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Jordi Lippe-McGraw

Travel, Wellness and Lifestyle Writer/Contributor

Location icon United States of America

As a lifestyle reporter/editor for almost 10 years, I have mastered everything from breaking news to diet, fitness and travel features and appeared on numerous talk shows and news programs for my expertise. Prior to going freelance and starting my own company, I was the Entertainment Director for Life & Style, In Touch and Closer Weekly for six years.

My personal passion for health, wellness and travel has lead me to write for various print and online outlets including Yahoo Travel, Ocean Drive, Thrillist, Q Blog, Men's Fitness, Men's Journal, Travel + Leisure, Time Out New York, Forbes Travel Guide, Gotham Magazine, Huffington Post and more.

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Smith Hotels
Foxfire Mountain House, The Catskills, United States

We loved I usually never write reviews, but Foxfire really deserves praise. Impeccably designed but unpretentious. Tim and Eliza make you feel right at home, right down to making you a fire in the huge, amazing fireplace, but they don't hover. Vibe is hunting lodge chic with an emphasis on the chic.

TODAY.com
07/06/2016
Meet Tex the dog who only flies on private jets

Get ready to be jealous of a dog. While many pets certainly have the good life, complete with naps and regular petting, one labradoodle's day to day is pawsitively perfect. Why? Because Tex spends much of his time playing co-captain on a private jet.

New York Post
05/14/2016
This wacky trend could make you look ten years younger

Linda Pietk is sitting calmly in the sleek offices of Union Square Laser Dermatology having her face poked. "It felt like needle pricks," says Pietk, a 50-year-old stay-at-home mom from Long Island, who was getting a "microneedling" treatment to reduce wrinkles. "It wasn't painful, just slightly uncomfortable," says Pietk.

Oyster
05/16/2016
8 U.S. Hotels Where You Can Get a Proper High Tea

If there's one thing you need to do when you're in England, it's sit down for a proper tea. There's nothing quite like taking a break from the day, sipping on delectable drinks, and munching on some petit fours.

Cosmopolitan
04/04/2017
10 Amazing Places to Travel With Your Mom

Girls' trips are great: They're a time to relax, catch up, and not have to think about the guys in your lives. But what about spending quality time with the OG gal pal in your life: mom?

New York Post
11/30/2016
Victoria's Secret Angels reveal their diet secrets

They're ready to runway. While the rest of us were stuffing ourselves with turkey and mashed potatoes last week, the models walking in December's annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show were filling up on lean proteins and buckwheat shakes so that they can look their best in lacy lingerie.

NY Daily News
Key West's new offerings go far beyond beautiful beaches

Whether it's the key lime pie or pastel-hued, conch-style houses, Key West has always embraced its quirkiness - and now wants a new set of travelers to do the same. A longtime refuge for artists and folks who want to live in perpetual vacation mode, this island city in the Florida Keys has expanded its offerings over the past couple of years, yet still maintains its character.

TODAY.com
05/06/2016
Lucy Liu opens up about becoming a mom: 'I asked for a lot of help'

Moms across the country will be celebrating Mother's Day this Sunday, and for actress Lucy Liu it's an extra special day because it marks her first time experiencing the holiday as a parent. The "Elementary" star announced the arrival of son Rockwell Lloyd Liu via a surrogate last August, and has spent the past eight months settling into motherhood.

WWD
04/04/2017
Compass: Inside One Gun Ranch, an Ultra-Exclusive Malibu Wellness Retreat

Chef-prepared meals, daily workout classes, nightly meditations and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean are standard at One Gun Ranch in Malibu, Calif. - except its health-inspired weekends are invitation only. Owners Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring purchased the 20-acre property in 2008 from Guns 'N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum as a private estate.

TODAY.com
05/06/2016
Want to go to the Rio Olympics? 7 ways to travel on a budget

Olympic excitement is starting to pick up as May 3 marked the first day of the Olympic torch relay. And with fewer than 100 days until the Aug. 5 opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Games, people from all over the world are nailing down their travel plans.

Oyster
05/06/2016
How to Fly with Your Pet and Not Have It Be the Worst Experience of Your Life

There's nothing better than traveling with a best friend, but when it comes to traveling with man's best friend, things can get a bit trickier. How do you make sure they're comfortable? Which countries can they go to? Are they safe? And to make things more complicated, airlines like Delta have recently changed their pet travel policies.

Oyster
05/05/2016
9 Ways to Have a Super Steamy Summer Getaway

Taking a vacation with your significant other is all about letting go, relaxing, and indulging in some much-needed romantic time. While the sound of the waves at a beachy destination or twinkling lights in a new city certainly set the mood, some hotels are going above and beyond to ignite a serious spark.

Gotham-magazine
Where Should You Stay for the New York City Marathon 2016?

No one deserves a little pampering more than the runners tackling those 26.2 miles. That's exactly what some of NYC's top hotels thought too when they created these special packages for those participating in the marathon.

The Huffington Post
11/01/2016
7 Things To Do In Wine Country That Don't Involve Wine

This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. Northern California is home to many things, but very well known for one main attraction: booze.

Oyster
07/19/2016
What It's Like to Quit Your Job and Set Up Shop in a Tree House

In 2011, Foster Huntington quit his successful job in New York City to live in a tree house (two actually) on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. In a few months, with the help of friends and a construction crew, Foster created his dream world, complete with treetop homes connected by swinging bridges, an on-site skate bowl, and wood-fired hot tub.

The Huffington Post
08/03/2016
Portland is Good for the Body and Soul. Here's Why.

Over Fourth of July weekend I was lucky enough to take a quick trip to Portland, Oregon. I never really spent time in the Pacific Northwest, aside from a wedding in Vancouver last summer, so I went in with an open mind.

The Huffington Post
09/09/2016
30 Health Lessons I Learned Before Turning 30

I'm pretty sure the year 2016 will be one to go down in history. Between a contentious election and the Pokemon Go craze, there was no shortage of big moments. But 2016 also marked a big moment for me personally: turning 30.

The Huffington Post
10/31/2016
3 Life Lessons From A Peruvian Shaman

This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. Machu Picchu is one of those destinations that has been on my bucket list likely since birth.

The Huffington Post
09/24/2016
5 Unique Takes On The Sommelier

This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. The road to becoming a master sommelier isn't an easy one - there are only approximately 230 individuals worldwide that successfully hold the title.

Travel + Leisure
07/04/2016
An Inside Look at a Hospital Located in an Airplane

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a hospital! Walking into a hospital, you typically know what to expect: a waiting room, doctors bustling around and sick people. But, what about when that hospital is on a plane? The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is the world's only fully U.S.

TODAY.com
04/21/2016
9 overrated tourist destinations - and their (better) alternatives

There are a number of must-sees when planning a trip to any new destination. If it's Paris, you have to see the Eiffel Tower. If it's New York, you have to see Time Square, right? While these spots could be on your itinerary, they may not be as exciting as you imagined, according to some people.

Tnooz
05/07/2016
Alaska Air tests electronic bag tags to prevent lost luggage - Tnooz

Alaska Air has been fairly adventurous when it comes to pushing the boundaries of technological advances. It was the first US airline to use do online ticket sales, the first to use satellite-based GPS technology to land plans, and the first to use fingerprint scans as a means of identification to enter its airport lounges.

TODAY.com
08/11/2016
Carrie Underwood gets real about motherhood: 'I love that our house is a mess'

Carrie Underwood may be a seven-time Grammy winner and top country artist, but the 33-year-old says she's just a normal mom trying to balance it all. "It's the same for me as it is for any other family, where you're just trying to work and figure out how to balance everything and be a good parent," she told TODAY.

Fortune
04/10/2016
The 20 Coolest Hotel Amenities You Don't Know About

When booking a trip, many travelers like to research the perks and bonuses that come along with their hotel stay. Luxury accommodations come with the expectation of top-notch service, stunning lobbies, decadent spa treatments, and well-appointed suites, but some offer amenities that go beyond the chocolate on your pillow at night or even complimentary car service.

Gotham-magazine
Jazz Brunches in New York City

While we've all heard of boozy brunches, the a.m. tradition gets tons more sophisticated when we're talking jazz brunches. You can still have your fill of cocktails and hearty foods, but get your dose of culture and musical exposure, too. Here are some of the best in the city:

Men's Fitness
20 of The Best Low-Carb Diet Foods

What you can eat if you're on a low-carb diet for weight loss, including low-carb fruits, vegetables, meat, and some surprisingly low-carb foods, too.

CNT
8 Travel Tours That Are Better at Night

There are technically 24 hours in the day, meaning you still have plenty of time to explore a new city or destination after the sun goes down. In fact, some of the most unique spots in the world are actually best seen under the guise of darkness-and a few folks around the world have caught on.

TODAY.com
05/08/2016
Ashlee Simpson opens up about being a mom of 2: 'Your priorities in life shift'

Ashlee Simpson has taken on many roles in her life, from singer and actress to reality star and fashion designer. But the one that she's embraced the most is motherhood. The 31-year-old star, who married Diana Ross' son Evan Ross in 2014, is mom to 7-year-old Bronx and welcomed 10-month-old daughter Jagger last July.

TODAY.com
12/26/2016
Hanson brothers reveal what their kids think of their '90s success

Can you believe "MMMBop" has been around for two decades? Hanson is celebrating their 25th anniversary by going on a worldwide tour called "Middle of Everywhere" - a play on their breakthrough album, "Middle of Nowhere" - and releasing a greatest-hits album by the same name.

TODAY.com
06/07/2016
Lea Michele: 'Laughter is incredibly great medicine'

Lea Michele is no stranger to success, with two hit TV shows under her belt - but with that popularity also comes responsibility to her young fans. "A lot of people feel the pressure of being a role model," Michele told TODAY during an event celebrating the SunChips Waves of Laughter campaign, for which she's a spokesperson.

Tasting Table
03/21/2017
New England's Version of March Madness Is Finally Here

This month is all about March Madness, when basketball fans get together and fill out their brackets while cheering on their favorite NCAA teams. But some New Englanders think of it in other terms: maple syrup. Maple Madness, which started this month, is when you can tap the maple trees for their delicious sap in areas like Vermont and Upstate New York.

TODAY.com
06/17/2016
Here are the top 10 most popular national parks

Known for their unique landscapes and extensive wildlife, America's national parks are some of the most visited landmarks in the world. Millions of tourists plan trips each year, but this summer is going to be extra special because Aug. 25 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service preserving some of the country's most beautiful spots.

TODAY.com
06/17/2016
Jane Krakowski on motherhood: 'I've certainly taken a lot of advice' from Tina Fey

Jane Krakowski has her plate full, with a Broadway musical, a TV show and motherhood - and fortunately, the 47-year-old actress has learned how to balance it all by following role models such as Tina Fey. "I have been lucky to be surrounded by other great working moms, like Tina Fey," Krakowski told TODAY while promoting Good Humor's multicity Welcome to Joyhood tour.

Oyster
04/22/2016
8 Things I Learned the Hard Way on Safari

Going on a safari in Tanzania was an experience unlike any other. I traveled to the African country in December for my honeymoon and was immediately struck by the scenery when I first awoke in Arusha. From that moment forward, the trip just got more and more fascinating as we ventured to Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and lastly to the Serengeti.

Vogue
08/14/2017
Inside Tahiti's Secret (and Affordable) Accommodations

Like any paradise on earth, a visit to Tahiti often comes with an out-of-this-world price tag. However, there's a secret collection of accommodations that boasts many of the same qualities as a luxury hotel at a fraction of the cost.

Gotham-magazine
Where to Stay in the Catskills in New York

Spring is officially here, and with it, an increased need to escape New York City. Take a quick getaway without going too far by heading to the boom of boutique hotels and B&Bs in New York's Hudson Valley. Ahead, we've found six hotels that are perfect for a quick overnight or a long weekend.

TODAY.com
07/22/2017
Josh Duhamel talks 1st Christmas since split from Fergie: 'It's hard'

The holidays are a time when families come together, relax and embrace tradition - and Josh Duhamel is looking forward to some downtime. After all, it's been a busy year for the actor, whose recent film projects include "The Buddy Games," "Unsolved" and "Love, Simon." Duhamel is also dad to a 4-year-old son, Axl.

Condé Nast Traveler
Volcano Hunting Is All the Rage-But Why?

Active volcanoes aren't friendly. They're the angry, volatile friends in your life who are prone to throwing fits and spitting lava, rocks, and hot vapor in your face. Not the kind of friend you want to plan a vacation with. But I'll go there.

Gotham-magazine
Olivia Culpo on the Daring Outfit She Wore to Gigi Hadid's Birthday

Olivia Culpo is quickly solidifying herself as a fashion icon. The model and actress already sold out pieces from her The Marled x Olivia Culpo capsule collection with Revolve, which launched last month, and recently became the face of TIMEX's new Crystal Bloom Collection.

Architectural Digest
The 9 Best Movie Sets of All Time | Architectural Digest

Perhaps the only thing better than celebrity homes is their place of business: the movie set. It often takes location scouts, production designers, and thousands of construction workers to make everything from historical buildings to fanciful backdrops come to life.

Tasting Table
09/07/2017
The Most Underrated Spirit in Your Liquor Cabinet

"Gin is the spirits industry's latest muse," says Edward Dieusaert, the bar services manager at Cunard who developed an entire gin bar in June called Gin & Fizz, featuring more than 13,500 combinations of gin and tonics. (You'd have to drink a different G&T every day for 37 years to try them all.

Oyster
06/01/2016
Traveling While Sick? Here's What You Need to Know

Traveling with a cold or allergies can be the worst. Not only do you feel uncomfortable, but you get glaring looks every time you cough. Well, it turns out those might just be a few tell-tale signs of why you shouldn't be flying at all.

Oyster
06/23/2016
7 European Destinations You Must Visit This Summer

Europe is a popular summer travel destination for many reasons: the weather is perfect, attractions are open, and well, it's beautiful. But this summer, things are looking even more appealing. With the euro down 18 percent against the dollar, travelers are saving over $100 (or 88 euros) on a 500 euro room, making it a perfect time to take a trip overseas.

New York Post
04/06/2016
The secret to Sofia Vergara's gorgeous skin

When publicist Yun Yu, 28, wants to clear up her skin, the Alphabet City resident heads straight for the sauerkraut. No, it's not some secret weird ingredient in a face mask. She's eating the fermented cabbage because of its slew of health benefits - including treating acne.

Tasting Table
08/24/2017
The Surprising Craft Beer Destination You're Definitely Overlooking

It's pretty much impossible to say "Napa Valley" and not immediately think of wine. The area is certainly known for its mastery of the grape, but it's home to another scene that's been brewing up some buzz: beer. Though winemaking has been productive in the region since the late 1800s, the beer scene has been going strong for three decades.

Oyster
06/01/2016
The 9 Coolest Gigs That Make Travel Your Job

Traveling is typically reserved for those precious two weeks the average American worker gets off each year. We slave away at our desks all day, every day for a few moments of pleasure at the beach or another exotic destination. But, what if your job was to travel?

TODAY.com
08/04/2017
Chrissy Teigen talks mommy shamers: 'If I seem like I don't care, I definitely care'

Chrissy Teigen has never been afraid to speak her mind. The 31-year-old has been candid about everything from her battle with postpartum depression to her relationship with husband John Legend - but her open-book nature has attracted a lot of criticism as well. Now as a mom, the model gets shamed for her parenting style.

Gotham-magazine
Andy Cohen Talks "Dog Days of Summer" Pet Adoption Series and His Dog Wacha

When Andy Cohen was asked to kick off Residence Inn by Marriott's month-long "Dog Days of Summer" pet adoption series, it was a no brainer. We caught up with the Bravo exec at the Bark-Fest and puppy party on August 10 where he dished on his adoption experience, life in NYC with a dog, and which Housewife his dog is most like.

Cosmopolitan
08/07/2017
10 Romantic Getaways Every Woman Needs to Take With Bae

With Tinder and online dating, it may seem like good, old-fashioned romance is long gone. But you can still celebrate being in love with your bae by booking a dreamy getaway within a realistic budget. Millennial travel designer and expert Virgi Schiffino of Lux Voyage, a vacation-planning company, shares 10 of her favorite romantic getaway ideas.

Reader's Digest
What Does Eczema Look Like? 5 Signs to Never Ignore | Reader's Digest

Ternavskaia-Olga-Alibec/Shutterstock You can get dry, irritated, and sensitive skin from many skin conditions, or from a reaction to detergents or fragrances. (And here's the best way to moisturize when you're in the shower.) To figure out if you might have eczema, note where the irritation is located on your body, says dermatologist Jeffrey S.

TODAY.com
07/24/2017
Woman opens up about what it's like to fly 'as a very fat person'

The airline industry is under a lot of scrutiny this year following a number of high-profile incidents ranging from a mother being forced to give up her toddler's seat earlier this month to a man being forcibly dragged off a plane in April.

CNT
5 Races Worth Traveling For

Lions, ruins, and vintage bikes: these aren't your ordinary marathons. Athletes are always on the hunt for how to push their bodies to the next level. Travelers are always looking for the next intriguing destination. Combine those two together and you've got the makings of some pretty exotic races.

Condé Nast Traveler
10 Places To Cool Off This Summer

Summer 2017 might go down as one of the hottest on record. Heat waves across the country are prompting all-time high temperatures causing electrical outages and flights to be grounded. And this unbearable weather doesn't exactly lend itself to lazy days on the beach or exploring a new city.

Cosmopolitan
07/21/2017
8 Genius Travel Ideas That'll Save You a Ton of Money

Summer is all about hitting the beach, sightseeing in Europe, and road tripping, right? Maybe for those with a few extra zeros in their bank accounts. For everyone else, summer travel - the industry's peak season - can get pricey. And with a record 234.1 million travelers expected to fly this season, costs aren't getting any lower.

CNT
Silent Retreats Are the Latest in Digital Detox Vacations

Being quiet is the newest adventure trend. In 2011, a World Health Organization report referred to noise pollution a "modern plague," saying that there was "overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population."

Tasting Table
07/12/2017
5 Incredible Food Careers You Didn't Even Know Existed

If your track record of burnt toast and messed-up eggs belies your deep-seated dream of becoming a chef, fear not: The food industry has you covered. Though we typically think of restaurants as the be-all, end-all of the culinary arts, there are plenty of career paths for the gastronomically inclined, even if you can't cook a wink.

New York Post
05/29/2017
Victoria's Secret angels reveal their bikini body secrets

While the rest of us are frantically trying to get into shape for swimsuit season, Victoria's Secret models put in long hours doing squats, curls and crunches to be bikini-ready all year long. Here, four of the beauties spill their fitness secrets just in time for the launch of the brand's "White Hot Summer" sport collection.

Cosmopolitan
05/04/2017
10 Dreamy Honeymoon Destinations That Won't Make You Broke

Honeymoons are the one type of vacation where you're encouraged to take off big chunks of time, indulge in the best meals, and be pampered in every way possible. What's not so romantic? The cost. Here, Millennial travel agent and expert Lia Batkin of In The Know Experiences, an experiential travel-planning company, shares 10 destinations that won't break the bank.

Working Mother
04/25/2017
How to Raise a Rock Star, from 10 Moms Who Did

Rock stars are talented and all, but there's no disputing that their moms shaped them into the celebrities we know and love. In April 2017, Virginia Hanlon Grohl (yes, mother of that Dave Grohl) came out with a new book, From Cradle To Stage, which features her interviews with other moms of famous musicians to find out what it's like raising a son or daughter in the limelight.

Tasting Table
07/12/2017
5 Incredible Food Careers You Didn't Even Know Existed

If your track record of burnt toast and messed-up eggs belies your deep-seated dream of becoming a chef, fear not: The food industry has you covered. Though we typically think of restaurants as the be-all, end-all of the culinary arts, there are plenty of career paths for the gastronomically inclined, even if you can't cook a wink.

Architectural Digest
Rosamund Pike On How She Restored Her Georgian London Home | Architectural Digest

Rosamund Pike made her screen debut two decades ago, but it was her appearance in the 2014 film Gone Girl that made her a household name. Perhaps that's why the 38-year-old English actress still possesses such an intense aura of privacy-it wasn't until relatively recently that the public was clamoring to know every little detail of her life.

Tasting Table
04/21/2017
7 Incredible Food Tours Led by the World's Top Chefs

Sure, you can experience a new city by taking in its sight and sounds. But let's face it: Eating your way through a destination is way more fun. Whether you're sipping on a perfectly aged glass of Merlot in France or grabbing a heaping spoonful of paella in Spain, you're poised to learn about flavors, customs and cultural elements, all in one dish.

CNT
Why Luxury Dude Ranches Are the New Glamping

Western-inspired luxury resorts are suddenly everyone's getaways of choice. Around the winter holidays, you expect to hear about celebrities and VIPs flocking to tropical destinations like St. Barts. While some did make it to the beach, a lot of folks opted for something a little more unexpected: dude ranches.

NY Daily News
Elephants serve breakfast at this California safari experience

Have an authentic safari experience in the heart of Monterey County, California. Elephants roam alongside zebras, while lions roar in the distance. Seems like a day out on the plains of the Serengeti, right? While the scene may be similar, these sights and sounds are about 10,000 miles away from Africa in this county along California's coast.

NY Daily News
Elephants serve breakfast at this California safari experience

Have an authentic safari experience in the heart of Monterey County, California. Elephants roam alongside zebras, while lions roar in the distance. Seems like a day out on the plains of the Serengeti, right? While the scene may be similar, these sights and sounds are about 10,000 miles away from Africa in this county along California's coast.

TODAY.com
12/17/2016
The sweet reason Busy Philipps sent 3-year-old daughter to 'fairy camp'

Busy Philipps has been one of Hollywood's longstanding funny girls, known for roles in "Cougar Town" and "Freak and Geeks." But, it's her off-screen time as a mom to daughters Birdie, 8, and Cricket, 3, that has her laughing the most. "(My kids) are so funny," Philipps told TODAY.

New York Post
09/14/2016
What the trendiest people are eating this season

Designers are sending the latest trends down the runway this week, dictating what's hot and what's not. The food industry has ins and outs of its own, with foods falling in and out of vogue. Have a look.

The Huffington Post
04/14/2017
John Cena Admits: "I Was Bullied"

Wrestler John Cena has made a career out of being a tough guy. As one of WWE's superstars he's known for getting rough in the ring and dominating his opponents. But, it wasn't always that way for the pro.

New York Post
08/24/2016
What your doctor isn't telling you - but should be

When Vivian Breton, 28, went for her annual exam at her primary-care doctor's office recently, she had a whole list of questions she wanted to ask. "I was finally able to be scheduled for a checkup and was eager to go over some health concerns," says the Gramercy Park resident.

TODAY.com
06/01/2016
Passenger forced to cover up short shorts before boarding flight

There have been stories of people getting kicked off planes for drunken antics and violent behavior. But for wearing short shorts? That might be a first. That's what happened to one burlesque dancer on a JetBlue flight recently when she was told she couldn't board her plane because her shorts were too revealing.

New York Post
09/07/2016
These 5 foods will improve your sleep

Recent studies by UCLA and Florida State University reveal a lack of zzz's can speed up aging and even spell doom for marriages. But there are ways to hit the hay effectively - no pill necessary.

Gotham-magazine
What Magic Shows to See in New York City

Between the new Broadway show The Illusionists and the hit TV show The Magicians, it seems like magic is much more than a childish fascination these days. And if you're looking for your own enchanting fix, you're in luck because New York is filled with some of the best magical acts in the world.

Tasting Table
04/12/2017
These 6 Breweries and Wineries Let You Stay the Night

The last thing you want to do after enjoying a day of tasting at a winery or brewery is hop in the car and head home. Luckily, a few brewers and winemakers understand this struggle and let you actually spend the night, meaning you can truly snooze where you booze.

Well
08/19/2016
For the Olympian Gwen Jorgensen, the Triathlon is a Mental Race

When the Olympic triathlete Gwen Jorgensen was competing in London four years ago, an unexpected flat tire at mile 13 rattled her to the core. Her hands were shaking as she rushed over to the mechanical pit, and it took her a moment to calm down and explain the situation before getting the repair and jumping back in the race.

Oyster
08/08/2016
Rio Olympics: What the Opening Ceremony Was Really Like

Athletes train their whole lives for a shot at winning the gold at the Olympics, but I too had an Olympic dream: to attend an opening ceremony. Last night, that wish came true. Having never attended the Olympics before, I wasn't sure what to expect.

TODAY.com
13 travel hacks for a smooth Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, kicking off the holiday season with lots of turkey and quality time with family. It's also one of the worst times to travel. In fact, AAA announced Tuesday that 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for the holiday this year, making it the busiest Thanksgiving period since 2007.

Oyster
07/29/2016
8 Pro Tips for Tipping Around the World

How many times have you meticulously planned a travel itinerary and budgeted everything out only to arrive at your destination and freeze up when it comes to tipping? The questions are endless. Is 20 percent enough? Do you leave any cash at all? Should you shell out per person or for the whole family?

Margaritaville Blog
11/11/2016
That Time I Biked On Water - Margaritaville Blog

Most people avoid the Hudson River at all costs. Unless you're commuting on a ferry, there is absolutely no reason you'd want to get close enough to that body of water for fear of immediate contamination of some sort. But, when I got an invitation to try biking on the river I was intrigued.

TODAY.com
02/11/2016
Broke Olympian moonlights at sporting-goods store to afford Rio

For the last four years, Olympic hopefuls have been training tirelessly to make their dreams of competing in Rio a reality, but for many, the road to Rio remains a steep climb. The cost of training, qualifying and attending the Olympics can run well into the tens of thousands, making it expensive and sometimes entirely unaffordable for athletes and their loved ones.

New York Post
06/19/2017
The dangerous diet that could ruin your health

When Alicia Hunter, 49, heard about a diet where she could eat as much of her favorite fruit as she wanted, the Upper East Side woman was hooked. There was one small catch, though: It was the only thing she could eat.

Oyster
07/13/2016
8 Ways to Find Your Zen in Las Vegas

Things that come to mind when you think of Las Vegas: booze, gambling, and partying into the wee hours of the night. It's not typically a destination you book when looking to relax and improve your wellness regimen. Or is it?

Food & Wine
How to Pack for Your Honeymoon

This piece originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com. Going on a honeymoon is probably one of the only times in life where everyone encourages you to take a long trip. Of course, my husband and I took full advantage.

Oyster
07/11/2016
7 Reasons Portland Is Becoming a Foodie Mecca

When you think of U.S. cities known for their food, destinations like New York, Nashville, and Austin typically come to mind. But there's one city that's putting up stiff competition to the rest: Portland, Oregon.

New York Post
03/30/2016
5 healthy ways to use mushrooms

Ever wonder why Super Mario gets enhanced powers after eating a mushroom? Here are five ways these mineral-rich fungi do wonders for your body. Fight inflammation "Mushrooms are especially high in the antioxidant ergothioneine, which helps combat inflammation," says nutritionist Keri Glassman .

TODAY.com
03/29/2016
Mom defends 3-year-old son who was bullied for wearing 'girl' socks

While bullying at school is an ongoing concern for many parents, one mother was shocked to witness it happening to her own son - coming from another parent. Shona Campbell, who lives in the U.K., took to Facebook after she said she overheard a mother at the nursery mocking and laughing at her 3-year-old's heart-patterned socks.

New York Post
03/23/2016
5 foods to boost your sex drive

If you've found yourself in a sex slump, it may be as simple as heading to your refrigerator for a libido boost. "Diet profoundly affects our hormones and sexual appetite," Dr. Laurie Steelsmith, the author of " Great Sex, Naturally " (Hay House), tells us.

New York Post
03/09/2016
5 foods that will improve your memory

We know eating the proper foods can help maintain healthy weight, clear up skin problems and relieve a number of medical issues. But what about strengthening our brains? Dietician Ngaire Hobbins, who's set to release her new self-published book " Eat To Cheat Dementia " on March 15, tells us five foods we should be eating to keep our minds sharp as we age.

Travel

TODAY.com
03/31/2016
Man shares airline passenger's 'whole new way to be awful at 35,000 feet'

Airline travel can often be a less than luxurious experience these days. Between baggage fees, mediocre food and cramped spaces, many travelers are frustrated before they even take off. To make matter worse, there are a handful of passengers who make it even more frustrating by being loud, taking over your space or emanating some rather curious odors.

Oyster
03/17/2016
How to Plan the Perfect Vacation Proposal in 10 Steps

Planning a proposal can be stressful. Planning a proposal for when you're on vacation can be down right nerve-racking. With National Proposal Day set to take place on Sunday (coinciding with the first day of Spring!), we decided to take the opportunity to reach out to an expert for his tips on making getting down on one knee as easy as possible.

TODAY.com
03/21/2016
Kids too sick to travel are seeing the world - without leaving the hospital

Traveling is a luxury for anyone, but for the kids battling a variety of illnesses at St. Jude Children's Hospital, it's nearly impossible. That's why the medical institution has partnered with travel company Expedia to launch a pilot program today called "Dream Adventures," which offers child patients "travel" opportunities via immersive virtual reality.

TODAY.com
02/24/2016
Live like a star: 11 hotels inspired by Oscar-nominated films

The Academy Awards are a highlight for any film buff, and we're eager to see who will take home the coveted honors Feb. 28. And just as we cheer on our favorite stars and movies of the year, so, too, do we revel in the mini escape these same flicks provide.

TODAY.com
What are travelers' top places to visit in the world? The rankings are in

Travel experts can give you a list of their favorite destinations in the world, but what about the everyday traveler's top spots? TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced today the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards for destinations, recognizing travelers' favorite places around the world.

Oyster
02/24/2016
The Rise of Spiritual Tourism: 8 Must-Try Experiences

Books like "Eat, Pray Love" and "Wild" may have set off a boom in self-discovery travel, but more and more places are providing full on spiritual immersion travel options. With such limited time off from our busy lives, travelers are seeking to make the most of their vacations by testing out one-of-a-kind healing and restorative practices from around the world.

Oyster
02/17/2016
5 Healthy Spring Break Getaways That Will Change Your Life

Spring break is all about booze, late nights, and partying...right? Well, maybe when you were in college. Now, any chance many get to have some much-needed time off, the last thing they want to do is spend it with a raging hangover.

Travel + Leisure
02/08/2016
Amazing Free Things You Can Score at Luxury Hotels

The best things in life are free-particularly if they're coming from some of the world's ritziest hotels. Even if you've already shelled out top dollar for luxurious accommodations, getting a luxe little something for free can make your stay that much sweeter. While complimentary Wi-Fi and mini bars are nice, some gratis designer duds are even better.

Gotham-magazine
Staycation at These Hotels for an Unforgettable Valentine's Day

Sure, you can head to a fancy dinner or a night out on the town to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one. But, why not kick things up a notch and enjoy some of the incredible hotels this city has to offer with a romantic staycation?

TODAY.com
02/18/2016
What's the world's best beach? The rankings are in

With freezing cold temperatures sweeping much of the country, we're sure many of you are dreaming of long days on the beach in the sun. So is the team over at TripAdvisor, which recently announced the best beaches in the United States and the world as part of its 2016 Travelers' Choice awards.

Travel + Leisure
02/03/2016
Six of the Strangest Art Museums Around the World

For those begging for a museum experience beyond ankle-aching walk-throughs glancing at portraits and landscapes: there's hope. Toilet seat lids, volcanic ash, c orn-these are just a few of the materials to create the masterpieces in the world's weirdest museums. Former master plumber Barney Smith spent so many years fixing toilets that the ceramic basins turned into an unlikely creative escape.

Oyster
02/03/2016
11 Awesome Sights You Can Only See This Year

Each year we find plenty of reasons to travel -- like checking off bucket list destinations and staying at a new hotel that just opened. While many of those wanderlust to-dos can be accomplished in any year, there are some events special only to 2016.

Oyster
02/10/2016
The 10 Biggest Travel Trends of 2016

Out with the old, in the with the new. That's what happens each year in the fashion industry, right? Well, the same holds true for the travel world as well. As the environments, destinations, and demographics of travelers change, so do hotels, airports, and everything in between as a result.

Travel + Leisure
02/02/2016
The American Writer's Guide to the World

"One in whom this sense [of beauty] had long been repressed, in coming into Paris, feels a rustling and a waking within him, as if the soul were crying to unfold its wings." -Harriet Beecher Stowe

TODAY.com
What's the most romantic hotel in the world?

Valentine's Day is all about romantic dinners, gifts and gestures. And for travel lovers, there's no better surprise than a truly swoon-worthy trip. With that in mind, TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, just announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards for romantic hotels.

TODAY.com
01/29/2016
'Live life': Limbless man doesn't let disability stop him from seeing the world

Traveling around Southeast Asia can be a challenge. Traveling around Southeast Asia with a stranger who has no limbs seems downright impossible. But that's exactly what photographer Anna Tenne, 28, decided to do after meeting motivational speaker Chris Koch, 36, who has traveled the world despite his disability as part of his organization If I Can.

TODAY.com
01/04/2016
Traveling through grief: How my dad's plane crash inspired me to see the world

There are a million reasons we should never leave the house. Between shootings, bombings and terrorist threats, it seems like those doomsday preppers might actually be on to something. And along with those very real threats is another common fear for many: plane crashes. For me, that fear came true.

Oyster
01/20/2016
6 Special Hotels That Are Now Closed Forever

The travel world gave and the travel world hath taken away. That's the saying right? While we get excited for all the new hotels opening in 2016, it's important to remember those that are no longer with us. Some major properties have shut down temporarily for renovations and overhauls, but there a number of hotels that as of 2015 are closed forever.

Time Out New York
The top 13 Restaurant Row NYC eateries

So you're going to a Broadway show, and you want to do better than the TGI Fridays across the street. And you can! At these spots on Restaurant Row, NYC offers up some of its best grub, from Creole to sushi to brasserie fare.

Oyster
01/12/2016
The 10 Most Shocking Instagram Travel Photos of 2015

As we enter a new year, we tend to look back on the last 52 weeks and reflect on the biggest changes, the most talked about events, and the best (and worst) trends. And just like the most shocking celebrity moments of 2015, so, too, are there highlights in the travel world.

Oyster
01/05/2016
10 Stunning Cemeteries To Die For

We know what you're thinking: cemeteries aren't often places you're dying to visit. (Excuse the pun.) They can be spooky, boring, and even run-down. But there are some graveyards around the world that are hauntingly beautiful with drop-dead gorgeous views and museum-worthy artwork.

Oyster
01/06/2016
Exploring Hemingway's Africa: A First-Hand Account

Adventure and Ernest Hemingway go hand-in-hand. The legendary author made a name for himself writing about his exploits in war and the wilderness, using simple yet beautiful language to describe the world in which he lived. As an apparent adrenaline junkie, Hemingway often sought out new and rare experiences.

Haute Living
01/15/2016
10 Haute Ski Destinations for Non-Skiers

Winter is heaven for those who love to hit the slopes and there's a plethora of stunning locations all over the world to do just that. But, what if your idea of being a ski bunny is more about hanging in the lodge than shredding some powder?

TODAY.com
11/19/2015
Headed over the river and through the woods? Tips to beat holiday travel stress

It's almost that time of year for gift-giving, family-reuniting and holiday cheer. Which means it's almost that time for long lines, heavy traffic and restless crowds. And then there's the travel. According to a recent survey from Wakefield Research, "44% of respondents [said they] lost their tempers, one-third have yelled at a stranger during past trips, and nearly one-quarter cancelled travel all together to avoid stress."

Time Out New York
The 10 best romantic getaways in NY

We get it-leaving the city can trigger a serious case of separation anxiety. So for the perfect staycation, head to this Parisian-inspired luxury hotel smack dab in the middle of the trendy NoMad district. Though you're in your backyard, there are still plenty of new things to try there, like Chef Daniel Humm's restaurant or the intimate magic show starring Dan White.

Time Out New York
13 bachelorette party ideas that don't suck

Strip clubs? Been there. Male-anatomy-shaped paraphernalia? Done that. Bachelorette parties tend to follow a particular formula of limos, late nights and lots of libations. And while we're not against those things, New York provides the opportunity to kick things up a notch and create a weekend you'll never forget-or maybe you will.

TODAY.com
11/30/2015
Mayan ruins, a volcano rim and more: 10 hotels built on fascinating properties

When planning a vacation, many of us seek out hotels that offer unique amenities, great views, easy access and other creature comforts. But what if the land a hotel sits on is the main draw? From a 30-acre coffee plantation to a Hawaiian volcano's rim, here are 10 hotels located on fascinating and historical plots of land.

TODAY.com
12/30/2015
The best place to travel in 2016 is...

Getting in shape, staying in touch with friends: the new year is all about making resolutions. Perhaps on your list for 2016 is the goal to travel more. But with so many destinations to choose from, deciding where to go can be a bit overwhelming.

TODAY.com
Night owls, rejoice! Peek inside this glow-in-the-dark hotel

For many children, anything that lights up, sparkles and glows is endlessly fascinating. And while that enchantment may fade over the years, there are still elements about the dark that draw us in. With the approaching Halloween season, a hotel in Georgia is unveiling a one-of-a-kind experience: a glow-in-the-dark themed weekend.

Time Out New York
11 city secrets from New York tour guides

Susan Birnbaum, president of SusanSez NYC Walkabouts chooses Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for her Italian fix. "It's the real Little Italy," she says. "It's great food and quirky. It's like going back in time to the 50s, 60s and 70s. New York is like an onion: you just keep peeling it and you get different things."

thrillist
12/16/2014
The 9 Best Classic Bowling Alleys in America

Shutterstock Because bowling is more about cheap beer, stale cigarette smoke, and picking up spares than appletinis, neon lights, and polishing your ball to Tove Lo, we rounded up the nine best classic bowling alleys in America.

TODAY.com
Don't try this at home: Women scam ISIS out of travel money

ISIS may be one of the greatest security threats to the world at the moment, but it seems several young women have figured out a way to outsmart them in the unlikeliest of ways. Three young women from Chechnya, a Russian republic in southeastern Europe, are under investigation for scamming the dangerous group out of money by agreeing to travel to Syria.

thrillist
02/18/2015
The Most Expensive Airbnb in Every State

Airbnb has become popular for providing budget-friendly accommodations that make any city feel like home. But, what if you want home to be a freakin' mansion? Or right next to the Alabama football stadium?

Yahoo
07/09/2014
The Best Meatballs in America, Period.

Every Italian-American restaurant claims to hold the key to the best meatball recipe this side of Naples. It's an age-old battle filled with sweat, tears, breadcrumbs, and sauce. To end this meaty melee, we enlisted meatball specialists Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, owners of The Meatball Shop in New York City, to help us discover the very best meatballs in America.

TODAY.com
Want to visit Rio for the 2016 Olympics? Start booking now

Every four years, the Summer Olympics draws in thousands of people to one city to watch the world's best athletes compete for that coveted gold medal. And with less than a year until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, which kick off Aug.

SheKnows
10/06/2014
Stay in a house just like your favorite Disney princess

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper...

TODAY.com
Stacked, squatting and squished: 7 scary airline seat patents

Airline travel can be adventurous, luxurious and filled with excitement. But for many of us, it's tiresome, uncomfortable and packed to the gills with people. Although the commercial airline industry has doubled in terms of revenue over the past decade, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), companies are still seeking new ways to lower costs in order to increase profit margins.

TODAY.com
Inside the world's first sand castle hotels

Many of us have fond childhood memories spent at the beach, where we'd spend hours building the perfect sand castle, imagining what life would be like as a prince or a princess. Now, at least part of those fantasies has come to life with two pop-up hotels in the Netherlands that are completely covered in sand.

TODAY.com
This city tops the list of best places for a staycation

As the U.S. economy continues to recover from the financial crisis, many Americans have had to make cutbacks when it comes to spending. After taking care of necessary bills and expenses, there tends to be little left to spend on bonus things like a family vacation.

TODAY.com
5 ways to save money on your next family vacation

As Labor Day approaches many Americans are trying to squeeze in some final vacation time before kids head back to school. Unfortunately, a getaway any time of year can be a bit pricey, which is why many individuals and families are returning to basics like classic RV experiences.

TODAY.com
Scrubbing toilets for travel: Couple reveals the dirtier side of globe-trotting

Stevo Dirnbergern, 29, and Chanel Cartell, 30, seem to be living the dream: traveling the world and sharing photos of their incredible destinations along the way. After quitting their advertising jobs in South Africa, the couple decided to hit the road and have since clocked over 15,000 miles and have visited parts of Africa and Europe since starting in March 2015.

TODAY.com
Buffalo still has a pile of snow in the middle of summer

It may have been 84 degrees in Buffalo, New York, today, but that doesn't mean you still can't go skiing. With August around the corner, there's an estimated 10- to12-foot-tall snow pile still lingering from a storm that happened back in November.

TODAY.com
Ready to get spooked? Visit some of the world's most haunted places

For many Americans, October means sweater weather, changing leaves, pumpkin everything - and of course, Halloween. Along with costumes and candy, ghosts have become an integral part of the spooky festivities. And while many of us have never witnessed supernatural phenomena, or simply don't believe ghosts exist, Halloween is big business, with Americans expected to spend $6.9 billion on the holiday this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

TODAY.com
Tired of paying airline baggage fees? Try this travel trick

As airlines have struggled over the years, many of them have turned to charging fees for "extras" like snacks, in-flight entertainment and checked baggage. Passengers who are unable to limit their belongings to carry-on luggage have to dole out extra cash - sometimes amounting to hundreds of dollars.

TODAY.com
Inheriting wanderlust: Man re-creates grandpa's travel photos 30 years later

Christian Carollo was never a stranger to traveling and documenting his trips, but when he stumbled across his grandfather's vintage travel photos, he started to see the world through a whole new perspective. In October of 2012, the Philadelphia-based photographer found a box of slides that contained pictures from his grandfather's trip to the Oregon coast, where he was intending to travel a week later.

TODAY.com
Why this hotel is putting kids to work

Helping children discover their life's passion, and eventual career, often takes time - by opening them up to new experiences, and fostering their talents and interests. But one establishment has a unique way to up the ante.

TODAY.com
Pampered pooch: Why was this massive dog flying first class?

The first-class cabin on commercial airlines is typically reserved for VIPs, celebrities and the wealthy. So when a rather unique passenger took up shop in the elite section on a flight from Los Angeles, a number of heads turned. Hank, an obese rescue dog, was wheeled onto an American Airlines flight on Oct.

TODAY.com
Bell boy or model? The hottest hotel staffs revealed

When researching the perfect hotel for your next vacation, you likely check the reviews for the quality of service, accommodations and overall ambiance. But searching for a property with good-looking staff? Not so much. Luckily, one travel website has done that for you, scouring the world for the resorts where the employees could double as models.

TODAY.com
10/22/2015
Ready for a real fright? Spend the night at one of the country's most haunted hotels

Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating and scary movies. But for some people, getting a real scare is part of the season's appeal. And with the holiday conveniently falling on a weekend this year, there's no better time to up the ante on celebrating the frightening festivities by spending the night in a haunted house.

Travel + Leisure
07/22/2015
Biking the Tour de France Route Hours Before the Main Event

Making our way onto a crowded New York subway car during rush hour with a massive bicycle case in tow was no easy task. Along with having to skip a couple of trains for sheer lack of space, we were also greeted with looks of disgust (and a fair amount of expletives) as we tried to maneuver our large cargo through the crowds.

thrillist
11/25/2014
The 8 coolest ice hotels in the world (pun intended)

Because everybody knows that the only thing cooler than being cool, is being ICE COLD (alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright), we rounded up eight of the world's frostiest snowtels.

TODAY.com
A darker Disneyland for adults? Welcome to Dismaland

Thousands may line up every day to get into Disneyland - the "happiest place on earth" - but it seems just as many people are eager to see its dejected distant cousin Dismaland. Described as "the U.K.'s most disappointing new visitor attraction," this dystopian theme park is the latest exhibition by famous street artist Banksy and was revealed on Aug.

TODAY.com
Transylvania, Kotor and more: Where you should be traveling in 2016

As 2015 nears its end, you may be starting to think about resolutions for next year. One of those goals might involving seeing more of the world, but how do you decide where to go? Luckily, the team at travel-guide publisher Lonely Planet just released their annual survey, " Best in Travel 2016," rounding up the must-see destinations and experiences for the new year.

TODAY.com
Robots and sky-diving: Inside the massive Anthem of the Seas cruise ship

Indoor sky-diving, a suspended glass capsule and robotic bartenders. No, this isn't the making of a hot, new spy flick, but rather the latest high-tech cruise ship that's hitting the waters. Initially unveiled in April, Anthem of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever to sail year-round from the New York area, is home to some of the latest innovations in cruising technology and entertainment.

TODAY.com
Beach or mountains? What your preference reveals about you

How many times have you heard someone refer to himself as a "beach person" or "lake person?" Well, it turns out it's not just matter of opinion, there's actually scientific proof behind the claim. According to a new study in the Journal of Research in Personality, extroverts prefer the beach to the mountains, while introverts prefer the opposite.

Travel + Leisure
08/24/2015
Welcome to the Salton Sea, a California Hotspot Post Environmental Apocalypse

Ruins are often thought of as ancient crumbling facades in faraway places-i.e. not Southern California. But just as people have ventured to the Golden State in search of sunshine, stardom, and starting over, so too did those hoping to create an inland beach town worthy of Los Angeles' elite.

Forbes Travel Guide
Seven Stars Resort - Turks & Caicos Hotels - Turks & Caicos, TC - Forbes Travel Guide

Whether you crave relaxation, recreation or romance, Seven Stars Resort delivers on all fronts. Situated on the white sand beaches of Grace Bay, the beachfront property gives you no reason to leave yet provides a plethora of activities and experiences in case you want something more.The focus on personal attention starts from the moment you arrive, when you're greeted with a rum punch cocktail and chilled scented towel.

thrillist
04/20/2015
The 10 Most Terrifying Rope Bridges Around the World

Shutterstock Let's be honest, unless they're one of the coolest 19 in the world, bridges aren't that exciting to talk about. Their architectural significance is often overshadowed by our complaints when stuck trying to cross one on the way to a glorious beach vacation.

thrillist
12/04/2014
The 10 best new luxury hotels of 2014

There are plenty of excellent hotels in the world, but we decided to highlight some of the greatest ones that opened in 2014.

thrillist
11/04/2014
12 Things You Didn't Know About Airstream Trailers

They've popped up in movies and on TV. You may have even caught a passing glimpse of one on the open road. But long before Matthew McConaughey stepped out of his retooled Airstream onto the beach and (probably) said "alright, alright, alright," there's been a fascination -- some might say obsession -- with America's iconic silver campers.

thrillist
12/10/2014
The 10 most elite vacation destinations in the US

For most people, a weekend getaway amounts to slugging beers at the beach or fishing at a nearby lake. And if you're really gonna splurge, you fill the cooler with imported beers. Well, for the rich and famous, that doesn't fly. Fully stocked yachts, heliports, and champagne send-offs are more of what they've got in mind.

thrillist
09/15/2014
10 vacation rentals ripped from your favorite video games

Spend enough time playing video games and eventually it's gonna feel like your living inside one. Let's just hope you're not playing Shaq Fu. But why waste all of your time in a virtual world when you can visit similar places in real life, and without having to help Shaquille O'Neil rescue kids using mixed martial arts.

Travel + Leisure
06/15/2015
Cool Job Alert: the Beer Concierge at Hotel Vermont

Matt Canning might just have the best job ever. The son of two craft beer enthusiasts, the Vermont local has taken his love of brew and turned it into a unique career-the beer concierge at Hotel Vermont in Burlington.

thrillist
07/07/2014
10 of the world's sexiest infinity pools

While the thought of sailing off the edge of the planet used to strike terror into the most intrepid of explorers, today's Mai Tai-sipping vacationers the world over explicitly seek out the sensation of teetering on the edge of the horizon -- in the form of infinity pools.

thrillist
09/08/2014
10 upscale hostels that're nicer than most hotels

Forget everything you know about youth hostels -- the squeaky bunks, the communal baths, the dude from Poughkeepsie who's been backpacking for two weeks but has totally seen the world, man, and U.S. imperialism has, like, got to be stopped. Sure, 10-to-a-room, all-bunk-bed, is-that-f&#k*ng-Danish-dude-really-gonna-listen-to-techno-all-night hostels still exist.

thrillist
12/02/2014
11 ridiculous hotels in the middle of nowhere

What's the point of trekking out to the middle of nowhere if the accommodations are so shabby you immediately want to decamp for somewhere else? These 11 hotels all prove that you can get lost without sacrificing the luxurious lifestyle you've grown accustomed to ever since [inheriting vast sums of cash] [becoming the youngest CEO in the history of the natural beef industry] [whatever you did to be able to afford a vacation like this].

