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In-N-Out just lost its title as America's favorite burger chain


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Five Guys has triumphed over In-N-Out in a battle of the burger brands. 

The chain received the top spot in the burger category in the Harris Poll's annual EquiTrend Study. This is the first time that Five Guys has been crowned the burger champion in the study, which asks respondents to rate different brands based on familiarity, quality, and how likely they are to consider purchasing the brand. 

"The burger brand category has become less fragmented, as regional brands expand and become available in more parts of the country," Joan Sinopoli, vice president of brand solutions at the Harris Poll, said in a statement. "This is certainly the case with Five Guys, who has shed its 'small regional player' designation as it expands its footprint and marketing budget along with its fandom, which is a tremendous contributor to brand equity."

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Five Guys ousted In-N-Out, which has earned the top spot for the last two years. The West Coast chain managed to snag the No. 2 spot. 

While McDonald's earned top marks for familiarity, the fast-food giant ranked seventh, behind brands like Shake Shack, Wendy's, and Culver's. 

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The first Five Guys opened its doors in 1986, in Arlington, Virginia. The chain is known for its burgers, which are grilled in front of customers and topped with limitless toppings, and its fries, which are cooked in peanut oil. 

"It's a simple burger that's filling and delicious in a guilty sort of way," Hollis Johnson wrote in his Business Insider review of Five Guys. "As the better-burger industry evolves, there's something to be said for restaurants that serve an honest, humble burger in a no-frills environment. It's the classic American burger enterprise."

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While many "better burger" chains, like Smashburger and Shake Shack, aim for trendy designs, Five Guys has no-fuss atmosphere, with an open kitchen and bold red-and-white decorations.  

The chain earned national recognition in 2009 when President Barack Obama stopped at a DC location of the burger chain while taping a day-in-the-life segment with NBC Nightly News and ordered a round of burgers for his staff. His own personal order was a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeno peppers, and mustard, according to NBC.

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In 2003, the brand — which remains family-owned — began expanding out of the Washington, DC area. Today, there are roughly 1,500 locations worldwide. 

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As the chain expands, Americans' appreciation for Five Guys also grows. In 2013 only 48% of respondents were familiar with Five Guys, according to the Harris Poll. Today, that figure has grown to 68%, with Five Guys reaching 81% familiarity with Gen Z and millennials. 

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Business Insider is hiring a business reporting intern


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Business Insider is looking for a business reporting intern to join our editorial team. 

The business reporting intern will gain exposure to a variety of topics covered by Business Insider including retail, transportation, innovation, and executive life. 

If you're interested in all the things people spend money on, you might be the ideal candidate.

From writing about real estate, to covering the newest menu items at McDonald's, to reporting on the best airlines in the world, this internship offers a unique opportunity to work across teams covering a variety of business topics. 

As an intern at Business Insider, there's no getting coffee, filing, or making copies.

Our interns are an integral part of our team.

BI Interns spend their time doing meaningful work: researching, writing, pitching and producing features -- even breaking news if the timing's right.

This internship is based in New York City. Interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) if their schedule allows.

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The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime


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While visiting bustling cities is one way to travel, small towns can offer a more relaxed feel and a charm that can't be paralleled. 

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns that have an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers. 

We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose setting resembles something out of a fairy tale.

We defined a small town as one that has a population of roughly 65,000 or fewer.

Talia Avakian contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.

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Sidi Bou Said is located near Tunis, Tunisia, and sits atop a steep cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Besides its stunning views, the town that is said to have inspired the famous artist Paul Klee boasts cobblestone streets lined with shops, cafes, and art markets.

Alberobello, located in Puglia, Italy, is famous for its trulli, or limestone dwellings, that have been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The popular tourist town has stunning scenery and an array of quality dining establishments.

In the old town of Annecy, France, travelers are greeted by pastel-painted houses and cafes lining a lovely lakeshore. Hang out at one of its many outdoor eateries, cycle along the water, or admire historical sites like the Château d'Annecy.

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These are millennials' favorite fast food chains, according to Foursquare



Millennials can't get enough Tex-Mex, according to new data released by Foursquare.

The location intelligence company tracked its users' fast-food eating habits and put together a list of the most popular chains among millennials. 

