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40 trips you should take before you turn 30

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having some wild experiences that you'll never forget.<p>From partying at the world's largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are the trips you should take when …

National Parks

10 Rules for Raising a Healthy Dog

Are you prepared to keep your pet healthy and happy long term? Here are the rules you should know, from training to feeding to keeping it stress-free.

Pets

Beautiful Photos of Dogs Loving Their Baby Animal Friends

Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, and baby animals are being born. Here are some lovely photos of dogs caring for adorable baby …

20 Innocent Looking Cats Exposed as the Evil Fluffballs They Truly Are

They may look sweet and innocent, but cats can be responsible for some truly reprehensible crimes – and here their owners have called them out on it …

14 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP

<i>Photo: Michael Matti</i><p>You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.<p>1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Hike through Croatia's largest National Park to a series of …

Hiking

5 Reasons to Go to New Orleans Now

As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, it’s a marvel to see how this formerly devastated city has emerged from the wreckage and …

New Orleans

Take A Dip In Hawaii's Crystal Clear Tide Pools

Mother Nature loves a good pool party. And Hawaii, with its plethora of natural tide pools, is happy to oblige.<p>The seascapes and lava rock-lined coasts of the Hawaiian islands provide the perfect conditions for the protected, rocky inlets. We've rounded up 5 of Hawaii's best spots for tide pools -- …

Hawaii

8 Easter Desserts That Will Impress Your Guests

These Easter desserts are as impressive as they are delicious. Get ready for the oohs and aahs!<p><b>1. Strawberry & Rhubarb Crisp</b><p>One of the easiest and best desserts I know. Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries bubbling away in their own juices beneath a crunchy oat streusel topping. Serve warm out of …

Dessert

5 Tips For Finding Cheap Flights To Europe This Summer

A morning cappuccino in a breezy piazza. A long day on some sun-kissed strand in the South of France. Greek isles. Countryside castles. Have we gotten you dreaming of Europe yet?<p>This year, Europe is the perfect summertime destination. You'll likely find good savings on the ground, with a strong US …

Air Travel

9 New Places You Must Add To Your Travel Bucket List

While seeing the places you know and are familiar with is all fine and well, sometimes, adventuring into the unknown can be immensely rewarding. The following nine places may be a bit remote, but they're absolute must-sees before age gets the best of you:<p><b>Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand</b><p>Milford …

New Zealand

5 Airlines That Fly to Europe for Cheap (for Real)

No-frills carrier Ryanair made the news this year by announcing the launch of transatlantic flights starting at just $15. It's a deal that sounds much too good to be true, and indeed, that $15 price tag fails to factor in the passenger taxes ($200 or so) and other fees like luggage and seat …

European Travel

10 Delightful Photos Of Famous Artists And Their Cats

These photos reveal the artist’s true spirit animal, from Salvador Dalí’s ocelot to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Siamese.<p>Since the ancient Egyptians dedicated a religious sect to the cat goddess Bastet and made elaborate temples in her honor, artists around the world have paid worshipful homage to the feline …

Art

The 2015 Way to Travel on the Cheap

You'll be a jetsetter in no time.<p>The digital age is bittersweet for those of us with wanderlust. On one hand, your Instagram feed is filled with idyllic snaps from exotic locales that are merely pipe dreams due to your lack of funds. On the other, you have a million sites and apps at your finger …

Travel

7 Recipes to Make with Adorable Baby Spring Vegetables

From sweet and tangy mini-marinated artichokes to teeny-tiny carrots, here are seven terrific dishes to make with baby spring vegetables.<p>From sweet …

Food

9 Under-The-Radar Attractions In The U.S.

The Grand Canyon. The Statue of Liberty. Mount Rushmore. These iconic tourist attractions are definitely on everyone's must-see list, but there are also a number of hidden gems throughout the country that often go unnoticed. From a ride through the mountains of Nevada on a railway dating back 100 …

National Parks

6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets

It's increasingly common to get insurance coverage for our furry and feathered friends, but it can be costly, so learn the ropes before you pick a …

Pets

National Puppy Day: Six must-haves for dog owners

When Chris Price first adopted his Chihuahua-mix Bailey, he wanted his dog to be the best dressed in town. But he wasn't able to find anything that fit the bill in Los Angeles: something fashionable and climate appropriate.<p>"I couldn't find anything warm to put on him that wasn't pink," Price …

16 Cats Who Have Mastered Civil Disobedience

No matter what, cats know how to get their points across.

How to Make Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies: Recipe by Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi

Chocolate chip cookie territory is treacherous. Everyone has her own idea of what makes the perfect version, from wafer-thin and crisp to fat and …

Dessert

Fears and Emotions Your Pet Wants You to Know

<b>By Dr. Becker</b><p><b>“I’m sick” or “I’m in pain”</b><p>Our animal companions can’t tell us when they’re hurt or feel sick, and many types of pets, such as cats, are …

11 Reasons Your Crazy Cat Obsession Makes You Happier And Healthier

Feline fans, rejoice: Your cat isn't just a cute and cuddly ball of fluff -- he's also incredibly good for your health.<p>Even pet owners who prefer puppies can't deny the major benefits that come along with caring for a furry friend of either species. Science shows that pets can help prevent …

World's Oldest Living Cat Turns 27

<b>Washington:</b> The world's oldest living cat in the US has reached the grand old age of 27 - the equivalent of 125 human years, Guinness World Records …

Cat gadgets turn your gato into a geek (pictures)

Chill in a cat hammock

Pets

51 of the Best Breakfast Recipes Ever

Waking up is never easy, but breakfast food makes the prospect a whole lot sunnier.<p>Put some coffee on and get cookin'.<p><b>Monkey-Bread Danish</b><p>Danish meets monkey bread. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Red Velvet Pancakes</b><p>Sexiest breakfast ever. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Onion & Arugula Frittata</b><p>Served straight out of the pan. <b>Get the</b> …

Breakfast

Sweet Green Pistachio Cupcakes

Pistachio cupcakes are pure comfort food. Made with instant pudding and love, these are an after-school treat everyone will adore.<p>When I was in elementary school, I discovered pistachio pudding. It was honestly a revelation -- the buttery, smooth flavor with a hint of cherry was one of the best …

Dessert

Perhaps one of the most majestic tails you will ever see.

Want a Taste of Washington? Then Sample This

When you think of Washington, what kind of food comes to mind? Crab cakes? Hot dogs? Chili?<p>If you said, "none of the above," you know our dilemma. You're in the nation's capital and you want an authentic dining experience. But what <i>is</i> Washingtonian cuisine?<p>Truth is, America's capital, like our …

Flavors