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5 Tips to Survive a Long Flight

<i>Jonathan Scott Chinn / Flickr</i><p>We all love to travel, but not many of us enjoy the exhausting process of getting to our chosen destination. Spending half the day in a metal tube with more than 300 strangers isn't ideal, especially coupled with the fact that it can be uncomfortable and flat-out boring.<p>…

10 Reasons to Stay in Canary Wharf, London

Planning a trip to London typically starts with a search in the West End. This is due to the proximity to many of the main tourist sites. The West End is wonderful but it leaves much of the city untouched. The East End, defined by its location east of the Roman and medieval walled City of London …

5 Adorable English Inns

Our hotel investigators have been busy exploring the English countryside, and we're obsessed with the adorable inns they found during their travels. From former coach inns to historic guest houses, these hotels remind us of the quaint buildings and homes we dreamed of holing up in for the season …

Machu Picchu: Planning a Trip to the Inca Ruins

No wonder the Spaniard colonists never found Machu Picchu -- five centuries later, getting there is still a challenge. If you don't want to hire a travel agency or wade through the backpacking options in popular guidebooks, considerable due diligence is required to get you to Peru then to Cusco …

The Most Dangerous Islands In The World

Sweet summer has passed, and now, fall is leaving us as well. The temperature drops, and the snowy storms are getting ready to freeze our toes and our hearts as we long for the summer heat.<p>Thankfully, holiday season is just the time to get out and explore, go to a relaxing and rejuvenating island …

5 Film Hotels of Halloween Horror

<i>Source: The Oakley Court</i><p>Hotels inspire the horrific and macabre, and with Halloween almost upon us it's time to celebrate haunted rooms, menacing presences, poltergeists, and even the occasional Log Lady lurking in the lobby.<p>Inspired by great cinema of horror, hotel search trivago.ca takes you to 5 …

20 of the World's Best Romantic Hotels

The right room in the right hotel can transform a typical trip for two into the romantic getaway of your dreams. Candlelit sunset dinners, Champagne-soaked yacht cruises, and private butler service contribute to the rejuvenating quality at these urban oases and country retreats. Plan a trip to one …

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The World's Wackiest Hostels

Budget backpackers and adventurous travelers visit hostels around the world for more than cheap rates. Sure, it's always amazing when you can save big on overnight accommodations and use that money on another part of your trip, but low room rates are just one of the things that draw travelers to …

Prague vs. Amsterdam (PHOTOS)

Prague and Amsterdam are two very different cities that are often compared by tourists. Prague is the heart of Europe known for having beautiful architecture, pretty women and cheap beer. Amsterdam is known as a place with a crazy night life, legal prostitution and legal drugs. But of course there …

The Coolest Hotel in Every State (and DC!)

By: Matt Meltzer<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it's hard to define the word "cool." And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when "cool" could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast …

This Is Colombia: A Caribbean Coast Adventure

The word "Colombia" doesn't exactly bring to mind colonial buildings dripping in bougainvillea or snow white beaches lapped by turquoise water. But that's exactly what you'll find on the Caribbean coast of this South American country, long devoid of international visitors.<p><b>A quick direct flight</b> from …

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.</i>

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Hot List: Must-Get Travel Tech

I know few people who speak passionately about their luggage. More important to frequent fliers is what’s <i>in</i> the carry-on. And these days, it’s all technology. Our laptops, smartphones, and tablets have become essential travel companions—so much so that they require their own on-the-go accessories …

Devil's Food Cake with Hazelnut Crunch

12 to 16 Servings<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Cake<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>2 1/3 cups cake flour<p>1 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1/4 teaspoon baking powder<p>2 teaspoons instant espresso powder<p>1 cup hot coffee<p>1 cup buttermilk<p>2 1/2 cups sugar<p>1 cup (2 sticks) …

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Fried Chicken Biscuits

4 Servings<p>Fried chicken on a hot buttered biscuit—what’s not to like?<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>chicken cutlets<p>1 cup buttermilk<p>1 tablespoon hot sauce<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt<p>¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<p>¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper<p>4 skinless, boneless chicken cutlets (about 1½ lb. total), …

