Michael Smyth

27 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Likes | @MichaelSmyt3sc5 | Keep up with Michael Smyth on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Michael Smyth”

Never Too Late To Start Reading! 16 Books To Choose From If You’re A Beginner

Reading is that one activity that helps you escape reality and immerse yourself into another universe. The books we read help us understand the world …

The 9 most photogenic places in Europe

European Travel

10 Long Books To Read When You Need An Emotional Escape

People often say the word "escapist" like it's a bad thing. "Escapist" fiction is almost always code for "cheesy romance," or "pulpy detective …

32 books everyone should read in their lifetime

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't just stick to the mystery novels, anthologies, or biographies you know and love. If you really want to become a more well-rounded person, you'll need to …

Books

12 of the Best Bars in Amsterdam

Travel<p>Quench your thirst in the city that invented Heineken.<p>Hop on a bike in Amsterdam and pedal in any direction, and you’ll probably wind up at a bar. There are over a thousand of them, tucked into cozy streets, floating on canals, and overflowing into alleyways, each one serving your favorite …

Travel on a budget? How this guy managed to visit every country in the world by the age of 24

James Asquith is a 28-year-old man from Surrey in England, who received a Guinness World Record for becoming the youngest person in the world to travel to all sovereign countries. He saved enough money to take a gap year and travel to Southeast Asia with friends at 18.<p>This set off his travel bug, …

This artist’s amazing sketchbooks could be the inspiration you need to start a travel journal

While posting snaps on Instagram is a great way to share your travel adventures with friends and family, there could be a more interesting way to document your trips and help you take in every detail along the way.<p>Dina Brodsky, a Minsk-born New Yorker who works as an artist and curator, records her …

The 50 greatest train journeys on Earth

Unless you are one of the poor souls condemned to the purgatory of Southern Rail, train travel as a rule is something that, almost two centuries after Robert Stephenson’s invention of the Rocket, remains one of the most civilised ways of getting from A to B.<p>It offers the opportunity to admire …

Best Gifts for Travel Lovers: The Ultimate Travelers Gift Guide

<i>This guide is a work-in-progress- every time I find something I like that would make a great gift for a traveler, I add it to this list.</i><p>Here’s an …

15 Best Outdoor Gifts Under $50

Bushcraft 101<p>For the outdoorsman in training, some literature based on how to make the most of your outdoor excursions is never a bad idea. This …

9 travel hacks you'll wish you knew all along

Travel can be tricky. Did you pay too much for that flight? Forget to pack some important items? What happens if your flight is delayed or canceled?<p>As always, knowledge is power. The more you plan, research and prepare, the better off you'll be. With that in mind, I've rounded up these nine tricks …

15 Basic Drawing Techniques for Beginners

Have you always enjoyed sketching and doodling, but you’ve never actually tried your hand at real drawing techniques before? Drawing is something …

Graphics

One man is transforming boring thrift store art into incredible video game paintings

Most people look at thrift store art and see trash. Dave Pollot sees <i>opportunity</i>.<p>By day, Pollot works as a software programmer. At night, he turns thrift store artwork into the kind of nostalgia-laced magic you see above.

Thrifting

7 Gadgets That Should Be in Your Emergency Kit

Relatively speaking, the last few years have been tame on the hurricane front. But according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …

10 Must Haves For Your Next Camping Trip

If you are a backpacker, you will agree that heading for a camping trip is not always as easy as it sounds. You need to think of the accessories you …

Backpacking Gear Tips: 20 Beginner-Friendly Ways to Drop Weight (Without Breaking the Bank)

July 18, 2016<p>To many new backpackers, time spent on the trail can seem like a chore. You load up your heavy backpack with 40 pounds of gear until …

Backpacking

11 essentials to take with you the next time you go hiking

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Summer is in full swing, giving us the opportunity to plan day trips out in the sun, enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. For many …

Backpacking

8 Mistakes That Are Costing You When Traveling to Europe

Like not considering staying in a hostel.<p>A European vacation can do wonders for the soul. Paris, London, Madrid and a thousand more historic cities …

How to Draw Trees

Trees seem like one of the few things that are easy to draw. However, if you know nothing about drawing, you may either go too simple...<p>... or too …

A Giant List Of Epic Destinations For Anyone Who Lives To Travel

Pack your bags.<p>There's a big world out there, and no shortage of incredible destinations to explore. So it's only natural that choosing where to visit can be hugely intimidating. Thankfully, we've got you covered with lists on lists of epic spots to sift through. Check 'em out!<p><i>Note: Some of these</i> …

South America

All the Books You Desperately Need to Add to Your 'To Read' Pile This Summer

Summer is upon us, which means there’s no TV on, which means it’s finally time to dig into those books you’ve been saving for your weekends, …

How To Pack Luggage Like An Experienced Backpacker [Infographic]

If you don't travel very often, it can be pretty tempting to toss everything into a suitcase until nothing else fits (usually the night before you …

How To Travel The World With No Money

Travelling the world with no money sounds like a distant dream, an impossible dream. But it is possible, and you can do it responsibly without breaking bank.<p>It should be said that there are some expenses you shouldn't compromise on. For example, it would be stupid not to buy travel insurance and …

Credit Cards

Ernest Hemingway's Best Tips on Writing

Write what you know, leave out unnecessary words, and don't do it to be famous.<p>Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His most popular work, <i>The Old Man and the Sea</i>, earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and in 1954 Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature …

The Best Hi-Tech Camping Gear for Your Next Great Adventure

For most of us, the goal of camping is to unplug.<p>But ironically, the latest technological advances in gear, equipment, and clothing will take your …

30 Insanely Useful Camping Products You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

Everything you need to make the great outdoors even greater.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p><i>The comments for this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>