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8 specialty websites that let you book a luxury hotel room for cheap

Insiders know where to book a luxe hotel on the cheap. Of course there are the major online travel agencies like Priceline, Orbitz, and Hotels.com, but those are just a starting point for in-the-know travelers.<p>Here are eight websites that let you book luxury hotels for less.

Hospitality

What You Can Learn From Three Influential Street Photographers

Street photography continues to be a growing area in the industry. More and more people enjoy it and are learning how hard it is to get it right. …

Street Photography

A father goes 'badass' to save his family

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you'd seen him in the crowded room that night, you might not have given him a second look.<p>He was the frail old man in a wheelchair. He wore a black ascot cap, a burgundy tie and a gray tweed jacket that covered his 140-pound frame. Ba Van Nguyen couldn't speak, could barely move; just a …

Vietnam

Transcendental Meditation Makes A Comeback, With The Aim Of Giving Back

Transcendental meditation (TM) has been having a renaissance in recent years: Celebrities, businesspeople, and regular folk are practicing it in record numbers. Last week, the David Lynch Foundation, the major non-profit champion of TM, hosted an event in New York City at which public figures like …

Meditation

What’s your favorite f-stop?

When I was a photo student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, we had a parade of photography legends come through and speak. But the …

Shutter Speed

F-Stop Explained

Part of becoming a great photographer is understanding the science behind how photographs are captured in the first place. Dylan Bennett makes that …

Adoption: CNN's Michaela Pereira shares her story - CNN.com

This is my big sister Darlene and me a few months after I was adopted. To this day, even though we are both grown, she's still my big sis.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Michaela's family photo album<p>Michaela's family photo album<p>Michaela's family photo album<p>Michaela's family photo album<p>Michaela's family photo …

Event-o-Rama: 5 Must-Dos in October

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in October:</b><p>For the last half century, thousands of spectators have been drawn to the river that separates <b>Boston</b> and <b>Cambridge</b> to witness the world’s largest rowing competition—the <b>Head of</b> …

Anthony Bourdain Has Become The Future Of Cable News, And He Couldn’t Care Less

The host of CNN’s Parts Unknown (starting again on Sunday) wants to make a great show–and challenge some cultural assumptions.<p>“Ready to eat well?” asks Anthony Bourdain.<p>The chef turned TV star is leading the way toward a pair of narrow seats at the New York outpost of a Michelin-rated Tokyo …

The Little-Known Story of How The Shawshank Redemption Became One of the Most Beloved Films of All Time

A dud at the box office when it opened 20 years ago this week, The Shawshank Redemption now perennially tops IMDb’s favorite-movies list—the ultimate in “guy cry” cinema. A story of studio maneuvering, big paychecks deferred, and well-earned roof suds.<p>The odds of a successful jailbreak are never …

The myth of religious violence

As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging through the Middle East, tearing apart the modern nation-states of Syria and Iraq created by departing European colonialists, it may be difficult to believe we are living in the 21st century. The sight of throngs of terrified refugees …

When you're the only white person in the room

<b>(CNN) —</b> Flip open Amanda Shaffer's high school yearbook, and you'll notice something that stands out even more than her classmates' earnest smiles and big hairdos.<p>Only a handful of white faces appear among the portraits of African-American students -- flecks of white on a canvas of black and brown. …

Best Budget Destinations for 2014

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Jamie Beckman, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these …

23 Latin American Destinations That Prove There's A Lot More To See Than Rio And Buenos Aires

It's no secret that Latin America houses many of this planet's most jaw-dropping destinations. Spotlight countries such as Brazil continue to be among our favorites due to the beautiful beaches, cities and colonial sights that easily captivate those who find themselves in constant wanderlust.<p>You …

10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We've got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

10 Easy Shrimp Recipes Everyone Will Love

<b>1. Ginger, Garlic & Chili Shrimp</b><p>In this quick and easy recipe -- adapted from The Splendid Table's <i>How To Eat Supper</i> by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift -- jumbo shrimp are bathed in a brine flavored with salt, sugar and chili powder, and then sautéed with loads of fresh ginger and garlic. It's …

To be young, Syrian and a refugee in the streets of Beirut

Spencer Platt/Getty Images<p>BEIRUT — Jihad is a Syrian boy from Homs who sells flowers on the streets of Beirut. His earnings pay for his family’s food and housing. He fled Syria with his family when the conflict broke out there three years ago. His hands, clothes and face are smudged with black …

How to Get Super Sharp Landscape Photography Images

If you want to learn how to get super sharp landscape photography images, here’s my list of top tips - it's not as hard as you might think.

Landscape Photography

The Laundry Care Tech That Will Change Your Routine

A less-than-thrilling chore just got easier.<p>Thanks to the latest laundry-care equipment and technology, a less-than-thrilling chore just got easier.

Escape to Turkey's Otherworldly Landscape

This rocky wonderland was shaped by millions of years of natural phenomena—but human hands performed equally incredible works here.<p>Erosion shaped the incredible landscape of Turkey's Göreme valley, but thousands of years ago humans took a cue from Mother Nature and began carving an incredible …

Archaeology

Niue, the Pacific island struggling to cope as its population plummets

It was a school once, but there are no children here any more. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punchbag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: “Keep this place clean so it stays beautiful.”<p>While much …

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, …

25 unnecessary but desirable travel gadgets | CNN Travel

Why we loved - and hated - 'Forrest Gump'

It's a heartwarming, epic journey through defining events of the late 20th century, as seen through the eyes of a dim-witted but honorable hero whose life is a testament to small-town American values.<p>It's an overrated, manipulative tearjerker that glosses over a turbulent period of U.S. history and …

Be Happy, Do This: Hand-Written Tips From Malcolm Gladwell, Roman Mars, And More

Design student Graham McMullin is asking one person a day to document what makes him or her happy, then testing those suggestions himself.<p>How do you exercise your inalienable right to pursue happiness? Graham McMullin, a student at School of Visual Arts in New York City, decided to take an …

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: <i>mise-en-place.</i><p>The “Meez,” as …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …