Cassandra Luongo

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10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, that MacBook on your desk might be even more powerful than you think.<p><b>1) Have Your Computer Read to You</b><p>Don't feel like reading that enormous document yourself? One of the accessibility features in OS X is its ability to read text aloud. Highlight the section …

The 5 Best Apps to Up Your Insta-Game

Getting more likes on your Instagram photos could be as easy as adding one of these apps to your routine.<p>It's Instagram's Valencia-filtered world and we just live in it—so why not play the game? Curating a great Instagram gallery requires thought and serious attention to detail, and there's nothing …

10 Ways Your Life Would Be Better If You Were Choupette

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, why you should want to trade places with the most luxurious cat in the world.<p>Designer Karl Lagerfeld's 3-year-old Birman kitty cat, Choupette, has a new book coming out next month, chronicling her life as the world's most pampered and fashionable feline (click …

Indonesia’s exotic Spice Islands

This archipelago of more than 1,000 islands is set on a vast canvas of ocean that today, as in centuries past, is best explored by boat.

Travel guide to Thailand’s most captivating islands

I’VE BEEN TO MANY of Thailand’s islands, scattered along the coastlines of the Andaman Sea in the west and Gulf of Thailand in the east. Each is …

11 of the most beautiful deserts in the world

While the planet’s most impressive mountains, forests, lakes, and tourist attractions are showcased on every corner of the world wide web, one of …

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Southern India’s stunning secret

In the south Indian state of Karnataka, pristine backwaters lie untouched, dotted with sleepy hamlets, and the seaside beaches and fertile hill country remain equally undiscovered.<p>While Goa and Kerala have the most well known beaches and backwaters in India, today these palm-fringed lagoons teem …

10 things you’ll miss after leaving Egypt

And I mean everywhere. Egyptians burn it in shops, on the street, in restaurants, hotels. Where there are people there is incense. Thin sticks of the …

Seven incredible places you may have never heard of

As globalisation leaves no stone unturned, we took to Quora.com to find a few secret locales well worth the trip.

The world’s must-visit islands

With draws including Jurassic Park-like scenery, hand-blown glass and thousand-strong king penguin colonies, these five islands don’t need tropical beaches to thrill.<p>Often featuring unique geography, wildlife and culture, islands can easily become a world unto themselves. But to find the most …

Whoa! Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) is the most romantically visited place in Italy. Look at all of the "love locks" here! Photo by @MatadorU student Lisa Milosavljevic:

4 adventures in Thailand you’ve probably never heard of

The Junk was once a haggard sailboat lugging cargo across the Indian Ocean. Now she’s a luxury liveaboard that cruises the sparkly waters of Southern …

The newest spot to swim with whales

For the first time in Australia, a new whale-swimming experience offers the chance to swim with the southern humpback whales that migrate north from Antarctica each winter.<p>“There's one!” I shouted, pointing to the bottom left-hand side of the windshield.<p>Our pilot spun the helicopter around and …

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The Swiss train tourists don’t take

The Rhäetian Railway provides an awe-inspiring, adrenaline-inducing ride past therapeutic springs and mountain-perched castles, crossing 84 tunnels and 383 bridges along the way.<p>I floated in a steamy, 38C rooftop pool, watching glints of the sinking copper sun reflect off the Rhäetian Alps. Located …

Cycling the high-altitude Himalayan highway

The 500km route from Manali to Leh in northwest India has become one of the world's premier mountain challenges for intrepid cyclists.

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A New Way to Shampoo

You might rub the fake foam around to the back of your skull before you pile all of your hair on top and work the imaginary lather into the lengths of your hair. Then you rinse.<p>If I were to ask you to pantomime your shampoo routine, I believe it would go something like this: you squeeze your …

How I Photograph the Milky Way in the Light-Polluted Skies of Singapore

When it comes to photographing the elusive Milky Way in one of the most light-polluted major cities like Singapore, timing is critical. Most of the …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, You may be missing out on some of its most powerful features.<p><b>1) Take Siri to School</b> <br>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another …

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An Appreciation of the Magical Waters of Mozambique

In Focus<p>A writer visits the coast of Mozambique, where the ocean holds one of the richest aquatic biological zones on the planet.<p>The sea is the best highway along the edge of Mozambique, and some of the watercraft sailing among the islands here carry fishermen from local villages. Some carry …

Radical Cities – Latin America's revolutionary housing solutions

The Venice Architecture Biennale is usually a grand gathering of the biggest names in architecture, where they can display their brilliance to their peers. In the 2012 edition, however, the Golden Lion awarded to the best exhibit went to something whose fascination was not primarily to do with the …

The Unassuming Selfie That Went Viral

Photo: Courtesy of Masih Alinejad.<p>Iranian, 37-year-old reporter Masih Alinejad never set out to start a social movement when she posted two photos to …

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

World’s most colourful cities

From a monochromatic blue in Spain to a full palette of hues in Buenos Aires, these five towns are a shade above the rest.

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

World's best islands

See the top-ranked isles that span the seas, from a well-kept secret in the Philippines to the electric blue waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Fabien Cousteau Leads "Aquanauts" in Record-Breaking Undersea Expedition

Timed for 50 years after a historic Jacques Cousteau effort, Mission 31 advances ocean science and exploration.<p>Fabien Cousteau is leading a team of scientists, educators, and filmmakers this month on the longest-ever expedition in a stationary habitat beneath the sea. The project, called Mission …