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Amazon and Alibaba square off in Southeast Asia

<b>BANGKOK</b> Shoppers in Southeast Asia have long been wondering when Amazon.com will start offering its e-commerce services in their region.<p>Local and …

11 Tips on How to Take Street Photos Like a Pro on Your Next Trip Abroad: A Journey through Cuba

After posting a few photos on my social media from a weekend trip to Cuba, friends came to me with questions about how I was able to get such ‘up close and personal’ photographs in this short amount of time. This inspired me to share my process and some personal suggestions as to how you can get …

Who is Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea's €40m signing?

Much like voters on the day after, with the news that Chelsea are gazumping all other suitors, you might be frantically googling this morning just who Michy Batshuayi might be (beyond just his status as a good signing on FIFA or FM). Let us save you some trouble.<p>Michy Batshuayi is a 22-year-old …

The top 17 startups to launch so far in 2016

While the start of 2016 might have spelled trouble for some well-established startups, it also saw the birth of companies tackling things like a cure for cancer, superfast internet, and competition for Uber.<p>Business Insider spoke to founders and venture capitalists and took a look at funding data …

Fumio Sasaki gave away the majority of his possessions and now lives with just the bare essentials<p>Fumio Sasaki’s one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meagre scattering of various other …

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Ten Places That Deserve More Travelers

Head off the typical tourist trail to explore these surprising destinations.<p>Armenia<p><b>The Situation on the Ground:</b> Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the tiny Caucasus country of Armenia has often been associated with conflict. The country’s Nagorno-Karabakh war with Azerbaijan over a …

Everything You Need to Know About Google’s New Travel Planner

<i>This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.</i><p>Ever wish you could get an idea for your next vacation and book it—under budget—in just one …

Android News

“Everyone Deserves to Eat Like a King,” Says Alpha Foodie’s Samira Kazan

Samira Kazan is one smart cookie. Still, the Oxford grad, who’s doing senior post-doctoral research in neurology in London, regularly found herself distracted by hunger around 11:00 a.m. “I had the classic problem of skipping breakfast,” Kazan says. “I needed to solve this.” And she did, with a …

9 places you must go camping

Looking for somewhere truly spectacular to pitch your tent? Camp at any of these ‘pitches’ and you’ll never want to stay in a hotel again.<p>1. Wild …

Natural History Museums

How to drink coffee like a true Italian

Visitors to Italy contemplating their first <i>real</i> cappuccino should remember that they’re in quasi-sacred territory.<p>The Italians pretty much invented the way the rest of the world confects, serves and imbibes coffee, from the lingo (cappuccino, latte, <i>macchiato</i>) to the steam-driven espresso machine …

A Small Hotel Group From Thailand Has Helped Change What's Hot In Luxury Hospitality Today

The amenities, services and experiences you expect today, and the various concepts that are driving innovation in luxury hospitality each have historical roots.<p>1901 – Ellsworth Milton Statler opened the first hotel chain where all guest rooms had private baths, an unnecessary extravagance that …

Cruising Vietnam

Vietnam has been a star on Asia’s tourist map for years, but it usually falls under Thailand’s long shadow as a gay party or play destination. On the …

South Elgin builder to appear on 'Tiny House Nation'

A South Elgin-based builder who specializes in tiny homes this summer will be featured on two episodes of a TV program devoted to the attention-getting, in-its-infancy trend.<p>Titan Home Builders/Titan Tiny Homes will be part of FYI's "Tiny House Nation" on July 9 and Aug. 27. Show hosts John …

Housing

Here's How To Take Travel Photos That Actually Look Professional

Your photos > everyone else's.<p>Where should you stand to get the best angle? Flash or no flash? How do you actually snap a beach photo without it looking like one big sky-and-water cliché?<p>I checked in with travel photographer and teacher Laurence Norah, who runs the photography blog Finding the …

I earn over $5,000 a month traveling the world — here's how travel blogs really make money

