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Best places to eat and drink in Japan: readers’ travel tips

It might not be hard to find great sushi in Tokyo, or a gem of a sake bar, but where would you go for the best okonomiyaki pancakes, takoyaki octopus balls, gold ice-cream or udon noodles?<p><b>Winning tip: Takoyaki, Nishiki Market, Kyoto</b><p>I’ve eaten the most rarefied meals of my life in Japan, but it’s …

Japan

The holy grail of ramen dishes

While Tokyo has Japan’s only Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, the noodle consistently voted as the nation’s most delicious comes from a tiny, family-run shop in Wakayama City.<p>I watched without blinking as a row of six hands performed a bullet-fast dance: a splash of soy sauce, a shower of …

Japan

5 Affordable Vacations That Will Actually Help You Keep Your Resolutions

Every New Year’s Eve, a lot of us vow to spend more time with friends, fall in love, learn something new and travel — all while keeping our budgets. This year, rather than giving up your resolve by the end of the first week, join the eight percent of Americans who actually make it happen. Believe …

Asia Travel

12 ways to get paid to travel the world

But what if you could travel and not spend a dime? What if you could even get paid?<p>Many would jump at the opportunity to experience new cultures, traverse through beautiful landscapes, and satisfy their insatiable wanderlust.<p>We've compiled 12 ways for just about anyone to get their golden ticket to …

Flying

How to Reflect on Your Year in an Actually Useful Way

Maybe this year was shiny, bright, and amazing. Maybe it was 12 months you’d rather forget. But as the New Year hovers just around the corner, …

New York City

Japan may seem homogeneous, but the country’s eastern (Tokyo) and western (Osaka) regions can be worlds apart<p>With no cars or lampposts in sight, a remote section of Kyushu gives you a taste of authentic warrior Japan<p>Backcountry skiers flock to Hokkaido's own "Fuji mountain," an active volcano, for …

Japan

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.<p>Zhangye Danxia Landform: Gansu, China<p>These striped, technicolor mountains are Mother Nature's answer to …

New Zealand

17 Reasons To Drop Everything And Go To Molokai

Of the eight major Hawaiian islands, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai hog most of the attention.<p>But just because they'd win a popularity contest doesn't mean these islands should be any higher on your bucket list. In fact, Molokai, also known as the "Friendly Island," offers a taste of Hawaii unlike any other …

Hawaii

10 Epic Places You Can Visit On A Budget

Traveling on the cheap doesn't have to mean seedy motels and a road trip across the U.S. (Though trust us, that's not a bad plan at all.)<p>But for the wanderluster who wants to go somewhere <i>truly</i> epic, there are a number of options you're probably failing to consider. Lonely Planet recently named …

Costa Rica

Top 6 Experiences in Southern California

Sand, surf and spectacular scenery are just a few reasons why Southern California lures travelers seeking a laid-back beach getaway. Beyond the picturesque shorelines across Malibu, Newport and Santa Monica, there are troves of can't-miss sights in Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara and San …

California

Tone At Home With This 10-Minute Workout

<b>Turn your body into a fat-burning machine with this easy and effective routine.</b><p><i>By Amy Schlinger</i>, SELF<p>You already know that push-ups, squats and lunges are body-sculpting all-stars. But you can get more out of them to spike your heart rate, boost caloric burn and elevate your metabolism--without a …

Workouts

For Renters, a Bleak Future

America’s housing crisis will likely worsen during the next decade, with millions more struggling to make monthly payments.<p>Things haven’t been easy for renters over the past few years. Low vacancy rates—as more people move into rentals and fewer people move out—have meant skyrocketing prices. Add …

Twinword Finder for Chrome Instantly Scans Web Pages for Key Information

When you’re scanning a web page for information, a quick CTRL+F search can help you find specific words faster. The Twinword Finder for Chrome, …

Chrome Web Store

AwardAce Compares Flight Prices in Rewards Miles

Rewards travel is a beautiful thing. Earn enough points with an airline, and you can score free flights or upgrades. If you’re planning a trip, and …

