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This guy traveled to every country in the world before turning 40 — here are the countries he thinks everyone should visit

So when people ask him which country was his favorite, he has a hard time picking just one.<p>But there are 12 countries he thinks everyone should visit at some point in their lives.<p>Keep scrolling to see what those countries are, and why he thinks they're worth visiting.

European Travel

Obama unleashes big tweetstorm to show how much better the country is since he became president

Lehman Brothers, the giant investment bank, collapsed after the housing-market crash came to a head.<p>A sharp plunge in the stock market followed.<p>The US economy's collapse came right in the middle of the 2008 presidential election, and Barack Obama was elected less than two months later with an …

Military Spending

Dining in Amalfi: Two Dinners, €25, No Contest

<i>I'm done traveling for the year, but other members of my staff are still in the field. While I regroup from 100 days in Europe, I invited my frequent collaborator Cameron Hewitt to share some posts from</i> <i>his blog</i><i>. Cameron has traveled about as much as me this year, updating our guidebooks in Italy</i> …

Italy

The ‘One Exercise Workout’ for Anytime You Don’t Feel Like Working Out | Men's HealthWhat to Do When You Don’t Have Time to Work Out

Yes, exercise could actually help with all those issues. But it can also add more complexity to an overly complex day.<p>When that happens, we offer this solution: simplicity.<p>Each of the four workouts that follow requires only <i>one</i> exercise. They’re fast but effective, and can help you get going—even …

Tailgate Recipe to Try This Weekend: Brisket Tacos

Over at SB Nation, college football fanatic Dan Rubenstein sure does love a good game, but he might love food even more. Watch as he joins Kevin Bludso and Noah Galuten of LA restaurant <b>Bludso's BBQ</b> to make the ultimate tailgate feast using the duo's famous barbecue. And don't forget to check out …

BBQ

The Best Two-Person Workouts | Men's Health

I like to take advantage of that phenomenon by pairing people up and putting them through a very specific, very evil kind of Gym Jones workout: The Tailpipe.<p>Tailpipes are designed in such a way that the amount of exercise-induced suffering you go through is determined by how much effort your …

38 Dumbbell Exercises That You’ve Probably Never Seen

These movements will ignite your metabolism<p>Have you seen one of these exercises? Okay, yes.<p>Two? Sure.<p>And 10? Maybe.<p>But what about 20? Or 25? For most people—that may not be you, oh experienced one!—we think it’s doubtful.<p><b>Related:</b> The Anarchy Workout—an Intense Fitness DVD from <i>Men’s Health</i> That …

Fitness

The Best Way to Make a Sloppy Joe | Men's Health

Sam Kaplan<p>2. Sizzle the Meat<p>Season the beef with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil on medium high. When the oil is hot, add the beef, working in batches if necessary, and brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the seared meat to …

Why Rucking Is Every Man's Favorite New Fitness Trend | Men's Health

The activity gets its name from “ruck sacks,” which is military speak for “backpack.” “Rucking” is marching or walking while wearing your ruck sack (which is always loaded down with gear).<p>In training camps and in the field, soldiers may ruck up to 25 miles (or more) a day, grunting a pack that …

Start Saving Apricot Pits—To Make Ice Cream

<i>Every other Sunday,</i> <i>we'll focus on one overlooked kitchen scrap and show you how to turn what would otherwise be trash into a dish to treasure.</i><p><i>Today: This ice cream is the pits. No, really—it's made with stone fruit pits.</i><p>Stone fruit pits are one kitchen scrap that’s easy to toss in the compost bin …

Zucchini Lasagna | Men's Health

What you’ll need:<p>Coconut oil spray or olive oil<br>½ small red onion, chopped<br>1 garlic clove, minced<br>1 lb lean ground turkey<br>Sea salt and pepper, to taste<br>1 Roma tomato, chopped<br>⅓ cup Portobello mushrooms, chopped<br>1 ½ cup low-sodium tomato sauce<br>1 Tbsp Italian seasoning<br>1 cup low-fat cottage cheese <br>1 egg …

