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10 great island adventures: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Pellworm, Germany<p>Take a combined bus and ferry trip from Husum (€22.50 return) to Pellworm in the North Frisians. Start with a coffee and a cake at Cornilsen Café then rent a bike for about €7 and explore this flat – but windswept – island. The charm lies in exploring lanes lined with …

20 great traditional festivals in Europe

Water jousting, France<p><b>Fête de la Saint-Louis, Sète, Languedoc</b><b><br>When:</b> <b>23-28 August</b><b><br>Highlight:</b> <b>The final night’s firework display</b><p>Since 1666, the port of Sète has been celebrating its patron saint in boisterous style. The town, known as the Venice of Languedoc, stages water-jousting tournaments on its …

European Travel

10 classic European islands on a budget

<b>Santorini, Greece</b><p>Even the epic photos don’t quite prepare you for Santorini, with its encircling black cliffs. The island was formed by an enormous volcanic eruption in 1600 BC, and the subsequently collapsing caldera formed these sheer faces. Its extraordinary landscapes justly attract hordes of …

European Travel

10 great white night experiences: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Orkney, Scotland<p>Birsay, on the mainland of Orkney, where the Atlantic and North Seas meet, is brilliant for a white-night walk. Start at Longagleeb, an impressive geo (long cleft in the cliffs) and experience stunning sunsets at about 10.30pm at the moment (and sunrise at 4am), and …

European Travel

Ace Ventura: oysters, craft beer and wildlife in California’s most laid-back town

The San Buenaventura state beach is all but empty of sunbathers. The only bodies on display are the ones at Surfers Point, where a constant churn of frothy white peaks keeps them bobbing aloft on their distant boards. From there, the sands sweep south to infinity, or at least to the neighbouring …

National Parks

A local’s guide to Vilnius, Lithuania: 10 top tips

The poster produced by two students referring to Lithuania’s capital as Europe’s G-spot really sums the city up: it is not where you thought it was. It is not in eastern Europe, not even in central Europe, but the capital of a Baltic state in northern Europe.<p>Founded in 1323 by grand duke Gediminas, …

Central Europe

From Stonehenge to Iceland's Arctic Henge, by motorbike – photo essay

Like Stonehenge in southern England, Arctic Henge acts as a kind of huge sundial, capturing sunlight and casting shadows. It has four aligned six-metre-high gates with a 10-metre central column. When completed it will be 52 metres in diameter. It is still being built from locally quarried basalt …

European Travel

Pagan paradise: Glastonbury without the festival

The druid groups are always falling out with each other. It’s all a bit People’s Front of Judea<p>It’s very difficult to buy an ordinary pair of trousers. But you can go to the neighbouring village for that<p>‘Summer here is something to behold,” says Kevin Mitchell from behind the counter of Knight’s, …

Glastonbury

Walking Spain's most spectacular coastline

Have we hit peak Camino de Santiago? Almost, according to a copy of the El Correo Gallego newspaper I found lying in a bar in the harbour town of Muxía in north-west Spain: a record 301,036 walkers completed the pilgrim trail last year – 98.6% capacity, said a professor.<p>I mention this because Muxía …

European Travel

Pura vida! 5 off-beat island adventures in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is best known for its towering volcanic landscapes, pristine Caribbean beaches, and extraordinary wildlife on its mainland. But take a …

Central America

Munich tops list of world’s most livable cities, Berlin and Hamburg also in top 10

The annual ranking, put out by the British magazine Monocle, also placed Dusseldorf in the top 20. Tokyo came second. No US city made the top 25, …

European Travel

Fashion Apps You Should Be Using

If you’re a fashion lover like me, you need to add these fashion apps to your phone, stat. Here’s a breakdown on the top fashion apps and why they’ll make your life so much easier. As a mom, I’m always trying to find things to make my life easier, accomplish things faster and …

Apps

The 60 Most Scenic Drives in America

Plan the road trip of the lifetime with these spectacular journeys that highlight all the beauty America has to offer. From shorelines to mountain …

