Visit In France: Paris, Bordeaux, Versailles, Avignon and Marseille

Best Cities To Visit In France: Paris, Bordeaux, Versailles, Avignon and Marseille

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A year ago, I spent the entire month of October on a Eurotrip with one of my best friends. It was the trip of a lifetime: I met the most wonderful people, learned new cultures, tasted incredible food and saw sights I never thought Id ever have the chance to see. On top of all of that, the weather was cold enough to bear and warm enough to pack lightly. The best part about Europe is that you have the ability to take the train anywhere you want. From Paris, a few hours on the bullet train can take you just about anywhere in the country, even to other countries. Here are five picture perfect places in France to visit in the fall: 1. Paris This is a given. Paris is, and always will be, my favorite place in the world. Ive been visiting Paris since I first fell in love with the city when I was ...
Camp Inc.: Summer Camp for the Next Mark Zuckerberg

Camp Inc.: Summer Camp for the Next Mark Zuckerberg

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Camp Inc. will focus on teaching entrepreneurship while also infusing elements of traditional sleepaway programs and Jewish values. Campers are intended to step away with an understanding of how to launch a start-up.Image: Potter/Getty ImagesVal Weisler didn't want to wait to graduate to do what she loves, so one Friday afternoon about a year ago the high school sophomore started a company. She made a website after googling instructions on how to build one, put together a Facebook page, and launched The Validation Project, a community and resource for teens. The 16-year-old New York native is passionate about what she does and doesn't mind spending her free time working with professionals much older than she is instead of hanging out with friends. This summer though, Weisler will be immers...
12 Rugged Hotels Exposed to the Elements

12 Rugged Hotels Exposed to the Elements

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Image: WhitepodSummer is the perfect time to get your fill of nature, so why not do it in comfort and style? There's no need to catch Z's in a sleeping bag when you can snooze on a fluffy mattress beneath the stars. Hiking is so much better when there's a massage waiting for you and your sore muscles at the end of the trail. Cooking over a campfire is nice, but sitting back and breathing in the fresh air as your gourmet meal is delivered to you is next-level. It’s the great outdoors — but better. Roughing it takes on a new meaning with these superb outdoor-indoor accommodations. From open-air "star beds" with panoramic views of the Kenyan landscape to lavish cave suites, Mashable rounds up some of the most luxurious ways to get acquainted with nature. 1. Moose Meadow Lodge Image: Tre
You May Not Have Heard Of Turkmenistan, But You Need To See The Door To Hell

You May Not Have Heard Of Turkmenistan, But You Need To See The Door To Hell

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In the middle of Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert, near a small village named Derweze, rests a crater. But it's not just any crater. No, this one is special. But it's easier to explain why it's so unique if you just take a look at it... Pretty standard, right? Well, not exactly... Flickr / Stefan Krasowski See, there's a reason they call this the Door to Hell. Other names: Gates to Hell, the Crater of Fire. Flickr / Stefan Krasowski Discovered in 1971, geologists were worried that the natural gas field would have adverse effects on neighboring towns. Flickr / Tormod Sandtorv In an effort to stop the spread of deadly methane gas, they set it on fire....
15 Things the Kentucky Derby and Coachella Have in Common

15 Things the Kentucky Derby and Coachella Have in Common

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Left: Bastille fan Alice Hamer of Bath, England, reacts to the band's performance during day one of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Indio, Calif. Right: A man attends the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky., on May 2, 2014.Image: Composite ASSOCIATED PRESS and Chris Pizzello/Invision/APThe Kentucky Derby gallops into Louisville on Saturday, May 3. So prepare for Instagram pics full of lavender bermuda shorts, Vine videos spilling with champagne and more fascinators than you can throw up in. The event comes mere weeks after Coachella 2014, the bohemian, flower-strewn musical utopia — or the sweaty desert sandstorm that just happens to have music, depending on your point of view. In truth, the two crowds couldn't be more different. In the
20 Things That Make Iceland The Perfect Off The Grid Vacation

20 Things That Make Iceland The Perfect Off The Grid Vacation

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There are so many things to do in Iceland! Where do you even start?From the obvious to the more obscure, and possibly even impossible (see point 20), here is the ultimate list of things to do in Iceland. 1. Swim in the Blue Lagoon The most popular attraction in Iceland is actually man-made, but that doesn’t deter the crowds from flocking to bathe in the milky blue waters of theetherealBlue Lagoon. 2. Buyan Icelandic sweater Woolen Icelandic sweaters, orlopapeysa, are worn byevery second person in Iceland, so buy one if you want to blend inwith the locals. I bought mine at the Kolaporti flea market in Reykjavikand no, I haven’t worn it (Australia’s climate is strangely not similar to Iceland’s at all), but, yes, it is the cutest thing I own in my wardrobe. It&rsquo...
500-Foot Ship Could Eliminate Seasickness With Artificial Waves

500-Foot Ship Could Eliminate Seasickness With Artificial Waves

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A single-hull hotel ship laid out by Norwegian firm Salt Ship Design is not only the largest of its kind, it might also cure seasickness. The ship, which is 500 feet long, will provide temporary housing to 800 people working on off-shore oil rigs. Thanks to built-in tanks crafted to counteract waves, living there will be almost like living at home. "The ship is designed primarily to have as little motion as possible on the gangway," Johannes Eldøy, a project developer at Salt Ship Design, told Mashable. "These roll reduction tanks have proven very efficient." The tanks are filled with water; air valves on the roof of each blast the water around to create waves of various sizes. The artificial waves balance out the natural ones so the boat doesn't rock. The vessel is also equipped with si
Community Post: 20 Reasons To Hop On A Plane To Argentina Right Now

Community Post: 20 Reasons To Hop On A Plane To Argentina Right Now

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As if the food isn’t reason enough. 1. Iguazú Falls View this image › Via en.wikipedia.org It borders with Brazil and contains about 275 water falls with the longest drop being 269 feet. 2. Chimichurri Sauce View this image › Via Flickr: johnnystiletto It’s a mix of parsley, olive oil and other spices and it’s slathered on meat, sandwiches or just eaten with a fresh baguette. 3. Choripan View this image › ...
23 Incredible Places In Scotland Where You Can Get Married

23 Incredible Places In Scotland Where You Can Get Married

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Fancy saying ‘I do’ on top of a mountain? If you want a truly unique and personal wedding, then you should definitely hold it in Scotland. View this image › Eilidh Robertson Photography / Via eilidhrobertson.co.uk Scottish law allows couples to marry anywhere, even outdoors, as long as the ceremony is conducted by a religious official, registrar or a non-religious Humanist Society Scotland celebrant. Humanist ceremonies aren’t legally binding in England. You can even get married at night. View this image › Venue: Balmakewan Fa...
11 Reasons Nepal Should Be Your Next Backpacking Destination

11 Reasons Nepal Should Be Your Next Backpacking Destination

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Subjective and finite, composing a travel bucket list is an intimidating task, and one to certainly start an argument among world travelers. Telling you what your dream destination should be is an act as biased and arrogant as telling you what your favorite beer should be. This past year, my passport has been inked more times than Chris Andersen’s neck, but of all the countries I’ve counted and experiences I’ve relished, Nepal prevails as the most remarkable.One year after the earthquake that devastated the Nepalese nation, I can’t help butreflect on my time hiking the most imposing mountains alongside the most modest people. As you daydream at work today, allow me to provide some mind-wandering material on why trekking among the world’s highest mountains sho...
5 Ways To Deal With Your Anxiety When It Stops You From Traveling The Globe

5 Ways To Deal With Your Anxiety When It Stops You From Traveling The Globe

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Have you ever wanted to go somewhere or do something, but you felt like you couldn’t because of your anxiety? I’ve had anxiety ever since I can remember. If you have it, you’ll know. It literally feels like a barrier that holds you back from doing the things you want to. Sometimes, it’s even the simplest of tasks because anxiety does not discriminate. The older I got, the more I had to learn how to deal with this on my own. My friends were starting to venture out and see the world by traveling the country, traveling out of the country or heading off to college. I knew at some point, if I wanted to live my life and I mean, really live my life I was going to have to get over it. And so, my journey began. Here are five ways you can learn to travel while dealing w...
17 Perfectly Lovely London Picnic Locations