Time Out New York
The best live jazz brunch in NYC

Where do you go to make an ordinary hangover breakfast just a little more special? Check out one of the amazing spots for a jazz brunch in NYC at wine bars and restaurants in NYC to jazz clubs like Minton's in Harlem that will please everyone from a melodic newbie to a musical connoisseur.

thrillist
06/12/2014
10 of the world's wildest water parks

Forget everything you know about the water parks of your youth, 'cause the days of lame slip 'n slides and ho-hum lazy rivers are long gone. Today's water worlds are extreme -- as in 10ft waves, vast indoor beaches, and terrifying slides that seemingly defy the laws of physics.

thrillist
04/14/2014
The world's 6 most insane ziplines

Combining speed, height, and a totally flimsy harness that in no way looks like it can hold you up, ziplining is sheer excitement meets pure terror -- an exhilarating ride atop some of the planet's most gorgeous landscapes. But which lines are worth the zip?

TODAY.com
Goodbye in-flight movies? Why some airlines are ditching seat-back screens

Between iPads, iPhones and Android devices, much of the globalized world relies on mobile technology for communication and entertainment. In fact, the number of smartphone users worldwide will surpass 2 billion in 2016, according to new figures from eMarketer, and one industry in particular is taking notice: airlines.

The Huffington Post
11/12/2015
Inside The World's Smallest Restaurant

An intimate dinner with the one you love is a typical description for the perfect date night. Candlelight, excellent service and a delicious meal in a cozy corner of your favorite restaurant are the makings of a movie romance.

thrillist
08/15/2014
The 10 weirdest food festivals in the country

In America, if you're not eating something in mass quantity, you're not really eating. This nation is all about gluttony -- and that's partly why food festivals are so popular. But everyone has different tastes, which is why some of those fests include cockroaches. And cheese! And animal testicles, for some reason.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Yahoo
01/19/2016
How Meditation Helped This Guy Ditch Dating Apps - And Get More Dates

Meditation coach Andy Glickman used his mindfulness know-how to help him with his dating life. (Photo courtesy of Andy Glickman) Last year, Andy Glickman decided he'd had enough. The now-24-year-old realized that his love life essentially consisted of a string of people just looking for superficial or physical relations, with no interest in connecting on an emotional level.

TODAY.com
Holy Health! Meet spiritual leaders who combine fitness and faith

Many of us turn to religious leaders for everything from spiritual guidance to life advice. But using them for workout and diet tips? Not so much. Yet, as obesity rates rise worldwide, more and more faith leaders are turning to a healthier lifestyle and encouraging their followers to do the same.

Yahoo
01/07/2016
This Is Your Feel-Happier Diet: 8 Foods That Boost Your Mood

The words "diet" and "deprivation" may as well be one and the same for many people. But when you're on a diet, you may see your waistline changing - but you won't necessarily feel vibrant and nourished. "Deprivation is what causes us to fly off the wagon," health coach Sheila Viers tells Yahoo Health.

Thenational
12/13/2015
Foods that fuel your mood | The National

We have heard the expression, "You are what you eat". The foods that we put into our bodies become our blood, our new cells and contribute to how we function on a daily basis. Food can actually affect our moods as well.

Yahoo
11/24/2015
It's OK to Indulge on Thanksgiving. Here's Why.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, vacation, and tradition. It's also all about turkey, heaping portions of mom's homemade stuffing, and impossible-to-resist pecan and pumpkin pies. Just as much as we look forward to the holiday, so too do we freak out about the excess calorie intake and what it will do to our bodies.

TODAY.com
How to feng shui your digital life in 20 minutes or less

Feng Shui is an ancient philosophical practice that's been discussed in great lengths as a way of fixing relationships, and in some cases, even earning more money. The basics involve making adjustments in your home or office to create a better energy flow and more harmonious environment.

SheKnows
03/26/2014
Shake off the calories

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper... This hour-long cardio dance class was created by former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones and is quickly spreading across the country.

TODAY.com
Why your desk is hurting you and how to ease the pain

Sure, sitting at a desk at work all day can be stressful and boring. But those long hours can also lead to serious health problems, not to mention a bad case of "office bod." "Office bod" is that slouching desk position, with a soft midsection and thighs spread open.

Thenational
05/28/2015
What are your food cravings telling you? | The National

We all know that feeling when your need for a biscuit goes from non-existent to all-encompassing. This all-too-familiar sensation is known as a food craving and we can often feel powerless against its gastrointestinal demands. While it would be nice if we craved kale and quinoa, usually we long for something sweet, salty or fried - unhealthy food.

SheKnows
05/21/2014
Correct cardio

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper...

SheKnows
03/07/2014
The new face of spiritual gurus

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper... Though shopping can sometimes be considered a heavenly experience, God and spirituality are not usually aspects of that.

Yahoo
06/30/2015
5 Truths About Dating Someone Whose Life Revolves Around Fitness

If you're dating or married to someone whose regular schedule involves hours of training, you may find some of these truths familiar. (Photo: Istock/Priscilla De Castro for Yahoo Health) The first time I knew I wanted to date my now-fiancé Ross was when I saw him out for a run.

SheKnows
07/09/2014
Love under the influence of endorphins

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper... Having an instructor pushing you to run faster and squat lower might not seem like the ideal setting for falling in love.

SheKnows
06/09/2014
One mother's guide to making each day count

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper...

Men's Fitness
Workout Like A Girl

Pilates, spin and barre burn aren't just for women. Here's why men should be adding these "female" workout classes into their routine.

TODAY.com
How this teen is taking stand against classmates who put her on 'ugly list'

With the rate of online bullying on the rise, one teen is taking a stand against her cyber attackers. Newfoundland high school student Lynelle Cantwell was speaking with a friend in math class on December 1 when she was told that her named was featured in a post on the popular site ask.fm.

SheKnows
05/05/2014
I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper...

SheKnows
07/31/2014
Beauty pageants aren't just about bathing suits and pretty looks

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper...

The Huffington Post
11/12/2015
Put Down The Phone: Compelling Reasons To Take A Break From Texting

December 22, 2010, 10 p.m.: The sound of my cell phone ringing from that night still haunts me. "Jordi, this is the Mahwah police. We're sorry, but your father was killed in a plane crash." I don't remember much from that moment on except folding into myself and crying "No!

Yahoo
03/31/2015
What Yogis Eat For Dessert (+ 3 Recipes!)

Let's be real: When you think "yoga expert," you most likely think of someone with a rock-hard body, inconceivable flexibility, a zen attitude ... and really good self-control in the healthy-eating department. And while it may seem like yogis never consume anything but the most wholesome, good-for-you foods, the truth is, they're humans too - humans with a sweet tooth.

The Huffington Post
11/12/2015
Taking Yoga Off the Mat

Photo Credit: buildOn The beginnings of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years but has only become massively popular in the last decade. In fact, in 2011 the number of people practicing was 20 million, jumping from just 4 million 10 years earlier.

Yahoo
12/04/2014
Tom Brady Loves Sleepcations. And You Should, Too

When Tom Brady gets the chance to sleep longer hours, he grabs it. Is he on to something? (Photo by Stephan Savoia/AP Photo) In the world of Hollywood we're used to hearing stories of late nights out and non-stop parties.

TODAY.com
'It changed my life': Why you should take your next meeting to the gym

Fitting a workout in between work and family is no easy task. You may have every intention of getting in that early morning run, but your kid gets sick and you need those precious few hours for some extra sleep. Or, you plan to hit the gym after wrapping up at work, but have to take a client out.

SheKnows
01/20/2014
Exercise during happy hour!

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper... Those early-morning hours are used for precious sleep, while the time after work is used for essential schmoozing.