The company tracked user check-in data through its Foursquare and Swarm apps between April 2016 and March 2017. The ranking is based on how much more likely millennials are to visit a particular chain compared to average fast-food eating Americans.

Take a look at the results below:


11. Moe's Southwest Grill

Likelihood of a millennial visiting this chain over the average American: 13%

10. Panda Express

Likelihood of a millennial visiting this chain over the average American: 13%

9. Chick-Fil-A

Likelihood of a millennial visiting this chain over the average American: 13%

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Meet the former first lady who helped make Austin, Texas, one of the most popular cities in the US


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Austin, Texas is the place to be.

US News & World Report rated the Texas capital as the best place to live this year. It's also a great spot if you're looking for a job or seeking a high quality of life.

It's clear that life is pretty good in ATX.

This is largely thanks to a former First Lady.

Lady Bird Johnson championed beautifying America and preserving nature as First Lady.

In the 1970s, after her husband Lyndon B. Johnson left the White House, her passion for conservation also laid the groundwork for some of Austin's most beloved spots.

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Her connection to the city of Austin began early in life

Growing up, Claudia "Lady Bird" Taylor had always "found solace in the outdoors, in the beauty of nature," said Betty Boyd Caroli, author of "Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President."

This passion for flowers and the outdoors also sparked Taylor's love for the capital of Texas.

"The 17-year-old Lady Bird first saw Austin in the spring of 1930 when she flew down, from her home about 300 miles to the East, to look at the University of Texas and consider enrolling there," Caroli said. "She fell in love with the city immediately and called it a 'magical place' for her."

As the future First Lady's plane landed, she looked out the window and saw a sea of bluebonnets in bloom.

"She had never seen so many bluebonnets in one space before, and it was the sight of the field of flowers set against the brushy range that made her want to move to Austin," writes Jan Jarboe Russell in "Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson." "'It was as though the gates of the world flung open for me,' she said. 'I felt in in love with life itself.'"

Lady Bird made a life for herself in Austin

Lady Bird Taylor ended up receiving a BA with honors from the University of Texas in Austin in 1933, as well as a second BA in journalism the following year.

Austin was also where Taylor met an ambitious young Congressional aide named Lyndon Johnson. Johnson proposed to her on their first date, but Taylor did not accept immediately. The couple was married on November 17, 1934.

The Johnsons maintained a residence in the Texas city early on in their marriage, even after buying a ranch 70 miles west of Austin.

She worked to beautify D.C. and protect the environment throughout the US

One of Lyndon Johnson's first actions after rising to the Oval Office in the wake of John F. Kennedy's assassination was to establish a Task Force on the Preservation of Natural Beauty in 1964.

According to Caroli, Johnson's associates indicated that Lady Bird was a major influence on Johnson. The First Lady also made it her own personal quest to protect the environment and make America beautiful.

"As First Lady, she formed her own committee to undertake what was called 'beautification' but had a wide range of objectives," Caroli said. "In Washington, D.C., the committee took on two initiatives — to turn the capital into a 'garden city' with tree-lined streets and flowering parks but also to go beyond the tourist center and add plantings and improve playgrounds in low income neighborhoods."

Lady Bird Johnson's beautification efforts weren't restricted to the Beltway. Her impact on policy continued to resonate throughout Johnson's presidency

PBS's "Lady Bird Johnson: Portrait of a First Lady" quoted the president as telling his staff, "You know I love that woman and she wants that Highway Beautification Act... by God, we're going to get it for her."

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Here's why we abbreviate pounds as lbs


Most abbreviations are clearly derived from their root word, like "pt" for pint. But the abbreviation for pound is a very special exception. "lb" is an abbreviation of the latin word libra. Libra is widely known as the astrological sign for balance. But, it was also part of the roman unit of weight, libra pond, which translates to “pound weight." Britain derived pound from that expression as its unit of measurement and also as a term for its currency because centuries ago, a pound in money was considered equal to the value of a pound of silver. So when pound is abbreviated to "lb," it’s a call back to the original expression

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Scientists have discovered 5 personality traits linked with a long life


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Are you friendly? Open? Emotionally stable?

Dozens of large studies of older peoplearound the world suggest that these personality traits are among a handful of characteristics tied to a longer life.

And while one study found that we're not particularly good at identifying these traits in ourselves, it suggested that our close friends are often spot-on.

