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How to Open a Wine Bottle with a Shoe

Imagine this... you have set out a beautiful picnic in an even more beautiful destination. You have your blanket, your fromage, bread, your prosciutto, a nice bottle of wine... Heaven. Who doesn't like picnics?<p>But wait... you forget your wine opener! Luckily, I have a simple solution to this big …

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Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

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Balsamic-Brown Sugar Short Ribs With Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

<b>Note</b>: This dish can be made up to two days ahead. Store the potatoes, meat and sauce separately and reheat before serving. It can all also be frozen, if you prefer. Be sure to thaw everything in the refrigerator before trying to reheat anything, though.<p><b>Read more: Sunday Supper: Balsamic-Brown Sugar</b> …

25 Places To Party Before You Die

"Our website is not about exploiting destinations," David S. Miller, a senior editor at Matador Network, told Business Insider. "Matador and our brand has always been about traveling in a respectful way and trying to connect with local people."<p>Which is why when they decided to take on the project, …

Annoying Airplane Passenger Thinks She's The Only One Who Celebrates Thanksgiving (PHOTOS, TWEETS)

<b>UPDATE 12/3</b>: Elan Gale revealed on his Twitter account on Monday night that his supposed airplane feud with Diane was, in fact, all a ruse.<p><b>PREVIOUSLY</b>: This extremely passive-aggressive airplane feud is one for the ages.<p>It took place on Thanksgiving Day between a middle-aged woman known as "Diane" …

10 Islands for a Perfect Trip to Thailand

After Bangkok edged out London as 2013's most-visited city, Thailand has finally gained global recognition for what seasoned travelers have known all along: it's one of the most magical and affordable destinations on Earth. While the mountains, temples, and incomparable markets of the mainland …

Prague: Jumbled with History

Prague is a traveler's dream city: exotic but easy, affordable, boasting arguably Europe's best beer, and an architectural time warp with plenty of great sightseeing. It's crowded and touristy -- precisely because it's so much fun. Here are a few of my favorite memories from my latest trip.<p>Any time …

16 Pools With a View

Dipping into a serene swimming pool overlooking a wonderful view can mark a moment of true arrival for the harried traveler. For those of us unlucky enough to be chained to a computer at the moment (and this includes myself), here is a delightfully escapist collection of 16 pools with a</i> …

Get Ramen Burgers This Weekend at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn

We've seen ramen "burgers" made of burger buns and ramen patties, or ramen buns filled with typical ramen toppings, but this is the first time we've seen a ramen burger with ramen buns and beef patties. Ramen blogger turned ramen chef* <b>Keizo Shimamoto</b> is combining two of his favorite foods with his …

Grilling: Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Mozzarella and Basil

Cheese and seafood are not two things I often think of in conjunction with one another. It wasn't until I made shrimp stuffed with jack cheese that I realized a little bit of melted, creamy cheese can be a boon rather than turn off.<p>I enjoyed those shrimp so much that I modeled this recipe after …

Yes, you can grill dessert! Make a grilled banana split

One of the questions I’m most often asked is about what can be grilled for dessert. This quandary has stumped even the best of char masters. Here is my opinion: If you want a dainty little morsel with tuiles, edible flowers and perfectly tempered chocolate, go to a nice bakery. If you want a …

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13 Places You Should Visit In 2013

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2013.<p>There are vast untouched landscapes that offer incredible outdoor experiences, cities that are experiencing a cultural rebirth, and up-and-coming destinations that …

The World's First 5-Star Yacht Hotel Will Never Set Sail

The Sunborn Gibraltar is one of the largest yachts in the world at an astounding 465.8 feet long and seven stories high, and it's being marketed as a high-end hotel. In land-scarce cities like Gibraltar, ships like these may be the future of hospitality.<p>The yacht will be moored at the Gibraltar …

World's 20 Best Surf Towns

Adventure<p>A great surf town is the sum of its parts. These 20 towns run the gamut, from a mecca for the surf-obsessed to a spot where surfing's in its infancy. With waves awaiting, an adventurous spirit, and a little guidance, you can’t go wrong.

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4 US Road Trips to Take Before You Die

There’s no better way to discover America than by criss-crossing the country via its most iconic highways. Whether you have fast wheels or an RV, …

5 Reasons to Spend an Extra Day in Athens

Wait—before you hop on that catamaran to one of Greece’s enchanting isles, there are more reasons than ever to spend more than just a one night, …

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

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Barcelona's Best Hotel Rooftops

Barcelona attracts tourists from all over the world for its vibrant nightlife, excellent cuisine, beautiful Gothic and Modernist architecture, and …

10 Spectacular Hotels That Definitely Have The Wow Factor

There are lots of hotels all over the world and they are all different. Some hotels are the cozy and modest type while others are imposing and …

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The Beauty of Barcelona (PHOTOS)

Here is something that is probably true: If you go to Barcelona, you're gonna party. The club scene is incredible and massive and it feels like the party never ends. Thus, siestas are a <i>necessity</i>.<p>But <i>don't</i> party and siesta your entire experience away. Barcelona is defined by its absolute …

Barcelona's top museums and galleries

<i>This highlighted list of museums and galleries is taken from Lonely Planet's city guide to</i> <i>Barcelona</i><i>.</i><p>GALLERIES<p>CaixaForum<p><i>Image of CaixaForum by</i> <i>montuno</i><br>Housed in a former Modernista factory, an outstanding brick caprice by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this extensive private collection of contemporary art is …

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Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac

Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> July 18, 2013 112<p>There is one thing I am craving during this heat wave.<p>And I mean, …

Top Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Africa

As a woman, traveling alone can be both hugely rewarding and a little intimidating, no matter where you're going. If you're planning a trip to …

The 8 Cheapest Destinations In Europe

The continent has plenty on offer that won't break your bank account, but you have to know where to look.<p>If you're strapped for cash and want the best bang for your buck, here are 8 of the best value destinations in Europe.<p>Note: The prices listed here are approximate and may fluctuate considerably …

Prismatic Layers of Air in Tuscany

Though not much is known about photographer Adnan Bubalo, his stunning nature and landscape photos speak for themselves. His most captivating works feature the hills of Tuscany in central Italy. With its spectacular rolling hills and surrounding scenery, Tuscany is one of Italy's top vacation …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Guam's economy get boosts from best tourism in 20 years

Guam’s economy is on track this year to do as well or better than it did in 2012, thanks largely to a continuation of its tourism boom and low …

4 Perfect Greek Isle Itineraries

A week or more in the Greek Islands—that would be pretty close to the perfect vacation, wouldn’t it? Famed for their sunny weather, crystalline …

How to Explore Europe - on a Budget

Those lucky enough to be traversing not one but several European cities over the course of a few weeks or, as is more likely, months, may worry about the many expenditures that go hand in hand with extensive traveling abroad. While shopping, dining, and clubbing often put a strain on the budget, …