Amethyst Moon

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12 Hiking Destinations You'll Want to Add to Your Bucket List

The best travel advice always comes from people with firsthand experience—and that's especially true when it comes to hiking trips. When you're going …

Hiking

This 52 Week Challenge will Improve Your Photography Skills in 2018

If you’re looking to improve your photography skills in 2018, doing a year-long photo challenge is a great way to stay motivated with ideas and …

Best in Travel 2018 - Cities

Over the past 10 years, Seville has transformed itself. Once a traffic-congested metropolis resting on its historical laurels, Seville has bloomed into a city of bicycles and trams, keen to reinvigorate its artistic past. The metamorphosis hasn’t gone unnoticed. The capital of Andalucía will host …

25 must-see US attractions to visit in your lifetime

From ruins of ancient civilizations to Revolutionary War monuments, there are many attractions that celebrate the unique history of the US. The nation's diverse landscape offers everything from deserts and canyons to massive waterfalls in different regions.<p>Tourists come from all over the world to …

National Parks

Essential Cheap Eats in Boston

From tacos to falafel, dumplings to doughnuts, here’s a selection of some of the best cheap eats in the Boston area — filling, delicious meals that won’t put too much of a dent into one’s wallet.<p>This map will be updated periodically; comment below with your own favorite cheap eats or hit up the …

This Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Is Better than Takeout

When a craving for cashew chicken hits, you probably call for takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant. But ordering in all the time can get …

Cooking

Ten tips that will make you a master of Instagram

It is one of the fastest-growing social networks, but are you making the most of its photo and video features? Get some handy hints<p>When Instagram was launched in October 2010, it was an app for applying stylish “filters” to your photos and sharing them with friends. Six and a half years (and a $1bn …

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Chai teacake with cinnamon dusting

ImageByPaul WestAbstractTeacakes are easy to make and even easier to devour. This has spicy notes of chai tea and a sweet cinnamon dusting.

Why Hiking Is the Perfect Mind-Body Workout

At first, walking and hiking may sound like two words for the same form of exercise. The footwear and scenery may vary, but the lower-body mechanics …

Buubble Hotel

Located in a secluded area about an hour's drive from Reykjavik, the Buubble Hotel is a climate-controlled way to take in nature. In the winter, each …

Street Artist Turns Abandoned Building Into A Giant Skull

Abandoned buildings are the rotting corpses of the concrete jungle- they're left to rot and picked clean until just a skeleton remains, and only the …

How to Visit Tanzania and Avoid the Crowds

Step one? Don't be afraid of the rainy season.<p>The acacia-filled savannas of Tanzania are among the most biodiverse spots on earth, and you are almost guaranteed to see the Big Five. But you’ll also face skepticism from travel vets, as this classic has become the go-to place for first- and …

National Parks

Googly-Eyed Street Art

Bulgarian street artist Vanyu Krastev has been busy highlighting the various objects -many of them broken- on the streets of Sofia by adding googly …

8 Maine hikes hidden in plain sight

<i>Photos by Carey Kish</i><p>SACO BEACH LOOP<p>A few miles from the Old Orchard Beach summer hubbub of amusement rides, arcades, fried dough and pizza slices is …

This Woman’s Ridiculously Creative Hair Art Should Be In A Museum

Including a recreation of Van Gogh's "Starry Night."<p>Beauty trends, especially the kind of makeup or hair trends that tend to go viral these days, usually overlap with what most people would straight-up call art. But hair colorist Ursula Goff goes the extra mile with her hair inspirations, …

Art

Inside the Hagia Sofia

Broadcast from the Hagia Sofia<p>When I was in Istanbul, I published this live Facebook video while I was there in the Hagia Sofia… Enjoy! 🙂<p>Daily Photo …

9 easy ways to class up basic ramen

<b>(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)</b><p>Your dinner never has to know you’re on a budget.<p>Julien Perry<p>May 6, 2017 3:59pm (UTC)<p><i>This post originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.</i><p>A package of ramen is everyone’s best friend for good reason. It’s calorie dense, it’s cheap and it’s easy to make. Ding ding ding! We have a …

4 of the Most Dangerous Hikes in the World

Hiking, by most accounts, involves nothing more than putting one foot in front of the other over and over until you reach your final destination. …

10 Insanely Cool Caribbean Travel Adventures You Must Try

When planning your next travel adventure to the Caribbean, try and venture out and do something you have never done before, whether it be hiking up a …

TomTom Will Now Help You Find Uncrowded National Park Trails

The navigation company is unveiling new "off-the-beaten-path" maps.<p>The road less traveled—it’s an old adage, sure, but also advice worth taking when it comes to exploring U.S. national parks. After all, our beloved parks <i>are</i> crowded: Last year, they had a banner year, with 325 million visitors …

8 Washington DC Apps every visitor should download before you visit

Washington DC is a tourist paradise with free museums, great restaurants and more politicians roaming around and having power lunches than you …

Apps

10 Most Colorful Cities Around The World You Must Visit

Exploring new cities is always an exciting adventure to take on when you travel, but when the cities are painted with eye-popping colors, it makes …

How to Clean and Store Your Gear — Washington Trails Association

Fall is a great time to take stock of your hiking and camping gear, especially if you don't plan on hiking quite as much in the winter season. Before …

This instagrammer’s amazing shots of Havana will make you want to travel right now

Havana is a photographer’s paradise. Fancy some classical Spanish architecture? Checked. What about vibrant colors all around the city? Checked. Some …

In Photos: Patagonia’s Stunning Marble Caves

Seeing these caves is worth the difficult journey to reach them.<p>There are some places on Earth where photos can't do the natural beauty …

South America

13 Ramen Recipes to Build a Perfect Bowl at Home

These days, a growing number of Americans realize there's a lot more to ramen than the dried bricks you can buy with loose change at the supermarket. Ramen restaurants are popping up all over the country and serving traditional styles, and thanks to Sun Noodle, you can even make instant ramen …

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25 secret European villages everyone should visit in their lifetime

A few winters ago, my family and I checked into a restored 17th-century estate in the tiny town of Lower Monferrato, in Piedmont, Italy. Our bay window looked out onto rolling hills covered in grapevines and, far, far in the landscape, the snow-topped Alps. No cars passed the cypress-dotted …

European Travel

Mobile photography: tips for smartphone snappers

The sophisticated cameras in our smartphones are changing the nature of travel photography: taking pictures has never been so quick or so easy, and sharing them on the fly is now the norm.<p>Yet the simplicity of snapping on a mobile can come at the cost of quality; lacklustre holiday shots slip …