Read on — preferably with a friend — to find out if you possess any or all of these characteristics:

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For their 75-year study of 300 engaged couples who enrolled in the study in their mid-20s, researchers found that men who were seen by their friends as more conscientious — meaning that they were less likely to take risks but also tended to be more thorough and efficient — lived longer.

Participants in the study picked a handful of friends to rate their personality using a 36-question scale created by psychologist E. Lowell Kelly in 1940. To verify that it was still valid, the researchers recently compared it with several other personality tests from the past decade.

Questions in the scale ranged from general queries like "Is he physically energetic and peppy?" to more personal ones like "How does he meet his appointments?"

Of the men in the study, those who were seen as more conscientious lived longer. A 2007 study of Californian men and women between 1930 and 2000 came to similar conclusions. People — regardless of their gender — who were independently ranked as conscientious as children and as adults lived longer than their peers who were not conscientious during either phase of their lives.


For that same 75-year study, openness also emerged as a trait that was linked with a long life, second to conscientiousness. Men who ranked highly in terms of this quality — meaning that they were willing to lend an ear to new and different ideas, feelings, and concepts — tended to live longer than other men in the study.

A 2006 study of Japanese people aged 100-106 also suggested that openness was linked with longevity. "We speculate that in the oldest-old, higher imaginativeness and openness to new experiences would help them to adapt to the many losses (friends, family, health, function) that occur in advanced age," the researchers write in their paper.

Emotional stability

The 75-year longevity study had slightly different takeaways for women than it did for men — of the female participants in the study, emotional stability was the trait with the strongest links to a long life. This could be partially because when the study began, in the 1930s, women tended to be portrayed as highly emotionally unstable, and as a result being emotionally stable could have been linked with greater benefits for women than for men.

This might be bolstered by the fact that another, more recent study of close to 2,400 men and women also found that emotional stability played a key role in longevity, only this time it applied to both men and women.

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Goose Island founder shuts down the argument that craft beer is dying


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I’ve spent nearly 30 years in craft beer and I strongly disagree with those who fear craft is on the verge of collapse. This is an argument made most recently by Boston Beer founder and CEO Jim Koch in an op-ed in The New York Times, where he rhetorically asked: “Is it last call for craft beer?”

It is understandable why Jim is concerned, his company is experiencing a rough stretch. But a look at craft beer’s history and its current position all point to a bright future for our industry as a whole because it is so diverse, innovative and in-synch with customers. 

When Goose Island opened in 1988, there were fewer than 100 breweries in the country. Most wholesalers, retailers and beer drinkers treated us a curiosity if they were aware of us at all. We had to battle many times to get a single craft draft handle in an on-premise account. Any bottle placements were on to the bottom shelf at grocery and liquor stores.

With small brewers in many states now allowed to self-distribute and/or operate taprooms, it completely changes their economics. No longer is scale the critical factor in their success. This dynamic shift with more new breweries and more amazing high-quality beers has and will continue to make the craft segment stronger and increase market share.

In 2011 like many other craft brewers, Goose Island had to make a choice.

We could contract brew, like others, including Boston Beer, did for many years. We met with private equity investors and contemplated doing an IPO, but didn’t like the idea of reporting every quarter to Wall Street. So, we struck a deal with Anheuser-Busch. Like all big business decisions, it was risky being one of the first craft brewers to partner with a big brewer. But we preferred to partner with brewers who understood the beer business.

Through our partnership with Anheuser-Busch, Goose Island was able to do what Boston Beer did, reach consumers nationwide while retaining the quality and integrity of our beer, and our brand.  

Today, over 5,300 brewers across the U.S. face similar choices. Some will stay small and local. Others will seek to grow through partnerships, IPOs or other means. Some will succeed and others will not. But craft beer will be more vibrant and creative than ever and beer drinkers will be the big winners.

John Hall started Goose Island Beer Company in 1998. Its beer is distributed in all 50 states. 

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Italy's ultra-cheap airport 'capsule hotel' lets you sleep in a pod while you wait for your plane


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Japan may have pioneered the "capsule hotel," where guests stay in no-frills micro-hotel rooms and sometimes pay by the hour, but Italy is making moves to perfect it.

The country's first capsule hotel is open for business at Naples Capodichino International Airport. Each of the 42 capsule rooms at BenBo has soundproof walls, a window (which is important in such cramped quarters), a drop-down table, a TV, and dedicated shoe storage, as The Contemporist reports.

