Christine Erwin

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See China’s Iconic Great Wall From Above

This is one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering.<p>China’s iconic Great Wall, actually a network of fortifications rather than a single structure, is the product of countless labors over a period of some two thousand years. Qin Shi Huang took the remnants of truly ancient fortifications, …

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Silver Garnet Ring, Natural Red Gemstone, Renaissance Ring, Victorian Style Jewelry

8mm rose cut natural red garnet set in oxidized sterling silver. I have several more of these triple A high quality garnets available for custom orders.<p>I handcrafted this ring out of a sheet of sterling silver and wire. I set the stone in a crown of hearts and cut a whole in the back so natural …

10 Beauty Products Every Woman Should Have By 30

For the first few decades of your life, a laissez-faire beauty routine is all you need. Nows the time to take a more grown-up approach with a few easy adds.<p>For the first few decades of your life, a laissez-faire beauty routine is all you need. Now's the time to take a more grown-up approach with a …

Beauty

24 Ways to Make Doing Your Hair Incredibly Easy

From the editors at Cosmo.com, fun and unusual ways to cut down on your styling time.<p><b>1. Make sure your style stays put by flipping the bobby pin over so the wavy side is against your head.</b><p>If you have a hard time keeping your hair in place, try flipping the bobby pin over. The straight side is …

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10 Must-See Places During a Trip to China

In recent years, China has made an incredible leap onto the international tourism stage and is currently one of 2013's most popular destinations. While most attention is being directed at China's rapid modernization as symbolized by the glittering metropolis of Shanghai, China is still an ancient …

The world's 20 most visited museums are mostly free and in US or UK

There are hundreds of thousands museums around the world that welcome fewer than 1 million visitors a year, but there are also mega-museums. These …

A Local's Guide To Shanghai

Shanghai has transformed so much in the past two decades, that some of its prior visitors might not recognize it anymore. To clearly appreciate Shanghai's unbelievable boom, start no further than <b>The Bund</b>. Considered to be the face of Shanghai, it's where the city gets divided by the Huangpu River …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

International Traveler of Mystery: Beijing

<i>Your mission, should you choose to accept it? Go undercover with us to a series of exotic, daring locales worthy of the most stylish, seductive</i> …

The world's best places to see autumn colours

The dog days of summer are over. But despite the chill in the air, there’s no need to be downhearted. Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.<p>Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

The 19 Most Beautiful Places In The World Are Hidden In America

Europe is great and Asia is awesome, but the song says <i>America</i> the beautiful.<p>These hidden places prove you don't need to spend big bucks and make a transatlantic trek-- the world's most beautiful wonders have been here all along, right in your American backyard.<p><b>Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone</b> …

One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Wieliczka Salt Mine Is an Incredible Polish Underground Amusement Park

Ever windsurfed across a saltwater lake or visited a 400-year-old chapel—underground? Try it out in Poland, at an unbelievable …

Budget Vacation? Try Language School

Aqui was mi problema: "<i>Quiero apprender mas espanol porque hablo solamente un little y solamante en el presente.</i>" I was tense challenged.<p>Think very bad Spanglish.<p>No matter. I wanted to upgrade my Spanish, to see if the old brain could still learn to conjugate. And with only a week for this …

5 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special. …

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Best Budget Destinations for 2014

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Jamie Beckman, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these …

7 Beach Destinations You Haven't Tried Yet

When going to a new destination, many of us stick to the beaten path; we'll go where the other tourists are going for the first time around. But once you've been to Cancun, or Montego Bay, or any other well-touristed beach spot, you may be more interested in heading somewhere a tad more …

23 Latin American Destinations That Prove There's A Lot More To See Than Rio And Buenos Aires

It's no secret that Latin America houses many of this planet's most jaw-dropping destinations. Spotlight countries such as Brazil continue to be among our favorites due to the beautiful beaches, cities and colonial sights that easily captivate those who find themselves in constant wanderlust.<p>You …

10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We've got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. …

10 Stunning Hotels in Unexpected Places

While cities such as Shanghai, Dubai, and Toronto have long been known for their futuristic-looking hotels, they've hardly cornered the market on cutting-edge properties. These days, some of the world's most innovatively designed accommodations are popping up in less cosmopolitan places, from a …

Climbing On Mount Denali

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