17 Perfectly Lovely London Picnic Locations

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Take your meal al fresco. View this image › Flickr: laura_nolte / Via Creative Commons/ Ailbhe Malone/ BuzzFeed 1. Holland Park. Flickr: 55935853@N00 Creative Commons Flickr: gcapron Creative Commons   This West London gem is a skip away from Kensington Palace Gardens, and far less crowded. Pick up a baguette from Maison Blanc to carry with you. Nearest station: Holland Park. 2. Somerset House. Flickr: docsearls Flickr: bensutherland Creative Commons   The spot for a fashionable picnic. Think a layered salad in a mason jar, rather than a blanket and pork pies. Nearest station: Temple. 3. Richmond Park. Flickr: mulgrave1 Flickr: londonlooks Creative Commons   Beautifully leafy, and home to hundre...
Nanotech Gloves Heat Hands to Ideal Temperature

Nanotech Gloves Heat Hands to Ideal Temperature

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It's difficult to keep your hands toasty in cold weather, even when you're wearing Thinsulate-lined everything. We take gloves on-and-off, making it more challenging to keep our hands warm on cold days or when we're skiing the slopes. But there are some pricey high-tech gloves that fit the bill — using sensors to detect when our digits get too chilly, so the gloves can warm them back up. The Chaval Response-XRT gloves ($390) are for the ultimate outdoors person — or anyone who intends to spend some time in freezing conditions. If you slip your hands into the gloves and one of your fingers is cold, the proprietary nanotechnology (in the form of a thin film inside the glove) will detect this temperature deviation and send more heat to that finger. As the fingertip warms, the film
Could Humans Hibernate?

Could Humans Hibernate?

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On cold, dark days it is tempting to imagine shutting yourself away until the warmer weather returns. Many animals do just that by entering a state known as torpor, which reduces their bodily functions to a minimum and uses fat stores in their body for energy. Could humans ever hibernate in the same way? Aside from providing a convenient way to avoid winter, one reason to find out might be the advent of long-distance space travel. A journey to our nearest planet Mars would take around eight months using current technology. If we one day hope to visit another star system, even if we could travel at the speed of light, the journey would take years. Being able to go into a state of long-term torpor would make such distances considerably less tedious for the astronauts and cons...
A Washington, D.C., Maryland and NoVa adventure guide

A Washington, D.C., Maryland and NoVa adventure guide

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Image: Nicolas RaymondThere’s more to the nation’s capital than political jurisdiction, and Maryland and Virginia residents often overlook all there is to do and see right under their noses. Those who live in these areas are lucky to have a breadth of adventurous opportunities to venture outside, be active and maybe learn a thing or two. From kayaking and hiking to midnight tours and LED exhibits, D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia and their surroundings offer exciting escapes for residents and visitors alike. Fun in the snow Image: Flickr, Viola AragonWith winter comes ice, and with ice comes the opportunity for icy adventures. Just grab a helmet, a pick and some winter wear, and you’ll be ice climbing in no time. We suggest you enroll in an introductory climbing seminar before attempti
28 Unexpectedly Awesome Things To Do In Seattle

28 Unexpectedly Awesome Things To Do In Seattle

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Seattle is a melting pot of culture, rain, and coffee. 1. See a majestic sunrise at Smith Tower. The Space Needle is for suckers. Any true Seattleite knows that the Smith Tower -- a local best-kept secret -- has an equally amazing view of downtown Seattle. 2. Feast on corn dogs and strong drinks at Unicorn Bar. View this image › flic.kr / Via Lara604 Tucked away on Capitol Hill is a carnival-themed dive where you can drink to your heart’s content, eat deep-fried Snickers bars, and prance around in a unicorn helmet. 3. Have coffee like a true Seattleite at Cafe Alle...
Google Maps Reveals How We Spent Summer Vacation

