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Juiced Bikes puts its own spin on the scrambler-style ebike

Juiced Bikes has launched a trio of new ebikes on Indiegogo, each of which falls into the "scrambler" design category and comes with a 52-volt battery and choice of two electric drive systems. More>>

Lyft may join others and put electric scooters on the streets of San Francisco

As if the city doesn't already have enough of them, Lyft is reportedly looking into the idea of launching an electric-scooter service in San Francisco. Bird, Lime, and Spin launched similar services just two months ago. More>>

Live large in a small space with Drake, one of the craziest travel trailers

If you like living in luxury and enjoy the amenities of a modern home including decor, but want to take to the open road, Drake is your ticket to ride. Land Ark's unique travel trailer offers big living in a small space. More>>

The nearly perfect Garmin Fenix 5 GPS smartwatch is now on sale for $100 off

Smartwatches have come a long way in recent years. Through June 16, you can take $100 off the excellent Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch -- one of the best GPS watches ever -- letting you score one for just $450 as part of REI's... More>>

Here are the best trail running shoes you can buy right now

Whether you're an experienced runner or looking to get into running altogether, trail running can be a rewarding exercise and a great way to spend time out in nature. So, no matter if you're looking for a budget-friendly... More>>

Nike’s latest patent seeks to protect athletes with impact-sensing pads

Nike's latest patent involves the creation of a dynamic pad system for use in sports, in which the pads can actually sense an impending impact and alter their physical make-up to provide a higher level of protection. More>>

The best binoculars

Be it gazing at a rare bird or sitting in the nosebleed section, you need a good pair of binoculars to see things from a distance. But what you should you look for? Desirable features vary depending on what you're doing so... More>>

The Bitterroot dry bag is a sleeping pad pump, water filter, and dry bag all in one

Want to carry less gear on your camping or backpacking trip? The Bitteroot Dry Bag is an innovative outdoor product that serves for three purposes in one -- a water filter, a dry bag, and a sleeping bag pump. More>>

The Langly Field Jacket is a high-tech, all-weather coat for photographers

Drawing influence from the U.S. military's M-1965 Field Jacket, the Langly Field Jacket is a rugged, all-weather cargo coat built to endure the elements while also offering security and convenience for the modern traveler. More>>

Blinkers are customized lights to help keep cyclists safe and visible

Your commitment to biking instead of driving is saving the planet, but who's there to save you from the motorists on the road? Here to answer that question is Blinkers, the "complete smart lighting system for cyclists." More>>

Spot X brings two-way satellite messaging to the masses

Spot X is the new satellite messenger device that allows outdoor enthusiasts to send two-way messages from remote places, as well as send an SOS alert, without the need for cellular service. More>>

Campnab will help you score a last-minute campsite this summer

Campnab is a new website that monitors a user's favorite campsites and will alert them when vacancies become available and alert them via text message to let them know they should book the spot they are looking for. More>>

The Cowboy ebike may usher in the next generation of electric bicycles

The Cowboy bike purports to be the new standard in ebikes, and unlike its compatriots and competitors, doesn't actually look like an electronic piece of machinery. Rather, it just looks like a bike. More>>

The Aquaforno II is a portable grill, oven, rotisserie, and smoker all-in-one

Take your kitchen with you into the great outdoors.The Aquaforno II is the world's most versatile outdoor cooking stove. Bring it all or just the parts you need with the double bag backpack system. More>>

It’s tough to find a more affordable ebike than Swagtron’s latest models

Swagtron announced the addition of three new affordable ebikes to its lineup, including two folding models and a fat bike aimed at the youth market, all of which sell for less than $850. More>>

What is Sweatcoin and how does it work?

