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30 Of The Most Breathtaking Destinations On Earth

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Suitcase GPS? Scented bags? Collapsible sunglasses? The latest travel gadgets.

By Andrea Sachs<p>Andrea Sachs<p>Travel reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>At the International Travel Goods Show, held this month in Las Vegas, I saw the future of travel. We will always know the whereabouts of our checked luggage. We will sleep as comfortably on planes as kittens in a basket. And we will never …

Why Barcelona is Europe's greatest city for nightlife

Barcelona doesn’t have the searing heat of Madrid, but there is a certain stickiness in the Catalan capital in the warmer months, and narrow medieval streets that grant much-needed shade during the day feel somewhat muggy at night. The best place to spend your evenings is close to a sea breeze or …

Best national parks for spectacular sights but modest crowds

We’d never throw shade at Yosemite or Grand Canyon. But they are, well, kind of popular —Yosemite got 4 million visitors last year, Grand Canyon 5.5 million.<p>Want to strike out on your own? These five national parks will amaze you with their scenic grandeur and surprise you with their lack of crowds.

8 Mistakes That Are Costing You When Traveling to Europe

Like not considering staying in a hostel.<p>A European vacation can do wonders for the soul. Paris, London, Madrid and a thousand more historic cities …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

These travels exposed me to new cultures, and left impressions and memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.<p>From the beaches of southern Portugal to the canals of Amsterdam, here are the spots I consider must-sees.

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15 Of The Best Dive Spots In The World

Found Nemo.<p>It’s time to slip on some flippers, because these locations should not be missed.<p>The experts at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) have scoured the globe and compiled a list of must-see dive spots around the world.<p>The locations span six continents and vary from …

Why Porto, Portugal, Is Europe’s Next Hot Spot

A European tiled-roof seaside locale isn’t exactly a difficult sell. But Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, is finally getting a little more (long deserved) attention. Steeped in history, Lisbon’s little sister is a now a haven for the design and food obsessed. You should absolutely stop by the …

I'm obsessed with this app that has a robot read me any article I want

But lately I've become obsessed with a feature many Pocket users have probably never even heard of: Having a robot read articles to me.<p>This feature is called "Listen TTS" (text-to-speech), and has been available since last year on both iOS and Android.<p>The basic premise is that Pocket will scan the …

15 Secrets to Traveling Like a Local

Here's how to not to stick out like a sore tourist thumb.<p>There are as many different ways to travel as there are places to visit in the universe. And if you're the type who loves walking around a new city in a herd of people dressed in matching outfits and led around by a person holding a flag, …

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How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

15 Awesome Things You Can Do With Oatmeal

What if we told you that you could lose weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes for as little as 13 <i>cents</i> per day? You …

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The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

The Five Emerging Backpacker Hotspots for 2016

New year, new adventures. If you're looking for somewhere exciting and different to go in 2016, take a look at 5 of the emerging backpacking hotspots …

9 Reasons Everyone Should Visit Santorini

Get rid of all your preconceived stereotypes about this beautiful Greek Island. Santorini is not just a tourist hub and not your average romantic …

The Fixer: What to Do About an Annoying, Itchy Sweater

1. Turn the perpetrator inside out and soak it in cold water and a few tablespoons of white vinegar for 15 minutes, being sure all the fibers are thoroughly saturated. Drain.<p>2. While the sweater is still wet, gently massage a generous amount of hair conditioner into the fibers. Avoid stretching the …

13 Things to Know Before Traveling to Costa Rica

<b>1. Pura Vida:</b> It’s more than just a saying, it’s a way of life. These two words sum up exactly what Costa Rica is all about. Enjoy what you have and …

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26 Awesome (and Affordable!) Alternatives to Pricey Vacation Hot Spots

Sure, we love Paris, London, Cancun—who doesn't?—but before you click the "book" button on a trip to one of the pricey "usual suspects," you MUST …

The 25 best museums in the world, according to travelers

The list is based on millions of TripAdvisor reviews from travelers.<p>From Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to the Louvre in Paris, here are the world's best museums.

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25 Museums You Need to See in Your Lifetime

Whether you're a purveyor of fine art or prefer arts and crafts, these museums will take your breath away.<p>TripAdvisor recently released its list of the world's top 25 museums, basing the findings off its reviews from real travelers. The comprehensive ranking includes museums from all corners of the …

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

USA's top 10 natural wonders

The third biggest country on earth, the USA packs spectacular biodiversity within its borders. Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, you’ll encounter hot desert playas and plateaus, skyscraping mountain ranges topped by glaciers, rolling grasslands where millions of bison once roamed, tropical …

8 Things You Need to Experience in Lisbon, Portugal

Traveling to Portugal?!? If so, I’m sure Lisbon is on your list! With so much to do in this classic European city we were able to narrow it down to …

Italy's six best road trips

With a network of well-maintained roads that weave through a landscape of snow-capped peaks, plunging coastlines, lakes and historic towns, Italy offers plenty of epic driving. And while some routes are undeniably challenging, they all make for unforgettable experiences.<p>Here we highlight six …

Destinations that are so magical, they hardly seem real

These seven dreamy destinations make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a magical fairy tale world.<p>Where to go to escape the stresses of life, the bustle of the workweek and the noise of traffic? To find out, we turned to question-and-answer site Quora, where users have been sharing their …

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Florida's Pristine Parks: Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Travel<p>Make Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge your launching pad for expanded explorations into Florida’s wild spaces.<p>Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge protects a 35,000-acre labyrinth of mangrove islands, freshwater and saltwater marshes, brackish ponds, winding channels, …

Beyond Half Dome: Five Yosemite Secrets

TravelDigital Nomad<p><b>Yosemite National Park</b> is about as big as the state of Rhode Island (both are roughly 1,200 square miles). Despite the park’s size, most people who visit make a beeline for one place, the Yosemite Valley, and confine their exploration to this mile-wide, 7-mile-long canyon cut by …

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The Top 7 Shoe Trends from Spring 2016

Find your footing for the season ahead with the footwear that reigned over the runway.<p>Find your footing for the season ahead with the footwear that reigned the runway—from elevated trainers to silver streaks and something wild, care of the West.

The World's 10 Best Cities. Hands Down.

Whether it's a serene ancient metropolis or a bustling modern capital, a favorite city is like a great friend: they never disappoint, there's always something new to discover and no matter how much time you spend together, it's just never enough.<p>Whether it's a serene ancient metropolis or a …

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