Google Maps Reveals How We Spent Summer Vacation

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U.S. travelers had visiting scenic landscapes on their mind this summer, as the top three Google Maps searches were park regions in the West: Death Valley National Park, Redwood National Park and Yosemite National Park. Google Maps has released an infographic that details how those in the U.S. and across the Northern Hemisphere traveled from May to September 2012. National parks occupied the top six spots on the list — with the Grand Canyon surprisingly coming it only at no. 6 — followed by the Empire State Building (no. 7), Myrtle Beach (no. 8), Niagara Falls (no. 9) and Times Square (no. 10) Overall, North Americans had their sights set on the best local beaches, while those in Spain, Italy and France searched for community swimming pools. In the U.K., indoor activities such as squash
These Carry-on Bags Will Charge Your Devices and Slide Through Security

These Carry-on Bags Will Charge Your Devices and Slide Through Security

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Traveling can be stressful. If you're anything like me, you often find yourself dashing through the airport, frantically trying to get through security and to the gate with enough time to hunt down an open outlet for one last bit of charge for your laptop. Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to worry about your gadgets running out of battery, or how many bins you need to take all those devices out of your carry-on in order to get through security? Bag and case company ECBC is trying to solve that problem with a line of rolling carry-on luggage that's not only TSA-compliant, it also includes a portable recharging unit. The bags are designed to speed you through security with a front-zippered flap for all your electronic gear. Instead of taking out all your devices, you simply unzip the ...
We Wanted To Show The World To Our 4-Year-Old So We Went On A 28,000Km Trip Around Europe

We Wanted To Show The World To Our 4-Year-Old So We Went On A 28,000Km Trip Around Europe

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In summer 2015, me, my girlfriend Oana and our four-year-old son Vladimir did a four-month trip across Europe, through 41 countries and 28.000kms. We rode a 2014 Ural Ranger sidecar, that we call Zair. Here’s a short story, in pictures. Scotland Enjoying a swim in Austria Best food in the world Playing around camping On the ferry from Tallin (Estonia) to Helsinki (Finland) Wild camping in Finland Finland’s endless roads Love in the Lofoten Islands (Norway) Atlantic Road (Norway) Norway Morning in England Ireland Doonagore Castle in Ireland Camping in France Porto (Portugal) Cabo da Roca (Portugal) Andalusia (Spain) Spain Wild camping in Spain Sunrise in Spain Meeting the wild monkeys in Morocco Sand storm in the Sahara desert Camel riding in the Sahara, M...
12 Trips You Need To Take, Depending On What Stage Of Life You’re At

12 Trips You Need To Take, Depending On What Stage Of Life You’re At

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The trips you end up taking over the years will differ according to what stage of your life you’re in. The rowdy Eurotrip with your best buds is perfect when all you want to do is party and flirt with boys with accents. The soul-searching solo trip is what you need when you’re at the crossroads of life. The relaxing island getaway is for when you need a breather from your full-time job and the responsibilities of adulthood. Here are the 12 trips you should take, depending on what stage of your life you’re at: 1. The “Backpacking” Trip Try: Eastern Europe Backpacking aligns perfectly with the adventure-seeking ethos of younger travelers, and it’s a good option for those who are keen to save their pennies in order to make the journey last a little longer....
This Is Your Ultimate Sundance Film Festival Survival Guide

This Is Your Ultimate Sundance Film Festival Survival Guide

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Do Park City like a local. View this image › Raffi Asdourian // Creative Commons / Via Flickr: zaffi The Sundance Film Festival can be magical, or it can be a lot of standing around outside in the cold. I've had both experiences over the last 10 years of attending the festival as a local. In preparation for this year's film festival, I talked to a few friends and compiled the tips we've learned through much trial and error below. (If you have some words of wisdom to add, please add them in the comments below.) Jim Urquhart / Reuters ...
17 Truly Spectacular Outdoor Cinemas