These photos show what it's like to stay at BenBo.

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When a passenger misses a flight or craves some personal space during a long layover at the international airport in Naples, they can book a pod at BenBo, which is located on-site.

Each pod can be reserved for between one and nine hours. It costs about $11 an hour.

A pod that you pay for by the hour is an economical option for travelers who can't afford an annual pass at an airline's private lounge. According to Consumer Reports, these passes can set individuals back $500 — though some lounges offer single-day passes that are a steal at $50.

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A relationship expert says one word can defuse a fight with your partner — but most people don't use it enough


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Being in a long-term relationship means that your partner gets to know you really well — which is a perfectly double-edged sword.

On the one hand, you can be yourself around them— your unfiltered, sometimes un-showered, lame-joke-telling self. On the other hand, they eventually learn better than anyone else exactly which buttons to push to set you off.

Hal Runkel puts it eloquently: "No one can touch you like the one you expose yourself most to, but no one can hurt you like the one you expose yourself the most to."

Runkel is a marriage and family therapist, and the author of multiple books on parenting and relationships, including, most recently, "Choose Your Own Adulthood."

When he visited the Business Insider office in May, Runkel shared his best advice for de-escalating a conflict that's spiraled out of control because one person said something that cut deep.

Actually, that advice is just one word: "Ouch."

It's a word that doesn't get used nearly enough in marriage, Runkel said.

Here's Runkel: "When [you're] in conflict, inevitably [you] will say something that hurts the other person using the 'inside information' that you have on them or that they have on you."

As in: Your partner knows you're struggling to lose weight and they blurt out, Of course you didn't take five minutes to walk the dog — you were too busy stuffing your face!

At that moment, Runkel said, "Everything in you wants to scream something right back at them: 'Oh yeah? Well, you're starting to look like your mother!'"

Here's where the word "ouch" comes in handy. Runkel explained that the best response in this situation is simply, "Ouch. That one hurt. I don't know if you were meaning to hurt me; I don't know if that's what you were going for; but that's what you did."

Your partner may get defensive and say something back like, "You've said some pretty hurtful things to me!"

Now here's your line: "You're right. I have, and I hate that I have."

"That conversation —which was a very familiar path, that fight — is now a totally different path because one of you chose to actually get vulnerable," Runkel said.

"It wasn't a step of pushing [your partner] away. It was a step of inviting [your partner] in by saying: You know what? I am open enough to you that you can actually hurt me. So now how about we talk to each other as if we actually love each other?"

That display of vulnerability is key — and a lot harder than it sounds.

Too many of us have this tendency to pretend that we're made of emotional steel — that when our partner insults us, or doesn't pay us enough attention, we're totally fine.

Ideally, when you implement Runkel's strategy, your partner will respond in kind, and you two can have a calm conversation about what's bothering you. Yet Runkel also mentioned that your partner's next sentence after you admit that you've been hurt will tell you a lot about your relationship.

All you can really do is start the dialogue: "That hurt. Tell me what you'd like me to do with that."

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9 phrases on your résumé that make hiring managers cringe

Writing, rewriting, and perfecting your résumé are some of the most important steps in any job-search process. Streamline your one-page pitch by eliminating these nine words and phrases that hiring managers hate seeing.

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What different dog barks actually mean


Dogs are always barking, which means dogs are always taking. Here's how to tell if there's a burglar outside, it's bathroom time, or if they're just playful.

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Oh, there's so many types of Barks!

There’s so many types of vocalization that dogs make and I think the first thing to realize is that they do usually all have a meaning.

So, a bark is not just a noisy sound. It is a noisy sound but it's usually a sound that's trying to do one of a couple of things.

Express distress, get your attention, tell us about somebody outside the door, some disruption or something surprising.

Look at the context in which the dog is using the vocalization and the context is going to tell you a lot about

what the sound means and incidentally, if you don't want your dog to bark as an attention-getter,  to tell you that it's time to take them out, for instance, which is a really good attention-getter they might find then stop responding to that as an attention-getter.

See what earlier signs they might be giving you that they're ready to go out or take them out before they start giving you any signs that they're ready to go out so you can kind of preempt that behavior if you don't want to have it instead of trying to punish it. 

