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5 Reasons to Visit Ireland in Winter

<i>Photo: Jonathan Rougeot</i><p>When planning a vacation during the winter months, <b>Ireland</b> is likely not the first place that comes to mind. With its reputation for being cold and rainy throughout the year, the winter seems like the least desirable time to visit. But there are a number of reasons why the …

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Destination Spas to Jump-Start Your Year (PHOTOS)

A few years ago, California-based couple Melissa and Wyatt Chapman realized juggling two thriving careers and two kids was taking a physical toll.<p>"Wyatt was suffering immensely with back, digestive, and sleep issues, while I was turning to food as a crutch and not working out," Melissa recalls. …

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Test Your Travel Savvy: Name These 7 Eye-Popping Sites

Are you a been-there-done-that kind of traveler? If so, let's see if you can tag these eight stunning tourism attractions around the world, including a number well off the beaten track. (See the answers at the end of the article to find out how many right ones you scored.)<p>Let's start with an …

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27 Cute Pictures To Get You Through That Hangover

Images presented sideways for optimal head-on-pillow reading.<p>*Reading is very optional.

15 Side Effects Of Getting Back From Study Abroad

Studying abroad changes us in the best possible way. As our souls (and our stomachs, and our alcohol tolerances) grow during this experience, we become different people than before.<p>So different, in fact, that home just doesn't feel the same anymore. Watch out for these common side effects of study …

Giving up your U.S. passport? It's going to cost you

Thinking about bidding Uncle Sam goodbye? Not so fast. Renouncing U.S. citizenship isn't cheap, and can result in enormous tax bills for decades to come.<p>A record 3,000 Americans chose to give up their passports last year, driven in part by new regulations that have turned tax preparation into a …

Zara Phillips: 'There will be no more babies yet. I want to try to get to the Rio Olympics'

Zara Phillips talks about getting back into shape after motherhood, Fifty Shades of Grey, and why, although she loves the show, she will never do Strictly<p>Before Zara Phillips even arrives for our interview, I’m feeling distinctly on edge. Variously described as “no-nonsense”, “haughty” and someone …

The Best Gifts and Gadgets for Travelers on the Road

If I get another travel journal this year, I may possibly gag. Get me anything off of this list, though, and I'll have to wife/husband you.<p>Putting pedal to the metal is tough stuff and requires tough arsenal. These are all products we've managed to get our little grubby hands on and, well, just …

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