Kristin Shively Taylor

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Poshtels are the hot new trend in the travel industry — here's what they are

But a new kind of hostel is on the rise and it's far from a no-frills backpacker haven.<p>It's called a poshtel — a combination of posh and hostel — and it's bringing together two concepts that most travelers wouldn't likely use together: luxury and hostel.<p>Most poshtels offer guests the option of …

Hospitality

27 Amazing Charts That Will Turn You Into A Baking Whiz

Your sweet tooth can thank us later.

18 Things All Extremely Blunt People Know To Be True

• Nothing bores you more than small talk on a first date. You die a little inside when the person across from you asks you where you're from and what …

Willy Wonka

What's All the Skiplagged Fuss About Anyway?

"Hidden city tickets" have been in the news a lot the last few months, and are a great example of the bewildering state of today's airfare market. Airlines are often willing to sell a much cheaper ticket with one or more stops on a route where they don't have a direct flight option, in order to …

The Race to Explore Germany's Heritage

On the edge of Lake Constance, small wooden huts sit above the water, held up by stilts -- a reconstruction of the pile dwellings that ancient man lived in 7000 years ago in this part of Germany. Just kilometers away, the monastic island of Reichenau was an epicenter of religious art during the …

Europe

8 Simple Ways to Be More in the Moment When You Travel

<b>1. Don't make comparisons.</b><p>Whether you travel often or only occasionally, it's far too easy to compare your current situation to one from the past. The pebbly shore off the Promenade des Anglais in Nice instantly makes you long for the black sand beaches you frolicked on in Santorini. The Pad Thai …

Spectacular Drone Photos Catch Famous Places 'The Way They Were Designed To Be Seen'

Who needs a helicopter tour when you've got a drone?<p>This stunning photo series from photographer Amos Chapple features crystal-clear images of bucket-list tourist sites -- mostly in India and Russia -- that were shot entirely from a drone. The result is a heaping plate of EarthPorn that's anything …

8 Things You Didn't Know About Abraham Lincoln's Funeral

The small town of Springfield, Illinois is gearing up for a global event. April 15 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and local community leaders are busy preparing to reenact the historic procession in his adopted home state of Illinois. It was in the Illinois state …

risk neuroblastoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Unituxin (dinutuximab) as part of first-line therapy for pediatric patients with high-risk …

Street Art That Only Appears When It Rains

Now this is a fun idea we can get behind! Instead of sulking because it's raining outside, why not discover some hidden street art? Seattle, a city that's known for its rain, is now the place where you can find this rain-activated art, or what creator Peregrine Church calls “rainworks.” Using …

Streetwear

11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

Travel is good for lots of things, but it can also increase mental well-being - and not just in the short-term. Whether you're traveling for business, on a one-week family holiday, or have sold everything to pursue a life on the road, traveling can make you a happier person by building …

Spin the Globe and Go: Take the Adventure You Always Dreamed About

With warmer temps and longer days comes the promise of summer and--if you're lucky--an adventure more epic than any you've ever taken. To be certain, everyone's idea of adventure is a little different. Some adventurers would prefer to travel to exotic cities where urban life whirls through open-air …

8 Best Chain Hotels You've (Probably) Never Heard of -- But Will Love

Chain hotels often get a bad rap. Admittedly, some of them, with uninspired beige decor, industrial carpeting, and airline-quality breakfasts, have earned it. But they're not <i>all</i> that way. Some chain hotels are building their brand as hip and stylish, with restaurants that attract foodies and rooms …

Powerful Photos of Stranded Polar Bears Surrounded by a Melting Sea of Ice

While on board a ship touring the Svalbard Archipelago in Norway, Italian academic researcher Marco Gaiotti caught these stunning images of lonely-looking polar bears surrounded by a sea of ice. He joined a photo expedition that's purpose was to observe polar bears in their raw and natural habitat. …

Antarctica

Eight Hostels for When You're Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler's life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding …

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Bertrand Russell

Mind-Bending Optical Illusions Created With Photo Manipulation

Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and retoucher based in Berlin who is well known on the Internet for his amazing surreal photo manipulations …

17 More Things You Can Do While Actively Monitoring a Standardized Test

There’s just no way around it, people.<p>Testing season is upon us.<p>We could talk all day about what’s wrong with standardized tests: that they kill …

Generation X’s journey from jaded to sated

Boomers cry “More, more, more!” and Millennials whine “Me, me, me!” But Gen Xers know when to say “Meh”<p>IF YOU CAN remember what life was like before R.E.M.—and can identify a Care Bear but sure as hell never went to bed with one—consider yourself an inducted member of Generation X. Our generation …

Flexible Jobs for Writers: These Companies Offer Remote Positions

Working from home — it’s the ultimate dream for many of us.<p><b>For writers especially, working from home can be an ideal arrangement.</b> It allows for a …

Employment

11 Cities You Must Backpack At Least Once

There are almost too many must-see cities in the world -- and the most seamless way to hit them all is by backpacking. With little luggage and a huge sense of adventure, a backpacking trip allows you to experience new places with freedom and ease (all while teaching you more than college ever …

Charlie Hebdo: first cover since terror attack depicts prophet Muhammad

French satirical magazine’s surviving columnist says cover is a call to forgive the terrorists who murdered her colleagues last week<p>• Where can you buy a copy of Charlie Hebdo?<p><b>Warning: this article contains the image of the magazine cover, which some may find offensive.</b><p>The front cover of …

20 apps and games to download for the new year

Ten of the best new smartphone apps to kickstart your year – and 10 of the best mobile games to help you start wasting it<p>APPS<p><b>HERE BETA</b><p><b>Android - FREE</b><p>Looking for an alternative to Google Maps on your Android device? Nokia has made its maps and satnav app available in beta form for free. It’s …

The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders

The murders today in Paris are not a result of France’s failure to assimilate two generations of Muslim immigrants from its former colonies. They’re not about French military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, or the American invasion of Iraq before that. They’re not part of some …

A world war on American soil: How the Civil War became a global struggle

When the Union and the Confederacy charged into battle in 1861, the whole world was watching — and waiting<p>"So it seems your Republic is going to pieces?” an unnamed high officer of the French imperial government snidely remarked to the American guest attending a concert at Emperor Napoleon III’s …

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …