The Discovery Journey

the path to a unique and powerful life of excellence

  • Water quality

    America's best beaches for swimming

    "Dr. Beach," the professor who developed 50 criteria for evaluating beach quality 20 years ago recommends taking a dip in these 9 beaches around the country.

  • Go back in time

    The best summer camps for adults

    Here are six camps where that authentic kind of connectedness — with new people and new skills — will leave you feeling like a kid again.

  • Rural tranquility

    10 great small towns to visit in 2014

    These hamlets welcome refugees from cities and suburbs and offer visitors a chance to actively pursue relaxation.

  • When you're feeling out of touch...

    7 ways to transform anxiety into relief for a happier you

    Expect that things will get better. Then take action to move toward serenity. By Ms. Moreah Vestan

  • Gorlin’s first private commission was a country house in Bedford, New York, for the former Vogue editor Grace Mirabella [AD, February 1990]. Photo: Steven Brooke

    This architect's inspiration started at an early age

    Architect Alexander Gorlin has led his Manhattan-based firm for over 25 years. Recent projects include a renovation of Louis Kahn’s Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, New York, and a contemporary glass-and-concrete home in Nova Scotia.

  • Organize Everything

    Get your life back in order

    Those innumerable containers of leftovers in your freezer? We can help you sort them out. The mess on the bottom of the broom closet? We can get that cleaned up. The kids' jumbled workspace? Well, you get the idea.

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    The big mistake perfectionists make

    Want to get better? Be the worst.

  • The Prince of Wales Suite

    Outrageously lavish hotel suites

    Where to hole up when your palace is under renovation? A few ideas, from Vienna to Vegas

  • woman traveling alone (Maria Pavlova; Getty Images )

    6 tips for making solo travel amazing

    Considering booking a single ticket? Read this first.

  • 9 tech habits you should break now

    Tech habits you should break now

    Some compulsions come from urban legends -- that never shutting down your computer, for example, means never forcing it to make the processor-straining effort to turn itself back on. Others are fully unconscious, such as papering your PC desktop with saved files and wondering why it's suddenly stuttering or crashing, or charging your phone whenever you're near an outlet, and later complaining about your plummeting battery capacity. Here are some of the most common maladaptive tech habits, and the easiest ways to break them.

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear watch

    Fashion meets function: 10 tech pieces to upgrade your wardrobe

    The advent of the iPhone was the first inkling that technology—long relegated to the ranks of the uncool—might be making a serious foray into fashion. Now, just a few years down the road, not only has the smart phone gotten sleeker (hello gold, iPhone 5S!) but there are all kinds of helpful gadgets that make your life easier while allowing you to keep looking good.