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Patagonia and Atacama

The volcanoes and mountains cradling the Chilean town of San Pedro de Atacama are considered royalty, and they also have love lives. According to …

South America

How This Startup Is Majorly Disrupting the Home Insurance Industry

Data is the key<p>Earlier this year, Richard Trezza, co-founder of Swyfft, moved into a new house and set out to buy homeowners insurance. The process took nearly two weeks.<p>That kind of delay wouldn’t be tolerated in most other industries these days; in fact, it’d be deemed downright archaic. Yet it’s …

Home Insurance

Here's How Much Microinfluencers Really Get Paid

Thinking of adding microinfluencers into your content marketing plan? Here's how much you should budget.<p>When it comes to influencers, bigger does not equal better. Sure, celebrities and mega-influencers can reach millions of people, but on average, their engagement rate goes down as their number of …

Public Relations

9 things you should never say during a salary negotiation

You're 96% sure that you are ready to schedule a meeting with your boss to ask for a raise. Or perhaps you're nearing the end of the job interview process and an offer is in sight. However, if you're like me, you have definitely put your foot in your mouth a time or two saying the wrong thing at …

Employment

1 Thing Every Entrepreneur Needs More Than a Mentor

Ideally, it's both mutually chosen and diverse.<p>I generally don't use the word "mentor."<p>Mentors and mentorships have become a "thing." People talk about these relationships as something that's given or received. They treat mentorships almost like a stepping stone to success rather than a true …

Entrepreneurship

How to Know When to Pivot

You have three options when you're struggling to gain traction: keep going, pivot, or cut your losses.<p>I recently met with an entrepreneur who's been working on--and investing his own money in--an idea he's passionate about. He's been at it for more than twelve months, and the business is not yet …

Trucking

25 Must-see Spots in North America According to a Man Who Took a 22,000-mile Road Trip

From remote surf towns to fern-covered canyons and massive glaciers, here are some of the most incredible sights the U.S. and Canada have to …

5 Experiences Every Traveler Should Have While Visiting Peru

Looking to see spectacular Inca walls that have withstood earthquakes, conquest and reconstruction? How about scale an Andean peak so high it …

The 18 Best Places for a Big Trip in 2018

Don’t get us wrong: We love Instagram. It’s inspirational, revelatory, and just so darn addictive. But therein lies the danger. Before you know it, …

Travel

Strange Atomic Ripples in Graphene Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

The Best-Selling Travel Products on Amazon

This story originally appeared in Travel+Leisure.<p>When it comes to peer reviews, you can’t beat the world’s biggest online retailer.<p>So when Amazon …

Shopping

7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

What your favorite plots and your next business presentation should have in common.<p>Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy …

Public Speaking

Top Ten Business Books for 2017

Just in time for the holidays, here is a list of 10 books, published this year, that you may want to consider putting under the corporate tree for your boss or colleague. While much of what I read is focused on customer service and customer experience, you’ll also find books listed here about …

Customer Service

The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon

As Jeff Bezos’s juggernaut continues to grow, forward-thinking competitors are finding creative ways to succeed—and be what Amazon can never be.<p>The Mall of America’s terrazzo floors, glazed white like doughnut frosting, ribbon out in every direction, creating a vast mirror maze of consumerism with …

eCommerce

The 25 Best Cities for Flipping a House

These markets have the highest percentage of homes flipped.<p>1. Baltimore, MD. Return on Investment: 96.6%, Average Days to Flip: 196, Year-Over-Year …

Real Estate

19 Travel Tips I’ve Learned After Visiting 60+ Countries

Whether you’re moving to a new country or taking off on a two-week holiday, here are 19 things you should know before you go:<p><b>1. Take two debit cards and two credit cards.</b> Your credit card company will assure you that you’ll have no trouble using your card overseas if you contact them in advance to …

Dominican Republic

Road Tripping Montana and Wyoming's National Parks on a Budget

Gawk at the glorious vistas dotting Glacier National Park. (Photo: Getty Images)<p>From Devils (Tower) hot to Glacier (National Park) cool, a road trip …

7 Amazing International Vacations That Won't Cost a Fortune

Go for an adventure without breaking the bank.<p>If Paris is too passé for your next international vacation, it’s time to consider a more off-the-beaten …

Sharm el-Sheikh

The best true wireless headphones so far

<i>By Lauren Dragan</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>We tested 11 of the …

Consumer Tech

5 Ways to Create Content That Breaks Down Trust Barriers

Building trust is a long game, and it takes more than a company website with an updated "About" page to build it successfully.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Since the Brexit decision (and the gradual withdrawal process that began in late March), many U.K. consumers …

Marketing

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure Your Direct Mail Campaign Is Opened

Learn the three things you can do to increase the chances that your sale pieces do their important job of selling your product or service.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sometimes dropping your mail off at the post office can feel like you’re throwing it into a vast …

Direct Marketing

21 Useful Legal Resources For Startups

Starting something on your own always seems like a good idea that gives you an adrenaline rush and the sense of freedom. Whether it’s creating a new project, climbing a mountain or starting a new business.<p>With a startup, there comes a lot of work: brainstorming, polishing your idea, branding, …

Startups

The Secure Traveler’s Essentials

Secure travel accessories are insurance against both malice <i>and</i> carelessness. You never want to risk having your cash, passport, or camera stolen in a …

Fitbit's Dominance Diminishes But Wearable Tech Market Bigger Than Ever

Fitbit has taken a hit with year-on-year Q4 sales but the wearable tech market is bigger than ever.<p>They are the two main takeways from the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, which states that Fitbit shipments were down 22.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016: 6.5 million …

Wearable Tech

5 Ways to Tell if an Influencer's Online Following Is Quality Over Quantity | Inc.com

I was recently asked to participate in an online summit about money, mindset, and business. After agreeing, the organizer told me I need a big email list to participate--thousands and thousands big. When I told her my list was growing and very engaged, but not <i>that</i> large, the invitation to …

Public Relations

The 10 best destinations for big ski areas

These vast playgrounds are perfect for racking up the miles or exploring huge swathes of untouched backcountry. All you have to do is choose where to set up base camp.<p><i>Unless stated otherwise, prices are per person, half board, based on two people sharing a double or twin room for seven nights,</i> …

3 Ways to Have a Bigger Impact in Your Personal and Professional Life

Oh, and these strategies also minimize stress, which is no small thing.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In my travels all over the world, speaking to different organizations of all sizes, there are two common questions that I always seem to receive at some point before …

Productivity

How to run: everything you need to know

Whether you are new to running or want to improve your pace, here’s how to get going<p>Why I run: ‘It’s painful, repetitive, boring. And afterwards, you’re fully alive’<p>Running is a fantastic way to get fit. You don’t need much kit, you can do it anywhere (within reason) and it’s available to you all …

Exercise

3 Timeless Traits of Highly Successful Leaders

Going all-in and becoming a life-long learner are common leadership traits you can adopt as your own.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>During my time in stand-up comedy I discovered if I took the right approach, I could learn from others in a way that would help me avoid …

Thought Leadership