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8 Amazing Hidden Travel Gems in California

California is by far one of the best states to visit for a holiday or a road trip. Many visitors to the state typically flock to the larger cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but California also has an abundance of beautiful towns and pristine nature.<p>Its expansive coastline, endlessly tall …

7 Digital Travel Trends We're Tracking At Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

Oyster FAQs: how to use your card

To travel around London with ease, buy a Visitor Oyster card then use the credit to pay for your travel as you go. You can top up your card with more …

Top 10 independent coffee shops in London

Not a chain in sight, these guys know their beans – and what to do with them.<p>1. Coffee Island<p>A post shared by Chloe L A Burton (@chloelaburton) on …

You Better Have a Good Reason For That Tattoo

Tattoos aren’t taboo anymore, right? Common sense suggests we are in a post-stigma era when it comes to body ink, but recent behavioral research …

A Beginner's Guide To East London's Cultural Gems

<i>This article is aimed at those who are new to London, or who have not fully explored east London.</i><p>Continuing our series on London’s cultural compass …

This comedian mixes humor with human rights — but insists you pronounce his name right

Comedian Hari Kondabolu isn't your standard, knee-slapping jokesman.<p>The 31-year-old New Yorker has always been doing some form of stand up or another, but after college he worked as an immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, and later got his master's degree in human rights at London School of …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

How to Date a Feminist

<i>Disclaimer: The below information should not act as a guide with being able to pick-up women as a predispositional guarantee.</i><p>This article <i>should</i> probably be retitled: "How to Get A Feminist to Like You," because that's the basic challenge. She can't date you if she doesn't like you. Knowing if a …

In search of Madagascar's 'rosewood mafia'

BBC News, Madagascar<p>The illicit trade of a rare tree has resurfaced in Madagascar, a country reeling from corrupt military rule. Rosewood, prized for its ruby red colour, is being smuggled out of the island at a rate that, some say, could put its survival under threat.<p>My search for the famed <i>bois de</i> …

Rainforests

The Secret to Getting What You Want

Take a moment to answer the following question:<p><b>What do you want?</b><p>What do you want for yourself for the next 30 days? 90 days? 12 months? 5 years?<p>Pay particular attention to how you chose to respond to the above question. It's important and it reveals to you something you may or may not have been …

People always say the same thing about tattoos

<b>News just in - tattooing is no longer the preserve of bikers, sailors and convicts. More than that, celebrities are getting tattoos. And women too. But hang on, haven't we heard all this before?</b><p>"Tattooing is on increase: habit not confined to seamen only," proclaims one headline, while a second …

Tattoos

Consumed by Desire: Why It's Not Easy Being Green

We're a society of addicts. From porn and drugs to food and drink, Americans are suffering from dysfunction in record numbers. After all, it takes one to know one. I'm a recovering addict to comfort.<p>Hello, my name is Anna and I am a consumer. Or I was one until 2005, the year I had my first child. …

Best Green Jobs

Most of us are focusing on going green through methods linked to environmental sustainability, alternative fuels, hybrid cars, and adopting eco-friendly daily living habits. While these are necessary, it is important to consider green employment as a viable career path. With unemployment being a …

Cheap day out in London

A day out in London doesn't have to cost a lot of money. There are plenty of free London attractions, cheap restaurants and cut-price tickets for …

Find More Love! Everyday Tips for More Confidence

Many relationships that never get off the ground or even begin may be from a lack of confidence.<p>We talk about confidence as though it's a gift some possess and some don't. We may think it's just in how we act, and many misconstrue boasting, being cocky, bitchy or other very "in your face" sort of …

The End of Capitalism

As they become richer, economies evolve. The early industrial stage, based on heavy industry and producer goods, paves the way for a more complex economy where consumer goods and personal services predominate. In the US and Northern Europe this shift became significant in the 1950s. It was …

The BRICs Have Hit a Wall

Only a short time ago, the world’s emerging markets, especially the BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India and China — were supposed to be the saviors of the …

An Evolution in College Student Advising

Over the course of four years, undergraduate students are presented with a smorgasbord of enticing courses. At times, they may feel overwhelmed. Which courses are needed for their major and to satisfy degree requirements? At what point should they take a course? Traditionally, students seek out …

An Under-The-Radar Albums Preview For 2014

We're one week into 2014, and I'll bet everyone reading this has a list of must-hear new releases. We're waiting for biggies like U2, Beck, Tori Amos and possibly Adele; zeitgeist-y visionaries from art queen St. Vincent to rapper-singer Future and punk iconoclasts Against Me!; beloved veterans, …

Bon Iver, Feist, Arcade Fire — and More — Cover Peter Gabriel

<i>This post is in partnership with Consequence of Sound, an online music publication devoted to the ever growing and always thriving worldwide music</i> …

How the Mediterranean Diet Alone Can Fight Diabetes

There is no ultimate diet, but if there were, the Mediterranean plan would come darn close.<p>Featuring staples like olive oil, nuts and vegetables, the …

Sky Ferreira: The best pure pop record of the year?

Dear Accidental Poptimists:<p>You know the phrase, “I don’t just love you, I <i>like</i> you”? I’m not just bringing up this bit of romantic-comedy doggerel now …

Can an Unlikely Middle East Pact Give Life to the Dead Sea?

In the constellation of the world’s proposed engineering mega-projects, the Red-to-Dead Sea Canal has been a reliable source of speculative wonder …

Middle East water deal brings Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline one step closer | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority on Monday signed a water-sharing agreement that includes the building of a desalination plant on the Gulf of Aqaba and a pilot study for a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea, the World Bank said.<p>People are seen as the …

The 17 Best Movies Of 2013

The first film released in 2013 was "Texas Chainsaw 3D"; it does not appear on this list of the year's best movies. Represented here, however, is the cream of an incredible crop of features, all of which help place 2013 on the list of greatest movie years ever. (Or at least on the list of greatest …