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23 reasons why you should book your next trip to Taiwan

Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, is a delightful island.<p>Located off the southeastern coast of China, Taiwan is about the same size as Belgium and was named Formosa Island by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century due to its stunning natural beauty.<p>Chinese mainlanders started …

Asia Travel

15 of the most epic scale places in Alaska

ALASKA is the USA’s largest state and home to Denali, the highest peak in North America. To put this into perspective, the state has a longer …

National Parks

30 Top Travel Accessories of 2015

As you are getting ready to pack for your summer getaway, shopping for father's day gifts, or simply want to add to your collection, make sure to check out my favorite travel accessories this year. Each one offers a creative way to solve a travel challenge.<p>From access to clean water, coping with …

Travel

Ultra-Salty Lake Koyashskoye Is So Pink, It Looks Like Another Planet

It may look like another planet, but don't be fooled. This is Koyashskoye Salt Lake, a saline lake in Crimea. Its color turns from dusty pink in spring to bright reddish tones in summer, thanks to the presence of microscopic algae and brine shrimp. In dry weather, the sun evaporates much of the …

Black Sea

Three Meditation Tips for Travel

This meditation is one I use and recommend for when I am traveling. It is designed to be done for brief intervals. The tone it encourages is happy and light, and it will trigger a more positive vibration to accompany the traveler. Too often, when we are about to take a trip, we become anxious with …

Meditation

Five Fabulous National Parks to Visit This Summer

The summer is almost here and if you haven't booked any getaways yet, now is the time. Personally I choose my destinations based on a combination of three factors: things to see or do, places to stay at, and weather at the time of travel.<p>I keep a running list of sightseeing goals, hotels I want to …

National Parks

13 Things You Didn't Know About Starbucks

<i>By: Kristin Hunt</i><p>Nowadays you can find four on every corner, but back in 1971, Starbucks was just another coffee place bringing caffeine to the sleepy masses. Frappuccinos were still 24 years away, the stock market wasn't even a consideration, and no one knew what the hell a Pumpkin Spice Latte was. …

Coffee

This Is the Best Iced Coffee You Will Drink All Summer

Nitro iced coffee comes straight from the tap, like a Guinness.<p>Nearly four years ago, when The Queens Kickshaw, a coffee hub in Astoria, was installing its draft system, a barista got mad at owner Ben Sandler. "He was like, Ben, we've got to figure out something about this iced coffee situation, …

Coffee

Sick? Cook Yourself to Health with Recipes for Soup, Tea, and More

From brothy soups to cleansing teas, these are the recipes we reach for when we're feeling under the weather.<p><b>Hold onto your mugs:</b> These 30 recipes for brothy soups, cleansing teas, and zingy fruit- and veg-packed juices are practically meant for the days when you're feeling under the weather. So go …

Cooking

On the Hunt for Myanmar's Elusive Toddy Palm Wine

"Toddy bar?" he asked, craning around from the front seat of the car to look me in the eyes. His face fell into a slack jawed blankness. "What you mean?"<p>"Toddy," I said, nodding and hardening my tone to sound assertive. Everyone told me I could find it out here, closer to the country and the …

South-east Asia

Chocolate Coconut Almond Bars

You may be familiar with a certain candy bar that gloriously combines coconut, almonds and chocolate. And if you love said candy bar as much as we do, you're going to go bananas (coconuts?) for our homemade version.<p><b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>The Best Chocolate Recipes In The Whole Entire</b> …

Dessert

Tilting the Steep Streets of San Francisco for a Gravity Illusion

One of the popular photo ideas in San Francisco is to shoot the sloped sidewalks as level for mind-bending photos that are confusing to look at. The …

San Francisco

On Belonging: Portraits of an ancient Indian community of African descent

"The children who looked at me with hostility are now in the National Portrait Gallery.” Ketaki Sheth on photographing the Sidi, an ostracised and …

Africa

Tsipras meets Merkel today to discuss 'the beginning of the end'

The mooted meeting with the German chancellor comes with cash-strapped Greece having submitted new proposals to end a standoff with the EU and IMF, which have demanded tough reforms in exchange for giving Athens the final 7.2 billion euros ($8.1 billion) of its bailout funds.<p>The international …

