John Howley

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The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Europe Will Take Your Breath Away

Complete with fairy-tale castles, picturesque seaside retreats, otherworldly natural parks, and charming cities, Europe is full of striking places to …

National Parks

The Best Workouts That Don't Require Any Equipment, According to Personal Trainers

Airports. Conferences. Deserted islands? You just never know when—and where—you might need to get in a quick sweat.<p>Here's some quick physics fun: A body at rest tends to stay at rest. That's the fitness version of Newton's First Law, and it means that humans will find literally <i>any</i> excuse to not …

Workouts

13 Small European Towns You Never Thought to Visit (but Should)

They may be relatively under the radar, but they’re certainly captivating and well worth a detour.<p>Also known as the “Little Venice,” this small town …

European Travel

3 Research Findings That Will Make You a Happier Parent

If you are on the fence about becoming a parent, don't read the research on how having kids affects happiness. While individual parents usually swear up and down that their little ones are their greatest joy, scientists consistently find people with kids are more stressed and less happy than …

Happiness

Ten Stunning Onsens in the Forest to Visit on Your Next Trip to Japan

The authors of 'Onsen in Japan' have found the most secluded spots for naked bathing in the country.<p>The authors of 'Onsen in Japan' have found the …

Japan

Everything to Know About Shanghai

Travel<p>Here's how to plan the best possible trip to China's most populated city.<p>Shanghai has a very busy, yet wonderfully stimulating pulse that will leave you addicted and craving more. Development is fast, and anything can happen any given day. Simultaneously, the city offers a world of …

Chinese New Year

8 Remarkable Travel Destinations Where Your Dollar Goes Far

It’s a touchy subject, discussing how affordable a country is relative to one’s own. Usually, the implications are that the “less expensive” …

Travel

7 Reasons You Need To Go To Buenos Aires

Bookstores and cemeteries and lots and lots of steak.<p>When you visit Buenos Aires, you hear a lot about it being the Paris of South America. This is a …

Malta, A Wonderful Winter Destination

Blessed with superb natural beaches, sparkling blue Mediterranean waters, and some of the best diving sites in Europe, Malta is, hands down, a summer …

Go Beyond Capri: These Are the 19 Best Underrated Islands in Europe

Raise your hand if you'd rather be vacationing on an island far away right now? What about a European adventure? Our hands just shot up, too. And …

Loch Ness

Gastronomic Galway - 10 of the best dining experiences in Galway City

In 2018 County Galway was designated a European Region of Gastronomy, while its capital will become a European City of Culture in 2020. To get a flavour of what’s putting this small, westerly bastion of Irish culture on the global tourism map, take a culinary trip through Galway City’s winding …

The Only Thing I Ever Want to Ride Is Japan's New Hello Kitty Bullet Train

Important (good) news update: despite all the scary things happening in the U.S., Japan has created the only train I ever want to ride again: a Hello Kitty bullet train. West Japan Railway Company unveiled the vehicle, adorned with Hello Kitty inside and out, yesterday in the country's …

The 5 Best Exercises at the Gym, According to Personal Trainers

Don’t hit the weight room again until these are on your to-do list.<p>Maybe you're new to working out. Maybe you've been working out for so long that you just realized you've been doing the <i>same six exercises</i> for the last three years. Or perhaps you were recently engaged in some next-level TRX workout …

Workouts

25 Secret European Villages

The charm of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland, is the not-quite-here, not-quite-there, lost-in-time feel of the place. To …

30 Handy Products On Amazon That Are Next-Level Clever

When it comes to staying on top of clutter, Amazon has some of the most incredible products around to help you stay organized. But that's the rub, …

How to Negotiate Your Salary: Managers’ 13 Top Tips

“Does anyone know how to negotiate salary?” my friend asks at one of our semiregular wine nights. Our conversations usually run the gamut from what’s …

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Puglia

Dreamy whitewashed enclaves, quaint fishing villages jutting into the sea, and ancient hilltop settlements hemmed in by protective walls – the …

Italy

Here are the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards

The best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2017<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend, and last night, the organization announced the winners of its prestigious Nebula Awards.<p>N.K. Jemisin’s</i> …

10 great Greek islands: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Hiking in Amorgos, Cyclades<p>As well as the azure bays and its role in Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, Amorgos is also renowned for its hiking trails, which not only connect the island’s villages but also provide access to ecclesiastical and natural landmarks. Start at Hora, the capital of …

Europe's Best Small Ports

Tallinn

Flights to Japan Are About to Get Cheaper (Video)

Checking Japan off your bucket list could soon be cheaper than ever: The country's flag carrier just announced it's launching a new budget …

Air Travel

The Top 5 Places You MUST Visit on Your Trip to Japan

travelling to to Japan was a life-changing experience for me, and I'd recommend it anyone. From its rich culture to its fashion-forward citizens — …

15 Stylish Houseplants That Actually Thrive In Low Light

Hard to kill, easy on the eyes.<p>(Be cautious if you have pets, though — some of these can be toxic.)

Plants

NASA x Vans Collaboration Possibly Releasing

Originally seen on SneakerFiles: NASA x Vans Collaboration Possibly ReleasingPictures of a possible NASA x Vans collaboration have surfaced, causing …

The World's 30 Most Impressive Hotels

Checking in, please.<p>The world's most impressive hotels are far more than a place to crash. Some are underwater. Some bathed in ice, perched atop mountains, or awash in pure opulence. If you've got the cash to book a room, these 30 lodgings will blow your mind.

How Hiroshima rose from the ashes

A remarkable series of events is ensuring that Hiroshima will go down in history for far more inspirational reasons than the A-bomb.<p>On a torrid August day in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, lotus flowers were blooming in the pond surrounding the Peace Bell. A party of elementary school children in …

The 20 Best Places to Go in 2018

These destinations are spectacular—and affordable.<p><b>The 20 Best Places to Go in 2018</b><p><b>By Megan Leonhardt and Kerri Anne Renzulli</b><p>Whether you dream of …

14 Absolutely Perfect Paint Colors Designers Love

Choosing paint colors for your home is a big deal: Nothing sets the tone for a space like the color on the walls. So deciding what paint color to …

Home Decorating

The Best Ways to See Europe in Just 10 Days

If there’s one thing that Americans get shafted on (there’s not just one; there are loads), it’s vacation days. A 10-day trip will probably eat up a …

The holy grail of ramen dishes

While Tokyo has Japan’s only Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, the noodle consistently voted as the nation’s most delicious comes from a tiny, family-run shop in Wakayama City.<p>I watched without blinking as a row of six hands performed a bullet-fast dance: a splash of soy sauce, a shower of …

Japan