Mariya Marinova

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Walking holidays in Japan: the best mountain hikes to tackle

Japan’s hiking boom has resulted in well-signposted and maintained trails, as well as plentiful mountain hut and campsite accommodation. The views from peaks such as Fuji and Asahi can’t fail to make the effort worthwhile<p>Japan’s reputation as an overcrowded and urban country extends only to the …

Top secret(s): the truths behind 10 of the world's great wonders

Ever visit an incredible site in some exotic land and wonder how it was built? The notice board just lists a few meaningless dates, or a guide rattles off a bunch of jargon-packed phrases, but you want the real dirt. Here we reveal the ingenious engineering behind 10 of the world's most epic …

How successful people beat stress

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to <i>them</i>.<p>The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their …

Self-help

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, …

Swiss Alps

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrated in Pictures

Cambridge

Dude looks likes a lady: the unisex trend blurring gender boundaries

This year’s menswear shows were all about feminisation. JW Anderson, Hedi Slimane, Givenchy, and Prada all helped capture the gender-blending mood, and Selfridges went the whole hog and decided to merge its women’s and men’s departments. It’s a look we’ve seen before, but will it go mainstream this …

No School Like Old School | Classical Lessons For Modern Photography That Will Help You Stand Out

Some time ago, I wrote a piece addressing the value of analyzing and critiquing photos for personal growth in the craft. I heralded the merits of …

Study Skills

Walking guides: the UK’s long-distance footpaths in easy stages

Britain’s walking trails provide great views of the country but if you’re daunted by their length, try tackling them in ‘collectible’ chunks, like our writer who is walking the Grand Union canal – over nine months<p>Long-distance footpaths can be seductive things. You gaze at them on a map – the …

'Dating' vs. 'Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time

A lot evolves between the first year of coupledom and the ones that follow—including references to "home," "dinner," and "love."<p>So many loves start with a "hey." A tentative "hey." A hopeful "hey." And more often than ever that "hey" is not spoken, but sent through a text message.<p>That first "hey," …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

The Most Incredible Use Of 425 Square Feet You've Ever Seen

It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this once awkward New York City …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

Street Style: Fall 2014 Couture

Louis Vuitton

The Annual Tomatina Festival in Spain

Italian Food

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Landscape Photography

Astonishingly Vivid Compositions Inspired by Fairytales

Russia-based photographer Margarita Kareva has a special niche with her exquisitely composed photographs of mesmerizing women. Her surreal work takes …

Fairy Tales

Essential Small-Space Living Tips

Small space living can be a challenge.<p>Multifunctional furniture can make a small space a lot more livable.<p>In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.<p>If you have infants or toddlers in your home—or are about to have a …

Yukon Territory

Africa's Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room

The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, …

Scuba Diving

Europe's best outdoor art this summer

Summer outdoor exhibitions around Europe make the most of the good weather, taking art out of the gallery and into the street or park. We pick 10 of the best al fresco art shows this year<p>Mamo, Marseille<p>Le Corbusier’s most famous work, Marseille’s Unité d’Habitation apartment block (aka the Cité …

National Geographic Travel

100 of the best things to do in London

In terms of cultural attractions, world-class restaurants and unusual diversions, London is a city without compare. It is no exaggeration to say you could pursue a different recreational activity in the city every night of the year, but that degree of choice can be overwhelming. To help you on your …

England

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Creativity is developed, not a birthright.<p>Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any …

Creativity

Sali Hughes’ 25 best holiday beauty buys

Makeup, hair products and suncare that provide top results in the sun, on the beach and when travelling<p>I spend an ungodly amount of my life testing products, playing with textures and colour, and sniffing out what’s new and effective in beauty, so it will come as no surprise that by nature, I am …

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

British History

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Out of Bed for a Morning Workout

You can totally wake yourself up for a.m. exercise! You're just going to have to pull a fast one...on yourself.<p>You've tried to become one of those morning workout people (gotta love 'em!), but when that dreaded alarm goes off, your body is all, 'No. Just no.' And by the time your mind remembers …

The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep

Lifestyle > Habits<p>Next Article<p>Why the Habits of Highly Successful People Are Just a Myth<p>Next Article<p>James Clear<p>Writer, Entrepreneur and Behavior Science Expert<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On February 13, 1972, Michel Siffre climbed into a cave in southwest Texas. It …

Harvard Medical School