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Bluesmart: The World’s First Connected Carry-On

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Packing for a trip can be daunting, especially if you’re going away for an extended period time or need to bring a lot of things, and with airline baggage check-in…

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Fall Fun: Spotlight on October Events

Fall is underway and with it comes cooler temps and plentiful activities. What better way to spend the beautiful season than outdoors. Here are four can’t-miss-events around North America that are...
sure to make you smile, cheer and drink to your heart’s content. Auburn vs. Mississippi State Fall is nothing without football and arguably one of the most anticipated match ups of the month comes...
Saturday, October 11, when the No. 3 Mississippi State Bulldogs host the No. 2 Auburn Tigers in Starkville. Both teams are undefeated and looking to keep it that way. Auburn has long been a SEC...

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Food & Drink, Travel

The Top 5 Steak Houses in London Right Now

Love a steak? We hear ya. The London restaurant scene is currently head over heels for prime, juicy cuts too. Read on for our top five steak houses, for when you’re next in town. 1. The Hawksmoor Ask any...
London for their top steak house recommendation and they’ll probably swoon over the succulent cuts available at The Hawksmoor. Now boasting six lux locations across London, this sophisticated steak house...
claims to have searched the globe for the best cuts, only to settle with British beef. The ‘dictionary-thick’ steaks on offer range from 300g fillets to bone-in prime rib. The quality...

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Travel

Cozy Up in Providence at The Dean

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night in a brothel? Well, now thanks a new Providence, Rhode Island hotel called The Dean, you can! Sort of…the 52-room boutique hotel is situated...
in a building on Fountain Street that was once a gentleman’s club. Brooklyn-based owner ASH NYC thoughtfully restored the building, fusing its classic fixtures with contemporary touches. It kept its...
original tile flooring and brick façade intact while adding custom furniture with European and American antiques, which the designers got from dealers and homes around the world. The Dean eschews the...
typical cookie cutter decor...

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Micro Guide, Travel

Micro guide: Lisbon

Portugal’s vibrant capital city beautifully blurs the line between holiday and city break. Follow our top tips to see why this is the European city to visit right now. Kick-back in style… More boutique...
hotel than hostel, make The Independente the bolt hole of your choice during your stay. The trendy, industrial-lux interior boasts a total of 90 beds and 11 dorms, each with their own lounge area. If you...
can afford to take it up a notch, opt for one of the four special suites and enjoy complimentary breakfast on your own balcony, overlooking the Tagus River. Dining at...

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Travel

Micro Guide: Albania

Traveling to Europe can have a been there, done that feel. Finding an off-the-beaten track destination on a continent filled with well-known places can be a bit challenging. Still, there are countries and...
cities many Americans haven’t seen or know much about. Thanks to the New York Times—which named it a must-see destination for 2014—and jetsetters in the know, Albania is finally on the travel...
radar. Situated between Montenegro and Greece, Albania is Europe’s latest hotspot. Think Croatia circa 1990 or Greece without the crowds. Communism closed off the country from the rest of the world...
for many decades and...

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Travel

Little Rooms: Tiny Houses Offer A Unique Hotel Experience

Many a visitor to the big city has had the same experience: tiny, sterile hotel rooms that make your bedroom at home look like a mansion. If you had the choice to stay in cozy accommodations, why not pick...
somewhere that offers a one-of-a-kind experience? Enter the tiny house hotel. Tiny houses have become the rage in home building in recent years. These compact abodes are economical, have all the necessary...
accoutrements and offer their owners a way to reduce their carbon footprint. Now, that phenomenon has continued into lodging. Instead of staying in cramped hotel rooms with little to...

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Travel

Micro guide: Mayfair, London

Mayfair is one of the hottest properties on the Monopoly board for a reason. This revered London neighborhood boasts some of the most expensive, damn right fancy addresses in the entire city. Right now,...
with a wealth of fresh concept spaces emerging amongst all that old fashioned affluence, we can’t think of a better time to visit. Take a Mayfair style time out… Hotels are so passé. These days,...
it’s all about living like a local – fortunately in Mayfair that equates to a luxurious suite at No.5 Maddox Street. Select from the six one/two/three bedroom suites, which come with...

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Fashion & Style, Travel

Inside Band Of Outsiders’ New NYC Store

On Saturday night, Band Of Outsiders finally (seriously, we’ve been waiting for this moment) opened the doors of its’ first U.S. brick-and-mortar store on Wooster Street in Soho, a.k.a....
a stretch of NYC retail dopeness. Just as we expected, the space — conceptualized by famed architectural design studio LOT-EK — brings to life a brand known for an unruly take on old-school...
Americana style. While clean and navigable, the vagabond nature of BoO shines through with elements like the back wall’s role as a giant mural, which will change seasonally, as well as innovative...
building materials,  including up-cycled road case technology used to channel steamer trunks,...

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Travel

Train Like a Warrior In These Six Places

Maybe you’ll agree—going to the gym gets boring after a while. Even if you are a complete gym junkie and can’t go a day without lifting some kind of weight it gets a little dull. Even if...
you’ve joined the cult of CrossFit or become a disciple of some dude named Barry, the routine can get tiresome…or if you’re a devotee to the church of Soul Cycle…still, it can start to feel...
stale. We all go through ruts. And now that summer show-off season has slipped away, those lazy breaks can turn into months. Seems the only way to get...

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Travel

The Manual Guide to Oktoberfest

While its name presumably means that it takes place in October, most of Oktoberfest in Munich actually takes place this month. The first Oktoberfest actually took place during the month of October in 1810...
to celebrate the marriage of  Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The burghers of Munich were invited to join in the fun and drink, eat and enjoy themselves for...
five days, and watch parades, shooting displays and horse races. The parties were such a success, that the Bavarian city decided to do it again, and the tradition continued for 181 years. Set...

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Travel

The Manual’s 2014 Guide to Fall Foliage Drives

Keep those windows opened and rooftops down—summer’s green may be gone, but the afterglow is just as great. There’s feast of color that flourishes on foliage this time of year. Dazzling...
drives abound from coast to coast, but which are the most interesting? Those on this, of course! They afford views of iconic mountain tops, lead back in time, past waterfalls and near some world-class...
hiking, and all come with roadside attractions that do more than make these fun rides. So grab a sweater, switch on your GPS and let’s see where the road can take you this fall. 1—Pine...

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Feel Good Friday, Travel

Feel Good Friday: 3RD HOME

Initially, you may wonder how a premier reciprocal travel club for luxury second homeowners could be connected to anything remotely philanthropic, but you’re gonna wanna hear us out. Giles Adams, partner...
and president of 3RD Home, is a true advocate of charitable acts that exist outside the box. We caught up with him to find out more. Can you tell us about what 3RD Home do for charity? We are involved in...
two charitable enterprises. Firstly, we are the Global Philanthropy Partner for British Polo Day. British Polo Day is an excellent organization that champions British brands all over the...

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