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19 NYC Secrets Even New Yorkers Don't Know

When you're living in a city whose history dates back to the 1600s, every day is an opportunity to discover another mind-blowing piece of historical …

City Halls

Five Ways to Get Inspired to Create Better Photos

Creativity and inspiration wax and wane, and it can be difficult to constantly produce new and innovative ideas. Nonetheless, there's a lot you can …

Creativity

20 Places You Have to Visit Before You Turn 30

An old adage says to travel while you're young, and while I firmly believe that world travel is fulfilling at any age, there's a certain wonder that …

Travel

14 Healthy Dinner Recipes That Make Great Breakfast Leftovers

Breakfast for dinner is a beloved pastime, but dinner for breakfast? The concept doesn't get enough attention, but it's actually brilliant if you …

Healthy Eating

I travel the world full-time — this is how I budget so I can actually afford it

In January 2017, I bought a one-way ticket to Iceland for $150 and became a digital nomad. I dreamed of bouncing from country to country and freelance writing wherever I landed.<p>By far, the No. 1 question I get from friends, family and strangers emailing me through my travel blog is "how do you …

Personal Finance

13 Books These High Achievers Say Helped Them Get Ahead

These titles foster creativity, self-improvement, and open-mindedness.<p>Reading is good for you in many ways. It fosters creativity, self-improvement and open-mindedness. Researchers even have determined it can help you live longer. Here are popular titles suggested by more than a dozen successful …

Startups

Challenge Yourself by Drawing in “Reverse” on Black Paper

Whether you’re a seasoned hobbyist or professional artist, it’s always fun to test your skills with a creative challenge. If you’re looking for a way to shake up your art routine, why not try drawing on a different color paper? Black paper encourages you to approach your subjects differently while …

hobbyist

20+ Spring-Inspired Tattoos Permanently Celebrating the Beauty of the Season

Spring is in the air, which means that many of us are ready to break out our lighter jackets and open-toed shoes. There’s more than one way to celebrate the season, though—have you ever thought about making your love of florals and mild temperatures a permanent fixture on your body? Spring tattoos …

Tattoos

Artist Gives Old Paintbrushes New Life and Personality as Baroque Characters

Los Angeles-based surrealist artist Alexandra Dillon brings new life to found objects by transforming them into charming characters. Using old, worn-out paintbrushes, tools, and other studio items as her canvas, Dillon personifies each object by covering them with portrait paintings, reminiscent of …

Art

The Absolute Best Places to Travel by Train

Between TSA horror stories, epic security lines and massive delays, we’re pretty wary of flying lately. And considering gas prices and traffic, it’s …

Hands Down: These Are the Best Museums in NYC

There's an overwhelming amount of activities and experiences competing for your attention in New York City. A morning at Central Park, an afternoon …

The 8 places you should only travel to in your 30s

There are a few things that happen by the time you hit 30. You’ve figured out the delicate balance between work and play. You appreciate the finer …

Drawing May Have Helped Humans Develop As A Species

A new study suggests that for early humans, the hand-eye coordination necessary for hunting was the same that was needed for drawing.<p>Neanderthals died out about 60,000 years ago–and it may be associated with their poor artistic skills. A new study from UC Davis examines how Neanderthals’ lack of …

Research

Ancient Peruvians gave themselves elongated skulls as a mark of status

Members of the ruling elite in parts of South America would have been very easy to spot 700 years ago – due to their tall, elongated skulls.<p>Their …

Mystery of 8,000-Year-Old Impaled Human Heads Has Researchers Stumped

Archaeologists have never before encountered this grisly phenomenon in Mesolithic Scandinavia, and they're hard-pressed to explain it.<p>In 2009, a new railway bridging southern Sweden's Motala Ström River was slated for construction. But then, archaeologists began turning up artifacts there that were …

Sharp stones found in India signal surprisingly early toolmaking advances

Stone-tool makers in what’s now India redesigned their products in a revolutionary way much earlier than previously thought.<p>Excavated stone artifacts …

Reconstructing an ancient lethal weapon

University of Washington researchers re-created ancient projectile points to test their effectiveness. From left to right: stone, microblade and bone …

15 Short Story Collections Everyone Should Read

Great literature in small portions<p>Last December, a short story by Kristen Roupenian called 'Cat Person' went viral. It was a reminder of the power the form can wield, and a great advert for literature in an era dominated by other mediums.<p>Short stories, of course, have the added advantage of being …

Books

Going it alone: top trips for solo travel

The notion of travelling solo can be a daunting one for the first-timer, raising a number of unsettling questions: will I be safe? What route should I follow? Who will take photos of me staring off into the distance atop scenic vantage points?<p>A major factor in mastering the art of solo travel is …

Travel

Five hobbies that can improve your health

For most of us, our hobbies are an essential component of our personal lives, but did you know they can be good for our mental and physical health …

The Czech Republic’s Bohemian Paradise: as magical as it sounds

A location for Sky Atlantic’s TV series Britannia, this enchanted landscape in the north of the country is somewhere to go into Bohemian rhapsodies over<p>Sitting in contemplative silence atop an enormous sandstone rock, I hear the first whoops in the distance. My initial reaction is to wonder who …

European Travel

I Just Discovered Melting Potatoes and I'm Officially Serving Them With Everything

We weren’t actively seeking a new way to cook potatoes. In fact, we think there’s a pretty solid variety to choose from. You can bake them, fry them, …

Country Lifestyle

19 Sweet Potato Recipes to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Sweet potatoes: they're the tubers (well, really the morning glory) that never fail you. They go to bat in recipes both savory and sweet, transitioning seamlessly from airy soufflés to stick-to-your-rib chilis to toasty waffles (seriously, give them a go). Hearty, versatile, healthy-ish, and a …

10 of the Most Common Travel Mistakes — and How to Avoid Them

Traveling is an exciting, joyful experience full of possibilities. Don’t let a slip up put a hitch in – or even worse ruin – your next trip. Here are …

Credit Cards

Retirement planning: Here's how much money you should have saved at every age

When it comes to savings, Americans are falling short. Nearly 70% of adults have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts.<p>Retirement funds are looking equally bleak. In fact, about half of US families have zero retirement account savings.<p>"Particularly the younger generation likes to think, 'I'll …

Retirement

How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the …

Self-help

Everything you need to survive winter in NYC

Winter turns New York City into a wonderland of activities, what with all the holiday markets, ice-skating and Christmas in New York festivities. The …

Three books Stanford asks every new student to read

Fresh off the excitement of gaining acceptance into the most competitive university in America, Stanford University incoming freshmen will likely …

Books

18 amazing countries where you can stay, eat, and tour for less than you live at home

When you ask Americans why they don't travel abroad, the top reason they cite is cost.<p>But once you get on that plane to a cheaper part of the world — Southeast Asia, say, or Central America, or even, yes, Northern Europe — man do the prices drop. You won't realize how rich you are until you land in …

European Travel