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The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

Fewer Than 2% of Flyers Try to Get Compensated for Delays

Last summer, Mark Wilson waited in a Rome airline terminal for a connecting flight to London on his way home to New York. And waited. And waited. By …

10 Portrait Tips to Take Your Photography to the Next Level

You have all the makings of a beautiful photograph: the perfect client, an overcast day for soft natural lighting and a gorgeous landscape as the …

Photography

Getting Real with HDR - a Step by Step Tutorial for Realistic Looking HDR

If you have been photographing for more than a year or two, you will have heard about HDR (which stands for High Dynamic Range). We have probably …

Tutorials

Colorado Is The Most Magical State In America

There's a reason "Rocky Mountain High" is one of Colorado's official state songs. Because regardless of your feelings on legalized pot, Colorado will leave you feeling absolutely magical.<p>If you're an urbanite, a mountaineer, a ski bum, a history nerd, an outdoor adventurer... you get the point... …

What's New On Netflix Streaming In May

This month's list has plenty of excellent flicks — and some not so excellent — but there's likely something here to satisfy any taste. The obvious favorites include Oscar-winners "Forrest Gump," "Gladiator," and the classic "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington."<p>But it's also worth noting the addition of a …

Entertainment

BTS: Photographing Whales in Tonga with Darren Jew

Photographer Darren Jew has captured some of Earth’s most beautiful and pristine offerings, from the landscapes to the creatures that roam them. And …

Wolverine The Musical: Watch Hugh Jackman Sing Les Mis Spoof

<i>X-Men: Days of Future Past</i> star <b>Hugh Jackman</b> made an appearance on BBC Radio 1‘s The Matt Edmondson Show over the weekend and was talked into …

22 documentaries you should watch immediately

No art form is as flexible or open to new voices as the documentary film. No running time is better or worse than another, no subject is too large or …

Stephanie Izard's Shortcut To A Jaw-Dropping Dinner Party Entree

To reality TV fans, Stephanie Izard is the frizzy-haired winner of "Top Chef" season four. But to Chicago food lovers, she's owner of some of the city's best restaurants, including the universally acclaimed Girl and the Goat, which won her the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the Great …

Cook Like a Pro: 11 Ways to Make a Restaurant-Quality Meal at Home

Ever wonder how restaurants bring that extra oomph to every dish? We asked the country's best chefs to spill their secrets. Your home cooking will never be the same again<p><b>Burnt Citrus:</b> For cocktails, char thin slices, then muddle (and garnish) as normal.• <b><br>Toasted Barley Risotto with Spinach and Herb</b> …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

GOP's hypocrisy on Ukraine hurts America

While hosting CNN's Crossfire this week, I said: "Republicans are practically cheering for Vladimir Putin today. He's given them a new excuse to bash President Obama."<p>I pointed out that Republicans have been slamming Obama for his handling of the Ukraine crisis even though I have not heard a …

Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human …

Demographics

4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine

Even a week ago, the idea of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine seemed farfetched if not totally alarmist. The risks involved were just too …

51 natural wonders so amazing it’s hard to believe they exist

The world’s an incredible place, but sometimes I’ll find myself somewhere and actually have to take a second and ask, “Really? This is exists?”<p>This …

The Economics of Loyalty and Free Flights Has Changed

Travelers take note: The economics of earning free airline flights are changing.<p>Delta Air Lines Inc. said this week that starting Jan. 1, it will …

The 10 most embarrassing American stereotypes (that are kinda true)

If there’s anywhere to start, it’s right here. Our expanding waistlines have been the subject of global ridicule for decades, with our weapons of …