Rebecca Barksdale

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The Last-Minute Holiday: 4 Unexpected and Enviable Winter Getaways

The holidays are upon us. Ditto a new wave of wanderlust. And after this tumultuous year, vacation has never, ever looked so sweet. This time around, though, why not try a visit to somewhere unexpected? It isn’t too late to plan a surprise escape. A fresh destination can excitingly recontextualize …

Buenos Aires

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

You're not young and free forever.<p>Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having …

5 Apps Airlines Don’t Want You to Know About

<b>1. Momondo</b><p>Momondo has this cool and unique way of presenting flight fares to the users. They split up the fares into useful little categories such as …

Apps

Best Day Trips from Las Vegas

Nearly 42 visitors came to Las Vegas last year to teeter around in seven-inch heels, wait in line for a celeb sighting outside a mega-club, drink …

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66 Things to Do and See in Paris

From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most entertaining, most exquisite, and most quintessentially Parisian attractions and activities the city has to offer.<p>From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most …

7 travel apps for making your summer vacation plans

As National Lampoon can attest, summer travel rarely goes according to plan.<p>The list of things that can go wrong on a summer trip is endless: running …

30 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer

Outside of the South, not too many people know about Black Mountain and everyone who does know about it would like to keep it a secret. This town of …

Hiking

30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

How long is your ultimate bucket list? Our has 30. Have a look at our 30 amazing places to visit before you die:

Bucket Lists

18 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

Some of these places are difficult to access, while others remain local secrets.<p>We've put together a list of 18 European destinations that you can enjoy without hordes of travelers, from one of France's most majestic villages to a breathtaking hiking trail in Sweden.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch wrote an</i> …

European Travel

The Best Day Trips From Paris (Beyond Versailles)

Aleady done Versailles and Monet's Gardens? Then look into these five excursions about an hour from the City of Light.<p>Taking a day trip from Paris is …

18 Ways to Meet People When Traveling Solo

Tips that every solo traveler should know before starting a trip.<p>Solo travel may sound like a solitary experience, but the logistics of navigating …

The 13 cheapest destinations for a beach holiday in Europe

The 10th annual survey is based on the total cost of 10 typical holiday expenses in 20 European beach resorts, ranked from the most to the least expensive.<p>Holiday items considered in the survey include a cup of coffee, suncream, insect repellant, and a three-course meal with a bottle of wine for …

Extreme Sports

10 Inspiring Travel Bloggers You Need to Follow Now

I am a travel-obsessed journalist, so it should come as no surprise that I love reading travel blogs almost as much as I <b>enjoy writing my own</b>. As I began searching for new inspiration in 2016, I noticed that there were literally thousands of blogs available on the Internet that aim to ignite …

Top Ten Tips to Know Before Booking Tickets and Taking the Train in Europe

Summer is just around the corner and with the Zika virus in full swing, it's one more reason people will be heading to Europe this summer. I personally prefer the train in Europe to any other form of transport. You don't have the same stress as air travel (you don't need to be there 2-plus hours …

12 Things Highly Productive People Do Before Breakfast

<i>This is a guest post by Sarah Williams. She is an avid lifestyle blogger and is passionate about self-development. She believes that true happiness</i> …

Productivity

5 Recipes Every 20-Something Should Know How to Cook

In your 20s, there’s a natural transition from dorm food to delivery and microwave fare. Unfortunately, that’s where some people stall, never making it out of the stage of pizza boxes and Chinese takeaway containers. But the step from ordering to home cooking shouldn’t be intimidating. Learning …

Recipes

Three Ways to Get Whiter, Brighter Teeth with Coconut Oil

If you're looking for a gentle way to brighten up your smile, coconut oil is the way to go. Unlike strips and other harsh whitening products, the …

The Workout That Will Literally Lift Your Butt

Your glutes are designed to be the largest, most powerful muscle group in your entire body. And when all of your booty muscles are strong and metabolically active, you’ll have more power for your workouts, increased support for your hips and spine, and improved strength for optimal body alignment. …

Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs With Cabbage and Bacon Recipe

Some people have fallback recipes. The ones that they pull out again and again when they can't think of something new to make. I've got a couple of those, but I also have fallback techniques—basic blueprints for constructing a dish that can be infinitely variable depending on the specific …