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10 Rules Every Gym Needs

10 Rules Every Gym Needs

As obvious as some gym etiquette reminders may seem, you’d be surprised to see how often they are ignored. These are Travel Well’s top 10 rules for every gym.

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Making Fitness More Feminist

Making Fitness More Feminist

On the surface, the fitness industry can seem empowering and feminist, or at least attempt to, but a closer look reveals otherwise. These tips from a professor and fitness instructor will help you make your fitness more feminist with less body shaming and more empowerment.

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50 Gifts Under $50

50 Gifts Under $50

Every year we put together our favorite gifts for travelers, adventurers, health nuts and fitness buffs–things we and our readers will love and use–and all 50 gifts are under $50! Bookmark this guide to make your holiday shopping easy as pie.

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Infographic: Types and Benefits of Meditation

Infographic: Types and Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is an exercise in mindfulness and relaxation, whatever that means to you. No matter how you meditate, the practice offers a host of physical and psychological benefits, and it’s a habit you can take with you anywhere! To learn more about meditation and what type might work best for you, check out the handy infographic.

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Global Guide to Handshakes

Global Guide to Handshakes

Handshakes: What’s the norm in your home country may feel like instinct when you travel abroad, but it’s important to be mindful of local customs. Thankfully, Expedia Canada created this handy guide to handshakes around the world so you can be prepared.

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Playground Plyometrics: A Playful Workout for Traveling Parents

Playground Plyometrics: A Playful Workout for Traveling Parents

With benches and climbing equipment, Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber knew a playground could become the perfect place for a creative workout that would be an ideal challenge for her and a fun morning for her active child. The next time you’re traveling—with or without kids—find a playground and test out these moves for a great workout on the go.

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5 Reasons to Make the Handful Bra a Wardrobe Staple

5 Reasons to Make the Handful Bra a Wardrobe Staple

Many of us spend a lot of time and money searching for bras that fit comfortably with the right amount of support, only to look forward to taking them off at the end of the day. After Travel Well’s test of the adjustable Handful sports bra, for the first time in my life, I genuinely look forward to putting a bra ON. The Handful has become a wardrobe staple for 5 key reasons, and it just may become yours, too.

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12 Tiny House Pros and Cons

12 Tiny House Pros and Cons

Tiny house living has some obvious pros and cons: money savings, fewer amenities, mobility, minimal storage, smaller footprint, more red tape. But what’s less obvious is that the trade-offs are as varied as the tiny house community itself, each unique to the individual dweller, and they are fluid. What’s a pro today might be a con tomorrow. In just six months of living in 250 square feet on wheels, we quickly discovered our 12 big pros and cons, some expected, some unexpected, and all open to change in the next six months.

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Travel Well has a new online store!

Travel Well has a new online store!

Travel Well is excited to announce the newest addition to the magazine: an online store! We love helping people find the products that help them live and travel sustainably healthy, and we’re proud to spread the word about businesses and nonprofits providing such goods.

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6 Tiny Living Principles Everyone Should Try

6 Tiny Living Principles Everyone Should Try

No matter what your feelings are on tiny home living, I think we can all agree that living with less meaningless crap and more of what makes us happy is a pretty good life goal, right? There are several principles to tiny living that we encourage, all of which can be used no matter how big your home is or how much you travel, to free up your space, mind and wallet for the things that truly matter to you.

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10 Tiny House FAQs

10 Tiny House FAQs

After our first six months of living in a tiny house, we’re no experts in the tiny life just yet, but we are accustomed to answering a handful of frequently asked questions. If you’re curious what it’s like to live in 250 square feet on wheels, here’s some inside intel from the Travel Well tiny house.

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Travel Well to Appear on Tiny House Nation 8/27, 9 PM EST on FYI

Travel Well to Appear on Tiny House Nation 8/27, 9 PM EST on FYI

Tiny House Nation’s season 3 finale will feature Travel Well Magazine and our journey going tiny. Tune in to FYI at 9 PM EST on August 27 to see Alexa and Allen pare down and take tiny challenges with host John Weisbarth while Zack Giffin crafts some amazing tiny house projects, all with travel, wellness and sustainability in mind.

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30 Days to the Perfect Pull Up [workout plan]

30 Days to the Perfect Pull Up [workout plan]

For many, pull ups are out of reach, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. We’ve teamed up with Perfect Fitness to bring you a 30-day workout series to take you from zero to pull-up pro, plus a chance to win a Perfect Pullup home workout system!

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Local Guide to Sydney Beaches

Local Guide to Sydney Beaches

Sydney, Australia is known for its rich beach culture. If you have yet to discover all the beaches this beautiful city has to offer, now’s a perfect time to start exploring with this guide from a Sydney local.

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#LiveWithLess 30-Day Challenge

#LiveWithLess 30-Day Challenge

Particularly here in the US, modern societies over-consume far more than we need, leading to a mammoth global waste problem and the crushing weight of too much stuff on our shoulders. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Eartheasy and The Story of Stuff Project to empower you to free yourself from the chains of stuff with this fun 30-day challenge. Pare down your life in one small way each day between Earth Day (April 22) and Biodiversity Day (May 22), and not only will you be happier and lighter at the end of the month, you’ll have a chance to win a sweet prize from Eartheasy.com!

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Beer of the Week 4/14/16: Surly Brewing Company’s Furious IPA

Beer of the Week 4/14/16: Surly Brewing Company’s Furious IPA

Surly Brewing Company’s Furious is one of those beers that leaves permanent mark on those who have had it, and Travel Well’s beer geek can’t wait to dive in and see what the buzz is all about. Surly questions, “A tempest on the tongue, or a moment of pure hop bliss?” Let’s find out.

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6 Strategies to Travel with Only a Carry-on

6 Strategies to Travel with Only a Carry-on

  I, like many, was raised to be an over packer, a side effect of the chronic what ifs and just in cases that lead to closets full of rarely- to never-used stuff. On the surface, packing for contingencies makes sense—it would probably ruin some travel memories to be...

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Product Review: OnSight Equipment Travel and Fitness Gear

Product Review: OnSight Equipment Travel and Fitness Gear

On a recent press trip to Chicago, Travel Well had the chance to try some OnSight Equipment products courtesy of Eartheasy, an online retailer of sustainable living products. Based in British Columbia, OnSight Equipment specializes in sustainable outdoors and travel...

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5 of the Most Accessible Travel Destinations [Infographic]

5 of the Most Accessible Travel Destinations [Infographic]

For people with disabilities and mobility issues, travel challenges are at the same time simpler and immensely more difficult than lost luggage and delayed flights: curbs and stairs, too-narrow doorways, and non-adapted bathrooms can all quickly derail a trip. Much of the world was not built with wheelchairs and diverse abilities in mind, but thankfully that is changing. Today, spectacular destinations on every continent offer more accessible features than ever before, such as ramps, adapted restrooms, accessible transportation, elevators and roll-in entryways. This infographic from Burning Heights highlights five such cities and accessible destinations and accommodations in each.

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7 Common Beach Litter Items We Can Easily Eliminate

7 Common Beach Litter Items We Can Easily Eliminate

All I remember learning in school about waste was to look for the little arrow triangle to know if something is recyclable and to cut up the plastic rings soda cans came in so dolphins didn’t get them caught on their noses. We didn’t see what washes up on beaches after storms, we didn’t see what gets caught in grasses and other plants, and we didn’t see what people toss astray out of pure laziness and apathy. There was no stress on the true monumental scale of the waste problem, but based on our regular walks on a 2-mile stretch of beach on the relatively remote Hatteras Island 20 years later, it should have been a critical piece of our curriculum.

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Accomable: Peer-to-Peer Accessible Accommodations

Accomable: Peer-to-Peer Accessible Accommodations

While most travelers worry about unexpected costs, missed trains and cancelled flights, Srin Madipalli has bigger challenges to face, like how to get into buildings and through airport security. Srin has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (or SMA), a genetic disorder that impairs movement and requires him to use a motorized wheelchair. A six-month excursion opened his eyes to how difficult it was to find information on accessible transportation and accommodations, so he’s set out to fix that with Accomable.com.

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Beer of the Week 2/5/16: Schneider Weisse Aventinus Vintage 2009

Beer of the Week 2/5/16: Schneider Weisse Aventinus Vintage 2009

Schneider Weisse has been brewing some of the most famous and widely celebrated German wheat beer since 1927. Each year they brew just 240 cases of their Aventinus doppelbock, and this week Allen tries the vintage 2009. Find out why you should grab one of these rarer, beautifully-wrapped bottles if you ever come across one.

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Beer of the Week 1/26/16: Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton

Beer of the Week 1/26/16: Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton

This week Allen reviews a beer from the highly regarded Dogfish Head Brewery, maker of “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Their Burton Baton (ALC 10% IBU 70) is an oak aged Imperial IPA comprised of two different batches of beer: English-style old ale and an Imperial IPA. Find out what Allen thought of the combination.

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Beer of the Week: Brewery Huyghe’s Delirium Argentum

Beer of the Week: Brewery Huyghe’s Delirium Argentum

You would be hard-pressed to find a craft brew enthusiast who is not familiar with the pink elephant. Brewery Huyghe is best known for the Delirium series, and their Delirium Argentum is a specialty beer created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its award-winning Delirium Tremens.

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Walking Alone on the Other Side of the World

Walking Alone on the Other Side of the World

Cason is somewhat terrified of being alone. So she packed a backpack, a rolling carry-on, and a bright blue suitcase and moved to the other side of the world to discover what being alone truly meant to her.

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Leaving 2015 in the Stardust

Leaving 2015 in the Stardust

Behind the pages of the magazine, every major life event that could happen to us happened. But even on our darkest nights, little twinkling dots were connecting around us, forming a constellation leading us to where we are today even when we couldn’t see it. As we venture into 2016, we have given up on trying to decide or control what shape our constellation will take, instead kicking back with our feet in the sand and letting the stars align as they may.

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Chasing the Wind: Q&A with Pro Kitesurfer Polly Crathorne

Chasing the Wind: Q&A with Pro Kitesurfer Polly Crathorne

One of the first things you’ll notice about Polly Crathorne is her big smile. After that you’ll probably notice the ease of the conversation and her general easy-going attitude. You may even take note of her affinity for funky patterned fabrics. What you probably won’t pick up on is that sitting across from you is the first woman and youngest person to kite across the English Channel. Crathorne is a professional kite surfer who currently holds four kiting world records. She has travelled to 25 different countries and is attending university as a full time student.

And she is only 21 years old.

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Health in Numbers: Tracking Your Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

Health in Numbers: Tracking Your Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

Even if you haven’t heard it called the Quantified Self Movement, you’ve heard of its members and practices, and chances are you’re a part of it. Find out why the trend in tracking health data has taken off in recent years and how you can use it to your advantage in this infographic.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

During the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of where we shop and what we buy. That’s why every year we put together a list of our favorite things that match our mission of health and sustainability for people and the world we explore. This year we’ve curated 40+ products we love that are good for you, good for the planet and good for communities in need.

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Introductory Guide to Foam Rolling

Introductory Guide to Foam Rolling

Foam rollers are commonplace in fitness facilities, physical therapy clinics and locker rooms for valued benefits that include helping to correct bad posture, treating injuries, relieving aches and pains, and a host of other reasons to add it to your routine. We’ve teamed up with Tina Garnaat, the brand manager of fitness at TriggerPoint, on this introductory guide to foam rolling.

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Refugee Relief Efforts in Berlin

Refugee Relief Efforts in Berlin

In September alone, 12,000 refugees applied for asylum in Berlin–more than the number of applicants from 2011, 2012 and 2013 combined. The city cannot keep up. For that reason, citizens like Murat Adash have stepped in to help their new neighbors by organizing a flea market along with five colleagues and other friends to benefit refugee relief organizations in the city.

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Berlin and the Question of Identity

Berlin and the Question of Identity

What do we expect from Berlin? How do you distill down a city that’s constantly changing? For the past few years, Berlin’s slogan has been “poor but sexy,” but as the next era of changes hit the city, the nickname might no longer fit.

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Beer of the Week 10/26/15: Heavy Seas’ The Great’er Pumpkin

Beer of the Week 10/26/15: Heavy Seas’ The Great’er Pumpkin

What better time to enjoy a pumpkin beer than Halloween week? In this week’s beer review, Allen carves into Heavy Seas’ the Great’er Pumpkin, a barrel-aged Imperial Ale that hits all the fall notes. Check out his review and recommendations for the full scoop.

With Halloween just around the corner, I went on the hunt for a new Autumn beer to carve into. What I found was a deeply complex Imperial Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices and aged in bourbon barrels. From their Uncharted Waters Series, Heavy Seas’ the Great’er Pumpkin gave me quite a punch

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A Traveler’s Guide to Finding Coffee in Berlin

A Traveler’s Guide to Finding Coffee in Berlin

Finding famous places in Berlin is made easy by an abundance of guidebooks, tourism websites and blogs dedicated to navigating the city. However, figuring out where you’ll spend time before, afterwards, and in-between is often more difficult than it seems. This guide seeks to make it easier — while making it taste really good, too. That is, if you like coffee.

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#Repurposely 30-Day DIY Challenge

#Repurposely 30-Day DIY Challenge

So many of the products we use were designed for one single purpose or another–but we don’t have to accept this. That’s why we’re teaming up with Life Without Plastic and the Plastic Pollution Coalition on the #Repurposely 30-Day DIY Challenge!

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Kari Gran Eco-Luxe Skin Care Travel Set Review

Kari Gran Eco-Luxe Skin Care Travel Set Review

When Kari Gran approached Travel Well to test its cleansing oil, hydrating tonic and essential serum travel set, its eco-friendly packaging and organic ingredients persuaded me to give it a go. Find out why I loved it.

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Small World: Black Mountain Reaches to Berlin and Beyond

Small World: Black Mountain Reaches to Berlin and Beyond

While the Blue Ridge Mountains, Winter Park, Berlin, San Francisco, London, and New York are geographically distant, a recent exhibition at Berlin’s Museum für Gegenwart illuminated just how closely art and education intertwine global destinations.

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Fall in a Bowl: Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal

Fall in a Bowl: Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal

Fall is the season of the pumpkin. Work this flavorful and nutritious ingredient into your day by trying our new pumpkin pecan oatmeal recipe for a bowl full of Fall flavors that will start your morning off on a decadent note.

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Traveling Green with LEED-Certified Buildings [Infographic]

Traveling Green with LEED-Certified Buildings [Infographic]

In both travel and our daily lives, we have the power to minimize our environmental footprints by looking for LEED-certified buildings. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality, LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. With buildings in more than 150 countries and territories and six continents, LEED options are accessible to travelers and non travelers around the world.

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Disc Golf: Grab a Disc, Smack a Tree

Disc Golf: Grab a Disc, Smack a Tree

Disc golf isn’t new, but it’s seen significant growth in courses, events and players (Allen included) over the last decade. The appeal is evident: It’s fun, it can be relatively easy to pick up, courses can be found in many areas, and it’s cheap to play recreationally.

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September Self Care Challenge [+ 20 Activity Ideas]

September Self Care Challenge [+ 20 Activity Ideas]

Reconnecting with ourselves every day can reduce stress, promote healthy habits and increase our overall happiness. That’s why this month we’re teaming up with Meredith Magnini, RD, to challenge you to make September the month of you by setting aside at least one moment each day for self care.

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Lyme Regis and England’s Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis and England’s Jurassic Coast

Known as a haven for fossil hunters, hikers and Jane Austen fans, Lyme Regis is a sparkling seaside gem on England’s Jurassic Coast. Find out why it quickly moved to the top of Travel Well’s favorite destinations list–and what we ate there that may be the best food we’ve ever had.

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22 Tips to Reduce Your Water Footprint [Infographic]

22 Tips to Reduce Your Water Footprint [Infographic]

Up to 2.8 billion people around the world are affected by water scarcity for one month every year–a huge problem with a simple solution: waste less water. This infographic from shows us 22 easy ways to reduce wasted water and divert used gray water to second and third purposes, saving more than 100,000 gallons of water per person per year from going to waste.

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Flying Outside My Comfort Zone in Beginner Aerial Silks

Flying Outside My Comfort Zone in Beginner Aerial Silks

Even a single small step outside of my comfort zones is an adventure in itself. As I hung upside down from the silks in a move I once thought impossible, my old boundaries faded behind me and exciting unexplored territory stretched endlessly ahead.

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Taking the Dive Against Debris Specialty Course with Project AWARE

Taking the Dive Against Debris Specialty Course with Project AWARE

This post is a contribution from Project AWARE Foundation written by Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Program Specialist. Project AWARE mobilizes scuba divers to protect the ocean planet one dive at a time. Its Dive Against Debris Specialty Course educates divers on how to remove and log marine debris to prevent its detrimental effects on marine life and advocate for policy and prevention around the world. Hannah takes us through her experience in the course.

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The Ultimate Guide to Running Your First 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon

The Ultimate Guide to Running Your First 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon

To help you cross the finish line in any new distance up to a marathon, Travel Well has developed the ultimate running guide just for you, covering everything from selecting your event and how to stay motivated through those tough training days. With the proper resources, guidance and encouragement, running your first race goes from something overwhelming and impossible to a check mark on your to-do list.

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How to Grill Your Favorite Vegetables [Infographic]

How to Grill Your Favorite Vegetables [Infographic]

With a little prep and a hot grill rack, asparagus, artichokes, peppers, mushrooms and many other veggies become tender, crispy, and delicious dishes that stand on their own or become the perfect sides to your barbecue. Bookmark this infographic full of easy veggie-grilling tips from Fix.com and Ghergich & Co. for your next summer dinner or backyard cookout.

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Eating Healthy with 15+ Hacks and Tips for Your Slow Cooker [INFOGRAPHIC]

Eating Healthy with 15+ Hacks and Tips for Your Slow Cooker [INFOGRAPHIC]

Being able to cook a variety of nutritious and delicious meals easily can make or break a healthy lifestyle, and having the proper kitchen tools on hand to do so is essential. Whether you’ve got a full kitchen or a tiny kitchenette where shelf space is prime real estate, a slow cooker is a must-have. This set-it-and-forget-it appliance takes the guesswork out of nearly every meal, from a healthy dinner for two to prepping ahead for the week to crowd-pleasing dishes for your next party. Bookmark this infographic to make the most of this handy tool with these 15+ hacks and tips from PartSelect and Ghergich & Co.

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Go Big or Go Healthy: Summer Burger Recipe Throwdown

Go Big or Go Healthy: Summer Burger Recipe Throwdown

Make your summer cookout one to remember with two equally delicious and crowd-pleasing burgers to satisfy every guest. Go big with a Jalapeño Bacon Burger, a not-so-healthy cheese-stuffed meat patty with a spicy kick, or go healthy with a Southwest Black Bean Burger, a savory veggie burger with a chipotle lime sauce so good even the biggest meat lovers will be coming back for seconds.

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Guide to Traveling Well in Rhode Island

Guide to Traveling Well in Rhode Island

If you look closely, you’ll see the Ocean State is a traveler’s dream and a history buff’s heaven: Its natural terrain and geography provide countless outdoor activities for vacationers and adventurers alike, its restaurant offering satisfies every foodie’s curiosity, its art scene produces and attracts top creatives, and its history of deeply-rooted dissent leaves no question that general American badassery originated here.

