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16 hearty crockpot recipes to keep you warm

Slow down, you're not going anywhere for a while.<p>The blizzard outside has you cooped up for a lazy snow day. Whether you're stuck on shovel duty or …

How to Spend Less Money on Your Favorite Ingredients

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, you can make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: This New Year, resolve to hack your way to a better, fancier ingredients -- without</i> …

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

The Craziest Places to Stay on Vacation

Sure, you can always book a hotel or an Airbnb rental, but there will come a time when you might want to shack up in a truly unique abode. And for that, we've got you covered.<p>Play Swiss Family Robinson in <b>one of these treehouse hotels</b>.<p>Get the royal treatment at a <b>rentable château or palace</b>.<p>Keep an …

3 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Staycation in Houston

Experiencing a getaway with an itinerary that doesn't include debt-inducing baggage fees, last-minute flight delays or buzz-killing jet lag sounds like my kind of party and I'll always want an invite.<p>Sign me up for the forever membership please!<p>Just the thought of sleeping in late like my old …

Travel Hack: How to Save Hundreds On Your Flights to Europe by Buying Two Separate Tickets

<b>Stop! Don't book that $1,000 flight to Lisbon before you hear about this travel hack that can save you hundreds on your flights to Europe!</b><p>OK, so you want to go to Europe, but you don't want to spend a lot of money getting there. What can you do? There are a few tips to get good deals on flights: …

7 Ways To Quiet Your Home From The Noisy World Around It

The early evening darkness combined with the impending winter's cold weather means more time spent in our homes. It's during this time when we tend to notice just how loud everything is -- the neighbors, the howling wind and, in many areas, traffic noise. If moving to the middle of nowhere isn't an …

Adorable Dog Photography That Will Make You Happy by Alicja Zmyslowska

Now hug! Three border collies are looking incredibly cute in this photo by Alicja Zmyslowka. The Poland-based photographer takes the most adorable pictures of dogs we've ever seen. Alicja had always been around photography, since her father and brother had taken photos as long as she could …

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Fine dining goes lowbrow without losing its luster

There are 7,000 licensed medallion taxis in Chicago, and you’ll be hard pressed to find one trolling for fares near EL Ideas, a fine dining …

How to Hack Your Way to Elite Status

<i>KassandraBayResort / Flickr</i><p>We've all been there. You're enjoying a week-long stay at a moderately priced hotel, until the bill is slipped under your doorway on the morning of checkout. The cost of Wi-Fi, breakfast, occasional room service, resort fees -- they've all been tallied up and suddenly …

The 9 Best Money-Saving Travel Tips

1-<b>Pick Destinations Based On Currency Exchange Rates</b><p>My destinations are selected based on where the dollar is strongest. Flexibility in choosing my vacation allows me to be opportunistic.<p>Reviewing online currency valuation articles helps determine where the exchange rates are best. A strong dollar …

7 Clever Uses for Dryer Sheets

This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com<p>You probably already know that fabric softener sheets work wonders for getting rid of staticky hair, but that's not all they're good for. Here are a few more reasons to add them to your cleaning arsenal:<p><b>1. Make your shower door sparkle.</b>Skip …

11 Clever Uses for Safety Pins

There are lots of reasons to keep a stash of these tiny tools around. This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com<p>Sure, safety pins are helpful for fixing a dropped hem or ripped seam in a pinch, but you already knew that. Here are some more ways they can solve problems all over the …

The Two Sides of Beautiful in the Dolomites

The Val Gardena in northeastern Italy is a sight to behold, no matter how you look at it -- or from what height. When people talk about beautiful landscapes, they generally mean one of two different, in fact totally opposite things.<p>On the one end of the spectrum, there is the …

The 10 Best Cities In The World

<i>CNTraveler.com</i><p>Nearly 77,000 of our readers rated their favorite cities in the world. Is your favorite on the list? Read about all the best hotels, resorts, islands, spas, and cruise lines in the world in our Readers' Choice Awards 2014.<p><b>See the full ranking on CNTraveler.com</b><p>15 Places You Won't …

