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Becoming an Excel Specialist is Easier Than You Might Think

Across the entire landscape of business, Microsoft Excel is arguably the most commonly used software. Its prevalence is so great that jobs often …

44 Favorite Books of High Achievers | Inc.com

The people who accomplish the most in life are serious about self-improvement, which often comes in the form of a good book. Here are several dozen excellent reads, recommended by high-achieving founders and executives.<p>1. <i>Crossing the Chasm</i> by Geoffrey Moore<p>"When I read [this book] for the first …

Leadership

Leave Your Passport At Home: 13 Exotic Dinner Recipes From Around The World

Whether you’re dreaming of an exotic vacation or just need need help breaking out of your dinner rut, you’re in luck — these dishes will transport your taste buds to faraway lands. And the best part is that they’re all easy to make with everyday supermarket ingredients.<p>1. Middle Eastern Lamb …

Cooking

The 20 best travel books of 2016

From Australia to America, and Bulgaria to Burma, Michael Kerr draws on the year’s travel books to find the ideal Christmas gifts.<p>The Outrun by Amy Liptrot<p><b>Canongate, £8.99</b><p>I was delighted to see this win the 2016 Wainwright Prize. It’s a wonderful book though hardly conventional, whether you …

21 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he said. "We want to …

Investing

Meet David Phillips, The Guy Who Earned 1.2 Million Airline Miles With Chocolate Pudding

If there’s anyone who knows how to hack a travel deal, it’s DavidPhillips.<p>In 1999, the civil engineer from California catapulted into fame after he earned a whopping 1.2 million airline miles by taking advantage of a Healthy Choice mail-in promotion by purchasing a ridiculous amount of …

Frequent-flyer Programs

32 things everyone should do in Germany

In fact, Germany was recently voted the world's third-most tourism-friendly country by the World Economic Forum.<p>From mountains to beaches, wine regions to beer halls, here are the 32 things all travelers should experience in Germany.

European Travel

21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.<p>But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and …

Learning

City Guide: Vienna

Vienna is a monumental city filled with churches, museums, concert halls, and government buildings of such a massive scale that you can’t help but …

The 13 cheapest destinations for a beach holiday in Europe

The 10th annual survey is based on the total cost of 10 typical holiday expenses in 20 European beach resorts, ranked from the most to the least expensive.<p>Holiday items considered in the survey include a cup of coffee, suncream, insect repellant, and a three-course meal with a bottle of wine for …

Extreme Sports

The European Castle Bucket List: 14 Castles You Must Hit

<i>By: Barbara Woolsey</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Jesper Krogh</i><p>Because you can't spend your entire European vacation visiting -- or sleeping in -- every single castle or palace, we narrowed your medieval bucket list down to the continent's (and UK's) coolest 14.<p><b>Mont Saint-Michel</b><p><i>Normandy, France</i><p>France is home to all …

European Travel

VIDEO: Five Things to Do in Zurich

Think you know what to do in Zurich? There’s no wrong way to spend a week in this beautiful Swiss city, but make sure these five activities are on …

European Travel

This Quaint Austrian Town Gives Us Serious Wanderlust

Hallstatt the country's oldest — and prettiest — village.<p>Take out your passports — if you haven't ventured over to the Continent recently, you'll want to visit the most picturesque town in Europe. The village of Hallstatt, nestled between between towering mountains and a peaceful lake, is Austria's …

Here are 18 books Wall Street will be reading this spring

Dave Lutz — head of ETF trading and strategy at JonesTrading whom BI readers know from his "super quick guides to what traders are talking about" briefs— compiled a dizzying list of the books Wall Street will be reading on "spring break" this year.<p>This year, Lutz got more than 700 responses.<p>And …

Books

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

Commuting

I've lived in America all my life, but a peculiar law could make me an Italian citizen

In March, my father and I will make our first ever pilgrimage to the remote "comune" of Polia. There, my family can trace its history back for generations.<p>Recently, I learned I could use my Italian ancestry to apply for Italian citizenship through Italy's nationality law, which allows "citizenship …

Genealogy

15 Best Travel Experiences for Night Owls

When you think of late-night fun, chances are clubs in big cities like New York, Berlin, or Miami come to mind. And while it's true that there are plenty of up-all-night diversions in those locales, there are also plenty of alternative evening adventures awaiting travelers, both in cities and …

Travel

Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor

The Koryo Hotel does pretty well on TripAdvisor, all things considered. The Internet never—and I mean never—works. The towels are “thin,” the sheet thread count low, and the milk powdered. Watch out for the “giant mutant cockroach snake hybrid“ in the shower. Guests even have to pay for the …

Hospitality

Questions To Never Ask Your Hotel Staff

By: Matt Meltzer<p>Remember that old say-no-to-drugs PSA with the egg and the frying pan -- this is your brain, this is your brain on drugs, blah blah blah? Well, that commercial could just as easily have been re-dubbed for the travel industry to say: "This is your brain on vacation." Because for …

Travel Industry

2015's Most Anticipated Hotel Openings

Nothing sparks the desire to travel like an exciting new place to stay, whether it's a cutting-edge property in a familiar destination or a jaw-dropping resort somewhere you've never been before. This year, travelers have a lot to look forward to all around the world, from Morocco to Indonesia to …

Travel

How to talk to anyone at a networking event

The only problem is you've never met any of these people before, and you're terrified of making an awkward first impression.<p>First of all, lighten up, says master networker Jon Levy, and take comfort in knowing there are tactics you can use to make your next networking event not only worth your time …

Employment

Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Now-Cheaper Europe

<i>Enjoy Europe for less now!</i><p>You know what's the best thing when you're a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making …

'Crazy' new particle could unravel dark matter mystery

A team of physicists and astronomers at the University of Southampton are proposing a completely new type of fundamental particle that may hold the …

Dark Matter

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's House in Los Angeles Photos

Gisele Bündchen<p>Bündchen in the garden with son Benjamin.<p>Gisele Bündchen<p>Model Gisele Bündchen collects produce from the garden at the Los Angeles home she shares with NFL quarterback Tom Brady and their children. The architecture is by Landry Design Group, and Joan Behnke & Assoc. oversaw the …

21 insanely lavish hotel suites to stay in before you die

When you're on vacation, some hotels will make you feel like royalty — and others will treat you like it.<p>These 21 opulent hotel suites are guaranteed to do just that.<p>Most are accompanied by a lofty price tag, but when they include personal butlers, pillow service, and once-in-a-lifetime views, you …

Dining Rooms

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Europe's Most (And Least) Affordable Cities: The European Backpacker Index For 2015

A newly released ranking of 56 major European cities by price aims to assist budget-minded travelers plan and easily compare destinations.<p>The European Backpacker Index for 2015 could not come at a better time, according to Roger Wade, founder of Price of Travel, a website that publishes the index …

European Travel

10 Underrated National Parks In America

<i>By Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Looking for the beauty of Yosemite and Yellowstone without the crowds? These under-the-radar American parks deserve a spot on your bucket list.<p><b>1. North Cascades National Park, Washington</b><p>© Terry Donnelly / Alamy<p>If you want to see glaciers and temperate …

National Parks