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5 Tips for the Perfect Summer Road Trip

Summer has practically become synonymous with road trips, both as a way to save money on airfare and to have some fun-filled adventures on the road. …

The secret to a higher salary is to ask for nothing at all

Twenty years ago, I developed a powerful approach to negotiating that goes beyond “win-win.” It involves starting by offering the most and asking for the least. It works extremely well, but I was unable to explain why until I read Wharton professor Adam Grant’s excellent new book <i>Give and Take</i>.<p>Adam …

Employment

10 Ways To Be Healthier In 10 Minutes Or Less

It seems like our favorite excuse: "There just aren't enough hours in the day." It gets us out of workouts, concocting nutritious homemade meals, sleeping enough.<p>But does health <i>have</i> to be a trade-off with time? A new study examined the time American adults spend on beneficial behavior and found …

Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To.

As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company. Scared as I was, I knew that truly great leaders found ways to allow their …

The 10 Best Small Towns In America

In a time when "authentic" is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected—and surprisingly sophisticated—array of independent and locally-minded cultural, outdoor, and culinary offerings, all minus the urban price tags.<p>The only downside to all this small town …

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Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

National Parks

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

There’s still a chill in the air here in Washington, D.C., but the days are getting longer, the cherry blossoms are starting to pop, and residents are beginning to shed those cumbersome winter coats. Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

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8 Unexpected Island Getaways On The Cheap (PHOTOS)

An "island getaway" doesn't necessarily translate into washing up on the shores of the Caribbean. Plenty of other islands in the U.S. boast the same laid-back, secluded feel that you can find in Barbados or Jamaica, but often come at a fraction of those sky-high all-inclusive rates; you'll at least …

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

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Try to stop the US consumer from spending, and you’re going to get hurt

The US is a rare source of strength among the major world economies, and consumer spending is its cornerstone—worth about 70% of GDP. So it’s a clear positive to see that consumer spending posted a better-than-expected rise in February, increasing by a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 0.7%, …

Economics

The 10 Best Islands In The World, According To TripAdvisor (PHOTOS)

TripAdvisor is all about its annual lists: The best beaches, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels, and the best hotels for families being among them.<p>Its newest list examines the islands of the world, and the U.S. in particular. While Florida has five of the 10 best islands in the United …

Around The World, Women Entrepreneurs Are On The Rise

Women entrepreneurs lead one in five startups around the globe. The ratio of female founders to male soared 30% over the last year and a half, reports Gust, the Manhattan-based global platform for early-stage investing, which collects data on more than 200,000 companies, angel investors and venture …

Walmart Vs. Amazon: It's About To Get Interesting

In the case of Walmart Vs. Amazon, it’s about to get interesting.<p>Let’s put aside the much discussed news leak that Walmart is considering using its own shoppers as delivery people, providing some kind of incentive to drop off online orders on their way home from the store.<p>It’s not likely to happen, …

When is the best time to visit US and Canada's National Parks?

When is the best time to visit the National Parks of the US and Canada? You might think the answer would be one of the summer months. But when we looked at the 'best time to go' picks by Lonely Planet guidebook authors for the most visited and best-known parks in the US and Canada and stacked them …

National Parks

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

Tom Hanks

The best places to learn something together

You and your beloved probably do lots of stuff together in daily life, from critiquing films to hitting the gym. But a honeymoon is different - so the experiences you share should be different, too. Why not plunge into surfing, sail through the air on a trapeze or try your hand at tango for a …

Buenos Aires

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Central America

Easy breaks from Cape Town

When the torrents of tourists on the crowded Cape become too much, find scenic fishing villages, beautiful wine country and dramatic desert less than three hours away.<p>Cape Town may take second place to Johannesburg as South Africa’s most populous city, but it easily entices more visitors each year …

The 25 Least Visited Countries In The World

The problem might just be finding the right destination. The least visited country in the world may not be the one you would think.<p><b>Click here to go straight to the destinations ></b><p>I am currently conducting research through visits to all 198 countries of the world.<p>The reason? To figure out where I …

Top 10 Gardens

Travel<p>Top 10 Gardens from National Geographic.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Château de Versailles<br>Versailles, France <br>www.chateauversailles.fr</b> <br>The famous French landscape designer André Le Nôtre laid out these gardens southwest of Paris in the 17th century at the behest of …

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Spring break trips for grown-ups - TODAY.com

Why should kids have all the fun on spring break? If you're looking to get away on your own spring break vacation without the kids in tow and avoid those dreaded college crowds, Jetsetter.com's Editor in Chief Kate Maxwell shares her picks for the best destinations for grown-ups.<p><b>Tulum, Mexico</b><br>If you …

Cape Cod

The Joy of Having to Work

How the burden of having to support my family sets me free.<p>I was a 19-year-old college sophomore the year I took care of Brooks and Hunter. They were nine and seven, respectively, and the job—pick them up from school, stay with them until dinner—seemed so easy, especially compared with my summer's …

Secrets That Women Need to Know When Buying Shoes

<b>Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall</b><p>What's the biggest secrets woman need to know about making their shoes comfortable for 2013? Women need to buy comfortable shoes that fit properly. This may be obvious to most, however many women who see a pair that is a "must have" buy whether it is their correct size …

The Most Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Around the World

One of the best known symbols of spring in Japan are the magnificent pink Japanese cherry trees, also called sakura. Starting in mid-March, the …