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TripAdvisor's 'Destinations on the Rise' in 2018

TripAdvisor used a data-driven way to name its "Destinations on the Rise," looking at millions of reviews on its site to determine venues and destinations that saw the greatest positive increases last year. Based on that actvity, plus searches and bookings, TripAdvisor tabbed 10 travel hotspots in …

27 must-have travel apps for every step of your journey

Travel is one of the industries that has completely transformed by the smartphone evolution and as a result, there is an abundance of ingenious apps designed to make your trips easy to plan, cheaper, well-informed and more enjoyable.<p>Short of literally packing your bags and rooting out your …

Celebrate Your Inner Artist With 16 Watercolor DIYs

Looking for weekend or staycation plans? We’re big fans of a stellar DIY, and one of our favorite decor trends at the moment is dreamy, ethereal watercolor. The technique can be applied to pretty much every and any project. Case in point? The 16 we’ve just brought your way. So strap on a smock and …

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Derek Jeter's request for day off a first in 20-year career

BOSTON – At 4:30 p.m. ET Friday, the New York Yankees had still not posted the lineup for the opening game of their season-ending series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. In itself, that was rather unusual.<p>When Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked what his lineup was, he had to pause and …

5 Not-to-Be-Missed River Cruise Itineraries

<i>Sherry Laskin / CruiseMaven.com</i><p>If a cruise sounds appealing but the idea of spending your vacation with 4,500 other guests isn't your cup of tea, it might be time to rethink setting sail on the ocean. You might be ready for a slower-paced river cruise.<p>But with so many riverboats and itineraries to …

Mr. October on Mr. November

Derek Jeter has been the face of our game for quite a while, but there's no way you could have predicted a career like he's had. Just as you couldn't for Michael Jordan or Jim Brown or Franco Harris or Bart Starr or Tom Brady or Joe Montana.<p>Greatness has to happen, and many of the ingredients that …

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Fear running short of cash in retirement? What to do

One of our biggest fears is that we haven't saved enough for retirement.<p>It's time to stop worrying about it and start doing something. The fact is, there are a growing number of options.<p>The answer may not necessarily be working in your current job through retirement. Many of us don't realize it, …

Music streaming services hit a high note

Downloading music is so, like, 2010. These days, many music fans prefer to stream music from online services that offer a buffet-style approach.<p>While there are some shortcomings — streaming music requires an Internet connection, you don't own the music, and generally speaking, audio quality can be …

Classic San Francisco

See San Francisco photos in this gallery from National Geographic’s Ultimate City Guide for San Francisco.

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How to do Sydney on a Budget

Own a tablet? Grab these 5 accessories

You probably love your tablet for multiple reasons: It's thin and light; using your fingertips is intuitive; it's fun to read e-books on it; and there's no shortage of downloadable apps that are free or close to it.<p>Even with all the benefits — especially compared to your aging laptop — you can …

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

10 Stupid Mistakes You Need to Stop Making on Vacation

Credit: Flickr User David Amsler<p>If you've ever lived in a tourist town, then you know that clueless visitors are often more trouble than they (or their wallets) are worth. And because you've likely tripped over enough clueless clods, you'd also likely know how NOT to be one when you're the …

How to Make Scrap Fabric Twine

Whenever I work on a sewing or quilting project, I always end up with leftover bits and pieces of fabric that I simply can’t bear to throw away. (I mean, it might be useful someday!) As a result, I have almost as much scrap fabric in my stash as actual useful yardage. And, it would seem that I’m …

Canonization gives inspiration to all: Column

Even non-Catholics can celebrate sainthood for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.<p>When two Princes of the Church achieved sainthood Sunday, non-Catholics had something to celebrate as well. Through canonizing Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, the church faithful recognized that their saintly lives …

Royals pose for selfies on Down Under tour

Presidents and prime ministers have done it, so why not the young royals?<p>Prince William and Duchess Kate posed in fans' selfies during a walkabout in Sydney on Wednesday.<p>It isn't the first time someone with a smartphone and a selfie obsession has enlisted a royal. It isn't even the first time it's …

Free Things to Do in Sydney

Urban and rugged, adventurous and chic, Sydney is a city that has it all. Its position as a booming global destination gives it a reputation for expensive taste, but the truth is that its down-to-earth design gives families plenty of opportunities to explore for free. Even some of Sydney's most …

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10 essential tips for European train travel

You get to the station on time, find your platform, and hop on the train, right? Not so fast. When it comes to European rail travel, the decisions that will shape your trip start long before you step foot on the train. And while a train journey can be enjoyable and relaxing -- with unmatched …

Prince George delights in most-watched play date ever

All babies are cute to somebody, but a royal baby and future king may be the cutest of them all, as Prince George proved Wednesday in New Zealand at what is being called the most watched play date ever.<p>On Day Three of the Cambridge trio's — George and parents Prince William and Duchess Kate of …

Thirty years later, remembering how Colts' move went down

INDIANAPOLIS — Looking back three decades, it all happened so fast.<p>Rick Russell was having lunch at the Indianapolis Athletic Club on March 28, 1984, when a phone was brought to his table. It was Johnny B. Smith, Mayflower CEO and chairman. Russell, president of Mayflower's moving operations, had …

The NFL banned yet another touchdown celebration

Thank goodness Tony Gonzalez retired when he did.<p>On Tuesday, NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino announced that Gonzalez’s signature touchdown celebration — the goalpost dunk — will be banned starting with the 2014 season. Blandino told <i>The Dan Patrick Show</i> that dunks will be penalized this year …

You tell us: More iPhone and iPad tips and tricks

SAN FRANCISCO — Who can't benefit from a few good tips and tricks for a smartphone or tablet? Contributor Jennifer Jolly weighed in this weekend to offer a few favorites for Apple's iPhone and iPad, and readers chimed in with even more. Here's a sampling:<p>Reader Tim Pease offered up insights on …

6 reasons curling is the best Olympic sport

<i>Today’s big winner:</i> <b>Curling</b><p>It’s time for an intervention, Earth.<p>It happens every four years. Curling comes on, you point and laugh, curling goes away. The same jokes are always made. How hard is it to throw a rock? If using a broom is an Olympic sport, than I’m an Olympian every day. How can you …

Is it a cold or the flu? Severity is a tell-tale sign

With flu season likely to peak in January or February, experts say fever and severity of symptoms are key to differentiating between influenza and the common cold.<p>Catching a cold — or even worse, the flu — is common this time of the year when close contact with others, busy schedules and stress …

10 great apps for your new tablet

If you're new to the world of tablets, it's not surprising that you might not know where to start. You'll hear a lot of talk about "apps." Apps are applications. Think of them as software programs customized for your tablet.<p>They are available through an already installed app you'll find on your …

Psy has top video of the year on YouTube

LOS ANGELES — For the second year in a row, South Korean rapper Psy had the most viewed video of the year on YouTube, with the song <i>Gentleman</i>.<p>YouTube, which released its annual chart of the top trending and viewed videos of the year Wednesday, said Psy's follow-up to <i>Gangnam Style</i> had 598 million …

JFK: The moments before the moment everything changed

America was a different place before 12:29 p.m. CT Nov. 22, 1963.<p>Almost all Americans over 55 remember when they learned John F. Kennedy had been shot. And almost all Americans, regardless of age, know something about that moment 50 years ago, when everything seemed to change.<p>But what about the …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …