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This Epic Jet Tour Does New Year's Eve Twice In 24 Hours

Even if you ring 2015 somewhere super awesome, there's always going to be that lingering tinge of disappointment when the last confetti bit falls.<p>Unless you're on a private jet tour, that is.<p>Plane service PrivateFly is offering a whirlwind tour for New Year's Eve 2014, allowing passengers to …

Butterfly Valley Is Not Only Turkey's Most Perfect Beach, But An Actual Butterfly Wonderland

In Turkey's Butterfly Valley, a lush gorge winds down to a stunning blue-water beach. And while we'd recommend visiting this verdant paradise based on its looks alone, the rocky oasis is <i>also</i> home to more than 80 species of butterflies, including the exotic Jersey Tiger, which is really just an …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Sweden's IceHotel Is Real, But It Looks Like A Disney Fantasy

Most people try to get out of the cold on winter vacations, but if you're headed to Sweden's Icehotel this year (which is, as you might have guessed, a hotel made out of ice), then you obviously have a thing for chilly temperatures. In this case you're lucky, because while the hotel may be frigid, …

5 Must-Have Tech Gadgets for New Parents

Any American who has ever procreated knows what a racket the baby industry is. And that’s not a sippy cup half-empty viewpoint — according to a 2013 …

9 Ridiculously Great Uses of Brisket

By: Dan Gentile<p><i>Credit: JW Walthall</i><p>In some parts of Texas, putting anything other than salt and pepper on a brisket is considered blasphemy. But to the dismay of more traditional pitmasters (and Spinderella) there's a whole host of folks around the country (and Canada!) who're using brisket to …

The 31 Best Mexican Restaurants in America

Settling on the best Mexican restaurants in America is a bit like figuring out the best American restaurants in America. Where does one even start? …

10 Trek-Worthy Beaches Around The World

No lazy beach days here! From crawling under boulders to swimming through caves and day-long hikes to horseback rides, the lengths travelers have to go to in order to reach some of the world's best beaches are great. But they're not without reward. The 10 beaches on this Cheapflights.com list may …

The Most Useful Travel Tool Ever

When it comes to travel, the list of things you "absolutely must have" gets longer and longer with each passing year. My wife and I are in the middle of a year+ trip, and had we done this in the 80s, we would have packed some clothes, a world atlas, a 35mm camera, a Swiss Army knife, and a few …

Best Tours in Europe 2014

From Traveler Magazine's 2014 Tours of a Lifetime<p><b>Iceland: Winter Wonderland</b><p>Forget hibernation; Icelanders enthusiastically embrace winter. Here’s your chance to see why: Hike the rugged coast of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, snowshoe over the Blue Mountain lava fields, watch for orcas, and scan the …

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Our 20 Most Popular Grilling Recipes of All Time

From chicken tacos to barbecued ribs, here are our 20 most popular grilling recipes of all time.<p><b>It's grill time.</b> Though we love our charred kale salads and grilled squid, you love some of our grilling recipes way more than the others. Here are our 20 most popular grilling recipes of all time.

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Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title.<p><b>Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers:</b><p><b>Cannon Beach, Oregon:</b> “At only an hour-and-a-half drive away, Cannon Beach was an easy …

20 amazing cliffside beaches around the world | CNN Travel

Here's Why Madeira Was Just Named The Best Island In Europe

Madeira, which is part of Portugal, is an archipelago of small islands located in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles from Morocco. It is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas.<p>With incredible natural pools carved out of lava rocks, gorgeous cliffs overlooking the ocean, …

10 Summer Recipes Inspired by the Hudson Valley

10 recipes for a bumper-crop feast inspired by the Hudson Valley.<p>Ar__tists, musicians, farmers, and design-lovers are heading up the river to__ <b>Hudson, New York</b>. (Where, of course, the food’s great, too.) Here, 10 recipes for a bumper-crop feast by <b>Mona Talbott,</b> the author of Zuppe: Soups from the …

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix - Put This Stuff in Everything!

Homemade ranch dressing mix is probably one of the easiest things in the world to make. You'll be making this stuff at least once a week!<p>Americans have a love of ranch.<p>I'm not talking about some kind of fleeting "Do you like me? Check yes or no" kind of love. No, no, this is more of the "I want to …

Ten ways to break a sweat in Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca has been saying <i>adiós</i> to the cheap-as-chips package holiday cliché over the past few years to focus on its year-round outdoor appeal.<p>And whether you are jumping off a cliff, negotiating the Tramuntana's gruelling hairpins by mountain bike or kayaking to secluded coves too tiny to appear on …

12 Recipes That Sound Difficult But Are Surprisingly Easy

Cooking an impressive meal doesn't have to be difficult. Sure you could take painstaking measures and spend days preparing a perfect Beef Wellington or Baked Alaska, but you can also get by doing a lot less.<p>Luckily, there are so many dishes out there that require very little work and experience but …

First Underground Trampoline Park Takes Off

While Americans are watching fireworks on Friday, people in Northern Wales will celebrate a different kind of freedom. As of Independence Day, the best place in Earth to gain height will be hundreds of feet underground at Zip World's Bounce Below attraction, the world's largest (and only) …

10 Of The Corniest Food Jokes On The Planet

Sometimes there's nothing like a good, old-fashioned corny joke to put a smile on your face. Bad jokes or dad jokes -- call them what you will -- sometimes they just do the trick.<p>As food lovers, we're obviously partial to jokes of the food variety. Some of them make us cringe a little, some of them …

5 Insane Festivals in July Around the World

<b>1. Pflasterspektakel</b><p>Austria : July<p>Located in Linz, this gigantic street art festival features over 100 professional artists and performers from all over the world. You'll see everything from fire-dancing to samba parades.<p><b>2. Spice Mas Carnival</b><p>Grenada: June-August<p>This ongoing celebration fills up the …

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

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World's Best Pool Scenes

From a century-old Cote d'Azur icon (complete with trapeze) to a desert oasis hipster hang, pools are as much about the scene as they are about the swimming. <b>Jetsetter.com</b> dives into the good, the rad and the boozy.<p><b>Ace Hotel & Swim Club (Palm Springs, CA)</b><p>When the boho babes of LA tire of the …

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. <i>(Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.)</i><p>Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are …

8 Bike Tours That Wine And Dine You

By Meredith Rosenberg, CNTraveler.com<p>With the Tour de France starting July 5, you might be tempted to take your own long-distance bike ride through the French countryside. These cycling tours let you come close to pedaling that famed route--or veering off on a more luxurious jaunt.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Bike …

Enchiladas {My Favorite Recipe}

My Favorite Recipe: Cheese Enchiladas<p>When I’m asked, “what’s your favorite recipe on the site?,” my reply without hesitation is this one, my mother’s …

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The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

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