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The lowdown on low-season travel

Great weather can be a trade-off for high prices and huge crowds in peak tourist season – and to a lesser extent, in increasingly popular shoulder seasons. Before you consider travelling in low season, though, give your expectations a reality check...<p>The down side<p><b>Sights, activities and tours</b> …

This Fall Foliage Map Predicts When Your Area's Leaves Will Change Color

If you're planning a leaf-peeping trip, you need to see this.<p>We've been counting down the days until the countryside is covered in brilliant reds, spectacular oranges, and breathtaking yellows for months now. Luckily, SmokyMountains.com just released their 2016 Fall Foliage Map, which predicts when …

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To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved

Time management goes only so far; the emotional reasons for delay must also be addressed<p>Putting off a work or school assignment in order to play videogames or water the plants might seem like nothing more serious than poor time-management.<p>But researchers say chronic procrastination is an emotional …

Time Management

Islamorada, the Perfect Miami Day Trip

Just an hour-and-a-half drive from Miami, the cluster of islands known as Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, is the perfect getaway …

Think Drinking Alcohol Before Bed Can Help You Sleep? Not Even Close.

It disrupts your REM cycle, worsens existing breathing issues and even carries over symptoms to the next day.<p>We've all heard about the negative impact of screen time before bed and how it can disrupt our ability to sleep, but there's an even worse nighttime habit that prevents you from catching …

Sleep

8 Things to Know About Madeira Island in Portugal

I visited Madeira island for the first time last year and it was not at all what I expected. I anticipated a touristy beach destination and was so pleasantly surprised to find an island full of culture, amazing hiking possibilities, and delectable gourmet food. Here are eight things I learned about …

This Is The Kind Of Sex That Got Him To Commit

The permanent problem of the modern woman is that what men want from women (sex) has become easier to obtain and abundant while what women want from …

Stop Trying to Achieve Work-Life Balance

“<i>Work-life balance is a concept that has us simply lashing ourselves on the back and working too hard in each of the three commitments. In the</i> …

The Work We Do While We Sleep

_This is the second piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part one, on falling asleep, and part three, on wakefulness. _<p>It's strange, when you think about it, that we spend close to a third of our lives asleep. Why do we do it? While we’re sleeping, we’re vulnerable—and, at least on the …

Pope calls greed 'the devil's dung'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis delivered a fiery denunciation of modern capitalism on Thursday night, calling the "unfettered pursuit of money" the "dung of the devil" and accusing world leaders of "cowardice" for refusing to defend the earth from exploitation.<p>Speaking to grassroots organizers in Bolivia, …

South America

Weekend Guide to Atlanta: Food, Fun and Fashion

With everything from classic southern neighborhoods to cosmopolitan museums, Atlanta isn't just the "Chicago of the South". It's become a diverse, cosmopolitan city yet still manages to maintain rich southern roots. Explore for a weekend and you'll get a peek into the history and tradition the city …

6 Simple Tips for Planning Your First International Trip

<i>Chris Waits / Flickr</i><p>If you're planning your first vacation beyond American borders, you're probably feeling overwhelmed. After all, there are so many factors to consider. Should you book a hotel or will a hostel provide a more authentic experience? Should you sign up for guided tours or be …

Reader Recs: Long Weekend Getaways

It can be difficult to find time for a long trip, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring the world. Take a break from reality (and an excuse to use up one of those vacation days) with a three-day getaway.<p>Here are a few suggestions from our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to inspire your weekend …

Hot Springs

Charm of Espelette, France, puts stop sign on road trip

I was going to Biarritz. But then Kimberley, an old friend who spends summers in France, suggests I come a few days early and join her on a road trip to nearby St.-Jean-de-Luz. She will pick me up in a rental car at the BAB airport (Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne) and we'll scoot down the Atlantic …

5 books that inspired billionaire CEO Elizabeth Holmes

Since dropping out of Stanford at age 19 to found her health-technology company in 2003, Holmes has raised $400 million in venture capital and become a billionaire in the process.<p>Theranos is founded on the idea that a single drop of blood can provide enough information for a complete, inexpensive …

The Strange Link Between Junk Food and Depression

Of our many modern diseases, one of the biggest burdens on society is an unexpected one: depression, according to the World Health Organization. And …

How not to regret your career, from the head of Silicon Valley's greatest startup factory

Y Combinator President Sam Altman looked onto the room of 3,000 interns at Internapalooza in San Francisco on Thursday night, and delivered good news — to only one person.<p>"Someone in this room I am very confident is going to found a multi-billion dollar company that will change the world in a very …

Hound puts Google Now and Siri to shame

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Why Austin Is The Strangest City In America

This great nation has everything from traditional little beach towns to quaint old mountain towns. And THEN there's Austin, Texas, hands-down one of the quirkiest, funkiest, weirdest cities in the United States.<p>Austin doesn't take itself too seriously, and that's precisely why it's so awesome. …

26 ancient ruins you should visit in your lifetime

Seeing these sites is like stepping back in time and witnessing what life was like in a place that ceased to exist years ago.<p>From the Roman baths in England to the Ajanta caves in India, we found 26 ancient ruins that everyone should visit in their lifetime.

The Best Cruise Lines for a Dream Wedding

<i>You can get married anywhere cruise ships sail, and the lines will be your personal wedding planners. - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line</i><p>Cruise lines make it easy to plan nautical nuptials, with wedding coordinators to take you through each step and ready-made packages for purchase. Virtually all …

Here's Everything You Need to Know About Diamond Cuts | Loverly | The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Fashion<p>Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Diamond Cuts<p>Natasha Burton ·<p>When we talk about the four Cs of diamonds, carat is usually the one that gets all the attention. (The bigger the better, right?!) But, as it turns out, cut is actually the most important factor to consider when you’re …

Jewelry

9 Real-Life Ways to Banish Paper Clutter

Let's get to the bottom of your dining room table, shall we?<p>Ah, paper. They keeping telling us that tablet computers, high-tech wristwatches, and all other things digital will soon replace the need for Post-its and flyers — and yet, every available surface in your home is littered with mail, …

Minimalism

Why the grain bowl is your easy, budget-friendly, healthy dinner solution

I love dining on a buffet of items like vegetables, cheeses and nuts, and can make a whole meal out of foods I like to graze on. That's why the trend of grain bowls is right up my alley. To me, there is nothing better than digging a spoon into a deep dish full of my favorite flavors and …

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Is Heavy on Nerd, Light on Non-Nerd

Would you believe the Microsoft founder has a soft spot for comics?<p>You're likely still thumbing through the books on our summer reading list, so forgive Bill Gates for piling on. The Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist has shared a list of the six "beach reads" he's hoping you'll tackle this …

14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go to Therapy

No one ever hears a friend say "I have a doctor's appointment" and immediately thinks that they must be rich or weak or crazy. It's generally the <i>right</i> and <i>less stubborn</i> thing to see a professional when our body is injured or feels "atypical."<p>But if someone wants to see a therapist for their mental …