17 Truly Spectacular Outdoor Cinemas

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The very best places to take in a movie under the stars. From Sydney to Melbourne via the rest of the world. 1. St George Open Air Cinema, Sydney View this image › dating101sydney.wordpress.com 2. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City View this image › flickr.com / Via Flickr: mattstabile 3. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado View this image › flickr.com / Via Flickr: aloha75 View this image › flickr.com / Via Flickr: 16353290@N00 4. Orange Cinema, Berlin View this image › flickr.com / Via Flickr: philippbunge 5. Montjuic Castle, Barcelona View this image › flickr.com / Via Flickr: aritzurruela 6. Somerset House, London View this image › flickr.com / Via Flickr: katling 7. Screen on the Green, Washin...
25 Best Countries To Be An Expatriate

25 Best Countries To Be An Expatriate

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International Bank HSBC has recently come out with a list of some of the best countries to live in as an expatriate. We decided to do a little homework and look at each country in a little more detail. These are the 25 best countries to be an expatriate. 25. Thailand Although the political situation is in a bit of a mess right now and finding a job can be a challenge, if you do manage to get yourself established you'll probably find yourself enjoying the extremely low cost of living. 24. Ireland Before the recession Ireland had one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. In fact, it was even dubbed the “Celtic Tiger”. Although its economy was hit harder than many of its European counterparts there are still plenty of opportunities for expats here. 23. I...
These People Took Apart An Old RV And Turned It Into A Totally Sustainable Home On Wheels

These People Took Apart An Old RV And Turned It Into A Totally Sustainable Home On Wheels

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Have you ever just wanted to pack up your home, drive off, and live on the open road? While that idea seems far from reality for most of us, one couple made their dream of a nomadic lifestyle come true. They've been living their best lives in an RV for over a year with their two dogs.Ching Fu and Jerud Crandall are outdoor enthusiasts who travel around the country without depending on fossil fuels. They bought an old RV in 2011, spent a year converting it into a sustainable home, and now have an amazing vehicle that is completely powered by solar panels. This is how the RV looked when they bought it. Live Small | Ride Free As you can see, there wasn't anything particularly special about it. ...
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Works While Floating on Water

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Works While Floating on Water

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Speakers and water typically don't mix. Bring them near a swimming pool, in a boat or by the lake and you'll likely regret it. But a new waterproof Bluetooth speaker called "Ecoxbt" claims to stay resilient even when floating on water or fully submerged under it. Creator Ecoxgear, which specializes in products for the outdoor lifestyle, says the Ecoxbt has 100% waterproof protection "from rainstorms, ocean waves, pool parties or kayaking trips." The portable, 1.5-pound device was tested at one meter of depth for 30 minutes, with no leaks, Ecoxgear says, adding that it floats speaker-side up so music won't get muffled by water. In addition to playing music from the Bluetooth-enabled speaker, users can also answer calls, listen to voicemails and hear text notifications through the built-in...
15 Action Items for Your Summer Bucket List

15 Action Items for Your Summer Bucket List

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Image: Flickr, Peretz PartenskyYou skied, you ate more meat than you thought was humanly possible and your mom is still mad at you for wearing that hideous sweater to Thanksgiving at your aunt's. That was winter. This is summer. If you can escape mom's wrath, there are a few rugged activities you should get to this summer. If jetpacks in Hawaii or hand-fishing in Oklahoma intrigue you, check out those and other intrepid items on our summer bucket list. Just remember to apologize to mom before you go canyoneering in Utah. 1. Strap on a water jetpack in Hawaii A water jetpack in Lake Tahoe, Calif.Image: micadewIn the past, hydraulic jetpacks were for characters like James Bond and Iron Man, not you on summer vacation. Today, that’s changed. Next time you’re in Hawaii, rent a jetpack for t
9 Neat Pocket Warmers to Keep Your Hands Cozy