Yahoo
02/03/2015
These Grandmas Are Learning An Israeli Military Self-Defense System - And You Should, Too

When you think about getting into a fight with someone, an unassuming, precious grandmother probably isn't the first person who comes to mind. But in Ramsey, New Jersey, an increasing number of women in their 60s and 70s are signing up to learn krav maga - a self-defense system developed for the Israeli military that combin e s techniques from boxing, wrestling, and a variety of other martial arts.

us.hellomagazine.com
06/17/2015
Kim Kardashian's trainer Harley Pasternak reveals her pregnancy workout

Kim Kardashian , who announced she was pregnant with baby number two earlier this month, openly struggled with her weight during her first pregnancy with daughterNorth West . Making sure she stays on track this time around, the 34-year-old has hired a nutritionist and is also again working out with celebrity trainerHarley Pasternak as part of her regimen to keep her looking and feeling healthy.

The Huffington Post
11/12/2015
Do They Have Facebook In Heaven?

I knew my father could not sit at his computer to check my status updates and comments on his profile, but the mystery surrounding cyberspace and heaven seemed to fall on a similar plane. If an email can ostensibly travel through space, why couldn't my messages and posts reach my dad in heaven?

Thenational
11/12/2015
Want to live longer? 9 tips to living a healthier and happier life | The National

The Fountain of Youth: something written about in fictionalised stories where young men and women set out to find the secret water so they'll never age. While this holy grail of youth doesn't physically exist anywhere in the world, there are some places on the planet where people are living far longer than the average human.

The Huffington Post
11/12/2015
If Balance Exists, Here's How To Find It

What is balance? It is defined as finding equilibrium for the body or mind. I've been on a mission to find both. As an entertainment journalist by trade, my days are filled with juggling deadlines, dashing to work events, rushing home to feed my dog, attempting to schedule dates night with my boyfriend and squeezing in early-morning gym time.

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TODAY.com
Brooke Burke's secret to a killer body: No 'trendy Hollywood diets'

Brooke Burke-Charvet has been a TV host, model, clothing designer and more, but the thing she's most proud of is being a mom and wife. The 43-year-old mother of four, who has balanced an impressive career with raising a large family, seems to live by the sought-after mantra of "having it all."

TODAY.com
Kelly Ripa on the one thing all women need to do

Between a daily morning talk show, a husband and three children, Kelly Ripa certainly has her plate full. The energetic TV personality seems to have struck an impressive balance given all that her life demands, but she'll be the first one to admit it's not as easy as it looks.

TODAY.com
11/16/2015
'We all have breaking points': Christina Aguilera opens up about motherhood

Christina Aguilera is known not only for her incredible voice and talent, but also for her openness about the hardships she's had to endure. She's been outspoken on the domestic violence she experienced as a child, saying it's those dark times that shaped her into the person she is today.

TODAY.com
Molly Sims' advice to other moms: 'Get out of your yoga pants'

She's been a model, an actress and a TV host - and even runs her own lifestyle website. But one of Molly Sims' proudest accomplishments is becoming a mom. And after welcoming two children in less than three years, the 42-year-old has been vocal about the difficult time she had losing the baby weight and the adjustments she's had to make in her life.

TODAY.com
Reese Witherspoon on new line: I want women to feel 'like they belong'

Reese Witherspoon still remembers a time when she was a fashion newbie, so when she set out to create her own clothing line, Draper James, she wanted to make sure it welcomed women of all shapes and sizes. "When I first left Nashville and started going to New York and LA, I was intimidated by fashion too," Witherspoon tells TODAY.com.

TODAY.com
01/27/2016
Ellie Kemper reveals what she's learned from role model Tina Fey

Of all the female comedians dominating Hollywood over the past year, one of our favorites is Ellie Kemper, whose hit show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is set to premiere its second season in April - and was already picked up for a third. And it helps that the 35-year-old's mentor is none other than Tina Fey.

Travel + Leisure
10/08/2015
How 'Quantico' Actress Priyanka Chopra Survives Her 20-Hour Commute

If you think your hour-long commute to work is something to gripe about, 33-year-old Bollywood star turned Hollywood star Priyanka Chopra considers airplanes a second home. The actress, singer, and former Miss World flies between India and Los Angeles multiple times a month, juggling shoots for the upcoming Bollywood romance Bajirao Mastani as well as her new ABC show, Quantico.

TODAY.com
How Julianne Moore gets quality time with her teens

Julianne Moore may be one of Hollywood's most coveted stars, but at the end of the day, the Oscar winner is a normal mom trying to raise teenagers. The actress recently opened up about what she's learned from her son and daughter as they transition into their more adult years.

TODAY.com
01/15/2016
'I missed you': 6-year-old boy has tear-jerking reunion with beloved dog

They say a dog is a man's best friend, but in this case, it's clear he's a little boy's best pal. Paula Williams from Lubbock, Texas, tugged at the heartstrings of millions when she posted a video of her son Kahne, 6, reuniting with his dog who was missing for a month.

us.hellomagazine.com
03/23/2015
Paula Deen's perfect meal for Prince William and Kate Middleton

Celebrity chef Paula Deen may not technically be royal, but she's surely considered the queen of the kitchen. And as a mother of two close in age, she has some wise advice for pregnantKate Middleton . "It is important to have them around each other as much as possible," Paula exclusively tells HELLO!.

us.hellomagazine.com
06/11/2015
Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl reveal their top five travel tips

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl are probably one of the most glamorous couples, consistently gracing covers of magazines and stunning on red carpets. Whether in Paris or Beijing, this duo has made a mark on the fashion industry worldwide and often post about their fabulous travels on social media.

us.hellomagazine.com
07/02/2015
4 hot-weather hairstyles from Amber Heard, Eva Longoria's mane man

Summer is great for many things: getting tan, relaxing and taking some much-needed vacation time. One thing it's not so great for is your hair. Between the heat and the humidity, it's almost impossible to manage a decent coif. And let's be honest, a messy bun or a hat doesn't look cute every day of the week.

TODAY.com
01/10/2016
Here's what to do if you win the $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot

We know where everyone was Saturday night: glued to their TVs waiting to see if they've hit the mega Powerball jackpot. The total is now up to an estimated $1.3 billion - the largest lottery prize in U.S. history - after no one matched the winning numbers from Wednesday's drawing.

SheKnows
04/22/2014
Standing out online

Jordi Lippe has been a lifestyle and entertainment reporter/editor for almost 10 years and has mastered everything from breaking news to diet and fitness features. She's a regular on numerous talk shows and news programs for her exper...

TODAY.com
Topshop drops skinny mannequins after angry Facebook complaint goes viral

Controversy over the use of super-thin models in the fashion industry is nothing new, but it seems companies geared toward marketing to the average woman are starting to listen. U.K.-based retailer Topshop announced they would stop "placing any further orders" on a certain type of skinny mannequin after one shopper publicly complained, saying the company's "lack of concern for a generation of extremely body conscious youth" was irresponsible.

thrillist
11/06/2014
12 things you didn't know about the Playboy Mansion

To the naked (!) eye, Playboy's infamous Holmby Hills estate looks like any other Beverly Hills mansion. Turns out, though, once you strip (!!) off the facade, you'll expose (!!!!!!!!!!!!) plenty of booze, babes, and, well, these 12 uncensored things: Hef and the Playboy family didn't own the mansion until 1971, when they purchased it from Louis D.

Oceandrive
#TBT: A Brief History of the Miami Open

On this Throwback Thursday, get a quick lesson in the 30-year history of the Miami Open. Spanish tennis star Arantxa Sánchez Vicario posing outside in South Beach’s Art Deco Dist…

TODAY.com
Is this a ghost? Museum captures spine-tingling photo

With only days left until Halloween, many people are looking for that perfect haunted house to get into the spirit of the spooky holiday. Earlier this month, one museum unintentionally became a spine-tingling attraction after documenting a mysterious figure within its walls.

TODAY.com
'I've had enough': One photographer's viral plea to unplug at weddings

There's nothing quite like the moment at a wedding when the bride is walking down the aisle and the groom anxiously awaits her arrival at the altar. Usually, the groom isn't craning his neck to see his future wife, but that's exactly what happened for one Australian couple as a number of guests stepped into the aisle to snap photos on their cell phones.

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