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A backpacker's guide to the most affordable cities in Europe

Europe is full of amazing countries that don't cost an arm and a leg to explore.<p>Online travel company Simply Holiday Deals has put together a list of the continent's cheapest cities for travelers based on the Europe Backpacker Index for 2015, which calculates the average price of hostels, …

European Travel

The most affordable places to travel to next year, according to Lonely Planet

Included in the series is a list of the best-value destinations for 2016, which pinpoints the top destinations where visitors can have high-quality travel experiences without breaking the bank.<p>From the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to the renowned vineyards of Galicia, Spain, …

Ho Chi Minh City

11 Pecan Recipes That Go Way Beyond Just Pie

While pecan pies are all the rage during the holidays, their main ingredient is delicious all year round. With a crunchy texture and a buttery flavor, pecans can be tossed in with almost any dish, sweet or savory, to give it a more complex flavor. Whether you’re looking to up your appetizer game or …


Mix These 2 Things Before Bed And Never Wake Up Tired Again! - David Avocado Wolfe

Shares 5K<p>Have you ever woken up after several hours of sleep to find yourself still groggy? I have.<p>It’s intuitive to think that a long sleep should …

4 Meditation Secrets For People Who Can’t Meditate

Scientists, businessmen, and yogis agree that meditation is one of the most beneficial and effective practices for a happy, healthy, and …


Love Your Bathroom Forever: 9 Perfect Features

All those pretty photos on all those pretty home design websites are fun to click through — and maddening when it comes time to make bathroom …

Home Improvement

7 Body Language Tricks to Make People Like You


Body Language

26 Nature Photos You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped

How are these real?!


The 25 best hotels in the world, according to travelers

Condé Nast Traveler recently released its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards, an annual set of rankings based on surveys of thousands of experienced travelers.<p>Included in the awards were readers' rankings of the 100 best hotels in the world.<p>The hotels named all offer top-notch accommodations with …

National Parks

The 20 best countries to visit in your lifetime

The awards are based on the ratings and feedback of more than 128,000 readers — the highest level of participation in the magazine's history.<p>Other Readers' Choice Awards include the world's best cruise lines, hotels, spas, and airlines, all of which you can check out here.<p>Keep scrolling to see a …

Cape Town

The stunning cities you need to see in your lifetime

Here at The Active Times, we’re big proponents of off-the-beaten-path adventures and exploring wilderness around the globe, but that mentality occasionally means that cities are overlooked.<p>Urban centers offer their own form of adventure—and some even satisfy the most active outdoor enthusiasts—so …

Cape Town

Flight Deal of the Day: Fly to Iceland to See the Northern Lights for $99

Jet to Iceland for $99 each way this winter and you can cross spotting the Northern Lights off your bucket list.<p>What's the best way for an airline to celebrate the one-year anniversary of offering ultra-low fares to Iceland? Naturally, the answer is to offer more ultra-low fares to Iceland. Wow …

European Travel

How to Lose Weight and Fight Off Cancer at the Same Time

Eat less food, eat better food, eat like a caveman.<p><i>Fun fact number one: Half of all men who die in this country this year will be killed by heart disease, stroke, or cancer. Fun fact number two: Half of all doctors seem to have different ideas about how to prevent the biggest killers of men. We</i> …

Holistic Medicine

23 Blackberry Recipes to Convince You It's the King of Berries

All of our best recipes that feature show-stopping blackberries.<p><b>These gorgeous berries of dark red or black—perfect for desserts</b>, salads, syrups, even cocktails—are stunning show-stoppers as either a main ingredient or simple garnish. They're also a "superfood" packed with nutrients. Despite their …


The Perfect Slow Cooker Pot Roast for Tonight's Dinner

For as long as it's been published on The Chic Site this Balsamic Pot Roast has been one of our most popular recipes. The pictures are nothing fancy but the results are to die for! Plug in your slow cooker and make this cozy fall recipe for dinner this weekend.<p>Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast<p>Simply …


4 Daily Habits That Lead To Success

Yes, making your bed every morning can help you live a more successful and productive life.<p>Can making your bed in the morning and keeping a to-do list get you closer to the life you want to lead? Sociologist Dr. Randall Bell, author of the upcoming book <i>Rich Habits Rich Life: The Four Cornerstones</i> …

Time Management

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You Need In Your Life

You can cook just about anything in a slow cooker. This all-purpose kitchen appliance can whip up something appropriate for any type of meal: think meaty stews and savory sides, fiber-packed oatmeals and breakfasts that are prepared overnight and even chocolatey baked goods and thick Greek …


Meditation: I Know It's Good for Me, but How Do I Get Started?

By far the No. 1 question I get when I let someone know I'm a meditation teacher is, "I know it's good for me, but how do I get started?" I can see the frustration and desire in the eyes of the questioner. There is a longing to crack the code on this recent health craze and somewhat woo woo …


The Best Hotels & Resorts in the World: Readers' Choice Awards 2015

The 100 best hotels and resorts in the world, selected by Condé Nast Traveler readers.<p>100. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland<p>Overall Rating: 93.387<p>99. Mandarin Oriental, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Overall Rating: 93.442<p>98. Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California, U.S.<p>Overall Rating: 93.460<p>97. …

Costa Rica