Sharmaine Lee

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10 tourist traps you should avoid in Italy — and where to go instead

But Italy is big, and it can be overwhelming for first timers, who inevitably, bowled over by choice, fall into overpriced tourist traps.<p>Here are the places you should avoid, and the often cheaper, always more authentic alternatives you should hit instead.<p>If we told you to go see a tilting old …

The top 10 things everyone should know to be successful in life

I wish someone had told me all of this when I was 15. I would NOT have joined that cult.<p>I wish someone had told me all of these things when I was 30. I would not have X (I have to say "X" because I don't want to hurt anyone).<p>I wish someone had told me these things when I was 32, 40, and 45.<p>I hope …

9 reasons why you should book your next trip to Switzerland

It was both a great place to be an expat and a good home base for traveling.<p>And although it can be overlooked because of its small size, Switzerland is a great place to visit.<p>From breathtaking scenery to an amazing public transportation system, here's why I think everyone should consider traveling …

3 essential roles in any business: Finders, minders, and grinders

When a startup is successful beyond anyone’s imagination, a question naturally arises: <i>Why did it take off?</i> Ask 10 people involved with the company and you’ll get 10 different stories: for one, it was the founder; for another, early access to its target audience; for a third, it was pricing that set …

Breathtaking Photos of the Night Sky Capture the Beauty of the Cosmos

Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt captures breathtakingly beautiful photos of the night sky shining over magnificent landscapes. Dazzling stars, glimpses of the Milky Way, and otherworldly auroras can be seen with startling clarity in his gorgeous images. Each shot is an extraordinary …

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

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The 16 Best Street-Food Cities in the World, Ranked

<i>By: Dan Gentile</i><p>Sometimes the finest dining a country has to offer isn't in a Michelin-starred restaurant -- it's within a few feet of spinning Michelin tires. Street food is the true fuel of the people, and there's no better way to get to know a country's cuisine than by hitting up a food stall and …

10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan. But instead of the usual suspects (lookin' at you, London and Paris), why not try one of these under-the-radar spots that are far less crowded but …

Spectacular Photos of the Night Sky

In the modern world we live in, it may be difficult for some of us to stay away from our gadgets, the internet, or work, even if for brief periods of …

This Guy Planned The Best European Road Trip So You Don't Have To

If you thought planning a road trip in the U.S. was hard, try planning one for Europe.<p>Randy Olson, the brilliant Ph.D. candidate who recently planned the best way to road trip across America, just calculated the most epic European road trip ever. Add it to the bucket list <i>pronto</i>.<p>To calculate the …

11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

Travel is good for lots of things, but it can also increase mental well-being - and not just in the short-term. Whether you're traveling for business, on a one-week family holiday, or have sold everything to pursue a life on the road, traveling can make you a happier person by building …

13 Pin-Worthy Quotes That Perfectly Capture Wanderlust

The urge to travel has a certain hard-to-explain quality. Better known as wanderlust, the feeling drives everything from solo retreats to explorations of uncharted lands.<p>Hence, we're always grateful when someone uses words to define the travel bug in our souls. The philosophers of yore -- and the …

Magnificent Examples of Nature Photography Showcase Norway’s Scenic Views

For most photographers, when it comes to fantastic landscapes, Norway has some of the world’s best views with its dramatic panoramas. These include …

Hypnotic Northern Lights Time-Lapse Captured Over 2 Magical Nights in Alaska

The Northern Lights -- or Aurora Borealis, or Polar Spirits, or whatever you'd like to call it -- is far up my bucket list. Like really far up. So far up I often have dreams of standing in the middle of a frozen landscape, completely alone, looking up at this celestial display, awestruck.<p>My dreams …

15 Best Travel Experiences for Night Owls

When you think of late-night fun, chances are clubs in big cities like New York, Berlin, or Miami come to mind. And while it's true that there are plenty of up-all-night diversions in those locales, there are also plenty of alternative evening adventures awaiting travelers, both in cities and …

7 Important Life Lessons From Fashion

Diana Vreeland famously said, "It's not about the dress you wear, but the life you lead in the dress." While one's personhood trumps their casing, there is a connection between our clothes and how we orient ourselves to the world. As I have pursued both a life of great meaning and of great fashion, …

#TheLIST: The New Places to Honeymoon in 2015

Our picks for the the hottest untapped romantic getaways.<p>A honeymoon is meant to be anything but typical and, let's face it, a little about bragging rights. Tried-and-true standbys may work for any old holiday, but this special trip should be once in a lifetime. For the newly-engaged couple or …

Instagram Spotlight: On the Move

Picture Stories<p>“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”<p>So wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in his 1879 memoir, <i>Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes</i>. It’s true—as long as there has been a Point A and a Point B, humans have invented some pretty …

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A Satellite Captures Shimmering Auroras Over America

The northern lights look cool enough from below, but what about above?<p>Seen from the ground, the aurora borealis is a mighty sight—like being slapped in the eyes with a writhing rainbow. But glimpsed from space the vision is also top-rate, in this case painting America with ghostly streams of …

Here's What Comfort Food Looks Like Around the World

Every culture has its comfort foods--the dishes that do more than just fill your stomach. They play on your senses and remind you of your home and your traditions. So let's take a little culinary journey, shall we? Here's what comfort food looks like around the world.<p><b>Canada: Poutine</b><p>The Canadian …

Photo @ladzinski / The twisted and spiraled navajo sandstone of #AntelopeCanyon is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world. It's an incredible place to visit in the dead of winter when the crowds have gone and you can walk through the sculpted canyon with nothin but the sound of the wind. @natgeocreative

8 Travel Apps That Work Better Than A Guidebook

<i>by Emily Price</i><p>Skip pricey bus or walking tours on your next trip and instead download these apps, which offer historical insight and cool bits of trivia about areas around the world. Bonus: you won't have to lug around a guidebook.<p>Photo: Image Source / Alamy<p>Walking tours are a great way to learn …

32 photos that will make you want to travel to Iceland

Most of the island is an uninhabited landscape of jagged lava rock, fields of bright green moss, hot springs, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes.<p>Many visitors say that the country is reminiscent of another world.<p>Plus, it is a perfect place for any adventurous traveler — visitors to the …

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

And cheaper, too!<p>Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site …