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Best signs at women's marches

The day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, millions of women took the street all over the world to stand up for their rights.

The 12 most influential spiritual books of the past 50 years

Photo by Ed Yourdon MY OWN SPIRITUAL JOURNEY BEGAN when I picked up a copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

10 go-to bars in Helsinki

Photo: Bernt Rostad Besides being the home of weird street art, steamy saunas and much-needed sisu that locals apply to deal with winter, Helsinki has some pretty sweet bars that will give you the best night out ever.

5 habits to incorporate into your travels ASAP

Photo: Jesse Wagstaff Let’s talk about travel habits. We all have them, some good and some not so good – I’m talking to you people who take their sweaty shoes off during a flight.

Never date a Bulgarian woman

Photo: Stanislav Trifonov 1. She’ll keep you guessing. We, Bulgarian women, are convinced that the key to a happy relationship is surprises and spontaneity.

10 of the best spots in Frankfurt to eat and party

Photo: Dan Lundberg Frankfurt is the epitome of cozy and casual. From trendy clubs to brunch and creative bars in historic Sachsenhausen, this city is the perfect place to get your culture and cocktail on. All of these spots and more can be found on Matador Network’s new travelstoke app.

How to have an Airbnb experience that doesn’t suck

Photo: Stacie While I’m WAY past that crucial hostel target market age, I still love to stay at nice ones to meet people and get travel tips.

You and I and the Secretary Bird

Photo by author It’s a common enough scenario that I witnessed: guy approaches girl, girl snubs guy, guy retreats to bar and recovers from his humiliation with the help of a beer and a buddy.

Meeting people while traveling

Photo by author I drop myself into cities and countries where I know no one on a regular basis. I enjoy the challenge and the freedom, but I also forget that this is a practice like any other, and may seem somewhat inaccessible at first.

Can you place the US state on a map?

What to do when your body says no

I was crouched at the base of a basalt cliff on the edge of the Turtle Mountain Wilderness, studying a delicate braid of tracks in the sand at the bottom of the wash below.

Driving your editor crazy

Photo: Melissa O’Donahue EDITORS ARE IRRITABLE CREATURES. I have, more than once, had bitch sessions with other editors about contributors and their work.

Should I march? A guide for the busy, politics-adverse, non-confrontational, cautious and comfortable

Photo: Mark Dixon Along with thousands of others, my husband and I will be attending the March on Washington: Portland edition on Saturday January 21.

8 mind-blowing beaches and lakes in Northern California

Photo: Ray Bouknight California has 840 miles of ocean coastline, much of it almost deserted. Here are a few lesser-known Northern California gems to set you off in the right direction.

9 best dive bars in Los Angeles

Photo: Todd Sternisha LA is a town built for the dive bar—a classic, no-nonsense place for young hipsters and old-timers to come together for cheap drinks and good times.

The protests that changed us

Photo: Davidlohr Bueso I was raised in a progressive, politically-aware family, but we weren’t particularly active.

The Palm Beaches, Florida: Unwind and zen-out

There isn’t much that’s more relaxing than watching the sunset over the still ocean water. So, little surprise that in The Palm Beaches (aka Palm Beach County, Florida), relaxation isn’t just a way to unwind and forget about the world, but a state of mind.

Being hopeful for performing animals

Photo by Evo Flash. Just because something is the status quo, or “the existing state of affairs”, doesn’t mean that those affairs should exist.

Traveling to Africa for the first time as an African American

The first memory I have of being on African soil was my South African Airways plane touching down in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Syrian refugee camp in Iraq

Photo by author One of the most beautiful travel experiences I’ve had was a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Iraq.