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5 College Amenities So Insane You'll Want to Go Back to School

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller<p><i>Credit: University of Missouri</i><p>College admissions are competitive. Not only are students willing to shiv their best friend if it helps get them on the wait-list at Duke, but colleges have entered a no-holds-barred amenities arms race in an insane attempt to lure the best and …

8 Of The Best Nude Beaches In Europe

By: Gianni Jaccoma<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>American exceptionalism may have gotten us to the moon and back, but when it comes to actually <i>mooning</i> each other (you know, on the beach), we're not exactly world-beaters. Europe, by contrast, is in a completely different league when it comes to shoreline …

Best Countries for Solo Travelers (PHOTOS)

There are many travelers who claim that traveling alone is the best way to see the world. You deliberately travel solo, they say, because you want to experience the world without the influence of a friend or partner's tastes, prejudices, or preferences. When you're with a companion, it's easy to …

America's 7 Deadliest Landmarks

By: Kate Peregrina<p><i>Credit: Flickr user David Saddler</i><p>The United States is the most visited country in the Western hemisphere, due in no small part our historic landmarks, abundant attractions, and the unparalleled popularity of Eddie Murphy's 1988 blockbuster, <i>Coming to America</i>. But mostly, the …

Spaghetti with Strawberry-Tomato Sauce

4 Servings<p>Considering that tomato is a fruit, the addition of strawberries isn’t that strange in this sauce from Rose's Luxury. The sauce should be quite spicy, which tempers the berries’ sweetness.<p>September 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling<p>1 28-oz. can whole peeled …

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii

Discover our favorite activities in the Aloha State.<p>There are iconic spots in Hawaii that first-time visitors need to see to believe, but there are also the lesser known gems that the locals know are just as worthy of your time–especially on that second or third return trip. For a mix of both, add …

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Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios

6 Servings<p>Not your ordinary side of rice. Two types means more textures to layer with crunchy nuts and tender beans.<p>August 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ cup wild rice<p>Kosher salt<p>1 cup basmati rice<p>1 dried Iranian lime (optional)<p>1 cup fresh shelled fava beans (from about 1 lb. pods) or frozen, thawed<p>½ cup …

Stir-Fried Pork with Eggplant, Chile, and Runner Beans

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 35 min<p>Total Time: 40 min<p>Hot weather and spicy foods just go together, but this speedy stovetop dish won’t heat up your kitchen.<p>August 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 pound pork tenderloin, thinly sliced ⅛” thick<p>2 garlic cloves, finely grated<p>1 tablespoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or …

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5 Tips for Perfect Cheesecake

<b>For more food, drink, and travel videos, visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>There aren't many things better in this world than a dense, creamy, delicious piece of classic cheesecake. But when you try to make one at home and it turns out less than perfect, it can be frustrating to know where you went …

10 Ways to Use Up Bruised Tomatoes

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: There is hope for your bruised tomatoes -- they just need a little TLC.</i><p>So you went to the market and bought all the beefsteak tomatoes that your arms …

6 Baked Goods for Gifting

There's a shortage of thoughtful gift-giving these days. We e-mail cards and send checks. We forget favorite colors and special tastes. Though we'd never knock the kindness behind a quick message (or quick cash), there's just something about a homemade plate of treats that says, "I care."<p>Whether …

6 Ways To Travel Around Europe On The Cheap

After studying in London for a semester, I know that traveling on a budget in Europe is not always easy.<p>According to an article in USA Today, one week in Europe costs approximately $2,000 (plus airfare) per couple, and that's if you stay in just one city for your whole trip.<p>It is, however, possible …

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Free Things to Do in Bangkok

With its haphazard sprawl, steamy climate, and traffic-choked streets, Bangkok can overwhelm visitors at first, but scratch the surface and you’ll find warm hospitality, gilded temples, festivals, markets galore, and a vibrant arts scene, all easy on your budget.<p>With its haphazard sprawl, steamy …

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