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From $1,000 a Night, to $1,000 a Month

In February of this year, my husband and I quit our well-paid and exciting jobs, left California and the company we helped build, and set off to travel the world. Our goal: live on $1,000 (each) a month.<p>This isn't a particularly difficult thing to do if you don't <b>do</b> much, but we had big plans. We …

Summer 2013 Guide to Los Angeles

With a coastline rivaling the most beautiful in the world, weather typically less humid than many other big American cities, and tourist attractions …

Los Angeles

11 Insanely Beautiful Bodies Of Water (PHOTOS)

It's pretty hard to beat sitting lakefront or on the beach, enjoying the serene setting and beautiful views.<p>But how about swimming in rainbow-colored, crystal-clear or geothermal waters?<p><b>Click through the slideshow below to check out some of the world's most unbelievable bodies of water</b>

Pilot Lands Plane With iPad App, Help Of TSA Agent After Electronics And Navigation System Malfunction

Moments after Raymond Cody took flight Tuesday morning, the instrument panel in his cockpit malfunctioned and his navigation system gave out. The pilot, who was flying a single-engine plane across western Colorado to Grand Junction Regional Airport, continued to head toward his original …

In Milano, The 1% Salutes the 99% with a Massive Middle Finger

Milano may be Italy's no-nonsense business and banking capital, but locals still have a sense of humor. Here's a new listing (from my upcoming Rick Steves' Italy guidebook for 2014) about a new monument that has quickly become a fixture:<p>Piazza degli Affari and a towering middle finger mark the …

Can you spot the climber's kayak in this week's extreme photo? Jonathan Siegrist climbs in the Verdon Gorge, France, Photograph by Keith Ladzinski

5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Honeymoons

Few travel decisions are as weighty as deciding where to honeymoon. No surprise many newlyweds choose all-inclusive resorts: Pay one price and leave …


18 Best U.S. Summer Music Festivals: From Bonnaroo to EDC (PHOTOS)

Jean Trinh rounds up the best music festivals in the U.S., with artists like Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails.<p>Julie Jacobson/AP, Brian Spady/Spady …

Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro takes some pretty fantastic photos above water, but his underwater photos are made extra magical

Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro takes some pretty fantastic photos above water, but his underwater photos are made extra magical.<p>You’ll spot sharks, coral, and fish of the likes we’ve never seen before.

Coca-Cola’s New Can Splits in Half So You Can Really Share the Happiness

Ogilvy France and Ogilvy Asia-Pacific joined forces to make a can that splits in half for Coca-Cola, the most literal extension of the brand's global …

Advertising Industry

10 Ridiculous Ads That Will Make You Say WTF?! (PHOTOS)

Looks like these people should’ve thought twice before putting up posters, billboards, and magazine advertisements.<p>Whether these inappropriate ads were intentional or not, one thing is for sure, they will most definitely have you saying, “WTF?!”<p><b>Doesn't Sound Like Something You Want To</i> …


Undercover at Disney: 'Deplorable' scheme to skip lines

<i>TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen takes you to Disneyland to show you what many call a shameful trick to skip the lines on rides.</i><p>It's made headlines recently. We all know how frustrating it is, waiting in those long lines at Disney. But now some families are cheating the …

Teen Who Killed Girlfriend's Parents, Drove Around With Body In Trunk, Convicted Of First-Degree Murder

A teenager who killed his girlfriend's parents, drove around for party supplies with one of the bodies in the trunk of the deceased's car and buried …


McDonald's Admits Salads Only Make Up 2 To 3 Percent Of Sales

Who actually buys McDonald’s salads? It’s a question many of us have asked ourselves. The answer, you may have guessed, is just about no one.<p>Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson admitted Wednesday that salads make up just 2-3 percent of the fast food chain’s U.S. restaurant sales, Bloomberg News …


How-To: Galaxy Twist Bleach and Tie Dye Shirt

Try a fun take on traditional tie dye with this galaxy twist bleach and tie dye shirt tutorial from iLoveToCreate designer Lauri Eaton!<p>Ready to give it a try? Head over to iLoveToCreate to see the full how-to!


How to Use Bleach to Make Your Own Custom T-Shirts

Summer style is all about the t-shirt. Actually, style all year round is pretty t-shirt-friendly, but few things beat a lazy Saturday spent in cutoffs, your favorite tee, and a pair of flip flops. But who says that classic tee has to be plain? Using a bit of bleach, water, and a few basic DIY …


Playin’ Around: 10 Outdoor Games Perfect for a Long Weekend

The first three-day weekend and the unofficial start of summer is almost here. Get ready for those BBQs, picnics, and pool parties with these 10 games that you can buy or DIY.<p>1. DIY Lawn Bananagrams: Word nerds rejoice! These jumbo Bananagrams tiles just require some cardboard and paint or a poster …


Make a Magnetic Map Bulletin Board

• Silver-tone tray, $1<br>• Old map, on hand<br>• Spray paint, on hand or about $3<br>• Mod Podge, on hand<br>• Magnets, on hand or $1

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On the Phone in Ireland

This is the season when we have all hands on deck. That means nearly all our guides are busy leading our tours -- and nearly all our researchers and co-authors are busy updating our guidebooks. I'll be working on our Italy and Spain books this spring. Pat O'Connor, the co-author of our Rick Steves' …