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The Beginner's Guide to Meal Planning: What to Know, How to Succeed, and What to Skip

To the uninitiated, meal planning can feel like an elusive practice or an overwhelming task, but that's usually because we think about meal planning …

How To Have Breakthrough Ideas

<i>You can learn to cultivate great ideas. That’s the bold promise</i> of The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking<i>, by</i> …

How to Make Ice Cream Without a Machine (Hooray!)

Nope, you don't need fancy equipment to chill out. Here's how to make ice cream without a machine.<p>Nothing beats a bowl of sweet, smooth ice cream—well, except maybe a cone of it. When we can't make it to one of our favorite ice cream parlors, we're big fans of homemade ice cream. While you will …

Dessert

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

If a fudgy brownie and chewy chocolate chip cookie had a baby, it would be this decadent creation.<p>Ingredients<p>3 cups gluten-free powdered sugar<p>¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>2 large egg whites<p>1 large egg<p>4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped<p>3 tablespoons cacao nibs<p>Recipe …

Dessert

Gratitude: the latest self-help trend that could change your life

What if you could de-stress and double your energy with just two little words? Anna Hart says 'thank you' to the new self-help trend taking the world by storm<p>When was the last time you popped a cork to celebrate something? In my decade as a journalist, I’ve never once gone out with friends to …

Happiness

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Amalfi Coast

The 18 Romantic Destinations to Honeymoon in 2018

Our top picks for a once-in-a-lifetime escape.<p>You've made it official–and now it's time to unwind. Whether you're the type of couple that wants to explore a once-in-a-lifetime destination, experience otherworldly food and architecture or simply veg out on one of the world's most beautiful beaches, …

Dogs

Top 10 hotels and guesthouses in Vientiane, Laos

One of Asia’s most laid-back capitals, Vientiane is full of crumbling French mansions and inspiring monuments – and leafy, stylish hotels and guesthouses for soaking up the atmosphere • Top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Luang Prabang<p>Beau Rivage<p>The flamingo-pink Beau Rivage overlooks the extra wide flow of …

Asia Travel

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National Geographic Travel

Best Places to Get Immersed in Another Culture

Travel

Euro slump: 13 destinations where you'll have a cheaper holiday

Top 10 budget beach B&Bs in the Seychelles

The Seychelles islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue may be known for their luxury resorts but there is also a great selection of family-run, more affordable guesthouses just as close to the archipelago’s famous, world-class beaches<p>Colibri Guesthouse, Praslin<p>For a room with a five-star view, …

Top 20 family holidays in Europe this summer

If your perfect summer holiday has the kids playing happily with new friends while you relax, our pick of child-friendly hotels and apartments across Europe could be just the ticket<p>Umbria<b>,</b> Italy<p>In 20 acres of Umbrian countryside, <b>Pian di Cascina</b> is a 17th-century farmhouse converted into seven …

The most romantic Marrakech hotels

An insider's guide to the most romantic hotels in Marrakech, featuring the best for authentic style, lavish décor, tranquil courtyards, lush gardens and traditional hammams, in locations close to the Djemaa el-Fna, Koutoubia Mosque and the city's many souks.<p>Riad Al Moussika<p>Marrakech, Morocco<p>9 …

Interior Design

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National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Weird Tokyo: the city's quirkiest attractions - mapped

<b>Cat cafe</b><p>Space is at a premium in Tokyo, so apartments are small and expensive. Consequently, not many people have pets. Instead, people pop along to pet cafes that house furry animals that can be stroked for a short time, for a small fee. Cat cafes were some of the first and proved so popular they …

Japan