7-Day Workout and Meal Calendar | Men's Health

Find your week-long <b>grocery list</b> here.<p>Monday (Day 1)<p><b>Meals: High-Carb</b><p><b>Workout</b><p>Tuesday (Day 2)<p><b>Meals: Low-Carb</b><p><b>Workout</b><p>Wednesday (Day 3)<p><b>Meals: High-Carb</b><p><b>Workout</b><p>Thursday (Day 4)<p><b>Meals: Low-Carb</b><p><b>Workout</b><p>Friday (Day 5)<p><b>Meals: High-Carb</b><p><b>Workout</b><p>Saturday (Day 6)<p><b>Meals: Low-Carb</b><p><b>Workout</b><p>Sunday (Day 7)<p><b>Meals: Low-Carb</b><p><b>Workout</b>

Pure Power Circuit Workout

How much time can they save you? A 2011 study from Spain found that men who trained with circuits for 30 minutes achieved the same gains as those who trained with straight sets for 45 minutes.<p>(For more ways to get results in less time, check out <i>Bodyweight Cardio Burners,</i> a cutting-edge fitness …

Criminalizing Poverty

<i>“Held captive.”</i> It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn’t just a metaphor. The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri put a much …

Bucket List Places You Need To See In The Next Decade

"Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?" What if instead of a dreaded job interview question, this was asked as a travel challenge? Suddenly the whole world opens up.<p>You had better start thinking, because the world will look very different in the next decade than it does today. For …

Stunning Early Entries in 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

One of our very favorite photo contests has just kicked off! The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest brings out the most breathtaking shots in travel photography. This year, the prizes are really exciting! The grand prize winner will receive an eight day National Geographic Photo …

Travel Photography

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

How to Build Big Biceps

<b>Cheat Your Form</b><br>Strict form may be holding you back.<p>A study in the <i>Eupropean Journal of Applied Physiology</i> found that you don’t always have to do an exercise the way it’s intended to maximize your results.<p>Using a bit of momentum during the lateral raise, for example, increases the torque of your …

Obama's top 10 jokes

During an interview with Variety before headlining the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, “Saturday Night Live’”s Cecily Strong made a bold proclamation about President Barack Obama: “He’s known as an amazingly funny guy,” she said. “He’s maybe our funniest president.”<p>So the pressure was on when …

Top 10

Spectacular Drone Photos Catch Famous Places 'The Way They Were Designed To Be Seen'

Who needs a helicopter tour when you've got a drone?<p>This stunning photo series from photographer Amos Chapple features crystal-clear images of bucket-list tourist sites -- mostly in India and Russia -- that were shot entirely from a drone. The result is a heaping plate of EarthPorn that's anything …

Drones

These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.<p>All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.<p>We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

Ice Cream

Core Fitness Challenge

Watch the video above to see how to perform the challenge. The time to beat: <b>2:12.</b> Let us know your time in the comments below.<p>Want more core moves to try? Check out the <b>25 Best Exercises for Your Obliques.</b>

How I Got 14 Companies Like Chipotle and Trader Joe's to Send Me Free Stuff

<i>By: Lee Breslouer</i><p>Whoever said "there's no such thing as a free lunch" is an idiot. It should be, "there's no such thing as a free lunch, because it costs 49 cents." I learned that after I mailed a ton of companies physical letters of praise, and got plenty of free lunches in return. And all it took …

Freebies

The Best Bodybuilding Techniques For Guys | Men's Health

That’s why we asked Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D.—a former natural bodybuilder who’s a top expert on muscle science—for his list of bodybuilding techniques that have stood the test of time. Add them to your own strength routine for a better workout and serious gains.<p><b>1. Accentuated Eccentric …

10 Standards to Assess Your Fitness Level

On the following pages, you'll find our definition of fit—10 simple (though by no means easy) things every man must be able to do before he stamps himself "in shape." Says who? Says us.<p>The good news: If you don't measure up to our admittedly high standards right away, we've given you the tips and …

Gain a Pound of Muscle Every Week

Here's your fix: Follow these 10 principles to pack on as much as a pound of size.<p><b>Maximize Muscle Building</b><br>The more protein your body stores—in a process called protein synthesis—the larger your muscles grow. But your body is constantly draining its protein reserves for other uses—making hormones, …

The Two Moves That Will Help You Jump Higher Than Everyone Else

Your hips play a bigger role when you jump forward, not up. (Make sure your legs are ready for action with <b>The Stretch That Helps Fix Knee Pain</b>.)<p>While strength is important in your ankle and knee muscles, it will only propel you so high. You need to concentrate on improving their rate of contraction …