‘Leave No Trace’

The seven “Leave No Trace” (LNT) principles were formed by the Leave No Trace organization as a set of guidelines meant to educate campers and protect the environment. One of the tenets of outdoor recreation—camping, specifically—is the idea of enjoying the natural world while minimizing impact as much as possible. For future generations to be able to enjoy spaces that we use…

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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…

Take a deep breath in, then slowly exhale it out. Feel better?

Yoga has such a calming effect, doesn’t it? When you can’t get to your studio, you can still get the benefits of yoga at home by following along to these videos. Whether you have 10 minutes or 30, stretching and strengthening your muscles will make your body and mind feel grounded and relaxed. Read more courtesy of PopSugar.com  

Stay at a traditional Japanese house

It had been a packed afternoon of exploring the charming city of Tamba Sasayama, where the vibrant energy of young businesses ran hot through the city. But it was also a relentlessly cold and rainy day. so I was already fantasizing about hot baths and steaming hot pots when we arrived at the 100-year-old traditional Japanese house. Read more courtesy of Voyapon.com…

Everything you wanted to know about flying….

…. but were afraid to ask. From the dangers of turbulence to the importance of “airplane mode,” here are the answers to everything you’ve been wondering about flying. Long flights offer plenty of time for your mind to wander and settle on those burning—and often frankly worrying—aviation questions. Has this plane got enough fuel to get us there? Will my…

“You had the power all along my dear.”

“You had the power all along my dear.” —Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Solo travel, especially for women, is on the rise. In fact, between 2016 and 2017, searches for “solo female travel” reportedly grew 52%. But if you’re a woman wanting to travel alone, how do you decide where to go? According to…

A self-isolation silver lining?

Behind the unprecedented disruption of routine life by the recent coronavirus could lie one of the most profound transformations of our lives: closer connections, greater happiness, and a healthier relationship to work. Despite the anxiety, fear, and illness that is likely to touch each of our lives, there may be a silver lining once we’re on the other side, according…

Chateau bravo!

With their lofty towers, glittering ballrooms, geometric gardens and all that gilded finery, no one does castles better than France. From the Dordogne’s renaissance piles flanked by dusty olive groves and pretty hilltop villages to the turret-studded landscape of the Loire Valley, French châteaux are a brilliant display of the country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, often with wonderful stories…

Where BnB?

Brian Chesky is no stranger to big lifts. The 38-year-old former bodybuilder and Airbnb CEO has, in the space of 11 years, hauled his property rental dream from a single air mattress to a multi-billion dollar startup success story. But as hosts rage and debt piles up, the huge weight of the coronavirus pandemic might be too much for Chesky…

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. 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 is the primary source…

This town will not see the sun for 155 days

Isolated on the polar archipelago of Svalbard at 78 degrees north, Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost permanent settlement. Halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the 2,300 residents here are used to extremes. When the sun sets on 5 October each year, the town will not see it again for 155 days until 8 March the next year. For…

Stay afloat

  Some facts… Scientists predict that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in summer by 2030, or even sooner. Scientists worry that climate change could cause the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which could raise sea levels by as much as 19 feet. Read more courtesy of FactRetriever.com    

Too for tea

From to-go counters to five-star services, these high-design spots are perfect for your next afternoon cuppa. Tour the most beautiful tea shops across the globe. Read more courtesy of ArchitecturalDigest.com  

Dr. Robotnik

Elizabeth Maciel grew frustrated that she couldn’t get a same-day appointment with her daughter’s pediatrician when, smack in the middle of flu season, the 3-year-old woke up with a high fever and bad cough. So the 39-year-old from Hayward, Calif., turned to an app-based service called Heal, which connected her with a physician within 2 hours. Better yet, the doctor…

Déjà vu, all over again

A brain glitch? A sign of quantum entanglement? What science says about déjà vu. Roughly two-thirds of people have had déjà vu, or the weird feeling that a new situation has been experienced before. Yet its prevalence belies just how mysterious the phenomenon remains to researchers, despite some extraordinary recent leaps in neuroscience. In part, this is because it’s extremely…

Calling all professionals!

Spin a globe, point your finger, and see where it lands—if only planning a trip were that easy. For those who prefer to take a more rational approach when arranging travel, look to your Myers-Briggs personality type. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a behavioral assessment that calculates how people perceive the world and make decisions. Based on the theories…

The Misanthrope Society

The Misanthrope Society, a quirky addition to Taipei’s bar scene that serves up creative cocktails, black humor and a dislike of humankind. The anti-social theme of the venue belies its inclusiveness; the owner, who has suffered from severe depression, wanted to provide a space that was welcoming to others in need. See more courtesy of CNNTravel.com  

Dear volunteers in Africa . . .

…. please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions. Recently,  research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend voluntourism. But if you’re…

Heavenly: staycations in India

We love vacations. But yes, we love staycations more, especially when weekends are all that you have to cut back on your daily routine. A staycation is what you can have if you do not wish to get lost in arduous sightseeing or going to some 100 places and end with a burnout later on. So yes, you can indulge in a…

Treehotel

Living up among the tall trees in the pine forest of northern Sweden has never been so easy. Gaze out at Sweden’s spectacular nature from up in the Mirrorcube or the UFO. Watch the Northern Lights illuminate the sky above you and your snowmobile, or take a family fishing trip and learn all about the berries you pick up along…

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