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Weekends Basque Country: Food, Culture and Surf in Spain’s Emerald Paradise

How to spend 48 hours along one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines.<p>Spanish stereotypes never seem to escape flamenco, sangria and paella, but most …

Bilbao

3 awesome last-minute gifts for Dad

Well, here we are again: You procrastinated till the last minute, and now you don't have time to get Dad a gift for Father's Day. Don't be ashamed, it happens to the best of us!<p>Have no fear: If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can leverage that sweet, sweet 2-day shipping to save the day. …

32 Genius Gadgets Under $40 On Amazon That Are Basically Out Of A Black Mirror Episode

<i>Black Mirror</i> is science fiction, but sometimes it hits pretty close to home — and today’s modern world is actually filled with high-tech devices that …

This $12 Travel Accessory Is Blowing Up on Amazon—Here's Why

Packing hacks often divide travelers—the fold-or-roll debate is just the start—but there's one little-known product that seems to have unanimous …

Africa

Spiced Cranberry Muffins

It’s officially fall, so it’s time to step up your muffin game. Banana bread is the surprising inspiration for this cranberry muffin recipe, as we …

5 Awesome Unconventional River Rafting Trips

These new ways to get your spring/summer river fix are mixed with craft beer, music, yoga and more.<p>Does anything sound better than a craft beer after …

Craft Beer

Colorful Paper-Cut Sculpture Captures the Diversity of a Coral Reef

French paper designer and illustrator Mlle Hipolyte creates colorful sculptures out of intricately cut paper shapes. Previously mentioned for her three-dimensional animal masks, the artist’s latest piece of paper art is a magnificent, three-dimensional representation of a vibrant coral reef. Titled</i> …

Children are learning to code with new toys they can touch and feel

So you want your kid to grow up to be Mark Zuckerberg? Get them started early. Toymakers are creating everything from board games to wooden logic puzzles to teach children—as young as three years old—how to code.<p>Kano and Primo Toys sell play sets that mix hardware and software, creating a hands-on …

10 STEM Toys That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds

Whether you’ve got kids who already love science or kids who would rather play music or sports, these 10 STEM toys are so irresistibly cool, they’ll …

19 Things About Life You Should Know Before You Turn 29

A lot happens in those 10 years.<p>It's October.<p>Which means 2017 has officially flown by. (Remember all those things you swore you were going to do back in January? Have you done any of them?)<p>One of the things I prioritize doing Q4 of every year is taking a considerable amount of time to reflect on …

National Parks in Every State That’ll Inspire You to Get Outside

National Parks

Iceland Is Tired of People Just Visiting Reykjavik

There are other parts of the country, you know.<p>This month, <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> unveiled a package of stories highlighting emerging destinations—places that are just making their way onto travelers' radars. A few years ago, Iceland could easily have been considered one of those, but today, the Nordic …

Bumped from a flight? Know your rights before you fly

Shocking viral videos of security personnel forcibly removing a man from his seat and dragging him down the aisle of a United plane have many wondering what rights passengers have—if any—when they’ve been bumped from a flight.<p>According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about one in every …

8 Washington DC Apps every visitor should download before you visit

Washington DC is a tourist paradise with free museums, great restaurants and more politicians roaming around and having power lunches than you …

Apps

20 misused words that make smart people look dumb

We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with.<p>If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because …

12 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late in Life

Here are the 12 best career lessons everyone should take to heart early in their careers.<p>If there's one thing we all have in common, it's that we all make mistakes along the way (and hopefully learn valuable lessons from them). But if you're smart, you'll learn as much as possible from the mistakes …

The VICE Guide to Amsterdam 2014

Amsterdam is a compact museum city with plenty to do even if you're sober, and some relatively classy ways to not be sober. Here's how to avoid the sex tourists and drug addicts.<p><i>Return to the VICE Guide to Europe 2014 homepage</i><p><i>All photos by Raymond van Mil unless otherwise stated</i><p>The Dutch capital is …

This is by far the best travel pillow I've ever used

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon Anyone who has taken a cross-continental or international flight has their own ritual to achieve the impossible: comfort on an …

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8 Tips for an Everest Base Camp Trek

An Everest Base Camp Trek has become a feasible goal for people from all walks of life. Yet, hiking 125 kilometers and ascending 2,500 meters is no …

5-Minute Hotel Room Workout for High-Intensity Interval Training

Reduce stress before hopping on a plane.<p>Here’s a quick, 5-minute HIIT workout designed for you to do in a hotel room. In no time you’ll get your …

14 Hidden Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

If you live in a small space, storage hacks are your best friend. Anyone can save room by bringing in small furniture or putting up shelfie-worthy shelves, but even with the usual tricks, there never seems to be enough room for all your stuff. Instead of vacuum sealing, squeezing or stuffing your …

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9 Things You Can’t Miss in Washington, DC

If your obsession with <i>House of Cards</i> hasn’t convinced you to move Washington, DC to the top of your US travel bucket list, then your love of gorgeous music venues, rooftop bars and farmers’ markets will have you booking a trip ASAP. Sure, DC is definitely the place to head if you want to strike up …

8 Brands That Will Transform Your Travel Wardrobe

When it comes to packing for vacation, it takes approximately 14 minutes (or the time you have before your Uber arrives to bring you to the airport) …

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What to do in Washington’s national parks, from hikes, to drives, to multi-day adventures

In this centennial year of the National Park Service, which states in the Lower 48 have really got it good when it comes to national parks? The …

The Best Hi-Tech Camping Gear for Your Next Great Adventure

For most of us, the goal of camping is to unplug.<p>But ironically, the latest technological advances in gear, equipment, and clothing will take your …

8 Amazingly Healthy Smoothie Recipes You've Never Heard Of

Unique ingredients are key 🔑.<p>Beyond the slew of avocado toasts that bait us on Instagram, the colorfully arranged #smoothies on the app are even more of a studied art. In fact, the chilled drink craze is part of the inspiration behind New Yorker Rachel Drori's line of delicious frozen smoothies …

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8 Hotel Room Workouts You Can Do In 20 Minutes Or Less

Ah, the elusive hotel room workout! Whether you're packing up for business or pleasure, travel has a tendency to throw off the fitness routines of …

The Five Best Hikes Near Washington, DC

Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley on these adventurous trails.<p>It’s time to get outside again. With winter safely in the past, …

Hip meets history: From Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea, Israel is full of one-of-a-kind experiences

I opened the curtains in my hotel room, and spread before me, like an ancient tapestry, was Jerusalem’s Old City.<p>It still looked as magical as it did …