It’s better in Mentor

(Pronounced – “Menner.”) While some longtime Mentorites may wish for the simpler days when Mentor was a quiet, rural town dotted with nurseries and two lane roads, most would agree that it’s still the best place to live in Northeast Ohio. This is largely due to an excellent quality of life, which means: location; excellent schools; attractive, affordable housing; responsive…

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Chiloé to go!

Chile is famous for its varied landscapes, from the cracked, dry sands of the Atacama Desert to the snow-capped peaks and turquoise lakes of Patagonia. But it’s off the lanky country’s southern coast (and just a short two-hour flight from Santiago) that you’ll find a true secret respite, charmingly quaint and ripe for exploration by intrepid travelers: Chiloé Island. The largest…

New York to London in two hours

Virgin Galactic is still aiming to send tourists to space, but the space tourism company is also looking at how to whiz people across our planet as quickly as possible. Virgin Galactic has premiered a new jet design for high speed air travel: a streamlined, Concorde-esque delta-wing aircraft with capacity for nine to 19 people cruising at an altitude of over 60,000…

Escape From America!

12 Countries Where You Can Buy Citizenship (And A Second Passport) After the 2016 presidential election, so many people were dreaming about moving out of the US that Canada’s immigration website crashed. Now, the idea of becoming an expat is getting hot again. According to a recent YouGov survey, 31% of Americans say they are interested in bolting if their candidate…

Go back in time – plague-free

Six students from De Montfort University have created a stellar 3D representation of 17th century London, as it existed before The Great Fire of 1666. The three-minute video provides a realistic animation of Tudor London, and particularly a section called Pudding Lane where the fire started. As Londonist notes, “Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a…

Never forget

On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed when 642 of its inhabitants, including non-combatant women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but President Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. Read more courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Jungle bubbles

In Chiang Rai, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort gives guests the chance to camp alongside elephants in transparent bubble suites.  Dah and her friend, Pum Pui, are not morning elephants. As the sun rises over my transparent, domed sleeping quarters mere feet away, the gentle giants are slow and still. Mae Noi, on the other hand, is having…

Zooming to Barbados

One of the benefits of the pandemic has been the realization that so many jobs can be done remotely and you don’t need to be chained to a desk 9-5 anymore. Although there is a belief that business travel may never fully recover, it is likely that travel for remote working may nearly balance this out. With people becoming used…

How about a Canada stay, eh?

Canada is renowned for its scenery — towering mountain peaks, emerald forests, and stunning stretches of coastline. It’s no surprise, then, that Canada’s best resort hotels capitalize on these natural wonders, immersing guests in the wilderness while offering elevated design, anticipatory service, inspired dining, and other luxe touches. Every year for its World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to…

Paper trails

Ted Florence is ready for his family trip to Botswana. He has looked up his hotel on Google Maps and downloaded a digital map of the country to his phone. He has also packed a large paper map. “I travel all over the world,” says Florence, the president of the international board of the International Map Industry Association and Avenza…

Vroom for rent

Car-sharing services in Japan, apparently, are witnessing an increasingly common trend: Many of their customers return rental cars with zero miles driven. Mind you, the cars are used during the rental period—they just don’t go anywhere. “I rented a car to eat a boxed meal because I could not find anywhere else to eat lunch.” Read more courtesy of AutomobileMagazine.com Please rotate…

Get spirited away

Who doesn’t love the Studio Ghibli films?  Still made by hand, the creative pulse is strong in every creation.  With attention to detail, fantastical yet loving storylines, they appeal to everyone who adores their one-of-a-kind style. Why not take it one step further and visit the Studio Ghibli museum via our partner Klook? Click here to find out more.  See…

The quintessential average

Hassloch in Rhineland-Palatinate is regarded as the quintessential average community in Germany.  So why should you visit? Hassloch is a community much like many others in Germany. 21,000 inhabitants from 83 nations live here. There is a complete spectrum of schools, 27 sports clubs and numerous supermarkets. Although the community is one of the largest ‘villages’ in Germany, the atmosphere…

This is not the end

Apocalyptic comfort from ancient Iran. At its height, around 620 CE, the Sasanian empire ruled over a territory stretching from Jerusalem in the west to Samarkand in the east. The royal court at the ancient city of Ctesiphon, near present-day Baghdad, was the political heart of this vast realm, and its official religion was the ancient Iranian faith, Zoroastrianism. In…

Know before you go

If seeing is believing, then planning your next vacation is about to get a little easier. New virtual tour technology now being deployed by the major vacation rental sites promises a more immersive view of a property before you push the “buy” button. A virtual tour is a simulation made up of a sequence of videos or still images. And…

Farewell, matey

Brace yourselves, cruise fans: Some of your favorite ships could soon be heading to the chopping block. With most cruise departures around the world halted due to coronavirus concerns, and a quick comeback for cruising no longer in the cards, some of the industry’s biggest players are starting to talk about permanently retiring parts of their fleets. Cruise giant Carnival Corporation —…

How low can you go?

Want to find the cheapest places to travel in 2020? You’re in the right spot. Welcome to our annual report on the world’s most affordable travel destinations! We’ve completely updated our rankings for this year, and for the first time ever, we have a new number one…but we’ll get to that in a bit! As you know, finding cheap vacation…

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