Karen Masbaum

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Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …

What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Morocco

So you're planning your Morocco travel! As they say in Arabic, Mabruk! (Congratulations). Now what? Well, before you get on the plane, there are some things you probably want to know.<p><b>Morocco, Morrocco, Morroco? Which is correct?</b><p>In English, we spell the word: Morocco. But in Arabic, there are no …

12 Tips on How to Spend 6 Months in France Without Going Broke

From the start, the math didn't add up.<p>My wife, Kathy, and I were headed to France for a half year. I'd be on a paid sabbatical, but Kathy was retiring, and we weren't ready to tap her Social Security. Even with our house rented at a discount, complete with our golden retriever, the basic addition …

10 Ancient Archaeological Sites for Your World Travel Bucket List

Shares 7K<p>Typically, when ancient archaeological sites get some form of development, it’s a benefit.<p>With development comes better controlled access …

Eight Rustic—But Luxurious—Beach Escapes (Photos)

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Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)

Paradise<p>There’s only one way to avoid the quickly approaching winter: plan a luxurious—and warm—island vacation. See the 25 top picks for where to …

Pencil on Paper Drawings by Carl Krull

Scroll Drawings.<p>Pencil on paper drawings by Copenhagen, Denmark based artist Carl Krull. The selected drawings are taken from a series of artworks …

Quantum Computers Move Another Step Closer To Reality

Imagine that two people could get linked in such a way that they could influence each other no matter where in the universe they existed. Now scientists find they can entangle mechanical vibrations in this same way, findings that could help enable quantum computers far more powerful than normal …

Low-Key Beaches Will Let You Escape The Bustle On Your Next Vacation

We <i>knooow</i> every celeb is kicking back in St. Barts, and we know Waikiki is, like, the best beach in the world.<p>But often, the “world’s coolest beaches” morph rapidly into mere sand strips crawling with tourists, price tags and inner tube peddlers. There’s nothing worse than visiting a famous beach …

Key Part Of Obamacare Website Going Dark This Weekend

The federal government will take down a critical part of HealthCare.gov, the Obamacare web portal, for a portion of the coming weekend as programmers feverishly work to fix major glitches that are impeding enrollment and marring the debut of the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care …

Yosemite National Park, Closed on Its 123rd Birthday

California's Yosemite National Park, established on October 1, 1890, stands closed today, along with all other national parks and monuments in the U.S. More than a century ago, naturalist John Muir, a strong advocate for the recognition and protection of the region, successfully lobbied congress to …

If You Want a Healthy Relationship, Get a Life!

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>At the beginning of my relationship with Tom, I had a very empowering moment. He called and sounded nervous as he told me a friend had asked him to go to a ballgame on Friday night and he …

Six beautiful and bizarre bridges

Many bridges are the archetype of urban blight, essential yet uninspired. But informed Quora.com users know better. They identified fantastic structures that double as art.