9 Neat Pocket Warmers to Keep Your Hands Cozy

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Cozy Pocket Warmers 1. Aroma Home Cat Knitted Hand Warmers Aroma Home offers an entire range of adorable knitted animal warmers. Cost: $15.99 Image: Aroma Home 2. Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers A pair of cashmere hearts would make a lovely gift for someone special. Cost: $15 Image: WormeWool/Etsy 3. Owl Hot Chick Hand Warmer This cute owl will both warm you and cheer you up. Cost: $7.49 Image: Amazon 4. Rectangle Pocket Hand Warmers These pretty flannel rectangles will release the smell of lavender when you warm them. Cost: $10 Image: ginderellas/Etsy 5. Toysmith Sock Monkey Hand Warmers A couple of cheeky sock monkeys in your pockets will sort you out on a winter's day. Cost: $9.99 Image: Toysmith/Amazon 6. Cu...
12 Healthy Travel Destinations For When You Just Need To Detox And Recharge

12 Healthy Travel Destinations For When You Just Need To Detox And Recharge

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Between work, dating, school and our social lives, everyday life can get pretty hectic, to say the least. Therefore, we all deserve to find a place to clear our tired minds and recharge when the daily grind starts to wear us out. If youve been looking for a glorious getaway that will make all of your troubles melt into oblivion, you came to the right place. Apparently, theres a growing number of health-minded hotels and retreats across the globe that make wellness one of their top priorities. Wether youre looking to blow off some steam with exciting outdoor activities, escape to an island retreat that doubles as a yogis paradise or detox at a secluded hotel spa in the jungle, there are all sorts of vacations guaranteed to revitalize your body and mind. Check out the pictures below to se...
17 Amazing Trips For Animal Lovers

17 Amazing Trips For Animal Lovers

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How do you say “I want to go to there” in elephant? 1. Work with Protected Pandas in Lougantai, Zhouzhi View this image › Via Facebook: itoimeaningfultravel There are currently only about 1,000 Giant Pandas worldwide, most of them in China. Head to Xi’an, and give researchers there a hand. The volunteer program at the refuge runs in two- or four-week sessions, and offers a chance to work directly with the animals. If you’re lucky, you might even pick up a bit of Chinese. 2. Go to the Golden Retriever Festival in Invernesshire, Scotland View this image › Via Flickr: guisachangathering2013 Hosted by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland, this yearly festival takes place every July in Invernesshire, Scotland, the breed’s ancestral...
You’ll Never Lose Your Independence When You Date The Woman Who Travels

You’ll Never Lose Your Independence When You Date The Woman Who Travels

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In my 27 years of existence, I’ve traveled to two continents, 11 countries and over 20 cities. I would rather spend the contents of my bank accounton plane tickets than designer handbags. I save my vacation days for three-week vacationsto the south of France, instead of for couples’ trips to Colorado. I get judged for it. My free bird outlook on lifeis shamed by society. Instead of wandering around the alleys of Edinburgh, people think I should be house-hunting in the suburbs. Thankfully, after years of searching, I’ve found someone who appreciates my zest for adventure, my passion for exploration and my love of travel. Dating a girl who travels will be unlike any other experience in your life. She’s smart, independent and stubborn, and she isn’t afraid to go...
25 Amazing Christmas Markets You Need To Enjoy This Christmas

25 Amazing Christmas Markets You Need To Enjoy This Christmas

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When buying Christmas presents, people usually try to avoid the overcrowded shopping malls by either buying the presents in advance or by using online shops. However, there are places crammed with people, which can give you a great shopping opportunity as well as a unique festive spirit and a charming Christmas atmosphere. What are these places? Traditional Christmas markets. Originated in Europe but now spreading all over the world, the Christmas markets are guaranteed to get you in the right holiday mood. From the iconic German Christkindlmarkts to their spectacular American imitations, check out these 25 awesome Christmas markets. 25. Munich, Germany www.bavaria.by Where else should we start out other than in the country which is considered the place where the Christmas markets ...
12 Ways Los Angeles Spoils You Rotten

12 Ways Los Angeles Spoils You Rotten

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Everyday is your birthday when you live in sunny L.A. 1. Weather like in the movies, because it is the weather that is in the movies. View this image › Via Thinkstock Meaning, most of the year it is a cool 77 degrees with an occasional heatwave and a few days of heavy rain. Basically, it wins on all accounts. 2. Awesome concerts where you can eat and drink and enjoy them UNDER THE STARS! View this image › Handout / Via Getty Images Looking at you, Hollywood Bowl. 3. A cornucopia of cuisine that will ruin you for other cities. View this image › Justin Abarca for BuzzFeed Specifically, Mexican food. And more specifically, tacos. 4. A plethora of beautiful, albeit freezing, beaches. View this image › Via Thinkstock Not that you go ver...
25 Best Places To Celebrate Christmas

