Mandi Schafer

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This Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

The concept of a road trip is as American as apple pie, and yet, devising the “best” U.S. driving route is a bit of a head scratcher. Much depends on …

Spain's Swankiest Seaside Lounges

<i>© Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar Beach Club</i><p>With open air terraces and plush lounges, Spain's effortlessly cool seaside bars are reinventing the beach club trend. Hotel search trivago.com presents 6 luxurious Spanish hotels offering panoramic views of the sea, live music all day and innovative …

Hot Off the Runway: Women's Fashion Trends for Fall

If you want to be on the cutting edge of fashion for fall, don't look to shop windows, look to the future! As I often tell my clients, if you see it in stores, it's already out, which is why I keep an eye on global trend forecasts. This week at MAGIC, the semiannual fashion trade show in Las Vegas, …

You have to try these 11 absurdly good foods next time you're in NYC

It's hard to figure out where to eat when you're in a new city — especially in New York, which is full of restaurants and food trucks.<p>But there's one unlikely place where the most unique and bizarre food samplings in any city can be found: Instagram. It's the perfect platform for figuring out where …

The 10 Most Beautiful Spring Hikes In Oregon

1. Abiqua Falls | Scotts Mills, Oregon<p>If you're looking for a place to escape, with no cell reception, a quick 2.5-mile hike, and formations that could only be made from mother nature herself, Abiqua Falls is the place for you.<p>A 92-foot fall, secluded and tucked away for only the adventurous. Pack …

I Did Not Quit My Job to Travel the World

Approximately every five minutes someone out there writes an article about how they quit their job to travel the world. Okay, maybe not every five minutes, but these days it does seem like there are many people who do just that -- save up money, quit their jobs and go from country to country, city …

Fellas, This Bag Will Make Traveling With A Suit So Much Easier

Travel bags come in many shapes and sizes. Now, they can transform into entirely new pieces of luggage, too.<p>Online retailer Combatant Gentlemen launched its first weekender bag on Thursday and at first glance, the product looks like any run-of-the-mill duffel. A peek inside reveals that it's so …

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Self-improvement

What You Need To Know About Booking Your Flight

(Photo: Ticking Clock/Shutterstock)<p>For at least two decades, industry experts have been speculating about basic timing factors in finding the lowest airfares. The big question: When is the best time to buy plane tickets? So far, nobody has been able to come up with definitive answers that stand the …

What Kids Learn From Travel

Our family Christmases can be a little unconventional -- once we took our 2-year-old son to South Africa. Some of my friends gave me a hard time. They said I gave myself a safari holiday while my son was too young to protest instead of giving him a tree and a stocking.<p>For his third birthday, …

Shades of Grey Are Also in the Air in Paris

Shades of Grey are also in the air in Paris. Not in beds but in stores, as the shades of grey are the number one happening fashion color for pre spring for women and for men.<p>The new way to wear grey is to mix it with all the various shades of grey in wool or leather. The grey outfit is best mixed …

Shades of Grey

The 10 most important Youtube videos of all time

In the past decade, the website has become a huge part of our culture and an important platform for brands to engage with users.<p>It's where music videos live. It's where movie trailers premiere. It's where a whole new class of multimillionaire "Youtube stars" have cropped up.<p>To chart Youtube's …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

Gear: Small Rapoo keyboard is something to write home about

When your tablet's touchscreen keyboard just won't cut it, here's a new candidate for a real keyboard that plays well with most electronic devices as long as they are Bluetooth-enabled.<p>The Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touchpad Keyboard is a 13-by-4-inch keyboard with 82 big and nicely spaced keys, and an …

Consumer Tech

10 Online Tools Every Award Traveler Should Bookmark

<i>Booking travel (and award travel in particular) can be complicated. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available online to make things</i> …

Flying

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. <i>(Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.)</i><p>Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are …

How O. J. Simpson Killed Popular Culture

Two decades after America dropped whatever it was doing to watch a white Bronco cruise down the San Diego Freeway, the O. J. Simpson case remains unparalleled as noir mystery, soap opera, and (though no one knew it at the time) TV’s first reality show. Examining how the cast—Kato Kaelin, Marcia …

The 7 Best Cities for Beer

The number of local craft breweries is at an all-time high in the United States. From coast to coast (and everywhere in between), privately-owned breweries are producing delicious brews for every palate. Hoppy IPAs, robust ales, and refreshing pilsners are just some of the offerings on parade, and …

The New Stress Solution

Feeling wrung out? Barring the off-chance you can drop everything and move to the South of France, check out this easy expert advice for how to keep calm.<p>As the clinical director of New York's buzzed-about YinOva Center, a holistic-based medical practice, Jill Blakeway has seen her share of strung …

How to Get the Most Energy Out of Your Day

Daylight Savings has arrived, which not only means that we get to see the sun beyond 5pm—it's also basically the benchmark that declares spring's imminent arrival.<p>Daylight Savings has arrived, which not only means that we get to see the <i>sun</i> after 5pm—it's also basically the benchmark that declares …

Everything You Need to Know About Juicing at Home

The founder of Juice Generation spills his secrets.<p>Whether it's bottled on a Whole Foods shelf or squeezed on the spot in a wheatgrass-filled storefront, a fancy juice can set you back six dollars or more in most markets, making even your Starbucks addiction look cheap in comparison. Couple that …

DIY Green Juice That Actually Tastes Refreshing!

Photo: Courtesy of Leaf.tv.<p><i>Have a minute? That’s all it took us to get hooked on Leaf.tv, an addictive new YouTube series from content queens Erin</i> …

12 Superfoods For Spring

These nutrient-packed foods are not only in season, they're sure to become staples in your countdown-to-summer meal plan.<p><b>Sea Buckthorn</b><p>"This super food has been linked to youthful skin," says Brooke Alpert, RD, founder of B-Nutrititous in NYC. "It contains the highest natural source of omega-7 fatty …

3 Recipes From the Spring Farmer's Market

From fiddlehead ferns to meyer lemons, Erin O'Leary Stewart of Define Foods has created three mouth-wateringly delicious, and healthy, recipes in honor of spring's official arrival.<p>From fiddlehead ferns to fresh radishes, Erin O'Leary Stewart of Define Foods has created three mouth-wateringly …

Fashion Milestones: What I Wore…on My First Date With My Husband

First off, I DID NOT wear ANYTHING like the above outfit on my first date with my husband. Far from it (sadly for him), but a little background first.<p>The long and short of it: I spent a good chunk of my 20s making some questionable choices when it came to boys. Same old story, but I tended to veer …

Amtrak Takes Advantage of Social Buzz with Sponsored Trip to SXSW

Amtrak is trying to become cool and stumbled its way to into group of prolific social sharers last week when several writers started tweeting about …

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

Nature-Inspired Resort Offers Treehouse Accommodations

It may not be a replacement for never having a treehouse as a child, but this unique resort is still pretty fun. Located just 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Washington, Treehouse Point is a sustainable bed and breakfast that offers a unique opportunity for adults to vacation in rooms built amongst …

Treehouses

Pictures of the week: 40 Weeks And A mirror, by Sophie Starzenski

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, their choice is Sophie Starzenski's 40 weeks and a mirror.