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Are Your Airbnb Stays Ruining European Cities?

When travel guru Rick Steves speaks, people in the industry listen. And these days, Steves is pondering the ethics of Airbnb. While he appreciates …

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How Writing Daily Can Help you Free your Mind, Gain Clarity, and Boost Your Confidence

5 Tried and True Tips to Help you Write Daily and Reap its Benefits<p>I never thought I’d write on a regular basis, let alone make money from it. To be …

How to Stop Saying “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know”

Um.<p>Ah.<p>So.<p>You Know.<p>Like.<p>Right?<p>Well.<p>When we find ourselves rattled while speaking — whether we’re nervous, distracted, or at a loss for what comes next — it’s easy to lean on filler words. These may give us a moment to collect our thoughts before we press on, and in some cases, they may be useful …

Public Speaking

Discover Europe's Secret Villages

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>These surprising hamlets are shrouded in mystery, steeped in history, and blissfully off the beaten path.<p>When I was four, we lived in a Midwestern suburb of flat ranch houses and straight lines. The only whiff of magic languished at the local, storybook-themed miniature golf …

7 Things Pro Travelers Won’t Leave Home Without

Adam Clark, Photographer<p>Shimoda 40 Explore backpack ($280)<p>“Since I never leave home without a camera bag, this pack has become part of me. We go everywhere together, and it does everything I need it to, whether that’s a backcountry ski trip or a commercial shoot in New York City or a vacation with …

Dublin Travel Guide

Best Time To Go<p>There’s no need to choose a time to visit based on the weather, since it is fairly consistent year-round. September and October are …

How to live like a local in Edinburgh

Lonely Planet Local Chitra Ramaswamy has lived in Edinburgh for more than a decade. Based in the north of the city in Leith, named one of the UK’s top hipster spots, she loves exploring the historic capital’s world famous architecture, eating out in its many excellent restaurants, sampling the …

10 things you should never say when making a presentation

Making a presentation at work can be scary. Some of us fear public speaking more than death. However, like many things in life, giving presentations …

Is This the Quaintest Place in Ireland?

From the rolling hills in the south to the rocky west coast, Ireland is a country known for its unparalleled beauty. Among the hundreds of quaint …

How to delete your Google history

Like Facebook and Apple before it, Google has introduced a new user privacy policy to comply with a new European data privacy law -- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- that goes into effect on May 25. Google's updated privacy policy makes it easier to understand what information it …

You Should Always Check Every Inch of Your Hotel Room for Bedbugs—Here's How

Bedbugs like to travel just as much as people do. To make sure none of these blood-sucking pests hitch a ride home with you in your luggage, experts …

New Thoughts on Ireland’s Book of Kells

DUBLIN, IRELAND—According to a report in <i>The Independent</i>, Bernard Meehan of Trinity College, Dublin, has examined the <i>Book of Kells</i>, a 1,200-year-old …

New Museum in Southern France Will House More Than a Thousand Works by Pablo Picasso

Most artists would be honored to have one museum dedicated to their work. But when you're Pablo Picasso you have several, including museums in …

The Surprising Reason Women Say 'Text Me When You Get Home'

A new book delves into the power of modern female friendships, and what makes them so unique.<p>"Text me when you get home." We've all said it at the …

Guide to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

The Uffizi Gallery, or Galleria degli Uffizi, of Florence, is among the most visited museums in Italy, second only to the Vatican Museums of Rome, …

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The Best British Shows You Should Be Watching

The British are coming — and you're de-freaking-lighted.<p>Tell us if this sounds familiar: Sunday nights are reserved not for football or the latest</i> …

9 Secrets Only Contractors Know

1<p>Q: What are the most common mistakes people make when choosing a contractor?<p><b>A:</b> Number one: choosing the contractor based solely on price. It may …

This Stunning Country Is Like a Tiny Italy That Americans Overlook

So there I was, driving up the Adriatic coast in a beat-up white panel van. My friend’s band had broken up midway through a European tour, and she …

Color Cheat Sheet: The 21 Most Perfect Blue Paint Colors

Picking our favorite blues gave us the blues. There are <i>way.too.many.</i> amazing blues out there. After all, blue is one of the most popular colors in …

Before You Operate a Sewing Machine

Operating a sewing machine for the first time can be intimidating. Take the time to learn the parts of a sewing machine and find out about choices …

Why You Should Choose Drawers Over Cabinets in Your Kitchen

The typical American kitchen (as of this writing) has a row of upper cabinets, with another, deeper row of cabinets below. The lower cabinets will …

This Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Is Better than Takeout

When a craving for cashew chicken hits, you probably call for takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant. But ordering in all the time can get …

7 websites that will inspire your next DIY apartment makeover

Sometimes our apartments just need a little…<i>something</i>. Like, they’re fine, but need a refresh. But it can be hard to figure out exactly what you want …

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Porto city guide: How to spend two days in Portugal's second city

Why go now?<p>Porto is a city on the rise, tempting travellers with its pretty old town, excellent wine bars and golden rooftops. This isn’t a …

Stone wall construction

Add a decorative hardscape to your landscape<p>Stone walls have something of a magical quality—when looking at one, you can rarely tell if the …

What to Do If Your Passport Is Lost or Stolen

Ben Ooi is a seasoned traveler, having visited 34 countries in his lifetime. But all that experience didn't stop him from going through the worst …

How a coat of paint can determine your home's sale price

From the time of year to the neighborhood, a lot of factors come into play when you’re selling a home. But here’s one variable you might not have considered — color.<p>During open houses and online searches, the colors of your home are constantly working for or against you. That’s according to Zillow, …

Europe Travel: 10 Charming Villages for a Romantic Getaway

Europe’s most charming villages are at the heart of a fairytale story—gorgeous views, colorful scenery, and port-side, romantic stays against a …

Taste Beyond The Tongue