Norway Turns Boring Passports Into Covetable Design Objects

Leave it to some chic Scandinavians to recast a dull travel necessity—the passport—into something beautiful and whimsical. The designers at the Oslo-based design studio Neue did just that by taking inspiration from their homeland's terrain and turning it into a chic travel ledger—the results of which won a national competition and will now be the country's official passport. Check out the exterior design, offered in three different colors, above, and the interior design (plus the glowing landscape that's revealed once the booklet goes under UV light), below. [H/T: TNW via Liz Keen] see more

The 5 Craziest Space Videos on NASA's Website

Last night, NASA's unmanned supply rocket to the International Space Station exploded just six seconds after launch. Prior to the 6:22pm ET launch, news outlets had been informing readers in the vicinity of the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that they might be able to see the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft as they arced overhead. What we all saw, of course, turned out to be quite different: a huge flaming orange fireball ... which I think it's probably acceptable to now describe as "amazingly awesome," because no humans (or monkeys or dogs) turned into a fireball along with see more

Chef Seamus Mullen on His Favorite Culinary Indulgence

FOR THE SPLURGE, we ask tastemakers to tell us about their most recent—and most extravagant—purchases. see more

My Vacation Style: Designer Jon Koon On Escaping to the Chinese Countryside

NEW YORK-BASED designer Jon Koon has always been a businessman. He made his first million at 16 with a customized and imported auto parts business and now he's designing luxury streetwear for his label Private Stock. see more

The 20 Most Popular Hotels Around the World According to Pinterest

As summer comes to a close, some of you may find that a fall or winter getaway is already on your mind. Pinterest has long been an infinite source for travel photography that can inspire you to expand your horizons, but with the launch of Place Pins (pins that can be tagged to a specific location and then be displayed publicly on a shareable map), more travelers have been tagging their favorite destinations and hotels. Launched last fall, the service recently hit its 1 billionth pin(!), spanning over 300 countries. What does that mean for you, though? Well, Pinterest is see more
Food + Drinks

The Splurge: Restaurateur Michael Chernow's Most Memorable Meal in Barcelona

FOR THE SPLURGE, we ask tastemakers to tell us about their most recent—and most extravagant—purchases. see more
Sex + Relationships

The Dos and Don'ts of Vacation Romances

I'm writing this from a state park in rural Ohio, where I'm vacationing with my family. Between the high-school lifeguards, shuffleboard octogenarians, and blood relatives, my chances of romance on this trip are, to put it mildly, slim. see more

How to Avoid Getting Gored by a Bull

This year's running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin Festival, which ends today, made international headlines, when news spread that one of the men gored by the rampaging bovines was Bill Hillmann, a Chicago writer who had co-authored an e-book guide to surviving the event. (He's recovering nicely, he told by phone.) If it can happen to him, it can happen to you. see more
Food + Drinks

The 5 Best Food Festivals Remaining This Summer

Just because perennial food-festival favorites like the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and innovative upstarts like Sud de France came and went already this year doesn't mean that summer's good eats are completely over. Below, five food fests well worth planning a trip around. see more

The Healthy Man's Guide to Party Towns

Vacations are about breaking free of your daily routine—but escape doesn't have to mean all-out abandonment of an otherwise healthy lifestyle. Even some of the hardest partying towns around the globe, from Ibiza to New Orleans, offer options for health-conscious travelers. If you're interested in a more balanced stay this summer, check out our recommendations below. see more
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