Lara Pendreigh

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The Best Home Improvement Websites and Apps

Renovations can be grueling. But a new crop of digital tools helps contain the chaos and keep things sane. See the latest and best home improvement websites and apps to check out or download.<p><b>Websites</b><p>While many social-networking sites are not much more than platforms for chatter, others have evolved …

Mars One narrows applicant pool to 1,058 in first cut for 2025 colonization mission

Mars One, the organization attempting to send small teams of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has made its first round of applicant decisions, selecting just over 1,000 people to move on to the next stage of what it hopes will be a decade-long, televised training and colonization mission. …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in January

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in January:</b><p>Celebrate the coming of a new year <i>and</i> the oldest folk festival in the U.S. at the <b>Philadelphia</b> <b>Mummers Parade</b> (January 1). Local clubs take to the streets to compete in one of …

Kash’s Edinburgh

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>Blogger and budget travel expert Kash Bhattacharya moved to Edinburgh, Scotland and fell head over heels. Read about what makes this Kolkata, India native’s heart flame for the Scottish capital, then add your own favorites in the Comments section below. Follow Kash’s …

Julia’s Glasgow

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Julia Forrest</b> is from Scotland’s largest metropolis and has been blogging about places you won’t find in the regular tourist guides for Spotted by Locals Glasgow since 2012. “The shopping, nightlife, and the beautiful walkways make this city a great place to live in,” she …

Molly’s Galway

Freelance journalist <b>Molly McCluskey</b> divides her time between Washington, D.C. and various cities in Europe — but keeps returning to the land of her ancestors, Ireland. She lived in Galway city last summer and will be returning for a second dose of Irish hospitality this summer. Here are a few of …

Arianna’s Milan

<b>Arianna Malacrida</b> hails from a small town just outside Milan, but decided to make the move to the big city while studying media and communications. After spending a lot of time couch surfing, she settled on a flat in the Porta Genova neighborhood and started sharing her insider intelligence about …

Booker’s New York City

Traveler of the Year <b>Booker Mitchell</b> was close to celebrating his fourth birthday when 9/11 happened. “Millions call New York City home, and while no one personally knows even a percentage of the population, we unite at times when it matters most and act locally like any other small town in the …

Martins’s Riga

<b>Martins Veidemanis</b> has lived in Riga for close to two decades. He fell in love with the city because of the architecture, its unique “vibe,” and the memories he’s shared there with his wife. Here are a few of Martins’s favorite things about the Latvian capital.<p><b>Riga is My City</b><p><b>When someone comes to</b> …

I Heart My City (in the Fall)

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Autumn is kicking into full swing (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d celebrate the season with a special edition of I Heart My City.<p><i>Here are 20 fall must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world:</i><p><b>Riga</b> (Latvia): Check out some …

Elie’s Lima

<b>Elie Gardner</b>, a freelance photographer who contributes to <i>Traveler</i> magazine and has led trips for National Geographic Student Expeditions, grew up in a tiny town in North Dakota. Work brought her to Peru’s capital city in late 2010, and she’s been there ever since. Elie loves speaking Spanish, …

Ariel’s Portland (Oregon)

<b>Ariel Bloomer</b> was born and raised in Portland but took a hiatus from Stumptown to go college and teach English in Bulgaria. “The travel bug comes as a bit of a curse,” she says. “I’m privileged and doomed to travel around the world knowing the best place I can imagine lies in my wake.” There are …

Vishwa’s Nairobi

<b>Vishwa Shah</b> was born in Mombasa, Kenya, but has been based in <b>Nairobi</b> since the age of six. The current University of Illinois student has traveled all over the world, but, for Vishwa, nothing compares to the quiet beauty of Kenya’s capital city. “It is a fertile, hilly Eden in which I could live …