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Swimming Pools

The secrets of the world's best travel photographer

Marsel van Oosten offers an unusual kind of holiday. First, he doesn’t tell you where you are going, then he asks you to keep the destination a secret once you have seen it.<p>The holiday in question, with the photography tour company run by van Oosten and his wife, includes the swamplands of …

Recipe for vegan birthday cake with chocolate frosting.

This is a banner day: There are not one but <i>two</i> secret ingredients in this <b>genius chocolate cake</b>. They help make the whole thing vegan (so that …

Dessert

10 secret places in Paris you would never discover on your own

SECRET TOUR GUIDE and filmmaker Mathieu Stern reveals the top 10 secret places to discover in Paris.<p>1 – Jardin alpin (Map)<br>Nestled in the heart of the …

The Essential Guide to the Cotswolds

falkland<p>Photo: Jo Rodgers<p>No stretch of England is more romanticized than the Cotswolds. An afternoon’s drive from London, there is barely time for a bar of Cadbury Fruit & Nut before you’re zooming through low-slung limestone villages and rolling green. The region encompasses some of the prettiest …

There Are No Roads in This Town, Just Waterways

Giethoorn, Holland is the kind of city that storybook scenes are made of. Here's why: There are no roads. Instead, the entire city is linked by a …

Travel

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do anything, do this first …

Entrepreneurship

The Least-Visited States In America, And Why You Should Go To Each

<i>By: Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit: Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism (edited)</i><p>Even the most travelled Americans have a few gaps in the "where I've been" map, especially when we're talking about missing states. It's a big country out there and clocking all 50 is a bucket list accomplishment. But which ones …

27 Stunning Lakeside Campsites

Photo by Matthew Hosford, Explorer for The Outbound<p>There's something special about waking up at sunrise to a glassy mountain lake outside your tent. If you're ready to make this a reality, check out this list of lakeside campsites and start planning your next adventure.<p>1. Mono Lake<p>California | Car …

Hiking

19 Little Things that Will Make You a Better Man

<b>3. A breath mint.</b><p><b>4. A brown bag.</b> Pack a turkey-on-wheat most of the workweek and you'll save enough for a better TV by year's end.<p><b>5. A lunchtime reservation—one that doesn't involve a drive-thru.</b> All those sack lunches earn you a fine meal in a steak house every couple of weeks. Life ain't a</b> …

10 Underrated Travel Destinations in Europe.

By College Tourist - Author, Alex Mathews, Davidson College.<p>If you want to branch out from the major European destinations while abroad, check out this list to add some great cities to your travel bucket list.<p>Chances are, when you studied abroad in Europe, you made sure to visit cities like London, …

European Travel

How to Retire a Millionaire on a $40,000 Salary

Many people think that becoming a millionaire is a result of a major event, like selling a company in Silicon Valley. In reality, you can make $1 …

Seven Perfect Days in Belize

I have been traveling to <b>Belize</b> every year for more than a decade and am already planning my next trip.<p>Why? As the only English-speaking country in Central America, as well as one of its smallest (it’s about the size of New Jersey), Belize is surprisingly easy to navigate. Local residents are …

The investing for a living retirement model

Well, its finally time to put it out there. Since I started blogging I’ve been trying to build a base of background posts to get me to this point. …

Perform a quarterly checkup on your portfolio with these 4 steps

Investors remained in risk-on mode, pushing up the returns of small-cap and biotech stocks, a broad swath of foreign-equity names, as well as junk and long-duration bonds. The net effect of that appreciation is that even investors who haven't been actively adding to those categories may find …

Investing

The Best Way To Invest For Retirement

Turn on CNBC for two minutes and it’s easy to believe you need to stop everything and invest in the hot stocks the “experts” are recommending and get out — NOW! — of the ones they’re bearish about.<p>Chris Minnucci, author of the ironically titled <i>The Death of Buy and Hold: How Not to Outlive Your</i> …

Investing

China for beginners: 7 first-timer fails to avoid on your trip to Beijing

Beijing's contradictions create a rip-roaring adventure for first-time visitors. Neon lights flash alongside swaying lanterns. Enormous squares yawn next to labyrinthine <i>hútòng</i> (alleyways). Catcalling market sellers and car horns provide a constant soundtrack.<p>In a city as deafening as it is …

Loneliness

10 Commandments for a Smart and Simple Life

My husband Thom and I have been on the path of simplifying our lives for several years. Every now and then we like to sit down and discuss ways we can better live that example. So while we don't consider ourselves experts on the subject, we do think it's helpful to list what we consider to be most …

Minimalism

How To Protect Your Retirement Fund from a Stock Market Crash

The stock market is volatile, yet most of us store our retirement savings in its unpredictable clutches. So what do you do when the stock market …

Investing

The 30 Best Trips of 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

Adventure Travel

7 Underrated Cities in Italy You Have to Visit on Study Abroad

<b>A guide to some of Italy's beautiful hidden gems</b><p>By Nina Truong, Emory University.<p>When someone says "Italy", you immediately think of major cities like, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. However, Italy has a lot more than these four major cities. Each city in Italy has very distinct architecture …

Italy

51 of the Best Breakfast Recipes Ever

Waking up is never easy, but breakfast food makes the prospect a whole lot sunnier.<p>Put some coffee on and get cookin'.<p><b>Monkey-Bread Danish</b><p>Danish meets monkey bread. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Red Velvet Pancakes</b><p>Sexiest breakfast ever. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Onion & Arugula Frittata</b><p>Served straight out of the pan. <b>Get the</b> …

Breakfast

15 Pictures That Will Change The Way You See The World

A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest.

8 Travel Apps That Work Better Than A Guidebook

<i>by Emily Price</i><p>Skip pricey bus or walking tours on your next trip and instead download these apps, which offer historical insight and cool bits of trivia about areas around the world. Bonus: you won't have to lug around a guidebook.<p>Photo: Image Source / Alamy<p>Walking tours are a great way to learn …

Apps

10 Delicious Barefoot Contessa Recipes

Enjoy these easy and incredible recipes from Ina Garten.<p>Ina Garten knows how to create a memorable feast. From savory beef stew to delicious mac and cheese, you too can wow your guests with these easy recipes from the Barefoot Contessa.

Carrick best reads: How to ratchet down risk in your retirement savings

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>How to ratchet down risk in your retirement savings</b><br>An extremely smart piece that argues for reducing the stock market risk in your retirement portfolio before a …

Retirement

25 Ways to Get Smarter About Money Right Now

Small steps that can make a big difference.<p>Retirement planning is serious business that requires diligence and patience. But a quick tip, or even an …

Retirement

5 Ways to Invest Smarter at Any Age

The key is settling on the right stock/bond mix and sticking to your guns. Here's how.<p><i>Welcome to Day 4 of MONEY’s 10-day Financial Fitness program.</i> …

Retirement

How To Turn Your Retirement Savings Into Retirement Income

One of the most common questions we get from people about to retire is how to turn their retirement savings into retirement income. After all, for most of our life, retirement planning is about accumulating a nest egg. What to do with that nest egg when we actually retire is a whole different ball …

Retirement