Punishing communication never makes sense.

There is a play-pant that has been recorded by researchers. In play, they make a kind of huffing sound which is like a laugh. They don't do that as much, other times,  they use their body to express their happiness and the smile that some dogs have is just a feature of their face.

If it makes them look happier to you, great! But they don't have the types of musculature that we do to make a smile. 

That doesn't mean they can’t feel happy or that doesn't look like a smile. I mean, their happiness is expressed through like a wildly wagging tail or the bodies sort of wiggling, and the ears back in excitement to see you for instance. That's pure joy, instead of just greeting us with a simple smile.

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These 22 whiskeys just won the highest honor at an international spirits competition



If you want to be sipping the best whiskey in the world, there's only one competition you need to pay attention to.

More than 2,200 spirits were entered to be sipped and evaluated at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which was held in April. More than 20 whiskeys from some of the world's most prestigious distilleries earned awards.

The prices range — while most clock in below $100, others reach far into the hundreds-of-dollars range.

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WhistlePig Boss Hog: Black Prince Rye Whiskey

Awards: Best in Show Whiskey, Best Rye Whiskey

Price: $350

David Nicholson Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Award: Best Straight Bourbon

Price: $33

Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon

Award: Best Small Batch Bourbon — Up to 5 Years

Price: Unavailable

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McDonald's just made an unprecedented move that customers are already obsessed with (MCD)


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McDonald's is jumping on the fast-food delivery bandwagon. 

 On Wednesday, McDonald's announced that "McDelivery" with UberEATS is now available from more than 1,000 locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, and Phoenix.

"We are bringing a new level of convenience to more of our customers as we continue to transform the McDonald's experience," McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement. 

McDonald's and UberEATS began testing McDelivery at 200 locations in Florida in January. According to the fast-food giant, the pilot test saw consistent growth and resulted in high levels of customer satisfaction. 

Looking at responses on social media, people living in areas that have already had a chance to experience McDelivery are split between two responses — disbelief and delight. 

McDonald's isn't the only chain experimenting with delivery. Wendy's recently launched delivery at 135 locations in Ohio. And, Panera Bread is rolling out delivery at 35 to 40% of its locations this year, the company announced in January. 

While delivery is clearly a compelling option to offer, it isn't a simple service for restaurants to add. Customers often spend less when ordering delivery, especially at casual dining chains that rely on alcohol orders to drive sales. In-house delivery means added complexities, paying drivers, and additional insurance costs. Using a third-party means losing control over the food's quality.

McDonald's sales have improved recently, with same-store sales at US locations growing 1.7% in the first quarter of 2017. However, despite the sales increase, the company reported that customer visits at the chain have remained flat. Perhaps, with McDelivery, McDonald's can win back the customers who are too lazy to actually visit the chain. 

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Here are the top destinations for your summer vacation


The best time of the year is almost here — summer! The days are hot, the nights are clear, and it’s the perfect time to get away. And your trip should include everything you want at a reasonable price. Thankfully, with all-inclusive luxury packages from Apple Vacations, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is how much sunscreen to pack.

Apple Vacations is your one-stop shop for planning a memorable vacation, offering exclusive non-stop flights, airport and hotel transfers, representatives in your resort, and a price-match guarantee. And all of its resorts feature unbeatable service, breathtaking views, grand pools to play in or lounge by, and amazing restaurants, so you can’t go wrong.

Here are some destinations that should be on your list this summer.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Nestled in the northwestern tropical paradise of Costa Rica, the Guanacaste province bordering the Pacific Ocean is the perfect place for adventure-seekers. Known for its biodiverse parkland, there is more to this luxurious location than just lounging around – although, spending the day at one of the pristine beaches should definitely be on your itinerary.

The beautiful mountain range (complete with active volcanoes), breathtaking waterfalls, and exotic rainforests attract the wildlife of an adventurer’s dreams: sloths, tapirs, pumas, jaguars, more than 250 bird species, and more. Visitors come for the unparalleled beauty, but stay for the constant adventure. 

Where to stay in Guanacaste:

When you want non-stop adventure but don’t want to plan the details, Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica is the resort for you.

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

From a walk through the rainforest around the Arenal volcano to a zipline tour above the treetops to whitewater rafting, the resort can book a number of half-day or full-day adventures.

