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Thousands of years of evolution have prepared us to be repulsed by Ted Cruz’s face

Politicians often try to avoid saying what they really think. But their faces and body language broadcast much more than they might realize. The last several months of US presidential debates have been no exception. If you muted the volume and <i>watched</i> what the candidates were saying you might have …

Psychology

The Top 23 Most Beautiful American Campsites

Photo by Christin Healey, Explorer for The Outbound Collective<p>It's not too late to get that summer camping trip in the books and any one of these 23 campsites would make for an amazing trip. Rally the crew, pack up the car, and head out to sleep under the stars at one of these beautiful American …

Artist Turns Historical Photos into Colorfully Whimsical Composites

In a continuation of her <i>Dancing with Costica</i> series, Australian artist Jane Long has created more imaginatively surreal compositions by digitally restoring, colorizing, and manipulating black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. The series came about when Long was looking for a way to brush …

Art

13 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Just say "no" to plastic drop cloths.<p>Professional painters are fast, efficient, and have mastered techniques that produce top-notch results while making it all look easy. Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets, including these 13 tips.<p>1. …

Playing with Fire: Shou Sugi Ban Torched Lumber in Bright Colors

Now surfacing: <i>shou sugi ban</i>–Japanese-style charred wood–in eye-opening shades. Torched first, the planks are then stained to create a combination …

Before & After: Tooth & Nail Winery

Late last summer Makers & Allies, a California creative agency specializing in design for wine, craft, and spirits brands, was tapped to revive an …

Paso Robles

20 Charming Brick Patio Designs

Brick patios add instant charm to outdoor spaces. Whether you use actual bricks or brick pavers, the result is a neat arrangement of pieces to create …

Landscaping

40 Unforgettable Experiences to Have in Iceland

<i>Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland.</i><p>Iceland's dazzling glacial landscapes, thermal pools and ominous volcanoes are endlessly captivating, making it the ideal terrain for adventurous travelers to explore. Don't want to miss anything? Put your guidebook to one side and instead print out this list of 40 …

12 Hour Destination Guide to Bled, Slovenia

By College Tourist; Author: Emily Poklar, University of Wisconsin - Madison<p><b>A city surrounded by the Julian Alps, small neighborhoods, homemade stews and wine, and with a stunning lake in the center - the Slovenian city of Bled is the perfect "off the beaten track" day trip to add to your …

Slovenia: One of Europe's Hottest Nature Destinations

Like many of the growing numbers of tourists visiting the Adriatic coastal region, I've been to Slovenia numerous times. What keeps attracting me back to explore more each time is the combination of pure nature, wine and gastronomical offerings, and the hospitality of the local people. I also love …

How to Find First-Class Airfare for Under $1,000

Until recently, if you wanted to travel in first or business class you needed to have a stash of frequent flier miles, pay three to five times the coach fare, or deal with opaque consolidators who buy cheap fares in bulk.<p>But these days, the number of discounted first- and business-class fares is on …

A Smart and Stylish Little Blue House

This bungalow is proof that you can pack a design punch into just 574 square feet.<p>If you tend to play it safe with neutrals in your decor, but long to dip a toe into the pool of rainbow hues, take note of this charming Los Angeles bungalow, on the market for $585,000. The chic, but tiny, space …

Interior Design

The Great Glen: coast to coast along Scotland’s rift valley

Scotland’s epic Great Glen is the gift of a dramatic tectonic collision that raised the Scottish Highlands and opened a giant crack across the entire width of the country. Surrounded by some of the UK’s highest mountains and filled with four immense lochs, the glen is rich in Highland heritage and …

Scotland

Free Things to Do in New York City

Finding free activities to fill your day in the City That Never Sleeps is easier than you might think. With countless cultural attractions and a large city parks system, there's plenty to do that won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Art/Music</b><p>Skip the $25 ticket price when the <b>Museum of Modern Art</b> opens its doors, …

11 Crazy Cool Luxury Hotels That Will Give You Insane Wanderlust

Ever wanted to sleep in a tree house? What about an igloo? It’s pretty clear that travel these days can get a bit monotonous — land, arrive at hotel, unpack, go to the beach, eat at said hotel, sleep and repeat. That’s why we’ve rounded up some extravagant travel accommodations that will scare, …

Google Flights Guys On When To Purchase Flights 'The Best Time To Buy Is Now'

Google Flights is better than a travel agent.<p>The flight search engine can essentially plan your dream trip by seeking out the cheapest flight in a given month, <i>all</i> while monitoring fare changes for you.<p>On Wednesday, the brains behind Google Flights hosted an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on Reddit where …

The Best Tools for Flexible Date Searches

People who have flexible dates get the best fares. There's no magic day to buy a fare, although there are cheaper days to fly--for domestic U.S. …

This Cottage Is as Close to Magical as You Can Get

Seriously, its name is "Faerie Door."<p>This countryside cottage totally proves that you don't have to be Harry Potter to have a mystical, storybook getaway in England. Called the Faerie Door (I mean, are you swooning yet?), this beautiful rental is hidden away in Wiltshire, England and is simply …

8 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds

Four Reasons to Visit Ljubljana, Slovenia While It's Still a Hidden Gem

Photo Credit Courtesy of Author<p>Are you looking for a slice of unspoiled, charming, old world Europe? A road less-travelled to a place rich in history, culture, food, scenery and natural wonders? If so, let your journey begin in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia - a former member of Yugoslavia …

Lay Over at These Upscale Hostels

Upscale hostels are popping up in big layover cities like Paris, New York, and Istanbul, giving you an easy excuse to turn a connecting flight into an overnight stay. They come with amenities similar to hotels, are affordable and centrally located, and give you easy access the local life.<p><b>Paris,</b> …

Easy Ways to Save On Your Summer Vacation to Europe

<i>Randy Connolly/ Flickr</i><p>Whether you're dreaming of Greek islands or Spanish steps, Parisian cafes or Venetian piazzas, summer is the perfect time to visit Europe. Unfortunately, it's also the most expensive time of year to fly across the pond. Airfare prices are at their highest, crowds are at their …

National Parks Road Trip: Northern Rockies

Grand Teton > Yellowstone > Glacier<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> Jackson, Wyoming<p>Explore the three crown jewels of the Northern Rockies on this tour spanning some of the continent’s most stunning alpine scenery and explosive geologic wonders. This trip takes you into the beating heart of wild America, from the …

Jasper to Banff and the Icefields Parkway

Traverse the vast beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site from Jasper along the Icefields Parkway and beyond to Banff. Pass fleecy mountain goats licking mineral-rich silt from wide rocky riverbeds. Surmount Sunwapta Pass, where the Atlantic and Arctic watersheds divide. …

Hiking

Genealogy 101: Discover Your Roots

Every “journey home” begins at home. The search to learn more about your ancestors—who they were, where they came from, what happened to them, and why—starts in conversations with relatives, in the attic or basement rifling through old photos and documents, at the local library or archives …

Genealogy

The Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

Our picks of the best spots for a little one-on-one time with you.<p>As great as traveling with companions can be, sometimes it's even better to get out there and discover yourself. If you're plotting your next adventure stag, here are our picks of the best spots for a little one-on-one time with you.

Travel tip: Psst... Reasonable hotel, midtown Manhattan

A couple of months ago, I needed a bed for a night in midtown Manhattan, and I couldn't spend more than $250 (before taxes). In a city whose average room rate hovers near $280, this meant I was doomed to squalor, right? Wrong.<p>Thanks to some wise counsel from travel agent Michael Hannan at San Marin …

You Are Here: Edinburgh

At the castle no one was royal. They dragged along their common provenances, hometowns banging around on the cobblestones behind them like oxygen …

Denver Broncos

A Park Ranger's Guide to Glacier

Montana’s <b>Glacier National Park</b> is where everything bright and strong and never tamed comes together on high: gray wolves and great silver-tipped bears, storms that hit the Great Divide like tsunamis with golden eagles surfing the wind waves, twisted trees 200 years old but scarcely tall enough to …

National Parks