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Still-Secret Spain: 9 Fairy-Tale Towns Off the Tourist Track

For unspoiled nature, centuries-old architecture, and guaranteed tranquility, hole up in one of these postcard-perfect villages.<p>If you’ve been to …

Barcelona

The 3 Best Places to Retire on the Beach

If your retirement daydreams include white sand and the sparkling sea, you're probably looking into retirement on the beach. These overseas …

Dominican Republic

World’s 10 Least-Visited Countries You Need to Vacation To

This small and often misunderstood Balkan state sits across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, directly above Greece. Once a communist run country, Albania …

European Travel

5 Stunning Places You've Probably Never Heard of but Need to See, According to a Woman Who's Traveled to 100 Countries (Video)

Traveling is always an exciting experience, but nothing quite compares to discovering something new.<p>Unfortunately, the prospect of visiting uncharted …

World War II

"This simple sex tip completely changed how I think about blow jobs"

It's so easy, and it changed everything.<p>“Hey, can I do a blow job experiment on you?”<p>My partners typically respond to this type of request with varying degrees of enthusiasm. After all, the word “experiment” could mean pain, pleasure, or some kind of odd adventure that incorporates both or neither. …

Relationships

This 39-Year-Old Saves 75% of Every Paycheck and Is Almost Ready to Retire. Here’s How She Does It

'The numbers don't lie.'<p>Just five years ago, Bianca DiValerio was struggling through a divorce and the last of three short sales that nearly wiped …

Personal Finance

Underrated travel destinations: Travel writers' secret places revealed

Traveller’s writers – with more than a little arm-twisting from our editor – have agreed to share some of their most special, cherished places; the …

European Travel

13 Places Where You Can See the Bluest Water in the World

1 of 13<p>Egremnoi, Greece<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 13<p>Crater Lake, Oregon<p>3 of 13<p>Con Son, Vietnam<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 13<p>Devil’s Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin …

National Parks

The world's most fascinating abandoned islands

Nothing captures the imagination quite like an abandoned place. The search term “abandoned places near me” has soared since 2014 and there's even a name for it: “ruin porn”.<p>So check nobody is looking and sneek a peek at these fascinating islands...<p>Hashima Island/Gunkanjima, Japan<p>James Bond fans …

St Kilda

Revealed: 2018's best and worst cities to live in

The Austrian capital Vienna has been named the world’s best city to live in for the ninth consecutive year.<p>Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey compared 231 major metropolises, examining factors such as crime, healthcare, education, public services, recreation, housing and personal freedom.<p>…

Artists

These Are the Prettiest Places on Earth to Feed Your Wanderlust

It's normal to overlook the simple pleasures in life when we feel stuck in a place or routine that doesn't fulfill us. But ironically, those are also …

Six of the best pickles and ferments

<b>Celeriac, apple and mustard seed kraut</b><p>One of our favourite ferments at Little Duck: the combination of ingredients make it a brilliantly unusual alternative to typical cabbage kraut – but it’s just as simple.<p>Prep <b>15 min</b><br>Ferment <b>Up to 2 weeks</b><br>Makes <b>About 500g</b><p><b>1 celeriac,</b> sliced on a mandolin<b><br>1 apple,</b> …

Food Preservation

The 'most beautiful road in the world' and more spectacular reasons to explore the Douro river in your lifetime

There is a view from the monastery of Serra do Pilar that Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, may have enjoyed on the eve of his assault on Porto, during the Peninsular War.<p>Gazing across the Douro river from Vila Nova de Gaia, he would have surveyed the medieval row of merchants’ houses …

14 Gorgeous Islands in Europe That Americans Always Overlook

Europe is chock-full of islands -- big ones, little ones, hot ones, cold ones, and hell, even one confusingly called “Ireland.” Most tourists stick …

The world's least visited countries – have you been to any of them?