25 Best Places To Celebrate Christmas

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It's Christmas day and all over the world Christmas celebrations are brewing. But if you happen to live in one of these 25 best places to celebrate Christmas, then you are probably enjoying the holiday a little bit more then the rest of us. Nevertheless, Merry Christmas, and may this day be filled with many well wishes for you and your family. 25. Castleton, England en.wikipedia.org Castleton, is a tiny stone English village dotted with beautiful Christmas trees. However, what makes this little town so alluring is it's practice of candlelight caroling inside caves. 24. Chicago, Illinois http://www.flickr.com/photos/nimeshm/3012399375/ Check out the millions of holiday lights strung up around the Magnificent Mile, enjoy the Christkindmarket; a large outdoor German craft...
This Couple Ditched Their Jobs To Travel Around The World On A Sailboat (Photos)

This Couple Ditched Their Jobs To Travel Around The World On A Sailboat (Photos)

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At some point, I think we’ve all daydreamed about quitting our jobs and jetting off around the world. Not too long ago, we introduced you to a couple who traveled around the world to find the meaning of true love. If you thought their journey was pretty awesome, you’ll be glad to know those spontaneous soulmates aren’t the only ones with a serious appetite for adventure. This past May, 29-year-old Charlie Smith, a model, and her architectural designer fianc, a 34-year-old who goes by the name Captain, decided to ditch their wedding plans for the time being so they could live out their wanderlust dreams. However, they preferto do all their exploring on the high seas. So, the couple sold all their belongings, bought a 38.5-foot Dufour sailboat, quit their jobs and headed o...
Meet The Tsaatan Nomads In Mongolia Who Live Like No One Else

Meet The Tsaatan Nomads In Mongolia Who Live Like No One Else

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Tsaatan people are reindeer herders and live in northern Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. Originally from across the border in what is now the Tuva Republic of Russia, the Tsaatan are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world. They survived for thousands of years inhabiting the remotest subarctic Ulaan taïga, moving between 5 and 10 times a year. The reindeer and the Tsaatan people are dependent on one another. Some Tsaatan say that if the reindeers disappear, so too will their culture. Reindeers provide them with milk, cheese, meat, and transportation. They also sew their clothes with reindeer hair, reindeer dung fuels their stoves and antlers are used to make tools. They do not use their animals for meat. This makes their group unique among reindeer-herdin...
8 Reasons To Forget Wanderlust And Plan A Group Tour While Abroad

8 Reasons To Forget Wanderlust And Plan A Group Tour While Abroad

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There are people out there who react in horror at the thought of traveling with a tour group. I mean, everyone is entitled to his or her own thoughts and opinions. But the problem is, a good number of these people have never actually been on a tour. So instead of being one of those nay-sayers, I hopped on one. Now, Im here to prove them wrong. Nowadays, there are tons of companies and tours to choose from. There are somethat are one day long and some that are 188 days long. On top of that, there are different styles. Do you like camping? There are camping tours. Are you a foodie? There are even tours that focus solely on a country’s cuisine. Seriously, there’s everything. For this reason, you’re guaranteed to find whatyou’re looking for. After traveling extensively...
25 Reasons Why New Zealand Must Be On Your Travel Bucket List

25 Reasons Why New Zealand Must Be On Your Travel Bucket List

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New Zealand is every traveler´s dream destination. Because of its remoteness and long isolation, this country developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal and plant life and can offer unique natural beauties that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. With a population of just 4.5 million proud inhabitants, New Zealand is a real once-in-a-lifetime destination. Check out these 25 reasons why New Zealand should be on your travel bucket list. 25. Kiwifruit nz-adventures.blogspot.com Kiwifruit is a major horticultural export earner in New Zealand. The country developed the first commercially viable kiwifruit and the export markets, creating the demand for the fruit that exists today. New Zealand is currently the second largest kiwifruit producing country, next to I...
25 Magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park Photos You Absolutely Have To See

