Laren Nease

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5 things I wish I knew about travel in my 20s

MY TWENTIES ARE COMING TO AN end in a short 4 months. It’s the decade I’ll remember as my travel decade. I’ve visited over 30 countries in the last …

National Parks Get the IMAX Treatment in New Film

A new IMAX movie debuts Friday, starring geysers, red rock canyons, mountaintops and redwood forests.<p>Called “National Parks Adventure,” the film …

Top 10 Moments From a Year in Asia and Australia

In my 365 days abroad, I toured 15 countries, two special administrative regions, and 107 cities, towns, and villages. We took 44 planes, 25 trains, nine boats, and seven long-haul buses; slept in 99 hotels, B&Bs, Airbnbs, and homestays, and toured an unimaginable number of museums, temples, …

Skift Podcast: The Changing Trends in Health and Wellness Travel

The <b>Skift Podcast</b> is back, and for our second episode of 2016, we are looking at the state of health and wellness travel trends in 2016.<p>When many …

Professional Traveller | Meet the 27-Year-Old CEO of Lonely Planet | Amuse

The story of how Daniel Houghton became CEO of Lonely Planet at the age of 24 reads like a page straight out of a Hollywood screenplay. The son of a Delta airlines mechanic and flight attendant, Daniel grew up in Atlanta, and studied photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. He graduated in …

Loneliness

Polaroid's fun instant camera gives you a more intimate way of making memories

<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>However, no matter how convenient that may be, <b>there's a sort of intimacy that's lost when all of your photos live on a screen.</b> At …

A 21-Day Passage to Costa Rica

It's become common lore (and accepted by some) that it takes 21 days for an individual to form new habits. With that in mind, the team at Passage—a new travel organization dedicated to immersive experiences—has built a 21-day excursion to the Puerta a La Vida retreat in the Costa Rican wilderness. …

You Can Buy The Best Damn Road Trip Car Ever For The Price Of A Used SUV

What’s important to you in a car? Is it comfort? Fuel efficiency? Speed? How about prestige and overall experience? Well, <i>it better be one of those</i> …

Selling

Little Red Riding Hood’s Demise

On this wretched day, Little Red Riding Hood should have just stayed inside grandma's house. Even though she seemed to be getting along with the wolf in the photo, below, it looks like it was all set up by the furry beast. By the looks of the black and white shots, the wolf premeditated the whole …

Get Lost... and Then Find Yourself in New Zealand

At 35 years old I thought I had finally figured it out. As a destination wedding photographer, I have seen what it takes to make it down the aisle. So I thought for sure that spending my birthday in a hut in Africa with my boyfriend of 4 years was going to be the "trip of a lifetime" that would end …

North Island

Beyond Burning Man: The Best Festivals to Hit This Winter

Are you anti-festival? These under-the-radar (and not too over-the-top) events might change your mind.<p>Summer may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean the good vibes must end. This season’s fresh crop of retreats take the old school music festival to the next level by putting the emphasis on …

Louis Vuitton Launches City Guide Apps

Their iconic guidebooks get the digital treatment.<p>Louis Vuitton's chic, anti-tourist City Guides are getting a mobile upgrade. Starting tomorrow, you can download app versions of each of the 25 cities in their guidebook series, ranging from Beijing, to Istanbul, to Los Angeles. The upscale travel …

I'm Forcing Myself to Be Happy

The good news: It's working. The bad news: I'm becoming a person who starts conversations off with, "Let me tell you about my Happy Project..."<p>I was sitting in my hairstylist's chair two weeks ago getting a bang trim, right after news of celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey's apparent suicide broke, …

The Most Haunted Places In The U.S.

Get in the "spirit." 👻<p>Whether it's an abandoned shack, a haunted hotel or a spirit-infested slice of the great outdoors, America's most haunted destinations make for excellent -- albeit excellently spooky -- Halloween weekenders.<p>The ghostbusters experts at Foursquare were kind enough to point out …

Horror

The Top 5 Small Cities In The U.S.

<i>by Katherine LaGrave, Edited by the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Getty<p>More than 128,000 of our readers rated their favorite cities in the U.S.--in fact, we got so much feedback, we had to divide our list in two. This roundup features the country's smaller cities, with populations under 150,000. …

Film Festivals

17 Reasons To Drop Everything And Go To Molokai

It's about time you got to know the "Friendly Island."<p>Of the eight major Hawaiian islands, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai hog most of the attention.<p>But just because they'd win a popularity contest doesn't mean these islands should be any higher on your bucket list. In fact, Molokai, also known as the …

10 Epic Places You Can Visit On A Budget

Wanderlust knows no wallets. 💸<p>Traveling on the cheap doesn't have to mean seedy motels and a road trip across the U.S. (Though trust us, that's not a bad plan at all.)<p>But for the wanderluster who wants to go somewhere <i>truly</i> epic, there are a number of options you're probably failing to consider. …

Costa Rica

The church of 40,000 corpses

Travellers with a taste for the macabre will have a field day at this gruesome chapel, which is ornately decorated with skeleton chandeliers, hipbone chalices and skull bunting.<p>With every corner of the gruesome Sedlec Ossuary ornately decorated with bones from more than 40,000 skeletons, the Czech …

Dramatic Beauty Tutorial Part 2: Preparing Your Image for Retouching Using Lightroom and Camera Raw

In Part 1 of our Dramatic Beauty Portrait Tutorial, we looked at the lighting setup, gear breakdown, and shooting of our dramatic beauty shoot. In …

Tutorials

10 Editing Techniques That Changed My Photography

In the digital age you as a photographer are expected to be familiar and knowledgeable with Photoshop. It can be argued back and forth if this is …

How I Add Atmosphere To Some Of My Shots Using Photoshop

A lot of times, what appears to be light effects in my work is actually done in post production, using Photoshop, to enhance or exaggerate existing …

The Mountains in This Shot Were Illuminated Briefly by the Rising Moon

It is often said that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” This photo may be a good example of that. It’s a single …

How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

Chinese director Jia Zhangke turns lens on nation's smoggy skies

Chinese director Jia Zhangke, a bête noir of censors whose socially conscious films have tackled issues of modernization, globalization, violence and alienated youth, has now turned his lens, briefly, on the country's air pollution problem.<p>In "Smog Journeys," a seven-minute, dialogue-free film made …

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Evernote Master

Evernote is well established as the go-to app for organizing just about everything in your life. Whether it's notes for a novel or bookmarks from the …

Apps

Clean-Eating Recipes That Will Get You Through January

The word <i>detox</i> tends to bring to mind scary-intense juice cleanses or a gluten-dairy-meat-grain-sugar-caffeine-free diet that will make you run away …

Low-Cost Carrier Norwegian Opening Up Florida to Scandinavia

Scandinavia has become one of Broward’s largest foreign tourist markets, thanks to new air service between Fort Lauderdale and Norway, Denmark, and …

Using Aperture Blending to Control Motion

For outdoor photography, there’s a very easy way to achieve motion blur effects AND get great image quality at the same time without using an ND …

Dark and Moody Zoo Animal Portraits by Alex Teuscher

Geneva-based photographer Alex Teuscher shows us the fine art of zoo animals with these dark and moody portraits. He originally came up with the idea when he was going through his old files of animal photos and felt like something was missing. “I decided to experiment and see what kind of results I …

Animals