Melissa Castilla

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10 Things To Do In Europe Before You Die

<i>by Caitlin Morton and the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>JOHN KELLERMAN / Alamy<p>Whether it's catching an opera in Vienna, having afternoon tea in London, shopping for leather in Florence or sipping a cocktail by the Eiffel Tower -- we've rounded up 10 things you need to do, eat, see, shop for and …

Traveling Internationally? Do These 20 Things First

Credit: Flickr<p>So you're ready to put that first stamp in your passport? Or it has been years since your last big vacation? Here's a list of 20 tips you should do or bring before your trip if this is your first time traveling abroad or if you need a refresher.<p><b>Security & Health</b><p>• <b>Check in with your</b> …

UN: Attacks on Iraq's Yazidis may constitute attempted genocide | DW | 22.10.2014

The campaign against the Yazidis by the "Islamic State" (IS) could constitute attempted genocide, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights …

Human Rights

Five Britons a week joining jihadists in Syria

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, says 'the drumbeat of terrorism in the UK' had become 'faster and more intense'<p>Five young Britons a week are travelling to fight in Syria alongside jihadists, joining hundreds already thought to have left, the country’s most senior …

Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing spy planes and armed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria “very shortly” in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants.<p>Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon arrives for a Cobra meeting at the Cabinet …

Life inside Kobani before Isis attacked – video

Photograph: guardian.co.uk<p>New video footage obtained by the Guardian from inside Kobani shows what life was like for the Kurdish civilians living there just a few days before Islamic State (Isis) attacked the city. Photograph: …

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WhatsApp to add voice communication by summer

When the announcement hit that Facebook was snapping up WhatsApp (beating out Google in the process), the gargantuan $19 billion price tag was hard to justify. But, with 465 million active users per month, there's a lot of potential for other, perhaps more profitable services. Today at MWC, …

The 18 Worst Things About Hawaii (No Really)

Yeah, yeah, it's paradise -- we know. People are happier, healthier and less stressed in Hawaii, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few annoyances, gripes and inconveniences behind all those rainbows and sunsets.<p>Cry us a river with the below 18 worst things about Hawaii:<p><b>1. The traffic is</b> …

Ukraine interim government issues arrest warrant for Yanukovich

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's interim government has issued an arrest warrant for ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, who is wanted in connection with the deaths of protesters in Kiev's main square last week, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a post published on his Facebook page.<p>"A …

I Got My Dream Job As An Actress On A Disney Cruise — Here's What It Was Really Like

It was her dream job, and one of her first professional acting gigs.<p>Now a newly minted equity actress embarking on the national tour of Seussical: The Musical, Raye (disclosure: a friend of mine from college at Penn State University) dished to Business Insider about what it was like to live and …

13 Incredible Natural Wonders That Deserve A Spot On Your Bucket List

As humans, we built a Great Wall. We built some pyramids. We also built a lighthouse and a temple and some hanging gardens.<p>...but we can't just <i>build</i> an underwater river. It's time to make way for Mother Nature's craftsmanship on your list of must-see world wonders.<p><b>1. Pink lakes</b><p>A breed of tiny algae …

6 Moves That Lengthen and Strengthen

Get long, lean muscles with this circuit workout<p>Long, lean, lithe... Who wouldn’t want to be described with these lovely L-words? The moves in this workout—which are inspired by dance, yoga, and Pilates—elongate while they tone, stretching and sculpting muscles in one go. Do these six exercises as …

Travel Bucket List: Where to Go in 2014 (PHOTOS)

Bucket List<p>A new year, a new set of vacations to plan. What about Scotland? Cape Town? Or a cruise down the rivers of Europe? We’ve rounded up the …

14 Things I Wish I Knew in My 20s

As I move headlong into middle age, there are so many ways I have matured. I was a mess in my 20s, admittedly. I was insecure, scattered, and unsure of myself. And when I coach younger clients, I tend to tell them the things I wish someone would have sat down and told me at their age. Things like: …

Hands-On With Coin, The Electronic Credit Card That Hopes To Declutter Your Wallet

There are a number of startups seeking to make our financial lives better, whether it be Simple helping users set budgets and goals or BillGuard to make them aware of fraudulent charges that show up on their credit cards. Then there’s Coin, which wants to create a sort of “one card to rule them …

Pope Francis nearly triples Vatican City crowds in 2013

<b>Pope Francis drew more than 6.6 million people to his audiences, Masses and other events in Vatican City during his first year in office, figures show.</b><p>The statistics cover the period from the Argentinean's election in March to the end of 2013, the Vatican said.<p>His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, …

6 Reasons Why Hawaii Will Be Just As Awesome In 2014

As the year comes to an end, the Hawaiian islands are enjoying some standbys: spontaneous rainbows, days of powerful surf pulsed with days of calm, cradling waters, breathtaking sunsets that allude to the end of something beautiful and the start of something new.<p>Island residents and visitors are …

How I Lost 20 Pounds in Four Weeks and Kept It Off

"Lose weight."<p>It sounds easy but can be difficult to do for many reasons, such as lack of support, lack of faith in oneself, not feeling worthy and other reasons.<p>But the fact is that you can lose weight, from 20 pounds to 400 pounds.<p>How do I know this?<p>Because I've struggled with my weight and have …

4 Reasons Why It's Totally Okay to Work Out at Night

You can still sneak in exercise even after the sun goes down<p>We could rattle off seven reasons to work out in the morning—but sometimes waking up before the sun sounds about as pleasant as a root canal. Plus, nighttime sweat sessions might be the only window you have to exercise, especially if your …

Get Strong and Sexy in Six Weeks—the Workout Plan

Strong is the new sexy. Follow this workout plan for six weeks straight to get the body you want<p>Define your shoulders, flatten your abs, and perk up your posterior with this program created by Kellie Davis, strength coach and coauthor of <i>Strong Curves: A Woman's Guide to Building a Better Butt and</i> …

23 Extreme Gravity-Defying Photos That Will Give You Vertigo

How many times have you been told that anything is possible? Do you believe it? Here are 23 extreme photos of serious risk takers that prove anything …

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The Word You Shouldn't Use On Your Résumé

At least not if you want your application to stand out<p>We can’t think of anything less fun than brainstorming words to describe your work skills—but it might be a smart thing to do. <i>Responsible</i> is the most overused word on people’s résumés, according to a new analysis released today by LinkedIn.<p><b>MORE:</b> …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

The 9 Most Helpful Weight-Loss Tips of 2013

Check out the most fascinating science-based tricks from the past year

Have You Ever Wanted To Chuck It All and Start Over?

We've been invited by <i>Huffington Post Travel</i> to write about our incredible around the world journey, which we've been on for two years and counting. We look forward to encouraging others to take stock of their lives and pursue their own travel dreams.<p>In 2011, we quit our jobs, sold our house and …

4 Places to Go Before You Have Kids

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Danielle Contray, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Having kids doesn't mean you can never travel again, of course. Yet once you've gone from packing a suitcase and two carry-ons to dealing with travel cribs, car seats, strollers, and diaper bags (not to mention …

7 Ingredients of a Healthy Relationship

I've collected a lot of data over the years.<p>Am I scientist? Nope, I'm just a girl who's experienced quite a few relationships, talked with a lot of people in and out of relationships, and learned lessons from them all.<p>My research has spanned over two decades, and recently I've come to a conclusion …