When the day is over, go back to your room and enjoy the exceptional value of Unlimited-Luxury® that the resort offers. Take in the gorgeous scenic views from your private balcony or terrace, and you’ll go to bed ready to explore more in the morning.


Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya is located on the Yucatán Peninsula and stretches 100 miles along the Caribbean Sea. Famous for its white sand beaches, near-perfect weather, beautiful blue water, and a popular tourist district, it houses Cancun, one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world.

The area was originally inhabited by Mayans who left behind archeological sites and artifacts that can be found in the local Mayan Museum.

Riviera Maya is the perfect destination for your next vacation. 

Where to stay in Riviera Maya:

When you’re looking for a “grown-up” getaway, head south of the tourists to the Platinum Yucatan Princess. This resort offers all of the fun and natural beauty the area has to offer with a luxury adults-only concept. Here you can enjoy leisure activities such as golf or just a drink at the swim-up bar.

Platinum Yucatan Princess

When your sense of adventure takes over, enjoy the perks of the all-inclusive activities the resort offers. Non-motorized water sports, hiking the beautiful nature trails, and enjoying one of the six tennis courts are just some of the favorites among guests. 


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is a tourist-favorite destination that seems like it was created to cater to guests – and it was. The resort town, located at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, facing both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, was developed about 50 years ago with the modern traveler in mind.

The area features a high concentration of all-inclusive resorts and more than 40 miles of white beaches with a variety of water attractions, so you and your family are sure to have an amazing trip.

Where to stay in Punta Cana:

With so many options in this area, it can be overwhelming to pick one. Memories Splash is a great option – especially if you’re traveling with children. This waterpark resort shows just how kid friendly it is with family entertainment options such as the resort's beloved Toopy and Binoo.

Memories Splash

Guests can enjoy family-friendly activities such as mini golf, beach volleyball, and tennis. When the family wants to enjoy some water activities, just hop on the train on the premises and it will take you to the water park, pool, or beach.


Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Cabo San Lucas sits where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. This desert-meets-ocean resort town first attracted Hollywood’s elite and quickly gained a reputation as a luxurious destination. Today, Cabo is achievable for almost any budget while still offering a glamorous lifestyle experience.

Named as one of the top five tourist spots of Mexico, this area is known for its beaches, scuba diving locations, and El Arco de Cabo San Lucas – a gorgeous sea arch that attracts all kinds of unique aquatic life.

Whether you're looking to party through the night or lounge the day away, Cabo San Lucas offers something for everyone.

Where to stay in Cabo San Lucas:

The name Finisterra means “End of the Earth” — and at this breathtaking resort, that’s exactly what you’ll find. Sandos Finisterra is nestled on a clifftop that offers captivating views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and panoramic vistas of the city, the Sea of Cortés, and marina on the other.

Sandos Finisterra

Along with seven acres of beach, perfect for serious seaside relaxation, Sandos Finisterra is set near the famous sea arch, where experienced divers can explore. This resort offers an exceptional lifestyle experience: play tennis in the mountains, swim in the Pacific, or just lounge on a poolside bed during your stay.


Montego Bay, Jamaica

When Christopher Columbus sailed into Montego Bay in 1494, he originally named it el Golfo de Buen Tiempo – Fair Weather Gulf. Today, that weather attracts tourists from far and wide to vacation in the Caribbean Sea.

Travelers enjoy the scenic beauty that Jamaica has to offer along with activities in the crystal clear water. Snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and visiting the magnificent Dunn’s River Falls – a tourist attraction with giant waterfalls that guests can climb up and swim in – are among the common activities in Montego Bay.

Where to stay in Montego Bay:

Located on a private peninsula, Sunscape Cove Montego Bay offers a unique experience for the whole family. Kids get their own passports at check-in and will love the Pirates Paradise Waterpark.

Sunscape Cove Montego Bay

The exclusivity of the private island will allow mom and dad to relax while the resort’s Unlimited-Fun® package keeps kids entertained throughout the whole trip. With activities such as beach volleyball, dance lessons, and movies on the beach, this vacation will be one to remember.


Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, the third largest island in the Hawaii chain, houses the largest population of the state’s islands. Known as “the gathering place,” Oahu has the most diversity – the island is a true fusion of eastern and western cultures.

