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Demystifying Shutter Speed

One of the most crucial factors of making any photograph is the selection of the shutter speed. It is not always an easy task to decide what shutter …

8 Hotel Booking Hacks Every Traveler Needs to Know

<i>By Meagan Drillinger</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock.com</i><p>Sure, you know how to book a hotel on your own because you've got a credit card and the Internet. But chances are you're not booking a hotel as well or as cheaply as you could. Don't feel bad about your amateur mistakes. All you need is a little …

Hacking

12 Things Men Do Differently To Women

20 Best Day Trips in the U.S.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, one of the best things to do in a city is escape for a while. And sometimes all you need is a day to recharge, which is why we've selected 20 outstanding trips that only take an hour or two from the country's major cities. Beautiful islands, stunning state …

Top 10

Sri Lanka: nirvana for beach lovers

Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching. But for many people Sri Lanka …

Asia Travel

10 Magical Places Where There Are No Cars

Can you imagine a world without cars? Sure, they're useful. But they also cause pollution, noise and alter the structure of cities.<p>If you're sick of dealing with traffic and parking and spending money on gas, head to one of these 10 spots around the world that are off limits to cars. Grab a bike, …

The World's 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions

God bless all the tourists who run around the globe checking out all those famous spots that simply <i>can't be missed</i>.<p>While the can't-be-missedness of some of the world's most famous attractions is debatable (ask any New Yorker, for instance, and you'll hear that Times Square is a total waste of …

How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Airfare and Avoid Change Fees

It now costs $200 to change or cancel a non-refundable airfare on the remaining "legacy" U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Airways), and a bit less on some other carriers. Changing or canceling an international airfare can cost much more. But there are ways of avoiding the fees, and …

Flying

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

Self-improvement

Hidden Times Square: 7 Places You Shouldn't Miss

There are few true glimpses of the gritty Times Square still standing, and that makes Martin Scorsese's <i>Taxi Driver</i> a good place to start for a refresher course. Early scenes show an impossibly seedy tableau of prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers and junkies pounding the trash-covered pavement in front …

Model Trains

Planning a Beach Trip With Little Kids

As beach season — at least here on America’s East Coast — comes to a close (farewell, soothing surf and sand-covered watermelon slices!), I’m reflecting on how planning a beach vacation requires a different way of thinking when you have little kids. It’s less about packing the perfectly curated …

10 Unique Train Trips

Love train travel? These railways offer a unique window on the world, cutting a swath through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth:<p><b>1. Cass Scenic Railroad (West Virginia)</b><p>The steam trains climb the 11 miles (18 km) from Cass to the 4,842-ft-high (1,476 m) summit of Bald Knob, which has …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

4 US Road Trips to Take Before You Die

There’s no better way to discover America than by criss-crossing the country via its most iconic highways. Whether you have fast wheels or an RV, …

Los Angeles

Everything You Need To Know About Rental Car Insurance

Renting a car? Buying the over-the-counter insurance that rental car companies sell could be the dumbest move you've made all day. That is, unless it's the smartest.<p>The question is, are you covered? Too many travelers have no idea, and it's in that cone of uncertainty that the rental car companies …

Personal Finance

18 Brilliant Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

We first wrote about Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer and retoucher, 4 years ago, when he was still a computer engineering student. Even back …

Digital Art

10 Places You Should Go While They're Still Cheap

It's a fact almost every traveler faces: The world is bigger than our wallets are deep. And while there are plenty of tricks for squeezing the most out of every vacation dollar, one of the simplest options is to find a place that has a lot to offer but hasn't yet been hit by the price inflation …

Sri Lanka