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Getting under the skin of a country that measures success in 'Gross National Happiness'

Tiered rice terraces reflected the vast cerulean sky like shards of a shattered mirror. Kinley Choden, my host, sat next to me on the grassy lip of the valley as we watched women plant clumps of seedlings into the flooded fields. The sun winked behind the far hills. “Let’s go home, Mum is making …

L. Apartment / Maly Krasota Design

Maly Krasota Design recently completed a two-storey apartment project in Kiev for a large family. In addition to having two small children in the …

Interior Design

10 reasons you need to cruise in Norway

Norway is gorgeous any time of the year, but cruising through the country in the summer, when the Land of the Midnight Sun boasts 24 hours of …

European Travel

Chao Hotel Beijing / gmp Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The new facade by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp) imparts a lightness and a sculptural …

Architecture

Best RV Mattress Short Queen 2018 | Top 10 Picks for RVers

RV Camping is an excellent way to spend your time on the road thanks to the vehicle facilities and appliances. However, there is a good chance that …

Memoryfoam

Wild sea kayaking adventure in Sweden

We round the headland and see the island for the first time: a distant ridge of bare granite with a lighthouse on one end. At the same time we hit the swell and the wind sizzles spray off the wave tops, whipping it into our faces as we drive the kayaks forward. For a moment I wonder if this island …

Kayaking

Lachlan Rombouts Likes A Lot of Foam

An Australian charger who probably never feels under-gunned<p>While charger Lachlan Rombouts may drive a Subaru Outback on land, he’s a Cadillac man …

Subaru

Free: TMAC Fitness: 1-Month Membership

<b>Description</b><p>Bummed you've been too busy to make it to your workout class? No worries! In these videos fitness and lifestyle guru Todd McCullough of …

My Himalayan journey – trekking to Shangri-La

For those who want to see the high Himalayas, but are wary of their steepest passes, the Miyar Valley makes a great trip<p>At the top of the Miyar Valley in the high Himalayas, a chain of seven tiny turquoise pools nestle below the snout of a formidable glacier. Each one looks deceptively inviting. We …

Trekking

9 Trips to Take With Your Significant Other to See If They're ‘the One’

The family vacation is an important part of getting to know someone. Whether it's heading to grandma's house for Christmas, or jetting off with the …

Beaches

Appalachian Trail and Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

I have done several long distance hikes, including the Appalachian Trail, a solo Traverse of Alaska, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide …

Backpacking

Running Happy with Ryan Sandes and The Okes

YouTube

Arc'teryx Presents: A World Above

YouTube

Sleeve House / actual / office

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Oriented in relation to the rolling hills of its site and views of surrounding mountain ranges, the …

Architecture

The Best Peaks in America

Sometimes, the best mountain is the closest one. We asked BACKPACKER readers for the top peaks* in their states to help you find a climb near you. …

Hiking

CrossFit and HIIT Married, and This 20-Minute Fat-Burning Workout Was Born

Grab a bike, a rower, and a pair of light to medium-weight dumbbells and get psyched to work your entire body! We did this workout in my CrossFit Burn class, which is a boot-camp-style workout that involves no barbells but utilizes every other piece of equipment in the gym, like dumbbells and other …

Workouts

Wish You Were Here: Mentawai Islands

Sebatian Ziets rounds up Kauai's underground rippers for a tube-filled voyage<p>Kauai’s Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz rounds up some of his home Island’s …

Fish

Climbing Ban May Be Lifted on One of SoCal’s Favorite Crags

For 13 years, one of Southern California’s premier and most popular climbing destinations, Williamson Rock, located 20 miles northeast of Pasadena in …

Climbing

This Surfer’s Harrowing Near-Drowning Tale is Amazing

“The Right” is a dangerous, double-black diamond, mutant wave along the Western Australia coast. For decades it was considered unsurfable, until …

Surfing

Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe is 122,200 acres of cobalt blue water and reflections of the Sierra. The best way to really get to know it: The Tahoe Rim Trail. The …

Hiking

Residence Maribou / Alain Carle Architecte

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Originally built in the 1960s, the house featured the traits of that period’s Scandinavian architecture. …

Architecture

No yard? No problem. These homes are making outdoor living climb to new heights

As urban cores grow dense, trendy postage-stamp backyards offer dashes of green but barely have room to accommodate grills. The solution: Home builders are creating generous elevated al fresco areas in single-family homes and luxury high-rises by blasting open walls on upper stories or maxing out …

Outdoor Spaces

DS House / Planned Living Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In the ocean beach environs of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, this house presents itself as a …

The Mental Trick a Guy Who Sailed Around the World Solo Uses to Accomplish All His Goals

This technique helped Alex Thompson finish one of the world's most grueling sailing races.<p>Setting big goals for yourself can be intimidating. And when something goes wrong that keeps you from achieving them, it's easy to feel like your world is crashing down.<p>Alex Thomson knows this better than …

Vendée Globe

Hidden Valley Desert House / Wendell Burnette Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Hidden Valley Desert House is a “long pavilion for living” composed of a canopy hovering above a …

Framing

Casa De Plegado / Rob Paulus Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The approach to Casa de Plegado embraces the Catalina foothill surroundings to create a series of …

Architecture

EarthCruiser makes ultra-capable off-grid motorhomes out of Mercedes' most rugged

In the United States, EarthCruisers come built on Mitsubishi Fusos or pickup trucks. Over in the company's original stomping grounds of Australia, …

Motorhomes

Charming Italian farmhouse hides a surprisingly modern interior in Tuscany

1/16<p>Chianti Hills farmhouse by Lenzi + Baglini Architetti<p>Lenzi + Baglini Architetti architects transformed a 16th-century Italian farmhouse into a …

Italy

Barrels Beatings & Beers

Let’s set one thing straight, the essence of the Striped Horse Challenge is composed of three of the most FUNdamental components found in Surfing. I …

Travel (South Africa)

Center Island in Amsterdam: The new man-made island for affordable homes

<i>As we all know, the Netherlands is an incredibly densely populated place and especially in Amsterdam. Over 20 years ago they came up with a new plan</i> …