Whether you’re seeking motivation or you’re a fitness buff who wants kickbacks for working out, Sweatcoin is a great way to earn rewards for staying active. But what is Sweatcoin exactly? We've broken down all the... More>>

Wonder what the bottom of the ocean sounds like? Check out this livestream

Ever wanted to listen to a livestream of deep sea sounds from a microphone located 3,000 feet beneath the ocean surface, 18 miles off the coast of California? Today's your lucky day. More>>

Picture Organic Clothing may have just made the eco-friendliest wetsuit

Picture Organic Clothing has a brand-new wetsuit that is being heralded as the eco-friendliest wetsuit ever, and is made of a "sustainable and responsible alternative" to neoprene. More>>

How to actually have a vacation on vacation

Ever find yourself saying you need a vacation after your vacation? Here's how you can truly relax while you're away.

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Revant Optics wants to save the planet one pair of sunglasses at a time

Revant Optics is looking to keep sunglasses from going into the landfill by introducing a line of performance eyewear that is modular, allowing owners to replace broken or damaged parts without throwing them away. More>>

Tipoon is a tiny pop-up camper that triples in size

The Tipoon is an incredibly small camping trailer that can expand to a surprisingly large size when reaching the campsite, transforming into a full-fledged mobile living pod with the push of a button. More>>

The best mountain bike pedals

No matter if you're a leisurely or aggressive rider or desire clipless over flat pedals, we've hand-picked the best mountain bike pedals you can buy. With options from Shimano, Deity, Crank Brothers, and more, all you need... More>>

The Roomba of the tennis court? Ball-retreiving Tennibot launches on Kickstarter

Newly launched on Kickstarter, the Tennibot is a new robot that can be used on the tennis court to automatically retrieve tennis balls, saving time and effort by players, coaches, and tennis pros who usually have to do... More>>

Ford GoBike ebikes come to San Francisco to conquer those steep hills

Fans of bike-sharing schemes now have more ebike options if they find themselves in San Francisco. Following in the footsteps of Jump, Ford GoBike this week introduced 250 electric-powered bicycles to its fleet in the city. More>>

The best solar chargers for your smartphone or tablet

Looking for a gizmo that can help you charge your phone while on the go? Here, we've outlined the best solar chargers on the market, whether you're looking to charge your phone once, twice, or three times over. More>>

BMC Switzerland’s line of ebikes make their North American debut

BMC Switzerland has brought its line of high-performance ebikes to the U.S. for the first time, introducing the Speedfox Amp and Trailfox Amp models, which blend traditional mountain bike designs with ebike components. More>>

Adidas AM4NYC runners are templates for shoe design in the future

Adidas' AM4NYC is the latest robot-made shoes from its automated Speedfactory. Besides high-tech components, it was developed using athletes' performance data, and it's how shoes could be made in the future. More>>

Move over Yeezys, K-Swiss is making performance sneakers for pro gamers

K-Swiss partnered with esports team Immortals to create a new sneaker aimed at pro gamers and is even planning to design a new sneaker which will offer "performance-enhancing" elements, such as keeping gamer feet cool. More>>

Keep cool and comfortable in the Showers Pass Summer Riding Collection

Whether you're riding around town or down the trail, the Summers Pass Riding Collection offers the technical apparel you need to stay cool and comfortable this summer, featuring merino wool blended with synthetic fibers. More>>

Bkool’s smart training bike brings outdoor workouts inside

Cycling software and trainer manufacturer Bkool has created a new indoor smart bike that combines its popular software with a high-tech fitness machine that can automatically provide resistance to simulate virtual routes. More>>

Climate change could make your flights a lot more turbulent in the future

Here's a particularly tangible effect of climate change -- if you hate flying in turbulent weather, you may need to buckle your seat belt with much more frequency.

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Chef Greg Higgins’ guide to Portland, Oregon’s best beer, breakfast, and bar food

The James Beard award-winning chef on his adopted city’s restaurant scene

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6 tips for a debt-free summer vacation

How to get out of town without getting into money trouble

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How Maryland's official state cake got its stripes

Smith Island Cake stands tall, smoothly coated in chocolate icing -- no swirls, no rosettes, no bling. Sliced and plated it reveals its genius: pencil-thin layers of pale cake, stacked and spliced with ample icing. It's delicious. And mysterious.

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Tips for traveling to the U.S. with medications

Traveling to the United States with medications? Here's what you need to know to avoid problems.

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10 steps to secure your finances before you travel

How to keep your money safe before leaving home.

