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10 Packing Mistakes You'll Definitely Regret

Unexpected baggage fees and unfortunate run-ins with the TSA are just a few consequences of totally preventable packing mistakes. Avoid these 10 all-too-common slip-ups to ensure packing perfection the next time you travel.<p><b>Packing Mistake #1: Assuming Your Hotel Will Have What You Need</b><p>Most upscale …

Sea Level

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Apps

24 Ways to Make Doing Your Hair Incredibly Easy

From the editors at Cosmo.com, fun and unusual ways to cut down on your styling time.<p><b>1. Make sure your style stays put by flipping the bobby pin over so the wavy side is against your head.</b><p>If you have a hard time keeping your hair in place, try flipping the bobby pin over. The straight side is …

Hair

These 13 Concealers Will Cover Anything You've Got

The best picks at every price point for redness, blemishes and under-eye fatigue.<p>The best picks at every price point for redness, blemishes and under-eye fatigue.

What Are the Top Destinations for Nighttime Scuba Diving?

<i>A:</i><p>Day scuba diving offers the Grand Central Station view of a reef or wreck, bustling in a Technicolor blaze. But reefs hardly close for business when the sun sets. There’s something inherently mysterious about venturing into the deep with only a dive light and a sense of adventure.<p>Here’s where to …

Scuba Diving

15 of nature's most awesome, must-see shows | CNN Travel

DIY Gift Bows

I struggled an abnormal amount in naming this post; I went through <i>Bow</i> Derek, <i>Bow</i>ling for Soup, <i>Bow</i> Legged, Little <i>Bow</i> Peep, <i>Bow</i>dacious, <i>Bow</i>na Fide, Rocky …

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Asia Travel

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

Scuba Diving

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Western Australia

NYC's most decadent and delightful themed bars - bar crawl travel

From the bright neon lights of Times Square to iconic buildings that touch the sky, New York City is anything but ordinary. Yet, with so much personality thriving in one place, getting noticed is easier said than done. These 11 themed bars, while perhaps not as well known as Jekyll and Hyde or …

Times Square

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking

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. …

European Travel

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

Australia

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

New Zealand

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

Buenos Aires

32 Surreal Places On Earth That Belong In A Dream. I’ve Never Wanted To Travel So Badly…

Share the post "32 Surreal Places On Earth That Belong In A Dream. I’ve Never Wanted To Travel So Badly…"<p>Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>During the rainy …

Sea Level

4 Ways to Book a "Round the World" Ticket for Cheaper Than You Thought

Have you ever dreamed about flying Around the World? Picking a dozen countries you'd like to see before you die, and hitting them all by airplane so it doesn't take three years, like Magellen used to do it back in the day? But you've probably never gone much beyond the dreaming stage, because a …

Ho Chi Minh City

15 natural wonders of the Middle East you’ll have to see to believe

<i>[Editor’s note: Several of the images below are available for use through a Creative Commons license, but others are not. In those cases, the</i> …

Arabian Sea

10 Best Dive Sites in North America (Photos)

The weather is warming up and the sun is coming out…it's time to get scuba certified. Explore the treasures under the sea at these amazing dive spots …

Do look down! The world's best skywalks – in pictures

As Canada's Glacier Skywalk opens, offering amazing views over Jasper national park, we take a look at the best skywalks around the world<p>More thrills: the world's scariest hikes and scariest bridges<p>Share your skywalk experiences in the comments below

8 Snorkel Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

As some of you may know, I recently became a certified scuba diver to prepare for my 2013 trip to the Maldives. Less than a year later, I’ve become a …

Where to Find America's Best Biscuits

The unstoppable sandwich trend meets the revered Southern biscuit, and a new style of restaurant is born.<p><i>The unstoppable sandwich trend meets the</i> …

10 Ways to Use Chocolate Chips (Other than in Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Cookies aren’t the only creations that benefit from chocolate chips. In celebration of National Chocolate Chip Day, here are 10 less-expected ways to …

Easy Spinach Soufflés

Light, fluffy and loaded with great spinach flavor, Andrew Zimmern’s soufflés are perfect for brunch, lunch or a light dinner.<p>The minute they hear …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness