Natalia Michalak

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Vienna has been crowned the world's most liveable city

Vienna has been named the world's most liveable city, beating 140 other contenders to the title. It's the first time the Austrian capital has landed the number one spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual report, which ranks cities on factors including stability, healthcare, culture and …

Santorini, Greece's magnetic island

Santorini has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. Humble <i>yposkafa</i> (vaulted houses sculpted from ash, pumice stone, solidified lava and sand) …

Magnetism

Make Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp for Dinner — Delicious Links

<i>Kitchn's</i> <i>Delicious Links</i><i> column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our …

Recipes

7 adorable French villages that will make you skip Paris completely

Everyone should see Paris at least once in his or her life, but as French tourism goes, it’s only the beginning. One of the cardinal sins of travel …

France

The 8 Best Shoe Styles to Wear With Black Dresses

The reason little black dresses are such a prevailing fashion trend is their versatility. That’s the beauty, right? You have last-minute plans or …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.<p>Today: Some sweet, some savory, a little bit of squash (okay, <i>a lot</i> a bit of squash), and some spice!<p>A soup that doesn't even require a pot? Consider us …

Meet the Florist Shaking Up London With Her Minimalist Arrangements

Tiny cyclamen and long stems of grass sprout from a small pot in a tea shop window. A clematis vine joined by a single Cécile Brunner rose dangles off a ledge. Branches of roses burst from a bouquet larger than the woman carrying it. A lone flamingo pink–speckled anthurium pops out of a vase on an …

12 destinations where you can stay in a 5-star hotel for less than $200 a night

Our friends at Hotels.com curated a list of major destinations around the world where visitors can stay at a five-star hotel for under $200 per night.<p>The bulk of the cities are in Europe, with a few in Asia.<p>Keep scrolling to see where you can treat yourself without breaking the bank.

Where in the World is the Best Place to Be in October?

We all crave that sweet serendipity of being in the right place at the right time: When the Northern Lights are most likely to dance; when that sleepy scruff-bucket town transforms for its once-a-year fabulous fiesta; or, when a mass mob of whales gathers at the nearby reef. That's why our book, <i>The</i> …

Costa Rica

These 12 Recipes May Make You Actually Crave Leafy Greens

As far as September-through-November market offerings go, the leafy greens tend to fall pretty low on the totem pole. (There are squashes, after all, and a pumpkin is generally a whole lot cuter and more inspiring than a leaf of kale.) But fall is arguably the time we should be paying <i>most</i> attention …

Flavors

10 Most Popular (+ Safest) Countries To Travel Solo

Is that "Travel"ᅡᅠPinterest board reaching an astronomical number of pins? Hasᅡᅠanother year has passed withoutᅡᅠthat passportᅡᅠevenᅡᅠbeing been touched? There's no time like the present, ladies! If you areᅡᅠplanning on embarking on a solo tripᅡᅠor are just toying with the idea, know that you are …

Costa Rica

Modern Istanbul

Travelers

Chill Out at the World’s Coolest Swim-Up Bars

Dunes, mangroves, and freshwater lagoons are the backdrop behind the Reflections Pool Bar, where guests can swim-up for fruity Mexican cocktails and …

Gorgeous Landscapes Reveal the Idyllic Tranquility of Japan

Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki has captured the idyllic landscapes of Japan in a remarkably tranquil light. Between the quiet foggy rivers, peaceful rice fields, and twilight at Mt. Fuji, there's something for everyone who's looking for a visually relaxing utopia. “My photographs are like Japanese …

16 Hotels With Five-Star Style for Less Than $200 a Night

Make this your home base for exploring the culture capital of the Netherlands—which generally has a shortage of affordable rooms. Not only does it …

25 Free Things to do in Washington, D.C.

With an entire collection of free museums, Washington, D.C., might be the best city in America to visit if you’re looking to stick to a budget. …

A Balkan Roadtrip Along the Adriatic Sea

For a pick-me-up, try the intense Bosnian coffee, an espresso-sized concoction with a robust flavor -- which to some will equate to being bitter and thick as mud.<p>The azure Adriatic Sea, which cuts through Italy and the Balkans Peninsula, is home to some 3.5 million people. I visited the Balkans …

Road Trips

10 steps to starting a business while keeping your full-time job

I listed a number of reasons why this makes sense. I even included some practical steps.<p>But I didn't go far enough.<p>So here's a guest post from Ryan Robinson, an entrepreneur and marketer who teaches people how to create meaningful self-employed careers.<p>(His online courses "Launching a Business …

10 Free Online Courses That Every Professional Should Check Out

Sure, you got a great education from top schools, and you've been working for awhile now. But as you get deeper and deeper into your career, it can become easy to stop pushing yourself to acquire new skills or retain what you've already learned.<p>The Khan Academy, an online learning nonprofit backed …

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

• <b>Get real.</b> Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German translator Judith Matz suggests: “Pick up 50 …

Language Learning

15 Free Online Resources That Will Make You Smarter

Learning the new skills necessary to start a new business can be expensive, but fortunately the initiative for free, high-quality, educational resources online has only continued to grow in the past few years.<p>Below are some of the resources available to learn more about marketing, entrepreneurship, …

10 tips for becoming a better conversationalist

Whether you love standing around and chatting or cringe at the thought of yet another “forced” conversation, being a good conversationalist is …

How to Master a New Skill

We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the …

The Secret To Getting Good At Things Quickly

I’m spending this week with two colleagues and 60 smart, focused, energetic women leaders. This is one of the two or three weeks each year we conduct WICT’s Rising Leaders Program, an intensive management and leadership skills “bootcamp” for high-potential mid-level women in the cable industry.<p>Each …

8 Ways to Still Have a Life While Working Long Hours

I love what I do for a living and, therefore, it never feels like work to me! I am in the social media business and I have built a huge, world-wide digital community that numbers in the hundreds of thousands.<p>Seriously, dozens of times per day nice, well-intended people ask for my help. I love, …

5 Tips to Organize Your Day for Maximum Productivity

Whether you're the type of person that jumps out of bed before your alarm clock or the kind that doesn't officially start your day until that second cup of coffee, we can all use a little push in the morning.<p>Whether you're the type of person that jumps out of bed before your alarm clock or the kind …

Standing Desks

7 Foolproof Practices for Maximizing Your Time

You will never have control of your time unless you take control of your time.<p>We need to think differently about time. It's not as if we haven't been trying. Time-management courses have been around for decades, and work/life balance has become a clich. Some question whether work/life balance is …

10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload

We’ve all heard the phrase “information overload.”<p>It reminds us of tweets, texts, emails, the endless stream of interesting articles on Facebook, those viral videos we can’t help but click on, the numerous phone photos and videos we take, Secret posts, fleeting Snapchat photos and more.<p>But actually …

Sunday #FoodPorn: "Millions of Peaches"

Peaches are like the tennis balls of the fruit world: round (ish), fuzzy, and playful—they even have their own theme song, courtesy of The Presidents of the United States of America. Whether you like your peaches hard or soft and juicy, they lend a warm, sweet flavor to teas and cobblers, and are …