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Why We Travel: Anticipation and Arrival

Tickets booked, accommodations set, and plans taking shape...nothing beats the anticipation of travel. It's the feeling of knowing you're going somewhere new and exhilarating, but you cannot quite pinpoint what will unfold, who you'll meet, or where you'll eat. It's the awakening of the senses …

Conflict at work: Why confrontation, not politesse, is essential

<b>Dear Annie:</b> I was recently transferred here from another part of the company and put in charge of developing a new product. It’s pretty exciting, or …

Your Germany Photos

The ONE Tourist Mistake You Should NOT Make On Your Next Trip Abroad

Traveling the globe involves learning and adapting to cultural peculiarities one may never even knew existed. Here, HuffPost editors from around the world share their tips on what tourist faux pas you may want to avoid on your next adventure.<p>Let them be your guide on what <b>NOT</b> to do upon arriving at …

2014 Tours of a Lifetime

When Tourism Goes Wrong

In 1979, I was a 21-year-old backpacker who set out in search of paradise. I found it in southern Thailand.<p>Lost on Ko Phangan, I stumbled upon the brilliant sands of Haad Rin, a slice of tropical beauty beyond imagination. I stayed there a month, living off the land. I made a hand-drawn map of its …

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan

In a nation as culturally rich as Japan, it can be hard to know how to spend your time there. Here are ten of our favorite things to do.<p><b>Visit Kyoto’s Ancient Sites</b><br>Japan’s capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is bathed in history. The most iconic remnant of the city’s imperial past is the outrageously …

Everything You Need to Know About Drinking Saison

Because it's hot out and you're thirsty. Seven brews you should start enjoying right now.<p><b>Who knew beer</b> that wasn't brewed by Hanson could be polarizing? Unlike brews that pride themselves on "drinkability," saison is meant to be challenging. "You're either going to love them or hate them," says …

Crave’s Vesper Is A Vibrator That Hides In Plain Sight

In a market filled with many, many, many sex toys, Crave stands out by making vibrators that are not only elegant and discreet, but also multifunctional. For example, Duet, the first vibe it produced, charges through USB and can also be used as a thumb drive.<p>Now Crave, which raised a $2.4 million …

18 Signs You're With The One You Should Marry

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, how to know if he's the one.<p><b>1) He always brags about you.</b> If you get a promotion at work or even just win concert tickets, he can't resist telling everyone you hang out with before you even think to mention it. Because he's your biggest fan (arguably next to …

Best Summer Trips 2014

9 Inspiring Quotes About Wisdom That Will Change The Way You See Your Life

We get it. Life can be hard.<p>One moment, you can feel the profoundness of your own life's purpose in every aching atom of your body. Then, suddenly, you're at a loss for just about everything: words, identity, creativity, inspiration. It leaves you feeling confused, alone and like there's nowhere …

8 Ways to Get Prettier in Your Sleep

Do the term "beauty sleep" justice by following these skin and hair tips from dermatologists.<p>You might think you're off the clock when it comes to your beauty routine while you sleep, but your slumber hours play an important role in how you look. "Beauty sleep is essential for repairing the skin," …

5 Ways to Meet People While Traveling

A TRAVELBREAK original post by Stephanie Be.<p>Along with solo travel, traveling with a friend or two, maybe even as a group... the best part of traveling isn't always the where, but the who.<p>You've gotta meet new people.<p>Here's what's worked for me:<p><b>1. Carry a deck of cards.</b><p>"Hey, have you ever played …

The 17 Fastest Ways To Get Ahead In Your Career

In a Quora thread titled, "How Can I Accelerate My Personal Growth?" users discussed how they get ahead in their working lives.<p>Here are 17 of the most practical pieces of career advice we found.<p><b>1. Determine what you have to offer.</b> As Abraham Lincoln says, "Whatever you are, be a good one." Before …

Self-improvement

Ten enchanting travel experiences in Greenland

So you think Greenland is a far-flung travel dream? Pinch yourself. This Arctic country might be huge, but a trip to western Greenland can take in a breathtaking range of sights, from Disko Bay’s iceberg studded waters to valleys so vast you’ll feel like the last hiker on Earth. Start with these 10 …

Pictures: Nice Day for a Picnic—a Century of Outdoor Eating Around the World

Campers dine in the desert, workers take a midday break, and sweethearts kiss near the Eiffel Tower.

TripAdvisor Has Already Spent $352 Million in Cash for 4 Acquisitions in 2014

TripAdvisor has really loosened its wallet and gotten aggressive about acquisitions so far in 2014 to keep up with the buying binges of the Priceline …

10 Annoying Things About Hotels (and How to Deal with Them)

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)<p>Nothing beats a well-thought-out hotel room for sheer vacation luxury. That's what makes it so annoying when we encounter a hotel that's a little more ... quirky. Here are the 10 hotel room features that annoy us the most--and the workarounds we've discovered to help deal …

24 Reasons Sweden Is The Most Delightful Country On Earth

I just got back from eight days in Stockholm.<p>More than the high price of beer, depth of the history, and beauty of the buildings (and people), one trait stood out like lingonberries on a stack of pancakes — the Swedes, with their famously high standard of living, really know how to live.<p>Wonderfully …

European Travel

Empire of Rock: Climbing China’s Karst Towers

<i>See the related</i> National Geographic <i>magazine “Empire of Rock” feature story, 3-D cave tour, and 3:30-minute video from the July 2014 edition</i><i>. This expedition was supported with a grant from the National Geographic Expeditions Council.</i><p>I’m teetering on a precarious stack of limestone “Jenga” blocks on …

The stuff of travel writers' nightmares

Travel nightmares touch us all to some degree. Despite a natural tendency to feel like we've been selected for special punishment as the nightmare unfolds, it's just part and parcel of the uncertainty that we implicitly agree to when we plan a trip.<p>When a travel writer suffers in the line of duty, …

The Tour and Travel Providers Gaining the Most YouTube Views

Travelers don’t really need a tour provider to sell them on a destination any more — inspiration and information about what to do and what to see in …

5 Things To Avoid When Planning Your Honeymoon

By: Matt Meltzer<p><i>Credit: Kevin Lamb</i><p>Because your lovely new bride was gracious enough to spend the last year planning essential wedding stuff like dessert garnishes and the color of your napkin rings, it's now your turn to plan the honeymoon. Or so you've been told.<p>But even if you're an expert at …

4 Things You Should Know Before Hiking Spain's Camino Trail

One of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is an unforgettable hiking experience. For more than 1000 years, pilgrims from all over Europe were attracted by the grave of the Apostle James the Great at Santiago de Compostela at the far …

Hiking

The Long Way Home

When I wake, soft light is slipping through the drapes, and the air is redolent of spoiling cheese, and I'm wondering where the hell I am. I blink sleep from my eyes and sit up and scan the room, and on a chair in the corner, I see a lump of Lycra atop a grease-splattered cardboard box. I remember: …

Tips for a Stress-Free Safari

Last year, my new husband and I ventured to <b>Zimbabwe</b> for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience to celebrate our milestone together. Neither of us had ever traveled anywhere in Africa before, so planning our adventure was both exciting and exhausting.<p>Here are a few things we learned—both before and …

Maximize Your Vacation Happiness

You’ve likely got a vacation coming up soon. Whether you’re headed abroad for a week or simply to a cabin in the woods over Labor Day, start planning now. That's the number-one piece of advice from the folks over at Happify, who worked with scientists to determine the best tips and strategies for a …