Towers of Pain? Never!

Chile is one of the most picturesque countries in the world, and yet is not bursting at the seams with tourists.  So that means that you have the chance to explore in comparative solitude. So that you know, Chile is is a long, narrow country along the southern half of the west coast of South America, between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. The…

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Covid-free to Italy

Delta Air Lines, the Aeroporti di Roma and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have joined in a trans-Atlantic COVID-19 testing program that will enable quarantine-free entry into Italy, in accordance with a decree expected to be issued soon by the government of Italy. “Carefully designed COVID-19 testing protocols are the best path for resuming international travel safely and without quarantine until…

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Lithuania mania!

One of the most beautiful and friendly countries in Europe, Lithuania is a hidden gem. But that may soon not be the case, as the country is opening its doors for those looking for a new experience. If you want a change, this is a wonderful opportunity.  And the Lithuanian government makes it easy – they’ve created an easy-to-navigate plan…

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20 for 2021

Expedia.com reveals the top travel trends and tips for U.S. travelers in 2021 Whether it was by necessity or design, it’s clear Americans spent 2020 exploring small towns, scenic drives, nearby lakes and beaches, or in some cases, their own backyards. Today, Expedia.com® released its 2021 Travel Trends Report, analyzing traveler data to uncover the biggest takeaways from an unprecedented…

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What UV is what you get

In South Korea, the solar panels in the middle of the highway have a bicycle path underneath..cyclists are protected from the sun, isolated from traffic, and the country can produce clean energy. It is being trialed along a specific section of highway between Sejong and Daejeon/Gongju, but could act as the template for the future Read more courtesy of Reddit.com…

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Genesis of the Docklands

A floating church has moored in East London. The work of locally-based architecture studio Denizen Works, this innovative project brings together architecture and boat building, religious, community spaces and practice, and contemporary design. The project was spearheaded by the Diocese of London for the St Columba East London community, and has been created in close collaboration with Turks Shipyard and…

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Your sustainability, conservation & reforestation holiday itinerary

No pressure! In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, few industries have fallen as hard and as fast as tourism. The numbers are staggering: in 2019, travel and tourism’s indirect and induced impact accounted for a $8.9 trillion contribution to the world’s GDP, 10.3 per cent of global GDP and 330 million jobs (which amounts to one in 10 jobs…

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Masada

There’s nothing quite like stepping out onto the summit of Masada, the sun beating down on you and the Dead Sea stretching out before you. This stunning ancient fortress is one of the most visited sites in Israel for a reason, and everyone should aim to visit at least once if planning a visit to the country. But, never forget…

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Dave Brubeck’s Groovy Home

Dave and Iola Brubeck were already living in one masterpiece of modern design when they started thinking about building a second. It was the 1950s, and the jazz legend was touring constantly with his band, the Dave Brubeck Quartet. “The whole group would pile into my dad’s Kaiser Vagabond, drive across the country, and play, play, play,” says the couple’s…

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Can you bare it?

I stumbled upon Daphne on the rooftop of a dusky riad in Marrakech. This six-foot Canadienne with man-sized feet was the only other guest there, and she was naked. Or mostly naked, which is startling for me at the best of times, but particularly in Morocco – a conservative north-African Muslim country. “Oh, er, hello!” “Hi,” she said, blowing a…

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Hang out in Japanese neighbourhoods

Did you know that Japan’s shrines and temples welcome regular tourists to stay for a night or more? Experience authentic Zen meditation, the traditional, vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryori, and explore a fascinating world so different from anything you know. Staying at a shrine or temple is an experience that even a lot of Japanese people don’t get to have that easily, a unique glimpse into the realm…

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The Blonde Hedgehog

You’ll almost certainly be familiar with the Channel Island’s main settlements, Jersey and Guernsey, part of the UK. They’re famous for their handsome cattle and the unctuous, buttercup coloured milk they produce. But there are three others – Sark, Herm, and Alderney. While the first two are trickier for tourists, Alderney is a precious, hidden gem. Three square miles of…

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Lake Como? Affordable?

Italy’s most famous lake has appealed to second-home owners for hundreds of years, reports Liz Rowlinson. But where can you bag a bargain? Its deep, mirror-like waters beneath dramatic mountains, the tropical gardens flourishing in the balmy microclimate, have beguiled artists, writers and royals for centuries and, in recent years, Arab princes, wealthy footballers, Hollywood stars and entrepreneurs. You might…

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Five passports for you

When you’re traveling, if you like what you see and want to remain abroad for a little longer than a couple of weeks, you typically only have a few months. Failure to leave when you’re supposed to could result in deportation or an indefinite ban from the country. However, there are a few ways around the limit — you could…

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And now for something completely different

It’s possible that you’ve thought of living in another country.  But have you thought of working there, as well? Japan is an endlessly fascinating country that actively welcomes workers from around the world. Many foreign residents from English speaking countries, work in Japan as language instructors. The demand for native language instructors remains relatively high, with some major language schools…

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And now for something completely different

It’s possible that you’ve thought of living in another country.  But have you thought of working there, as well? Japan is an endlessly fascinating country that actively welcomes workers from around the world. Many foreign residents from English speaking countries, work in Japan as language instructors. The demand for native language instructors remains relatively high, with some major language schools…

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Let’s rock!

Rock art, that is paintings and carvings on natural rock formations, is one of the earliest forms of creative expression and a universal phenomenon among prehistoric societies, in this case, Indian. An instrument of communication rather than simply art, it is an assemblage of material culture which provides a glimpse into the lives of people who painted them. Rock art…

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門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む。

The environment makes our characters. (Japanese proverb.) A large number of Japanese companies have instituted telecommuting policies over the past few weeks, under the logic that the crowded conditions of commuter trains and enclosed offices are high-risk environments for the transmission of coronavirus. However, with Japanese houses and apartments being decidedly on the small side, most people can’t designate an…

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