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5 Easy Places to Feel Like a Backpacking God

Who hasn't wanted to break loose with nothing but a backpack? To one day sit with your grandchildren on your knees as you thrill them with stories of how you rode a surly Yak deep into the Himalayas, or crossed the Andes on a bus with a howling meth addict for a driver.<p>But what if you can't just …

The 10 Best Spiritual Singles Scenes From Kabbalah To Scientology

When Tinder isn’t turning out to be the spiritual experience one had hoped for, where DOES one go to meet a nice, spiritual soulmate who also happens to be Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes?<p>I’m inspired by cousins who’ve met their husbands at Catholic church but unfortunately, while I remain …

The Village of Forgetfulness – Colombian Village Is Home to the World’s Largest Population of Alzheimer’s Sufferers

At the outset, the mountainous region of Antioquia in northwestern Colombia comes across as a breathtaking natural paradise. But its picturesque …

7 Seattle Secrets From 7 Savvy Local Instagrammers

Seattle locals love to talk about everything that makes their city so incredibly unique; spectacular mountain vistas, a city surrounded by water, and more than 200 breweries for a quaffing good vacation.<p>Since there's nothing better than experiencing a city like a local - without having to pay rent …

8 Reasons to Choose Travel Over Going to College

Remember what our generation was told growing up? "Go to college and get a degree, you'll then be able to get a good job." I think it's safe to say those days are over.<p>While there are certain professions where a degree is a must (Doctor, lawyer, nurse, etc.) there are many that don't require one. …

Meditation in Different Traditions | Balance

Meditation brings to mind traditional methods and iconography – yet at its heart, the practice is a personal exploration, a search for meaning …

Can Anyone Really Meditate in This Age of Kali?

Not all meditations are equal. Meaning not everything that is called "meditation" is actually a proper practice. Look at yoga for instance. Yoga from thousands of years ago has been a spiritual practice of self-realization with 99 percent of its philosophies, rituals and practices having nothing to …

Meditation

UN Officially Declares June 21 International Yoga Day

Image via twitter.com/MEAIndia. We’re not sure why she’s white either.<p>It’s official, June 21st is now the International Day of Yoga. Says Indian …

Yoga Class Teaching Plan | LoveToKnow

There are many ways to create a yoga class teaching plan, but make sure to have a proper mix of familiar asanas and new work to make each session …

Google-Phonics, Or, 'What Is the Sound of a Thousand Tech Workers Meditating?'

On a wicked-cold Sunday morning early last month, I found myself running through the mostly-empty streets of downtown Boston on my way to a …

Deepak Chopra walks the walk of spirituality

At age 6, Deepak Chopra experienced what he calls "an existential crisis." His grandfather died, and Chopra became frightened when he overheard his uncle remark, "Yesterday he was playing with his grandchildren, and today he is a fistful of ashes." His grandmother tried to comfort him by saying, …

Spirituality

9 of the best trips for under £700

Travel budget looking tight? Sign up to one of these great-value trips – and go further than you ever thought possible for £700<p>1. Discovering</b> …

Flagstaff: Northern Arizona's capital of cool

On New Year’s Eve, a giant pine cone drops three stories in front of the Weatherford Hotel in Flagstaff.<p>This beloved tradition – a fun-loving mix of history, nature and quirkiness – perfectly encapsulates the city, whose offbeat charm is finally getting its due. For decades travelers viewed this …

These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

They’ve already been installed in an amusement park. Next up: Google’s main campus.<p>Why drive to work when you can arrive in your own pedal-powered pod car, far above traffic? That’s the vision of a Canadian company called Shweeb, which hopes to soon begin installing what it calls the “most …

Transportation

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

15 Under-the-Radar Vacation Destinations

The world is full of destinations on the well-trodden path, where the number of visitors seems to go up every year and the crowds can sometimes feel endless. Don't you want to go somewhere different for a change? No matter what corner of the globe you look at, there are plenty of overlooked …

Portraits of the Pacific Crest Trail

Returning from a summer weekend in Tahoe, photographer Ian Tuttle passed a few strangers on the side of the road and asked if they needed anything. Just beer, they said. Tuttle’s new friends were doctors hiking the Pacific Crest Trail whenever they got a few weeks off work. The group shared some …

Backpacking

Meet Google’s ambitious new CAPTCHA that makes it easier to prove you’re human

Google is today announcing an improved version of CAPTCHA that it’s calling the ‘NoCAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.’ While it sounds like a mouthful, the new service has some great benefits for users.<p>We’ve known CAPTCHAs for years for their awful distorted text that’s hard to read and get right a lot of the …