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5 Awesome Places to Visit In and Outside of Chiang Mai - female

by<p><b>And all easily explored thanks to the all-new Honda HR-V!</b><p>Before my trip, when I thought of Chiang Mai, two things came to mind: a laid-back place …

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Fall Hotel Preview: 24 New Stays With Serious Style

This six-room mansion, previously the home of famous glass artisan Rene Lalique, is likely to become the toughest reservation in the region: in part …

Travel gallery: Baiba and Frankie go to Vietnam

Fancy visiting some boutique hotels in Vietnam? We know a few people who can help… Here at Smith, we pride ourselves on having a top-notch team of …

18 Best Places to Celebrate New Year's

New Year's comes but once a year, so it's worth it to make the festivites memorable. But where's the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? We've scoured the world for the best annual celebrations, from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Berlin's Brandenberg Gate. The fun …

30 Cozy Bedrooms You'll Want to Lounge in All Day

Welcome to the ultimate snuggle zone.<p>Steal these ideas to create a comfortable getaway in your bedroom. You'll never want to leave.

The Easiest And Most Delicious Work Lunch Ideas You'll Find On Pinterest

Let's be real for a second -- lunch at work sucks. Monday through Friday you're faced with the same question: whether to eat your tired old sandwich or spend your lunch break waiting in line at a trendy (read: expensive) salad shop. At this point, the thought of eating another PB&J could probably …

How Travel Guidebooks Are Working Against You

Imagine a guidebook author writing about a ski run after a big snowfall. The author might be mesmerized by the virgin powder and amazed that not a single other skier is around to ruin the fresh tracks. But unless you get lucky with the weather, it's not an easy experience to replicate. Now …

Travel Back in Time to These Amazing Ancient Cities

The world's oldest cities are once-in-a-lifetime destinations, places that effortlessly inspire awe and put you in the shoes of a time traveler. To walk labyrinthine streets, marvel at crumbling fortress walls, or see kings' tombs that have endured thousands of years is to experience a fleeting …

The Most Beautiful Remote Destinations Worth The Trek

It's a small world and it seems to be shrinking all the time.<p>We're now well into 2014 and there isn't much left on earth that hasn't been poked, prodded and probed by the human race. Aside from the deepest depths of the ocean, there aren't many places left that are total and complete …

Small Space Secrets: Go Long and Low with a Console

Today we're continuing our series of clever little hacks for small spaces. This one may seem a bit counterintuitive: when it comes to small spaces, …

5 Getaways That Are Only Good in Winter

We know, we know: It's cold out. Not just "cold," but that finally-really-winter frigid that makes you feel achey, keeps you at home, and -- more often than not -- makes you feel totally, maddeningly stir-crazy. But fear not, our temporarily housebound readers: The savviest travelers know that …

A Day in the Life of National Geographic Photographer and Extreme Athlete Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin — regular <i>National Geographic</i> contributor, world-class climber, outdoor junkie, and overall genuinely awesome guy — has the capacity to …

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Cinnabon Muffins Are Everything

Cinnabon muffins with pumpkin get their delectable texture from a secret ingredient -- coffee creamer! The whole family will love them.<p>It’s that time of year when I go a little bit crazy over a certain orange squash. Yes, it’s true. I’m totally nuts about pumpkin. Every fall I bake like pumpkin is …

How to Properly Resize Images for Facebook

Love it or hate it, Facebook has become an important social media platform for not only promoting your work, but also for finding new clients. …

The One Cocktail You Need at Your Holiday Party

Lifestyle blogger Camille Styles shares her recipe for a boozy big-batch punch that will keep you from getting stuck making drinks all night.<p>[image id='b2f71828-712a-456d-97a9-da5365b495d3' loc='C'][/image]<i>Buff Strickland</i><p>Hosting a party or holiday gathering doesn't have to mean that you spend the …

The 9 Best Money-Saving Travel Tips

1-<b>Pick Destinations Based On Currency Exchange Rates</b><p>My destinations are selected based on where the dollar is strongest. Flexibility in choosing my vacation allows me to be opportunistic.<p>Reviewing online currency valuation articles helps determine where the exchange rates are best. A strong dollar …

10 Who-Knew Uses for Aluminum Foil

It's handy for much more than just wrapping leftovers.<p>You already know that aluminum foil is a kitchen must-have, but its pliable, metallic structure makes it super-useful all over the house. Here's why you should stock up:<p><b>1. Line cabinets and drawers.</b><p>Not only is the foil easy to clean with a damp …

7 Trips To Take If You Want To Enjoy Traveling Slowly

Yes, high-tech hotel rooms can be fun but they can also be distracting from the real reason we often travel: To connect with our new surroundings and the local culture and to take time to savor the moment.<p>There are numerous ways to slow down while you travel -- leave the phone behind or visit some …

Overcoming Fear in Photography

Fear. It’s an emotion to which we all can relate. Luckily, nervousness or fear in photography can be overcome with practice and patience. After …

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17 Ways You're Sleeping Wrong

Correct these mistakes for a good night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale, exercise, and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it still won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function properly.<p>If only it were as easy as shutting your eyes. …

Dinosaurs Had Feathers Long Before Any Could Fly, And Now Scientists Know Why

Why did dinosaurs have feathers millions of years before the first reptiles took to the air?<p>Paleontologists have been puzzling over that question for years. But now an answer may finally be at hand, thanks to a fascinating new study by researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany.<p>“Until now, …

Light Shows and Where to Stay

During the holiday season, as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, Christmas lights begin to sparkle along the streets. Capturing the imagination of children and adults alike, it is a time-honored tradition to hang white and colored lights across roofs and trees. Some places like to …

Travel Well for Less: How to Save on Accommodations

Ever wonder why someone else always seems to get a better deal for their hotel or travel accommodation than you do? Well, there are lots of ways to score discounted (or even free) accommodations these days. We've done it ourselves in both our personal travel and for our work for International …

5 Packing Tips for a Cold Weather Getaway

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will be packing suitcases and driving or flying to visit family. But let's face it: packing for cold winter weather is no easy task. Here are five packing tips to maximize space when headed for cooler temps.<p>1. Invest in quality clothing<p>Functional …

13 DIY Decor Solutions That Will Make Your Life Easier

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b><p>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

BEFORE & AFTER: An Empty Loft Becomes Warm and Inviting

A peek at one of our favorite makeovers from this week's American Dream Builders.<p>The whole loft's theme was all-American masculine and this living room is a perfect example. The leather chair and stools, the dark blue-gray couch, black coffee table with drawers, and the patterned rug are the right …