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9 Romantic Under-the-Radar Honeymoon Destinations to Book Now

Throughout the hectic haul of wedding planning, you might be clinging to daydreams of a romantic honeymoon in paradise. And while a private island sounds great (and a six-month trip around the world sounds even better), after a pricey wedding, a budget-friendly honeymoon is a must. But can you find …

Cape Town

6 Haunted Hiking Trails

Many of the country’s trails have rich and creepy histories, and you’d be surprised at just how many ghosts have apparently chosen to spend the …

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life - Vox

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.<p>When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride.<p>Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim …

Mind

Muscle in the Age of Instagram | Men’s Health

chieving the look of a living statue requires monkish discipline. Hadzovic adheres to a rigid training schedule, working out five days a week, often twice a day. Yet as compulsively as you need to train to look like Hadzovic, the most arduous aspect of the regimen is the diet. To whittle body fat …

LOCKRACK simplifies your SUP transport

Transporting a standup paddleboard isn’t an easy thing to do. Not only is it difficult to even get it out of the garage, but strapping that massive …

Paddleboarding

Rack and Roll

<i>Photo: JP Van Swae</i><p>Next to your boat, paddle and safety gear, a good car rack is the most critical item in a paddler's gear inventory. Don't skimp …

Kayaking

Everything You Need to Build the Perfect Apartment Gym

Gyms are big business, pulling in around $22 billion annually as an industry. It helps that the average membership runs $58 per month, and that figure skyrockets if you live in a city. Brooklynites, for example, pay about $135 a month to hit the gym, while people who live in Austin pay $88. Here’s …

Workouts

Take This Gorgeous Fall Foliage Road Trip To See Pennsylvania Like Never Before

There's no better way to kick off the fall season than to hit the open road on an epic fall foliage road trip across Pennsylvania. Add stops to the …

18 awesome camping gear ideas you never would have thought of

IT DOESN’T MATTER if you’re pulling up to a family campsite in your car, heading out into the backcountry, or going ultra-light and long distance — …

Outdoors Gear

Ditch Your Tent for a Lightweight and Packable Hammock

While most traditionalists will still opt for a tried-and-true tent-camping experience, many light and fast hikers and adventurers go a different …

How to turn your mountain bike ride into an overnight adventure | Adventure Sports Network

Want to try something new? Bikepacking combines mountain biking and backpacking for riders who want to take a multi-day pedal off the beaten path. …

Bikepacking

This is the one item you need to get for your next camping trip

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Huckberry People enjoy the outdoors in their own way. Whether you like to take your dog for a walk, enjoy a day at the beach, or catch …

Camping

9 Crazy Things We Learned From Pee-wee Herman's 92Y Event

Confused grandmothers, busted 'SNL' auditions and 30-year-old Judd Apatow Polaroids highlight Paul Reubens' career-spanning chat<p>Paul Reubens, the …

Earth - Why there might be many more universes besides our own

Is our Universe one of many?<p>The idea of parallel universes, once consigned to science fiction, is now becoming respectable among scientists – at least, among physicists, who have a tendency to push ideas to the limits of what is conceivable.<p>In fact there are almost too many other potential …

Dark Matter

Thrilling Geometric Black and White Tattoos

Marla Moon is a tattoo artist whose 2D geometric drawings have almost become a trademark. Under her tattoo machine strokes, the ink takes the form of …

Art

Travel guide to the best state parks in North Carolina

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (understandably) draws much of the attention in terms of North Carolina’s public lands, but the Tarheel State is …

The Best Tents of 2015

Shopping for a tent is like shopping for a new car. First you’ve got to decide what you’re going to use it for. An ultralight shelter makes sense if you’ve got a bunch of multi-day backpacking trips on the docket. But if you almost always pitch it next to a picnic table, those cramped quarters make …

Backpacking

Travel the World With a Backpack | The Art of Manliness

All images taken by Dave Danzeiser.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Danzeiser.</i><p>I hung up the phone with the travel agent. I had just …

Backpacking

Podcast: What It's Like to Die | The Art of Manliness

<b>Brett McKay</b>: Brett McKay here and welcome to another edition of the Art of Manliness Podcast. Death, dying, it’s not a topic we would like to talk …

Mind

11 Ways Successful People Stay Happy

You should never sacrifice happiness in order to be successful.<p>The book <i>If I Knew Then</i>offers advice on careers, finances, and life from the Harvard Business School's Class of 1963. It's interesting to note that no one says having a ridiculous amount of business success and money is the key to …

Happiness

The Benefits of Neighborhood Libraries | The Art of Manliness

A few years ago, I started seeing little birdhouse-like structures popping up in front lawns around Denver. When I looked closer, though, I realized …

Books

Demon Frameworks Hermes XCr Framset

With only a handful of manufacturers supplying the frame building industry with lugs, there’s little to tell one unpainted lugged steel frame from another — apart from the quality of finishing.<p>Tom Warmerdam of Southampton’s Demon Frameworks sought to break away from that conformity by creating two …

Hermès

36 Gifts for Men That Will Suit Every Type of Guy in Your Life

Whether you call him your dad, your dude, your bro or your bestie, the man in your life is gonna need a gift this holiday — that’s a no-brainer. But what’s not so much of one is what to get him. If shopping for him is a liiiittle tricker than scooping up gifts for mom or a cheap stocking stuffer …

Shopping

PEdAL ED: Tested By The 2015 Transcontinental Race

The Tour de France has changed, over the last 102 editions, from a treacherous, long-distance race that relied solely on the adventurous and resourceful spirits of its entrants, to the great corporate caravan it is today. It’s still a great spectacle, but the original glory of the event no longer …

Tour de France

How to Dress Well: Secrets for Style Rookies | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Robert van Tongeren.</i><p>Some men make it look so easy, don’t they?<p>They seem to have a natural sense of what …

10 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview | The Art of Manliness

When it comes to job interviews, we often see it as a one-way street, with the interviewer holding all the cards. In reality, though, it’s a two-way …

Cheap Steak Cuts: 8 Delicious Cuts of Meat | The Art of Manliness

If you’re like me, you like beef. Some weeks I’ll consume a beef product every day for lunch. Beef is delicious and one of the best sources of …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature