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10 Things No One Tells You About... Paris

Ask an American about traveling to Paris, and you’ll hear the same two complaints: “It’s expensive!” and “The French aren’t friendly!”<p>But with a few …

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20 Essential Places You Must Include On Your British Road Trip

There’s no place like home… and in this case, I’ve got to agree! Britain is a stunner of an island that’s brought to the world the joys of crumpets, …

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These Are the 30 Happiest Cities in the U.S.

Surprise: There's a lot of California here.<p>The annual Well-Being Index by Gallup-Healthways shows the best communities in the company to find happiness by looking at the 190 biggest communities in the U.S. to determine the most comfortable place to call home.<p>The rankings analyzed five different …

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The 10 most beautiful places in Europe – chosen by you | Travel Feature

To celebrate publication of the new <i>Rough Guide to First-Time Europe</i>, we took to Facebook and Twitter to ask our followers to vote for the most …

Top 5 cruise lines to see the world

Cruise lines pull out all the stops to deliver the finest passenger experience. From the massive ships of Disney Cruise Line, to the smaller, luxury yachts of Hebridean Island Cruises, there's a sailing experience to satisfy every taste. Today's best vessels come equipped with full-service spas, …

The 10 Best Places in the World to Retire

You’ve clocked out for the last time, and now it’s time to check in to a future of sun and relaxation during retirement, but where to go? These are the best cities in the world for Americans to retire to, taking into account culture, access to health services, quality of life, and community.

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Great Souvenirs to Take Away From Paris

Learning Excel isn't just for finance professionals, it can boost anyone's productivity at work — here’s how

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Alfonso de Tomas / ShutterStock We've said it before but it bears repeating: Microsoft Excel is likely the most powerful program on …

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Wife Giving Away 99% of Shares

Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg ​used the occasion of the birth of his first child to announce that over the course of their lives, he and his wife Priscilla Chan will give away 99% of their Facebook shares, currently valued at about $45 billion.<p>Mr. Zuckerberg ​his wife said their daughter is …

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Gmail will soon warn you when an unencrypted message arrives

In its on-going quest to lock down your email communication, Google is working on a new notification system for Gmail. The alerts will let you know when you receive a message from an incoming mail server that's not encrypted. Mountain View continues its work on email security, partnering with …

Who’s that with Pope Francis? The seven kinds of people you meet in a papal entourage.

The pope’s entourage is about 100 people, which makes it less of a flock and more of a herd. No, His Holiness is not trailed by a stylist and personal trainer, although there <i>is</i> a papal physician and a few attendants in charge of wardrobe. When you’re traveling as both a head of state <i>and</i> the leader …

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How to make your life look like your Instagram feed

Instagram feeds — those treasure-troves of personal photo galleries — often are bonanzas of decadent meals, brilliant sunsets and perfectly poised centerpieces. These slices of life might be authentic moments, but often our daily life doesn't resemble these carefully curated slide shows.<p>Is it …

Richard Branson Explains How to Be Happy

Success isn’t what makes him happy, explains Virgin founder <b>Richard Branson</b> in his contribution to <i>Dear Stranger: Letters on the Subject of Happiness</i> …

9 Things Professional Organizers Do Every Day

There's a reason they never lose their keys.<p>We're not sure if organizing pros are born or made, but good news: Tova Weinstock (aka "Tidy Tova") bets on the latter. The professional organizer says that anyone can make a few tiny changes to their everyday routine to get (and keep) their house in …

11 consumer trends that will change the way you do business in the next 5 years

Thanks to the proliferation of high-tech consumer services like Uber and Apple Pay, the business world is trending toward improving customer …

10 Ways to Go From Millennial to Millionaire

<i>By Stefanie O'Connell, Contributor</i><p>With record student loan balances and rampant underemployment, millennials have largely become known as the recession generation. Despite low levels of income and a median net worth below that of their predecessors, a 2014 report from The Shullman Research Center …

The 12 best things to do in Rome

This is where <i>la dolce vita</i> originated, after all.<p>Of course, after more than 2,000 years in existence, there's enough to explore to keep you busy for years, with decadent pasta and gelato to indulge in, places to shop for everything from handicrafts to haute couture, archeological sites, Baroque …