Child marriage is considered a human rights violation, since it's a major obstacle to sustainable development across the world. The highest rates of child marriage is found in sub-Saharan Africa. According to experts, the practice worsens the cycle of poverty for child brides, blocks them from obtaining an education, and exposes them to many health-related risks as girls who are forced to have children at an early age are more likely to die or face severe complications during childbirth.
Plus-size bloggers Callie Thorpe and Diana Sirokai showed side-by-side images of themselves on Instagram, to prove what people are really seeing when they seeing online perfection.
Ivanka Trump shared a photo of hot dogs and marshmallows on skewers, a traditional Filipino birthday dish, served at her daughter's sixth-birthday celebration.
Recent high school graduates compete in bikinis to be selected as models or flight attendants in China. (Photo: Xinhua/Xinhua Press/Corbis)
It’s authored by blog founder Zach Klein, who of course is a tech CEO as the co-founder of the video-streaming site Vimeo. With co-author Steven Leckart and photographer Noah Kalina, it includes 250 photos of cabins from around the world and from all types of architecture, from uber-rustic to modern to something you’d put on top of your compact car.
Photo by Sean Locke/Stocksy. Design by Erik Mace for Yahoo Travel. By Carlton Jared Lockett, Americans love football season for the sport of it, but also for that thing that turns a game into a social occasion: tailgating. Each football season, fans, alumni, and friends gather for kickoff to support one of their favorite college football teams — relishing copious amounts of Buffalo wings, barbecue ribs, chargrilled briskets, and if you’re attending Louisiana State University’s tailgate, Creole seafood gumbo along the way.
The travel guide shows illustrations by French artist Pascal Gauffre (Photo: Le Guide du Routard) So far this year, half a million migrants and refugees have sought asylum in European countries. To ease their transition, one travel company has published a guide book specifically geared towards migrants. Released by Le Guide du Routard (The Backpacker) and travel agency Voyageurs du Monde, the 90-page guide is titled Hello, and provides detailed illustrations for every day activities. Related: Tourism in France Drops Following Terrorist Attacks By using detailed illustrations, the guide book doesn’t need to be translated into different languages.
JJ Martin is a California-born, Milan-based writer and editor who regularly contributes to the likes of the WSJ Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Wallpaper, among many others publications. Earlier this year, the vintage aficionado and lover of all prints launched her website LaDoubleJ.com, as a colorful guide to the Italian fashion capital. It includes interviews with top designers such as Giorgio Armani and Peter Dundas, lessons on how to wear vintage, style tips from the city’s best dressed habitués, and of course plenty of opportunities to shop Martin’s incredible vintage archive. This Milan Fashion Week, she is even adding designer to her mantle, having created “8 print-tastic” dresses made of vintage patterns from Mantero Silks, which will also appear on Matches Fashion.
Kyoto (Photo: Moyan Brenn/Flickr) I had been dreaming of Kyoto for 30 years. For my 54th birthday in May. Related: I Spent My 40th Birthday Alone in Japan and It Totally Rocked! Traveling to Kyoto led to three things I found, one thing I lost, and a life lesson. Photo: Gail Wasserman Found: My aesthetic spiritual home.
Thanks to a new survey from Hipmunk, we now know all of the naughty things travelers do when they think no one is looking, and some of the revelations might surprise you. When it comes to hotels, travelers are breaking rules left and right. Related: How Americans Deal With Naughty Tourists and Selfie-Stick Users In the air, travelers also found ways to push the envelope.
Bill Bryson’s hilarious book In a Sunburned Country really inspired me to travel to one of my favorite places on earth: Australia. Bryson has such funny stories to share about life in this fascinating place (which is home to some of the world’s deadliest creatures) and the book is an epic exploration of the world’s smallest (and quirkiest?) continent. Part guidebook, part travel diary, In a Sunburned Country is anything but typical and Bill Bryson unearths the most extraordinary experiences to share with readers.
When visiting Cornell for a conference, I discovered a new waterfall each day during my morning walks in Ithaca. America has many beautiful college campuses. Dotted with ivy-draped academic buildings, picturesque green quads, and communities dedicated to learning, thinking, and drinking, they are outstanding places to visit with a teenager who is immersed in the college application process.
Photo courtesy of Playboy Playboy creator Hugh Hefner’s been getting plenty of negative press lately, mostly in relation to former Playmate Holly Madison’s new tell-all book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. But now, someone has come forward to praise Hefner and his long-time liberal, forward-thinking attitude: Caroline “Tula” Cossey, a former Bond girl and the first transgender model to ever appear in Playboy back in 1991, and again in ‘93. In a revealing interview with Playboy (her first in 20 years), Cossey — now 60 and married — remembers how Hefner treated her with respect and dignity in a time when the term “trans” was still widely misunderstood. “I remember being invited to the Mansion to meet Hugh Hefner,” Cossey recalls. He felt my cause.” This was, of course, in a time long before trans people were scoring the covers of Vanity Fair and Time, and starring in major ad campaigns. Cossey says that, after a tabloid exposed to the world that she had been born male, it was her Playboy pictorial that helped her gain acceptance in a less-than-empathetic world. “Playboy’s readership is mostly male and heterosexual, so it allowed me to get out there and prove that people like myself can be sexy and attractive.
To start with, it is only four hours away — I live in New York, so Reykjavik is closer than Los Angeles. Iceland is a land where magic happens. As in magical people live there — and I don’t mean those Vikings roaming the streets of Reykjavik.
King David took refuge there, Herod the Great made it the first spa in the world, and Sodom and Gomorrah were said to have been located on its shores. Almost everyone passing through Jordan and Israel goes to “take the waters,” and I’ve always envied the pictures of people floating along, looking like they haven’t a care in the world. According to locals, the Dead Sea — so named because with 34.2 percent salinity, nothing can live in it — is like the Gold Bond ointment of lakes.
Tucked away in the southern desert of Jordan is Wadi Rum, a vast valley cut into the sandstone and granite cliffs near Aqaba. The British officer T.E. Lawrence, later known as Lawrence of Arabia, passed through the area several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917, and described Wadi Rum as “vast, echoing, and god-like” — and it is. Spanning 280 square miles, Wadi Rum is full of silent history.
This was the case with Candace Lau. As you may remember, I went skiing in Afghanistan last year for the Afghan Ski Challenge and met Candace, an Australian woman who had set off to travel around the world for as long and as cheaply as possible.
On the road from the airport in Amman to the city’s center — one thing becomes obvious: not only does the city have a lot of graffiti everywhere… but it seems to be celebrated.
Most people assume single women in the Middle East are — how shall we say this? In Jordan, at least, people who assume that would be wrong. On a recent trip to Jordan, I met up with my single friend, Muna Haddad, in the capital city of Amman to hang out on a Friday night. While Muna still lives with her parents (single women do not live alone, not just in the Middle East but in many places in Europe and South America as well), her life is not dissimilar to a single woman’s life in much of the United States.
Jordan has the second-best military in the region (besides Israel). There have been no attacks in Jordan due to its excellent security. Sites like Petra, normally packed with tourists, are empty and open for exploration.
It’s not easy to introduce the king of restaurants, chef Eric Ripert, to a Puerto Rico seafood shack he’s never heard of. The restauranteur and host of the Cooking Channel show “Avec Eric” is married to a Puerto Rican (my pal Sondra) and has visited the island at least three times a year for the past 20 years. Eric was shooting his show in Puerto Rico and called to see if I wanted to come down and learn to surf.