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Attention frequent fliers: This app claims to lessen jet lag

For all you perpetually time-zone-confused, out-of-suitcase living, constantly jet-lagged frequent flyers, there may just be a light at the end of your runway.

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Self-healing airplane wings could fix cracks immediately after they form

All living things have within them a basic ability to restore, repair and heal their bodies -- but what if non-living things could restore and repair themselves too?

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Smoke and glory: Behind the scenes at Benton's Country Hams

Allan Benton's smokehouse in Madisonville, Tennessee, is a high temple of pork. More>>

Iconic eats: Louisiana

If you're traveling to Louisiana, don't miss out on any of these ten classic Louisiana specialties, from pillowy beignets to rustic, comforting gumbo. More>>

Dining like a rhinestone cowboy

The history of Las Vegas can be told through its steakhouses. More>>

Museums say no to selfie sticks in bid to protect exhibits (and humans)

If you've been thinking about heading to New York City's Museum of Modern Art with the intention of using your selfie stick to grab a shot alongside Pollock's One: Number 31, 1950, forget it – articulated monopods are now banned. More>>

This passport lets you use a selfie as the photo, no duck face allowed

Later this year, citizens of Ireland will be able to buy an official passport-style identification card that uses a selfie for the photo. More>>

Christmas on the Coast

In Portuguese-inflected Goa, the most wonderful time of the year is a joyous blending of traditions. More>>

Virgin America completes rollout of faster Gogo ATG-4 Wi-Fi across fleet

Want fast Wi-Fi speeds at 35,000 feet? Get on a Virgin America flight. The carrier announced that it is the first to offer the faster ATG-4 inflight Wi-Fi service from Gogo across its entire fleet.  More>>

Delta Airlines security glitch lets you access anyone's boarding pass

The holidays are a hectic time for airlines and airports, as they try to deal with the large influx of people visiting loved ones. The last thing anyone wants happening is some sort of security glitch that will ruin their holiday. More>>

How a computer glitch brought London's airports to a standstill

 If the weather doesn't delay your flight, then a computer bug might.
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Trip Advisor couple fined $150 by hotel for negative review

If you've ever left a negative review of a place on Trip Advisor, hopefully you haven't been hit with a fine for your efforts. More>>

What?! If you post a photo of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook, you could be fined

Copyrights probably aren't the first thing you think about when you're on vacation in Paris, but it turns out that some landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower, are actually protected by copyright laws. More>>

From mile-high Wi-Fi to mobile boarding passes, which airline has the best tech?

Although pretzels and leg room may be shrinking, one amenity the airline industry offers has been growing: tech in the air. More>>

Almost family

At a Louisiana restaurant, a father-son bond is celebrated and forged again. More>>

Season of plenty: China's mushroom harvest

From remote mountain forests to bustling urban markets, in China's Yunnan Province, mushrooms are foraged treasure. More>>

World's first 'smart' cruise ship features robot bartenders, virtual balconies and more

Dubbed by its owner as “the world's first smartship,” Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship could be just the ticket for tech fans keen to indulge their passion while sailing on the high seas. More>>

If your phone isn’t charged, you could get banned from flights

Flying to the US anytime soon? If so, you’d better make sure your electronic devices are charged because if they’re not, they could be confiscated.
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5 new ways to vacation in Paris

Headed to the most romantic city in the world? Obviously, you’ll scale the Eiffel Tower, lunch on the Seine in a bateau mouche, and ogle priceless art at the Musee D’Orsay, but there’s plenty for those who prefer rock ’n’ roll and brewskis to Renoir and Bordeaux. More>>

Traveling in Canada? Don't park with your windows down

Vaguely written laws sometimes remain on the books for years, and can be enforced, if an officer feels so inclined. More>>

Google adds 12 World Cup stadiums to Street View and Maps

Google added 12 World Cup stadiums in Google Maps Street View. Not only can you check out high-res panoramic imagery of the venues, you can also view the iconic painted streets – a Brazilian World Cup tradition – and hundreds of new images of interesting landmarks and locales across Brazil. More>>

