Sarah Machado

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In a Relationship? You're a Hero.

Do you dream of finding the right person to spend your life with? Are you in a strong relationship already and want to keep it that way? Or perhaps your marriage is a little tarnished and you hope to make it shine again?<p>Relationships are always a mix; they're woven from golden shining moments and …

UNHCR seeks to end statelessness in 10 years

<b>The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, is to launch a campaign to end statelessness worldwide within 10 years.</b><p>It estimates that at least 10 million people are currently stateless, having neither nationality nor passport.<p>This can lead to denial of their access to medical care, education and political …

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Are you a Traveler or a Tourist?

If you dream of setting foot on distant shores, of strolling beneath foreign stars or if you can't wait to pack a bag and leave behind the familiar and the comfortable, then you, kindred soul, are a traveler.<p>There are bits of me all over the world; nail clippings in Taiwan, hair in Oman and skin …

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10 Ways to Fundraise for Your Volunteer Travel That Actually Work

You want to travel abroad, learn about a different culture and make a difference in your local community. You have only two weeks of vacation time and very little savings. Do you: (a) not take the trip, or (b) defer the trip to when your financial condition improves?<p>The answer is (c): …

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Too Much High-Intensity Exercise Could Hurt Heart Health

On the heels of research suggesting too much running could lead to an earlier death, two new studies say too much high-intensity exercise could lead to heart problems.<p>The first, conducted by German researchers, followed more than 1,000 people mostly in their 60s, who had existing heart disease and …

The Decline of Public Education

According to the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress, and reported in The <i>Washington Post</i>, "the nation's high school seniors have shown no improvement in math and reading performance since 2009." For a generation we have been pumping trillions in fresh money into our schools and …

29 Reasons Millennials Make The Best Travelers

It's no secret that younger travelers can teach older folk a thing or two about traveling well. Checking into airports on apps, sharing tips online, and extending trips at the last second, they share an idea of "getting away" that's spunkier and snappier than that of earlier generations.<p>Granted, …

Everyone Has Their Own National Food Day, Here's How To Find Yours

Today is National Oyster Day. We don't know why. And we don't know who proclaimed it so -- the national oyster board, maybe? It doesn't even matter that it also happens to be Cinco de Mayo. We (or the food industry) have found a way to celebrate nearly every food made on earth, by assigning each …

20 Gorgeous Seaside Towns In Italy

Have you ever been to Rome in August and wondered where all the locals are? The truth is that they're likely in one of these towns, as Italians in major cities make a mass exodus toward the coast every summer. Many of the well-known beaches get crowded or too touristy, but this list also includes …

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Frontier Unveils New Fare Options in Transition to Becoming Ultra Low-Cost Carrier

Frontier Airlines is lowering its fares, but passengers will have to pay fees for any extras beyond a seat on the plane.<p>Starting Monday, the …

How to Travel Around the World Without Being Rich

Around college graduation season each year, the same questions start coming my way: "How did you decide to teach abroad?" "What program did you go with?" "How did you spend two years traveling and then get a job?" This year, it's my own stepsister and her friends who are asking the question, and I …

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How Disney Sabotaged Our Love Lives

It has been a been a roller coaster month of romantic headlines, from conscious uncoupling to <i>Dancing With the Stars'</i> crowd-favorite, "Disney Night." Watching the night of dancing princesses vaguely reminded us of our childhood hopes for a romantic fairytale ending with a perfect other half. Yet, …

The BEST Places To Have Brunch In London

Confession: Brunch is our favourite meal. We'd eat it every single day if we could. However, until recently, London's offerings for this beloved …

8 India Essentials to Know Before You Go

A scene from a temple in Chennai. Photo: Pavia Rosati<p><i>By Tanvi Chheda for Fathom</i> | More than hotels and itineraries and vaccinations, what you need in India is the right set of expectations. Here's eight things to know before you go.<p><b>1. Forget maps.</b><p>There's no Streetwise Mumbai or Delhi for a reason, …

Drink the World: England

Drinking in England should not be confused with drinking in London. Drinking in London involves craft beers and trend led cocktails priced just above the point where you wince and just below that where you mewl like a newborn lamb. Drinking in England however still revolves around the country …

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How to Fall in Love With the World

<b>It’s a sultry summer night in Paris.</b> You’ve had a dinner of <i>biftek-frites</i> and Burgundy with friends in the Quartier Latin and while they’ve opted for the Métro, you impetuously decide to wander on foot instead to the apartment you’ve rented for the month. You amble through Île Saint-Louis, listening …

World Booze Guide: The Best Things to Drink in 43 Countries

Credit: Minerva Gallery<p>In an effort to provide you with a comfortable booze option no matter where you are, we put together a list of the best things to drink in 43 countries all over the world. Depending on how the citizens of the country drink it, we chose either a particular type of booze or a …

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19 Signs You Have An Incurable Case Of Wanderlust

There is no heart as restless as the traveler's. Curious explorers live in perpetual pursuit of the next adventure, whether it's merely skipping to the next town over in search of a new place to eat or traversing the globe to climb mountains that they've only seen in magazines.<p>Equipped with …

Writer’s block? 5 easy jumpstarts to get you flowing

I’ll never forget the woman. She was impeccably groomed, everything about her pulled together. She slumped back against the wall of the writing …

100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime

And if you're stuck in front of a computer all day, then yours probably is, too.<p>We've updated our bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and 2014's travel hotspots.<p>From eating pizza in Naples to skiing in Japan, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their …

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Around the World With Kids

It sounds like such a romantic notion: Leaving everything behind but the family you’ve created together and heading out to see the world.<p>And in many ways, the trip I took with my husband, Ish, and our two sons, Ethan (then 8) and Cameron (then 6), was exactly that.<p>And in so many ways it wasn’t.<p>Our …

Of all my experiences in Afghanistan, this is what finally brought me to tears

Today was a first.<p>Saying goodbye to the women in prison in Kandahar, I felt hot tears welling up in my eyes. Glad for the cover of darkness that had …

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How to Find the Best Cruise Deals for Families

Trying to plan your 2014 family vacation? Whether you're a family of two or 20, a cruise offers a fun-filled and convenient vacation. Unpack once and explore several destinations, or never leave the ship and find something for everyone. Many of the newest and largest ships cater to families -- …

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How to piss off your barista

I’ve spent most of my life living in the Pacific Northwest. This means essentially everyone I know has worked as a barista, including myself. So I …

10 lessons you’ll learn as a first-time American traveler

When East German border guards tromped through the tight train corridor, stopped my study abroad program director, and pantomimed the click of a …

8 Lessons Learned While Traveling The World

I'm from Barranquilla, Colombia. I've lived in Buenos Aires, Auckland, Los Angeles and now currently, Vancouver. I like to travel and experience cultures and situations that are out of my comfort zone [but not too much]. I lived out of my luggage for seven months last year (2013). I've ticked 20 …

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