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6 Best Friend Getaways to Start Planning Now

1. MONTREAL, CANADA: As of yet, it isn't possible to road trip to Europe (though we're keeping our fingers crossed for flying cars). But in the …

David Hockney

Meal Prepping 101: How to Plan and Prepare Healthy Meals for the Week

Let’s be honest—there’s not much glamorous about planning your meals for the week. These meals aren’t likely to earn you many red 100’s on Instagram. …

7 of the Coolest Baseball Stadiums Our Cities Have to Offer

<b>1. AT&T PARK:</b> Home to the San Francisco Giants since 2000, AT&T Park is routinely ranked among the best stadiums in the MLB. It's hard to beat the …

Camden Yards

The History Behind Classic Americana

This Flag Day, what better way to appreciate “Old Glory” than by exploring some everyday American symbolism your history books probably missed? From …

Restaurants

How to Practice Mindfulness in the Busy City

Your city life is filled with energy and excitement. Streetscapes painted with fast-moving traffic, buskers who croon and strum loudly, crowds moving …

Mindfulness

6 Inspiring Ways to Volunteer Outside This Summer

<b>1. WWOOF:</b> Despite what its name might suggest, WWOOF doesn't involve working with dogs. (Next time, pupper fans!) Instead, it stands for "Worldwide …

Habitat for Humanity

Out and About: What to Look Forward to During Pride 2017

Celebrating Pride is one of the best parts of spring and summer. The sunshine, the solidarity, and the sensational gathering of diverse communities …

LGBTQ

Get Exploring: How to Celebrate the Natural Beauty of Canada

<i>Katharine Fletcher is a Canadian freelance writer, author, and visual artist. Visit her at katharinefletcher.com and</i> …

Canada

This is What It's Like to Work in the Gig Economy

For some, the gig economy is a thriving new realm of economic possibility, one in which it’s possible for flexible workers to make extra income—all …

Gig Economy

Bicycling Outside the City: New Terrain to Explore in New England

There is no denying that Boston—like a number of large metropolitan areas in the U.S.—has been actively working to build safer cities and streets for …

England

7 New Architectural Projects That Are Making Our Cities Shine

<b>1. NAPOLI AFRAGOLA RAILWAY STATION, ITALY:</b> Though the boundary-breaking starchitect Zaha Hadid sadly passed away unexpectedly in 2016, her firm's …

Bjarke Ingels

Biking in the City: How to Ride in a Group like a Pro

If you want to look like a pro on your rides, first you’ll need a proper bike fit and a well-maintained, clean bike. Having to listen to your own …

Cycling

10 Amazon Products You Never Knew You Needed for Your Road Trip

<b>1. TIDE TO GO:</b> Anyone who loves ketchup, coffee, or lipstick knows the power of a <b>Tide to Go</b> pen. Making messes and traveling seem to go hand in hand. …

Camping

Biking in the City: Bike Maintenance and Care

A properly functioning bike goes a long way toward making your rides more enjoyable. Maintaining your bike with a few simple steps keeps it in good …

Cycling

Be Your Own Tour Guide With These 7 Self-Guided City Apps

<b>1. GEOTOURIST:</b> Beyond the professionals, your fellow city dwellers are an excellent resource for finding interesting spots around town. That’s the …

Travel

Biking in the City: Which Bike to Buy and Tips for Cycling Safely

Green Line Velo has teamed up with Zipcar, our cycling team’s sponsor, to share essential tips in honor of National Bike Month. This week, we’ll go …

7 Wild Obstacle Races Coming to a City Near You

<b>1. TOUGH MUDDER:</b> The <i>mudder</i> of all obstacle races (couldn’t help ourselves there), the wildly successful Tough Mudder has played a big role in pushing …

How to Budget for City Life on an Entry-Level Salary

So much to do! So much to see! So much to…spend on doing and seeing those things.<p>Cities are full of world-class museums, diverse food, secret spots, …

The Future of Shopping: Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Making a Comeback

Main Street ain’t what it used to be. Downtown centers of days past were typically lined with coffee shops, independent bookstores, and retail. …

Energy-Efficient Driving Techniques That’ll Help the Planet

Here’s an inconvenient truth: As we recently wrote, driving isn’t exactly good for the planet. In fact, passenger cars are the highest source of …

How Robots and A.I. Will Make Your City A Sci-Fi Reality

<i>“Bweep boo bweeeee,” Simon-360 screeches electronically out of its 600-pound metallic frame, rousing you from your slumber atop a mattress made of</i> …

The 7 Most Instagram-Worthy Road Trips In the World

Road trips are a fabled backdrop to timeless adventure—and a literal backdrop to sharing that adventure. Keep Instagram on standby as the photogenic …

10 Apartment Feng Shui Tips to Create the Perfect Urban Oasis

<b>1. LET THERE BE LIGHT:</b> Glaring overhead lights: not a good look, as far as apartment feng shui is concerned. Instead, make your at-home illumination …

Our Favorite (and Totally Doable) Sustainable City-Living Tips

<b>Dear Zipcar,</b><p><b>I want to live more sustainably in the city, but I don’t know where to start. Any tips?</b><p><b>Sincerely,<br>Aspiring Eco Urbanite</b><p><b>Dear Aspiring Eco</b> …

Go Green and Clean: Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment

It’s finally spring: the season of picnics, fresh produce, and of course, spring cleaning. But before you break out the duster, it might be time …

4 of the Greenest Eco-Cities Around the World

How will history books describe the era we’re living in now? We’re betting that they’ll go with “the Century of the City” (hey, it’s got a catchy …

Dear World: Drive Less

Dear World,<p>Drive less.<p>We know, we know—it’s odd to hear that from a car sharing company. But hear us out.<p>Human activity is accelerating climate …

13 Cutting-Edge Gadgets for Savvy City Pet Owners

Sure, cardboard boxes make great kitty hideouts and squirrels are fun doggie diversions. But why should humans get all the latest tech while pets are …

Pets

Cities Get Smart: Parking Innovations and the Future of Urban Driving

Have asphalt fatigue? You’re not alone. In the United States, reports say there are an estimated three non-residential parking spaces per vehicle. …

The Best Movies, Books, and Songs to Inspire Your Next Epic Road Trip

As much as we wish we could spend all our time cruising down the highway, life can’t be lived fully on the road. In the time between journeys, we …