25 Magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park Photos You Absolutely Have To See

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When it comes to learning about our environment, nature and all the amazing animal and plant species that share the planet with us, there is no better place to visit than a national park. Some of them, such as the Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park or Kruger National Park, are famous all over the world, attracting millions of visitors every year. But there are many more marvelous national parks that also deserve the world´s attention and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is definitely one of them. The park is particularly attractive for photographers and after you take a look at these 25 Magnificent Torres del Paine National Park photos, you'll see why. 25. Occupying an area of over 2,400 square kilometers (935 square miles), the park lies between ...
25 Coldest Large American Cities You Should Avoid This Winter

25 Coldest Large American Cities You Should Avoid This Winter

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It's time to face the fact – winter is inconspicuously and slowly approaching. The cold mornings and falling leaves are unmistakable signs of the forthcoming season that many people consider the most unpleasant part of the year. Not everybody can afford to spend the winter in a beach house in sunny Florida so, for those who will have to put their warm hats, scarves and gloves on, we at least made a list of the coldest US cities to avoid. Based on the average winter temperature according to city-data.com, these 25 cities with a population of over 50,000 do have the right to complain about the weather. So if you hate cold weather, make a note of these 25 coldest large American cities you should avoid this winter. Warning: Sun-people may find the following pictures disturbing. 25. M...
California Dreamin’: How An East Coaster Found Solace In The Sierras

California Dreamin’: How An East Coaster Found Solace In The Sierras

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You may have thought Katy Perry summed it all up in her music video bouncing around with cupcakes on her boobs, or that the Beach Boys hit the nail on the head with their classic California Girls. Even Adele mentions the phrase California dreaming in her newest hit, Hello (which I cant seem to get out of my head. Thanks, Adele, you beautiful, majestic songstress of the night.) When many East Coasters picture California, they visualize scenes of tall palm trees dancing in the Pacific coast breeze, brand name-clad celebrities dodging paparazzi along Rodeo Drive and sun-kissed surfer boys that only say, Gnarly, dude. Ill admit, I may have had some of my own expectations of The Golden State before I finally got the opportunity to explore it myself. Lucky for me, my views were completely alte...
Samsonite’s Brand Strategy: ‘The Product Is the Hero’

Samsonite’s Brand Strategy: ‘The Product Is the Hero’

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Image: Flickr, Don O'BrienSamsonite products have been charged by a bull, caught in revolving doors, tossed out of cabs and mauled by the entire Pittsburgh Steelers football team. But they have not — repeat, not — suffered a beat down from a gorilla. Rather, that was a bright red piece of American Tourister luggage, not Samsonite, being manhandled by a primate in an iconic 1971 TV commercial. (It wasn't a real gorilla, animal lovers; it was an actor in a monkey suit.) But Samsonite executives understand, and forgive, the confusion. The company eventually bought American Tourister and revived the gorilla character in its advertising, recognizing a breakout star when it saw one. Samsonite Slogans: Innovation, Durability and History Samsonite, meanwhile, hasn't shied away from using tou
Polo Ralph Lauren Goes Camping on Instagram

Polo Ralph Lauren Goes Camping on Instagram

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These days, it's not just print and television that secure dedicated campaigns — Instagram and Vine are getting them, too. Earlier this week, Polo Ralph Lauren began rolling out a series of nine 15-second videos on Instagram as part of its "Polo Ralph Lauren Survival Guide." As of Sunday, seven of the videos have rolled out, demonstrating, for example, how to pitch a tent (see below), how to start a fire and how to chill and uncork a bottle of champagne. The videos aren't practical guides, of course. Rather, they provide a backdrop to Polo Ralph Lauren's cable-knit sweaters, down jackets and leather boots. A company spokesperson said they're designed "to capture the essence of the new Polo collections — the Explorer's Club and Country Gentleman," collections that are both "rugged yet wear