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The Happiest Countries In The World Might Also Be The Prettiest

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)<p>If you're looking to take a trip to the happiest places on Earth, then here's your bucket list.<p>Every year, the World Happiness Report analyzes a number of nations and then ranks them in order of happiness. Countries are measured based on factors like living standards, …

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17 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but busy mornings result in us skipping it altogether more often than not. These 17 make-ahead options make starting the day off right with some non-coffee sustenance much much easier. Featuring a wide spectrum of healthy <i>and</i> indulgent eats, you’ll be …

An Illustrated Guide to Oslo, Courtesy of Norway’s Coolest Design Firm Snøhetta

Oslo-based design firm Snøhetta shares its favorite places in the Norwegian capital, from a hidden cocktail bar to the best Christmas market.

Christy Turlington's Anti-Aging Secret

The super on the supplement that keeps her looking young<p>Imedeen Time Perfection is the perfect example of something that doesn't need to be new to be brilliant. In fact, this carefully-calibrated skincare supplement could well be called something of a 'cult' product thanks to the legions of …

Minimalist-Style Tattoos Lovingly Created in Exchange for Thoughtful Acts

Most tattoo artists accept money in exchange for permanently adorning a client's skin, but Stanislava Pinchuck, aka Miso, prefers the bartering system. The multidisciplinary artist draws minimalist-style tattoos while working in Tokyo and Melbourne. However, they aren't something that just anyone …

Tour A Tiny Home With A Tinier Hot Tub

Even skeptics might be sold on small-space living with this one.<p>The minimalist living trend certainly does not seem to be dying down. There are families of four who live in just over 300 square feet, surprisingly charming buses-turned-hotels, and cottages on wheels. And the latest home we've …

Into the Arctic: driving Norway’s Kystriksveien

When it comes to imagined destinations, few can rival the Arctic. It is a place of deep and abiding longing, and has been for centuries; a land so utterly different from our own that entering it calls for some grand rite of passage, for a journey of such beauty as to prove worthy of these …

10 Photos That Justify Washington as the Most Instagrammable State in America

A version of this post was first published on TRAVELBREAK.<p>Ten years ago, you'd plan your next vacation by browsing through tour books. You'd purchase a map at a gas station or follow highway signs for a spontaneous road trip.<p>Now, the atlas serves little purpose for wandering -- just a debilitated …

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Adventurous Mountaineers Scale the Alps for Incredible Photos

Although these stunning images might look like the work of Photoshop magic, photographer Robert Bsch (or Robert Boesch) captured these campaign photos for the Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut by carefully coordinating an entire team of mountaineers on the snowy Alps. Racing against time and …

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Scandinavian Women Know the Secret to Perfect Skin

Clockwise from top left: Mini Anden, Hanneli Mustaparta, Helena Christensen, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Frida Gustavsson, Freja Beha Erichsen, Nadja Bender, and Caroline Winberg. Imaxtree<p>After New York, London, and Milan, we look to Paris for the final week of the fashion month whirlwind. Though we …

Summering in Scandinavia: Heat Things Up in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Sweden and Norway typically conjure images a la <i>Frozen</i>: stunning icescapes punctuated by the rogue reindeer or a flash of brilliance from the Northern Lights. But there is more to these Northern European countries than meets the eye -- and it's not all winter and chill. When hockey season ends and …

Iceland, as a literary muse

From inspiring JRR Tolkien and Jules Verne to having more writers in its population than any other country in the world, Iceland is one of literature’s strongest influences.

When to Visit Alaska's First National Park

<b>Location: Alaska<br>Established: February 26, 1917<br>Size: 6,075,029 acres</b><p>On any summer day in Denali, Alaska's most well known national park, hundreds of people see sights that will stay with them the rest of their lives. Perhaps a golden eagle will soar off the cliffs at Polychrome Pass, or 20 Dall's …

Oregon's Wizard Island Is Shrouded In Ancient Mystery

Call us muggles, but we've never seen an island so magical.<p>Wizard Island is actually an ancient volcanic cinder cone in Crater Lake, Oregon. The floating wonderland -- which sits in the deepest lake in the United States -- was once the site of elaborate Klamath Indian rituals.<p>Now, it's an eerily …

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Inspired by the fall 2014 pieces beginning to hit the stores, <i>W</i>’s fashion market and accessories director shares the 10 basics at the top of her wish list.

7 Reasons You Should Date a Girl Who Travels

Several years ago, I was sitting in my cubicle at work, as the coworker who sat beside me tacked up a new photo of his fiancé. He looked over at me and said, "Did you ever notice what people put on their desk is a representation of what they care most about in the world." I smiled nervously as I …

Hayden Panettiere Bares Her Growing Baby Bump in a Striped Bikini

Baby on board! Hayden Panettiere, who officially confirmed she was expecting back in June, showed off her growing baby bump over the weekend in …

10 Luxury Islands That Are Surprisingly Affordable

We've never had such a good excuse to ditch the real world.<p>We always thought our living-on-an-island dreams would stay forever plunked on a Pinterest board, but now, there's reason to believe that actually living on a luxury island is totally possible.<p>The folks at Samujana Retreats and Residences …

Faraway in the Faroes: island hiking and wildlife watching in the north Atlantic

The Faroes are like nowhere else on earth. Adrift in the north Atlantic, these 18 forgotten islands are thrashed by furious swells and subject to some of the most fickle weather on the planet; all of which is forgiven the moment you clap eyes on their primordial beauty. They may be little but …

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European Parks—Mountains

See photos of the mountain landscapes and wildlife of Europe (including alpine scenery, national parks, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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8 Reasons A Trip To The Philippines Should Be In Your Future

There's an incredible chain of tropical islands in the Pacific that is sprinkled with pink, white and black sand beaches, ultra-relaxing luxury resorts, charming countrysides and villages, exotic foods and an enticing nightlife. You know it exists, but you've probably never thought of planning a …

Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison's 'Peter Pan' Casting

He balanced his giddiness with the usual news-anchor gravitas<p>When your father is a news anchor, things can get a little awkward if you're the one making the news.<p>So when <i>Girls</i> star Allison Williams was cast as Peter Pan in NBC's upcoming live musical, her dad, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, …

25 Gorgeous Pools Everyone Should Swim In Once

The only thing that's more relaxing than lounging poolside or soaking in the water on a sunny day is doing it at one of these incredible destinations.<p>From luxurious infinity pools with unbeatable views to natural pools teeming with marine life, these pools around the world deserve to be on …

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What Every Woman Should Know About Retinoids

In 2014, these vitamin A derivatives are probably the closest thing we have to a miracle, fountain-of-youth sort of product—evening skintone, softening wrinkles, and calming acne and inflammation. Knowing that is the easy part. Fully understanding how to maximize their benefit takes a little extra …

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Burnt Out? 7 Simple Ways To Feel Renewed

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.<p>It can seem as if we always have more things to tend to — some unfinished task, meeting to be at or email to respond to …

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Jasper to Banff and the Icefields Parkway

Traverse the vast beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site from Jasper along the Icefields Parkway and beyond to Banff. Pass fleecy mountain goats licking mineral-rich silt from wide rocky riverbeds. Surmount Sunwapta Pass, where the Atlantic and Arctic watersheds divide. …