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12 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in California

California is a hiker’s paradise, with an incredible diversity of landscapes. The nature sites are so sublime that simple descriptions only hint at …

Is Albania Eastern Europe's answer to the Amalfi Coast?

“Albania!” my barrister friend exclaimed when Mrs Harding divulged our holiday destination. “What have you done wrong?”<p>The answer, in short, was that we were taking a punt on the word of a politician. In a political interview I did for this newspaper with Edi Rama, the country’s prime minister, …

How to Shoot Photos Everyday

Dear friend,I’m currently the most prolific I’ve ever been in photography– shooting hundreds of photographs a day of just random stuff. I feel …

This Small Thing Makes My Scrambled Eggs a Billion Times Better

I'm tired. You probably are, too. There are both general and specific reasons underpinning this, but today for me, it's due at least in part due to …

I Bring This Salsa to Every Party, Then Eat It Alone in a Corner

It's 157% better than the jarred stuff, and it's always a party sensation—when I share.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the homemade salsa recipe that BA.com senior editor Alex Beggs couldn’t live …

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The beautiful Italian island you've probably never heard of

The local paper was breathless with excitement: “Rihanna, sirena sexy, a Ponza!” it shrieked. And me too! I was in Ponza as well! Though 24 hours ago I hadn’t even known the place existed. (Mind you, I am pretty shaky on the exact status of Rihanna.)<p>The Pontine islands are a dragon-backed …

Understanding camera aperture and why it matters

For the past three years or so, every time a phone is announced and they get to the part about its camera, the word "aperture" gets thrown around. …

Eight Free Ways to Upgrade Your Next Camping Trip

I get it. Between $10,000 mountain bikes and $59 merino T-shirts, outdoor activities can get real expensive, real fast. But buying things isn't necessarily the best way to have more fun outdoors.<p>Here are eight solid upgrades you can make for free, all guaranteed to boost how much fun you'll have on …

This Photographer Shoots Portraits in the Style of Old Master Painters

Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk is a Dutch fine art photographer whose portrait photos may make you feel like you’re walking through a museum. Her style is …

11 Smart Travel Accessories for Staying Safe on Solo Trips

Taking a solo trip might truly be one of the best things a woman can do. It’s incredibly brave to set out to explore a faraway land on your own and …

Travel

21 Hotels We Can't Wait to Visit in 2018

As travel editors, there are two questions we’re asked on a consistent basis: “Do you travel a lot?” (Yes, and it’s wonderful.) and, “Where are you …

8 Amazing Places to Visit in Portugal

From the tourist hotspots to the hidden gems, these are the most amazing places to visit in Portugal...

European Travel

No Filter: Stephanie Beatriz Got a New Dog and He’s a Very Good Boy

In which Annie Clark helicopters her way into your heart, Danielle Brooks meets Missy Elliott and Gaby Dunn finally joins the black parade.

You can stay in one of Dubrovnik's new five-star hotels for a lot less than you think

The interest in Croatia’s southernmost hotspot, the fabulous Dubrovnik, doesn’t subside. The first four months of 2017 saw an increase of over 20% in both number of guests and overnight stays, and the peak season is only yet to come. With an established status of the country’s leading high-end …

Scottish Road Trip - Kayaking on a Loch & Standing On Top Of Mountains

When you’re in a long term relationship with someone who shares the same interests and hobbies, it’s easy to fall into the habit of doing everything …