Karen M Cummins

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Did You Know That You Can Ride Without Traffic Your Bike From Paris To London?

<b>The Greenway.</b><p>Yep, you read right: Paris to London on a bicycle. Even though England is an island and there is a sea between the two countries, a specially designed itinerary is in place for the brave, willing, and ready, to undertake the voyage.<p>The possible path leads bikers (not of the motor kind) …

Canada's 150th birthday gift to you: Free pass to national parks all year long

On July 1, 2017, Canada turns 150 years old. Kicking off the festivities on New Year's Day, the stewards of the country's protected natural treasures, Parks Canada, has a gift for all: a free, multiuse pass to the country's 47 national parks and national park reserves.<p>Parks and reserves, which …

National Parks

Move over Melbourne – this is really the world’s most ‘liveable’ city

If you’re confused about which city really is the world’s most “liveable” then you’re probably not alone. Vienna and Melbourne have both been awarded the title this year and now a new survey has given Copenhagen the bragging rights.<p>The Danish capital came out on top in Metropolis Magazine’s annual …

This Entrepreneur Started A Travel Company That Can Help You Quit Your Job

<i>Editor’s Note: After this story was published in September 2016, the company Trip4real was purchased by Airbnb. Since then, Trip4real has been merged into Airbnb and no longer operates as a stand-alone entity. Read on to learn more about how Trip4real’s inspiring founder created such a successful</i> …

Entrepreneurship

20 great places you can live in the US for $1,000 a month

Sometimes, the rent is too darn high. In fact, the number of households in the United States spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent is on the rise, according to a report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. The report points …

Real Estate

When I Eat Healthy on a Road Trip, It’s Because I Packed These 5 Things

Stock your car with these.<p>Herbal Tea<p>It’s so easy to get dehydrated on the road when you’re more focused on driving or clicking through that playlist. …

How An Undergraduate Discovered Tubes Of Plasma In The Sky

The discovery by an undergraduate student of tubes of plasma drifting above Earth has made headlines in the past few days. Many people have asked how …

Universe

The Best Vacation for Your Zodiac Sign

If you're a Pisces, it totally makes sense for you to go to the beach.<p>Is vacation all you ever wanted? It will be, if you take your astrological chart into account. We got the scoop from astrologer Kelli Fox on the best way for you to escape, plus a little more (recommendation) help care of …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

World's Cheapest Travel Destinations

Traveling the world can be expensive, but don’t worry, Nothing Familiar has you covered! If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that even in the …

Asia Travel

27 of the Most Beautiful Places In America

From sea to shining sea and everything in between.<p>Narrowing down the list of America's most scenic spots is clearly an impossible task, but these stunning places are totally worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list.

The new ZenBook Flip UX360 is a Yoga-like hybrid for less

Joining the swelling ranks of lower-cost Windows hybrids, this 13-inch laptop-tablet convertible is 13.9mm thick.<p>Slim hybrid PCs that can do double duty as both a laptop and tablet usually carry premium prices, especially ones that are thinner than a MacBook Air and use Intel's high-end Core …

Top Hawaii suites you won't find online. Here's how you can book one

Want to splurge on your next trip to Hawaii? You can snag a presidential or penthouse suite at eight Aqua-Aston Hospitality resorts, but be prepared to pick up your phone to make a booking.<p>The penthouses can be reserved only by calling the company's new Hawaii-based reservations center, according …

Maui

This woman quit her corporate job at 35 and saved $16,000 to travel the world 'indefinitely'

In November of 2012, Clelia Mattana handed in her letter of resignation.<p>She had an established career as a sourcing coordinator at luxury fashion brand Burberry, a good salary, and her own apartment in London. But something was missing.<p>"I was unhappy because I wasn't following my true nature. All I …

Asia Travel

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …

5 Ways to Keep Your Passport Safe When Traveling

It's precious cargo, but there are easy ways to avoid losing or damaging your passport. And those pickpockets won't stand a chance.<p>What passports lack in size, they more than make up for in stature. With them, we board planes, trains, and ships, and cross borders (mostly) freely—after all, a U.S. …

7 Super-Useful Apps for Last-Minute Trips

You’ve spent all week looking at #vanlife pictures at work and now you simply have to get out of town. The beach would be great, but you’ll take the mountains. Or the city. Really, anywhere but here. It’s time to let that tiny computer in your pocket do the work for you. In recent years, …

3 Modern Meditation Techniques That End Stress In 15 Minutes A Day

If you are terrified by the 8 steps to start meditating but really want to try it and figure out what the hype is all about, this article gives you …

Meditation

How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

Mindfulness

'Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'

I'm driving through a frozen world, where the roads are paved in ice. As I swerve left to avoid a miniature iceberg, a red fish flashes at the top of my screen. I'm supposed to tap all the red fish that pop up, but not the green fish or the blue. And I have to do this without crashing the car.<p>An …

Health Care

5 urgent questions about Windows 10 answered

It's about a month since Windows 10 launched and the early reviews are mostly positive. On my site, Komando.com, I've had readers report everything from smooth sailing to minor annoyances to serious problems that made them go back to Windows 7 or 8.1. With major new software that's to be …

Microsoft Windows

Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

For most authors the prospect of their books sending readers to sleep would be horrifying.<p>But the latest publishing phenomenon which is topping the Amazon charts is a book which promises to do just that, at least for children.<p>The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish …