Exploration and Adventure

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Journey Across 7 Countries on the World's Newest Long-Distance Trail

Hiking this 1,200-mile-long trail along the Dinaric Alps is worth the trek.<p>The mountains have vanished in swirling mist. Deep in the highlands of Bosnia and Herzegovina, peaks roll under a wet blanket of fog. Each step is a good faith effort to believe the summit is in blind reach. My hiking …

List-Worthy

How the Average American Can Travel More

Why is traveling so hard? In a world where it’s easier than ever to get places, the average American still finds it difficult to get away and …

Travel

Why the Azores Islands Should be Your Next Undiscovered Getaway

When you think of outdoor adventure, Portugal typically doesn't spring first to mind. However the relatively unknown archipelago of the Azores might …

The Pacific Crest Trail is America's ultimate hike

If you're an avid hiker, or you're a fan of one Ms. Reese Witherspoon, then you've probably dreamed of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. And if you …

Adventure Travel

Sustainable Seafood Businesses Tackle Food Deserts with an Ancient Farming Technique

One of the most interesting trends to emerge from the Fish 2.0 business competition is the increasing use of aquaponics, which combines fish farming (aquaculture) with growing plants in water (hydroponics). This is nothing new—people have been practicing aquaponics for centuries, in the Aztecs’ …

Aquaculture

The raw bar revival: why the oyster is back

Whether it’s ‘mmmmm’ or ‘eurrgghh’, oysters divide us. So what explains their current revival, asks Rob Crossan<p>Few foods are as divisive as oysters. For some, the enigmatic bivalves are a silky snack of the gods. For others, they are slimy globs of sea rubbish that come with a high risk of making …

Restaurants

Canada’s mysterious, fabled Sable Island

Misty and mystical, populated by 560 wild horses and a handful of hardy souls, Sable Island has long loomed large in the imagination of sailors and adventurers.<p>When I saw the thin ribbon of sand for the first time, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. This far-flung and fabled island, for most, exists …

Nature

Why Metaphors Beat The Snot Out Of Facts When It Comes To Motivating Action

Douglas Van Praet returns to tackle the magic of metaphors, and explain why they beat facts when it comes to creative persuasion.<p>Metaphors have long permeated creative expression from cave paintings to commercials. And there’s a good reason that Geico is “So easy, a cavemen can do it,” Prudential …

Artists

A Master List of 1,150 Free Courses From Top Universities: 33,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

While you were eating turkey, we were busy rummaging around the internet and adding new courses to our big list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

Learning

How does your garden grow? Indoors, thanks to these eight devices

It’s summer, which means lots of time in the garden for homeowners. And while some city dwellers have access to community or rooftop gardens, not …

Gardening

15 edible plants you can grow in your tiny apartment

Imagine rising with the sun and tending to your crops, all to the beat of morning traffic.<p>While growing plants in a busy city might seem like an …

Gardening

Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics

I grew up in a time before GPS. I learned how to use a compass in Cub Scouts and learned how to navigate with one as I grew older. I think I got my …

GIS

Why Newfoundland Should Be on Your Summer Bucket List

Breathtaking vistas, natural wonders and fabulous people (so nice, we actually felt guilty at times!) combine to make the island of Newfoundland one of our favorite places on earth. Here's why we think Newfoundland should be at the top of everyone's bucket list:<p><b>The Beauty is Unmatched</b><p>Find yourself …

Nature

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

<i>The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space</i> …

Infographics

How to Pack for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike - REI Co-op Journal

Congratulations! You’ve done it! You’ve committed to the journey of a lifetime. After weeks, months or perhaps even years of toying with the idea, …

Appalachian Trail

22 Absolutely Essential Diagrams You Need For Camping

From survival to s'mores, here's everything you need to know to ensure a flawless camping trip.

Camping

5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

"What is your favorite book?"<p>I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my life. Even now as a 19-year-old college student, I find this question nearly impossible to answer. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime; how can I pick just one as superior to all the others?<p>I think this …

Literature

Jawdropping: Oldest human fossil fills in a 2.8-million-year-old gap in evolution

It’s been a big year for old bones. Archaeologists have unearthed a jawbone—with teeth—in Ethiopia that is believed to be the oldest remains ever …

Evolution

Peru’s other lost city

Larger than Machu Picchu and far less known, Choquequirao still makes you feel as though you’re practically the first to arrive.<p>The trek to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao is one of the most difficult in Peru. From the town of Cachora, located 161km west of Cusco, it’s an 18km walk to Capuliyoc …

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Science says people decide these 9 things within seconds of meeting you

It's not something you're born with.<p>"Charisma is simply the result of learned behaviors," says Olivia Fox Cobane, author of "The Charisma Myth."

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

And cheaper, too!<p>Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site …

Google

The 16 greatest books about how to be a man

You're never too old for a great book.<p>We've put together a list of our 16 favorite stories on growing up and what it means to be a man. They cover everything from how to live to how to be a leader to how people should handle crises.<p>Check them out.<p>Amazon<p><b>"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by</b> …

The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History

Our planet has existed for 4.5 billion years, and it has been a busy few eons. Here are the 25 biggest milestones in Earth's history. From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts, these were the turning points that shaped our world.<p>4.5b years ago<p>Earth is born<p>The 25 Biggest …

Evolution

China’s Atlantis of the East

The Chinese city of Shicheng was flooded in 1959, then forgotten. With its recent rediscovery, divers can explore a 600-year-old city that is both underwater – and unseen for decades.<p>Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious …

Archaeology

New record for deepest fish

<b>A new record has been set for the world's deepest fish.</b><p>The bizarre-looking creature, which is new to science, was filmed 8,145m beneath the waves, beating the previous depth record by nearly 500m.<p>Several other new species of fish were also caught on camera, as well as huge crustaceans called …

Oceans