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Winning By Losing: Lessons In Resiliency At A First-Grade Soccer Game

The first thing you have to understand about first-grade soccer is how <i>real</i> everything suddenly feels to the kids.<p>For many of the kids (including …

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The Best BBQ Joints in Memphis

In the U.S., Southern barbecue was originally cooked in earthen pits, mostly by African-American men, who stoked fires with hickory logs, swabbed whole hogs with vinegar, and tended them in a swirl of smoke for long hours.<p>As 20th-century jobs shifted from farms to factories, those pit masters moved …

Hawaiian Island-hopping at Its Finest

Mapping out my first Hawaiian vacation was both a thrilling and challenging experience. With just about 10 days to explore our 50th state, I wanted to ensure I made the most of my time on the islands after the arduous trek from New York City (nearly 11 hours). After polling good friends and fellow …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

I Heart My National Park: Yosemite

Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been a ranger at the …

Canada's wild side: the Great Bear Rainforest

For wildlife spotters, it's the score of a lifetime: a creamy white kermode bear roaming its home in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Not a polar bear, but an offshoot of the black bear, there are only about 400 kermodes (which can stand up to six feet tall) in the wild; and only one …

Discover the Phantom-Like Rock Spires of Bryce Canyon

For millions of years water has carved Utah's rugged landscape.<p><b>Location:</b> Utah<b><br>Established:</b> September 15, 1928<b><br>Size:</b> 35,835 acres<p>Perhaps nowhere are the forces of natural erosion more tangible than at Bryce Canyon. Its wilderness of phantom-like rock spires, or hoodoos, attracts more than one million …

National Parks

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he …

Game of Thrones Filming Locations Around the World

The HBO award-winning fantasy drama Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season this April, just in time to help inspire your summer travels. Dedicated Game of Thrones tours now run in all the key filming locations, so you can voyage to the wild landscapes North of the Wall or follow in the …

The world's most unusual beaches

Candy sands, disappearing waves, transformed trolls - if life's a beach, these are its strangest days. These 10 beaches from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Sights</i> might not all be swimmable, but they are all extraordinary.<p>1. Bowling Ball Beach, California<p>Compared to green sand or vanishing tides, …

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

35 images of Costa Rica we can’t stop looking at

COSTA RICA has staked its reputation on being a progressive pioneer when it comes to environmental conservation policy. A full 25% of its territory …

Secret O’ahu: sights only the locals know about

Most people think of O’ahu strictly as a beach vacation interspersed with hiking and awash with cocktails. But what they don't realise is that there is a lot going on that has nothing to do with the island’s sandy beaches, flip-flopped feet, or the big, sugary, impossibly coloured drinks of …

Ancient mammoth tusk offers gateway to Seattle's history

SEATTLE — A backhoe, an apprentice plumber and a 20,000-year-old piece of ivory (give or take a few millenniums) have brought out Puget Sound's inner paleontologist.<p>Last week a Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in the foundation of an apartment building under construction in the South Lake …

Puget Sound

The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World

Each chocolatier on our list produces signature melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, be it a single-source dark chocolate bar, a cream- or liqueur-filled bonbon, a praline, fruit dipped in chocolate, a truffle, fudge, or some other sinfully delicious treat. You will never regret indulging yourself with …

Best Beaches in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean

Cruising into Gold Rush country

The 88-passenger SS Legacy, a revamped replica steamer, propels travellers deep into Alaska, pairing the state’s history with its natural splendours.<p>There was a collective gasp of awe and astonishment from everyone on deck as the humpback whale breached about 200 yards away.<p>It was August in Alaska, …

The Serious Eats Cheese and Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>It's New Year's Eve, and your guests are about to come tumbling in. You set out bowls of salty snacks and a grand platter of cheeses. There's creamy white chèvre, a Stilton, some Brie, nutty aged Gruyère, tangy …

In defense of 'The Star Wars Holiday Special'

Say the words "The Star Wars Holiday Special" around a group of geeks, and you'll most likely be met with guttural groans and a lot of glares. The 97-minute TV special debuted on November 17, 1978 (making this its 35th-anniversary year), and never aired again. Many fans, as well as director George …

Star Wars

Top 10 Tips for Family Photo Poses

In both studio and on-location photography, the right family poses make the difference between stunning memories and forgettable snapshots. Most …

Saving India’s Big Cats

The roar of <b>Krithi Karanth</b> is diminutive but mighty. Last year the Supreme Court of India cited findings by the 34-year-old conservation biologist in a landmark case that overturned a ban on visiting tiger sanctuaries in favor of smart regulations promoting responsible tourism.<p>Consider it the moment …

Living La Pura Vida: What Eight Days In Costa Rica Can Do For The Soul

Unless Elon Musk invents a teleportal in the next 20 years, visiting different countries is the closest I'll ever get traveling through time. I think that's why I get so unabashedly romantic about journeying to foreign destinations. When walking through the ghost-drenched alleys of Edinburgh, …

Best Budget Destinations for 2014

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Jamie Beckman, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these …

5 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special. …

Central America

Iceland's South Coast For Lava, Volcanoes, Black Sand and Pillars

En route to the breathtaking <b>Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon</b> in East Iceland, I took a several hour picturesque drive along the country's southern coast.<p>On the way, you pass a number of stunning ocean views and valleys, including the charming village of <b>Vik</b>, which touts spectacular scenery, lava fields …

High on Wine in New Zealand

I love <b>New Zealand</b>: small, manageable, mountainous, trout-dense, agricultural, hospitable.<p>I took part in an extraordinary blind tasting here of Pinot Noirs from four continents, and the good news for everybody (except maybe the Burgundians) is that New Zealand’s lot surpassed most of the other wines …

Catching up with Darius Rucker

The Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer-turned-solo country music star sounds off on family, fitness, and more<p>The first thing you need to know about Darius Rucker: He’s not Hootie.<p>While you may know him as a former member of the '90s band Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker was neither: “They were two …