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10 Bold Colors to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

When you buy a new home, there are some big decisions to make that might prove more difficult than you would think. Like painting the exterior of …

Seven days in Laos

Puttering down jungle rivers, scaling mist-laced mountain roads, ziplining across treetops, and sitting roadside with a steaming bowl of noodles: it’s all possible in one week in Laos without losing that special sense of calm the country brings.<p>With seven days, a few bus rides and some well-timed …

UK Glamping with Quality Unearthed

If you can’t get enough of glamping porn, visit the UK based Quality Unearthed site. This browsing and booking service profiles unique, alternative …

25 Japanese Gardens All Nature Lovers Need to Visit ASAP

Manicured landscapes, wildflower fields, and Zen rock gardens define these historic retreats.<p>Each Japanese garden has its own fascinating history — some of the beautiful scenes here go back as far as the 17th century, while others were originally commissioned for wealthy actors and businessmen but …

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How To Customize Your Outdoor Areas With Privacy Screens

It’s definitely great to have a patio, a garden or a backyard where you can spend time alone or with friends but regardless of how green the grass is …

Patio Essentials You Can Learn How To Build Yourself

It’s definitely awesome to have a great patio and to spend time outdoors whenever you want, alone or with friends. But this is just the first step. …

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A little piece of paradise to fill my dreams tonight. Another stunning garden by São Paulo landscape designer Alex Hanazaki.

15 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Hoi An

Hội An is an ancient city located in central coast of Vietnam. This ancient town is well known for its tranquility and beautiful scenery. Besides the …

First-time jjimjilbang: how to visit a Korean bathhouse

Traditional bathhouses are an essential part of contemporary Korean culture. Literally 'heated rooms', these <i>j</i><i>jimjilbang</i> (찜질방) are where locals come to unwind, hang out and engage in a whole host of health and beauty rituals that go far beyond a quick soak. They attract grandmas and young couples …

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In the shadow of Mt Fuji: great trips from Tokyo

Mt Fuji may dominate the horizon southwest of Tokyo, but it is just one of many reasons to stray out of Japan’s exciting capital. The prefectures of Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka, which surround the famous volcano, offer visitors an intriguing mix of sights and activities.<p>Kamakura<p>The charming …

The best of hidden Berlin

Splashy signage? How gauche! Many of Berlin's most evocative bars, restaurants and sights are actually hidden from view behind unmarked doors, in nondescript buildings or recycled breweries, under railway bridges and even in wartime bunkers. Here's our pick of the top clandestine hot spots around …

First time Bali: where to eat, stay and play

Decades of tourism haven’t dampened Bali's deep-rooted spirituality and natural charms. Volcanoes rise from the sea, monkeys swing in the trees, and there are still dozens of idyllic spots to escape the crowds. And all of this paradoxical magnificence is crammed onto an island less than half the …

Lindengracht Market in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dating from 1895, Saturday's Lindengracht Market is a wonderfully local affair, with 232 stalls selling bountiful fresh produce, including fish and a magnificent array of cheese, as well as gourmet goods, clothing and homewares. Arrive as early as possible for the best pickings and thinnest crowds.

Top 10 Favorite Ikea Kitchen Hacks

Of all the wonderful Ikea hacks we’ve gathered throughout the years, some of them made their way into our favorites list. All the Ikea kitchen island …

Unpacking Voluntourism: Five Myths

Criticizing voluntourism seems almost as popular as voluntourism itself. Five years after stories surfaced about Cambodian orphanages exploiting children (many of whom weren’t orphans) to attract altruistic tourists, reporters and bloggers continue their assault.<p>The media criticism, though …

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An insider’s guide to Amsterdam's hippest neighbourhoods

It's easy to get caught up in Amsterdam's city centre; its boat-filled canals, mega art museums and pungent coffeeshops might tempt you never to leave. But by venturing that bit further you'll find bohemian clubs, hotels atop cranes and hidden cocktail lounges await you in neighbourhoods on the …

Top five things to do in Greece in winter

The mention of Greece brings up images of white arcing beaches and sparkling aqua waters under sun-drenched skies. But the secret in plain sight is that this nation blessed with more than 6000 islands actually offers some of its best features outside the tourist-crazed summer season. Greece in …

First time Amsterdam: top tips for your first visit to the Dutch capital

Golden Age canals lined by gabled houses, candlelit cafes, whirring bicycles, lush parks, monumental museums, colourful markets, diverse dining, quirky shopping and legendary nightlife make the free-spirited Dutch capital one of Europe's great cities. With so much on offer it can be overwhelming …

Beaches, sun and Vindaloo

Thinking of spending Christmas in India? With a hot and tropical winter climate, India’s best beaches, a famous party culture, and a Christian population that celebrates the Christmas season with feasting and festivities, Goa should be high on your list of winter travel destinations. As the charter …

25 Three Bedroom House/Apartment Floor Plans

• 1 |<br>• Visualizer: Jeremy Gamelin<p>A three person family who wants the flexibility of the guest room would be perfectly suited to this layout, which also …

Canal houses, festivals, houseboats and cruises: the best ways to experience Amsterdam's canals

The Dutch capital is a watery wonderland. Amsterdam's Unesco World Heritage-listed Canal Ring was built during the Golden Age after the seafaring port grew beyond its medieval walls, and authorities devised a ground-breaking expansion plan. Today Amsterdam has more canals than Venice – 165, …

Time travel in Gyeongju: Korea’s ancient capital

Often referred to as Korea’s ‘museum without walls’ Gyeongju is an archaeological and architectural wonderland, comprising more marvels from the Middle Ages than any other place in the country. Overwritten with an epic history that saw Gyeongju as the capital of the ancient Shilla kingdom from the …

How to pack light: tips from a master packer

Packing small is essential for any globetrotter committed to embracing the chaos of travel. With a small pack, you can chase down your Japanese train as it unapologetically departs on time. You can squeeze in to (or on top of) the only bus to the next village in India.<p>Or, as we learned, when your …

Towering temples of South India

Many people think the skyscraper is a modern invention. Think again. In South India, people were building towering, multi-storey <i>gopurams</i> (temple towers) centuries before most of the world peeked above the ground floor. The distinctive architecture of South India is a world away from the narrow, …

Chennai for foodies

Never one for flashy sights, Chennai keeps many of its riches in its kitchens, and the city is rightly famous for its elaborate, spicy cuisine. With street-side sizzling, hot-plate griddling, frenzied lunchtime ‘messes’ (canteens), and a skyrocketing fine-dining scene, Chennai – the increasingly …