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How to Book Two Trips for the Price of One

<i>digital cat / Flickr</i><p>One of the best arguments for using miles instead of cash to book your flights is that the routing rules are so much more flexible for award travel. Many loyalty programs allow you to add connections, stopovers and open jaws to your itinerary -- meaning you can combine multiple …

9 Scary Ways Too Much Alcohol Affects Your Body

It might be time to cut back on the cocktails, ladies.<p>We get it: Watching <i>Scandal</i> with a glass (or two) of wine somehow makes it a little bit better. And really, what's a beach vacation without a few frozen margaritas? But while there are always tons of opportunities to enjoy a cocktail, there are …

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Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

Shakes on a plane: remote, unusual and downright scary airports

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring the history of aviation and its continued impact on travel. You can find out more about the Jenny’s progress around the USA, and the history of this …

Top 10 reasons Belgium isn’t boring

Late British comic Bob Monkhouse used to joke ‘I went to Belgium once. It was closed.’ Little understood, riddled with Eurocrats, somehow <i>between</i> places – all these impressions have contributed to Belgium’s dull rep. But dig a bit and you’ll find that Belgium is actually fascinating. Here are 10 …

Sweet Lisbon: the best places to get your sugar fix

Stroll the hilly backstreets of Portugal’s capital and you’ll soon come across evidence of the Lisboetas' love for all things sweet. Hidden in the districts' cobbled streets, rows of tiny tiled bakeries await, each serving up their own delicious array of <i>pastéis de nata</i> – Portugal’s famous egg …

A craft beer lover's guide to London

In the last 15 years, London has seen incredible growth in its brewing industry from a mere two breweries in 1999 to more than 50 today. Almost all of these new enterprises are small, independent and produce high-quality, innovative styles of beer – an approach to brewing that’s been given the …

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

The Swiss train tourists don’t take

The Rhäetian Railway provides an awe-inspiring, adrenaline-inducing ride past therapeutic springs and mountain-perched castles, crossing 84 tunnels and 383 bridges along the way.<p>I floated in a steamy, 38C rooftop pool, watching glints of the sinking copper sun reflect off the Rhäetian Alps. Located …

The 25 Most Popular Tourist Attractions In The US

And the No. 1 tourist attraction in the U.S. is Gettysburg National Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which sees well over 1 million visitors each year. Several states were represented on the list this year, but six of the attractions are in Washington, D.C.<p>To determine these awards, TripAdvisor …

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America's best craft breweries

It wasn't long ago when the American beer market was dominated by a handful of acrid, factory-produced brews that bore only a passing resemblance to what those in other climes called 'beer'. Thankfully, those days of choking down foul-tasting swill are long gone, with an explosion of microbreweries …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Fliers Who Pack Too Much Are Being Publicly Shamed

Spud Hilton, a travel editor for The San Francisco Chronicle, is so fed up with these types of travelers that he launched a new campaign to publicly shame over-packers.<p>Hilton asked people to take photos and videos of these egregious packers and post them on Instagram, Twitter and Vine with the …

Why Polio is Doomed and Gun Violence Isn't

A century ago, the quickest way to diagnose polio was with the belly button test. A doctor would ask a suddenly feverish, bedridden child to lift her …

Cool New Ways to Improve Your Road Trip

Keep your crew happy and engaged no matter how far you’re rolling this summer<p>People say that a road trip is more about the journey than the destination, but sometimes that journey entails long stretches of empty roads, bored infants, cranky girlfriends, and increasingly annoying buds. Use these …

Kindle Fire

10 Reasons Why You Should Move to Another City in Your 20s

<b>1. You get to know yourself better.</b><p>The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself. - Diane Von Furstenberg<p>Nothing can bring you closer to building an intimate relationship with yourself and …

The 21 Most Spectacular Lakes on Earth

Summertime's almost here and that mean's we'll be strapping on the swim trunks in no time. This year, why not ditch the beach for head for one of these breathtaking lakes instead. We've gone through the tips and photos from the minube travel community to find these 21 drops of pure, unadulterated …

Thirty-five unbelievable love and marriage customs of the world

Love is universal, yes – but romance takes an astonishing array of forms around the world. We scoured our travel guides and picked our writers’ brains to uncover some of the world’s most fascinating dating, love and marriage customs, from sweet to downright sinister. If you’ve never wooed your …

California regions at a glance

A mosaic of Old and New Worlds, California’s cities have more flavors than a jar of jellybeans. Start in San Francisco, equal parts earth-mother and geek-chic, or Los Angeles, where nearly 90 independent cities are rolled into one multicultural mosaic, then drift down the coast, past perfect …

A Bed-Making Tutorial From An Unlikely Source

Admiral William H. McRaven tells us about the foundation for a productive day, the bounce-a-quarter test, and how to get a good night's sleep. This piece originally appeared on Esquire.com<p>Esquire.com recently interviewed Admiral William H. McRaven, the ninth commander of the United States Special …

Gift Guides

Want to change the world? Build a better maxi pad

How innovative programs are empowering girls, one period at a time<p>It's hard to change the world when you can't leave your house. It's tough to get an education when you're afraid of being laughed at and humiliated. And the world is a challenging enough place for girls and women every single day …

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

25 Valentine's Day Gifts for Everyone You Love<p>Because all you need is love—but amazing presents can't hurt, either<p>Need a great gift for February 14? We've got items for your partner, your best friend, your parent, your sibling, and anyone else who holds a special place in your heart.<p><i>The items in</i> …

Romantic Bedrooms: How To Decorate For Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away now and before you know it, the big day will be at your doorstep. Of course, there are those among us …

100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …

Interior Design

7 Pilates Moves for a Strong, Sexy Back

Hit the mat and try these exercises for a sculpted back<p>Pilates is probably best known for its abs-sculpting power, but it can tone every part of your body, including your back. Try these seven moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates</i> and people will be begging you for the secret to your …

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6 Ways to Boost Your Bedroom Confidence

Because nothing kills a ladyboner quite like performance anxiety

How to Turn Household Items into Exercise Equipment

You say 'soup can,' we say 'hand weight'<p>You don't have to invest in an at-home gym to reap the benefits of an awesome at-home workout. In fact, you already have a bunch of equipment in your home—you just need to know where to look for it! Use these house staples the next time you want to break a …

Dining Rooms

7 Tips for Super-Soft Lips—Even in Cold Weather

Cold-proof your pout with these expert tricks<p>Love crisp fall weather but hate how it dries out your lips? Don’t worry, we’ve got the fix. We consulted <i>Women’s Health</i> beauty editor Jill Percia for her best tricks to keep your pout super kissable all winter long:<p>Make a simple lip scrub<p>Use a pinch of …

Makeup

Get Rid of Cellulite

Learn how yoga exercises can help you get rid of cellulite and burn fat<p>Besides whipping your leg muscles into sexy shape, yoga can help smooth spongy thighs too. "Cellulite is a symptom of reduced lymph circulation," says Atma JoAnn Levitt, head of the integrative weight-loss program at the Kripalu …

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