Hiking

The 18-Piece Capsule Wardrobe a Travel Editor Wears on Vacation

Call me an optimist, but I’m planning to travel to Sardinia, Italy, for one week with only items I can squeeze into my carry-on. It’s not as crazy as …

Clothing

Canada's 10 most captivating adventures

Today marks Canada Day, the country's national day and the anniversary of the implementation of their Constitution Act. To mark the occasion, Sophie Butler has put together her pick of the nation’s highlights.<p>1. Paddle power<p>Escapism is something Canada can offer in spades. For some time out with …

27 Tiny Details in a Job Interview That Can Affect Your Chances of Getting Hired

<i>This story originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.</i><p>There are many pieces to a job interview.<p>There's the obvious stuff: Have you done your research …

9 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, comprising five villages, is known around the world for its stunning scenery and epic hiking. In the last 20 years or so, Monterosso al …

Italy

20 of the best group trips for solo travellers

<b>Sailing and socialising in the</b> Mediterranean<p>Med Sailors runs skippered sailing holidays for 20- to 35-year-olds, many of whom travel solo. Everyone shares a bunkbed cabin with someone else of the same gender; each yacht sleeps eight and travels in a flotilla of up to eight boats, so there is plenty …

Travel

These Are the Best — and Least Expensive — New Beauty Products of July

We get it — your two-week-long soul-searching trip to Phuket, Thailand, won't pay for itself. Luckily, you can still keep up with the latest beauty launches without maxing out a credit card. We tested hundreds of new makeup, skin-, and haircare items and hand-selected the ones worth your precious …

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72 Hours In Lisbon

During Spring, I visited Lisbon for the first time to attend the Condenast International Luxury Conference. It was my first time in the Portuguese capital. This city is very enchanting and I have so much enjoyed my time there. Old colored townhouses, cute yellows trams and relatively inexpensive …

European Travel

These 9 Things Will Always Make You Look Richer Than You Are

You might assume that to look expensive, you need to buy expensive things—however, looking rich isn't just about flashy logos and jewelry so valuable …

Clothing

5 Moisturizers That Work Better Than Botox

There are plenty of anti-aging treatments out there, and one of the most popular ones is Botox. Though it’s an effective treatment, it’s not the most …

Skin Care

The 10 Best Drugstore Face Washes Because Cleansers Shouldn't Be Expensive

As casual as a drugstore beauty run can be, it can also feel a little dangerous. After all, how <i>exactly</i> are you supposed to know if that packaged tube …

5 Expert-Approved Retinol Serums for Summer

While the tried-and-true benefits of retinol have been seared into the minds of skin-care aficionados worldwide, summer’s arrival often warrants a seasonal shelving of the mainstay product in favor of less sun-sensitive solutions. But contrary to popular opinion, retinoids, which balance and …

Skin Care

This $10 Chemical Peel Got Rid of My Pitted Acne Scars

<i>This article originally appeared on HelloGiggles. For more stories like this, visit hellogiggles.com.</i><p>When it comes to skin care companies, Makeup …

17 cult-favorite French pharmacy skin care products you can buy online

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Embryolisse Instagram<p>When I lived in Paris, visitors only ever asked for two things: to see the Eiffel Tower, and to stop by a French …

The Secret That Cured My Adult Acne

The morning of my birthday, I was tipsy with excitement. I had cloud-nine evening reservations and a new floral jumpsuit hanging in my closet that …

Clever Street Artist Transforms Ordinary Public Places Into Funny Installations

Four years ago, Australian artist Michael Pederson began placing his lighthearted, humorous street art installations in unexpected places. Playing with the public space we often forget to look at, Pederson's project <i>Miguel Marquez Outside</i> is a clever escape into the urban landscape.<p>“I can't remember …

A world without darkness: The best places to see the midnight sun

As we all (hopefully) know, the Earth rotates on an axis around the sun, providing us with all manner of marvellous things like the seasons and night and day. But at the northern and southern extremes, the tilt causes incredibly long days in summer and absent days in winter.<p>In the northern …

24 Delicious Hours in Amsterdam

If you find yourself with 24 hours to kill in Amsterdam, you’re in luck. The central part of the city is only 30 minutes from the airport, making it …