Natalia Stepanivna

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3 Ways to Ease a Muscle Cramp

Don't let cramping muscles slow you down!<p><b>Step on a cold floor.</b>Or limp to your fridge for an ice pack, says Peterson. Studies show chilly temps block pain pathways in the muscles and can reduce spasms in your thighs, calves, or feet.<p><b>If that doesn't work. . .</b><p><b>Swig some pickle juice.</b>Weird but true: A …

Flying an Airbus A380: what pilots do when a plane engine blows on world's largest airliner

Sean Dewbury, a training pilot for British Airways, demonstrates what would happen if an engine failed on an Airbus A380.<p>Engine failure is not something many of us want to think about when boarding the world's largest passenger airliner, but it is reassuring to know it is a scenario all pilots will …

History by candlelight: the best night-time tours

Twilight tours of the Tower of London begin in November, giving visitors after-hours access to the building while it is at its most atmospheric.<p>Led by Beefeaters, those being shown round can imagine what it must have been like for prisoners such as Anne Boleyn to pass through the Traitors’ Gate. …

Heli-skiing in France: how to do it

Julien is excited. I can see it in his wide eyes, in the huge smile cracking his face. He’s even rubbing his hands in glee. Our guide has just been told that we can fly to the very top of Monte Miravidi. Often, wind means the helicopter drops its passengers just below the 3054m peak. But, on this …

Top travel websites: HopStop.com

Getting used to a metro system in a new place can be taxing enough. Let alone the buses. Or, heaven forbid, bus/metro/tram combinations – which are surely only an option for long-term residents.<p>So, how does a visitor learn all the local tricks and get from A to B in the least possible time, without …

Pacaya Volcano - Hiking an Active Volcano in Guatemala

Hiking My First Active Volcano!<p>Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala<p>It’s my first day in Guatemala and after an hour of hiking, I already find myself questioning …

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The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before