Europe

Deutsche Bank's credit rating is only 3 notches above junk

Germany's largest lender Deutsche Bank bore the brunt of the action, after its credit rating was cut to "BBB positive," which is only three notches above junk.<p>S&P assesses the credit worthiness of corporations on a scale that ranges from AAA (excellent) at the top all the way to C and D. A rating …

Investing

The Unseen Lives of Train Hoppers

Golden Gate Bridge<br>Mike Brodie<p>1 of 16<p>“Behind every discarded objects, there’s a story," says Mike Brodie. Days before the new year, the photo …

Photographers

Hong Kong’s fight for democracy is entering its last round

HONG KONG—The fight for democracy in Hong Kong has entered a critical and possibly final stage as a controversial electoral reform package that brought thousands of protesters into the streets last year goes up for a legislative vote. The result will determine how and when Hong Kong holds its first …

Hong Kong

Greece inches closer to a deal with fresh proposals

Negotiators have submitted a new plan thought to include tougher austerity targets<p>Greece could be edging closer to a deal with its creditors after submitting fresh proposals which are thought to include concessions on tougher austerity targets.<p>Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, has …

Officer in Texas pool party video resigns

McKINNEY, Texas — An officer whose actions at a pool-party disturbance Friday were spotlighted in a YouTube video resigned Tuesday from the force, the police chief said.<p>Cpl. Eric Casebolt, a 10-year veteran of the McKinney Police Department, had been placed on administrative leave after a 7-minute …

Law Enforcement

How to piss off a flight attendant

The friendly skies aren’t as friendly as they used to be. Security checks, limited snacks, and cramped cabins have made it hard out here for a …

DIY Voluntourism: A Manifesto

More than a hundred years ago, when Hiram Bingham brought the Inca site of Machu Picchu to public attention, he and other explorers of his time traded on travel as a vehicle for high adventure.<p>Motivations have shifted in the modern era, with many of today’s travelers driven by a deep desire to …

Asia's New Sin Cities Have Chinese Tourists Firmly in Their Sights

Gambling in China may be illegal, but Chinese travelers don’t have to go far to find it—and their options are growing by the minute.<p>South Korea is …

Five days in Russia's Ring of Fire

After being all but off limits, Russia’s strictly protected Kronotsky Zapovednik opens to travellers, revealing 650kg bears and the world’s second-largest gathering of geysers.<p>We had left the brown bears below us in the Valley of the Geysers, where they ambled among purple orchids, emerald grasses …

National Parks

6 Volunteer Vacations to Experience

Yes, staying in a luxury hotel and parking your bum on the beach makes for an enjoyable getaway, but what if you're looking for a trip that's more meaningful? Innovative companies are unveiling enticing voluntourism (volunteer tourism) opportunities in a variety of locations, giving travelers the …

Here’s an unbelievable beer bottle opening trick you’ve never seen before

I DON’T drink anymore, but this almost makes me want to get back on the sauce. Apparently you need a pretty strong magnet and have to tap fast with …

Orangutans and the World's Coolest Treehouse

There's only one thing cooler than hiking three hours into the jungles of Borneo and happening upon the treehouse of your childhood dreams. And that's hiking three more and happening upon a family of wild orangutans.<p>Of course, I'm exaggerating that last part a little. It took me nearly three days …

National Parks

Unearthing the temple: Portraits of the Mazahua and Mixteca at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor

I’VE STARTED TO REALIZE that meeting and photographing different cultures and subjects with diverse belief systems can broaden one’s spiritual and …

5 Weird Tours To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

It's about time your vacation plans got weird. And we mean <i>really</i> weird.<p>From the supernatural to the super high, we've gathered five of the world's weirdest tours that will make your bucket list just as quirky as you are.<p><b>1. A Stoner's Tour</b><p>Whether you are a full fledged pot head or just curious, …

A guide to the eateries of Greece

Where to eat and drink in Greece? Perhaps the question should be: ‘Where not?’ Greeks live to eat and drink – they dream about it and talk about it at all times of the day. Wherever you go in Greece you might not find accurate clocks, punctual flights or a good cup of tea, but by Zeus you’ll find …

Europe