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10 Audiobooks That Will Make Any Road Trip Fly By

From laughs, to thrills, to true stories that are stranger than fiction, these audiobooks make a treat out of any trek.

You’re driving along some lonesome highway when the last radio station fizzles into static. What’s a bored road-tripper to do? Spotify? Good luck streaming your Discover Weekly playlist with the reception (or lack thereof) out here. CDs? That’d be great except the only one you have is a burned collection of Kazaa’s greatest hits circa 2003. Be left alone with your own thoughts? Not an option. Luckily, you thought ahead and downloaded an audiobook. These audiobooks are especially well-suited to keeping you engaged (but not so engaged that you can’t pay attention to the road) whether it’s through their particularly compelling subject matter, performances, or little touches that you wouldn’t get on the printed page. INSIDER TIPIf you listen to podcasts you’ve no doubt heard an ad for Audible before. But you can also get audiobooks for free through your library. Check and see if your library offers audiobooks to download through apps like OverDrive/Libby or Hoopla.

10 Things You Should Considering Cooking Yourself

What will you distract yourself with next, sorry, cook next?

The big star of the beginning of quarantine was, of course: bread. Everyone was baking bread–your family, your friends, people you didn’t know, everyone. So, what’s next? What food will be the next big breakout star of this horror story we call our lives? Let’s take a look at some of the contenders.

6 Very Unusual Spa Offerings That You May Not Find Relaxing

Ah, the lengths we will go for rejuvenation.

COVID-19 Disclaimer: Make sure to check the status of the states, regions, and establishments in which you’re planning to visit prior to travel. Many regions continue to see high infection rates and deaths, while many states and counties remain under varying stay-at-home orders. Those traveling from areas with high rates of COVID-19 should consider avoiding travel for now in order to reduce spread. Everybody wants to feel better. Right? I mean that’s why we take deep breaths when we feel moments of stress creeping in. Occasionally though, those deep breaths don’t always do the trick and the tension builds—so much so that it can radically change the body. We’re talking everything from increased chances of a cold, to dry mouth, insomnia, and chest pain. In times like these, you need something like snakes to help chill you out. Well, a snake massage (see below) might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are some pretty eccentric spa treatments out there that are intended to better our bodies. We’ve rounded up just a few of them.

Would You Devour a Meal at One of These Incredibly Scary Restaurants Around the World?

Dinner is served (with a side of dismay)!

When you go to a restaurant, you expect an experience. Whether it be a light appetizer or a decadent dessert, you hope your taste buds will thank you. Aside from the menu, another essential factor to the dining out experience is the atmosphere. And boy, do the restaurants on this list have that—perhaps too much, in fact. Foodies, if you like your entrée more on the extreme side, consider adding one or more of the following, decidedly alarming, eateries to your bucket list.

Jump Back in Time with These Historical Fiction Novels

Longing for a different time? These historical fiction titles can do that for you.

Let’s jump out of this stressful time and into another (probably still stressful, let’s be real) time, shall we? Perhaps you’ve had enough of the current time, and perhaps you’ve even tired of fiction set in the current time. These historical fiction (fiction set in the past) titles will transport you back in time, to things that may or may not have actually happened this way. Some are realer than others, but regardless, the stories are beautifully told and incredibly necessary. Let’s take a journey to the past and forget about the present.

The 9 Best Animal Influencers on Instagram

Not all travel-bloggers look like you and me—some hit the trails on all fours.

There are some pets out there living every traveler’s dream and accompanying their owners to all ends of the Earth, from looking out from the tops of mountains to exploring the sea via kayak. These are travel pets, a new genre of blogger in our influencer-driven world. Our favorite furry-bloggers are exploring the world and letting us see it through their eyes one Instagram post at a time. Whether they’re relaxing lakeside or embarking on a day’s long hike, these pets have risen to top travel inspiration. Who knew one could be so jealous of a house cat?

From the Fodors Forums: We Have a Winner!

Weve had a lot of readers recently ask, Wait, you have a travel forum? While it might not be the most advertised and talked about aspect of our online publication, the answer is a resounding yes!