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10 Classic American Road Trips

10 Classic American Road Trips

Nowhere has US culture and travel collided more perfectly than on the classic American road trip. With iconic pieces of the country’s history and pristine natural preservations paralleling the yellow and white lines dashing across the map, hitting the open road is not only one of the best ways to see America, it’s one of the best ways to live and breathe it. From scenic coastal byways to remote stretches between national parks, these 10 classic road trips will take you through some of the most iconic locations around the country.

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A Six Pack of Summer Beer Cocktails

A Six Pack of Summer Beer Cocktails

High gravity beers may not be the best choice in the heat of summer. Lucky for us, there are some summer-friendly beverages that let us enjoy our favorite brews without the dangerous mix of high temps and high alcohol contents: beer cocktails. See six of our favorite summertime beer mixes that won’t leave you hurting the next morning.

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Healthy Sun Exposure for Vitamin D

Healthy Sun Exposure for Vitamin D

Most know the dangers of too much sun exposure, but not getting enough sun can cause just as harmful health problems of vitamin D deficiencies. Finding the right balance of safe and healthy sun exposure may be a challenge, but with a bit of practice and an understanding of the factors involved, it can be far less tricky. Here’s what to keep in mind when getting out side to soak up some healthy rays.

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Product Review: Tritan Square by Clean Bottle

Product Review: Tritan Square by Clean Bottle

One of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves is to stay adequately hydrated, and one of the healthiest things we can do for our planet is protect it from our wasteful garbage. At the intersection of the two is a simple habit: using a reusable water bottle instead of the single use plastic variety. We’re always looking for ways to help readers make the switch, so we took Clean Bottle up on their offer to test their new Tritan Square Bottle line.

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10 Spectacular Small-Town Fireworks Displays

10 Spectacular Small-Town Fireworks Displays

While the spectators at big city fireworks shows must face seas of traffic or watch from afar, spectacular small town fireworks displays light up the sky above festivals, parades and more modest crowds in Small Town USA. To get the same explosive show with all the music and fun without the big city hassle, check out some of our favorite shows this Fourth of July.

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Recipe of the Month: All-American Apple Pie

Recipe of the Month: All-American Apple Pie

At just under 250 calories a slice, this all-American apple pie recipe from Two Fit Girls tastes as good as it is guilt free. Instead of loading up on the butter and sugar at your next summer cookout, treat your taste buds and your waistline to this tasty dessert.

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4th of July-inspired Travel Workout

4th of July-inspired Travel Workout

Get your fitness on in a star (and sweat) spangled manner with Two Fit Girls’ Independence Day-inspired workout routine! All you’ll need is a mat and a stability ball (and maybe some red, white and blue workout attire) to celebrate birthday of the good ol’ USA with this core and cardio series all summer long.

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#1TonLess Marine Debris Prevention Challenge

#1TonLess Marine Debris Prevention Challenge

The prize drawing for this challenge is no longer open, but tackle it anyway to prevent marine debris and make the world a healthier, more beautiful place!   Whether left astray intentionally or accidentally, more than 6.7 thousand pieces of trash litter US roadways...

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The Ugly Journey of Our Trash [Infographic]

The Ugly Journey of Our Trash [Infographic]

The problem of marine trash is monumental and only getting bigger with an estimated 250 million metric tons of plastic alone expected to reach the oceans by 2025. That’s why it’s critical to stop marine debris at one of its primary sources: litter. See this infographic from Project AWARE on what happens when we let stray trash get carried away.

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20 Whole Body Health Benefits of Meditation [Infographic]

20 Whole Body Health Benefits of Meditation [Infographic]

When setting out to improve our health, many of us forget a tactic we can employ without an expensive contract or diet plan: meditation. Meditation is not, as many believe, simply sitting on the floor for an hour chanting and trying to empty your mind, among other common misconceptions, but rather focusing the mind inward. Tuning in to your thoughts, even if for just 10 minutes a day, doesn’t just have incredible power in improving your mental health, stress and focus, but it can also yield significant physical health benefits, too.

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Our Place: The Yacht Bar, Dublin

Our Place: The Yacht Bar, Dublin

Allen and I had long been looking for our place: a pub or bar with good food, good beer and good people. A place around the corner where our small group of friends would gather after work without question or planning. Our own Central Perk or MacLaren’s. Little did we know the real winner wasn’t on the same block or even in the same town–it was 3600 miles away in Dublin.

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On the Edge of Ireland: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

On the Edge of Ireland: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

On Ireland’s southwest coast, layers of ancient stone plummet into the sea in two of the most spectacular geological formations in the world: The staggering Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Geopark. These stunning natural attractions draw nearly a million visitors every year, and for good reason.

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Letters from the Cinque Terre

Letters from the Cinque Terre

Four years ago, Allen received a letter from Alexa about her experiences hiking the Cinque Terre. He daydreamed that one day he could actually be there with her, and after their recent three-week honeymoon in Europe, he can gladly say he has. This is his letter back to her.

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TriggerPoint NANO Foot Roller Review and GIVEAWAY

TriggerPoint NANO Foot Roller Review and GIVEAWAY

Anticipating several hours a day of walking, climbing stairs, hauling 70L backpacks and sitting on planes and trains, Travel Well’s co-founder and I were deciding what to include in our packing list to alleviate such tension and soreness we knew we’d encounter on our three-week trip to Europe. Lucky for us, TriggerPoint reached out to us just before we left to test their new NANO Foot Roller, a travel-friendly therapeutic mini foam roller designed specifically for feet and forearms. We took them up on the offer and brought the NANO with us to give it a go.

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Ireland in a Pint: Touring Dublin’s Historic Guinness Brewery

Ireland in a Pint: Touring Dublin’s Historic Guinness Brewery

Just a few steps inside the Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate Brewery, a sense of its history and grandeur is overwhelming, starting with the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness in 1759 displayed in a glass seal in the floor. Circling above the seal are seven floors connected by an interweaving network of escalators and turquise steel beams, rising higher and wider in an atrium the shape of a pint glass. From the ingredients that go into the iconic dark ruby pints to its transportation to the rest of the world to its signature advertising, each floor takes you through a piece of Guinness history. But the best stop of all is at the top.

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Spiraling Out of Control: Plastic Buildup in our Oceans [INFOGRAPHIC]

Spiraling Out of Control: Plastic Buildup in our Oceans [INFOGRAPHIC]

A huge portion of litter on land travels tens, hundreds or even thousands of miles by waterways, ultimately ending up in the ocean–an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter, to be exact. The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans is spiraling out of control, literally, as it collects in the five major ocean gyres and delicate marine ecosystems. To shine a spotlight on a problem we can’t see from shore, Custom Made and Ghergich & Co. have created this insightful infographic exploring the dire issue of plastic buildup in the world’s oceans.

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Pet Health: Hiking Safely With Your Dog

Pet Health: Hiking Safely With Your Dog

It’s important to know what dangers can occur when you hike with your dog, even if some are unlikely. Having a plan for those unexpected events can be a lifesaver for you and your pet, so we’ve put together a list to help you plan your hikes so you can continue to do so problem-free for years to come.

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#WasteNot: 30-Day Challenge to Reduce Trash

#WasteNot: 30-Day Challenge to Reduce Trash

According to the most recent EPA statistics, the average American generates 4.38 lbs of waste every single day. In 2012, that added up to 250.9 MILLION TONS of municipal waste in the US alone. That’s why we’re partnering with Trash is for Tossers, The Simply Co. and Life Without Plastic to challenge you to reduce your trash production for the chance to win an awesome zero-waste starter set.

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Travel Well’s Guide to the Triangle: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC

Travel Well’s Guide to the Triangle: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC

Often known as a hub of academic and research centers, the Triangle is rapidly growing into a food, brewery and travel destination, too. Whether you’re in downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street or anywhere in between, you won’t have to venture too far to find a food truck rodeo, live outdoor music, big events, great beer and even better food.

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