The Heels Are Killer in the Best Way at the Brooklyn Museum

How else can I begin except by saying I was giddy with controlled exuberance. It was as if I was alone in a world all my own (Michael <i>Through the Looking Glass</i>) as I stared at the encased heels all around me. These weren't just any heels though. These were "Killer Heels," as in the ones currently on …

How Travel Taught Me Every Day Is a Gift

Bleary-eyed, dizzy and disoriented from an overnight ten hour flight, I walked and walked and walked the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia. And then I stopped, sat down, and dozed asleep sitting upright on a bench in the Royal Botanical Gardens. It was 4pm in the afternoon on a mild day in May. …

Leaf-Peeping Paradise: The Finger Lakes

<i>By Amelia Mularz</i><p>Attention, foliage fanatics: we are approaching peak season for yellows and reds. This is not a test. Repeat, this is not a test. Have your best cable-knit sweater at the ready and prepare for a weekend of extreme coziness.<p>Among leaf scenes, New York’s is one of the best. Governor …

Istanbul: City of the Future

From the October 2010 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p><b>Beloved for its complex, layered past, Istanbul, where East meets West, may also offer a vision of what’s to come.</b> <br>I don’t think I’d ever stepped inside a cinema restroom to see little video screens along the wall projecting fashion runway …

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The Best Scenic Bike Rides for Fall

The temperature has begun its descent. Not to that unbearable winter cool, but to the perfect crisp breeze that only exists in the fair season of autumn. And there's no better way to enjoy the cool weather, and beautiful scenic views that come along it, than out on a bike ride.<p>Whether you are an …

I Heart My City: Eamon’s Belfast

A <i>bodhrán</i> player (and also a maker of the traditional drums), set dancer (a type of Irish folk dance), and bog oak sculptor, <b>Belfast</b> native <b>Eamon Maguire</b> is well versed in Irish culture. He also helps pass on these traditions as an instructor at An Droichead, an Irish language and arts school in the …

Jamaica for adrenalin junkies

It’s known for its laidback Rastafarian spirit, but Jamaica also has much to offer adventure-seeking travellers. From climbing cascading waterfalls with your bare hands to exploring underwater plane wrecks, we've rounded up nine great ways to break a sweat in Jah’s garden.<p>Surfing Jamaica’s east …

4 Best Travel Ads to Watch This Week

This week’s travel brands approach marketing with an eye for creativity and a knack for speaking to their intended audience in an effective and fun …

5 Addictively Delicious Roasted Vegetables

<b>Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Honey Butter</b><p>High heat roasting is my favorite way to cook broccoli. It's quick, easy and the broccoli emerges from the oven caramelized and full of flavor. Here, the florets are tossed in a sweet, spicy and smoky chipotle honey butter before roasting. It's as …

Ireland's Castles

Castles dot the countryside of the Irish Isles. Some remain private homes, some are open to the public, and some are mere ruins of what they once were.

Norway's Arctic Outpost

Longyearbyen, the world's northern-most town, is not just suffused in charm; it is fully equipped to grant you quick access to the Arctic's delights.<p>Svalbard, a scrum of islands lying between Norway and the North Pole, wasn't a place I could point out on the map until I began looking for the Arctic …

The JT Insider Food Guide: Mexico

<b>Top chef Enrique Olvera of Mexico City's world renowned restaurant Pujol, gives us his tips on how to experience the best of this foodie nation.</b><p><b>Mexico is undoubtedly a nation with an exceptional culinary culture that reflects its Mesoamerican and European influence, from popular dishes like</b> …

Top 5 Places in Croatia (Beyond Dubrovnik)

With breathtaking nature, charming architecture, and a long Adriatic coastline, there's plenty to see in this spectacular country.<p>Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of the …