Tips & Advice

Look familiar?  Charles O'Rear's Californian hillside was beamed onto millions of computer screens in 2001.

How this became the most-viewed photograph of all time

An "OK picture" went on to be acquired by Microsoft, named "Bliss" and beamed onto millions of computer screens in 2001, as the default background image for Windows XP. It is now, by a number of outlets' guesstimates, the most-viewed photograph of all time.

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Many of the reviews you're reading may be fictitious.

How to spot fake reviews on travel websites

You might want to think twice about making reservations at that restaurant with only five-star raves. And that hotel with all those one-star pans may very well be fine. The reason? Many of the reviews you're reading may be fictitious.

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Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Borat's back and he's… kind of racist

The whole world, once again, is laughing at Borat. It's laughing at America. And of course it's laughing at Kazakhstan. I get the joke. But if it was anyone else, it wouldn't be funny.

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Right now, even a bad holiday sounds better than being at home.

The worst trip I've ever been on as a travel writer

I'm sharing it just to let you know that sometimes the life of a travel writer is amazing, sometimes it's inspiring, sometimes it's shockingly lavish – and sometimes, it sucks. On this trip, it sucked.

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