12 Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thigh Recipes That'll Save You From Yourself

Back away from the whole chicken. Cut yourself some slack (and speed up dinner) by sticking to the thighs.<p>Weeknight fantasy: a beautifully bronzed whole roast chicken, on your table at 7. Weeknight reality: fire detectors, hot tears, dinner at 11.<p>While it might be <i>possible</i> to roast an entire bird on …

Cooking

This Mall Just Got The Most Insta-Worthy Makeover

(Image credit: Noah Webb for Westfield)<p>Sure, you've probably heard that retail is dead (and malls along with it). And while some abandoned malls are …

Cold War

The Rhone Valley - Vineyard Walks, Great Food, and Views to Die For

The first time I took the train through the northern Rhone valley I gazed in awe at the steep slopes of the vineyards of Hermitage, with their …

Land Artist Arranges Stones and Leaves Into Mesmerizing Mandalas and Spirals

Yorkshire-based artist James Brunt employs sticks, stones, and other ephemeral materials to create elaborate ephemeral art. Featuring intricate mandalas, infinite spirals, and one-of-a-kind sculptures, his series of outdoor installations continues contemporary art‘s tradition of creatively using …

8 Shipping Container Homes You Can Buy Right Now

With their standard sizes, inherent durability, bright exteriors, and global availability, shipping containers make the perfect shell for these ready-to-buy, prefabricated homes.

Beach-hopping in Baja California, Mexico

As well as prime beach territory, the Baja peninsula has mountains, deserts and waters teeming with marine life. Our writer hits the road in Mazatlán, destination: Tijuana<p>Almost 800 miles long, Baja is scattered with unspoilt beaches and enchanting towns that are more affordable than the …

Mexico

27 Underrated U.S. Destinations Everyone Should Visit in Their Lifetime

If you’re traveling in the US, cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are probably on the top of your list of places to see. Outside of big …

National Parks

Top Road Trip Spots in North America, From a Man Who's Seen It All

1 of 25<p>Medicine Lake — Alberta, Canada<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 25<p>Tombstone Territorial Park — Yukon Territory, Canada<p>3 of 25<p>Salmon Glacier — British …

20 Modern American Farmhouses That Update Tradition - Dwell

But that doesn't mean they have to be stuck in the olden days. In fact, many architects have created new homes that are inspired by the classic structure, while others have renovated old farm buildings, introducing new materials and modern amenities. Here are a few examples of the traditional …

Architecture

On the trail of Sir Thomas Lipton: staying on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

A thick carpet of emerald tea plantations cloaks Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. On the southwestern side of the region lies the lovely ‘golden valley’, Bogawantalawa, where amidst a sea of tea, planters’ bungalows overlook mirror-still Castlereagh Lake. Across on the eastern side of the uplands, the …

The Best Neighborhoods in America to Spend a Weekend

When you, the rambling traveler, get your sneakers on the pavement in a new city, you quickly realize a truism about America: Every big city is worth …

The 10 best destinations in France for wine

France has taken its time getting around to wine tourism. Our neighbours long considered that their wine sufficed unto itself. It barely needed marketing, let alone the bells and whistles of tourism. They’ve changed recently, mind. Whether it be in prestige projects such as the luxury hotel, …

Wild wonders and surprising flavours: fine-dining adventures in the Faroe Islands

For Poul Andrias Ziska, there are two reasons you become a cook: “The first one is that you’re brought up in a home where people share a passion for cooking; the second reason – my reason – is that you’re tired of school. I just knew that college and university weren’t for me.”<p>Accidental though his …

Beautiful Small Towns in Europe More Americans Should Visit

So you’ve gone and booked a big ol’ flight across the pond. The siren call of wildly cheap airfares to Europe proved too strong to resist -- you may …

The 38 Essential East Bay Restaurants, Winter 2018

San Francisco isn't the only city in the Bay Area to experience a rising number of quality eating establishments. Berkeley and Oakland are crawling with excellent restaurants, from high end Italian cuisine to casual, cash-only taco trucks. It's high-time that the under-the-radar East Bay is paid …

San Francisco