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A new app called SparkStarter offers a fresh twist on online dating: Matchmaking

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? A new online dating service called SparkStarter launched this week, promising to help singles find romance — with a little help from their friends.<p>Okay, so if I had a dollar for every time a new app promised to revolutionize a particular industry, I’d probably …

The best free things to do in Athens

Soaking up Athens life doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s a reasonably priced city to begin with, and you’ll find that if you pick a basic hotel, most cash ends up going toward dining in trendier restaurants or sipping high-end cocktails, if that’s what you’re into. Need to economise? There are …

European Travel

Baroque n stroll: two days in Vienna

As the former HQ of the Hapsburg Empire, the Austrian capital has a flabbergasting stash of cultural and art treasures – more than you could ever hope to see in a lifetime. But with 48 hours on your hands, you can easily take in some of the city’s trophy sights: baroque palaces bejewelled with …

European Travel

How to Be a Good Traveler in 10 Easy Steps

Those who leave their homes for temporary jaunts to other places can be sorted into three basic categories:<p>Tourists, travelers, and good travelers.<p>(Notice that last one wasn’t capitalized — this isn’t about me.)<p>I owe many of my most memorable trips to the serendipitous kindness of strangers, and am …

The world's greatest walking trails

I Heart My City: Diana’s Milan

Texas native <b>Diana Skok Corridori</b> traded the Lone Star State for the Old Country when she moved to Milan to live with her Italian husband. In addition to raising her two sons, she spends her time writing about the quirks and beauty of life in northern Italy through her travel blog Vino Vita Viaggi. …

Israel Through a Traveller's Eyes

"Please be careful, love," my Nana said over the telephone from Australia as I announced I was flying from London to Israel in a matter of days. …

Israel

How to travel light (and live cheaply)

Shed your load and hit the road. Forget the laptops, party frocks and vast first aid kits - go back to basics and your experience will be liberating. …

Backpacking

10 must-have networking tools

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>A great deal of my career success is rooted in my ability to understand and grow meaningful relationships, which many people refer to as “networking.” While I came of age in the pre-digital era where Palm Pilots were “state of the …

Networking

9 of the best trips for under £700

Travel budget looking tight? Sign up to one of these great-value trips – and go further than you ever thought possible for £700<p>1. Discovering</b> …

Asia Travel

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

Scuba Diving

Guide to Patagonia: what to do, how to do it, and where to stay

Forty years ago this month, Bruce Chatwin visited Patagonia and his subsequent book lit a beacon for the remote region in many travellers’ minds. Chris Moss picks the highlights among its peaks, glaciers and lakes<p>For my first forays into Patagonia, in the 1990s, I left behind my guidebooks and …

Snapselect: A Simple Mac App That Wants to Make Sorting and Selecting Photos Easier

Launched today, Snapselect is a new Mac app by Macphun that’s designed to help picture takers cut down on clutter and save disk space. It’s a photo …

The airport of the future

The airport of the future will be less like a sprawling bus depot and more like a large, sustainable park.<p>The number of passengers and aircraft are set to double by 2033, according to Jack Plunkett, CEO of Plunkett Research, a firm specializing in the travel industry. To adapt to the growing …

How to Transfer Mobile Photos to Lightroom using Dropbox

If you’re like me, you probably take a lot of photos and video with your mobile phone. The images I get with my iPhone are what I call my “memory” …

I Heart My City: Arianna’s Milan

<b>Arianna Malacrida</b> hails from a small town just outside Milan, but decided to make the move to the big city while studying media and communications. After spending a lot of time couch surfing, she settled on a flat in the Porta Genova neighborhood and started sharing her insider intelligence about …

Marti’s San Sebastián

<b>Marti Buckley Kilpatrick</b>, an American journalist and cook, has called San Sebastián home for the past three years. This food aficionado with a passion for Basque culinary culture–whether in <i>pintxo</i> form or at a five-hour lunch–points to an ancient local proverb that translates to <i>“Wherever your</i> …

Dearbhaill’s Galway

<b>Dearbhaill</b> <b>Standún</b> <b></b>and her husband own and operate a restored 17th-century “hill village,” Cnoc Suain, just a short drive from <b>Galway city</b> on Ireland’s west coast. Though the Gaelic speaker and musician loves her rural retreat in the ruggedly beautiful Connemara district, she cherishes her time in …

Elena’s St. Petersburg

<b>Elena Kozlova</b> relocated to St. Petersburg from another city in Russia in 2006 to pursue higher education, but her love for the city made her stick around after she claimed her degree. These days she holds a corporate job and shares her insider intel with the Spotted By Locals community in her spare …

Erna’s Dublin

Originally from a small town in northwestern Ireland, <b>Erna O’Connor</b> first came to <b>Dublin</b> to attend Trinity College in the 1980s. She now works at the preeminent institution, as a lecturer at its School of Social Work and Social Policy. Erna finds that Dublin’s friendly people, cultural vibrancy, and …

Clive’s Valletta (Malta)

Clive Cortis has spent the past 40 years in Malta and doesn’t “regret one single year.” He spends his days as a certified tour guide, showing off the things he loves about the island’s capital city of Valletta. From sandy beaches to exceptional nightlife, here are some of Clive’s favorite things …

Paul’s Johannesburg

Travel journalist <b>Paul Steyn</b> hails from Jozi, or <b>Johannesburg</b>–South Africa’s largest city. After serving as a guide throughout Africa for some years, he went on to edit a prominent travel magazine in Africa. Right now he’s a freelance writer and photographer focused on covering eco-forward …

Pamela’s Quebec City

Quebec City resident <b>Pamela MacNaughtan</b> left her career behind to pursue her dream of long-term travel in 2010, and hasn’t looked back. This self-proclaimed “bacon addict” isn’t only led by her taste buds; she’s also attracted to the unusual and adventurous side of travel. She’s toured working …

10 of the best snorkelling destinations

Don a mask and fins and ready yourself for the ten best reef encounters in the world...<p>1. Madagascar<p>Turquoise waters, coral reefs, lemurs and more …

The best tropical holiday destinations in Asia for under £40

White sand, azure sea and palm trees on your doorstep … from India to Indonesia we round up Asia’s best affordable winter-sun idylls • See hotels in Africa & Indian Ocean | Australia | South America | Central America & Caribbean<p><b>Cambodia</b><p><b>Treehouse, Koh Rong</b><br>Cambodia’s second-largest island, Koh Rong, …

The world's 7 scariest walking tracks and bike trails

Afraid of heights? Terrified of falling to a grisly death? Best look away now as we venture along some of the world's hairiest trails.<p>1. El Caminito …

10 Mobile Photography Tips to Better Mobile Photos

Tip 01<p>Look for Leading Lines<p>With Pei Ketron<p>Pei's Advice:<p>When composing, look for lines (literal or figurative) that will provide a sense of movement …

Current Brings A Better Version Of Facebook To The Mac Desktop

A recently launched app called Current turns Facebook into a native application for the Mac desktop. The app offers an alternative to regularly (or perhaps obsessively?) checking the Facebook site in an open browser tab, with support for Facebook Messenger, photos, videos, customizable …

How the CEOs of Airbnb & Pinterest taught Stanford students to build billion-dollar teams (in 7 quotes)

Stanford continues its wildly popular course on building Internet empires. Every week, investor Sam Altman brings in new Silicon Valley celebrities to spill novel secrets. Recently, they held a special two-week series on how to build great culture.<p>Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and Pinterest CEO Ben …