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5 Ways to Fight Bloat for Your Wedding

There's never a good time to feel bloated, but if there is one particularly bad time, it would be on your wedding day. Not only can bloat suddenly make your perfectly tailored gown feel ill-fitting, it's also uncomfortable to deal with, both physically and emotionally. To help ensure that you feel …

What You Should Do Before You Have Kids

Once you get married, everyone will immediately start asking, "When are you having kids?!" So, whether you're actively trying to conceive or simply toying with the idea of beginning your brood, stop, just for a moment, because there are a few things to consider — and do! — before you get pregnant. …

Brides Reveal the Songs They Banned at Their Wedding | Brides

The right music has the ability to enliven your crowd and really get your reception going. But even one bad song can kill the mood on the dance floor. Worse, the wrong musical choice can make it seem like someone else's celebration entirely. We asked our readers to share the songs that made their …

The Hottest Honeymoon Sex, According to Real Brides | Brides

Ever wonder what your honeymoon will <i>really be like</i>? If you've got your fingers crossed for a week of steamy, can't-keep-your-hands-off-each-other-for-two-seconds sex, then these brides have some good news to share. Because they're here to confess that their post-wedding days included some of the …

What Not to Wear If You Want to Be Comfortable on Your Wedding Day

Beauty may be pain for some brides but not you! No, you'd rather be able to breathe as you eat and feel light as a feather as you float around the dance floor. You're a girl who values comfort, which is why we've put together this little list of all the things you shouldn't wear if staying cozy on …

Ten of the best food and drink secrets in Europe

With its momentous history, cutting-edge culture, and breathtaking landscapes, Europe comprises an extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, peoples and parties. But it’s the endlessly varied cuisine that makes us reach for our passports again and again. Whether you’ve been to Europe once or 100 …

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10 delicious kid-friendly foods of the world

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is travelling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around …

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The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

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Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

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First time Los Angeles: discover the best of the City of Angels

People think they know Los Angeles, even, sometimes especially, if they’ve never been: a land of starstruck dreamers, Tinseltown magic, traffic-numbed freeways, silicone-inflated bimbos and jacked-up himbos.<p>But dig deeper and your first trip will be a lot more surprising – and rewarding. America’s …

10 Things Only Bridesmaids Understand | Brides

With the title of "bridesmaid" comes certain inevitabilities, and only by taking on the challenge can you truly understand what the role entails. Sure, a moment or two will resemble the hyperbolic hilarity of <i>Bridesmaids</i> or the emotional roller coaster of dealing with a bridezilla like in <i>27 Dresses</i>. …

Make or break: travelling as a couple

Travelling as a couple can present unique challenges (and advantages) on top of the exhilaration and standard stress that accompanies long-term travel. Will it make or break the relationship? What happens when one person wants to go to the Full Moon Party and the other wants to jungle trek?<p>Like …

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Mongolia's lost secrets in pictures: the last Tuvan shaman

The high Altai Mountains region of far western Mongolia is a wild, dramatic and exhilarating land where eagles circling overhead are commonplace and glacier-ravaged mountains and ridges soar above 4100 metres. Tucked away in this remote corner of the world, near the borders of China, Kazakhstan and …

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Travelling in China with your family: what to know and where to go

China may not spring immediately to mind when choosing a destination for a family trip, but the Middle Kingdom is full of places that suit families with children of all ages.<p>Many visitors underestimate how generally safe and easy it is to travel with a family in China. Most destinations are linked …

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Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

5 Jobs for the Maid of Honor that Nobody Warns Her About

Being asked to be the maid of honor is a big deal — even if it's your sister's wedding — the MOH is considered to be the bride's bestie, closest confidante, and the one woman she most trusts to help her get through the joys and tribulations of her wedding planning.<p>The MOH is responsible for making …

Blake Lively is Pregnant with Her First Child

Hey gossip girls, we've got some juicy news to start your Monday morning: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are expecting their first child! The actress-turned-lifestyle guru announced her pregnancy on her new website, Preserve.<p>In conjunction with the launch of Preserve's new "Family" section, the …

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

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Expert guide to Amsterdam

Essential contacts<p><b>British Embassy</b> (00 31 70 427 0427), Lange Voorhout 10, 2514 ED, The Hague<p><b>British Consulate-General</b> (0031 20 676 4343), Koningslaan 44, 1075 AE, Amsterdam<p><b>Emergency services:</b> dial 112. For non-emergency police matters dial 0900 8844<p><b>Tourist office and information:</b> the Tourist Office …

When Is It Appropriate to Leave a Wedding Reception?

Back in the day, wedding receptions were pretty streamlined. After the ceremony, there was a concise four-hour event featuring cocktails, dinner, cake, and a little dancing—all done and getting guests home before bedtime. Today, though, weddings are a production (and a serious party!) with a …

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