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My United Airlines Flight Was Delayed 7 Hours. Then a Stupid Mistake Cost Me $1,400. (Here's How to Avoid My Costly Error)

If you're on a delayed flight to or from Europe, you owe it to yourself to see if you qualify under European law for compensation. But here's how I messed it up.<p>I made a dumb mistake after my United Airlines flight was delayed--a mistake that I now realize might have cost my wife and me roughly …

Flying

Get Day Access to Luxury Pools and Spas on the Cheap With this App

I’m a huge fan of fancy pools and beaches, but a writer’s salary isn’t typically one that can handle the hotel bill to stay at the hotel attached to …

San Francisco

12 Useful and Cool Gadgets You Can Make Yourself

Off-the-shelf gadgets are all well and good—easy to set up, reliable in operation, powerful and smart—but where’s the adventure? We’re living in a …

Raspberry Pi

Mapping The Most Isolated–And Beautiful–Roads In America

Plan your next road trip–or at least dream about it–with this interactive visualization.<p>I hate cars in cities, but I love real road trips. You know, the ones in which there’s no set route, no obligations, and no timetable whatsoever. You find a place to sleep every night, decide to stay in some …

The Best Berlin Tips From Our Readers

Guten tag! Did you know that the JFK “jelly donut” blooper is a myth? This week on Hack Your City, we asked for tips on Berlin. We got plenty, plus a …

Germany

10 Must-Have Experiences in Nova Scotia

This Canadian province is brimming with beautiful views and picturesque landscapes at every turn.<p>Roughly an eight-hour drive end to end, Nova Scotia could be conquered in a day. But Canada’s second-smallest province is best experienced slowly, with plenty of time for personal reflection, …

Nova Scotia

Epic Trails Across the Globe

Tired of the same old trails? Go outside your comfort-zone (and, perhaps, your country) to one of these inspiring destinations.

Hiking

A regional guide to Europe's best road trips

Packed with ancient history, sophisticated cities, cultural treasures, fine food and even finer art, Europe has an embarrassment of riches and is a dream for all kinds of travellers. And with landscapes boasting rugged coastlines, rolling country fields and mighty mountains (to name but a few), …

Arizona's top five scenic drives

Back roads. Byways. Scenic highways. Arizona is chock full of them. Here are five of our favorites.<p>Route 66: small-town America, with a side of kitsch<p>'Get your kitsch on Route 66' might be a better slogan for Arizona's scrubby stretch of Mother Road, with its lumbering dinosaurs, a wigwam motel and …

Top 10 DIY Projects That Will Teach You A Ton About Tech

DIY isn’t always the easiest way to do something, but it’s usually the most informative and educational one. This week, let’s check out some great …

How to road-trip Canada on a budget

Canada is big and beautiful, but climate, distance and the high cost of domestic travel make it hard to get to know her. Having the freedom to throw your stuff in the trunk and set off as you please makes self-driving a tempting way to explore this frequently spectacular country.<p>The Trans-Canada …

San Luis Obispo: the perfect pitstop on your California road trip

There’s nothing like an American road trip, and the coast road between Los Angeles and San Francisco offers one of the best.<p>Hitting the wide open road between these two cities, you’ll encounter ocean views, historic sites, wineries and pretty towns. These attractions merge neatly in San Luis Obispo …

From highway to high waves: five offbeat coastal road trips

California's Big Sur and Australia's Great Ocean Road may get all the headlines when it comes to coastal driving but they're not the only places where you can lose yourself in spectacular scenery, glowing sunsets and glistening surf.<p>The following routes are equally impressive and also offer quirky …

These $16 Bluetooth Earbuds Are Perfect For Your New iPhone

These Aukey Bluetooth earbuds run for eight hours, include a two year warranty, and only cost $16 today with promo code AUKEY2BT. I know it’s not an …

iPhone

Baby Keeping You Up? Nanit’s Innovative Monitor Helps Parents Get A Good Night’s Sleep

One of the biggest problems new parents deal with is severe lack of sleep: Newborns and babies often wake up in the middle of the night, leaving mom …

RoutePerfect Plans Your Dream European Trip

Web: Vacationing in Europe is popular, but deciding where to go specifically during your trip can be overwhelming. If you have a loose idea, …

European Travel

Five Trips That Changed My Life

Traveling has its challenges—canceled flights, lost passports, maxed-out credit cards, security scares, you name it. But more often than not, at the end of the day, the thrill of becoming acquainted with a new place—and the people who call it home—outweighs the risks of leaving home. It can even be …

South America

Lifehacker Pack for Chrome: Our List of the Essential Extensions

Google’s Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It’s tough to sift through the …

Google

Why You Can’t Rely on Calorie Counts (and What to Do Instead)

Calorie counts are front-and-center on treadmill screens, food labels, and even restaurant menus. But if you're trying to lose weight (or just …

Nutrition

Spark's pint-sized board adds WiFi to any device for $19

Are you crafting your own gadget and want to add wireless networking to it? You'll want to look into Spark's new Photon board, then. The stamp-sized peripheral lets you add WiFi to many devices without requiring a lot of technical know-how; if you can design a gadget in the first place, you can …

Driving California's Sierra Nevada

Drive up into the lofty Sierra Nevada, which conservationist John Muir called ‘The Range of Light.’ Here you can witness earth-shaking waterfalls, hug towering trees, clamber up granite domes and camp out in high-country meadows where wildflowers bloom.<p>This article is an excerpt from the thorough …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

Leaving Las Vegas: ghost towns and alien encounters in rural Nevada

Viva Las Vegas! When Elvis Presley sang those words 50 years ago, he captured the essence of the famous desert resort city. Vegas is always full of life, from the surging crowds along the sidewalks of The Strip to the dramas playing out around the tables in its many casinos. There comes a time, …

Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

Oregon's secret surprises

Known primarily for the quirky city of Portland, Oregon is a mostly rural state that holds a landscape diversity to rival anywhere in the US. Big hitter destinations like Mt Hood, Crater Lake, Cannon Beach and the Columbia Gorge get heavy fair-weather traffic but there are plenty of other amazing …

Unusual places to stay in the USA

We all know that lodging can make a break or vacation, but staying somewhere truly unique – a tipi, say, or a giant bird's nest, or even spending the night underwater – can turn a humdrum holiday into an unforgettable trip.<p>The USA's entrepreneurial spirit knows no bounds, and it's frequently …

A Perfect Day in San Diego

When I know I’m going on a trip, I immediately start canvassing my network of friends, writers, and editors around the world for advice about what to see and do.<p>So when I knew I’d be heading to San Diego, I went straight to National Geographic Travel’s digital director, Carolyn Fox, who grew up a …