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How a top dermatologist would spend $100 on beauty products

<i>People in the beauty industry get tons of goods to test out, so when someone spends their own money on something that they’ve run out of, you know</i> …

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14 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf

Autumn and Winter are just generally a great time for fashion-lovers. The best of all, however, is the fact that it is now socially acceptable to wear scarves again. Sometimes big enough to be used a blankets, scarves are great accessories that can easily liven up an outfit, and they'll go …

12 Things You Must Do to Avoid Money Disasters While Traveling Abroad

Here's a fun game to play with yourself: Book a long-overdue vacation abroad and naturally become excited. Now, think of every single thing that can …

12 hours on 2 wheels: Cycling the sights of Amsterdam

From world-class museums to pretty parks, windmills and a maze of canals, there's much to explore in Amsterdam. Given its size, speeding through side …

5 Free Things to do in Amsterdam

From concerts, galleries and museums to the city's famous boat trips there is plenty of free stuff to enjoy in Amsterdam.<p>1. Galleries:<p><b>Galleries</b>: the …

Liotard painting returns to Netherlands after centuries in England

British government grants export licence for work by Jean-Étienne Liotard, bought by Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum for £4.4m<p>A picture of a tranquil young Dutchwoman pouring her morning cup of coffee is returning to the Netherlands after spending centuries in an English collection.<p>A Dutch Girl at …

Art

Hermitage Amsterdam: Catherine the Great

Thanks to Amsterdam City Card, I was able to visit and enjoy one of the amazing exhibitions in Hermitage Amsterdam (the Netherlands) about the most …

12 Dutch Phrases Every Twenty-Something Traveler Should Know

There are some languages in the world that are pretty damn beautiful to listen to (French, Italian or Spanish, for starters). Nederlands (which you …

Van Gogh Museum

5 ways to experience Amsterdam like a local

Save money. Do more. Dutch author Anja de Jager reveals how to avoid the tourists and experience her home city, Amsterdam, like a local<p>1: Take to the …

An Insider Guide to De Pijp, Amsterdam’s Coolest Neighborhood

The most striking thing about Amsterdam is just how true the stereotypes are: The locals are tall, apple-cheeked, and good-looking as they sail past you on fixed-gear bikes; the tree-lined canals are just as picturesque as you’ve heard, and the restaurants and shops are as cozy and well priced as …

North Africa

Take the Ultimate Spanish Road Trip from Barcelona

PHOTO BY Albert Torelló/Flickr<p>Els Encantats<p>Medieval villages, back roads, and the Wild Pyrenees<p>Leave behind the beaches of Barcelona and drive …

Barcelona

The 5 Best Souvenir Shops In Venice, Italy

The minute you set foot in Venice, you’ll be pestered by people offering you “authentic souvenirs” to take home. Keep walking. Give yourself time to choose typical items made by Venetians and available only in Venice. Here are five souvenirs worth taking home: a straw hat, a pair of eyeglasses or …

Italy

This Volkswagen Bus Road Trip Was Shot Entirely Using Mobile Phones

Isn’t technology incredible?<p>Sure, this is a road trip undertaken recently by two very talented photographers across Switzerland in a Volkswagen Bus, …

The Old-World Charm of Venice’s Windy Sister City

For me, it is the most beautiful view in the world. I am sitting on my rooftop balcony, looking through a tunnel of sea, mountains and sky that …

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10 Unforgettable Reasons Why You Should Travel To Italy

These reasons will make you drop everything and book a flight to Italy. With something for every type of traveler, Italy is a place you should visit.

25 Spring Travel Tips Across Europe

Traveling in springtime has a long list of perks: the days are longer giving you more time to visit a new destination, blooming flowers add a burst of color to your photos, and it might even be warm enough to leave winter jackets at home. From Scandinavia to Sarajevo, European destinations offer …

European Travel

27 things to do in Galicia before you die

1. Climb all the way up to the Tower of Hercules, and try not to feel dizzy when realizing the Romans already used this lighthouse back in the 2nd …

The Sound of Music tour: Salzburg beyond the tourist Trapps

The Sound of Music turns 50 in 2015 and Salzburg is singing about it at the top of its voice. But who were the Trapps really? To find out you need to start at the very beginning – in the original family home in Aigen.<p>Villa Trapp<p>It can be difficult to move in Salzburg at times, which is why it is …

European Travel

10 Things to Do in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm -- the most stylish city I've ever had the pleasure of visiting (if you've followed my journey on instagram: @greaseandglamour -- you'll have seen my daily updates). Here are 10 things I think you should do when you visit.<p><b>1. Catch the sunset if you can.</b><p>In the five days I was in Stockholm, …

European Travel

Austria's Burgenland Is Full of Wildlife and Wine

As I write this, there are still several inches of snow on the ground in New York, but when you read this, the wildflowers may well be bursting from the rich soil of Burgenland in southeastern Austria, and the grape vines getting ready to bud.<p>I shall be writing about Austrian wines in another …

Dining Rooms