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My Summer Vacation Is Better Than Yours: Four Enviable Destinations

For a getaway with bragging rights, try France’s Ile de Re—a beach retreat favored by in-the-know Parisians. Plus: other beat-all escapes<p>AT 2 P.M. on a sunny Monday last summer, Plage du Lizay was deserted. We’d been warned that Ile de Ré, a three-hour train ride from Paris, would be emballée …

Summer Vacation

Eigg, Britain’s most eco-friendly island

The small Scottish isle is a world pioneer in sustainable living. It’s also a tranquil spot to kayak, cycle and sail, with spectacular views to some of Scotland’s other beautiful islands<p>There’s something particularly satisfying about observing an island from the summit of its very own mountain. As …

Natural Beauty

A Quick Guide on How to Clean Hiking Boots

If your hiking boots are as clean as a whistle, without a scuff or a scratch or a hint of dirt to be seen, then you’re doing it wrong.<p>Hiking boots …

Travel Tips For First Time Visitors to Croatia | Croatia Travel Blog

What You'll Find On This Page<p>Travel Tips For First Time Visitors to Croatia<p><b>Written by Trevor, a Travel Writer at grabbinglifebytheballs.com</b><p>So you’re …

Best beaches In The World: Cable Beach Australia

If you start at Perth and then head north, up Australia’s western coast as far as you can go, you will come to Cable Beach.<p>Our Travel Auctions<p>Cable …

Expect bonny views as the North Tower of Scotland's historic Inverness Castle opens as a tourist attraction

Scotland’s historic Inverness Castle has long been one of the country’s most stunning attractions, and now its North Tower is set to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter.<p>When the work is completed, the viewpoint will offer spectacular views of Inverness, looking south over the River Ness and …

10 top tips from our Brussels correspondent

Belgian beer isn’t the only thing to raise a glass to in Brussels, the city serves up art nouveau architecture, surrealist art, nature on the doorstep – and the stand where Angela Merkel nips for chips<p>Charlotte Brontë was famously rude about Belgium, after living in Brussels for a couple of years …

14 Instagrams that will Convince You to Visit Scotland

Ah, Scotland. You might recognize this beautiful country from scenes of <i>Braveheart</i>, or fantasize about it in storied tales of the Loch Ness monster. …

How to reset your body clock for daylight-saving time and jet lag, according to science

Ah, daylight-saving time, that point in the year when — because of what almost seems like a joke by Ben Franklin— we shift our clocks forward an hour.<p>Not all states or countries observe the time change, but it is nice to suddenly be able to leave work before sunset. The first morning after you've …

Sleep

If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It

We spend most of our adult waking hours working. Half of Americans continue to work when they reach their mid-sixties, and, according to a 2015 Gallup survey, full-time American employees work an average of 47 hours a week. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s six days’ worth of hours packed …

The ultimate city guide to Kyoto, Japan

It was such a cliché it could have been a scene from a film. Across the narrow and fast-flowing river was a brightly lit restaurant. In the window …

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule

<b>Top business leaders often spend five hours per week doing deliberate learning.</b><p><b>Article featured: Inc., Time, Observer, Business.com, Life Hacker, &</b> …

The head of the world's largest hedge fund told Tony Robbins his best investing advice for the average person

Tony Robbins, the high-energy performance coach who sells out arenas for his seminars, has made it his primary mission the past few years to spread personal finance literacy.<p>Starting with his client of nearly 30 years, the billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones, Robbins interviewed 50 of the top …

Investing

A walk through Nijo Castle Kyoto

On our first day in Kyoto, after a few hours strolling through NIshiki Market, we took a taxi and headed directly to Nijo Castle. One of the …

How Can These Cops Run Up a Wall on a Pole? Physics!

This video of Vietnamese police—I think they're Vietnamese police—climbing a wall with a pole left me thinking, "What the heck?" I don't doubt that …

96% of people fail when they try to better themselves — here are 3 ways to make sure you don't

The data from those polls was pretty shocking — 96% of their personal development efforts completely failed.<p>There's a joke that goes, "I'm opening a gym called Resolutions. It will have exercise equipment in it for the first two weeks and then it turns into a bar for the remainder of the year."<p>It's …

Self-improvement

Ways to cut back expenses for your next trip

ADVERTISING<p>Traveling costs money, but there are ways that you can cut back on your expenses and leave more cash for your next trip.<p><b>Schedule at the</b> …

Travel

11 Travel Backpacks Made for Exploring the World

Pack up one of these top-rated travel backpacks and hit the road for an adventure you'll never forget.<p>Carrying a travel backpack can make life on the road much easier than with a suitcase. Some are great for week-long trips across Europe's countryside, while others are ideal for quick weekend …

A financial planner explains how to start investing with $100

You see, if you save $100 in your sock drawer, 30 years from now when you go to check on it, you will still only have $100.<p>Conversely, if you invest $100 in a mutual fund, even if you never made another investment, with a 7% annual return it has the potential to grow to $761.23 after 30 years with …

Investing

Tokyo

Featured<p>One of the most difficult questions I usually get is: What’s your favorite destination? It’s tough to pick just one when a mere mention of …

NASA Delivers A TED-Like Presentation To Announce Earth-Size Planets

When two astronomers bump into each other in the hallway, one doesn’t say to the other: “We’ve discovered seven Earth-sized planets in the Goldilocks Zone just 40 light years away.”<p>The astronomers might say: “The transiting configuration of seven temperate exo-planets around the ultracool dwarf …

Diving between tectonic plates in Iceland

The Earth is broken into several gigantic landmasses, or “tectonic plates”. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge separates the Eurasian tectonic plates from North …

Sea Level

10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Here’s our list for 2016<p>• <b>Alt. city breaks 2015</b><p><b>Why go?</b> The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of …

Bill Gates warns the world to prep for bio-terrorism

Bill Gates says it's time to redirect some of the money the world spends on weapons to prepare for a looming threat: terrorists with pathogens.<p>He's warning that the threat of bio-terrorism is "right up there with nuclear war and climate change."<p>Gates spoke at the Munich Security Conference in …

Bill Gates

An ex-Deutsche Bank MD who made $1 billion for clients built an app to teach students to invest

"JPMorgan merged with Chase. Bankers Trust got brought out of Deutsche Bank. Lehman Brothers went bust. Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch and then Deutsche Bank is Deutsche Bank — who knows!" Derhalli told Business Insider recently.<p>Derhalli spent 35-years in investment banking and spent his …

Deutsche Bank

Take the plunge into one of Japan's best onsens

I am up to my neck in hot water. And it’s wonderful. Around me, naked Japanese women soak contemplatively, their white flannels neatly folded on their heads. Beyond, a serene blue sea laps mesmerically at an empty beach, while in the distance is the shadowy outline of Honshu, the main island of …

Where you live affects your personality, study says

When people move across state lines, they usually think about what their new place will be like, their new neighbors, their new town -- in short, all the other changes that come with a change of address. But what most people don't consider is the way that the move will change them, too.<p>Studies show …

Turing tests, Chinese Rooms, Sherlock Holmes, Wittgensteinian Vagueness and Descartes

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>Brain research can make no contribution to traditional philosophical questions. These are conceptual, not empirical,</i> …

Consciousness

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and …

Learning

Make Your Strategy More Agile

Can you run fast and go deep at the same time?<p>Originating from agile software development, the sprint has entered the business mainstream as an increasingly popular means to accelerate business model, product, or service innovation. Sprints break an otherwise long, complex process into sizable, …