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14 things successful people do before breakfast


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"If it has to happen, then it has to happen first," writes Laura Vanderkam, a time-management expert and the author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast."

Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside their first hours of the day to invest in their top-priority activities before other people's priorities come rushing in.

Science supports this strategy. Vanderkam cites the famous finding of Roy Baumeister, a Florida State University psychology professor, that willpower is like a muscle that becomes fatigued from overuse.

Diets, he says, come undone in the evening, just as poor self-control and lapses in decision-making often come later in the day. On the other hand, early mornings offer a fresh supply of willpower, and people tend to be more optimistic and ready to tackle challenging tasks.

So what do successful executives and entrepreneurs do when they are rested and fresh? From Vanderkam's study of morning rituals and our own research, we outline the following 14 things that the most successful people do before breakfast. While they might not do all of these things every morning, each has been found to be an effective way to start the day.

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They wake up early.

Successful people know that time is a precious commodity. And while theirs is easily eaten up by phone calls, meetings, and sudden crises once they've gotten to the office, the morning hours are under their control. That's why many of them rise before the sun, squeezing out as much time as they can to do with as they please.

In a poll of 20 executives cited by Vanderkam, 90% said they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, for example, wakes at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m. Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger gets up at 4:30 to read, and Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is up at 5:30 to jog.

The bottom line: Productive mornings start with early wake-up calls.

They drink water.

Many successful executives reach for water instead of coffee first thing in the morning.

Kat Cole, president of Focus Brands, parent company of Auntie Anne's, Carvel, and Cinnabon, wakes up a 5 a.m. every morning and drinks 24 ounces of water.

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and Birchbox Man chief Brad Lande start their days with a glass of hot water with lemon.

Drinking water in the morning helps you feel more alert, rehydrates your body, and kickstarts your metabolism, says Rania Batayneh, MPH, a nutritionist and author of "The One One One Diet."

They exercise before it falls off the to-do list.

The top morning activity of the rich and powerful seems to be exercise, be it lifting weights at home or going to the gym.

For example, Vanderkam notes that Xerox CEO Ursula Burns schedules an hour-long personal training session at 6 a.m. twice a week. Plus, "Shark Tank" investor Kevin O'Leary gets up at 5:45 every morning and jumps on the elliptical or exercise bike, and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk starts every day with an hour-long workout with his trainer.

"These are incredibly busy people," says Vanderkam. "If they make time to exercise, it must be important."

Beyond the fact that exercising in the morning means they can't later run out of time, Vanderkam says a pre-breakfast workout helps reduce stress later in the day, counteracts the effects of high-fat diet, and improves sleep.

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How to tell if your Cuban cigars are real or fake


Business Insider sent three reporters to Havana, Cuba to experience the city as tourists. One of the top priorities on our list was to buy some authentic Cuban cigars. We tried two different approaches. First, we bought a box at an authorized store inside the Hotel Habana Libre. Then we bought a box sold to us by someone we met on the street.

We brought both boxes back to New York and invited David Diamante, owner of Diamante's Brooklyn Cigar Lounge, to come and examine the merchandise.

We'll have lots of stories about our adventures on the island, which you'll be able to find here.

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How a mom earned $500,000 in three years selling clothes through an app called Poshmark


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Three years ago, Evelyne Teman was sitting in her Los Angeles home at 2 in the morning playing computer solitaire, when an ad popped up for a clothing site called Poshmark. It promised to earn her cash for her used clothes.

Poshmark, founded in 2011, is like a cross between Pinterest and eBay for women's clothes. It connects buyers and sellers, handles the payments and logistics, taking a 20% cut.

When Teman saw that ad she thought, "Ok, I’ll sign up for it. I listed one thing and it sold. That totally motivated me and I started emptying out my closet and everything sold and sold really fast, too," she tells Business Insider.

In less than three months, she had nothing left to sell and had made enough money to stock her online store with new clothes. The best part: running a virtual store didn't interfere with her job as a mom.

"I volunteer at school. I don’t miss a field trip. I drive them. What I love the most, my business is in my hands on my phone. I can be in line at grocery market and sell something, or halfway around the world," she says.

Teman has become one of the most successful sellers on the site, and Poshmark says it has grown from about 30,000 members to over 1 million.

All told, she's sold some 10,000 items for more than $500,000, she lists about a 1,000 items and, as user "MiSSAISHA555," she has amassed a following of 520,000 people.

"Literally, my old clothes got me into the $500,000 business that I’m in and I didn’t invest any money of my own to start," she says.

A leg up

PoshmarkTo be fair, Teman had a leg up to be successful with Poshmark. 

She's a Fashionista whose family is in the clothing business in Paris.

At the ripe age of 16, she opened her own clothing store. She loved it and worked there for about 12 years. But with the birth of her second son, she gave it up because she was overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood while running a retail shop. She now has four boys between the ages 9 and 22 (plus an adult stepson).

She had also been dabbling with online retail sales since she closed her store. She was selling stuff on eBay or Amazon.

But selling on eBay wasn't as lucrative or satisfying as her current business, she tells us, because Poshmark is also a social network. Through it, she's made some really good friends as well as some regular customers. 

"I have customers I actually shop for, like a personal shopper and I'll tell them, I just got this in and I thought of you," she tells us. 

How she did it

Poshmark Evelyne TemanAlthough Teman is very experienced in the clothing business and that definitely helps her on Poshmark, she insists that anyone can learn to do online social selling. Here's how:

1. Work hard building your network of followers, not just on the site but in person. Teman held in-person meet-ups to encourage friends to join Poshmark and so Poshmark users could get to know each other.

"I did everything I could do. I started the meet and greets, where people in L.A. on Poshmark could meet each other, so everyone in our community would know each other. That's how I met some of my best friends," she says. 

2. Share other people's items to your followers and they'll share yours back. "Another beautiful thing, it's a huge community. Women empower women and everyone helps. Someone shares my listing and all their followers see my listing. I share their listing to my followers," she says. 

3. Use great photos and descriptions. People want to see the clothes modeled on a real person, not on a hanger. Evelyne will model an item herself if she has to.

4. If you're going to sell new items, get a wholesale license
from your city/state, know and follow the license rules. Poshmark is trying to help sellers in this area. Last week, it launched a new wholesale service that allows its sellers to buy stock from about a dozen brands.

6. Start with a small, but not tiny, closet, with about 25-30 items, enough to show the variety of what your shop is.

7. Attend any events the site puts on for its users. Teman went to all of Poshmark's events, for instance, and they started featuring her on the site, which attracted followers and grew her network. 

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NYC cheese experts share their secret to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich


If you're making grilled cheese sandwiches with only one cheese, the cheese mongers at New York City's famous Murray's Cheese say that you're making it all wrong.

According to them, the secret to a delicious, melty grilled cheese sandwich is using three great cheeses.

They suggest using a young fontina val d'Aosta, which is one of the best cheeses for melting. They then advise adding asiago cheese to the mix, which brings a nutty taste to the sandwich, and finally provolone, which will give the sandwich a bit of bite.

Chef Amy Stonionis of Murray's Cheese told us that a great tip for taking your grilled cheese to the next level is to use a second pan to press down on the top layer of bread. This helps the melting process.

Finally, be sure to wait until the cheese is oozing from the sides — that's when you know it's ready to eat.

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One of the oldest and most beautiful parks in New York is hidden in the Bronx — and the fall season just makes it more breathtaking


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Far in the northwest corner of the Bronx, there's a park that's perfect for New Yorkers looking to reconnect with nature — yet you've probably never heard of it.

Known as Wave Hill, the 28-acre park was originally developed in the mid-1800s and has at different times been home to both Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. After passing through the hands of many different owners, the park was eventually donated to the city of New York by the Perkins-Freeman family in 1962.

The park was in trouble of closing in the early 1990s, and only an anonymous donor was able to save it. Today, it's owned by the city and run by a private board of directors.

Wave Hill may not be as big or attract as many visitors as Central Park or Prospect Park, but it’s meant to be a quiet retreat. Though it’s technically still in New York, the hustle and bustle of the city will feel far away.

And you have to pay to get in — annual memberships cost $50 for an individual and $90 for a family. Otherwise, you can pay an $8 daily entry fee.

We visited the park on a beautiful fall day, and the noisy traffic, gray skyscrapers, and crowded subways of Manhattan felt a world away.

