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Are There Any Outdoorsy Activities Near Las Vegas?

<i>A:</i><p>You might be one of those who people who doesn’t “get” Vegas. The charms of Sin City are completely lost on you, but there’s a conference at Caesar's, and your company has sent you. Or maybe it’s the location for your buddy’s bachelor party. So you reluctantly pack your bags.<p>Or perhaps you do …

Hiking

Onsite Generation: Can Utilities Rethink Their Business Proposition?

Can utilities adapt to emerging innovations that allow customers to “bypass” their services? Or, will power companies become the modern-day dinosaur?<p>The trend is toward more independent customers who are able to generate their own electricity — all spearheaded by advancing technologies that are …

New LEED, WELL partnership supports better health in green design

Today, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Well Building Institute (IWBI) announced a new partnership that strives to make …

5 Things Super Lucky People Do | Inc.com

"The Luck of the Irish" is an American phrase that comes from the days of the gold rush in the 1800s. Intolerant Americans figured the Irish people weren't smart enough to find gold, and blamed their success on being lucky rather than skilled. In reality, America's early immigrants have time and …

Leadership

Richard Branson's top 10 tips for success

<b>Richard Branson left school at the age of 16 and set up Student Magazine with one of his friends. He went on to start Virgin Records in the 1970s and is the founder of the Virgin Group. In the 1980s he formed Virgin Atlantic airline and the 1990s saw the arrival of Virgin Mobile and Virgin …

Virgin Trains

America's Coolest College Startups 2014 | Inc.com

Not long ago, people would call college "kids" who started businesses quaint. Now they call them the boss.<p>Helped in part by low-cost technologies and an increased prevalence of entrepreneurship training at the university level, college students--and indeed those even younger--are making solid …

Startups

The 10 Best Beaches In The World

In order to celebrate the impending end to this nightmare of a winter, why not grab your passport and head to sunnier shores?<p>TripAdvisor just came out with their Travelers' Choice Awards for the best beaches around the globe, and found that Baia do Sancho in Brazil is the people's choice. The rest …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

How Do We Make Cities Sustainable?

From better mass transit to a stronger mix of renewable energy, what is the most important thing we can do to make cities smarter when it comes to energy use?<p>The world's cities occupy 4 percent of the Earth's land area, yet they are home to more than half of the world's people. By 2030, that …

Panama City

Here Are The 10 Best States For Clean Energy Jobs In 2013

Clean energy investments had it rough in 2013, and US job growth in that sector is having a bit of trouble too.<p>That’s at least according to evidence in a new report out today from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2),an environmental advocacy organization for businesses. While the clean energy industry …

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …

2014 Travel Awards: Best Beach

Winner: South Water Caye, Belize<p>There are hundreds of beautiful cayes along Belize’s Caribbean coast. Our pick is South ­Water Caye, east of Dangriga—a 15-acre island inside the country’s largest marine reserve. You can paddle the shoreline, snorkel at night, and, if you’re lucky, dive with whale …

Félicité Island Is The Perfect Remote Escape

Small, densely forested and surrounded by idyllic blue waters, Félicité Island is the perfect place to get away from it all.<p>The island sits four kilometers east of La Digue Island in the Seychelles and was once a coconut plantation. Today the island is home to a tiny, remote resort that …

4 Pinterest Mindsets: Can Knowing These Improve Your Marketing?

To effectively use Pinterest as part of your company’s marketing strategy, you have to understand its users and the different Pinterest mindsets they …

7 Rookie Mistakes of First-Time Cruisers

Make sure your suitcases are shallow enough (or soft enough) to stash under the bed.<p><i>Photo by Fuse / Thinkstock</i><p>If you’re new to cruising, don’t fall prey to these potential pitfalls. Here are the top seven mistakes cruise newbies make and how to avoid them for smooth sailing, from the minute you …

Can Apple help make hearing aids cool?

People wait in long lines and even camp out to get their hands on new Apple devices as soon as they're available. But they drag their feet, sometimes for years, when it comes to purchasing another piece of technology that could greatly improve their lives: hearing aids.<p>Hearing-aid manufacturers and …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

Impossibles, Bali. Photo: Jason Childs

Bali

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday.<p><b>You can play, too</b>. Follow us on Twitter <b>@NatGeoTravel</b> and tag your favorite travel stories <b>#NGTRadar</b> to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.<p><b>Here are our latest picks:</b><p><b>Petra</b> could be …

A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon

You don’t get any brighter than the reflecting mirrors at the just-opened Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, in California‘s Mojave desert. When I visited …

We analyzed 37 years’ worth of Warren Buffett’s shareholder letters. Here’s what we found

When one of the richest men in the world offers free advice, you listen. Of course acting on it is another thing, but investors have been hearing Warren Buffett out for years in his role as chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway through his annual letter to shareholders, in which he not only …

Investing

STOCKS GO NOWHERE: Here's What You Need To Know

S&P 500

The World's 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions

God bless all the tourists who run around the globe checking out all those famous spots that simply <i>can't be missed</i>.<p>While the can't-be-missedness of some of the world's most famous attractions is debatable (ask any New Yorker, for instance, and you'll hear that Times Square is a total waste of …