This melting pot offers history, beautifully clear waters, and two separate volcanoes with a wide valley between them to explore. With many beaches to lounge on, and spas resting atop natural healing springs, Oahu offers the ideal adults-only holiday.

Where to stay in Oahu:

When booking your hotel in Oahu, consider a stay at the Moana Surfrider or the Royal Hawaiian. These are just two resorts that are part of the Starwood Hawaii brand. With 12 properties across the four islands, Starwood offers an extraordinary island getaway which is great for adults.

Starwood Hawaii

If the heart of Waikiki Beach is calling to you, book your stay at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort and Spa. This resort, the “First Lady of Waikiki,” is an Oahu landmark. For the ultimate relaxation experience, treat yourself to the Moana Lani Spa, which offers numerous treatments for yourself or couple’s massages for you and your other half.

If elegance and romance top your must-haves for a resort, the Royal Hawaiian is the right fit. With private beachfront cabanas and breathtaking panoramic views of Diamond Head, “The Pink Palace” is one of the most coveted resorts on Waikiki Beach. Book a room in the newly refreshed Mailani Tower and enjoy the exclusive amenities, such as private check-in, concierge, and lounge that offers a continental breakfast and drinks in the evening.

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A Harvard researcher says 3 kinds of supplements are 'the most lawless' of the industry


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Their very name makes them sound like a healthy addition to any diet, but most supplements are unnecessary and some can even be dangerous, according to Harvard Medical School professor S. Bryn Austin,

Several supplements have been linked with an increase in certain cancers, for example, while others have been tied to an elevated risk of kidney stones. Although this research has been widely published, supplements continue to send roughly 20,000 people to the emergency room every year.

If you want to steer clear of the most dangerous types of supplements, you can start by avoiding three broad categories, says Austin, who spoke on a recent panel put on by The Forum, an event series organized by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

They are supplements related to weight loss, muscle building, and sexual performance, which Austin says are "the most lawless of all the categories and where the most problems turn up."

The problem isn't confined to the listed ingredients in these supplements, which can include everything from caffeine to herbal extracts derived from plants like wild mint and olive. The bigger issue is what may be in the product that's not on the label, says Austin.

"What we're concerned about is adulteration — where people are deliberately including ingredients that shouldn't be in there," Austin says.

The Food and Drug Administration keeps a list of all of the tainted products that have come under its radar. A large chunk of them are weight loss supplements. The illegal ingredients found in these pills and powders include things like the banned controlled substance sibutramine, which the FDA slashed from the market nearly a decade ago and the chemical phenolphthalein, which some research has suggested may be linked to cancer.

Some supplements even include prescription drugs with serious side effects. These drugs can also interact, in potentially deadly ways, with other medications.

"We know that these can be very toxic and have drug interactions," says Austin, adding that "weight loss supplements are making up a majority of events where people end up in emergency rooms."

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Unbelievable photos from the most glamorous celebrity event in the world that's 70 years old


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The Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off its 2017 run on Wednesday, i an exclusive, invitation-only film festival that started in 1946.

The Cannes festival, which takes place every year on the French Riviera, has changed a lot over the years. It’s primarily about the films, but over the past few decades, it’s evolved into one of the biggest occasions for fashion, and celebrities have walked its red carpet in some iconic looks. But it wasn’t always so fashion-focused.

Business Insider talked to Getty Images' Director of Digital Archives Bob Ahern about the progression of Cannes from film festival to one of the glamorous, star-filled occasion of the entire year, and Getty provided some images from the fest's history.

Getty Images photographers have been covering Cannes for over 20 years. Getty also has one of the world’s largest collections of archival Cannes imagery, which dates back to the very first festival in 1946. Throughout this year's Cannes Film Festival, Getty will have a team of 80 people, which includes photographers and videographers, social-media experts, picture editors, assignment editors, and technicians. 

Here are stunning photos of stars from the Cannes Film Festival over the years and how it's evolved:

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“Cannes is a challenge — it’s changed so much over the years.”

“You used to really see Cannes — the beach, the trees. There’s less of that today,” Ahern said. Nowadays, there’s more focus on the red carpet.

Ahern pointed out that this scandalous image of Simone Silver was a good example of stars becoming more candid in front of the public eye. 

In Cannes' early days, photographers had easier access to celebrities, which allowed these intimate moments to be captured by photographers.

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