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From Times Square to the park's entrance at West 249th Street, it'll take you about 45 minutes by subway. In less than a minute after entering, you'll find yourself on peaceful grounds.

Most people head straight to the main outlook. Under the pergola, one of the signature elements of the park, you'll get your first really good view.

In the foreground is the Riverdale Country School, which is located just down the road from the entrance to the park. In the distance you'll see the Hudson River and the Palisades.

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What it's like to stay at the best hotel in Ireland


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Ashford Castle, which sits on 350 acres on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, Ireland, is a five-star hotel that treats its guests to sheer opulence. 

Dating back to 1228, the castle has luxurious rooms with plush beds and almost every activity guests can imagine, from cycling to lessons at Ireland's oldest falconry school.

The hotel ranked 4th on our list of the best hotels in Europe and was our top-ranked hotel in Ireland, in addition to being 3rd on Travel + Leisure's ranking of the world's best hotels. 

Luckily, this upcoming season is one of the best times to visit, as it's less crowded and guests can enjoy stunning foliage in the castle's gardens.

Keep reading to see why Ashford Castle is the perfect place for guests looking to feel like royalty. 

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Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres of the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, Ireland.

Dating back to 1228, it recently underwent a two-year, $75 million renovation to create the elegant design it boasts today. As guests enter, they are greeted by a warm and rich lobby with red draperies.

Source: Travel + Leisure

Guests can relax on the plush velvet couches or enjoy a game of chess in the lobby.

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This incredibly simple tip is the secret to an awesome burger


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Make no mistake, the once humble hamburger has moved on. The formerly quite basic meat sandwich has been deconstructed, parsed, analyzed, and, in the minds of some culinary experts, perfected.

This is all well and good, even fascinating, but it has certainly created some pressure for anyone making burgers at home. Am I doing it right? Have I thought enough about my burger?

I have a reputation for making a delicious burger. Which has always baffled me, because my burger is so basic that it almost defies belief.

It all hinges on a single, secret ingredient.

That's right: one extra-special addition to what is essentially an ultra-basic burger.

Worcestershire sauce.

Yep, good old Lea & Perrins. Beyond that, my burger is almost indifferently prepared. Well, maybe not completely indifferently. But I don't have any esoteric techniques. 

I start with a mix of 80% lean to 20% fat. This is the kind of standard-issue ground beef that you can find at any grocery store.

I allow the beef to come to room temperature. Cooking cold meat is a bad idea — but trying for form cold ground beef into hamburger patties is also no fun.

Then I add a generous amount of salt and about half an ounce of Worcestershire sauce per pound of ground beef in a mixing bowl. That's it.

Worcestershire sauceI form the beef into soft patties that still have a bit of texture to them (don't "overwork" the patties). I try to make sure they are of uniform thickness, about an inch, with each patty about 5 inches across. Roughly 6-8 ounces, max.

Then I grill 'em, over a gas or charcoal flame, until they are medium rare. I start with a high flame and finish up on a cooler section of the grill. (You can use a cast-iron skillet, too, and a stove.)

The burgers go onto grilled buns, the kind you can get in the grocery store for a few bucks for a half dozen.

If I'm feeling energetic, I'll make some homemade ketchup out of tomato paste and vinegar, plus salt and pepper. I hit the burgers with some freshly ground black pepper, and that's it. I don't care if people go for lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, whatever, but I prefer to go only burger-bun-ketchup-on-the-side-for-dipping. Just add a nice glass of Malbec.

For whatever reason, these burgers usually taste great. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce, however, and they aren't as tasty.

Worcestershire sauce is effectively an ancient fish sauce (it contains fermented anchovies), so it adds a sort of interesting depth of flavor that enhances the basic beefy taste of what is after all an absurdly basic burger. Ultimately, the flavor is sort of mysterious. But it's there.

I didn't really plan this out, by the way. I just added some Worcestershire sauce to my burger mix one day and listened to the praise roll in. Previously, my burgers were unremarkable. But with a few shakes of Lea & Perrins, I was suddenly a genius.

And now I'm giving up my secret.

(If you don't want to use Lea & Perrins, there are plenty of alternatives. Just go to Whole Foods or a gourmet food shop and ask.)

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15 healthy eating habits that work according to scientists



With options as varied as the Paleo diet and the 21-day challenge, there's a fad diet for practically everyone.

