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5 Signs You’re Progressing in Photography

Recognizing personal progression and improvement is a wildly beneficial yet often overlooked exercise for our confidence. It’s human nature to want …

Landscape Photography

Want to buy a smart plug? Read this first

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Smart plugs are one of the most underrated smart home products out there. No, they aren't the flashiest, but they can automate dumb products in your home with ease and bring them into your smart home ecosystem. To make sure you get the best fit …

Home Automation

“I’ve written a book. Now what?”

So, you’ve written your book. The question is: what will you do with it?Has your book been designed as part of a larger strategy from the beginning? …

Stream video to any TV from your iPhone or Android with this $16 gadget

Rarely do you come across products that bridge the gap between iOS and Android. After all, Apple uses proprietary software and Google uses all sorts …

Are These the Three Lenses You Need for Beautiful Landscape Photos?

Your bags are packed and you're heading to an amazing national park to capture lakes surrounded by mountains or secluded sand dunes towering hundreds …

Landscape Photography

The Top 14 Gorgeous Towns and Cities to Visit in France

Who hasn’t heard the famous Audrey Hepburn quote, “Paris is always a good idea”? Well, let’s go a bit further with this and say France, as a whole, …

16 of the Best Apps for Landscape Photography

In this article, I’ll share my top 16 favorite apps that I use almost every time I have to plan a photography session, a photo trip, or a complex …

Why More People Should Probably Use Pre-Tax Retirement Accounts Instead of Roths

It's not about your income, it's about your tax rate.<p>Anyone saving for retirement has probably had to decide between saving in a Roth account versus …

Canon and Nikon are finally doing something about Sony's mirrorless cameras

The Sony A7 III may be the worst nightmare Canon and Nikon have faced in years: a full-fat, full-frame camera for just $2,000. This could cut into their bread and butter -- professional/prosumer cameras -- at a time when smartphones have already devastated the traditional consumer …

10 great long-distance cycle routes in Europe: readers’ tips

Winning tip: Passau, Germany, to Vienna<p>For a one-week first cycle tour, I’d recommend flying to Linz then catching the train over the German border to Passau, a beautiful city where the rivers Inn, Danube and Ils meet. Rent bikes from Matthias Drasch at Fahrrad-Klinik and pedal off along …

Cycling

How To Spend Down Your Money After You Retire

A reader contacted me this week having just finished How to Retire with Enough Money. He is proud of saving a nice nest egg, gleeful tax rates are low, but worried about the stock market. How should he spend down is money?<p>So, you’ve done everything right. You saved enough money for retirement – at …

Retirement

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Prepare pork into ½ lb pieces or 1lb piece, place into a large ziplock bag.<p>Wash green onion throughly because we are going to use roots and top ends. …

No, Really: This Is the Secret to Age-Proofing Your Brain

When you think about age-proofing your brain, what's the first thing that springs to mind? Eating healthier food, exercising more, and quitting bad …

The food tour of Napoli that you don't want to miss

When in Napoli you have to go on a food tour, to delight your taste buds with all the flavours the local cuisine has to offer. And this is exactly …

Our 17 Perfect Rib Recipes

Pork or beef, wet or dry, we have ribs for everyone<p>There's something undeniably primal about a rack of ribs. This large cut of meat and bone is …

BBQ

Shampoo Bars Are the Travel Hack You Didn’t Know You Needed

The bellowing sound of a TSA agent repeating over and over again “no liquids more than 3.4 ounces” is forever burned in every frequent flier’s brain. …

This Simple Move Can Give You $1 Million More for Retirement

Especially if you start early in your career, small boosts can have a big impact.<p>Saving money for retirement can feel overwhelming — it’s such a big …

This classic coffee cake is what good mornings are made of

Coffee cake is a classic. It's usually not flashy: A batter, maybe some fruit, nuts or crumble topping, perhaps a dusting of sugar. It's so humble it …

'Dying at your desk is not a retirement plan'

Fritz Gilbert knew in his 20s that he did not want to die at his desk.<p>Gilbert, 55, who retired last week, started saving decades ago for what could …

Where to Stay in Paris: The Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Every Type of Traveler

Whether a long-planned holiday or spontaneous weekend trip, your first time or fifteenth, an important question before traveling to Paris is: where …

France

Beware of Hidden Taxes in Retirement

Your taxes in retirement may be a lot more complicated than taxes while you’re working.<p>Social Security checks may or may not be taxed, depending on …

Nissan Unveils New Camper Vans

I admit to being a sucker for a VW camper van of the sort you can’t buy here in the States. Nissan has unveiled a pair of new camper vans that are …

A new laser eye surgery fixes your vision without any gnarly eyeball slicing

As someone who wears glasses, the idea of corrective laser eye surgery is certainly tempting. But then you start reading about how the invasive …

These 10 Books Might Just Save Your Life

This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for the highest-rated survival books and pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.<p><b>Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival ($10)</b><p>“Good read. I learned a hell of a lot about wood, resins, and fires from this book. Dave …

10 Mind-Blowing RV Hacks To Make You A Happy Camper (Two Bonus!)

The main problem of family camping in an RV is the limited space. These crafty RV hacks will make the available space more functional and the camping …

Cafés, Cabaret, and Monet: The 4-day Weekend in Paris

Trip-Spiration: An Expert Guide to Enjoying Rome

Also known as the Eternal City, Rome is one of the oldest capitals in the world. With ancient ruins dating back approximately 2,500 years, and nearly …

Italy

FAQs About RMDs: Don't Blow Your Required Minimum Distributions

Required minimum distributions are annual withdrawals people generally are forced to start taking from tax-deferred retirement accounts, such as …

There are only 13 actual vitamins, and you’ll die without them

But do you need supplements?<p>Here’s the confusing thing about vitamins: your life literally depends on them—but that doesn’t mean you need to <i>take</i> them. The best scientific evidence to date says you probably don’t need vitamins in pill form.<p>A recent systematic analysis of studies, published in the</i> …

Rome Travel Guide

Best Time To Go<p>July and August tend to be very hot with no respite, so the best time to go is spring (March-May) and fall (September-November), when …

Travel Guides