When people ask me what I do for a living and I reply, "I'm a travel blogger," I can pretty much see the confusion in their faces.<p>They're thinking, <i>How can a blog make money? Isn't that just a hobby? Who pays you? How much can you really make?</i><p>Based on my own experience — and those of many other …

11 Airline Secrets From an Airline Insider

<b>Ever wonder why your seats have to be in the "upright and locked position"? Why your windows have to be open during take-off and landing? What the flight attendants real job is?</b><p>Well, I'm about to tell you. I worked in the airline industry for a number of years, both as an International Flight …

How to live in luxury and save the planet - CNN Style

Too often "sustainable luxury" smacks of compromise. Parisian luxury design agency <i>1.618</i> has taken this as a challenge.<p>1.618 is an international network of high-end consumers and professionals that share information and ideas about how beauty and sustainability can inform one another. They believe …

The Best of Intelligent Travel

We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year.<p><b>In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular posts of 2015:</b><p>1. Travel Lens: Anthony Bourdain’s World<p>Television host, author, and celebrity chef Anthony …

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Trans-Siberian: Crossing the steppes in style

Siberia came as a shock. Reading and dreaming had prepared me for a land in keeping with prison and political exile; for cold and wind and permafrost. I expected that even though I’d read the forecast for the end of August. What I didn’t expect was to to be peeling off layers and putting on a hat; …

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15 Places You NEED To Move To

It’s easy to fall into a vacation rut — returning to the same tried-and-true spots again and again. But if there’s one way to shake the travel funk, …

Mexico City

How to get rich renting instead of buying a home

In an earlier post, I assessed home ownership from an investment perspective and found that homes are terrible investments that barely keep pace with inflation.<p>This poor investment, however, does force the average American to save the money they'd otherwise spend.<p>The result? The median net worth of …

13 Lunch-Ready Salads for Every Food Mood

In theory, <b>I love salad.</b> Love it. But in practice, <b>I'm rarely in the mood for one</b>. Which is silly! With so many salads out there—and so many of them open to the leftover cooked grains or meats from last night's dinner—you're bound to find at least <i>one</i> that's right for you. Here are <b>13 lunch-ready</b> …

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53 Roasted Vegetable Recipes to Jazz Up Any Dinner

Dinner sides in a snap? Enter, roasted vegetables. Here are our 53 favorite recipes for dinnertime or anytime.<p><b>Sides in a snap?</b> It's practically what roasted vegetables were made for. Chop 'em up (or leave 'em whole) and get that oven roaring, because these 53 recipes are about to earn permanent …

Cooking

Belgian photographer Pascal Mannaerts has captured a series of images of the Tsaatan people, a Mongolian tribe who depend entirely on reindeer

Reindeer

Why I Spent a Month’s Rent on One Night at the World’s Best Spa Hotel

The Nam Hai recently won Mr and Mrs Smith’s Best Spa Hotel award for 2015. A penny-pinching traveler decides if the price tag is worth it.<p>I was first …

Most cases of cancer are avoidable, say researchers

Study says environment and lifestyle factors such as toxic chemicals and radiation are main cause of disease<p>Most cases of cancer result from avoidable factors such as toxic chemicals and radiation, according to a study.<p>The findings clash with research published earlier this year which found that …

Cancer

21 Airport and Flight Tips, Fun, and Tricks: A Rough Guide

<i>From a man who has been in more jets than taxi cabs...</i><p><b>1) Wear your most loose and comfortable pair of underwear. You are likely going to be seated for at least the next 4 hours, maybe more. If you have not thought of this before, you will every time from this moment forward.</b><p>2) When arriving at the …

Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech

William Hsu Contributor<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Term Sheet Mating Dance<p>Ellen Huerta Contributor<p>Ellen Huerta is the CEO of Mend.<p>The way we do everything has been turned upside down: how we read, how we communicate, how we get from point A to point B, how we eat and how we get help when we …

My Favorite and ONLY Lens: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM

I operate my photography business on a shoe string budget. This started out of necessity, but continued because it became abundantly clear to me …