But as fun as the diets may seem, it's often difficult to stick with them for more than a few weeks, and as a result few people actually see any long-term results.

Rather than trying one of those, here are 15 science-backed habits that can help boost your health and may help with weight loss as well.

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Eat food you enjoy.

It may seem as if the easiest way to lose weight is to stop eating the foods you overindulge in. But this can be short-sighted, Lisa Sasson, a New York University nutrition professor, told Business Insider. "If you pick a diet with foods you don't like, you're doomed to fail," Sasson said. Food is a pleasurable experience; if you cut out all the foods you like, you probably won't stick to your plan.

And as studiescontinue to show, coming up with an eating regimen you can stick with is critical.

Portion sizes are key.

There's a psychological component to eating, especially when you have weight loss in mind. Being conscious of losing weight and sticking to the right portion sizes is half the battle, Sasson said. This phenomenon is why most people in studies lose weight, regardless of whether they're in the group assigned a special diet. Simply being studied can lead to people being more conscious of what they're eating.

But overall, keeping an eye on portion sizes is a great way to help avoid overeating— especially with portion sizes rising since the 1970s.

Skip the restaurant and pack your lunch.

Portion sizes in American restaurants have increased by as much as three times in the past 20 years, and it is changing what we think of as a normal meal.

"One way to keep calories in check is to keep food portions no larger than the size of your fist," Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, writes.

If you're trying to control your portion sizes, it is best to pack your own lunch because restaurants will give you more calories than you need.

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The perfect 'mixed case' of wine for your Thanksgiving table



Whether you're hosting a Thanksgiving dinner or attending as a guest, a great wine is always a nice addition to the meal. But the diversity and volume of the dishes on the typical Thanksgiving table means that the simple pairing rules most people know and follow just don't hold up well for this meal (for example, steak and a Cabernet Sauvignon or fish and a bright white wine.)

I have found over the years that some wines work better than others on Thanksgiving.

Here is what I've learned

There are many, many wines that will compliment the meal nicely. As a rule I avoid very heavy wines that can easily overwhelm your traditional Thanksgiving meal. Sill others won't offend but probably won't improve the meal. Below you will find a number of my suggestions which are in the sweet spot between too heavy and too bland.

Most of these wines are wide
ly available but I've provided links to Wine.com for easy purchase.  I chose Wine.com only because they can ship to nearly every state that allows the sale of alcohol online and you can easily replace with your favorite online source.

Or go to your favorite wine shop and simply say "I'm looking for something like this..." while showing them the picture of any one of these wines. A good wine shop employee will find that wine or an alternative pretty quickly.  

What to look for: 

abrunier.vieuxtelegraphe.red.resizedAcidity - Food friendly wines typically have high acid levels. The acid wakes up your palate and helps produce more saliva which helps with any marathon Thanksgiving meal. 

Lower alcohol levels - I look for wines with 14% alcohol or lower.  Don't get me wrong, I love a BIG wine but the higher alcohol typically weighs you down.  And there are enough things weighing you down at this meal. All wine sold in the US must detail the percentage of alcohol in the bottle, so with a little searching you will find it 

Character - You are celebrating the things and people you are thankful for and one of those things should be a unique wine. I realize one person's character may be another's nightmare. I've pulled together the list below as a starting point. I hope you find something you love that adds to your meal.  

Scharffenberger Brut Excellence

Price: ~$20 

Available on Wine.com

Sparkling wines are a really great compliment to Thanksgiving dinner. The bubbles stimulate the palate, and the acidity brightens up the meal. The Scharffenberger is an excellent compliment to the meal and offers tremendous value. 

Pol Roger Vintage Brut 2004

Price: ~$100

Available on Wine.com

If your budget allows, Champagne provides that special touch to the meal. I love Pol Roger, which has a really complex flavor profile and lots of crisp acid.   


Gruet Grand Rose 2007

Price: $30 

Available on Wine.com

White or red for Thanksgiving?  Go pink! And not just pink, but Sparkling Rose. I love Gruet's entire lineup of sparkling wines, but the Grand Rose is my favorite. This will compliment almost any dish. Bonus fun fact: this wine is grown and made in New Mexico.  