A dozen things to do in Nantucket

This classic East Coast vacation spot has much to offer, both on- and off-season. More>>

From Western waters

A drive along Oregon's coast reveals soaring sand dunes, enchanting fishing towns, and some of the most memorable seafood dishes you'll likely find anywhere. More>>

Marseille, city by the sea

A new generation of chefs builds on the rich culinary legacy of the French port of Marseille. More>>

7 things you can only get in Indianapolis

For some reason, sports in Indianapolis get all the attention. But instead of focusing on the Indy 500 or the Colts, we should start paying attention to the Midwestern capital city's food scene. Innovative chefs, a thriving craft beer scene, and milkshakes to die for -- these days, Indianapolis has a lot to offer. More>>

Finding a tomato in winter

A trip to Sarasota, Fla., means sunshine, beaches, and best of all, beautiful produce. More>>

FAA's new rules let you use gadgets during takeoff and landing

The days of being forced to turn off your gadgets before takeoff and landing will soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it will allow airlines to permit the use of most portable electronic devices during all portions of flights.
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Guide to restaurants in Nebraska

Where to eat and stay in the Omaha area. More>>

Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.
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My Spanish sanctuary

The first time I fell for the market in Cádiz it was because of the annealing sensuality of its produce and the friendship I found there. The second time I discovered an equally intense but more studious passion. More>>

Travel guide: Galilee, Israel

Where to stay, where to eat, and what to do during your visit.
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4 best train trips in America

When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.

 
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Pack like a celebrity stylist

Check out this list of what all fashion fiends should include in their getaway suitcases this season. More>>

Travel guide to best travel apps

In the movies, you can get lost in the Luxembourg Gardens and encounter your soul mate. In real life, your face will be buried in a map too long to ever see him. What you need is a travel guide. More>>

Honeymoon help 101

What's the best way to score honeymoon deals? Should you book a honeymoon package or plan excursions on your own? World-renowned travel planners answer these questions. More>>

Best beaches for families

Here are five sandy locations that offer something for everyone. More>>

Travel guide: Houston

Chef Chris Shepherd gives his take on what to eat, where to go, and what to do in his city, from family-run dim sum and BBQ joints to a pristine local farm. More>>

7 bizarre Airbnb rentals that are almost too weird to believe

Weird accommodation options are part of Airbnb's charm, so we'd like to propose seven current listings that should be verified immediately. If these folks are offering what they say they're offering, we just might book a night or two. More>>

New Orleans: Eating in the Big Easy

The best dishes, grandest places, and most colorful culinary history. The heritage of Big Easy dining is alive, well, and thriving. More>>

A guide to the oyster regions of Virginia

Virginia is now once again a place that raises many happy oysters. More>>

10 tips to avoid vacation weight gain

After days of sampling every dish that your destination has to offer, it should come as no surprise when your jeans begin to feel tight. In order to avoid weight gain, try these 10 tips. More>>

7 foods you can only get in Wisconsin

For one Madison, Wis., native, a visit home always evokes a sort of a happy anxiety—so much to eat, so little time. More>>

Have a healthy vacation

Here's how to keep the family healthy while you're away -- plus what to do if sickness does strike. More>>

What to pack for your summer getaway

Summer clothes are so lightweight and versatile, you won't even need to check a bag, whether you're spending a weekend at the beach or a week in Paris. More>>

Two people, one car and a 23-year, 500,000 mile journey around the world

This Mercedes Benz G-Wagen, affectionately named Otto, has carried Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine on an incredible 500,000 mile journey around the world. More>>

Is taking tech on vacation an intrusion or improvement?

From poolside smartphones to on-demand movies anywhere, technology has changed what it means to "get away from it all," for better and worse. More>>

How to turn your hotel keys into luggage tags Video included

Got a collection of plastic hotel room keys from your last vacation? Don't throw them away because they'll actually come in handy for your next trip. More>>

Airport X-ray body scanners banned in Europe over cancer risks

The controversial "backscatter" X-ray body scanners will no longer be used at European airports due to health risks associated with the technology. More>>

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