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The Difference Between Male vs Female Solo Travel

You may have noticed a sudden increase in popularity in female solo travel, and perhaps wondered what the fuss is all about. Why is it such a big deal if a female travels alone when men travel alone all the time, right?<p>Well, conditions are a bit different for women. They always have been, which is …

Americans are relying on a broken system to lose weight — here’s why it’s useless to count calories

Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he's a technology director for a textbook publisher.<p>And he's 5'10" and 245 lbs - which means he is classed as obese.<p>In an effort to lose weight, Nash uses an app to record the calories he consumes and a Fitbit band to track the energy he …

Macklemore Is Right About Iggy and Miley’s Racial Tourism, but This Isn’t About Him

The white Seattle rapper unveiled his song “White Privilege II,” which put the likes of Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus on blast for appropriating black …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Debt Dodgers: Meet the Americans Who Moved to Europe and Went AWOL on Their Student Loans

Some cash-strapped former students are choosing to leave America behind in order to avoid paying off their giant debts.<p>It's difficult to overstate how crushing America's student loan debt situation is. The amount of money adults in the US owe due to educations is over $1.3 trillion and jumps up by …

Don’t Go on Your Next Trip Without These 5 Unique Travel Gadgets

<i>Photos courtesy of the respective manufacturers unless otherwise indicated.</i><p>These days, technology plays a huge role in travel. With everything being …

How to Keep Pounds Off After You Lose Weight

Here's a hint: Keep exercising.<p>Did you start running to get slim? Are you worried that as you lose weight, your body will adjust to your exercise routine and you will no longer burn as many calories? (Now you're worried.) Researchers at the University of Alabama looked into that question, …

Billboard Names its Top K-Pop Picks of 2015

American music chart <b>Billboard</b> has wrapped up 2015 with a list of their top 20 K-pop songs, and top 10 K-pop albums of 2015!<p>The top 20 songs list …

26 weight-loss tips based on science

People are being advised to do all sorts of crazy things, most of which have no evidence behind them.<p>Over the years, however, scientists have found numerous strategies that seem to be effective.<p>Here are 26 weight-loss tips that are actually based on evidence.<p>It is often said that drinking water can …

7 Things Americans Can Learn From The Japanese

If you've ever spent an extended period of time in Japan, you know that life in Japan and life in America are totally different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we think Americans can learn a thing or two from daily life in Japan. The culture is filled with rich traditions based on …

Dumbest things to do with money

rorobito/flickr<p>Time is still on your side in your 30s. If you manage your money well, it can mean huge financial gains in the future.<p>That's easier said than done. And many of us tend to assume that we'll have more money in our 40s and have plenty of time to tune up our finances, which can lead to …

Healthy breakfasts at McDonald's, Panera, Starbucks

Hollis Johnson<p>Yes, you can get breakfast that's nutritious — and filling! — at fast-food places like McDonald's and Burger King.<p>And while starting every day with a hashbrown and a McGriddle is probably not a great idea, you don't have to completely swear off the fast-food joints in your …

IBM exec takes kids on business trips

Inhi Cho Suh (left) and her mom with Suh's son Jacob on their first business trip together. Inhi Cho Suh<p>IBM's Inhi Cho Suh has a dream job. She jets across the world working on M&A deals for IBM's all-important big data/analytics business unit.<p>For instance, she and her team recently orchestrated …

Business Development

Yes, you, too, can sail on a private yacht in the Caribbean

Renting a private vessel in the Caribbean and cruising through a warm, salty-breezed parallel universe isn’t as out of reach as you may think<p>Sailing the Caribbean.<p>For many, it’s just an item on the bucket list. Something reserved for those privileged few who actually own yachts in the Caribbean, …

Sailing

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Tokyo Noodle Shop Wins World's First Ramen Michelin Star

Ramen. The perfect lunch (or dinner) when you’re trying to keep the spending down or on the hunt to cure a hangover. What you may not realise, …

Japan

The top 20 K-Pop tracks of 2015

As you may already know, the world of K-Pop in 2015 was <i>huge</i>. Laden with expensive comebacks and debuts, lawsuits, expectations, hype and triumphs, our favourite artists dominated with full schedules, and K-Pop’s game-changing big leagues – 2NE1’s CL, BTS and Big Bang – continued to gain traction in …

Music Videos

Planning Your First Trip to Bangkok?

<b>Why Go:</b> The people? The best hotel service anywhere? Endless, inexpensive massages? The cuisine? The smiles? The Thai Baht at 3 cents?<p>If you're reading this, you probably already have some reasons picked out, but what they say about Thailand being the "land of smiles" is not hype. And if you love …

8 documentaries that will make you smarter about money

The wealthiest, most successful people continually self-educate, which is why most of them spend so much time reading.<p>If the classic finance books don't work for you, there are other ways to get smarter about money.<p>Here, we've compiled eight documentaries that will keep you entertained <i>and</i> teach you …

I Paid Off $8,400 in 90 Days. Here's How I Did It.

After getting myself into close to $10,000 of credit card debt in 2013/2014 when I renovated my first home, I at first stuck my head in the sand and vowed to the readers of my blog I was going to pay it off in 2015. I had put off repayment for a while (almost a year) and wanted to be targeted and …

Exercising more but still gaining weight? Take this quiz

You're running on the treadmill, hitting up every HIIT class on your gym's schedule, and strength training more than you ever thought possible. But your scale hasn't gotten the memo. What gives? This five-question quiz will help you pinpoint your problem — and get your weight moving in the right …

Fitness

How to give your kids money without losing half of it to taxes

If you want to leave your children a generous amount of money in your will, the federal estate tax may eat up a large chunk of their inheritance.<p>That tax only kicks in if your money and property — your "estate" — exceeds a certain amount, which the IRS adjusts each year based on inflation. For …

Science Knows Exactly How Often You Should Be Having Sex

It's less frequently than you might think.<p>According to a new study, it turns out that many satisfied couples spend most nights reading in their pajamas instead of having sex. Researchers at the University of Toronto collected data from surveys of 30,000 Americans over the past 40 years to see if …

Relationships

Why Jesus Wants Everyone to Part the Waters of Evangelical Christianity

I had a friend deny my invitation to a Progressive Christian bible study that incorporates mindful meditation like this:<p>"Hey Angie! Hmm...I believe there are some assumptions/practices involved in mindfulness that are unbiblical and for me to go would be participating in something I believe God …

The single most effective step to start getting rich, from a 78-year-old personal finance classic

Their wealth all started with one emotion, he argues: <b>desire.</b><p>"Wishing will not bring riches," he writes in "Think and Grow Rich," the culmination of his interviews with Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and hundreds of other successful people.<p>"But desiring riches with a state of mind …

12 Life-Changing Lessons Learned in Japan

Living in foreign country, or even just visiting, can be a life-changing experience. No one returns to their home country the same person as when they left. Here are some of the things I've brought back from Japan, where the people walk the talk!<p><b>1. Return favors, no matter …

These bad money habits are keeping you from getting rich

It's no secret that spending more than you earn is bad for your budget. But there are some not-so-obvious habits that can lead your finances astray.<p>"The easiest way to becoming a millionaire for most people besides discipline is automation, priorities and goal setting," said Cary Carbonaro, a …

Personal Finance

20 Common Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

When you lose weight, your body fights back.You may be able to lose quite a lot of weight at first, without much effort.However, weight loss may slow …

Fitness

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People | Inc.com

Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly successful people are able to get a lot more things done, and here are simple ways you can too.<p>1. They eliminate every …

Time Management