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Happy Buddymoon!

The honeymoon alternative for non-traditional couples. If you're a social butterfly who's planning to get married this year, here's an idea: consider forgoing a standard honeymoon and trade it in for a group trip with your partner and close friends, a.k.a. a buddymoon.  This time, Mexico is your destination. On a buddymoon, married couples aren't…

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Haute, haute, haute

Some encounters, even if they occur late, are the fruit of essential talents. Haute couture and business aviation meet together thanks to the talented Nazli Hkhani, stylist and collection director at the House Emanuel Ungaro. Paradoxically, parallel worlds can sometimes intersect. So it is with haute couture and business aviation, two worlds whose encounter owes…

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Nachos, begone!

Celebrity chefs cook up top-notch concessions  Pretzels and popcorn have competition from big-name chefs opening arena outposts. Order Michelin-starred Chris Galvin’s lasagna of Dorset crab (on the fine-dining menu at London’s new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium) or David Chang’s habanero fried chicken (his fast-growing Fuku concept just landed at Washington, D.C.’s Audi Field). Coming soon: At…

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Don’t be afraid of ghost (towns)

With 25,000 euros and 1000 hours of work, Maurizio Cesprini and his partner Paola Gardin rebuilt a ruined home in the medieval village of Ghesc, Italy. They hope other young families will consider their example with a plentiful supply of medieval ghost towns. And there are plenty of reasons to visit (and perhaps live in)…

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You can, Uganda

If you think that the typical Africa countryside doesn't offer you rolling emerald hills, snow capped mountains, misty forests and deep, crystal clear lakes then you haven't been to Uganda. Even though Uganda is a small country, it offers all of this and a lot more - white water rafting, gorilla tracking, game viewing and…

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To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. (JK Rowling.) In his 1996 book about death, Herbert Fingarette argued that fearing one’s own demise was irrational. When you die, he wrote, “there is nothing.” Why should we fear the absence of being when we won’t be there ourselves to suffer it? Twenty…

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Delta is going climate neutral

We skipped the kitschy headline because the news itself is attention-grabbing enough. On February 14, 2020 Delta CEO Ed Bastion announced that the company would commit $1 billion over the next decade to offset its carbon emissions, largely through buying carbon offsets and more efficient planes. Yes, Delta will continue to burn jet fuel and…

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The Scarlet Lady

Sir Richard Branson’s new and unusual cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, is presently heading across the Atlantic to Miami, where it will commence actual sailings with passengers in late March.   After that, Branson’s second of four eventual new ships, to be named the Valiant Lady, will be launched in 2021.   Journalists have now been permitted aboard the Scarlet Lady to…

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The giant shadow of Ikebukuro

HEARTLANDS: ZOSHIGAYA Small winding streets and low-rise houses. Zoshigaya is only a short walk away from the malls, highways and flashing lights of Ikebukuro, but feels like a silent suburb in comparison.  This homely heartland has maintained its Showa-era (1926 – 1989) atmosphere, with winding lanes lined with family homes and small shops selling everyday…

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Hang out without hurting them

On May 20, 2016 we marked  Endangered Species Day to create awareness about how our actions impact dwindling species. It would be a tragic, irreversible loss if magnificent animals like the black rhino, the Sumatran elephant or the Bengal tiger were forever lost to us. Take Action: Travel Sustainably Visit a national wildlife refuge, park or other…

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The best places to “say cheese”

Travel photography is such an integral part of our experience – whether you’re an amateur or a pro, memories captured are priceless. Here are some breathtaking and awe-inspiring bucket list destinations where you can capture the most stunning travel photography. Read more courtesy of Ecophiles.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZxgBQA7cuY Please rotate on mobile devices

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The bones of religion

European churches are known to have some intriguing and creative architectural features, but a wall made of human leg bones is a bit more inventive than you might have expected. While excavating the grounds of Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, ahead of the planned construction of a new visitor center, archeologists discovered entire walls…

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Whatta lotta Guatemala

Guatemala is a breathtakingly diverse country, where a new adventure awaits around every winding corner. With lush jungles, pristine lakes, surf beaches, colonial towns, vibrant markets, and not one, not two, but 37 volcanoes, there truly is something for every kind of traveler in Guatemala. With 42,043 square miles of adventure waiting to be uncovered,…

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How to say Thailand is my land

Over the centuries, travellers from Western Europe have been spellbound by the alluring cultures of the Far East. The ancient adventurers who arrived on the shores of Siam were instantly besotted, and there is ample evidence that a name change has done little to dampen the appeal of this remarkably captivating country. In the 21st…

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California

California is the largest state of the United States by population, and the third largest by area, located on its coast to the Pacific Ocean. California has natural attractions as well as theme-parks and bustling city life: Southern California is home to such popular attractions as Disneyland, Hollywood and the beaches in Malibu that inspired…

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