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Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

Concierge Service: 7 Apps and Websites to Make Doing Your Daily Chores a Little Easier

These innovative websites and apps will help you with your everyday domestic errands and tasks.<p><b>Keeping House</b><br>You like things <i>just so</i> in your home, but find it difficult to keep them that way. Enter House Pad, a brand-new app developed by Michael Bruno, founder of the website 1stdibs, to help him …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

Well that was weird.<p>I was only in North Korea for five days, but that was more than enough to make it clear that North Korea is every bit as weird as I always thought it was.<p>If you merged the Soviet Union under Stalin with an ancient Chinese Empire, mixed in <i>The Truman Show</i> and then made the whole …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

27 Awesome Easy Lunches To Bring To Work

Deep down, you know the truth: Any lunch you make yourself will taste 17 times better than the slimy chopped salad you'd end up buying. Also, save your money for booze.

Healthy Eating

5 Tips for Brewing Better Coffee

<i>Here at Food52, we're serious about our coffee. So we got our friends over at Stumptown Coffee to teach us everything there is to know about it -- and to make our morning (and afternoon) routines a little bit brighter.</i><p><i>Today: Five ways to make your cup of coffee even better, no matter how you brew</i> …

Coffee

Mysterious Photos of Venice Cloaked in Darkness

<i>Dark Venice</i> is a series by Toronto-based photographer Alessandro Cancian that presents the Italian city of Venice cloaked in darkness. The intriguing landscapes we often see in the light of day are suddenly veiled by overpowering shadows. The dark aesthetic makes the stunning architecture barely …

Venice

Eye-Opening Portraits of Living Conditions for Animals in Zoos

<i>Captive</i> is a powerful series by Washington D.C.-based Canadian photographer Gaston Lacombe that takes a look at animals in zoos and their living environments. Shooting his images from the perspective of any regular visitor, Lacombe manages to capture portraits of creatures, big and small, confined …

Animals

The Lazy Girl's Recipe For Grown-up Chicken Soup

We love a good Cup 'O Noodles but for a tastier (healthier) meal that’s just as lazy and satisfying, we whip up a bowl of this single-serving chicken …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

Baking

How to pack like the pros

Does traveling more make you pack less? Not necessarily, although we talked to five high-mileage, high-profile travelers (whose combined annual airline points could buy a private island in the Caribbean) to get their take on carry-on and carrying less.<p>Pauline Frommer<p><i>Publisher of Frommers.com and</i> …

Time I

13 Spooky Underground Attractions

Meandering the streets of a new city is a great way to feel the pulse of a place, but have you ever considered what's right below your feet? These 13 underground man-made attractions scattered around the globe boast spectacular histories as former dwellings, burial grounds, and even smugglers' …

The 19 Most Beautiful Places In The World Are Hidden In America

Europe is great and Asia is awesome, but the song says <i>America</i> the beautiful.<p>These hidden places prove you don't need to spend big bucks and make a transatlantic trek-- the world's most beautiful wonders have been here all along, right in your American backyard.<p><b>Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone</b> …

10 More Incredible Halloween Makeup Transformations

With Halloween now just a day away, you've only got a limited amount of time left to transform yourself into a spooky or stunning creature! Adding to our list of 12 Fantastic Halloween Makeup Transformations, here are 10 more ideas for your inspiration. We couldn't help but feature a few costumes …

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10 Abandoned Cities You Wouldn’t Want to Visit Alone (Photos)

There are some towns around the world where life suddenly stopped in its tracks. See the places preserved in the exact moment that they were …

20 More Halloween Decorating Ideas for a Spooky Celebration

Looking for last-minute Halloween decorations? No problem! Yes, Halloween week is upon us, folks. Some of you may have hosted a Halloween party this …

21 Halloween Drinks That Will Make You Laugh

Cheers to all your fears.

Cocktails