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Step up: eight epic hikes of the world

Hiking is about more than exercise, pleasant scenery or getting from A to B; putting one foot in front of the other for hours, days or even weeks on end creates a special sense of connection to a place.<p>Lonely Planet’s new book, <i>Epic Hikes of the World</i>, contains 50 of the best routes suggested by our …

Hiking

The most luxurious hostel in every European country under $55 a night

The idea of staying in a messy, loud hostel might seem like a thing of the past — best kept for the backpacking days of your late teens and 20s.<p>However, a "hostel" is simply "budget-friendly accommodation that focuses on a shared social experience." While to be considered a hostel it must have the …

European Travel

Chef John's Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp Recipe

"This grilled garlic and herb shrimp recipe is very easy, IF you can just walk out into the backyard, and pick a handful of your own fresh, green …

Seafood

5 Easy Pasta Sauces to Know by Heart

Go to just about any Italian restaurant and you'll see a handful of staple pasta dishes like Bolognese and Alfredo. Those essentials please just …

How to Marinate Chicken Right, Plus Amazing Marinade Recipes

When you marinate chicken, the meat is your blank canvas; the marinade, your palette with which you paint on the deliciousness. And there are so many …

The best recent science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

<b>Autonomous</b> (Orbit, £8.99) is the debut novel from Annalee Newitz, a science journalist and co-founder of the SF website io9. It’s 2144 and in a hi-tech, down-at-heel US – a hybrid of <i>Blade Runner</i> and William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy – “Jack” Chen manufactures illegal drugs for the poor. She also …

Books

107 free online courses from the best colleges in the US — including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Coursera was founded by two professors at Stanford University. Shutterstock/MintImages<p>Every year, US News & Reports releases its ranking …

Getting the full Japanese experience – in Bangkok

Bangkok is a five-hour flight from Tokyo, near enough that the best fish can be flown from the Tsukiji fish market<p>Much of the Japanese culture in Bangkok is like this: hidden from the view of tourists.<p>I visited Bangkok expecting to eat a lot of Thai food, which I don’t think was unreasonable in the …

Japan

5 Recent Scifi and Fantasy Books That Would Make Amazing Movies or TV Shows

<i>Annihilation</i> is out now, season two of <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is <i></i>coming soon, and tons of other high-profile scifi and fantasy adaptations are either …

Science Fiction

The 12 Best Hikes In Iceland You Have To Experience

At first thought, Iceland may not seem like an ideal place to go wandering off on a hike, especially in the throes of winter! But this is the thing …

European Travel

Easy Italian Recipes

Shake up your usual dinner routine with these simple recipes for pastas, soups, meats, and more.<p>Gnocchi With Sausage and Spinach<p>Combine browned …

10 otherworldly places to travel to in 2018

We refer to a lot of things as “magical” these days, from mermaid toast to adaptogens and flower-strewn baths. It’s a term that’s equally as …

27 underrated US 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 cities, however, there are also tons of smaller, underrated destinations that are totally worth a trip.<p>We asked our colleagues for their favorite, …

Our Best Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes of 2017

If there's one thing better than chicken dinner, it's when that chicken dinner is made in the slow cooker. Whether my meal plan includes lean chicken …

Pasta Bolognese

In a food processor, puree onion, carrots, celery, and garlic into a coarse paste. In a large pan over medium heat, coat pan with oil. Add the pureed …

Italian Food

The Only Southeast Asia Travel Itineraries You'll Ever Need

<b>Southeast Asia. The land of majestic views, awesome beaches and unimaginable adventures. You’ve decided on a trip to Southeast Asia and now you’re</b> …

15 Super Simple One-Pot Pastas

You only need one dish to make a game-changing dinner—minimum cleanup, maximum flavor. We combine some of the best dinner flavors—creamy pasta, …

16 incredible Northern Lights hotels

To watch the ethereal and elusive Northern Lights is to witness one of nature's most splendorous sights: a celestial dance across the Arctic sky that surely features near the top of most - if not all - travellers' bucket lists.<p>Those seeking this remarkable phenomenon have a decent pick of …

9 sci-fi novels to read while waiting for Star Wars and Star Trek

With <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> not arriving until the fall-ish and <i>Star Wars: Episode VIII</i> (is <i>The Last Jedi</i> singular or plural? Why is the title font in …

Science Fiction

This site lists all the countries you can travel to without a visa

Itching to go on vacation, but don’t know where? One way to narrow down your choice of destination is to figure out which places are easy to travel to – and this new site can help.<p>Tell VisaDB where you’re from and it’ll list all the countries you can travel to without having to apply for a visa. It …

Travel

14 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this August

Space opera, vikings, and epic fantasies<p>Summer is in full swing, which means that there’s plenty of time to grab a book and head outdoors to enjoy the sun and warm weather — at least here in Vermont, where the outdoor temperatures haven’t quite topped 90 degrees yet.<p>I helped cover San Diego …

A Must-Make Dish Before You Die: Jet Tila's Drunken Noodles

[1]<p>My Famous Drunken Noodles<p>From <b>101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die</b> [2] by Jet Tila<p>Notes<p>Famous for being a late-night drinking dish, Drunken Noodles is a marriage between my Thai and Chinese roots. The sauce seems complicated but it’s as simple as measuring and dumping in a bowl. Fresh …

Stir-Fried Thai Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Enjoy the taste of sumptuous, succulent shrimp stir-fried in a tangy Thai garlic sauce. This recipe is easy and should take just about 15 minutes to …

Recipes

13 DIY Hummus Recipes That Are Way Better Than the Store-Bought Stuff

I have a bone to pick with store-bought hummus. In my opinion, it never tastes quite right. For reasons beyond my comprehension, it's always a little …

Healthy Eating

Skillet Sesame Chicken

When you're craving Chinese food, you don't have to order takeout. Sesame chicken is easy to make and it's just as quick as having it delivered—only …

Food

Five experimental animation films that are out of this world

No doubt, Pixar has produced some of the great animated features of the past 20 years, from <i>Toy Story</i> and its pitch-perfect sequels to the elegant <i>Wall-E</i> and the elegiac <i>Up</i>. But recently the CGI powerhouse has been spinning its wheels with a string of disappointing sequels – <i>Cars 2</i> and <i>3</i>, <i>Finding Dory</i> – …

11 Books All Harry Potter Fans Must Read

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The Only Margarita Recipe You Need to Keep the Tequila Flowing

Some might call these "skinny margaritas," but we call them happy ones. We've drank enough to know that they don't make us "skinny," but man, do they …

These wings are called “irresistible” for a reason

Back in the early 1980s, I came up with a chicken wing recipe. It started as a refrigerator-clearing exercise, using a little of this and that from …

Recipes

Shh… This Is Where French Girls Go on Summer Vacation (and Why You Should Too)

The sparkling Eiffel Tower might have been what first drew you to France, but trust us, the tiny towns outside the French capital are what will keep …