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The simplest advice for anyone who wants to eat healthy or lose weight


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Most health-conscious people are familiar with the saying, "You are what you eat."

Here's the good news: That's likely not true.

As Alan Levinovitz writes in a new book, "The Gluten Lie," the real principle we should be following has little to do with what types of foods we eat. All we really need to pay attention to is how much we're eating.

His idea is backed by severalbig recent studies, one of which finds that modern guidelines on fat consumption aren't backed by scientific evidence. 

Nevertheless, the ancient idea that we are what we eat continues to inform our eating and dieting habits. Many of us still believe, at some level, that eating fat will make us fat; that eating cholesterol will give us high cholesterol.

It's one of the biggest motivators of fad diets: That cutting gluten, dodging carbs, or avoiding fatty foods will translate into weight loss. But unless you're eating less overall, that's unlikely. Here's Levinovitz:

"Low fat, low carb, low whatever:for successful dieting,the common denominator is lower consumption across the board." 

A recent look at the studies behind our current fat guidelines, for example — which state that we should restrict saturated fat to under 10% of all the calories we eat and that we shouldn't get more than 20% to 35% of our daily calories from fats — find that there wasn't evidence to support those rules in the first place.

After looking at the research on fat consumption that existed at the time, the authors of the new study write that the "dietary advice not merely needs review; it should not have been introduced."

In other words, eating some fat doesn't make us fat. Eating some cholesterol doesn't necessarily give us high cholesterol. 

So why do we still think we are what we eat?

Seattle University foodWe all know that consuming too much of anything will result in health problems. Eating too much sugar gives you cavities. Drinking too much alcohol makes you drowsy and can give you a hangover. But research shows that eating small amounts of any food — be it in the form of rich avocados, cholesterol-laden eggs, or even butter — doesn't result in problems. 

Yet we're still compelled to think that eating fat — any of it at all — will make us fat.

Levinovitz cites some psychological research, including a 2009 study by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Paul Rozin and University of Southern Maine psychologist Carol Nemeroff, to help explain why. 

For their study, the researchers wrote two descriptions of a tribal society whom they called the Chandorans. Both descriptions were the same except for one aspect: their diet. While one group of Chandorans hunted boar and turtle and ate only boar, the other group hunted boar and turtle and ate only turtle.

Then, the researchers had 167 volunteers rate the Chandoran society in terms of their speed and average lifespan.

The volunteers were consistently more likely to say they thought the turtle-eating people lived longer but were slow, while they tended to say the boar-eating people were heavyset and aggressive.

In other words, Rozin wrote in his paper, the results "are clearly consistent with the hypothesis that…subjects 'believe 'that 'you are what you eat.'"

A simple solution: be mindful of your portion sizes

Rather than focusing on cutting out any specific food group — from fat to carbs — the research suggests we might be better off simply being a little more mindful about how much of everything we eat.

Of course, there are always some foods to keep an eye out for, like those with high concentrations of a few specific ingredients. A 20-ounce bottle of soda, for example, has roughly 65 grams (just about 16 teaspoons) of sugar.

But if there's any "secret" to eating healthy, chances are it's incredibly basic. Michael Pollan said it well a few years ago: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

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See why Vietnam's Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places on the planet


Halong Bay is one of Vietnam's most stunning attractions.

The name translates to "where the dragon descends," and, according to local legend, the bay's islands were formed when a dragon charged from the mountains towards the coast. Its tail carved out valleys and crevasses until the dragon hit the water, flooding the area and leaving nothing but peaks visible.

The bay sits off Vietnam's northeastern coast, and has incredibly serene emerald waters that are home to multiple small limestone islands covered by rain forests. It's a popular spot for boat tours and cave explorers, and no trip to Vietnam would be complete without seeing it.

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Jennifer Lawrence says she wouldn't have asked for more money for 'American Hustle'


Jennifer Lawrence recently wrote a blistering essay about the wage gap in Hollywood. She was upset when she learned that her male "American Hustle" co-stars were paid more than her, though she also admitted to struggling with salary negotiations.

Her essay started a conversation about the wage gap, and earned her the support of many fellow actors and actresses.

However, now she's saying that even if she could, she wouldn't go back and fight for a bigger paycheck.

"I didn't need to fight for money for 'American Hustle' because we were trying to fit a million movie stars into one movie," she said while promoting the latest "Hunger Games" movie.

