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How to Take Better Landscape Photographs - 20 Tips

How do you make your landscape photographs stand out from the crowd?<p>You set up your tripod at some often photographed location. The scenery around …

Landscape Photography

7 ways you're wasting money while traveling

Seemingly tiny expenses can add up quickly when you're traveling. And often it's money that's better spent elsewhere.<p>Here are seven expenses you can (and should) avoid paying for on your next trip.

Personal Finance

The 25 most popular tourist attractions in the world

The list is part of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards, which highlight traveler favorites based on ratings and reviews.<p>From the impressive Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the stunning Church of the Savior on Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia, here are the world's highest-rated landmarks.

San Francisco

35 incredible travel destinations you've probably never heard of

Inspired by this Quora list asking about the best travel destinations most people never knew existed, we put together our own list of the 35 hidden gems around the world that are worth the trek.<p><i>Additional reporting by Megan Willett.</i>

Natural Gas

How To Buy Dividend Stocks At The Bottom

Everyone loves a deal and loves getting something at a rock bottom price. Dividend investors are no different. However, as long-term buy-and-hold …

6 Dividend Stocks With A Low P/B Ratio

A declining market is what value and dividend investors long for. There have been times in the past where I struggled to find stocks worthy of …

10 Great Secret Spots In (And Around) Boston, MA

You've done the Freedom Trail, you've gone to the museums, now discover what some Bostonians don't even know about their own city. Here are ten secret spots. How many are you familiar with? Want a bit more? The Getaway Mavens take a deeper dive.<p>1. <b>Fenway Farms @ Fenway Ball Park. The home of the</b> …

New England

Scenic day-long hikes: walking in New Zealand

New Zealand may be justifiably famous for its Great Walks and other multi-day hiking trails, but don’t break out the cooking stove and sleeping bag just yet. Much of the same wilderness can be explored on day hikes, which means less gear, less effort, and quite possibly more fun.<p>1. Twilight–Te …

Hiking

5 Big Stocks to Trade for Big Gains

BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Feeling anxious about this market? You're not alone. U.S. equity markets stumbled yesterday, highlighting the nervous …

Investing

Hotel Pro: The "$20 Trick" -- Should You, Shouldn't You?

<i>By Ally Marotti for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Ever heard of the $20 trick? It goes something like this: Slip whomever's manning the hotel's front-desk a 20-spot between your driver's license and credit card when you are checking in and ask if there are any "complimentary" room upgrades. The next thing …

Hospitality

BeyondCore Wants To Offer Automated Analytics Inside Microsoft Office

We hear a lot about analytics in a business setting. The most well-worn use case centers around taking external data, mashing it up with historical data and finding new ways to sell people more widgets. But analytics also has a role to play in existing applications and workflows, and an …

Big Data

Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely

Leaders are providing less explicit direction to their employees these days, and relying more on coaching as a leadership tool, as organizations become flatter and more dependent on knowledge work. But many people also manage teams that span locations and time zones, which means they must do at …

Employment

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site also includes a …

Improving Customer Service And Support By Reducing Contact Center Agent Stress And Attrition

As often as not, you’ll find me on the road speaking and consulting on how to improve the performance of contact centers. Also known as “call centers,” contact centers have an indisputably crucial role in providing superior customer service.<p>But in spite of this central role in creating a successful …

Customer Experience

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Travel

Solo Travel As A Woman: Safety Tips And The Most Dangerous Places In The World For Women Revealed

You only have to look at the travel blogs on HuffPost UK Lifestyle to see that solo travel is becoming more and more popular among women.<p>But while …

Buenos Aires

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

Better project management: 10 tips

Projects can be hard to control and keep on track. Expectations need to be set, communicated and met by everyone involved to ensure that deadlines …

Project Management

Build A Superior Customer Service Experience By Consulting The Customers It Affects

Whom should you be consulting, collaborating with, honoring in every possible way if you want succeed in building superior customer service and a superior customer experience? Not–at least not primarily–your designers, your marketers, your numbers crunchers–or even, for that matter, your …

Customer Experience

Talent Analytics Key To Unlocking Big Data's Power

Here’s a fact I find fascinating: research from IBM shows that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.<p>The …

UBS Spots 5 Very Oversold Stocks With Possible February Reversals

The stock market has produced a very mixed bag of earnings results for the first reporting season of 2015, and investors have been whipsawed on some …

Smart Investing Strategies For 2015

(<i>The following is adapted from the new book, Jonathan Clements Money Guide 2015</i>.)<p>Reviewing your investment strategy for 2015? Start with these five steps:<p><b>1. Calculate your portfolio’s current split across stocks, bonds, cash investments and alternative investments.</b> This basic asset allocation is …

Investing

7 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying

When a stock costs less than dinner at a fast-food joint, there’s almost always a reason. The company may be losing money, experimenting with …

Investing

9 Best Dividend Stocks for Bear Markets

It's no secret that dividend-paying stocks often come out ahead during a market sell-off. In 2008, when Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index nosedived …

Investing

Toronto ranked ‘best place to live’ in Economist ranking of cities around the world

The City of Toronto has been named “best place to live” in an index of city rankings compiled by <i>The Economist</i>.<p>When Canada’s largest city was weighed …

5 Easy Places to Feel Like a Backpacking God

Who hasn't wanted to break loose with nothing but a backpack? To one day sit with your grandchildren on your knees as you thrill them with stories of how you rode a surly Yak deep into the Himalayas, or crossed the Andes on a bus with a howling meth addict for a driver.<p>But what if you can't just …

Spices

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

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