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Which Expensive Countries Are Getting More Affordable?

Good news for travelers: The U.S. dollar has increased in value over the last year, rising nearly 10 percent against the euro since January. More good news (at least for Americans): Currencies in many typically expensive places are getting weaker.<p>While currencies always fluctuate, the drop in the …

Christmas books 2014: the best gifts for the armchair traveller

<b>Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson (Penguin)</b><p>An account of six months spent in a log cabin in Siberia well stocked with reading material and vodka won the 2014 Dolman Travel Book Award for Tesson, a kind of latter-day Thoreau on Smirnoff, and the most companionable hermit you could hope to …

26 Fall Cocktails That Are Just Perfect for Thanksgiving

If you're on bartender duty this year, these festive drinks will make you look like a pro.<p>Keep guests happy while you're putting the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving spread. A kitted-out bar with a few specialty sips should do the trick.

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11 One-Hour DIYs For Your Bedroom

Bedroom looking a little bland? These 11 snazzy projects take less than an hour<p><b>1. Wooden Tray</b><p><i>Learning Creative Living</i><p>A wooden tray is a must-have for in-bed snackers. Load it up with snacks, coffee, and books, and it's a handy way to bring your morning essentials into the bedroom with you. All you …

You Can Call This Tricked-Out Airplane Home for a Night

Airbnb is teaming up with KLM Airlines for a new contest.<p>We've seen a lot of outrageous and unique listings on Airbnb, but this one tops the list. As part of its "Night At" campaign, the accommodation site is teaming up with Dutch airlines KLM to offer one lucky winner a chance to spend the night …

Movie Review - The Theory of Everything (2014)

<b>The Theory of Everything</b>, 2014.<p>Directed by James Marsh.<br>Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Harry Lloyd, David Thewlis, Emily Watson …

15 Party Dresses Under $500

On a budget? No problem!<p>A night on the town is a special occasion, especially this time of year. So go out and buy something new! On a budget? No problem. Here, a selection of 15 dresses all under $500 sure to elevate any party mood.

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Before & After: This Victorian Home from 1885 Gets an Unbelievable Transformation

A married couple tackled this challenging project, and the results will blow your mind.<p>When house renovators Jeff Born and Victoria Born-Doody first laid eyes on a historic little house on Watson Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, they knew that they had found their next big project. The house, which …

How To Decorate Based On Your Sign: The Home Zodiac Guide

Unlike fashion, home decor isn't really about trends. Regardless of whether your pad is a 400-square-foot studio or a sprawling ranch, it's a …

The funniest travel complaint letters of all time

Thousands of Britons will be returning from their holidays, many lumbered with tales of woe. Why didn't our tour operator tell us the hotel was still under construction? How on Earth does Ryanair get away with calling it "Barcelona Girona Airport"? When will this blasted gastroenteritis work its …

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12 People You Have Definitely Worked With

Life<p>by Holly Peacock | 03 12 2014<p>{Getty]<p><i>You again...[Mad Men]</i><p>If you have worked in more than one place you might have noticed that even with a change …