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Viva Las Vegas (on a low-roller's budget)

Hey, big spender - think a weekend in Vegas means blowing your life savings at the blackjack table? The glittering Strip may conjure up images of slick card dealers, Dom Perignon, and Demi Moore rolling around on a hotel bed covered with hundred-dollar bills, but you can live it up in Sin City on a …

A broke-ass guide to drinking in Tokyo

The nighttime lights in Tokyo are overwhelming. Billions of bright bulbs and bulletins begging for your attention, yearning for your yen. You think: ‘With all this brilliance, the rumors must be true: this must be the most expensive city on Earth. How else could they afford their electricity …

How many of these famous world hotels do you know? Quiz answers

<b>Image one:</b> Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Spain<b><br>Fancy a trip?</b> Where to go for the best wine and tapas<p><b>Image two:</b> Burj al Arab, Dubai<b><br>Fancy a trip?</b> Find out about its other side<p><b>Image three:</b> Bellagio, Las Vegas, US<b><br>Fancy a trip?</b> See our comprehensive Vegas city guide<p><b>Image four:</b> Giraffe Manor,</b> …

Allsorts Sugar Cookies

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar together until just incorporated.<p>Add the egg and vanilla extract (or …

Get Ramen Burgers This Saturday in Los Angeles

Good news for Angelenos who've been daydreaming about getting a taste of the latest burger craze. Ramen burger creator Keizo Shimamoto will be serving the buzzed-about burgers at the <b>Mitsuwa Market</b> in Torrance at 21515 S. Western Avenue (map) this Saturday.<p>A limited run of 500 ramen burgers will be …

The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

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Pictures: Jaguar Kills Caiman in "Spectacular" Attack

New pictures show a jaguar stalking and killing a caiman in Brazil, an experience the photographer called "spectacular and horrific."

Strike a pose! ‘Coolest gorilla of all time’ puts supermodels to shame

It is almost certain that this gorilla really is the king of the swingers – the jungle VIP.<p>Posted on image hosting site Imgur, the picture shows a …

Kenya: my mission to become the first female Masai warrior

It was 5.12am, deep in Kenya's Forest of the Lost Child. Seven Masai warriors, standing with spears high in the sky and ready to kill, were huddled around me. I was nudged by one of the taut, muscular bodies, scantily covered in its tiny red tartan cotton robe, and I had to make a decision: be a …

A Perfect Storm of Cute: Cheetah Cubs Grow Up With Puppy

<b>Prepare for a cute overload: The Dallas Zoo has paired two cheetah cubs with a black Labrador retriever puppy.</b><p>The two male cubs are part of the zoo’s public outreach program, and the hope is that the puppy will act as a friend, companion, and calming influence on the shy cats. (Related: “Q&A: …

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10 ways to kill time at the airport

Your bags have been checked, your boarding pass issued... and now you’ve got hours to wait before getting on your plane. What can you do with an airport layover?<p>Plenty, as it turns out. Here are some of our suggestions:<p>Exercise<p>Feeling your muscles atrophy from all those flight delays? Hit the gym! …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

North America’s top amusement parks

Nowhere can you find more daredevil thrills and family-friendly fun for all ages than in the USA and Canada, where world-record-breaking roller coasters and waterslides meet pleasant throwbacks to the earliest days of theme parks. Get your adrenaline pumping and your trunks wet at our 10 favorite …

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

When is the best time to visit US and Canada's National Parks?

When is the best time to visit the National Parks of the US and Canada? You might think the answer would be one of the summer months. But when we looked at the 'best time to go' picks by Lonely Planet guidebook authors for the most visited and best-known parks in the US and Canada and stacked them …

Easy Steak Tacos With Charred Corn and Sriracha Recipe

<b>Notes:</b> Skirt steak is an excellent cut for grilling and often comes in long strips, which you'll have to cut into slabs so that it fits in the pan. An equivalent weight of flank, flap, or hanger steak can be used in place of skirt steak.<p><b>Read more: One-Pot Wonders: Steak Tacos With Charred Corn and</b> …

Spiced Little Carrots with Chickpea-Sauerkraut Puree

<i>At their Philadelphia restaurant, Vedge, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are redefining the concept of a vegan restaurant. This week, they'll be sharing recipes from their latest cookbook, giving away copies, and providing insight on how to make vegan cooking feel exciting and new.</i><p>I grew up on deli …

White Bean + Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

White Bean + Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> September 4, 2013 69<p>So I’m jealous.<p>Of myself.<p>I’m jealous of myself.<p>Because last night as …

Diana Nyad Record: How Does the Body Endure Long Swims?

An exercise scientist explains what the 64-year-old athlete went through.<p><b>Diana Nyad's 110-mile (177-kilometer) swim from Cuba to Florida has made waves, both for breaking a record and for the tenacity of the 64-year-old athlete, who succeeded on her fifth attempt over three decades.</b><p>Nyad, a …

Nail-biting wildlife encounters

Ever peered through the razor-sharp jaws of a great white shark? Or gone fishing with a grizzly bear? Here are nine animal experiences to get your adrenalin pumping.<p>Track gorillas in the Ugandan jungle<p>Endemic to the forests of central Africa, gorillas are among the planet’s most endangered …

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