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7 Underrated Destinations in Central Europe

Central Europe, a vaguely defined region open to many interpretations, is becoming increasingly popular with travelers, thanks to its rich and …

Central Europe

I spent 6 weeks in China — here are 5 things the country does infinitely better than the US

I'm not sure what I expected before visiting China.<p>Whenever I spoke to people who had visited the country before, the dominant reaction — whether the person was white, Chinese-American, or something else — was along the lines of an exasperated sigh and a face that said, "You haven't seen anything …

Business

The Coddling of the American Mind ‘Is Speeding Up’

A conversation with Greg Lukianoff, the co-author of a 2015 Atlantic cover story and new book of the same name, about campus free speech in a tumultuous time<p>Greg Lukianoff was preoccupied with political polarization—not just the divisiveness he observed, but the fallout—and specifically the effects …

Education

The ultimate guide to getting residency in Italy

Italy is the perfect holiday destination – and for some, the country’s outstanding beauty and culture make it impossible to leave. But if you’re …

Italy

Elizabeth Warren's New Argument: Corruption Drives Inequality

President Donald Trump pledged to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., but his Administration has been beset by ethics scandals both big and …

U.S. Politics

French Expression of the Day: 'Avoir le cul entre deux chaises'

<b>Why have we chosen this expression?</b><p>Because it's useful. It's informal. You certainly won't learn it at school. But you'll almost certainly make use …

Study Skills

The one dish you have to eat in 8 regions of Italy

Italians may be nationalistic when it comes to World Cup Soccer (2018, ouch!) but when it comes to food, region trumps country. Every region of …

Italy

Ireland's 20 Largest Towns and Cities

Can you name the largest cities in Ireland? If not, can you at least name 20 Irish cities and/or towns? And which of those are actually Ireland's …

Ireland

Intimate Portraits of Women Who Live as Men in Remote Albania

Photographer Jill Peters traveled to the villages of northern Albania to document the last living followers of a dying tradition.<p>Deep in the secluded …

Albania

11 Amazing Reasons to Visit Montenegro

Looking for a reason to visit Montenegro? It might be one of Europe’s smallest nations, but this little Balkan marvel packs a whole heap of goodness …

National Parks

Visiting Skellig Michael: Ireland's Star Wars Island

Craggy Skellig Michael once drew in medieval monks looking for a remote retreat where they could focus on their faith without distractions. Thanks to …

A history of happiness explains why capitalism makes us feel empty inside

Swedish researcher Carl Cederström on how corporations redefined happiness and turned hippies into Reagan voters.<p>What is happiness?<p>It’s a very old question. And no one really knows the answer, although theories abound.<p>Aristotle was one of the first to offer what you might call a philosophy of …

Happiness

Italy Hopes to Lure Retirees to Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria With Massive Tax Break

If you’d prefer to put your IRA toward <i>limoncello</i> and a charming Italian <i>casa di campagna</i> rather than taxes, you might be in luck. A new proposal from …

Sardinia

The Stunning Cosmopolitan Food Court in Odessa

Searching for shelter from the scorching heat after a day at the beach on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, we duck into the stately, early-20th-century …

Odessa

The enchanting enigmas of Europe’s farthest-flung islands

I’m on my way to Saksun, a village on the northern tip of Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands. A tiny country situated roughly halfway between …

European Travel

Why you must travel the Silk Road in your lifetime

History is full of long and legendary highways but none – frankly – come close to the Silk Road. It’s not just the magnitude (at least 4,000 miles, in more than 40 countries) but the mythic potency of the project. The world was cleft into east and west in the Middle Ages.<p>But long before, the Silk …

Silk Road

48 Hours in Valletta

The Maltese capital has red telephone boxes and the Maltese speak English – but that’s where the similarities to London end. With its year-round …

European Travel

Montenegro, Kotor – The Most Southern Fjord In Europe

Earlier this year my mum and I embarked on an Adriatic cruise. We sailed from Venice and our last stop was Katakolon (mainland Greece). Santorini was …

Speedboat

Elon Musk Warns We're Living Through The "Dumbest Experiment in Human History"

"The argument for the simulation is quite strong."<p>Elon Musk is no stranger to making headlines with his comments. But he might have just recorded one …

Artificial Intelligence

A backpacker’s guide to Georgia: one-month itinerary

Why go?<p>Mountains higher than the Alps, sub-tropical forests along its Black Sea coast and even a patch of semi-desert on the south-east border … for a country a little smaller than Ireland, Georgia packs in a serious amount of geography. Add interesting cuisine, the world’s oldest wine-making …

Black Sea

My Europe: Eastern promise and Western pretension

People in the former Eastern bloc are different from those in the West. They are more realistic. This applies to both "Eastern Europeans" and East …

Europe

The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike

Cycling allows you to zero in on the details and still sample the best of the region's wine.<p>Rolling along, you spot the apricot trees before the grapes: tiny bursts of bright orange popping out of green orchards that stretch into the hillside. Passing country cottages, the smell of cinnamon wafts …

European Travel

Lyon’s secret labyrinth: an ingenious escape route

Originally used by silk workers, Lyon’s extensive network of narrow passageways helped Resistance fighters evade capture by the Gestapo during World War Two.<p>Secret Worlds <i>is a series from BBC Travel that invites you to explore the various ways destinations offer a sense of surprise by heading off</i> …

Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers' plan to starve public education

Arizona has become the hotbed for an experiment rightwing activists hope will redefine America’s schools – an experiment that has pitched the conservative billionaires the Koch brothers and Donald Trump’s controversial education secretary, Betsy DeVos, against teachers’ unions, teachers and …

Education

14 Unusual Facts About the Soviet Union

A state shrouded in secrecy and mystery, the Soviet Union was a nation of intrigue. From surprising cultural proclivities to peculiar government …

Russia

14 Amazing, Gorgeous Small Towns for Your Travel Trip to Italy

Small isn’t necessarily bad. When it comes to the small villages of Italy, small is grrrrreat! While small towns may lack the amenities and sheer …

Italy

Weekend Itinerary for the Explorer in Venice

Travel<p>You can spend weeks in this city and never run dry of activities. But if you only have a few days, let a local help you plan.<p><b>Meet the Weekend Explorer:</b> Marco is a photographer, content creator, and architect born and raised in Venice, Italy. After completing his degree in architecture and a …

Italy

Physician Solves Mystery of Mona Lisa's Smile While Waiting in Louvre Line

"I don’t know how to appreciate art. But I sure do know how to make a clinical diagnosis."<p>The “Mona Lisa” has her own room in the Louvre, where she …

Mona Lisa

These photos show just how much damage humans have done to the planet

Photographer Edward Burtynsky’s new book is a photographic record of the Anthropocene, the new geologic age created by human changes to the planet.<p>At the Dandora landfill in Nairobi–which officially shut down in 2012, but where people haven’t stopped dumping trash–some mounds made mostly of plastic …

British Columbia

What We Know About Art and the Mind

In 1961, Piero Manzoni created his most famous art work—ninety small, sealed tins, titled “Artist’s Shit.” Its creation was said to be prompted by Manzoni’s father, who owned a canning factory, telling his son, “Your work is shit.” Manzoni intended “Artist’s Shit” in part as a commentary on …

Artworks