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19 Bars In America You Should Drink At Before You Die

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21 Simple and Free SEO Tools to Improve Your Marketing

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Whenever I dream up a home improvement project for my place, I end up working smartest and fastest when I have the right tools at my disposal. It’s amazing the difference a good tool can make – and the extra time it takes to get work done without a …

Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast

You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket. Here's our guide to navigating this captivating region sure to bring out the adventurer in you.<p><b>San Blas Islands,</b> …

Where to hang out with Uganda’s chimpanzees

Eyes trained on the canopy, the hunters slipped with speed and agility across the forest floor. Although communication was kept to a minimum everyone seemed certain of their role. Occasionally one of the party turned and shot a glance back at me, sweating and stumbling over branches and roots, far …

595 Power Words That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer • Smart Blogger

Looking for a quick way to give your writing more punch?<p>Maybe a little personality or pizzazz – that extra little “oomph” that makes the reader pay …

5 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist

I love plot twists. Mistaken identities, sneaky plans, sleight of hand—it’s all grand. Nothing makes me happier than a story that pulls the rug out …

5 Unconventional Ways to Become a Better Writer (Hint: It’s About Being a Better Reader)

Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King<p>Even …

Author Jenni Fagan: A Discussion of Novel Revision

<b>1. Once you have finished a good first draft don’t look at it for a while.</b> Go back to it after having some space and you will see it afresh. This is …

Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Characters

Create characters with these fiction writing exercises.Whenever I’m working on a story idea, I spend a lot of time during the development stages …

Creative Writing

What is Good Writing? It's the Communication of Truth

Not long ago there was an article in one of the writers’ magazines that suggested writers need to work outside academia to gain a broader perspective …

Writing

Five expert tips for getting started in travel writing

So you say you want to be a travel writer? You want to wander the world, sending back tantalising tales of far-flung adventures to magazines, newspapers and websites. And get paid handsomely for it. Is that too much to ask?<p>Well, surveying the scene of travel publishing right now is a little like …

Unmissable South America

South America is home to dramatic landscapes, archaeological splendours from the past and a dizzying variety of wildlife - the largest collection of plant and animal species on earth, in fact. For the sheer awe factor, it's hard to top seeing Incan ruins through mist-covered cloud forest, spying …

Three epic icy journeys

The spirit of expedition continues to thrive as travellers seek out epic journeys to broaden their minds and stimulate their senses. Winter months or chilly climates might seem like challenges, but breathtaking snow-capped mountains and windswept views of glacial lakes create a magical travel …

One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Guide Books

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

The 20 Best Restaurants In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The hipster neighborhood has recently seen an influx of fantastic restaurants that serve everything from fresh farm-to-table ingredients to hand-made Japanese udon noodles.<p>We polled our editors and reporters as well as foodies who live and eat in Williamsburg to find the best restaurants in …

Farm-to-table

The 5 Most Romantic Waterfront Resorts in the U.S. (PHOTOS)

Couples take note: It's not necessary to leave the country to experience some of the world's most romantic hotels. We love exotic locales, but those looking for something closer to home can find some truly decadent escapes right in our own backyard. Our five favorite picks all have lovely …

Henry Blodget

20 Most Romantic Destinations In North America (PHOTOS)

Miss Travel, the travel dating site that pairs wealthy men with willing female travelers, released their list of the most romantic cities in North America (which is somehow different than its most romantic destinations in the U.S., which it released last year).<p>Of the top 20 picks, Miss Travel …

5 Reasons to Go to Toronto Now

Canada’s largest city has something for everyone. Toronto is home to 2.7 million residents from over 200 cultures, and this diversity is reflected …

Film Festivals

Pt 2: Alaska’s spillionaires

The Exxon oil spill of 1989 made the town of Valdez infamous, luring people to clean up one of world’s largest environmental disasters with the prospect of economic gain.

Oil & Gas Industry

Unique Bed-and-Breakfasts Across America

For some travelers, a quiet hideaway with a cozy bed and luxurious amenities offers the perfect formula for a relaxing escape. But for those seeking a more unique experience, a bed-and-breakfast may just fit the bill. After all, many of America's standout B&Bs offer personalized service, memorable …

Cape Cod

The Most Amazing National Park Campgrounds

There's no magic formula to finding the perfect national park campground. But with 59 parks to choose from spread across wildly different terrains, there's certainly one to suit every taste <i>(Credit: Shutterstock)</i>.<p><b>Click here for the 12 Best National Park Campgrounds in America</b><p>You might be the kind of …

National Parks

A Local's Guide To Portland, Oregon

<b>We caught up with Olivia Raymer, product manager at BootsnAll Travel Network to get an insider's advice on the best way to explore the Portland local food scene.</b><p><b>On your first day here, seeing this is a must:</b> Bridges, mountains, and rivers. While you might get a peek of Mt. Hood if you fly in on a …

Oregon

The 10 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in America

From the Grand Canyon to Graceland, summer is the season to appreciate the beauty our country has to offer.<p>Cape Cod<p>Chicago<p>Graceland<p>Grand Canyon<p>Mount …