Amit Ramani

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The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco

<i>This originally appeared on</i> <i>TheCooperReview.com</i><i>.</i><p>After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly …

The 25 cheapest airports to fly into in Europe

A combination of a strong dollar and a weaker euro means this summer may be the perfect time for you to book a trip across the pond.<p>However, some European airports are cheaper than others to fly into.<p>Cheapflights.com ranked the 25 airports in Europe that are cheapest to fly into from the US, based …

Air Travel

7 Florida Beaches Locals Want to Keep Secret

<i>By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz blog</i><p>Panama City Beach is the go-to destination for Spring Break. Miami's South Beach is a playground for the beautiful people. And Key West has been lauded by everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Kenny Chesney. But with 663 miles of beaches, Florida still holds a few …

National Geographic Travel

9 black-and-white mobile camera apps go mono a mono

Monochrome is back in fashion — as if it every really left. Despite the ubiquity of color images native to digital cameras, the drama of black and white photography is being rediscovered and people are once again connecting with its subtle beauty.<p>Manipulating monochromatic tonal ranges or unicolor …

These are the 25 most popular mobile apps in America

In its latest mobile app report, comScore tracks the 25 most popular apps in the US. This is an interesting slice of the App Store, as it highlights active usage, not just one-time downloads or recent popularity.<p>Some observations:<p><b>Facebook is by far the top app,</b> with 115.4 million unique visitors in …

Apps

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

The essential guide to backpacking China's Silk Road

The section of the ancient Silk Road that runs through China is an epic journey through desert dunes to the end of the Great Wall, a length of pink mud that ends abruptly in the magnificent beige towers of the Jiayuguan Fort.<p>This is not a voyage that many travellers experience; it's often and …

Asia Travel

Maryland: Float the Yough River

<b>White-water raft the scenic and wild Youghiogheny River.</b> <b><br>What Is It:</b> A white-water paddling trip on the fantastic Youghiogheny, known as the Yough, a river that begins its journey through Maryland in gently rolling farmlands only to cut north through some of the state’s most rugged mountain …

The 50 Best US Tourist Attractions You've Never Heard Of

Everyone has heard of the Empire State Building in New York, but do you know about Upstate New York's Letchworth State Park, unofficially dubbed the Grand Canyon of the East? How about the Lost Sea in Tennessee, which is the country's largest underground lake?<p>We've put together a list of the …

National Parks

America’s Best Road Trips

The country's best ribbons of highway are more than just means to the end. From California valleys to Hawaiian isles, these highways are destinations …

National Parks

America's Most Beautiful Gardens (Photos)

Deep in the Bronx, there's a place where the incessant hum of New York City disappears. A river flows along the edge of an old-growth forest, where songbirds serenade in the canopy of massive maples, oaks, and chestnuts that have stood unmoved since the American Revolution.<p>Sound like an urban myth? …

New York City

A Texas Couple Quit Their Jobs, Sold Their Home, And Traveled To 10 Countries In 6 Months

"One night we were talking about how great it would be to just take some time off and travel, so we took out a piece of paper and wrote down our dream destinations," Seth Hanson told Business Insider. "Our lists turned out almost identical."<p>Wasting no time, they decided to start actually planning …

South America

5 of the Best Places to Stay In Sri Lanka

By Maria Russo<p>Sri Lanka may just be the most beautiful place on earth (in my humble opinion), so staying at chic boutique properties only adds to an otherwise special experience.<p>We always seek out hotels that adopt sustainable and socially responsible practices, and if none are available in the …

Asia Travel

National Geographic Travel

Bitcoin hits $1,000 for the first time

The virtual currency Bitcoin, a decentralized form of money that approximates cash on the internet, has never been worth more. The price of a single bitcoin has soared above $1,000 on Mt. Gox, one of the main exchanges where the currency is bought and sold. As of this writing, the price is $1,020 …

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Leaking Secrets

FT. MEADE, Md. -- Bradley Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, was …

Surveillance

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama<p>• Read the Verizon court order in full here • Obama administration justifies surveillance<p>The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of …