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10 reasons to spend your money on travel, not things

<b>While short-term purchases might boost your happiness for a short time, here are 13 reasons why you should spend your money on travel, instead.</b><p><i>Spend</i> …

Has Istanbul lost its charm?

It has been 30 years since I was last in Istanbul and I found it hard to get my head around a city that I’m sure I remember as being more ancient and mysterious, more a bridge between East and West. It’s now modern, a lot of it still under construction.<p>Walking down the jam-packed shopping street, …

Gear News: A kit that helps you carry your travel story around the world

A new travel product called the Atlas Kit from Tribute Products is a tiny pouch that allows travelers remember their adventures easier in a simple …

Digital Cameras

A Great Baking Trick

The secret to making no-hassle desserts that can feed a crowd is in your cupboard…Sheet pan cooking has taken the food world by storm for good …

Dessert

Royal Mansour Marrakech Offers a Life Changing Experience

Here’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live just like a king, at least for a few days. Comissioned by the King of Morocco himself, the lavish</b> …

Travel

Fly Around the World for Just $1321

If you've ever dreamed of packing in your day job for an around the world trip, this flight deal might just make your dream become reality. Perfect …

When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Fawn Weaver was on vacation in Singapore last summer when she first read about Nearest Green, the Tennessee slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.<p>Green’s existence had long been an open secret, but in 2016 Brown-Forman, the company that owns the Jack Daniel Distillery …

Whiskey

This Course Teaches You Backcountry Navigation Basics From Home

I was taught basic orienteering and map reading by a grizzled Eagle Scout. He was the head of a little archaeology crew I was in, performing a …

How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, According to People Who Have Done It

Tips and tricks so you can finally make your dream a reality. — Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure<p>1 of 10<p>Use cash back rewards and loyalty …

Okoli connects you with tour guides around the world

Okoli is a new service by developer Jack Deneut that aims to replace those ugly little cards you find in tourist hotels. The web app, which currently works in Prague, Budapest, Berlin and Paris, lets you reserve a nearly private tour with a professional guide and you’re guaranteed groups of no …

European Travel

100 Quick Sustainable Travel Tips | Claire's Footsteps

Posted by Claire on Jul 8, 2017 in Eco Travel | 9 Comments<p>Travelling is great for a lot of things. Open-mindedness, confidence, education.. travel is …

This is the one thing that could make you instantly more employable

And it's not exactly a chore<p>Still living in your elephant print trousers and dusty flip flops, dreaming of hostel bunk beds and evenings with Australian backpackers with tribal tattoos and acoustic guitars? Fed up of people telling you that you need to start facing reality and get a proper job?<p>Then …

Italy to give away more than 100 castles, inns and monasteries for free

It sounds like an offer too good to refuse – Italy is to give away, for free, more than 100 historic monasteries, castles, stone towers, inns and railway stations.<p>Many of the properties are situated along historic pilgrimage routes which the government wants to promote, just as Spain attracts …

Italy

Be a guinea pig at these test kitchens and incubators

As diners become increasingly savvy about how their artisanal sausages are made, the boundaries between chefs, cooks and customers are shifting — and, in some cases, dissolving completely.<p>Consider the open kitchen. Once relegated to roadside diners helmed by fry cooks named Bud, visible kitchens …

Italian village offers €2,000 gifts to boost dwindling population

Bormida, population 394, also offering homes to rent for as little €50 a month in effort to persuade people to move there<p>The mayor of a remote mountain village in Italy is offering to pay €2,000 (£1,700) to anyone who moves there, in an attempt to save it from becoming a ghost town.<p>Those who take …

Sea Level

This is one of the most devastating reports we've seen for the future of Wall Street stock pickers

While the underperformance of active managers against index funds and passive investing has been well documented over the past few years, the full extent of their failure to live up to benchmarks is devastating.<p>S&P Dow Jones Indices released their latest SPIVA report card on Thursday, which the …

Investing

Colombia calling

For most Chinese tourists, Colombia represents picturesque scenery, Latin American culture and the magic realism of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia …

South America

Nothing Mickey Mouse about Adventures by Disney's culinary crash course on Rhine River cruise

If you hunger for more than just a scenic journey down the Rhine River, Adventures by Disney has added a new weeklong itinerary: the Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise, sailing through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.<p>This adults-only cruise is designed to introduce passengers to …

This Is the Carry-On Bag That Pilots Swear By

Behold: the ultimate carry-on bag. According to <i>Travel Pulse</i>, pilots agree that one bag in particular soars miles above the competition.<p>BrightLine …

Flying

Put Your Passport on an App to Make International Travel a Breeze

Handing over your passport is a critical part of traveling outside your country’s borders. But if you’ve ever given yourself a point for every person you overtake on the way to Border Control (what, just us?), you know how long those lines can get. That’s why we’re so excited about Mobile Passport, …

A Durham Hotel With a Sense of Place and Midcentury Style

<b>Rates</b><p>Rooms from $199.<p><b>Basics</b><p>You’ll sense the retro vibe even before entering this 53-room boutique property that opened in the summer of 2015 in the former Home Savings Bank building, adding a restaurant later that year. A stylish restoration by the Los Angeles-based design firm Commune preserved …

The 20 best high-paying jobs in America for 2017

But a high salary doesn't hurt, either.<p>US News & World Report recently released its 2017 Best Jobs rankings, which determines the best occupations in the US based on median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. You can read more about the methodology …

Employment

A cargo cruise may just be the cheapest way to travel the world

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>• Cargo cruises offer a super cheap way to see the world.</b><b><br>• They're not as popular or luxurious as regular cruise ships, but they have their charm.</b><b><br>• A voyage costs between $65 and $125 per day, including lodging and meals.</b><p>There's no climbing wall or karaoke to be found. No …

Balancing act: surf and yoga in Morocco

The skills required for surfing and yoga complement each other, making a mixed activity break ideal for couples – and this new surfy boutique hotel on the Moroccan coast makes a perfect base<p>This is the best view I’ve ever had at a yoga class. It’s 7am and I’m standing on a rooftop, looking out at …

Sorry, Las Vegas Isn't Close To Running Entirely On Renewable Energy

A person visiting Las Vegas can’t help but notice that the city consumes a tremendous amount of power. The Vegas Strip is a site to behold at night, but there’s a lot of fossil fuel involved in powering those lights.<p>So imagine my surprise when I saw a recent article in Popular Mechanics titled Las …

Renewable Energy

21 Crazy Ways to Use Tater Tots That Will Change Your Life

Baking tater tots in the oven and dipping them in ketchup is one of life's small pleasures, but there's so much more you can do with the classic bite-size potato. Use up your next bag of tater tots in one of these creative recipes, from tater tot nachos (totchos!) to slow-cooker tater tot breakfast …

8 myths that need to be debunked about long-term travel

1. It’s expensive.<p>Full time traveling is much cheaper than my old life when I had a mortgage to pay plus utility bills, property taxes etc. The main …

20 Travel Hacks I Learned While Flying Around the World in 8 Days

You won't find these in a travel magazine.<p>My most recent business trip took me around the world in just eight days. I traveled nearly 35,000 miles, visited three continents and spent over 88 hours on airplanes. Needless to say, I picked up a few tips and tricks along the way.<p>Knowing top travel …