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My first cruise: learning the art of effortless indulgence

I was pretty pleased with myself when I told my husband we’d been offered the chance of a week-long Caribbean cruise. I didn’t expect to see fear in his eyes. “Isn’t it like a random floating city of fat people who don’t want to do anything foreign?” he asked. I considered trading him in for a new, …

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …


Scientists hail the most 'advanced anti-ageing serum' in the world

New research suggests skincare tailored to individuals' DNA may be the best way to combat the appearance of ageing<p>Those who believe that beauty is only skin deep may need to think again.<p>A most advanced anti-ageing serum ever created is going far deeper in the pursuit of the ultimate skincare …

Skin Care

Ebay's new 'smart stores' feel like the future of shopping

Magic mirrors, massive touchscreens, and dressing rooms that know what you need next<p>Over the last year eBay’s brand has struggled a bit. It was hit with a massive security breach and announced that it was spinning out PayPal, a divorce precipitated by the overwhelming investor sentiment that eBay …

The Best Cities in Europe

<i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers cast hundreds of thousands of votes for their favorite cities in Europe in the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey. From long-time winners like London and Paris, to newcomers that include Lucerne in Switzerland and Norway's Bergen, the variety showcases the diverse nature …

Deceptive Solitude

Meet Prynt, a Smartphone Case That Packs Instant Printing

Prynt, a startup company based in Paris, is working on a unique smartphone case that houses a built-in photo printer. Not only will you be able to …

Mobile Photography

Space Probe Philae Bounces to Stop on Comet—Now What?

Rosetta mission's lander finds itself tipped over in unknown territory as scientists decide whether to try to flip it.<p>The elation scientists and engineers felt when the Rosetta mission's lander set down Wednesday has been tempered by the discovery overnight that Philae didn't simply land.<p>It …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …


Art and culture holidays

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A beginner’s guide to Serbia

Picture everything you want from a classic European country, then add a level of quirk that you won’t find anywhere but the Balkans. Serbia is one of Europe’s more sizeable countries, yet it remains largely overlooked by travellers who tend to flock westward rather then venturing east.<p>The ambiguous …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Beat jet lag: top tips for travellers

You notice the warning signs - red eyes, irritability, heart-pounding wakefulness in the dead of night. It strikes without warning, transforming travellers into dead-eyed, shuffling automata. Once you glimpse your gaunt reflection in the hotel mirror, the transformation is complete.<p>Have you joined …

Europe's 52 best secret beaches

The beach is the key to many a great holiday – from first childhood steps across the sand to teenage posturing and strolls <i>en famille</i>. But the perfect beach is rarely found by chance.<p>The coasts of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are fringed with an overwhelming array of beaches - many of which …

European Travel

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Wales's best scenic drives

<b>A4069 Black Mountain Road, Powys</b><p>The road twists, dips and climbs through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Five of the most memorable miles you can drive in any country. Read our guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park. <b><br>Read more: Britain's 10 best scenic drives - in pictures</b><p><b>Abergavenny to Penderyn</b><p>…

National Geographic Travel

15 things that you (probably) didn’t know were made in London – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 8:00 am, September 19, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink<p><i>Wine, cheese, bells, boxer shorts… there are tons of things made right</i> …

Which Fitness Apps Should I Actually Use?

<i>A:</i><p>Even before the Apple Watch was announced, fitness apps were a booming market. The only problem? Knowing which one to download. Popularity rankings can't tell you which app will get you out of bed and on your run each morning. Instead, think about your fitness weak spots: energy and motivation, …

Mount Everest

Off the beaten track in Rome

From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome's headline acts need no introduction. But away from these historic crowd-pleasers, there are a host of lesser-known sights and neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered. Here's a selection of our favourites.<p>Chiesa di Santa Prassede<p>The interior of the …


National Geographic Travel

Why a Vespa Tour Is the Best Way to Explore Rome

Forget sweaty buses and boring walking tours—the best way to see Rome is on the back of a Vespa.

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Rome attractions: what to see and do in autumn

<b>Why go?</b><p>There’s no real off season in the Eternal City. Rome is a city that combines the intimacy and human scale of a village with the cultural draws of a European metropolis.In Rome, classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand next to – or lie beneath – Renaissance palazzos and …


Here's Why Madeira Was Just Named The Best Island In Europe

Madeira, which is part of Portugal, is an archipelago of small islands located in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles from Morocco. It is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas.<p>With incredible natural pools carved out of lava rocks, gorgeous cliffs overlooking the ocean, …


Morning at Rodgers Lake, Day 10, Northern Yosemite Trail (NYT) 2014

Punta Ala: a corner of Tuscany the British haven't found

"Acqua?” inquired the waiter at i’Buba, as I sat down with my family in the near-empty pizzeria at Punta Ala marina, Tuscany. Realising we weren’t Italian, he tried again: “De l’eau? Wasser?” Couldn’t he tell we were English? “Inglese,” I said as the menu arrived and he found the elusive word: …


River Flow