"There wasn't a lot of money and I didn't need it. I wanted to do the movie anyway. So if I were to go back, I would go back and ask for the same exact amount of money, but for very different reasons. It wouldn't have been because I was afraid, or I would've come across as a spoiled brat, or because I was worried what people thought."

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A pair of former Warby Parker execs are attempting to create the perfect carry-on bag


For many travelers, having high-quality luggage can make all the difference between a seamless flight experience and one filled with headaches.

Unfortunately, top-notch suitcases are often either too expensive or too difficult to find. 

That's why two former Warby Parker execs — Jen Rubio, the company's former Head of Social Media, and Steph Korey, former Head of Supply Chain — teamed up to create Away, a travel brand aiming to create products that combine high-quality materials and innovative technology at an affordable price. away suitcase

"We both love to travel and when we do, we pay a lot of attention to where we go, what we pack, and where we stay, but always found ourselves less than thrilled with our options for luggage," Rubio and Korey told Business Insider. "While working at Warby Parker and Casper, we saw those companies completely transform the previously poor consumer experiences and high prices for the eyewear and mattress industries. In January of this year, we decided the luggage industry needed similar improvements, and created Away to offer consumers the highest quality luggage for a fraction of the price with a great consumer experience."

Though the company won't launch its first product, the ultimate carry-on bag, until February of 2016, they will be taking pre-orders starting Monday morning for customers eager to get their hands on the product. 

away luggage

To create their carry-on, Rubio and Korey spoke with thousands of people to determine what travelers look for most. They found that many consumers want attractive, well-constructed luggage that provides organization and can charge your phone.

With that in mind, they created a carry-on that has four durable double wheels — a design detail that alone took 20 designs iterations to get right — plus a laundry separation system that keeps belongings organized, YKK zippers that provide stability, and a built-in 10,000 mAh battery that can be charged beforehand and power a smartphone up to five times during a trip. 

Away luggage"It's so disappointing to be bogged down by cumbersome luggage, dying electronics, or lack of organization. More than anything, we wanted to eliminate some of that so people can really focus on the joys of travel," the founders told Business Insider. 

Rubio and Korey raised a $2.5 million seed round led by Forerunner Ventures and Accel Partners. Contributing investors included Andy Dunn of Bonobos, Brian Lee of The Honest Company, Jeff Kearl of Skulllcandy and Stance, and Jay Z.

They will be starting with carry-ons and move on to checked bags as their next product, but they plan to continue expanding to offer everything travelers might need. 

The pre-order price is $225 and will remain the same throughout its release in February. Customers who preorder the luggage will receive a complimentary copy of "The Places We Return To," which includes personal photos and travel stories from more than 40 influencers. 

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The best burgers in London


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London's burger scene has been booming for the last few years, bringing more and more juicy creations to the masses. 

From a perfectly done cheeseburger to a patty that's been smothered in bacon jam, these burgers are catching the attention of London locals and tourists alike. 

We've put together a list of 15 burgers you should make sure to try next time you're in London, based off of recommendations from Zagat, Esquire, Thrillist, as well as suggestions from locals. 

Get ready to work up an appetite.

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BOOM Burger: The Boom Burger

Boom Burger, located in Notting Hill, is the brainchild of Chef Josh de Lisser, whose time in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is evident in the flavors of his burgers. The Boom Burger is their signature beef patty covered in cheese and bacon jam. The menu also includes delectable jerk chicken and fish burgers that are amazing when enjoyed with a side of plantain fries.

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Bleecker St. Burger: Double Cheeseburger

Bleecker St. Burger can be found at Old Spitalfields Market and is known for its Double Cheeseburger: two melt-in-your-mouth beef patties served with sliced white onion, slices of American cheese, and their special burger sauce on a soft seeded bun. Locals say their high-quality meat makes for excellent patties, especially when they're served medium rare.

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Street Kitchen (The Hatch Battersea): Foghorn Leghorn

Chicken lovers will love the Foghorn Leghorn burger from the Street Kitchen's The Hatch Battersea location. The burger is made from free range chicken leg that is brined, steamed, and crisped on the grill before being topped with pickled red onions, smokey bacon, celeriac slaw, and Old Winchester mayo.

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