Frequent-flyer Programs

This Real-Time Calculator Shows How Long It Takes You to Earn Things

If you’ve ever wondered how much time it takes for you to earn enough to buy a burger, TV, or even a home on your current salary, this calculator …

Learn Eight Helpful Microsoft Excel Tricks with This Handy Cheat Sheet

If you’re new to using Microsoft Excel, or an experienced user looking for a good visual reference, this handy cheat sheet covers eight helpful …

The Most Beautiful Places In The Country

<i>By: Matt Meltzer</i><p>There's a reason that song they play during the seventh-inning stretch at baseball games isn't called "America the Mediocre." First, because then there's no <i>way</i> we could ever get T.I. to live here. But also because, well, it's beautiful!<p>But what is beauty, really? If Rod Serling …

National Parks

14 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP

<i>Photo: Michael Matti</i><p>You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.<p>1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Hike through Croatia's largest National Park to a series of …

Hiking

What Your Handwriting Says About Your Personality

Handwriting is a lost art. Can you even remember the last time you wrote a letter? Unless you’re one of those uber-cool hand lettering artists, the only thing you probably find yourself hand-writing are grocery lists and to-do lists, and even those are sometimes done on our phone. But you can …

Calligraphy

Here's How To Tie Anything And Everything

Knots, laces, togas, scarves — you have met your match. Bookmark this immediately.

22 Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin | The Art of Manliness

Altoids have been freshening bad breath since the turn of the 19th century. But while they are touted as “Curiously Strong Mints,” perhaps the real …

ITA Matrix Is The Magic Cheap Flights Site You've Never Heard Of

When shopping for plane tickets, we won't settle for anything but the cheapest deal. We've got our usual lineup of fare-finding sites to check, yet a nagging feeling always leaves us wondering if we <i>really</i> found the lowest price possible. Is there any way to know for sure?<p>Yes, there is. <b>ITA Matrix is</b> …

Air Travel

How-To: Heart-Patterned Friendship Bracelets

Share a sweet token of love with someone special! Whip up a few of these super-cute heart-patterned friendship bracelets for your BFF, your kid sister, or your soon-to-be Valentine with this step-by-step tutorial from Erica at Honestly WTF.<p>If you’ve always wished that you’d learned how to make …

Improve Your Writing with This Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech

When you write something—either for work or for fun—the purpose is to convey meaning and engage whoever reads it. Knowing how to use the figures of …

Short-term volunteer vacations: 10 charitable trips for the time-crunched traveler

Thinking of mixing some volunteer work in with your next vacation, but feeling tight on time? Short-term volunteer vacations are out there: Cheapflights.com has rounded up 10 types of voluntourism trips that can be done in two weeks or fewer.<p>Some of these trips operate on exchanges -- meaning, you …

Cape Town

How-To: Paper Snowflake Ballerina

Churning out the same old paper snow flakes year after year? Why not upgrade your winter holiday decor to includes these whimsical paper ballerinas?<p>The Krokotak blog has a simple photo tutorial and free printable template for the dancer silhouettes. These would look beautiful hanging in a window …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free

<b>(CNN) —</b> People the world over believe that stress comes from external sources.<p>One complains of a nagging wife or hysterical husband. Another finds fault with the demands of work or the exploitation of management. Someone else grumbles at summer being too hot or winter being too cold.<p>Everyone thus …

Know the Best Excel Formulas for Managing Your Budget

We're fans of online budgeting tools, but using a good, old-fashioned spreadsheet can work just as well. Go Banking Rates illustrates the Excel …

Forget The Hamptons, Chincoteague Island Is The Place To Be This Summer

<i>By Stacey Sykes for Fathom |</i> My two-year-old daughter, husband, and I just got back from a four-day vacation in <b>Chincoteague Island</b> — a small barrier island off the coast of Virginia, famous for its population of wild ponies, which have lived in the area for centuries. I cannot get the place out of …